Anime has cut out a bigger presence in popular culture than it has ever seen in the last couple of years, and quite a bit of that is because of services like Crunchyroll that make lawfully observing new anime episodes a lot easier than any time in recent memory. The streaming service has seen significant changes as far back as its dispatch in 2006, and soon paying members will see an increase in their subscription rate.
Crunchyroll reported that their month to month rate for Premium members of their service will increase from $6.95 to $7.99 USD a month. This marks the absolute first cost increase to the service since its dispatch years prior, and will go live for new subscribers on May 1.
Current Premium subscribers will have the current $6.95 USD secured until August 1, and members who have paid ahead of time for a time of the service won’t see an adjustment in their valuing. Crunchyroll explained the increase in a statement to Variety:
“Crunchyroll has the world’s largest accumulation of anime and we are appreciative to have focused on structure out such a robust library for throughout the last decade, without a significant cost change in our organization history…However, because of rising costs of substance and infrastructure, right now is an ideal opportunity to present new subscription evaluating.” Adding that, “This cost increase will enable us to bring our locale a greater amount of their most loved shows, enabling us to make much more experiences for them to associate with one another and through shared passion for anime.”
Crunchyroll’s Premium subscription allows access to each new anime episode as they simulcast from Japan in HD and without advertisements. There have been no reported changes to the free version of the streaming service (which allows watching episodes about seven days after they air with promotion breaks), nor has there been a declared change to the packaged VRV evaluating of $9.99 USD.