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Posted 7/9/14 , edited 7/9/14
I hate Funimation's interfaces on every device. But I also hate Hulu's on every device, too. Hulu has a bigger selection but Funimation doesn't have ads.

Ultimately my choice was to cancel Funimation. I think their streaming sucks, especially on slower connections (extremely limited pre-loading, nowhere near the variable bitrate streaming of CR, and sometimes their servers just suck.) Their queue system is garbage and not synced between devices. I use Hulu for other things besides Anime and they have pretty much everything Funimation does, plus more. It made sense to keep it even though I have major gripes about it.

The fact is, Funimation makes most of their money from DVD and Blu Ray sales. Streaming is an afterthought service and they treat it as such.


apredator4gb wrote:

Isn't Funimation just a stream from Hulu? The Funimation site though could use some work and a cleaner design but the video feed looks exactly like Hulu's.


You have it backwards. The shows are from Funimation, and Hulu runs them, alongside shows from other sources. For instance, a Funimation simulcast will air within a day or so of the Japanese airing while Hulu won't get it until a week after.
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37 / M / Canada
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Posted 7/9/14
I just subscribed to funimation this month, i live in Canada so no hulu ads crap for me. the website interface seems disorganized and lacking in features. the roku app is a lil better but still seems lacking . The service is a good complement to crunchyroll in my opinion. i get access to their old catalog and the simulcast shows not in crunchyroll.
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Posted 7/9/14
120 second ads and a terrible application on mobile.
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23 / F / New Hampshire
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Posted 7/9/14 , edited 7/9/14
Let's look at some pros and cons that I have noticed on both websites and see which one you like better.

Hulu
Pros:
- Wide selection of anime, beyond even what Funimation has because it pulls from other sources.
- Legal
- Automatically streams in highest resolution possible with your internet speed.
- Has both subs and dubs for some shows so you can watch the way you want to.
- Both the app and the website are easy to navigate. The app shows you what shows you're watching as well.
- Has a queue system that's easy to access on both a computer and mobile apps.
- Simulcasts within similar time frame as Crunchyroll so you can see the latest anime quickly.

Cons:
- No forum (that I have found yet.)
- Ads even with paid subscription
- Some series aren't complete for whatever reason (perhaps licensing issues.)
- You have to pay close attention to expiration dates or a show may disappear on you.
- Some series have no dub options when there is an English dub.

Funimation
Pros:
- Legal
- Forums for chatting
- Simulcasts of shows they obtain the licenses to
- Subs and dubs, complete with paid membership for your viewing pleasures.
- High quality streams
- No ads

Cons:
- Confusing site layout
- Potentially annoying ads about their DVD sales littering show pages.
- App that, IF you can download it on your mobile device, is known to crash and have horrible search functions, no episode count, and no queue.

Up to you what you go for. I would have tried Funi out a while back to see how good they are but I can't download their Android app on my mobile device and that's mainly what I watch anime on, so ...
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25 / M / tennessee
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Posted 7/9/14
had elite membership on funimation for o most a year now love it there is no ads if you pay for it and the streaming has got a lot better sense i joined it has not crashed on me or locked up once sense they got new severs and upgraded the player it is alot faster now i dont use the apps tho i use the browser to watch anime on funimation
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23 / M / AZ
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Posted 7/9/14
Funimation is pretty good. The app used to crash a lot on my iPad but it works fine now.
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Posted 7/9/14
Nothing better than seeing less of them nasty censor-strips in dubbed anime
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23 / M / Crunchyroll HQ
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Posted 7/9/14
CR is the best by far, hulu has a huge library but paying is useless, the ads are a bitch and the organization of the anime is poor. However, Funimation offers only about two or three shows that crunchyroll doesnt have. Usually it only offers like 8 anime every season
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21 / M / Florida
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Posted 7/9/14
Funimation, hmmm... yeah, I think. It has licensed my 2 favorite series of this season so far. Tokyo Ghoul and Barakamon.
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Posted 7/9/14
if you can afford it and streaming isn't a problem, then why not
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I haven't had a Funimation subscription in over a year and all I can remember is that their video player sucked.
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20 / M / CA
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Posted 7/9/14
Funimation has the anime which crunchyroll usually doesn't have. Try that for a twist
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31 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
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Posted 7/9/14 , edited 7/9/14
Replacing hulu with Funimation would effectively cut your available catalog in half (not counting Crunchyroll) from around 700 titles to around 300. So you really wouldn't gain anything except no ads since hulu already has the lions share of Funimations entire catalog available. Plus Funimation has a worse web player and worse device support, whereas there's a functional hulu app on pretty much every device under the sun.

There are a lot of redundant titles on hulu though that you can already find on Crunchyroll, but even with that being the case hulu still has a ton of older titles as well as stuff from places like TAN that you can't find on Crunchyroll or Funimation.
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30 / M / Atlanta, GA
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Posted 7/9/14
The short experience I had with Funi wasn't pleasant. As others mentioned it's not the most user friendly. Disappointing too considering they had series I'd have happily paid for. I think between CR and Funi I'd been set decently, but with abysmal as I found it I couldn't rationalize paying for it.
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33 / F / Spaaaaaaaace!
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Posted 7/9/14
In my experience, the anime that Funimation simulcasts each season generally tend to wind up on Hulu about a week later. Overall, I prefer Hulu's interface, and Hulu is one of the better working apps I have used. I also don't have anything besides a phone that I could install the Funi app. on and dislike the thought of paying for something I will only be able to watch on my computer. Hulu, CR, and Netflix all have apps that I can use on my Playstation devices, so that's a plus. I dislike the ads but still find them more bearable than the ones on just regular TV and personally feel that it's worth it for the wider selection of anime they have over Funimation. They also tend to have the current seasons of network shows that I like, so there's that, too.
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