RetroCrush–A New, Free, Legal, Anime Streaming Service

RetroCrush–A New, Free, Legal, Anime Streaming Service

Hey gang! I was recently made aware of a new, free, legal, anime streaming service. So I thought I’d give it a look-see and a review.

What’s the Deal With RetroCrush?

A company called Digital Media Rights (DMR for short) has created a new streaming service called RetroCrush (link here). I’ve never heard of DMR, but apparently they are attempting to grow in the digital sphere with several different services. But since I only care about the anime for this piece, we are going to focus on RetroCrush.

RetroCrush

RetroCrush focuses on classic anime titles. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you will probably have seen most, if not all of the anime lineup on RetroCrush. That’s because DMR already had the licenses for these classic titles and then sub-licensed them out to Amazon (dubs only for the most part, unless no dubbed version is available). So if you already paid for an Amazon Prime subscription, you probably already have access to everything RestroCrush currently has.

However, Amazon Prime is a paid subscription. RetroCrush is free, though it is paid for with ad revenue. So if you don’t have Amazon Prime, RetroCrush is going to be your free option. Also, if you want subtitled versions with Japanese audio, RetroCrush is going to have those.

At the moment, RetroCrush is limited to Google Play, iTunes, Roku, and Fire TV. If you are wanting to watch anime on your PC, you’ll have to use BlueStacks or other Android emulator. However, the official RetroCrush Twitter states that they will have a browser version soon.

What Anime is on RetroCrush?

As one might expect from the name of the service, RetroCrush focuses on old school anime titles. For some titles, both the dubbed and the subbed versions are included, though as separate entries. If you are a subtitle person, the subs are hardsubbed and appear to be DVD rips. The service also has a closed caption subtitle for dubs and subs.

RetroCrush

Here are a list of anime titles of note for me on the service (not the complete list). If I’ve watched and reviewed it, I’ll throw a link to the review (most will probably be from when I wrote for Community Anime Reviews).

  • A.D. Police (watched)
  • A.D. Police File (watched)
  • Galaxy Express 999
  • Bubblegum Crisis (watched)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie (watched)
  • Creamy Mami
  • DearS (watched)
  • Demon City Shinjuku (watched)
  • Flame of Recca
  • Fushigi Yuugi
  • GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka
  • Otaku no Video (watched)
  • Project A-ko (watched)
  • Riding Bean
  • Ultra Maniac (watched)
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer (watched)

As I stated, this isn’t a complete list. I probably listed at least a third to close to half of the titles though.

The Player (Android/BlueStacks)

You don’t need to have an account to watch anime onΒ  RetroCrush. However, if you want to save titles to your list, you’ll need an account. Unfortunately, RetroCrush won’t allow you to add an entire series to your favorite or playlist. You have to add everything episode by episode. That’s something that needs to be fixed big time.

The player is basic but functional. I’ve included a screen capture from DearS. The bottom part disappears after a few seconds, so don’t worry about that blocking the subtitles.

RetroCrush DearS

We’ll see how the browser version is. Glancing at titles on Amazon via the web browser vs. titles on RetroCrush via BlueStacks, Amazon looked cleaner for some reason. But, I’m guessing DMR is expecting folks using RetroCrush to be viewing on tiny phone screens or tablets at best.

Nevertheless, I like the idea of a legal, free, anime streaming service that specializes in classic anime titles.

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4 Responses to “RetroCrush–A New, Free, Legal, Anime Streaming Service”

  1. Bobbie Sellers says:

    Thanks Astroboy, Are you forwarding to the rec.arts.anime.misc Usenet Newsgroup or shall I
    well If I don’t see your post there I will reference it with full credit to you.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I haven’t been to Usenet Newsgroups in ages. I didn’t realize those were still a thing. πŸ˜… But yeah, by all means, go ahead and post this there if you want. Thanks!

  2. redcomet91 says:

    This service is good news, but I hear it’s not available outside of the US for the time being at least which is a shame for me. Going to have to check if those series are available on Amazon Prime already.

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