Funimation Review & Guide

When it comes to streaming platforms, we’ve got it pretty lucky here in Australia. We’ve got the big names like Netflix and BINGE that cater for a wide audience, alongside smaller, genre-specific platforms like Shudder and DocPlay that help scratch the itch when we’re craving a specific genre. But what about those who are after some anime? Thankfully, there’s a few options available, including Funimation, but what exactly is available through Funimation, and how much does it cost? Find out all you need to know about Funimation in this Canstar Blue guide.

What is Funimation?

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Funimation is an online streaming platform that specialises in dubbed or subtitled Japanese anime. Originally founded in 1994 as an anime distributor in America, Funimation became an online streaming platform in 2015, closely followed by a global expansion, with the service coming to Australia in 2017. Funimation is currently majority-owned by Sony Entertainment.

How much does Funimation cost?

Funimation is available as either a $7.95 monthly cost, or as a $79.50 annual subscription, with a free-tier also available, although you’ll have to put up with some ads. For paying subscriptions, you’ll get ad-free access to the entire Funimation content library, as well as subtitles and dubbed content, offline viewing and up to five simultaneous streams.

Funimation’s free tier limits how much content you can watch, with only select seasons of certain shows available, and you’ll have to deal with ads throughout, similar to Spotify. There are also limitations on how much dubbed and subbed content you get on the free tier, meaning which plan you sign up to will depend on how much of an anime fan you are.

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  Netflix Stan Disney+ BINGE Amazon Prime Video Apple TV+ Kayo Paramount+
Monthly Price $10.99 – $19.99 $10 – $19 $11.99 $10 – $18 $6.99 $7.99 $25 – $35 $8.99
HD Available Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
No. of screens 1-4 1-4 1-4 1-4 3 6 3 2
Free trial No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Information collected from each streaming service’s website. Accurate as of August, 2021.

Does Funimation have a free trial?

Funimation currently has a 14-day free trial, although this is only offered for those who sign up to Premium Plus plan.

How to cancel a Funimation subscription

You can cancel a Funimation subscription online through the website or through the Funimation app. Simply go to Settings, then My Account, and then click on Subscription. From here you can change or cancel your subscription plan. It’s not clear via the Funimation website, but it’s likely that your account will be cancelled by the next billing cycle, meaning you’ll have to pay for the remainder of your subscription if you’re on a monthly plan.

Sign up to BINGE

Interested in something new? Why not check out BINGE? Prices start at $10 per month for a basic package and go up to $18 per month. Check out the plan inclusions in the below table. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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BINGE Basic Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 1 screens at the same time
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $10 over one month

1No. of Screens /same time viewing $10
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
Binge logo

BINGE Standard Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $14 over one month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $14
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
Binge logo

BINGE Premium Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $18 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $18
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site

How to watch Funimation

Funimation Compatible Devices

Funimation is available to stream and watch on a variety of devices, including iOS and Android mobile phones, smart TVs including Apple TV, Android TV, gaming consoles such as the Xbox One, X and S, PlayStation 4 and 5, as well as the Nintendo Switch, in addition to Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and through the Funimation website. The Funimation app is also free to download.

What to watch on Funimation

Funimation’s content library is primarily filled with Japanese anime, although offers anime from other countries, in addition to live-action films and shows. Funimation’s library is broken into New Releases as well as genres, which includes:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Psychological
  • Romance
  • Sci-Fi
  • Shoujo
  • Shounen

You can expect a wide variety of anime shows, from 90 classic such as Dragon Ball Z and Afro Samurai through to recent hit shows such as Attack on Titan and Bayonetta, with hundreds of shows and movies available. Other titles include:

Funimation Anime

  • .hack//sign
  • Assassination Classroom
  • Astroboy
  • Berserk
  • Devil May Cry
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • InuYasha
  • Kingdom
  • Mobile Suit Gundam
  • One Punch Man
  • Sailor Moon

Most titles have either subtitles or are English dubbed copies, thanks to Funimation’s partnership with Crunchyroll, another anime-focused streaming service, with both English and Japanese spoken languages. Funimation also includes a schedule on its website to outline what shows and episodes are coming soon to the platform.

Does Funimation have parental controls?

Funimation has parental control settings, allowing you to restrict what shows and films young eyes may be privy to. You can turn on parental controls via the Account Preferences section.

Are AnimeLab and Funimation the same company?

AnimeLab was an Australia-based anime streaming service, before the platform merged with Funimation in 2021, with AnimeLab’s exclusive content also transitioning to Funimation. Existing AnimeLab users can log into Funimation with their AnimeLab details, where you’ll then be prompted to create an official Funimation account.

Is a subscription to Funimation worth it?

While hardcore anime fans no doubt know exactly where they can track down their favourite anime in addition to new releases, for more casual fans, or those who simply want to revisit the glory days of Goku and Dragon Ball Z, finding anime shows can be tough. While Netflix has a range of anime shows available, opting for a service that is dedicated solely to anime certainly has its appeal. And considering that Funimation is one of the cheaper services available in Australia, if you’re really a fan of anime, it’s well worth the cost, particularly when you consider that Funimation is continuously adding new episodes every week, and already has hundreds of titles in its library.

The main drawback is that it doesn’t have original content, meaning if you’re a big anime fan, chances are you’ve seen a lot of the Funimation library already, and that if you’re in the mood for something other than anime, you can only opt for some anime-inspired live-action movies, which may leave you wanting. Overall though, Funimation is a likely first stop for even the most casual anime fans, with the free trial a worthwhile option for those still on the fence. And if you’re still not sure, check out our Pay TV and streaming services ratings to see what other options are available for you to try in Australia.

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

Looking for some more animated content? Check out Disney+! With two plans to choose from – a monthly subscription at $11.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $119.99 – both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic & Star
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $11.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $11.99
Advertised Cost/month
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Disney+ Logo

Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic & Star
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $119.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $119.99
Advertised Cost/year
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Picture credit: Trzykropy/shutterstock.com, Funimation

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