Nowadays, many people prefer to spend their free time watching anime. This is a really interesting and exciting activity. Some people watch dubbed anime, but for some, watching the original is more appealing. Luckily, you don’t have to be fluent in Japanese to watch anime in the original, you can use subtitles! This article gives a detailed guide on how to change language on Crunchyroll as well.
Crunchyroll also provides subtitles for most of its shows. Whether or not an anime will be subtitled depends on Crunchyroll’s licensing agreement with the distribution rights company.
Which shows on Crunchyroll have subtitles
As mentioned above, subtitles are available for most broadcasts. This is most often the case for newer streaming content, older shows often support English-only subtitles. Accordingly, the newer the series, the more likely it is to be available in all 9 languages supported by Crunchyroll.
In addition, subtitles will be automatically overlaid on the video based on your geographic region. Therefore, you are unlikely to have to turn them on manually, since the streaming service automatically assumes that you do not know Japanese. But you can always turn them off or change the language of the subtitles.
The only exception is duplicate videos. If the audio is dubbed, it will not be possible to enable subtitles in English or any other language.
How to get Crunchyroll subtitles just right for you
Crunchyroll is unable to offer all of the series in its library in all nine languages due to geographic licensing restrictions.
To find out if a series has subtitles in a specific language, you need to go to the information page. In the right part of the window, under the description, there is a list of languages supported by this series. if you don’t see your language right away, keep checking anyway because the license agreements are constantly changing.
Enable subtitles through a web browser
If you are using Crunchyroll directly from your browser, you can enable and change subtitles in the video stream itself.
To do this, click on the gear icon in the lower right corner of the video screen to open the settings menu. Then click on Subtitles/CC and select the desired language. You can see all nine supported language options or just a couple, depending on the show’s publisher.
Enable subtitles through the Crunchyroll app on PC
Enabling subtitles in the Crunchyroll app works a little differently. The application allows you to change the subtitle language for absolutely all your videos, instead of changing each one of them.
To change the subtitle language settings, you must:
- Login to your Crunchyroll account
- Click on the main menu icon or three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen. When you click on the main menu you will have very few options to choose from, you need Settings
- Click on Subtitle Language under General in the Settings menu
- Choose your preferred language
The next time you watch a video, the subtitles will be in the language of your choice. The translation of episode titles will also change.
How To Change Language On Crunchyroll via the console
You can also switch the subtitle language if you are watching the show on an Xbox or PlayStation console. However, turning subtitles on and off will not be available.
To change the subtitle language:
- Go to menu
- Scroll down and click on the Settings option
- Choose language
- Exiting the menu
These changes will only affect the video streams and not the application’s user interface. To change the application language, you must make these changes to the console system.
Also, changing the language does not guarantee that your show will have subtitles in that language. This is subject to licensing agreements between Crunchyroll and the distributor.
Don’t worry if you notice that some transfers have disappeared from your queue after the change. Maybe they just don’t have subtitles in your chosen language. If you have selected a language that is not available for the items in your queue, they will not appear in your list.