After using the new service from Crunchyroll for about a solid half year, what do I have to say about the ambitious platform? Well… I absolutely love it. To start, VRV is a streaming platform made by Crunchyroll with partnerships in mind. For a cool 10USD you get access to a mighty roster of streaming goodness. The Combo Pack consists of platforms ranging from Crunchyroll, Funimation, Dramafever, Geek & Sundry and Adam Savage’s Tested. This content individually would cost well above 10USD on their own when added up collectively. It is bloody brilliant and insane with what you get from this service and it all seems bubbly amazing right?
Well I would be wrong if I didn’t address issues with the actual app on PS4 that tends to have a bit of a buffering issue. While I have not experienced any issues with the web client or the iOS/Android application, I have experienced bad buffer on my local console. Aside from that you don’t get everything that FunimationNow offers. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since there always has to be a sliver of caveat. While I wouldn’t expect them to have gone full in, it still would be nice to see it advertised. However that is where my issues stop with VRV and where my appreciation for the service begins. Now you might ask yourself, “Wait, Kausus… Doesn’t that mean that Crunchyroll has a bigger slice of the market?!” While it is made by them, it still is treated as its own entity.
What it offers is a diversified experience. You get the best of both worlds when you take anime into consideration. The price for both Crunchyroll and FunimationNow is worth just the admission cost for getting both dubbed and subbed. Not to mention both have unique license for anime that you can get anywhere else. If you also are the type who prefers English over Japanese Subtitles then you get to take immediate advantage of this. Plus anything that is currently under a simulcast also pops right up onto VRV so you never have to worry about missing the latest episode of the most current shows. While I have most defiantly shied away from keeping up with current shows in favor of a ‘binge’ style of viewing, it is still a tremendous addition.
Of course it is always hard to add something to a growing list of subscription based services. It pulls your time around and makes you run circles around finances. For myself it was an easy option and helped me get the best of two subscriptions that I used to juggle between. Dubs when I want them, Subs when I need them. It is hard to complain about the extra’s you get out of the deal as well. So go on and give VRV a look, especially if you already have both Crunchyroll and FunimationNOW. It might just surprise you with it’s modern user interface and slick animations. I especially enjoy the added touch of it labeling what episode you have already watched. It is such a small thing but it goes so far in helping keep things tidy.
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