Is Funimation free? How to get the best prices online in 2024

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Is Funimation free? The answer is unfortunately not as straightforward as a simple yes or no. With a huge library of subbed and dubbed anime, Funimation has earned millions of fans around the globe. It's setup is not that straight forward, however. Let us explain how Funimation works as well as how to get the best prices online in 2023.

Funimation offers a limited quantity of its library for free (in both subbed and dubbed format) but heavy restrictions do apply for this entry tier. The good news is that a 14-day Funimation free trial is available to help you decide whether the take out the full subscription. Considering that the majority of free trials across streaming services have been canceled, it's great that Funimation's is still alive and kicking. 

Funimation itself claims that a free account gets you access to a 'sample' of the total online library of anime and OVA series on the service, and at first glance on the website, it's dead on. If you have anything more than a passing interest in anime, then watching content with a free plan is far from ideal - not to mention extremely limiting and heavy on the ads. 

The new and popular anime are almost always exclusive to Funimation Premium members. These include series like Scarlet Nexus, SD Gundam World Heroes, and How Not to Summon a Demon Lord; all these are only available to members of the subscription service. If you've got any interest in the recent content, you won't be able to access the lion's share of it without a Funimation free trial or subscription. 

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Why should you join Funimation Premium?

The starting rate for Funimation Premium is $7.99/£5.99 per month and this plan not only completely removes advertisements but also unlocks the full catalog of shows ready for you to watch on multiple devices at your leisure; all for less than the price of Netflix and Disney Plus. 

Whether you have a casual interest in anime or are wanting to indulge in the latest crazes from the Land of the Rising Sun, there's over 15,000 hours of content to binge-watch just one click away - if you're subscribed to Funimation Premium or Funimation Premium Plus. If you're a free user, you can't access a lot of the new or exclusive material at all, with many pre-and-post-roll advertisements in each episode. 

It's highly likely that the majority of the content you will click on will bear a red 'subscribe' button in the top left of the thumbnail or show's splash page, meaning you will need to be subscribed to Funimation Plus in order to enjoy them. Being a Funimation Premium Plus member also gives you access to offline downloads as well as five simultaneous streams. 

Funimation is available in the UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Now, some countries have slightly different tiers of plans available. For instance, the US has two tiers: Premium ($7.99/$79.99 ) and Premium Plus ($9.99/$99.99)

If you're based in the UK, there's only one plan available and that's Funimation Premium Plus (£5.99), so people in this country will get things a little cheaper overall, but without the option to pay per annum. Something to bear in mind when you're checking out all your options.

Funimation Premium US (monthly) | $7.99 at Funimation

Funimation Premium US (monthly) | $7.99 at Funimation
For a relatively low monthly price, you can binge-watch all the anime and OVA series you could ever want, stream them to multiple devices such as your smartphone and console, as well as enjoy offline viewing. These reasons alone are why we can recommend the premium service over dealing with a surplus of advertising and a limited catalog.

Save $15.89 - An annual membership lets you save more than $15 for the same great content.

Funimation Premium Plus US (monthly) | $9.99 at Funimation

Funimation Premium Plus US (monthly) | $9.99 at Funimation
If you fancy increasing your number of simultaneous streams from two to five, as well as the option to download content for offline viewing on mobile devices, then Funimation Premium Plus is the one for you. 

Save $19.88 - An annual membership lets you save almost $20 for the same great content.

Funimation Premium Plus UK (Monthly) | £5.99 at Funimation

Funimation Premium Plus UK (Monthly) | £5.99 at Funimation
For those in the UK, Funimation Premium Plus can be obtained for $5.99 a month - almost half the price that those in the US pay. Considering the amount of anime and OVA series available as well as the offline downloads and five simultaneous streams, it's great value for money.

Save £11.89 - An even better way to save more than a tenner is to subscribe for an annual membership, giving you access for a whole year.

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If you're also interested in other forms of animation, Disney Plus bundles can offer a whole host of hand-drawn classic and 3D animated movies for a similar price from the Western world. And for American television, why settle for anything less than the best Hulu prices and Paramount Plus prices

Aleksha McLoughlin
Hardware Editor

Aleksha McLoughlin served as the Hardware Editor for GamesRadar from June 2021 until August 2022. Her main area of expertise was the PC gaming platform, which comprised buying guides, features, reviews, and news coverage on components and prebuilt machines. She was also responsible for gaming chairs and storage. She now works on a freelance basis while studying to become a university lecturer specializing in English for foreign territories. Prior to joining GamesRadar, she wrote for the likes of Expert Reviews, The Rory Peck Trust, No Clean Singing, Vinyl Chapters, and Tech Spark while also working with the BBC. 

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