Crunchyroll VS Funimation

You must be an anime fan to have looked this one up, aren’t you? Sometimes going by the name Japanimation, anime is a style that originated from Japan and has spread across the world. Crunchyroll and Funimation are two online video streaming platforms whose libraries are purely made of anime. Since you’re probably trying to weigh between the two, this article is going to talk about Crunchyroll vs Funimation.

Geographical and Cross-platform Availability

After studying the two platforms, it was found out that Crunchyroll is more available to the world than Funimation. In popular African countries such as Kenya, Funimation isn’t available but Crunchyroll is. In this way, Funimation is limited.

Crunchyroll is more available. If you search its name in the different app stores or try to sign up from virtually any country, you will find no obstacles.

In terms of cross-platform availability, Funimation steals the show. Think of any platform – Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV Stick et cetera – Funimation is available there. Crunchyroll isn’t bad though. It only misses out on a few platforms.

Anime, Manga Library

As of November 2019, Crunchyroll had a collection of over 900 anime shows. The number should be over 1000 now. Also, it has a great number of Japanese dramas. If you’re looking for A-grade anime movies, you will find them on Crunchyroll. Also, Crunchyroll is a great manga hub and it features simulpub manga too that you can read online.

If you love golden oldies like Future Diary and Black Butler, Funimation is your place. Not only does it offer classics but it also shows newer videos such as Assassination Classroom and My Hero Academia.

Subs, Dubs, Simulcasts, and Simuldubs

Subs are subtitles, dubs are dubbed videos, simulcasts are streams being broadcasted the same time they are premiering and simuldubs are videos that allow viewers to enjoy the dubbed version of an anime update a day after it premieres in Japan.

On subs, Crunchyroll beats Funimation. The subtitles on an anime on Crunchyroll are easy to hassle through and you can edit them. On the flip side, Funimation has closed captions that cannot be edited (on the app, though).

On dubs, Funimation carries the day. Funimation doesn’t make you wait for dubs and so, it offers simuldubs. If a movie premiered in Japan yesterday, Funimation will have it dubbed and with subs before the end of today. Crunchyroll isn’t as speedy, so you should not expect a dub until after a while.  Both Crunchyroll and Funimation offer simulcasts. So, when an anime is premiering in Japan, you may stream it on either platform.

Quality of Anime Clips

Both platforms offer up to 1080P high definition content. Looking at golden oldies, Funimation offers the same 1080P (HD) content that you wouldn’t expect from them. Unlike Crunchyroll, Funimation doesn’t let you guess the quality of a video that you come across. Instead, it shows you the information when you look at the anime up. This is a pretty good thing, isn’t it? Because, if you know the quality of the anime, you can choose whether to watch it or not. No need to be surprised by a 360P tops anime.


Upon sign-up, Crunchyroll offers you a 14-day free trial plan. After that, your payment method will be billed at $7.99 a month (premium plan). The most basic premium plan on Funimation is gotten at $5.99 but if you want to use more screens and save for offline viewing, you should consider going for the $7.99-a-month premium plus package. The pricing between them, therefore, does not have a great difference.