Crunchyroll drops prices in 95 countries, but not in the United States
Sony is slashing the price of Crunchyroll, its premium anime subscription service, in 95 countries and territories, including India, the UK and Brazil.
Notably, Crunchyroll’s pricing doesn’t change in the US, where the service starts at $7.99/month and the popular Mega Fan tier costs $9.99/month. The cost of the subscription service also does not change in Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany or France.
Crunchyroll highlighted the Mega Fan tier price changes in the UK, where it will drop from £7.99 to £5.99 per month; India, where it will drop from 9.99 USD to 99 Indian rupees (about 1.24 USD) per month; Brazil, where it will drop from 32 to 19.99 Brazilian reals per month; and the United Arab Emirates, where it will drop from US$9.99 to 19 UAE dirhams.
The full list of the 95 countries where Crunchyroll is dropping prices is available at this link. “Subscribers from nearly 100 regions around the world will now enjoy a larger anime library at a lower price!” indicates the Sony-owned service in the ad.
Crunchyroll bills itself as the world’s largest anime streaming service with over 30,000 episodes, as well as the ability to watch episodes of Japanese anime series of the current season one hour after they air in Japan.
Sony bought Crunchyroll for $1.18 billion in cash from AT&T last year, and earlier last year it merged Crunchyroll with anime streaming service Funimation (which Sony bought in 2019). and Decker was named head of the consolidated anime/manga entertainment group.
Crunchyroll LLC operates a joint venture between the American company Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Japanese company Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. This spring, Colin Decker – CEO of Crunchyroll, who was previously at the head of Funimation – left the company. Rahul Purini, previously COO, has been named president of Crunchyroll.