A lot goes on behind the scenes on the Xbox 360 and, sometimes, new content and apps get added without anyone being the wiser. For instance: Did you know Crunchyroll was finally made available on Xbox 360 this week? That's a little piece of news that should brighten the holidays of anime fans everywhere.

For those unfamiliar with Crunchyroll, it's an anime and Asian drama streaming service that offers hundreds of titles, on demand, for less than 10 bucks a month. While most of the apps content is available in its catalog, each new season also boasts a lineup of simulcast episodes, which means they hit Crunchyroll within hours of going live in Japan. Also, everything on Crunchyroll is subtitled, meaning you anime purists out there can breath easy knowing that you won't be complaining about the horrible English voice actors who are “trying to ruin your favorite series.”

Crunchyroll's Shinji made the announcement official, and that link is also where you can find a step by step breakdown of how to locate and download the Crunchyroll app on your Xbox 360. If all else fails, Shinji says simply doing a search for “Crunchyroll” should make things simpler.

The app is free with a selection of episodes from the current season's lineup available to take for a test drive. You can also sign up for a free trial of Crunchyroll, giving you a week to watch whatever you want and determine which subscription plan is right for you. The anime and drama selections will set you back $6.95 per month a pop. If you want both, you can package the content for just $11.95 a month. Given the cost of purchasing anime in physical form, that means you can have an entire month of anime for about what you would pay for a single episode on the latest DVD/Blu-ray.

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