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I've used Crunchyroll for a long time when it comes to watching anime. In fact the only other place I watch anime is YouTube or random websites with anime, I've only used those sites to watch anime that's been over for awhile now. I need other websites where I can watch anime from the current season. I've tried FUNimation's website countless times but... it's a mess. Good place to watch anime that is over but not much for the current season (in my eyes not everyone is like me). I like Crunchy's look, clean, simple, and easy to access everything. FUNimation gets all the anime that I want to watch that doesn't appear on Crunchy which really sucks for me. Basically what I'm asking for is a website where it gets most of the shows Crunchy doesn't get (Tokyo Raven, D-Frag, etc) and is easy to get around (the option to sort anime seasons is a big plus).
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Legally there is no one place that has every show. Funimation, The Anime Network, Netflix, Daisuki and CR are all the big streamers.

If it's a new show and it's not being streamed chances are it's garbage.
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Hulu has Tokyo Raven and D Frag, but you have to have their hulu plus membership in order to watch them.
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Nbsiren wrote:

Hulu has Tokyo Raven and D Frag, but you have to have their hulu plus membership in order to watch them.


I've only ever used Hulu Plus to watch Bones. Do their anime streams also have those stupid commercials for paid subscribers?
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Funi has a lot of great shows on Youtube which is pretty convenient...
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MonkeysxMoo35 wrote:

I need other websites where I can watch anime from the current season. I've tried FUNimation's website countless times but... it's a mess. Good place to watch anime that is over but not much for the current season (in my eyes not everyone is like me). I like Crunchy's look, clean, simple, and easy to access everything. FUNimation gets all the anime that I want to watch that doesn't appear on Crunchy which really sucks for me. Basically what I'm asking for is a website where it gets most of the shows Crunchy doesn't get (Tokyo Raven, D-Frag, etc) and is easy to get around (the option to sort anime seasons is a big plus).

The best way to view Funimation is with a Roku. No dealing with their website, and it rarely has issues, and it has supported 720p HD since day one.

There is a longer list of legal sites that have catalog titles, but the list of sites aside from CR and Funimation is rather short. I assume you are in the US or Canada since you are able to access Funimation.

Someone might mention VizAnime.com and Aniplex Channel, but both those sites use Hulu for their video, meaning you can find the same titles there. TAN (theanimenetwork.com) hasn't done simulcasts in several seasons.

That effectively leaves Daisuki.net, Hulu (which also shows some titles on CR, such as those from Aniplex), and the occassional YouTube channel (such as the Gundam Info channel for the current simulcasts of Gundam Seed Destiny Remastered and Gundam Build Fighters).

Frankly, I would make Daisuki the first port of call on that list since the last I checked, they only had one commercial pre-roll per episode, vs. Hulu's numerous commercials, and some of their content is in HD or at least better than 480p.



vangosroth wrote:

I've only ever used Hulu Plus to watch Bones. Do their anime streams also have those stupid commercials for paid subscribers?

Yes.

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There's probably a couple of other officially licensed sources, but the ones I can think of are:

Animax http://www.animaxtv.co.uk/watch/more/free-simulcasts
Aniplex Channel http://aniplexchannel.com/
Daisuki https://www.daisuki.net/movies/
FUNimation http://www.funimation.com/videos
Hulu http://www.hulu.com/tv/genres/anime
Madman Entertainment http://www.madman.com.au/actions/video.do?method=home&webChannelId=1
The Anime Network http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Watch-Online/AZIndex
Viz Media http://www.vizanime.com/
Wakanim http://www.wakanim.tv/catalogue

Gundam.info for Gundam (since Bandai US was discontinued) http://en.gundam.info/index/white
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Thanks for the help
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Besides FUNi and CR there really isn't too much else out there that gets shows legally. Places like Hulu or Netflix don't stream, they just get what others give them from what I have seen (though this does sometimes entail getting delayed streams from like FUNi).

FUNi's website is horrible yes, but it gets easier to use the more you use it, it also has approved quite a bit over the year. Also if you are just looking for current season stuff... that is as simple as 2-4 clicks of a mouse to get to your show and the video started.
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TheAncientOne wrote:

Someone might mention VizAnime.com, Anime Network, and Aniplex Channel, but both those sites use Hulu for their video


Though they are on Hulu, the lists are much easier to read through on their websites since you don't sift through large pictures. Anime Network's list is especially easy to navigate through. http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Watch-Online/AZIndex

I wish I could say that FUNimation had such a simple catalog
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Nbsiren wrote:

Hulu has Tokyo Raven and D Frag, but you have to have their hulu plus membership in order to watch them.


I don't believe you need a Plus subscription to watch these shows unless you mean through the apps, which is the case for everything. Some select content does not have constant video interruptions, such as movies from the Criterion Collection, most of which can only be accessed through Plus.

Anime Sols has some classic series you won't find elsewhere.


vangosroth wrote:

If it's a new show and it's not being streamed chances are it's garbage.


...or Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
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Anime Network's list is especially easy to navigate through. http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Watch-Online/AZIndex

I've suggested before that CR adopt a similar color coding scheme for their alphabetic list. While it isn't flashy, I think TAN's implementation is more straightforward and easy to use than any other site.


I wish I could say that FUNimation had such a simple catalog

Funimation does have a simple list available. If you go to their main page (and some other pages), you find a scrolling list of shows at the lower right:



When I used their website (as opposed to the Roku), I normally used that list rather than their visual list (the one that would appear when clicking the "Show All" button).

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vangosroth wrote:

If it's a new show and it's not being streamed chances are it's garbage.


...or Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.


or half of Toei's catalog
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