Looking for some new anime series or hoping to rewatch old favorites? There are a couple of streaming services you’ll want to become intensely familiar with. Funimation is one of them. The company has actually been around a while, responsible in part for the anime resurgence in the US in the mid-90s, before making the inevitable jump into streaming. Here’s everything you need to know about Funimation! You can sign up for the service at the link below:
What is Funimation?
Funimation is a Sony-owned entertainment company based in the US, involved in the distribution of various anime series. The company is also at the forefront of anime dubbing, with a lot of its exclusive content getting dubbed to English very quickly.
Anime fans will fondly remember Funimation as the company that brought the dubbed version of Dragonball Z to the Cartoon Network back in the 90s and led to a renewed interest in the art form. Given the current state of the entertainment world, it’s no surprise that Funimation eventually made the move to video streaming. Along with that, the website also has a lot of merch you can buy, ranging from T-shirts and action figures to DVD and Blu Ray box sets.
You can easily access all of Funimation’s content, including a slew of exclusive new and old series, on almost any device. Its catalog is particularly great if you’re looking to nostalgically watch popular, but old, anime series. It also has tons of new shows and the library continues to grow. It’s also the best place to go if you prefer “dubs” (shows dubbed into English) over “subs” (original Japanese voice actors and subtitles).
How much is a Funimation subscription?
Funimation Now has three subscription plans to choose from. You can also take advantage of a 14-day trial before your first payment gets charged. That’s more than enough time to see if the app is the right fit for you. Finally, you can also sign up for a free account, even though you don’t get access to the full catalog and have to deal with ads.
- The Premium plan is priced at $5.99 per month or $59.99 annually.
- This gets you ad-free access to the entire Funimation library across most devices and platforms.
- You get access to both dubbed and subbed content.
- You can simultaneously stream on 2 screens.
- Premium Plus:
- The Premium Plus subscription will set you back $7.99 per month or $79.99 annually.
- This includes everything you get with the Premium plan.
- You also get support for offline viewing on mobile devices.
- There’s early access to the special Funimation Shop sales. You also get free shipping on all orders above $20.
- You get access to exclusive members-only events and offers.
- Simultaneous streaming on up to 5 screens is allowed.
- Premium Plus Ultra:
- Only an annual subscription for the Premium Plus Ultra plan is available, priced at $99.99.
- It includes everything that is available with Premium Plus.
- Additionally, you will get 2 free rentals per year.
- Shipping is free on all orders without any minimum purchase value.
- You will also be sent an annual anniversary gift.
Where is it available?
Access to the Funimation Now apps and the website is currently only available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
How to sign up?
Signing up for Funimation is a generally quick and easy process. You can do so on either the mobile app or the website and tap on “Start your free trial” to get started. Choose a subscription plan and set up an account with an email address and password. There’s an option to sign up via Facebook as well. You will need to provide a credit card number or setup payment via PayPal to finish the signup process. You will only get charged after the 14-day trial period ends though.
If you want to try out a free account, with ads and a limited section of shows, you’ll find it tucked away at the end of the page on the website or at the bottom of the app page. Simply set up login credentials with an email address and password and you’re good to go.
What platforms and devices support Funimation Now?
You’re certainly not going to have too much trouble watching anime on Funimation Now since almost every device and platform is supported. You can also enjoy direct access to all shows and films on the Funimation website.
- Mobile: Android, iOS, Amazon Kindle
- Smart TV: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung smart TV, LG smart TV
- Gaming consoles: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Funimation and Hulu
A recent partnership between Funimation and Hulu is fantastic news for anyone who’s already subscribed to the latter. In fact, you’ll notice that quite a few of the shows listed on our roundup of the best anime series on Hulu are via Funimation. Of course, not all the content on Hulu is found on Funimation’s streaming service, and vice versa. Also Funimation does simulcast and Hulu does not, which is an important distinction.
Best anime on Funimation
There is plenty to watch on Funimation, but here are just a few of our favorites:
- My Hero Academia — My Hero Academia is an action-adventure shounen and one of the most popular series around. The story follows Izuku, who was born completely normal in a world where more than 80% of the population has some kind of superpower. He still enrolls in a hero academy and one day, his idol changes his life for the better.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood — It follows the story of two disfigured brothers, Edward and Alphonse, as they experiment with forbidden magic, uncover sinister plots, and hunt down the Philosopher’s Stone. The series first premiered back in 2009 and enjoyed a 64-episode run. It definitely still holds up and is a great watch for fans of the original manga as it closely follows it. This show is also intended for more mature audiences.
- Dragon Ball — Funimation has the entire Dragon Ball collection, including the regular Dragon Ball, Z, and Super. The show follows Goku and his friends and family and their journey to becoming the strongest saiyans in the world. I’m personally a bigger fan of the Dragon Ball Z series as it features grown and more mature characters.
- Attack on Titan — Attack on Titan is another personal favorite and an extremely popular anime series. It’s set in a world where people live behind walls and are afraid of the man-eating Titans that are found beyond. The story follows one man who vows revenge after the giant humanoids destroy his hometown and hurt his family. It’s fast-paced and even the 59-episode run and movie seem binge-worthy.
Funimation to buy its main rival Crunchyroll
In early December, Sony announced that its Funimation anime division would acquire its main streaming rival, Crunchyroll, from AT&T for $1.175 billion. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval as of this writing. There’s no word yet on what will happen to Crunchyroll when the deal is completed.
Have you signed up for Funimation? What are your favorite anime shows and movies on the app? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!