Crunchyroll is dropping its subscription prices in almost 100 regions
The anime streaming service is one of the few things that isn’t becoming more expensive in 2022
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📉 Crunchyroll is lowering its monthly subscription fees in nearly 100 regions
🤑 The Mega Fan plan is dropping by 25% in the UK
😔 Unfortunately, the USA, Canada, and Mexico will not see any price drops
💰 The anime streaming service was purchased by Sony last year
In a move that’s at odds with practically every other product or service in the world, Crunchyroll is lowering its subscription fees in nearly 100 countries and territories.
The anime streaming service is slashing the price of its Mega Fan tier, which gives members ad-free content, unlimited access to Crunchyroll’s library, new episodes an hour after they air in Japan, and other perks like offline viewing.
The price drop will benefit anime fans in the UK, Brazil, China, South Korea, Sweden, the Philippines, and many others. Unfortunately, there’s no price cut for the USA, Canada, and Mexico, but you can see the complete list of countries on Crunchyroll’s website.
Crunchyroll’s decision to discount its Mega Fan subscription is rather unexpected but more than welcome during the current cost of living crisis. The Mega Fan plan used to cost £8 a month in the UK but is now just £6. In India, the saving is even more substantial as it’s now 99 rupees instead of $10 a month. That’s around $1.25 a month.
Sony snapped up Crunchyroll in 2021 for $1.18 billion. The service had five million paying subscribers and a whopping 120 million registered users. After the acquisition, Sony announced that it would fold its existing Funimation anime service into Crunchyroll to offer a unified experience.
Speaking after the acquisition, Sony executive Tony Vinciquerra said:
"With Crunchyroll and Funimation, we are committed to creating the ultimate anime experience for fans and presenting a unique opportunity for our key partners, publishers, and the immensely talented creators to continue to deliver their masterful content to audiences around the world.
"With the addition of Crunchyroll, we have an unprecedented opportunity to serve anime fans like never before and deliver the anime experience across any platform they choose, from theatrical, events, home entertainment, games, streaming, linear TV - everywhere and every way fans want to experience their anime. Our goal is to create a unified anime subscription experience as soon as possible."
There have been rumors that Sony plans to offer a Crunchyroll membership or trial as part of its new PlayStation Plus service, but nothing has been announced. Maybe it’ll be one of the perks Sony hinted at in its new PlayStation Stars loyalty program? Either way, it’s great to see a service offer more value for its members instead of continually increasing the price.
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