Valve has done another push towards video content and besides movies and videos related to gaming, you can find a new category of Anime on Steam now. This step has been taken thanks to an official partnership with Crunchyroll, which is a leading global destination and platform for Anime and Asian content offering more than 25,000 episodes of officially-licensed Anime.
In the current Steam catalog, there are over 40 popular Anime titles and movies. Steam users can purchase either whole seasons or single episodes and especially for Anime movies they can just pay for a 48-hour rental, which is valid and can be used in next 30 days after successful payment. It is also necessary to mention that the access to streamed content is instant after payment, however, there is no offline version available, so watching without the internet or with a low quality connection is impossible!
What Anime titles are available?
During the first wave, there were mostly delivered to Steam popular Anime series from 2016 season, but Crunchyroll has announced their plans for adding more Anime in their forum post. We have also created a small list of the most interesting ones:
Unfortunately for many users, the only available language now is for most of the series; English, including doubtful English dubbing. Anime originally comes from Japan, therefore many people are highly against watching Anime with English dubbing. Another big disappointment is that all available series are CENSORED, even for a mature audience and that is in my opinion seriously unacceptable, considering the fact you pay almost the same price as for Blu-Ray version, while the Blu-Ray version is completely without any censorship! Last but definitely not least is the quality of the stream itself. Many users experience a lot of problems such as low quality audio, terrible video player, and lags!
Numbers of unsatisfied customers are definitely not low and the service itself has many bugs and things that need to be improved, however, the partnership with Crunchyroll is definitely a big step ahead and Steam is again closer on their way to becoming a universal platform for online entertainment!