Funimation Australia: Price, free trial, content, features and more
A trusted name in anime, Funimation is officially moving to Crunchyroll starting March 2022.
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If you're an anime fan, you know that getting access to your favourite series used to be a struggle. But thanks to streaming services like Funimation, that's no longer the case. The platform became known for hosting a wide variety of anime content, both dubbed and subtitled, with simulcasts straight from Japan also a common occurrence.
However, as of March 2022, Funimation is moving to Crunchyroll. In other words, the 2 platforms are joining forces to provide the ultimate anime experience. New series will stream exclusively on Crunchyroll, with the majority of the Funimation library making its way to Crunchyroll as well. Funimation will continue to add new episodes of ongoing series, but subscribers should make the switch to Crunchyroll sooner rather than later.
What is Funimation?
For over 25 years, Funimation has been an anime market leader, serving a passionate fan community. The company delivered anime content in multiple countries around the world across television, feature films, events, retail, merchandise and, of course, the Funimation subscription app.
The online platform specialises in anime, with a focus on dubbed content. It wins bonus points for speedy dubbing and used to host an impressive collection of dubbed content for those who don't enjoy subtitles. Subtitled content is available on the service as well. That being said, with the library moving over to Crunchyroll, Funimation is eventually expected to close its doors.
You might as well rip the band-aid and sign up for Crunchyroll as soon as possible, so you don't miss any new releases.
How much does Funimation cost?
Funimation allows you to watch a limited amount of content for free, with ads. If you want access to the entire library and better features, you'll need to get the premium plan.
Called Premium Plus, the paid subscription plan costs $7.95 per month and offers users ad-free access to the entire Funimation library (subs and dubs), as well as offline viewing and the ability to watch on 5 devices at the same time. You can save by purchasing an annual subscription, which costs $79.50.
AnimeLab and Funimation Australian merger
If you're an anime enthusiast, you were probably familiar with AnimeLab, the Australian streaming service with a focus on anime content. As of 10 June 2021, AnimeLab officially became Funimation, which meant the local platform retired its brand and operates exclusively as Funimation moving forward.
Existing AnimeLab users can log in to Funimation with their AnimeLab credentials, but new ones will need to head straight to Funimation to create an account. You'll find the majority of content that was on AnimeLab on Funimation. On the same note, Funimation and AnimeLab subscription plans were priced the same at the time the announcement was made.
Funimation and Crunchyroll merger
Now, given the merger with Crunchyroll, new and existing subscribers should move to Crunchyroll in the near future. Eligible Funimation users already got instructions for how to redeem an extended free trial offer. If you didn't qualify, Crunchyroll offers a 14-day free trial for its premium plans.
You can't log in with your Funimation credentials on Crunchyroll at the moment, but that feature may be added in the future. On the same note, you can't transfer your watch history and queue as of March 2022 from one service to the other.
What can I watch on Funimation?
The platform offers a generous library of content, including iconic series like Attack on Titan, Cowboy Bebop, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fruits Basket and My Hero Academia.
Does Funimation have a free trial?
Yes. The service offers a 14-day free trial for its premium plan. You can browse and watch as much as you like for those 2 weeks to decide if you're interested in going premium for the long run.
One of the best things about Funimation is its clean, sleek interface. Navigating the library is a breeze and the service boasts a great search function.
The premium plan comes with up to 5 simultaneous streams, which means you can share your subscription with friends and family. Content is available in HD quality and Funimation offers solid device compatibility.
Each episode page lets you leave ratings and comments, follow a show or add it to your queue, as well as explore related material.
That being said, the best thing about Funimation is how quickly it delivers dubbed versions of new releases. Users were able to watch English-dubbed anime only 2 weeks after the original anime broadcast for selected series. If you were a fan of that, Crunchyroll is expected to continue this tradition moving forward. You can still watch new episodes of ongoing series on Funimation for now, but any new shows will be exclusive to Crunchyroll.
Funimation compatible devices
Users can access Funimation via the web or download the app to their preferred device, from smart TVs to smartphones. Here's the complete list of compatible devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Xbox One
- PS4 and PS5
- Nintendo Switch
- Android mobile devices
- iOS mobile devices
- Telstra TV
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