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Does anyone use Hulu Plus for anime?
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Posted 6/29/14

AmaraEveinson wrote:

I'm mostly asking this because I have been debating weather or not it's worth it. I've been on the free trial for a week so that I could catch up with the current season of "Once Upon a Time" (which I know it isn't an anime but bear with me). As I was looking around on the site, I noticed how huge their anime library has gotten over the last few years and I thought it was amazing! There is at least over a hundred anime on there, from Lupin the 3rd and Galaxy Express 999 to Soul Eater Not! and Sailor Moon Crystal. And both the subs and dubs of most of the titles featured there.



While Hulu Plus does have it's perks (recent episodes of tv shows etc), The down side is that they remove older episodes of many shows to make room for the newer ones.

I turned my Hulu Plus back on about 4 months ago to get caught up on a couple shows (("Once Upon A Time" / " Vampire Diaries" / " The Originals" / " Arrow" / "Shield" / "Hell's Kitchen"... Just to name a few)) and couldn't watch them cause the episodes I missed where not on there.. There was a several episode gap between the last one I saw and what they had added

Now as far as the anime goes, If you can deal with all the annoying commercials than yes it's worth it.
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blarghonk25 wrote:

seems interesting though I can't watch anything on Hulu because I'm Canada


you are all of Canada eh

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Forgive me if it seems I'm thread-jacking, but I'm wondering the same thing, but about Netflix. Knights of Sidonia is gonna play on Netflix, and I'm thinking I'll need to get a subscription for it to see it. Is Netflix good with anime and ads or is it much like Hulu has been described?


Netflix's anime selection is very small. It used to be much bigger but then a lot of their licenses expired. A year or two ago they were down to like a dozen and a half shows. They're building their library back up again but it's a slow process.

There are no ads on Netflix.
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DeadlyOats wrote:

Forgive me if it seems I'm thread-jacking, but I'm wondering the same thing, but about Netflix. Knights of Sidonia is gonna play on Netflix, and I'm thinking I'll need to get a subscription for it to see it. Is Netflix good with anime and ads or is it much like Hulu has been described?


Netflix doesn't have many subbed anime that i've noticed. though it does have one or two gems. We don't usually watch Netflix for anime.

If CR doesn't have it we usually check Hulu.

I tried Funimation but I couldn't get anything to play, which is a cryin shame.

you don't need to pay for Hulu unless you want to watch it on a TV instead of PC.
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No hulu for me, the ads are just INSANE!
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Hulu anime ads aren't that bad. The ad breaks are usually less than 30 seconds and over half of them are ads for their own content. They don't have the insane ad load deals with anime that they do when dealing with the major networks.

Also I don't think the enormity of their catalog is being played up enough. They have over 700 titles in it. Crunchyroll by comparison has about 400, and Funimation has a little over 300. So they're by far the biggest out there that's legally available for streaming.
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Balzack wrote:
Also I don't think the enormity of their catalog is being played up enough. They have over 700 titles in it. Crunchyroll by comparison has about 400, and Funimation has a little over 300. So they're by far the biggest out there that's legally available for streaming.


Although that's a good thing, one issue that prevents me from watching more anime on Hulu is that it's ridiculously annoying trying to sift through all of it. I use Hulu on my smartphone, on Roku, and on my PC, and not one of those interfaces is painless when it comes to browsing through anime. Or any other TV. As of now I only watch anime on Hulu if it's something I already know about and it's not on CR. Discovering new shows on Hulu is a chore. It's not the selection that's a problem, it's their terrible interface on pretty much every platform.
Posted 6/29/14
I used it before if you can deal with the adds along with strong censored then yeah it's ok. I say censored because I tried watchinng Deadman Wonderland on it and they were times were my whole screen would be black, for a sec I thought something was wrong with my TV.
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Hulu isn't available were I live... But sometimes I use a VPN to access the service, I really hate all the bloody ads on the service...
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AzuresShade wrote:

Netflix doesn't have many subbed anime that i've noticed. though it does have one or two gems. We don't usually watch Netflix for anime.


Every anime that I've seen on Netflix is subbed (except for Pokémon). You just have to select Japanese as the language and English as the subtitles yourself. How you do that varies from device to device.

I use Netflix and Hulu Plus as my secondary anime sources. I am finding more and more Crunchyroll is getting the same anime as Hulu, like One Piece and Love, Chunibyl and Other Delusions last season. But there are still some on Hulu like the first season of Mushi-Shi, Dragon Ball, and Coppelion. Hulu has weird streaming rights for Dragon Ball Z, they seem to unlock 5 new episodes every week and put 5 back in the vault at the same time.

If you only watch anime on a computer then Hulu Plus won't be worth it, but getting it onto my Apple TV and some American and British shows that are only available on Hulu Plus make it worth it for me.
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AzuresShade wrote:

Netflix doesn't have many subbed anime that i've noticed. though it does have one or two gems. We don't usually watch Netflix for anime.


Every anime that I've seen on Netflix is subbed (except for Pokémon). You just have to select Japanese as the language and English as the subtitles yourself. How you do that varies from device to device.

I use Netflix and Hulu Plus as my secondary anime sources. I am finding more and more Crunchyroll is getting the same anime as Hulu, like One Piece and Love, Chunibyl and Other Delusions last season. But there are still some on Hulu like the first season of Mushi-Shi, Dragon Ball, and Coppelion. Hulu has weird streaming rights for Dragon Ball Z, they seem to unlock 5 new episodes every week and put 5 back in the vault at the same time.

If you only watch anime on a computer then Hulu Plus won't be worth it, but getting it onto my Apple TV and some American and British shows that are only available on Hulu Plus make it worth it for me.


ahhh see i didn't know that about netflix, thanks for the heads up, I'll have to give that a try, they have Black Butler season 1 & 2 (if that hasn't changed) and while it's surprisingly good in dubbed, I'd like to watch the subbed version.

And I noticed that about Hulu too (the same titles thing, I started double checking CR didn't have it first before watching on hulu so I don't have to watch commercials lol), though Hulu is still getting a few shows that CR isn't, like Noragami, Soul Eater NOT!, Tokyo Ravens, and Dragonar Academy, and it still has quite a few old titles CR doesn't as well, like Inuyasha, Kamisama Kiss, etc. All in all I'll suffer through commercials if I have to. XD I just do something else during the commercials, like fold laundry and other boring stuff that still needs to get done. lol
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Posted 6/29/14
I'm from canada so no.
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I been watching Anime on hulu plus for about 3-4 years now but until Love live and Fairy Tail seasons started I got a crunchyroll membership. I keep for getting to cancel my hulu plus membership, but now Defiance season started i'm watching that. As for anime they do have anime that's not on crunchyroll and its worth it if you watch it on a moble device like I do, I can't really do that any more because of work I still on Saturdays night when i'm going to bed to catch up on some anime, thats not on crunchyroll. also they have the original Sailor Moon.
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Posted 6/29/14
They have an amazing anime selection but the ads are super annoying.
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Posted 6/29/14 , edited 6/29/14
Hulu Plus is only worth it if you're looking to stream on a mobile device. Otherwise you should be able to stream perfectly free on your computer. If you ARE looking to stream mobile than I guess it's worth it if you don't mind the ads. I put up with the ads, but I definitely prefer CR in that my money replaces the show interruptions.
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