Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian entertainment. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting of America, and many others.
Crunchyroll, Inc. was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese anime industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like Naruto Shippuden, Gintama, and many others online to its subscribers within one hour of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers Association (LIMA). Crunchyroll is funded by angel investors, Venrock, and TV TOKYO.
Its mission is to bring professional content to a worldwide audience and to build a fun, thriving community around this content. To achieve these goals, Crunchyroll actively partners with content providers around the world, while developing social media tools to support this content. It has partnered with over 30 major Asia-based publishers to provide hundreds of titles to its audience. It has created a vibrant active community of over four million users through its social networking platform.
Crunchyroll is free and easy to use. Videos are supported with advertisements and do not require special installations to watch. A premium subscription service is available for added benefits like High Definition videos, no advertisements, and early access to all-new episodes. Proceeds from the subscription service are shared among Crunchyroll's content publishers.
Crunchyroll is also available on devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones, and TVs.
Crunchyroll is legal and acquires rights to distribute its videos.