Crunchyroll is an American software and media distribution, production, and licensing business that specializes in streaming anime, manga, and dorama. Crunchyroll’s distribution channel and collaboration program distribute material to over 100 million registered users worldwide, having been founded in 2006 by a group of University of California, Berkeley graduates.
Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Lausanne, Paris, Berlin, and Chişinau. It is also a member of The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA). Due to its popularity, hosting costs are offset partially by sponsored links from IOS apps installed on more than 20 million devices, but the service also offers online streaming videos in DVD quality with original Japanese soundtracks to its premium members.
Crunchyroll is becoming known for its many acquisitions, working alongside studios in Japan such as Bandai Visual, Toei Animation, Toshiba Entertainment, Pony Canyon, and TMS Entertainment to bring titles like K-On! , Attack on Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura, RIN-NE, and Sailor Moon to the Western world. While some of their titles are streamed subtitled or dubbed by another studio (like The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Wit Studio), Crunchyroll has remained ahead of the game by bringing out titles that might otherwise never be seen outside of Japan.
Crunchyroll is a streaming service that provides over 1,000 anime shows, over 200 East Asian dramas, and around 80 manga titles. Despite the fact that some material is not accessible worldwide due to licensing restrictions, it has over 5 million premium subscribers as of 2021.
Its Anime Awards, often known as the Crunchyroll Anime Awards, are an annual prize awarded to honor anime from the previous year. The inaugural ceremony was held in January 2017. For each category, its employs a group of twenty judges from various backgrounds to create a list of six nominees. The public is then encouraged to vote on this list in order to determine the winners.