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Isn’t Crunchyroll available in pretty much all countries?
It is, but you can’t actually watch all Crunchyroll content anywhere in the world. The platform actually uses geo-blocks to restrict access to certain shows if you’re in a specific country.
Crunchyroll themselves say they can’t promise you will get access to every show/manga on their platform in your country.
And the differences are pretty big. According to a graph a Crunchyroll user made in 2017, the US library has the most shows (840+). If you’re in Hong Kong, for example, you’re basically missing out on almost 800 shows!
Why does the website do this?
Likely because they don’t own the copyright to all the content on their platform. Also, they need to purchase licensing rights if they want to make anime/manga available in a specific country, and there might not be enough demand there to justify the investment.
A Smart DNS is a simple online service that helps you quickly bypass geo-restrictions. It doesn’t hide your IP address, but it does hide your DNS address which can also leak geo-location data.
And that’s not all. A Smart DNS also intercepts your requests to Crunchyroll’s website. When it does that, it replaces any information that might reveal your geo-location with new data that points to a whitelisted region – like the US in this case.
And to really be sure Crunchyroll’s platform isn’t on to you, the Smart DNS will also route all your traffic through different proxy servers all over the world (US ones in this specific scenario).
Proxies are pretty similar to VPNs since they also hide your IP address. They do that by intercepting your connection requests to Crunchyroll’s website and forwarding them to the platform for you.
But a proxy server can also do something else. It can use its local cache to save visited web pages for further use. Basically, that means you’ll get faster load times if you request a Crunchyroll web page the proxy server already saved. It won’t need to forward your requests to the website, after all.
Pretty simple – because your real IP address leaks geo data that reveals what country you are from.
So, all you’d need to do is connect to a US VPN server, and you’d be able to enjoy Crunchyroll unblocked to its fullest.