Crunchyroll and VRV are from the same company, but the motto of both is a bit different. VRV is much bigger than Crunchyroll because it focuses on anime, cartoons and movies. So, is VRV better than Crunchyroll? The article does an in-depth review and covers Crunchyroll vs. VRV.
Watch the comparison video to see both in action.
Location is one of the primary differences. Crunchyroll is available in over 170 countries. You can access the site from all those locations and start watching.
VRV is only available in the US right now. If you try to access VRV from somewhere else, you get the unavailable message.
Type of content
As mentioned earlier, VRV is much bigger than Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll is a single service focusing on anime and digital manga. VRV is a combination of 6 services. The services include:
- Crunchyroll: A service with the worlds largest anime library.
- Cartoon Hangover: A place to watch great cartoons and animations.
- HIDIVE: Another anime service offering live-action animes.
- Mondo: An anime service focusing on young people.
- Rooster Teeth: A video production company in the US.
- VRV Select: Some popular handpicked movies by the VRV company.
All those services act like channels, and you can go from one channel to another easily.
If you subscribe to the premium plan on VRV, you automatically subscribe to the Crunchyroll Fan (starter) plan because everything you find on Crunchyroll is also available VRV, and the latest shows are published on both simultaneously.
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You also find the same featured shows on both the Crunchyroll channel on VRV and the Crunchyroll app itself if you browse both simultaneously.
No. of shows
Crunchyroll comes with over 1000 shows. The service is geo-blocked which means depending on the region, you find content.
VRV is not geo-blocked in terms of the content because it is only available in the US. The service, of course, offers more than what Crunchyroll offers.
Both support the most common platforms. Crunchyroll is available on more platforms than VRV. The table below compares the platforms.
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Like location, the pricing is also is different. Crunchyroll is a single service, so it is more affordable than VRV. It comes with three different plans.
- Fan Plan: A starter plan offering an ad-free experience and access to the full library. You can’t download videos on your phone, and you can only watch on one device simultaneously. The pan costs $7.99 per month.
- Mega Fan Plan: This plan supports 4 streams simultaneously, and you can download videos offline. It costs $9.99 per month.
- Ultimate Plan: The ultimate plan offers a couple of exclusive figures and annual swag bags. It costs $14.99 per month.
VRV is offered in one plan, which comes with everything. You pay $9.99 per month for an ad-free experience and offline downloads. You can also get the Crunchyroll subscription on the VRV website.
In this round of Crunchyroll vs. VRV, the article covers the supported VPNs. You can enjoy Crunchyroll exclusive content by connecting to a VPN server in the US. I have tested CyberGhost and NordVPN, but any good VPN will unblock the geo-blocked content.
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VRV can also be unblocked anywhere by connecting to a server in the US. I have tested the app using NordVPN and ProtonVPN, but like Crunchyroll, any good VPN can unblock the service and the apps.
The website of Crunchyroll, compared to VRV, reminds you of 2005 when the internet was still developing. The app on most of the devices come with a sleek design.
The VRV website, as well as apps, come with a nice and easy to use interface.
Both apps offer free and ad-supported content, Crunchyroll sometimes shows 4 to 6 video ads in between the episode, and most of the time, if not all, most of the ads are the same. I understand the company has to make money but watching the same video ad six times can be overwhelming sometimes.
VRV also shows the same ads, but not six times. The average video ad count on VRV is 3 to 4.
Which one is for you
- Living in the US: I suggest using VRV first.
- Living outside of the US and have a VPN: Try VRV first if you are not thinking of subscribing to a paid plan.
- Living outside of the US and don’t have VPN: You don’t have a choice. Go with Crunchyroll.
Crunchyroll vs. VRV: Conclusion
Anime is growing rapidly, and good service is essential. The article Crunchyroll vs. VRV covered the most important topics. What do you think of both? Do you have a favourite anime program? Please share your thought in the comments down below, so others can decide easily.