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Sorry if this topic was already covered, I'm fairly new here.

I like CR, I really do. But it can't get the license for every anime out there. But is it cost-effective to actually get another anime service like FUNimation? I mean are the differences in which anime titles they carry that much different than CR? I mean if not then I'll probably look at free streaming services instead for those few titles that CR doesn't have.

Any thoughts anyone?
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Nope... I was a user there before I jumped ship to this site. They rarely pick up decent simulcasts the last one worth watching was Jormungand
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Ask yourself.

Do you like anime?

Do you watch a lot of anime?

Do you have a lot of spare time to watch anime?

Do you have the financial capabilities to purchase another subscription?

and no funimation is too slow.
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Ya don't bother with funimation, there service is kinda on the crap side. It seems like someone at funimation mentioned, hey a streaming service would be good! and someone replied, ya set it up ..... Instead of actually paying someone to set up the crap, at least that's how it seems. Funimation streaming would be worth it if they actually had a software eng that made there streaming player and someone to manage bandwidth for them. As it is now whoever is running it just plain sucks at there job in a big way.
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Posted 9/18/13 , edited 9/18/13

archerG wrote:

Sorry if this topic was already covered, I'm fairly new here.

I like CR, I really do. But it can't get the license for every anime out there. But is it cost-effective to actually get another anime service like FUNimation? I mean are the differences in which anime titles they carry that much different than CR? I mean if not then I'll probably look at free streaming services instead for those few titles that CR doesn't have.

Any thoughts anyone?


Depends on what you're looking for. Each season, Funi only picks a couple shows for simulcast. The biggest selling point is the large catalog of titles, and English dub for most of those. If you're more interested in currently airing shows (and can stand commercials), I'd recommend Hulu Plus subscription instead, since both Funi and Sentai uploads their episodes to Hulu (but most of the Sentai shows are on CR anyway).
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Posted 9/19/13

archerG wrote:

Sorry if this topic was already covered, I'm fairly new here.

I like CR, I really do. But it can't get the license for every anime out there. But is it cost-effective to actually get another anime service like FUNimation? I mean are the differences in which anime titles they carry that much different than CR? I mean if not then I'll probably look at free streaming services instead for those few titles that CR doesn't have.

Any thoughts anyone?

It's cost-effective to join Funimation as a free member, and not pay for their Elite subscription. That's what I do. Funimation's strength is in their back catalog. There is occasional overlap in what they have and what CR has (Attack on Titan is a recent, notable, example) but for the most part there is not overlap. For current season simulcasts, Crunchyroll always gets lots more.

It's been a while since I've compared what you get with Funimation free vs. their paid "Elite" subscription, but at the time I was considering it, it seemed to be that the chief advantages of Elite were no commercials (the free subscription uses Hulu), access to dubs and special OVAs and such, and earlier access to simulcasts. You should poke around the Funimation site to find more about what the differences are.

(I do most of my watching on an old Roku, and although I don't know if it will stay that way, one thing I've noticed is that I actually do have access on the Roku to some of the things that elite subscribers get access to on the website)
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Posted 9/21/13
Thanks for all the input guys, guess I'll be sticking to CR for the majority of my anime needs.
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I would say no its not worth it. Funimation advertises for mainly kids like yugio or however it's spelled. while crunchy does them all. the titles you can't find on here look up on Hulu. even as a free user they are available.
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Dilirio wrote:

I would say no its not worth it. Funimation advertises for mainly kids like yugio or however it's spelled. while crunchy does them all. the titles you can't find on here look up on Hulu. even as a free user they are available.

I suspect you don't really know much about what Funimation really has, since they don't have Yu-gi-oh!, while CR does. It sounds as if you've confused Funimation with 4Kids or something. They are no more kid-oriented than CR is.

I can also cite a number of titles Funimation has this season that they have not made available on Hulu (at least not as of about 2 weeks ago).

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My two cents is that it really depends on your needs. Look at their catalog, do they have anything that interests you? They have a lot of really good classics such as Cowboy Bebop and Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 and some new shows like Tokyo Ghoul. If you're a fan of ecchi or gore anime, Funimation usually removes the censorship when the Blurays come out, while Crunchyroll very rarely does so you have 2/3 of the screen covered by white beams which is very annoying. If you're a fan of dubbed anime, though not me personally, most shows on Funi have a dub option unlike Crunchyroll. They also subtitle the openings and endings which only a few shows here do.

What I don't like is that, while they are in the process of updating, their current website and console apps are wonky and awkward to navigate. A gripe a lot of people have is their encoding, you'll see a lot of compression artifacts, the brightness is off, and they use hardsubs instead of softsubs like Crunchyroll does for the most part. And there was the whole Prison School dub Gamergate controversy which makes me question the professionalism of the people working there, so there's that.

I have subscriptions to both sites and I'm happy with both. Like I said, in my opinion it all depends if they shows you want to watch are there and not here. The benefits of this site aren't gonna do anything for somebody who just wants to watch Soul Eater. I'm just sharing my personal experiences with both services. You could also go with a free account like some people here suggested, but personally I can't stand 480p and advertisements in my anime.
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Is Funi have a every 6-month payment option, just like Crunchyroll?
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Posted 8/19/16

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Is Funi have a every 6-month payment option, just like Crunchyroll?

They have 1-month, 3-month and 12-month plans just like CR. But they also have the option of Elite (full access) or sub-only.
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I find it kind of funny (funny ha ha, not funny strange) that a full year of Funi (Subtitle Only) actually costs less than it does to buy a season of most new anime they release on DVD. Pretty much all the major legal streaming sites are fair with the amount of content they give you monthly access to (for less than a Primetime movie ticket these days, less than a matinee ticket with some).
Posted 8/28/16 , edited 8/31/16
No, if im not mistaken you can watch there content on YouTube Funimation was something i was thinking about signing up for but in the end i rejected the thought.
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