Crunchyroll vs. the competition
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For casual anime fans, you’re probably going to be choosing between Crunchyroll and Hulu. They have similar price points, and both carry popular simulcasts, like Spy X Family, My Hero Academia, and Chainsaw Man.
However, each service has its advantages. Crunchyroll’s $7.99 plan is ad-free, while you’ll have to shell out the full $14.99 to escape ads on Hulu. (Or $19.99, if you’re bundling with Disney+). Also, Crunchyroll has a much larger anime library than Hulu, thanks to some strategic corporate acquisitions.
But Hulu puts captions on English dubs, and that’s a big deal to us. If you’re someone who only watches subbed anime or don’t need captions while watching TV, you’ll probably be fine with Crunchyroll. But if you’re like this writer and need captions on your dubbed anime, you might want to check if the shows you want are available on Hulu first.
Alas, such is the fate of the anime fan: stuck between Hulu’s annoying ads and Crunchyroll’s lack of accessibility.
For those few anime that the Crunchyroll/Hulu sphere don’t cover, check out Netflix. It has a lot of really great original content, and it only ever cancels half of it!