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Posted 9/18/13
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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Posted 9/18/13
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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Posted 9/18/13
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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Bringing up the ROKU subject with Funi, what I notice is that the few shows that they do get as simulcasts are always available on HULU way sooner, like at least a day or two, before they show up on the ROKU.

That was the deal-breaker for me to stop subscribing to Funi at all and just watch it on Hulu instead, despite the commercials, because of the delay, and navigation response time, and layout are all better than Funi's. (which isn't saying much).

I wish Hulu would offer a commercial-free option, at least, as an alternative to their ugly Plus option. I'm not paying 7.95 a month to still watch commercials (especially the ones about Singles, or the political ads, the rest I can tolerate). They repeatedly make platitudes about how the current shows are more expensive to license (network ones, sure, possibly, but obviously they are wrong about their Anime selection since Crunchy does it. Unfortunately, its a package deal there). I would gladly pay even $20 a month to have no commercials on Hulu (like netflix) because then I would cut cable TV entirely. And I'm almost positive Hulu will never offer something like that for that very reason, it would tee off their backers, and cable companies would be reduced to simply being ISPs.
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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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