Crunchyroll Announces Changes to Ad-Supported Viewing for Spring 2022 Season

Crunchyroll have recently announced that from the Spring 2022 Season ad-supported viewing will no longer be available for new and continuing titles, and instead will require a subscription to view content. Completed titles released before the Spring 2022 Season should still offer Ad-Supported viewing.

Originally Crunchyroll offered fans to watch titles with ads one week after they were streamed on the platform, while subscribers could watch them as soon as they became available and without ads. However from the Spring 2022 Season this will not be possible, as outlined in a new FAQ on the Crunchyroll website.

For the Spring 2022 season and future seasonal releases, Crunchyroll will update our offering on simulcast titles by subscription tier. To view new and continuing simulcasts, a premium monthly or annual subscription will be required. With the exception below, we will no longer be offering simulcast episodes one week after release as an ad-supported, free viewing option. For continuing series, ad-supported viewing on any new episodes will not be available in line with the Spring season, however, previously published episodes are still available to all user types. 

With that being said, Crunchyroll will offer a selected number of shows with ad-support from the Spring 2022 Season, however only three episodes will be available to non-subscribers and they will only be available for a limited time. Once this date has passed the episodes will only be available the subscribers of the Crunchyroll platform.

  • Spy x Family
  • A Couple of Cuckoos
  • Dawn of the Witch
  • Tomodachi Game
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World
  • Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie
  • The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs

So, what exactly does this mean? In simple terms it means that those wishing to watch new shows on Crunchyroll should subscribe to the platform in order to do so; however those only interested in watching back catalog titles (i.e. titles added to the platform before 2022) should be able to do so with ad-support. Further details relating to the new Ad-Supported viewing options on Crunchyroll can be founded in the new FAQ on the Crunchyroll website.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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