Otter Media’s Crunchyroll is an American video streaming company that mainly focuses on the Japanese critically acclaimed anime style of animation. Also, Crunchyroll broadcasts manga and dorama, two other Japanese styles. It is around 14 years old (founded in 2006) and up to this date, it has served over 50 million people worldwide. If you’re an anime fanatic, you must be knowing about it. Since you’re here to know how to work your way around subs, this article is going to show you how to enable and disable subtitles on Crunchyroll.
See also: Crunchyroll VS Funimation
Since most (or is it all?) of the shows on Crunchyroll are originally Japanese, the voice-over artists speak Japanese. Since this cannot be understood by speakers of other languages, there is a need for translation subtitles. To mention a few, Crunchyroll offers subtitles in US English, Latin America’s Spanish, Spain’s Spanish, Brazil’s Portuguese, Arabic, French, Russian, Italian, and German. These subtitles increase the viewership of movies that would have otherwise been confined to Japanese speakers.
To enable or disable them is quite easy and this article is going to give steps for one platform on which Crunchyroll is mostly used. This is the desktop and/or laptop website (Crunchyroll.com) which is used on Windows, macOS, and Linux (are there others?).
On the app, most shows are already dubbed into English or some other language. Anyway, if you find that you need to enable or disable subtitles on the app, consider using the steps that follow with little adjustments.
Enabling or disabling on the website
- On your web browser, visit Crunchyroll.com. You will be opened to Crunchyroll’s homepage.
Skip to step 5 if you were already logged in
- On the top right side (not so right, though), click on the icon labeled ‘Login’.
- On the page that opens, enter your login details (email address or username, and password).
- Then, click on the orange ‘Log in’ button. This should open you to your homepage where you can see the ‘Latest News’, ‘Featured Shows’, and ‘Coming Soon’ sections. Now, you need to navigate to the specific anime or manga show, or just any if you are just here to learn.
- For purposes of consistency and parity, click on the search box at the top right corner and type ‘Tower of God’.
If you have an anime in mind, no problem. Just search that which you like.
- On the search results that display, click on Episode 1 – BALL (this should be available). You will now be opened to a page where the episode will start to play.
You will realize that depending on your location, the subtitles are kind of pre-set such that if you are in an English-speaking country, they will be ‘English’. If you navigate down the screen, you will see the subtitles that are available for ‘Episode 1’.
- On the screen that is playing, click on the ‘Settings’ button that is at the bottom-right side of the video player.
- Click on the rightward arrow next to Subtitles/CC (Closed Captions) on the small menu that pops up.
- To enable them (if they were not), choose the language you want. This should change automatically. To disable them, scroll down and check the ‘None’ option.
Bringing the curtains down on this one
If you find that your favorite anime is not dubbed into a language of your understanding, enabling subtitles will surely come in handy. On the other hand, if you understand Japanese (raising an eyebrow), you can consider disabling them.
Anyway, this is highly dependent on your preferences. They always say that to each their own!