Buffering… Why Crunchyroll Is Slow For Some Users

With millions of paid users and just as many free users, Crunchyroll has quickly risen to become one of the world’s largest anime streaming sites. From anime shows, fan merch, online manga, games, and even a huge online forum, Crunchyroll has it all. However, one of the biggest complaints about the site is that it can sometimes be slow.

So, why is Crunchyroll slow for some users? 

The most common reason why Cunchyroll is slow is that your personal internet connection may be slow or experiencing high volume. However, the problem could also be caused by your desktop plugins or your browser’s memory cache being too full. 

In today’s post, I’m going to give you all of the tips that I’ve used over the past couple of years to help troubleshoot slow playback speeds. I’ll also help clear the air and answer some other questions I’ve received about slow Crunchryoll speeds. It’s time to get you back to A1-streaming quality! 

How To Troubleshoot Playback Issues On Crunchyroll

It’s the perfect evening… You just got home from a long work shift, sat down on the sofa with your favorite Japanese snacks, and you open Crunchyroll to catch up on your favorite anime series. Peace and relaxation at last, right? 

However, as soon as your show starts to play, the screen randomly freezes and buffers. You pause it and let it sit for a minute to allow everything to catch up, but it’s still slow. 

If you’re experiencing slow playback speeds, you’re not alone. Crunchyroll is a truly awesome platform, but with so many users streaming at the same time, sometimes streaming irregularities pop up. So, that being said, I’m going to take a few minutes and show you exactly how to fix them! 

How To Speed Up Crunchyroll Playback On Desktop

In addition to Crunchyroll, I’ve also experienced some of these same problems while watching Hulu on my desktop. Whether you’re watching Crunchyroll or Hulu, the root cause of the slow playback speeds is almost always the same – your internet connection speed. 

The first thing you should try is to move your desktop closer to your router or turn off some of the other devices that using up valuable internet data. If that doesn’t work, then you can also try rebooting your router

If it’s not the internet connection, it will most likely be your flash player plugins. Crunchyroll’s streaming service still uses Adobe Flash Player, which is somewhat “ancient” technology by today’s standards. As such, it can cause some annoying playback issues. In this case, your best bet is to update your Adobe Flash Player plugin or uninstall and re-install it. 

How To Speed Up Crunchyroll Playback On Mobile

The other day, I was catching up on the latest chapter of Boruto on my iPhone and I started experiencing slow buffering and playback. While this can sometimes be caused by slow internet, it could also just be the application itself. 

This means the easiest solution to slow playback on the mobile and console app is to completely shut down the app and restart it. This will usually reset whatever glitch was causing the slow playback. If that doesn’t work, you can also change the streaming video quality through the on-screen settings. This uses less data and should help with playback speeds. 

Do Free Users Have Slower Playback Speeds? 

Before I started my premium subscription, I just had a basic Crunchyroll free account. It’s a common misconception that Crunchyroll purposefully slows down free users’ speed to give premium users a better viewing experience. However, this simply isn’t true. The only difference between free and premium streaming accounts is that you’ll be able to skip ads with a premium account. 

Is Crunchyroll Slower When Dubbed In Another Language? 

The other day, somebody asked me whether the fact that they’ve been watching Crunchyroll dubbed over in another language may be causing slow playback speeds. While this can temporarily slow down your playback speeds while the new episode loads, it shouldn’t last for more than 20 or 30 seconds. 

Final Tips

It’s never fun when your favorite show starts to buffer and freeze in the middle of an episode. It’s even worse when it happens during an important or dramatic scene. Sometimes it can ruin the entire experience! However, if you follow all of the steps that I’ve outlined in this guide, then you should be able to troubleshoot your issues and restore your streaming quality to 100%.