Crunchyroll is the best platform for watching anime out there. It offers all the latest episodes and comes with English audio for most popular shows. The platform has been steadily growing in popularity as anime takes over the world. While Crunchyroll did not allow you to download videos and view them offline previously, the newly launched plans for the service have brought this functionality. Let’s take a quick look at it.
Can you download TV Shows on Crunchyroll?
Crunchyroll has introduced two new paid tiers for its subscribers. These new tiers give you the opportunity to view and download videos offline. This is a great feature for people that travel a lot or do not wish to spend their cellular data watching anime episodes.
Earlier, Crunchyroll would offer two types of subscription models; Free and Fan. While the free membership was ad-supported, the ‘Fan’ membership costs around $8/month.
The two newly introduced tiers are titled ‘Mega Fan’ and ‘Ultimate Fan’. The Mega fan tier costs $10/month while the Ultimate Fan tier costs $15/month. Both these tiers allow you to download your favorite episodes and view them offline anytime you like.
What is the difference between Mega Fan and Ultimate Fan plans?
There are a few noticeable differences between the two tiers apart from their pricing. Let’s take a quick look at them.
|Feature||Mega Fan||Ultimate Fan|
|#2: Concurrent Streams||Up to 4 concurrent streams||Up to 6 concurrent streams|
|#3: Additional Perks||$15 off in Crunchyroll Store every 3 months. (On purchases of $100 and above)||$25 off in the Crunchyroll Store every three months. (On purchases of $100 and above)|
|#4: Swag Bag & Exclusive early access to merchandise||No||Yes|
When will the newly launched tiers be available?
Crunchyroll has already started rolling out the new tiers to select users in batches. The company is doing slow rollout to identify and fix major bugs without affecting their entire userbase. A stable version of these tiers is expected to be available to all users worldwide by the first week of September.
How to download and view videos offline in Crunchyroll
Note: This feature is currently only available to mobile device users for now. We have been unable to find any information regarding this for desktop users. If you have any update regarding this, please share it with us in the comments section below.
On Android and iPhone app
Open the Crunchyroll app and navigate to your favorite show’s episode that you wish to download for offline viewing.
Now tap the ‘Download’ (downward arrow) beside the title.
This will initiate the download for the current episode in Crunchyroll. Once the download finishes, tap on ‘My Lists’ at the bottom of your screen.
Now select the ‘Offline’ tab.
The episode you downloaded should be available in this tab and you should be able to watch it offline whenever you like.
If you already have an existing premium membership with Crunchyroll, then you should visit this link from a device where you are already logged in to Crunchyroll. The link will take you to the membership page for your account where you will be able to upgrade your existing membership to one of the new tiers for a discounted price. As for the exact prices for the upgrade, Crunchyroll has not disclosed them publically.
We hope this guide helped you get familiar with the two new tiers introduced by Crunchyroll to their premium subscription model. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to us using the comments section below.