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Funimation streaming review: Product, price and features

A trusted name in anime gets in the game with its $5.99-a-month streaming service.

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Funimation pros and cons

Pros

  • Free, ad-supported version available
  • Trusted US anime brand since the 90s
  • Large catalog of anime shows and films, a lot of them dubbed

Cons

  • Crunchyroll has a bigger library, focusing on subtitles
  • Users often complain of problems with the app, the site crashing and other glitches

How much does Funimation cost?

You can watch content on Funimation for free with ads, but you don’t get access to the entire library and don’t get to enjoy all the benefits available to paid subscribers.

Paid streaming with Funimation starts at $5.99 a month, with options to pay annually ($59.99 a year). The cost increases to $7.99 a month for its Premium Plus option or $79.99 for a year. Finally, serious subscribers can utilize the Premium Plus Ultra option for $99.99 a year.

Name Product Service type Pricing starts at Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
FunimationNow
On-demand streaming
$5.99
14 days
No
99
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All Funimation plans come with a 14-day free trial. Sign up with your email and credit card information. Funimation will charge your card if you decide to continue to use the service after the trial is up.

Funimation’s free streaming service only requires your email address. It includes ads and offers less content.

Stream anime free for 14 days

Watch some of the biggest anime shows in the world on Funimation. Subscriptions start from $5.99 a month.

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Are the Premium Plus or Premium Plus Ultra plans worth it?

For $2 more each month, Premium Plus offers more simultaneous streams than the Premium plan, plus offline viewing. At the same time, it also has many of the benefits of Premium Plus Ultra. This makes it probably the most worthwhile option. You should only consider Premium Plus Ultra if you think you’ll use the extra perks – such as free shipping on all orders from the store, an annual anniversary gift and two free rentals each year.

What can I watch on Funimation?

Funimation offers a few exclusive options, most notably Dragon Ball. However, it offers most of the same content as rival streaming service Crunchyroll, which has more titles.

That being said, Funimation has the fastest updates in terms of dubbed anime, so if this is your preference, it might be a perfect match.

What features does Funimation offer?

Funimation offers a number of features, including a large library, exclusive content, a large store and faster subtitle dubbing.

Funimation’s library

The vast catalog includes both films and television shows, but it’s not as large as its competitor Crunchyroll, which has a mammoth selection and many niche options.

Exclusive content

If you’re looking for certain options that you can’t find anywhere else, you may find it here. For example, Funimation owns exclusive rights to Dragon Ball. That means you won’t find that one on Crunchyroll.

Online store

Funimation’s online store has a vast catalog of videos, collectibles, apparel and toys. It offers exclusive sales to subscribers for items that you can’t find anywhere else.

Ultrafast dubbing

Get quick and easy access to dubs with Funimation. Though it does offer subtitles as well, its focus is on releasing dubbed titles.

Which devices is Funimation compatible with?

Watch Funimation’s entire catalog on your browser or on a number of other platforms. The $5.99 Premium service offers 2 simultaneous streams, while the $7.99 Premium Plus service offers 5 simultaneous streams.

  • Smart TV/streaming devices
    • Amazon Fire TV
    • AndroidTV
    • Apple TV
    • Chromecast
    • LG smart TV
    • Roku
    • Samsung
  • Other devices
    • Amazon Kindle
  • Mobile devices
    • Android
    • iOS
  • Gaming consoles
    • PS4, PS5
    • Xbox One

How much data does Funimation use?

According to its website, Funimation requires a streaming speed of 2Mbps for SD and 5Mbps for 720p and 1080p to avoid buffering.

If you have buffering issues or you want to use less data, the simplest answer is to lower the video quality. If you have Premium Plus or Ultra, you can also download content to watch later.

Can I download Funimation videos to watch offline?

Yes you can. If you have a Premium Plus or Premium Plus Ultra subscription, a numbers of videos can be downloaded without ads to iOS and Android mobiles or tablets. Some videos are also available to download with free or subscriber accounts by redeeming the Digital Copy code. Note that not all videos are available for downloading.

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Name Product Service type Pricing starts at Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
Paramount+ Essential
On-demand streaming, Sports
$4.99
No
No
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HBO Max with ads
On-demand streaming
$9.99
No
No
1
1
Amazon Prime
On-demand streaming
$8.99
30 days
Yes
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$8.99
7 days
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$64.99
7 days
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Frequently asked questions

Expert review

Unfortunately, Funimation’s options are somewhat limited beyond the scope of dubbed anime and Dragon Ball. Many anime fans prefer subtitled works, which allow them to hear the original voice actors and still understand what’s happening. What’s more, they have a faster turnaround because they require less work.

However, subtitled options — and more titles in general — can be found on Crunchyroll for $7.99: the same price as Funimation’s Premium Plus.

All in all, there’s a reason Crunchyroll is more popular… although if you want quick access to dubbed content, you might consider getting both.

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