How to “Binge and Chill” on Crunchyroll in the Wake of the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Binge and Chill

As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, a lot of people have been forced to practice social distancing and stay in lockdown at home. However, since human beings are creatures built for community, it has proven quite challenging for a lot of people getting used to new norms where their weekends of hanging out with friends have been brought to an abrupt end. 

The good news is that there are dozens of ways to stay healthy, social, and engaged online. One of them is watching Crunchyroll. Founded in 2006, Crunchyroll boasts as the one-stop shop for Japanese anime, drama and manga lovers of all kinds. Having now grown to more than 70 million users, if you love watching the hottest anime titles, you will definitely enjoy the content library that Crunchyroll has to offer. While the streaming platform offers free trial accounts, it is well worth getting the premium membership account which offers instant episode updates just one hour after they’ve been broadcast in Japan along with unlimited advertisement free experiences and more! Here are five Crunchyroll hacks to make the most of your streaming experience amidst the quarantine and social distancing measures.  

Use a VPN to Unblock Geo-Restricted Content

While the Crunchyroll headquarters is based in the US, it still enforces geo-restrictions on its content library depending on where its users access it from. Using a Crunchyroll VPN will greatly expand the number and variety of anime shows and titles you have access to. As an example, obviously, the biggest catalog of titles will be found in the US, but there are some titles and hot anime series that are only available in certain specific countries. If you want definite access across all geographic limitations and geoblocking by Crunchyroll, then it is worth getting a VPN to help you unlock all your favorite anime content.

Use Lists to Track Your Favourite Anime

With such a large database of anime and manga content available in its content library, it is not surprising if you as a Crunchyroll user can get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice and variety on the streaming platform. There are tons of different genres, ranging from action, adventure to shoujoai, shounen and harem or fantasy-like content. Using anime news sites like MyAnimeList or Anime-Planet will help you to track your favourite anime titles and stay on top of your favorite episodes. The key things to look out for are your favorite anime series release schedules, your own watch-list (separated into what you are currently watching and what you want to watch) and also your completed list, which will allow you to recall any previous episode highlights or favourites you may have watched a while back. Using these sites to create lists and notifications will help you stay organized and stay on track with all the exciting new releases happening on Crunchyroll.

Go for Paid Membership 

One of the most annoying things that can happen while watching your favorite anime like Attack on Titan or One-Punch Man, is when your show is interrupted midway by an advertisement commercial. A few advertisements here and there may not hurt, but they actually do add up, especially when you’re just trying to binge watch an entire season of one of your ideal anime episodes. Joining the Crunchyroll platform as a member allows you to stream anime ad-free, access its full Crunchyroll library (depending on which country you are streaming in from) and also full access to its library of digital manga content. For more avid fans, there is always the option to go premium, which upgrades users from streaming on 1 device to giving them the option to stream from 4 devices at a time and also opening up the convenient option of offline viewing. This may not be anything special during this lockdown period while everyone is at home, but think about all the time you spend on public transport and how you could be watching your favorite anime during your commute.

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