June 15, 2024

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In a transfer that ought to shock completely nobody, Crunchyroll, the Netflix-esque repository for all of the anime you possibly can most likely ever want, is growing its costs. The value hike, nevertheless, solely impacts the 2 most costly tiers in sure international locations. However regardless, it’s the primary worth improve Crunchyroll has seen since 2019, indicating that no subscription service is protected from the dreaded worth hike.

As reported by IGN and shared on the corporate’s web site, the worth of Crunchyroll’s Mega and Final Fan tiers will see a nominal bump on Might 1. As an alternative of $10 a month and $15 a month, these two memberships will go to $12 a month and $16 a month, respectively. The corporate mentioned that the worth hike was a results of its larger funding in anime, in addition to its further choices within the type of video games and music. That is cool, I suppose, however it sucks seeing what had been comparatively stagnant costs for 5 years get hiked up. No less than the common $7-a-month Fan tier will stay unchanged. For now, anyway.

A screenshot of an email sent from Crunchyroll to subscribers about the price increase starting May 1.

Screenshot: Crunchyroll / Kotaku

The value improve for the Mega and Final Fan tiers will go into impact in over 36 international locations, Crunchyroll mentioned, together with France and the USA. Along with a worth hike, the corporate additionally introduced that the free-trial interval has been lowered from a full two weeks to a measly seven days. We are able to’t have something anymore, and I swear each subscription service has been growing its costs currently. What provides?

Kotaku has reached out to Crunchyroll for remark.

This information comes only one month after Crunchyroll and Funimation did the Fusion Dance, merging collectively in an act that in the end shuttered Funimation in its entirety on April 2. This merger, which ran Crunchyroll’s pockets some $1.2 billion, has reportedly resulted in tons of anime being misplaced within the transition. Now that’s a Mega Fan bummer.