Funimation is a streaming service that focuses on anime (in both subbed and dubbed formats) which does offer a limited quantity of its library for free; though there are heavy restrictions. Fortunately, a 14-day Funimation free trial is sure to help you decide whether full and unlimited access is right for you, risk free.
- Check out all the Funimation Premium (opens in new tab) plans in your country
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 ongoing 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.
Why should you join Funimation Premium?
The starting rate for Funimation Premium is $5.99/£4.99 per month (opens in new tab) 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 a competitive rate to the likes of 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 very much new or exclusive material at all, and there are 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 member also gives you access to offline downloads and new episode releases - both subbed and dubbed - less than two weeks after their original airing in Japan.
Now, some countries have different tiers of plans available. In the US, you have a total of three Funimation Premium plans available: Premium ($5.99) (opens in new tab), Premium Plus ($7.99) (opens in new tab), and Premium Ultra ($99.99 per year) (opens in new tab).
If you're based in the UK, there's only one plan available and that's Funimation Premium Plus (£4.99) (opens in new tab) 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 | from $5.99/£4.99 per month (opens in new tab)
For a 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 limited catalogue.
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.