With the variety of streaming platforms available today, it can be hard to determine which is best for accessing different types of content–especially if it’s available nearly everywhere. This is a common problem with anime, where different series can be found on multiple streaming platforms like VRV and Crunchyroll. With that that said, which one is better?
Users that enjoy watching animated media in addition to other genres of shows and movies will enjoy VRV more than Crunchyroll because they can access ad-free, premium content from Crunchyroll, Mondo, and the exclusive VRV Select library for only $9.99 a month.
Because VRV allows subscribers to watch anime from Crunchyroll’s library, you may wonder if it’s worth holding on to your current Crunchyroll account or if it’s time to switch. Read on to learn more about the differences between VRV and Crunchyroll, and which streaming platform is best for you.
So… which is the best option- Crunchyroll or VRV?
Whether VRV or Crunchyroll is better depends on your preferences: Fans of animated media–including anime–sci-fi, and fantasy may benefit more from a VRV account, as it can grant you access to premium content from Crunchyroll and Mondo, in addition to exclusive VRV shows–all ad-free for only $9.99 a month.
However, if you’re only interested in watching anime, you may be better off sticking to a Crunchyroll subscription. You can still watch any series you love, ad-free, for a lower cost of $7.99/month.
If you prefer to save money, you can always sign up for the free VRV account and still have access to the same content–you’ll only have to worry about ads and waiting a little longer for new episodes when they release. However, you have this option with a Crunchyroll account too.
It’s also worth noting that a premium VRV subscription will give users access to Crunchyroll as a premium member–even if they previously only had a free Crunchyroll account. You just have to link your two accounts.
There are more differences than similarities between these two streaming platforms, particularly when it comes to subscription options and the media available.
One of the first noticeable differences between VRV and Crunchyroll is their membership options and associated monthly fee. VRV offers two membership tiers for subscribers:
|Perks||Stream over 20,000 hours of content, updated regularly.||Stream ad-free content, updated regularly + get exclusive access to VRV Select content + offline viewing with the VRV app|
Crunchyroll offers more membership tier options, each with its own benefits:
|Free||Fan||Mega Fan||Ultimate Fan|
|Benefits||Access to Crunchyroll’s library of anime and digital manga||Everything in the Free plan + ad-free viewing||Everything in the Fan plan + ability to stream on up to 4 devices at once + exclusive coupons for the Crunchyroll store||Everything in the Mega Fan plan + ability to stream on an additional 2 devices + access to exclusive merch + annual member swag bag|
VRV offers multiple “channels,” each complete with a unique library of media from Crunchyroll and Mondo. The content doesn’t differ from what’s usually offered on these individual streaming platforms, meaning everything you would usually be able to watch on Crunchyroll with a Crunchyroll subscription are also available on VRV.
It also has a channel called “VRV Select,” which consists of movies and shows exclusive to premium members. Most of the content in this channel is hand-picked by staff and ranges from forgotten fantasy and sci-fi classics to some best-suited for those with eclectic tastes.
Clearly, VRV offers more variety in content; however, members have complained that series–and channels–tend to update a little too regularly, meaning your favorite show may not always be available to stream.
Crunchyroll, on the other hand, is exclusively home to anime series only, but subscribers can also access a large library of digital manga, and their offerings rarely deviate.
A $9.99 VRV Premium subscription allows members to view ad-free content across all of their channels, plus access to exclusive movies and shows, and a similarly priced Crunchyroll Mega Fan subscription will unlock ad-free viewing plus perks such as offline viewing, the ability to watch content on up to four devices, and exclusive coupons and discounts on the Crunchyroll Store. But when it comes to anime, which of these platforms offers more value for the price?
Ultimately, anime fans will benefit more from a Crunchyroll account; you get the perks of accessing exclusive content and merch for a reasonable cost. But if you enjoy genres beyond anime, such as sci-fi and fantasy, it’s worth getting a VRV subscription; it offers more variety, and you can still access premium Crunchyroll benefits with a paid membership.