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Posted 7/12/14
I mostly use CR and Hulu. I'm annoyed with all the ads; I do have adblock, but unfortunately not while I'm watching Hulu on my blu-ray.
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Posted 7/12/14 , edited 7/12/14
Wow! Hulu actually has the....whatever...to continue forcing PAYING Members to sit through Ads? What kind of "Premium Membership" is THAT? That's the first I've ever heard about that, and wow...hahaha. They must be Out of their Minds. Glad I never had any second thoughts or ideas WHATSOEVER regarding joining ANY other Streaming Site aside from good ole' Crunchyroll! Hulu must be trippin' on some serious jargon cause that's some insanity.
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Posted 7/12/14 , edited 7/12/14
Personally, I'd stick with Crunchyroll.

I don't care for any other site, but apart from Funimation (and Hulu), I believe Viz Media has a paid subscription service.
Maybe you should give them a try.
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Posted 7/12/14
I use Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime to watch other things and as a result I've started watching anime on them.

Netflix has been getting more and more anime recently and Knights of Sidonia was a nice grab that shows they are serious about anime.

Hulu may have ads even for paying members but they have a large selection of anime, probably more than CR. Their interface across devices isn't the best though, but it's bearable.

Amazon Prime has very little anime, and it's mostly dubbed, but they have 1 or 2 good subbed anime. Amazon Prime isn't available on my Apple TV (for obvious reasons), which is my preferred device for watching anime, however, the AirPlay support on their app is fantastic.

I haven't even tried to watch a video on FUNi cause their website has such a bad interface. Also, I couldn't find the video I wanted to watch on the free app other than a trailer. I've heard even if you become a member you still have to pay for the app to get the most out of it. If FUNi gets a new anime, I'll wait for it to appear on Hulu.
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Posted 7/16/14
I'm a CR addict. Funimation is just not user friendly. and I can watch those shows on other sites.
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Posted 7/16/14
i would use funimation in tandem with CR, but funimation is a bunch of BS and i cant view stuff outside of north america
Posted 7/16/14
there is one other legal anime streaming site for Australians, it's called Madman. but the quality sucks, it only goes to 480p.

ain't nobody got time for 480p when we live in a time where blu-ray exists. i'm not even sure why they're still selling DVD...
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Posted 7/20/14
I primarily watch via Roku, and I'm in the US. I watch a lot of Japanese movies also.
The big 5--

Amazon Prime
Pro:
*Roku search function supports keyword searching. Nobody else seems to.
*Free Shipping on lots of stuff?

Con:
*Anime isn't even a category.
*Disorganized mess. Titles routinely show up multiple times under a category, so it's not even clear how large the selection actually is.
*Appears to have the smallest selection for anime.
*Can't rate via app.
*Most titles only available as exclusively either sub or dub. Some Japanese audio only though. Poor subtitle controls.


Crunchy Roll
Pro:
*Browsing setup is second only to Funimation. Genres make sense and are generally useful.
*Very large selection of anime.
*Only site with Japanese TV shows on the list.
*Website and Roku channel design make sense to me, and both seem generally reliable.
*Has an active forum.

Con:
*You'd think that "Japanese" as a drama category would include everything under drama that's in Japanese.
*No subtitle/cc controls that I've found. Recurring theme on streaming services.
*Licenses broadcast version only, so censoring of series is typical. How much of a problem this is varies wildly.

Funimation
Pro:
*Best setup for browsing. Genre, rating or alphabetical. Lots of genres, and they make sense from a fan standpoint.
*Only place to see most Funimation titles uncensored.
*Very large selection of anime. Not sure whether CR or Funi has the bigger selection, but Funi has the higher profile catalog.

Con:
*After 9 months of customer complaints, they still don't have a working queue on Roku. Their excuse is that it's complicated, but doesn't seem like they actually care.
*No recently viewed listings. You need a notebook to keep track of where you are in a series, and have to manually search and scroll to the next episode. Not fun on a 150+ episode series.
*Website player fails in both Chrome and Firefox.
*Website designed more to flog sales than to benefit subscribers.
*OVA and promo vids usually website only.
*They've sub-licensed so much content that it's probably not worth it.

Hulu Plus
Pro:
*Gigantic selection. Licensed Funimation and Anime Network anime, along with at least one other distributor. Criterion Collection, Anime Network live action movies,etc means Hulu probably has the biggest selection of Japanese language stuff on this list.
*Website works well, videos easy to play.

Cons:
*Some clown decided to charge $8 a month and still show commercials during tv shows. This is a deal breaker, but I'd go with them at $10-11 and no commercials.
*Roku channel has a godawful, buggy search function. Easily the worst search app of any premium service I've seen.
*Sub-genres of anime are generic, and not all that numerous. Not a great setup for browsing.
*Roku channel design overall is clunky, and not very intuitive.
*No way to queue an entire series via Roku.

Netflix
Pro:
*Good selection of streaming anime, but only fourth biggest on this list. Starting to negotiate for exclusives though.
*Very good selection of live action Japanese stuff.
*Best Roku channel design. Easy to manage all functions.
*Website is also well done.
*Recommendation engine is great.
*You have subtitle and language controls on almost all programs.

Cons:
*Search engine is title only on Roku.

Summary:
CR and Netflix are the two best premium anime options. Hulu might move to first, despite all their other issues, if they stopped with the commercials.
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Posted 7/20/14 , edited 7/20/14
Seeing as I use CR to watch recent anime before it's out on DVD/Bluray, my only real option is CR since the rest do not have the amount of current season anime. Unless I'm completely wrong, it seams like Funi only gets one or two anime that CR doesn't. Any anime I like from Funi will be grabbed on DVD.
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Posted 7/20/14 , edited 7/20/14
There are a few shows on here you need to buy the subscription to watch. Sense I watch anime SUPER casually I'm not willing to pay for a monthly sub. So I watch things that look interesting that are free.

For anime that aren't available here I check on Hulu or Youtube. I get annoyed with Hulu though because the feed cuts out directly after the ad sometimes. This means I have to watch 4 more ads just when refreshing. Plus, I get a lot of annoying car ads no matter how many times I click "no" on relevance.

In all honesty, I haven't used any other sites (even illegal ones). I don't trust them.
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Posted 7/20/14
Crunchyroll is miles ahead of Funimation in the iOS app department. The latter app lacks a proper queue and queue alert system, so shows have to be added manually on each separate device. Not only that, you have to remember which episode is up next, which is quite impossible sometimes. On Crunchyroll, everything syncs seamlessly.

As far as playback goes, I've actually experienced more errors on Crunchyroll (but even that hasn't happened enough to be a serious problem). At least Crunchyroll gives the master option to set playback quality, whereas on Funimation you have to set it on each video you watch.

It's hard to compare content, as that's such a subjective area, but I have 50+ shows in my Crunchyroll queue, and 'only' 30+ in Funimation. However, two of my current favorite anime (Deadman Wonderland and Future Diary) are on Funimation, as well as two great current simulcasts (Riddle Story of Devil and Terror in Resonance). I like the different content on the two services.

There has been some grumbling of late on the Funimation forums about the queue problems, so who knows...maybe it'll improve in the future. In these days of multiple portable devices and apps, syncing is, in my opinion, the number one consideration for any service or app.
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Posted 7/20/14 , edited 7/20/14
I LOVE to watch anime on my TV, but CR is too lazy to publish a Wii U app. So I use an "illegal" website that is just amazing.


But I only watch there the anime that are not available here like: k-on! or Tokyo Ghoul and I buy the manga if there're ever available.

Seriously?! Tokyo Ghoul manga is available in GERMAN and FRENCH, but no ENGLISH?! This is what I don't like about America. They only publish something they are sure are going to make money and that is sad .
Posted 7/20/14 , edited 7/20/14
i have yet to even check other sites. main reason is that i don't actively search for anime. i came on cr mainly for the forum but now i'm starting to get over it. got one show i look forward to on cr but i think i'll watch once the year is over because then i can watch the episodes in one go. soi'll hold off on that. got a couple of people to talk to... okay one or two lol but that's why i haven't any opinion on any other legal sites (or illegal ones).
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Posted 7/20/14 , edited 7/20/14
Developer support is terrible on the Wii U...just saying. Besides they still don't have very many good games (yet) and people are too busy playing and hacking Mario Kart 8.

Regarding streaming services...I used to grab everything through fansubs but now that Crunchyroll is starting to carry better titles and shortly after broadcast so I've converted to "mostly legal." I will not support the joint venture of the American cable broadcast companies "Hulu" until they get their stick out of their asses and get rid of Ads.
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Posted 7/20/14
I like legal streaming sites because official subs > fan subs 90% of the time.

Sometimes I use shadier sites for older anime, but for new anime, places like Crunchyroll and Hulu are the way to go.
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