You can now watch some of Crunchyroll's best anime for free

Chainsaw Man
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Good news, anime fans. You can now watch some of Crunchyroll’s biggest and best shows – free of charge.

The anime streaming service has announced that its free ad-supported tier now includes Chainsaw Man, Spy x Family, Vinland Saga, and more. 

"It’s part of our service to fans when we can make popular titles more accessible," Crunchyroll chief content officer Asa Suehira said in a statement. "These titles will be part of the 1,000 hours of Crunchyroll’s library available free for fans as a way of sampling the world of anime, building new audiences, and growing the already passionate community."

The full list of ad-tier additions are below. Note, that only the first seasons of the shows are available, meaning we won’t get one of 2023’s best shows included – Vinland Saga season 2, in case you were wondering – but it’s still a sufficient sampler to help you discover some incredible new television.

  • Beast Tamer
  • Blue Lock
  • Bocchi The Rock!
  • Bungo Stray Dogs
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill
  • Chainsaw Man
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion [not available in UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand]
  • The Daily Life of the Immortal King
  • Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro
  • Golden Kamuy
  • Lycoris Recoil
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch of Mercury
  • My Dress-Up Darling
  • Ranking of Kings
  • The Reincarnation of the Strongest Exorcist in Another World
  • Soul Eater [not available in UK and Ireland]
  • Vinland Saga
  • Yona of the Dawn

That’s not all. The likes of Cowboy Bebop, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, and One Piece are all available to watch on Crunchyroll for free. If you’re completely new to the medium, we’d absolutely recommend Demon Slayer off the bat, then you can dip your toes into something a little more out there once you’ve got your feet under the anime table.

For more, check out our list of the best anime you should be watching in 2023. Then dive into the latest anime news with our guides on Demon Slayer season 4, Jujutsu Kaisen season 2, and Attack on Titan The Final Chapters.

Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.