Hey, wanna watch some anime? Good, because there’s a lot of it out there and lots of options to watch it with, many of those options are off, shall we say, dubious legal merit, so we’re gonna skip those and stick with the services that definitely will not load malware onto every device you own.
Let’s dive in. Now, as we’re getting started, don’t forget that we’re doing a big giveaway right now for a 55 inch 4K smart TV, so hit the description below and check out the link there for that. Also, big shout out to r/anime, the sobriety was a big help as I was getting started researching this one.
For this article, I want to think of this as anime streaming 101. If you’re new to this topic, you’ll learn a thing or two, if you’re not, if you’re already a master streamer of anime, then you’ll probably know most of this stuff, but I want you to stick around and check out the advice that I’m giving, and then hit the comments below when we’re done to dispense any additional wisdom you might have. Check- How to make anime sites
Now first up are the services you probably already have, honestly, Hulu and Netflix. Just like with the rest of its content library, Netflix’s anime strategy seems to be to get the rights to a well known property to get you in the door, and then keep you there with some quality originals as well. In this case,
Netflix is the exclusive streaming home of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and their originals now include things like the Seven Deadly Sins and Knights of Sidonia, pretty good. Similarly, Hulu’s library might not be as deep as some of the more specialized streaming services that we’re gonna get to, but it’s still got a surprising amount, especially after the deal they struck with Funimation last December.
So now Hulu’s got its own anime section, and it’s the only place you’ll find the immensely popular Cowboy Bebop, and on top of all that, with both of these services, they come with, well, Hulu and Netflix. Like I said, you probably already have these, so you can take advantage of some good anime while you’re at it, and if you don’t have them, you can get Hulu for 5.99 if you want to deal with commercials, if you don’t, it’s 11.99, and Netflix does have an 8.99 plan, but that’s standard def, nobody wants this, so get the HD plan for 12.99. Also check- How to start a news website
If Hulu and Netflix are for the casual fan, then Funimation is for the more serious anime obsession. It’s more narrowly focused for anime fans, it’s got a deeper library than Hulu, tons of Dragon Ball content, for instance, plus you get simulcast, so you don’t have to wait around for the next season of the Fire Force to drop before you can watch it with everybody else. It’s available on every major streaming device, and so you won’t have a problem finding a place to watch it.
There’s a free ad-supported version that you can go with, or you can go the 5.99 Premium route, this gives you ad-free access to the full library, plus two simultaneous streams. If you go for the 7.99 Premium Plus plan, then you get five simultaneous streams, and in that case, you get to download your content to watch on the go. Crunchyroll is similar to Funimation in that it’s geared towards serious anime devotees.
It’s slightly different though in that, while both services provide both subbed and dubbed shows, Funimation holds a lot of exclusive rights to the dubbed content while Crunchyroll is more of a destination for subbed stuff, plus Crunchyroll has got some top-tier exclusives as well, like A Place Further than the Universe, and Laid-Back Camp. Now, there is a lot of free stuff that is ad-supported, of course, or you can 7.99 a month for the Crunchyroll Premium.
Obviously that strip out the ads, you only get one simultaneous stream for that though, 9.99 a month though is gonna get you Crunch Roll Premium plus VRV Premium, and that brings us to VRV. VRV, similarly to Crunchyroll, is owned by Otter Media, which in turn is owned by Warner Media, this will be important a little later in the video.
Now VRV has it’s own library of originals like Harmon Quest, its kind of hybrid animated show, but the real appeal for VRV comes in the collection of properties, they’ve got Crunchyroll,and Mondo, and HIDIVE, and Rooster Teeth, and Boomerang, and lots more, so for 9.99 a month for VRV premium, you’re pulling in a whole bunch of stuff.
Including that Crunchyroll content. So, that leaves us with the question of what you should get. Well, if you dabble in anime, then Hulu and Netflix might be quite good enough, they are good, but if you’re an anime addict, or if you suspect you might become one, then you can get VRV for 10 bucks, Funimation for six bucks, that’s 16 bucks a month for more anime than you could ever possibly consume.
If you’re also a functioning and contributing member of society. – And one last note,this is about HBO Max, we’ve talked about the coming roll out of HBO Max, and we’re not sure how this gonna shake out for anime fans because Crunchyroll has been listed as part of the content lineup for HBO Max, parent company AT&T ownsboth so that makes sense, but it also owns VRV, so will the rest of VRV’s content also be available on HBO Max, will Crunchyroll ever be an HBO Max exclusive? As of now, we don’t know the answer to these questions or how this is all gonna fit together, so we’re gonna have to keep an eye on it.