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The 14 best Crunchyroll anime you can binge now
Crunchyroll is one of the most important streaming services for anime fans. It was one of the first legitimate ways to watch new anime without piracy. Additionally, it’s the largest anime streaming site at this time. The service is relatively cheap and the free version lets you watch most things with ads. The entire service has a metric ton of excellent anime. However, there are some that stand above the rest. Here are the best Crunchyroll anime right now.
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Editor’s note: Crunchyroll is available in many countries all over the world. Some of these shows may not be available in all regions.
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1. My Hero Academia (super-series)
2. Naruto (super-series)
The show follows the story of Naruto and his friends Sasuke and Sakura, specifically Naruto and Sasuke as they deal with enemy organizations, corrupt family members, and other stuff. The show is notorious for its filler episodes, but you can find watch lists without filler if you don’t want to sit through 700+ episodes. This is easily one of the best of the best super-series anime on Crunchyroll. Those who want to keep going after they’re done can check out Boruto: Naruto Next Generations with its 150+ episodes at the time of this writing.
3. Fate series (action-adventure)
4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (action-adventure)
5. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (thriller/horror)
6. The Perfect Insider (mystery)
7. Toradora! (romantic comedy)
8. Ore Monogatari (romantic comedy)
9. Flying Witch (slice of life)
10. Hibike! Euphonium (slice of life)
11. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (fantasy)
12. Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World (fantasy)
13. KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world (comedy)
14. Asobi Asobase (comedy)
15. HONORable mentions
Below is a list of our honorable mentions, or anime that definitely would make this list if we made the list longer. They are in alphabetical order. We know this list could be much, much longer as there are a ton of great anime on Crunchyroll, but we can only make the article so long.
Ancient Magus Bride – Ancient Magus Bride is a slice of life about a girl with a rough life who is purchased by a mage. She deals with depression and PTSD from previous events in her life and the show has been praised for its interpretation of those conditions.
A Place Further Than the Universe – This one is an adventure show about a group of friends who travel to Antarctica to look for Shirase’s missing mother. This one is a shorter watch at 13 episodes but it’s definitely worth it for adventure fans.
Attack on Titan – Attack on Titan is one of the most popular anime of the last decade. It received huge mainstream success in North America and is known for its graphic violence and genuinely frightening premise. The show takes an eternity to release new episodes and most people already watched the show in English (still doable on Funimation). Still, the sub isn’t bad and Crunchyroll has every episode to date.
Blue Exorcist – BLUe Exorcist is an action-adventure show about the son of Satan becoming an exorcist to defeat Satan. He learns of his hidden powers after his father is killed and decides to use his powers for good, keeping them locked away in a special katana.
Dr. Stone – Dr. Stone is a slice-of-life adventure show with some fantasy elements. Everybody in the world is frozen into stone and a super-smart kid is accidentally unfrozen and he now intends to unfreeze everybody, except some people like the new world without so many people in it. This show would make the list but it is still in progress at the time of this writing.
Fruits Basket – Fruits Basket is a romantic comedy about a girl who runs away from a bad home to live with some friends. However, those friends can morph into animals. The story kind of goes from there. The show is 26 episodes long and it’s a decent watch for fantasy romantic comedy fans.
Gundam: The Origin – Gundam is the biggest mecha franchise in all of anime. The Origin follows the plot of the original Gundam series, but with something a little more modern than its modest 1970’s animation. The run was originally 4 episodes at 60 minutes each, but Crunchyroll has a 13-episode version with standard-length episodes.
Gurren Lagann – Gurren Lagann is an action-adventure mecha show by Gainax, the same studio that does Neon Genesis Evangelion. In fact, the people who made this eventually spun off to make Studio Trigger, the studio behind Kill la Kill. In any case Gurren Lagann is an excellently written show about two boys who break out of their subterranean homes to see the open world where chaos ensues.
Kagura-sama: Love is War – This one is a romantic comedy about two kids who actually love each other, but refuse to admit it out of a matter of pride. They believe that the first one who does loses. They otherwise make a perfect couple. This is another one for romantic comedy fans.
Kill la Kill – Kill la Kill is an outstanding action-adventure show from the makers of Gurren Lagann (even though it was technically a different studio). The show is about Ryoko, a girl looking for her father’s murderer. The show’s themes revolve around clothes and how people use clothes to define themselves. It’s best known for its over-dramatic animation and Mako, one of the best side characters ever.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid – This show (MKDM for short) is a popular slice of life about a woman with a dragon maid. The two start living together after Kobayashi helps fix Tohru’s tail and Tohru decided to repay the life debt. Soon a younger dragon comes into the picture and the three begin acting like a family. Aside from a few not great minutes at the beginning of episode 6, the show is charming and fun.
No Game, No Life – No Game, No Life is an isekai about two siblings who are offered to live in a world that focuses on games. Disputes in this new world are handled with gambling and other events. The show only lasts for 12 episodes but it definitely has its moments and is one of the more popular isekai no named Sword Art Online.
A Certain Scientific Railgun, A Certain Magical Index, and A Certain Scientific Accelerator – These three shows all take place in the same universe. The Scientific series focuses on characters who live in a city of child prodigies who have special abilities while Magical Index focuses more on the universe’s spiritual characters. You can watch the shows in any order, but Scientific Accelerator takes place after the first two seasons of the other two shows so we highly recommending watching the original two first. All three shows are active right now and there are still new episodes coming out. However, we actually like the English dub for this one more than the subtitles, so we recommend watching it on Funimation if you can.
Rising of the Shield Hero – Rising of the Shield Hero is another isekai fantasy show about a Japanese youth summoned into a parallel world. The parallel world acts like an MMORPG. Naofumi receives a legendary shield and finds himself a group of adventurers. The show definitely has its ups and downs, but its 25 episode run is a solid watch.
Yakusoku no Neverland – Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland) is a dark fantasy thriller with science fiction elements. The show takes place in the future where an 11-year old orphan finds out that their little orphanage is actually a meat farm for a higher species. We don’t think you need any further introduction. Have fun!
If we missed any excellent anime (and we likely did), tell us about your favorites in the comments below!