While Netflix continues to add more anime to its streaming offerings, Crunchyroll remains the top dog of streaming anime providers.
However, in order to maintain its lead and offset the increasing cost of running a streaming business, Crunchyroll is instituting its first-ever price hike.
In the U.K, subscription prices will rise from £4.99 to £6.50 per month from May 1st, 2019.
Unlike Netflix, which has been gradually raising its subscription fees for the past few years, Crunchroll’s new price hike would be the first of its kind since the streaming service launched in 2006.
While a paid subscription isn’t required to watch shows on Crunchyroll, it does give you full-library access, the ability to avoid ads, and earlier access to shows that are currently broadcasting in Japan.
Aside from anime, Crunchyroll also hosts live-action dramas from Japan, South Korea, and other countries that include anime spin-offs and various Asian soap operas.