FunimationNow: What It Is and How to Watch Anime on It

What you need to now about this really popular anime streaming service

FunimationNow (aka Funimation Now) is an online video streaming service with an exclusive focus on dubbed and subbed anime series released by Funimation.

What Is FunimationNow?

Funimation is one of the prominent companies within the North American anime distribution scene and has been around since the beginning of the anime boom in 1994. The company is responsible for the domestic release of popular anime series such as Dragon Ball Z and Fairy Tail and produces both English subbed and dubbed versions of properties.

The streaming service is available via both a free and paid subscription model and its content can be viewed either from the official Funimation website or via one of the FunimationNow apps.

Subbed is a phrase used to describe films or TV series that include the original language audio with translated subtitles while dubbed refers to a release that has had all of the audio re-recorded in another language.

FunimationNow was announced in 2016. It follows a near-identical business model to other streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+, where users sign up and can then stream video content on-demand from smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, smart TVs, and computers.

Is FunimationNow Free?

The FunimationNow anime streaming service has four membership plans with varying benefits for users within the U.S. and Canada.

  • Free: Can stream content with video ads.
  • Premium: Can stream content ad-free. Supports up to two devices. Costs $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year.
  • Premium Plus: Can stream and download content ad-free on up to five devices. Costs $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year.
  • Premium Plus Ultra: Costs $99 a year and features all of the benefits of the Premium Plus membership in addition to an annual gift, two pay-per-view rentals per year, and free shipping on Funimation Shop products.

Outside of North America, FunimationNow simply offers free and Premium membership options. The Premium membership in these regions is the equivalent of the North American Premium Plus tier.

Where Is FunimationNow Available?

FunimationNow is available for residents of the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

How to Sign up for FunimationNow

You can sign up for the FunimationNow streaming services from any of the official apps or from the Funimation website. The process is fairly straightforward and is similar to signing up for other online services.

Here’s what signing up for FunimationNow from the Funimation website looks like.

  1. Open the official Funimation website on your preferred web browser, such as Edge, Chrome, Brave, or Firefox.

  2. Select Start My Free Trial.

    Funimation Now anime streaming service on the Funimation website.
  3. On the next page, if you want to sign up for an ad-free paid plan, select Start My Free Trial. If you just want an ad-supported free membership, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Sign Up For A Free Account.

    Funimation Now anime streaming service on the Funimation website.
  4. Enter your email address and password into the preferred fields and select Continue. You can also choose to sign up with Facebook if you like.

    Funimation Now anime streaming service on the Funimation website.

    The Facebook option has been known to be glitchy so you may need to use your email and password to sign up and then link your Facebook account after your FunimationNow account has been created.

  5. Your FunimationNow account will now be created. You can start watching anime immediately on the website or log into one of the FunimationNow apps to watch content on another device.

    Funimation Now anime streaming service on the Funimation website.

What Funimation Anime Is on FunimationNow?

FunimationNow features a large variety of dubbed and subbed anime series, movies, and specials that can be streamed or downloaded depending on your membership type.

Some of the more popular anime available for viewing include Dragon Ball Z, Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia, and Dr. Stone. Many new shows update with fresh episodes within a week of their airing in Japan.

Where Can I Watch FunimationNow?

FunimationNow can be watched from within any web browser on a computer or laptop and via one of its many apps.

FunimationNow apps are available on iOS, Android, Windows, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Xbox One, Chromecast, and Samsung smart TVs.

What Internet Speed Is Required for FunimationNow?

If you’re able to watch videos on other similar services such as YouTube or Netflix with no problem, you’ll likely be able to watch videos on FunimationNow.

Funimation Now anime streaming service on the Funimation website.

As a general rule, an internet speed of at least 2500 kbps (2.5 mbps) is recommended for watching videos in 720p while 4000 kbps (4 mbps) is suggested for 1080p HD video quality.

If you choose to download anime via the app, your internet speed won’t affect the quality of the video at all, however, the time it takes to download the appropriate files could vary greatly.

Is the Funimation App Worth It?

FunimationNow is worth it for fans of Funimation anime series, but it’s important to realize that not all major anime series and movies are on this platform.

Funimation Now anime streaming service on the Funimation website.

Anime released by other companies, such as Pokemon, Sailor Moon, and Naruto, cannot be watched on FunimationNow. If you want to watch those, you’ll need to stream them via Hulu, Crunchyroll, or Netflix, or purchase them outright from a digital storefront such as iTunes or the Microsoft Store.

FunimationNow Alternatives

There are a number of anime streaming services available to consumers right now, with the biggest one being Crunchyroll. This service also has a free viewing option in addition to its paid membership and offers an absolutely massive selection of anime in a number of genres.

Another quality streaming option for anime fans is actually Netflix, which has exclusive streaming rights to a number of anime series and even produces its own English-language versions of them. Those looking for classic and modern American cartoons should check out DC Universe and Disney+, both of which have a wide variety of series and films for kids and adults to enjoy.

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