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So I was looking into subscribing to Funimation, still keeping Crunchyroll for some time but at some point keeping only one. Wanted some pros and cons to make my decision. These are the pros and cons I know so far. I'm only talking about the anime aspect of their services as cruncryroll offers k-dramas.


Crunchyroll
Titles 382ish (I excluded some non anime titles)
Subscription $6.95/month

Pros
1. Better video player (Not as faulty)
2. Better user inferface (website navigation)
3. More Titles

Cons
1. Certain titles censored (both violence & nudity levels of censorship)
2. No Dub/Sub options


Funimation
Titles 305ish
Subscription $7.95/month

Pros
1. Dub/Sub options
2. No censorship for either nudity or violence
3. Good video player (not as good as crunchyroll) but does have video player options integrated in player (dub/sub, quality, and episode guide (similar to netflix player options).

Cons
1. Website navigation is tricky at times

Similarities
1. Both have free video streaming at a lower video quality and with ads.

2. Both have a good variety of anime you can't watch somewhere else (in high definition anyways), meaning most anime titles you find on Crunchyroll won't be on Funimation and vise versa. Example. Fairy Tail

3. Both support different devices through their apps pc/mac/tablets/smart phones/gaming consoles

So going back to the topic of conversation should I stick to Crunchyroll or go with Funimation?
Or is it better having both as I'm getting nearly completely different titles with both?
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You can take the third option of Hulu Plus. Yes it has that dreaded "you pay money but still get ads....." aspect, but it makes up for that by having all(or at least the vast majority) of the anime that appear on FUNimation and CR. Granted the CR anime appear after a few weeks delay.

And I can't think of a modern device aside from the PlayStation Vita that lacks a Hulu Plus app.

So yeah you'd have to put up with a few ads still but you get both other services' content and appear on more devices.

If you only want to go to one service, that's probably the best option.
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Ehh... The one and only pro that Funimation has is home video release so I can just buy the anime later instead of watching it on their crappy site. Funimation does good home video releases, so it makes up for their crappy site.

Hulu Plus is another option, as they get both Funimation, Sentai (The Anime Network), Aniplex USA. and VIZ.
But the only compromise is that are the terrible and long ads and that most of the anime aren't in HD (Funimation and Sentai shows aren't in HD).

But if aren't in the U.S.A, your screwed as you can't watch Funimation or Hulu or depending on the title Crunchyroll.

I currently use CR with premium as the service is pretty fantastic. Funimation's elite video service isn't as good as they typically upload their simulcasts on Hulu, so I can just watch it in Hulu in SD. I just use Funimation's Roku app to watch my funimation show.
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Funimation are the mother of all restrictors. If you support international anime releases, then don't support funimation.
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Thanks guys for the quick response didn't realize Hulu had a good selection of anime from both Crunchyroll and Funimation unfortunately they still have the censored version of the CR selection but I guess for certain anime I'll just have to buy the dvd/bluray to get the full uncut greatness.
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It somewhat depends on if you are looking for catalogue or simulcasting as your primary watching.

If you're interested in simulcasted shows, I would recommend what I do, which is paying for CR and using Hulu for free.

CR gets the lion's share of simulcasted shows each season, and I use Hulu to fill in the gaps from what Funi gets. Funi's simulcasted shows generally get uploaded to Hulu faster than CR simulcasted shows, and sitting through ads on only 1-3 shows a season is something I can handle.

Another benefits of paying for CR (and using it as your main site) is that you get the forums on the same site as you are watching. Just a convenience thing, but perhaps worth considering.

Now, if you are more looking a catalogue titles or are really interested in dubs, then Funi might be a better option for you.
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I don't use FUNi because it slows down my internet by a large margin...

Thus, making their episodes virtually unwatchable because my internet is a piece of shite...
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Funimation doesn't censor anime series? Where did I hear that from? I thought High School DxD New was censored on their channel.
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dcforeman wrote:

Funimation are the mother of all restrictors. If you support international anime releases, then don't support funimation.

Could you explain? My understanding was that licensees purchased the rights by region, so if, say, Funimation licenses a show in the US and Canada, they're not stopping anyone else from licensing it anywhere else on the map.

It's certainly true their international catalog isn't as large as their domestic one, but I'd understood that was because their international earnings couldn't support the same amount of licensing fees as their domestic earnings could.

Am I mistaken?
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stark700 wrote:

Funimation doesn't censor anime series? Where did I hear that from? I thought High School DxD New was censored on their channel.


Maybe they meant with their catalog titles or home video releases because they like Crunchyroll usually get the broadcast versions which are censored by the Japanese to make people buy the Blu-Ray.

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To be honest I'm thinking of keeping both CR and Funimation. I haven't seen a reason to get rid of either one. Funimation's lineup has new releases CR doesn't have and vice versa.
Both have mobile apps, although Funi's isn't as good as CR's.

If you find a series that is censored you could always either buy the release or the get the torrents.

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KITTIERAMIREZ wrote:

Thanks guys for the quick response didn't realize Hulu had a good selection of anime from both Crunchyroll and Funimation unfortunately they still have the censored version of the CR selection but I guess for certain anime I'll just have to buy the dvd/bluray to get the full uncut greatness.

Keep in mind that just as with CR's titles acquired as simulcasts, Funimation's titles acquired as simulcasts are also the censored broadcast versions. Uncensored versions are not available unless and until the home video version is released.

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Some of FUNi's titles are censored, some are not, just as I have seen on CR some are uncensored (though that list is small).

CR is a bigger powerhouse when it comes to grabbing Simulcasts. As you can tell just from the last two seasons alone with over 20+ shows running.

The only Pro's I have seen from FUNi are if you like Dubbed, they do Dub. Also they are a bit better with home releases for DVD/BluRay.

To answer your question at the end though: Obviously having both with subscriptions is best. You get nearly all simulcasts every season (there are a few that never get announced or go to one of those other sites I don't really know of), you get all their titles with subscriptions so no having to worry about only getting a taste of a season by being a free member, and with Funi you get shows Dubbed and with CR you get the larger list of Anime.

But if you have to stick with just one, well that is personal. I like CR, larger list, more simulcasts, I don't care for Dubs. I could keep going obviously.
But I have FUNi too... they have shows I like watching (baka and test), they get simulcasts I want to watch (D-Frag), and once you get used to it their site isn't all THAT bad.

So it comes down to what you want and how much you are willing to pay. 7/8 bucks a month or 15 bucks a month.
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I have both. They both have pros and cons, like you said, but whatever titles one doesn't have, the other one usually does.

I think it's worth noting that Funimation.com puts something in the cache that screws up their video player. Unless you clear your cache or open in a private window, it just won't appear. Keeps happening to me.
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lolitsronald wrote:

Ehh... The one and only pro that Funimation has is home video release so I can just buy the anime later instead of watching it on their crappy site. Funimation does good home video releases, so it makes up for their crappy site.

Hulu Plus is another option, as they get both Funimation, Sentai (The Anime Network), Aniplex USA. and VIZ.
But the only compromise is that are the terrible and long ads and that most of the anime aren't in HD (Funimation and Sentai shows aren't in HD).

But if aren't in the U.S.A, your screwed as you can't watch Funimation or Hulu or depending on the title Crunchyroll.

I currently use CR with premium as the service is pretty fantastic. Funimation's elite video service isn't as good as they typically upload their simulcasts on Hulu, so I can just watch it in Hulu in SD. I just use Funimation's Roku app to watch my funimation show.


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Hulu+ is also rather cheap, and supplies far more than Anime, including current/entire Sit Coms. I've got it not only to watch a wider range of Simulcasts, but to watch the latest Community and Misfit episodes, and I've previously used Hulu+ To watch all of One Piece, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and 30 Rock.
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