There are plenty of online video sites focused on anime. Crunchyroll is one of the few that features 100% legal content. The site has a decent selection of popular shows including Naruto Shippuden, Blassreiter, and a ton of titles I’ve never heard of. There are also some Korean, Japanese, and Chinese drama videos.

You can sign up for a free membership to view most of Crunchyroll’s videos, but you can get earlier access and high definition streams if you sign up for a paid account.

Crunchyroll also has an iPhone app that lets you find and watch content on an iPhone or iPod touch. The mobile app does a good job of making it easy to browse for content by date, genre, or other criteria such as “most popular” or “recently added.” You can also search for videos.

With a free account, I noticed that not every video as immediately available for streaming. And you do have to sit through a short advertisement before most videos start playing. But that’s easy to forgive for free and legal access to recently broadcast anime shows on your mobile device.

The Crunchyroll iPhone app won’t work over a 3G connection, so you can’t use it to stream videos over your commute. But it works great over WiFi, which makes it ideal for watching shows around the house or on your lunch break at work.

The app is also a little unstable. It crashed once or twice when I was trying to load a video, and 148Apps says it crashed on them after each video they played. But that’s nothing that a quick restart of the app can’t fix.

CrunchyRoll for the iPhone and iPod touch is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing.He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

4 replies on “Crunchyroll streams anime to your iPhone”

  1. Ugh, Crunchyroll’s subs are horrible though. They seem so stiff, adding zero emotion into them. Reading them brings most people to tears. Fansubs are so much better, like Dattebayo’s, for example.

  2. Ugh, Crunchyroll's subs are horrible though. They seem so stiff, adding zero emotion into them. Reading them brings most people to tears. Fansubs are so much better, like Dattebayo's, for example.

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