Anime streaming sites have provided a major boost to the anime and manga industry of Japan. Now, anyone from anywhere in the world can stream anime sitting in the comfort of their own homes, in a smooth and hassle-free way. A lot of such anime streaming platforms have been game-changers in this regard. Sites like Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hidive, AnimeLab, etc. are household names now for every manga and anime otaku.
What are AnimeLab and Funimation?
AnimeLab and Funimation are two such anime streaming platforms where you can watch high-quality videos of anime in subbed and dubbed versions. Both of these sites offer similar services, however, each of them has its own unique features that separate and distinguish them from each other.
In this article, we will be witnessing a hardcore showdown between these two very popular streaming platforms. Who do you think will win in this game of AnimeLab Vs Funimation?
AnimeLab Vs Funimation: What to Compare?
- Number of Anime
- Subbed or dubbed
- Website Interface
- App Interface
AnimeLab vs Funimation: Features
Funimation offers a huge library of anime across different genres, a discussion community, manga reading platform, and an official store to purchase anime merchandise from.
However, AnimeLab only offers a diverse collection of anime and falls short when it comes to a discussion forum, manga reading platform or an official store.
|Number Of Screens on one account||2 screens||Multiple screens|
|Quality of Videos||1080p FHD/ 720p HD||1080p FHD/ 720p HD|
|Offline Downloads/ Download limit||Yes (only for members with Premium Plus subscription)||Yes (only for members with a Premium subscription|
AnimeLab vs Funimation: Availability
There is a stark difference between AnimeLab and Funimation when it comes to availability. Funimation is available in 49 countries including USA< Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, etc.
However, AnimeLab is specifically confined to the countries of Australia and New Zealand as of now. When it comes to availability, AnimeLab can do much better.
AnimeLab vs Funimation: List of Anime
When it comes to the number of shows offered by the two anime streaming services, Funimation and AnimeLab go hand in hand. You can find more than 800 anime and movie titles on Funimation that you can watch in HD quality and in English dubbed versions. Funimation’s colorful library has fetched its reputation among anime fans and I would say that it is well deserved. You can watch anime like Naruto, One Punch Man, Attack on Titan, Death Note, Mirai Nikki, Kakegurui, Kaguya Sama: Love is War, Asobi Asobase, Nichijou, Wotakoi, Nisekoi, Tonari no Seki-Kun, Kuroko no Basuke, etc. on Funimation.
AnimeLab is no less than Funimation when it comes to anime content. It has a diverse collection spanning multiple genres like action, adventure, comedy, supernatural, horror, mystery, thriller, romance, sports, music, etc. You can watch popular anime like Boku no Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan, Fruits Basket, Sk8 the Infinity, Hunter X Hunter, Naruto Shippuden, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Tokyo Ghoul, Parasyte: The Maxim, Steins; Gate, Mob Psycho 100, Psycho-Pass, etc. on AnimeLab. You can watch all these anime in English on AnimeLab
AnimeLab vs Funimation: Subbed and Dubbed Content Comparison
Funimation is at the top when it comes to dubbed content. Subbed and dubbed anime on Funimation are countless. You can watch almost all 800 of its shows with English dubs. Funimation is the most well-known for its dubbed anime content.
Subbed and dubbed anime on AnimeLab are plentiful. Just like Funimation, AnimeLab is also known for its dubbed anime collection. However, the sole issue is that you get access to the dubbed content only by subscribing to its Premium membership. A free account will only get you the subbed versions of anime.
AnimeLab vs Funimation: Compatibility
Funimation is compatible with quite a few devices like Amazon Kindle, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, etc. You can also access this anime streaming platform through the web browser. You can also access the Funimation app on iOS and Android platforms.
When it comes to compatibility with other devices, AnimeLab goes hand in hand with Funimation. This streaming platform runs on multiple platforms like PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, MacBook, iOS devices, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, AirPlay, Foxtel Now Box, Sony TVs, Apple TV, Telstra TVs, etc.
|Samsung Smart TV||✅||✅|
AnimeLab vs Funimation: Pricing Comparison
Funimation offers you 3 attractive Premium Plans by subscribing to which you can unlock several of its special features.
- The Premium Plan for $5.99 per month
- The Premium Plus Plan for $7.99 per month
- The Premium Plus Ultra Plan for $99.99 per year
You also get a Funimation free trial for 14-days upon subscribing to either of its Premium Plans.
AnimeLab has two kinds of plans. The Basic Plan offers you only a limited number of anime that you can watch for free and only with English subtitles. You will also be bombarded with pre-video and mid-video ads which can get really annoying. You will also have to wait for almost a week before you can watch Simulcast videos. Also, the Basic Plan does not let you download any videos for offline viewing.
The Premium Plan eliminates all these limitations and lets you access the entire library of AnimeLab.
- Basic Plan for free
- Premium Plans for $7.95/month and $79.50/year
You can also get a 30-days AnimeLab Free trial for you to check out the website first and settle on later.
AnimeLab vs Funimation: Web Interface Comparison
Funimation has an attractive website that is user-friendly, well-designed, and easy to use and navigate through. The website is also very interactive and can quickly engage users. You won’t have a hard time figuring out Funimation’s website.
The AnimeLab website’s color scheme is white and purple and the web interface is quite stylish. Since the days of its inception, the website has received only a few minor modifications. Otherwise it is quite articulate and easy to use.
AnimeLab vs Funimation: App Interface Comparison
The Funimation app is just as amazing as its website. Its interactive, user-friendly, and easy to browse through. The app runs smoothly on any iOS or Android device. Video playback is also smooth and interruption-free.
The AnimeLab app interface is also pretty great. It is easy to navigate through and all the options and menus are properly arranged. However, the only issue is that the app does not run on all devices specifically PS5 and LG TV. This gives it trivial yet major down points.
AnimeLab vs Funimation: Alternatives
Funimation has a number of alternatives that are legal and safe to use like itself. For example, Crunchyroll, Hidive, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, VRV, etc.
AnimeLab also has a number of alternatives where you can watch anime for free. For example, Kissanime, Zoro.to, Chia-Anime, Animepahe, etc.
Final Thoughts: AnimeLab Vs Funimation – Which Streaming Service is Better?
Taking into account all the above-mentioned criteria, it is safe to say that Funimation is clearly the winner in this showdown especially since AnimeLab has also officially been acquired by Funimation. No wonder it is deemed as one of the best anime streaming sites of all time. Not only does it offer a huge collection of English anime, but it is also reasonably priced (based on all the extra features it offers), is compatible with multiple devices, is available in more than 2 countries, and has an outstanding web and app interface.
However, this does not mean that AnimeLab is bad. The streaming platform is also pretty good however it can do much better in certain areas like features, availability, app interface, etc. And I’m quite sure that with time, it will be able to make up for the areas it is lacking in as well.
You can check out our Funimation review and AnimeLab review to know more about each of these websites in detail.
When it comes to watching anime hassle-free, both websites rank high. Which one will you pick? Let us know in the comments!