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The 14 best anime on Funimation to binge right now
Not only are there a bunch of great shows to binge, but the service (like Crunchyroll) puts out new anime every season on an episode-by-episode basis. It’s not a bad way to go if you like English dubs. Here are the best anime on Funimation. You can learn even more about Funimation here! In the interest of variety, we obviously recommend Sword Art Online (Funimation link), arguably the most popular anime on Funimation, but it’s not on the list below because there are so many good anime that we didn’t want to bloat the list with stuff you already know you should at least try.
Editor’s note – With the merger between Funimation and Crunchyroll well underway, we plan on totally revamping this list or potentially getting rid of it altogether once the content has been merged. For now, we recommend signing up for Crunchyroll and not signing up for Funimation.
Watch more anime:
1. My Hero Academia (super-series)
2. Fairy Tail (super-series)
3. Cowboy Bebop (action-adventure)
4. Attack on Titan (action-adventure)
5. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (thriller/horror)
6. Danganronpa (mystery/thriller)
7. Toradora! (romance)
8. Tsukigakirei (romance)
9. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (slice of life)
10. March Comes In Like A Lion (slice of life)
11. Gurren Lagann (mecha)
12. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (mecha)
13. Demon Slayer (fantasy)
14. Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions (fantasy)
If we had the space, we could make this list go to 30 or even 45 anime. We don’t so in the interest of space, here are an additional 15 shows that could easily make this list based on who you ask.
Assassination Classroom – A science-fiction comedy about an extremely powerful octopus teacher in a high school and his class trying to kill him. The Japanese government has a $100 million (¥10 billion) bounty for any student that can do it, except all of the monster’s students like him because he’s actually a good teacher. Hilarity ensues.
Black Clover – Black Clover is a budding fantasy-adventure super-series and one with a lot of traction. It doesn’t have the mass commercial appeal of My Hero Academia. Plus, the story and character development move at a snail’s pace for the first 20 or so episodes. However, the show starts picking up around there and it’s quickly becoming a must-watch for super-series fans. The show’s guild and wizard set-up have left some to dub it “Fairy Tail Jr”.
Black Lagoon – Black Lagoon is a crime thriller about a band of mercenary pirates and their adventures to smuggle goods all over the place and engage in other missions. It’s an episodic show without too much of a long-running arc so it’s a good time killer or palette cleanser. The show is definitely not for kids, though, so don’t let them watch this. The show runs for a very manageable 12 episodes.
Blue Exorcist – Blue Exorcist tells the tale of two boys who are raised to be exorcists. The problem is that they’re both the sons of Satan himself. The show has two seasons and each have vastly different arcs. The two seasons were released six years apart so that’s probably why. Other than the massive disconnect, this is an excellent action-adventure anime with some decent fight scenes and storytelling.
A Certain Scientific Railgun, A Certain Scientific Accelerator, and A Certain Magical Index – This series of three shows is commonly referred to as the “Raildex” series. The show starts with A Certain Magical Index as it follows the exploits of Toma and Index as they do battle against religious people with supernatural powers. Railgun transitions to a different part of the city and follows the adventures of Mikoto Misaka, a side character in Index. Finally, Accelerator is a spin-off about a villain from the previous two shows. You can watch the first two in any order, but you should probably wait to watch Accelerator until after the first two seasons of both Railgun and Index.
Dragon Ball – The Dragon Ball series was the entrance to anime for a lot of folks. It dominated the 1990’s and it’s still quite popular to this day. Funimation has Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Super, and a few others. It’s about as close as you can get to streaming the entire franchise without piracy. Some of the storytelling, animation, and sound quality didn’t age overly well, but it’s still fun.
Dr. Stone – Dr. Stone is a fantasy-adventure show about a world where everyone was turned into stone. The main characters are freed from the curse and set out to bring everyone else back, except one guy who likes the new world as it is. The show is almost like an anime version of Minecraft as the main story arcs revolve around the invention of increasingly complicated technology and medicine. It’s in a seasonal break right now but it should pick up again later in 2020.
Fruits Basket – Fruits Basket is a slice of life romantic comedy about a girl who’s mother dies in a car accident. She runs away and finds a new home with some people who can magically turn into animals. The show has some fantasy elements as the family’s curse is deeper and darker than they originally let on. Funimation has all 31 episodes.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – FMA: Brotherhood is one of the best and most popular anime ever. It follows the story of the Elric brothers as they navigate life, uncover mysteries, and try to find out the truth about the Philosopher Stone. The show has some outstanding pacing and storytelling along with some excellent character development. It’s a must-watch even if it is fairly old.
Hellsing – Hellsing is a dark fantasy action show with some horror elements. This one is actually pretty interesting. The 13-episode anime uses the same setting and characters as the manga, but tells an entirely different story. The show is over a decade old and originally aired on STARZ! as part of its Animidnight programming. It’s a great show for horror and dark fantasy fans.
Hyperdimension Neptunia – This one is a comedy-fantasy anime. The story is about four girls who represent the four major gaming platforms in the world and must unite to fight a greater evil. This anime is part of a much larger franchise that includes multiple manga and video games. The anime is actually a nice entrant into the series. The show’s over-the-top comedy style mixed with its bright characters make it enjoyable to watch and you can always get more if you buy the games.
Noragami – Noragami is an action-adventure anime about a Japanese god looking for followers. He gets them by offering them services for 5 yen a piece. He befriends a girl who can transition into multiple planes of existence after a near-death experience and the two go on adventures together. The show’s 25 episode run is best known for its fluid action sequences, outstanding opening and closing credit scenes, and fun style. The English dubs for this one are actually really good as well.
Paranoia Agent – Paranoia Agent is a psychological thriller. It’s about a girl under pressure to repeat her success as a character designer, but is instead mugged by a kid on rollerblades. The cops think she’s lying until it happens over and over again. The attacks, however, lead to positive changes in people’s lives. It’s a neat little show that runs for only 13 episodes.
Rising of the Shield Hero – Rising of the Shield Hero is a fantasy-adventure isekai. It’s about a boy who ends up in another world and in possession of a legendary shield. He puts together a party and adventuring ensues. The hero, Naofumi, is mocked constantly because he doesn’t use a real weapon. There are some ups and downs, but the show generally delights in its 25-episode run.
Steins;Gate – Steins;Gate is a science fiction show with thriller elements. The show starts with Rintaro Okabe learning he send text messages into the past. An organization opts to steal his technology and kill his friend so he goes back in time over and over to prevent it. The show’s original run was 2011 and it’s held up quite well over the last decade. Funimation has the entire 24-episode run along with an OVA to cap everything off.
Tokyo Ghoul – Tokyo Ghoul is a dark fantasy horror anime and one of the most popular in the genre. It follows the story of ghouls, a secretive race of creatures that look and act like humans, but must eat human flesh to live. Ken Kaneki starts the series out as a human and winds up a half-ghoul after being attacked. It’s a quick watch at only 12 episodes, but you’ll remember this one when you’re done with it.
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If we missed any great anime on Funimation, tell us about it in the comments! We’ll update this post whenever something truly special comes out.