Streaming anime online has become more rampant with the passing years as there is a rapid increase in the number of people turning towards anime and manga as sources of entertainment. Well, it is true that Japanese media content has gained a massive boost in popularity worldwide in the last couple of years, thanks to streaming services that have delivered the best and latest content in your footstep.
All that being said, it is a universally agreeable fact that Funimation has stood out to be one of the most popular anime streaming platforms that have made watching anime and reading manga a hassle-free and smooth experience. Funimation is quite generous when it comes to its anime collection, offering a diverse range of genres and an impressive amount of English dubbed anime. Not only this, you can also read manga, and purchase anime-themed merchandise from its official store to sustain your weeb lifestyle! You can also stream this platform on multiple devices, a feature so convenient that you can even use it while on the go to watch your favorite anime.
But the only issue with this anime streaming site is that you have to pay a significant amount of money each month in order to unlock all these features, something that can prove to be really difficult for those on a tight budget. But does that mean you don’t get to use Funimation at all? Not likely. Funimation lets you use it for free, although a free Funimation account comes with a lot of limitations.
So let me take you through all that you can access and all that you are barred from accessing on a free Funimation account in this article. I will be giving you some useful info that will help you decide whether you want to use a free account on this platform or not.
What Can You Watch on a Free Funimation Account?
Although limited in numbers, you can get access to a number of anime across different genres like action, fantasy, adventure, sports, horror, drama, sci-fi, comedy, etc. on a free Funimation account. You also only get to watch a limited number of episodes of various shows like Skate-Leading Stars, Tamayomi: The Basketball Girls, Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Assassination Classroom, etc.
The other big limitation is that not all the episodes of these hand-counted anime are available in English dubbed versions, something which Funimation is well-known for. You also get interrupted by countless ads during video playback on a free Funimation account, and that can prove to be extremely annoying while you are trying to watch shows.
Well, one good news is that for the sci-fi comedy anime Assassination Classroom, you can watch both its seasons on a free account. Also, for Attack on Titan, you get access to the entire Season 1 and first two episodes of Season 2 of the series. You can also watch more than half of the first season of Black Clover on a free Funimation account.
What are the Other Features of a Free Funimation Account?
- Simulcast Shows: You only get access to a limited number of Simulcast shows with a free Funimation account. Also, these shows are one week late since the original release date in Japan and are free only for four to five weeks, for both subbed and dubbed versions.
You can also access mature content, bookmark your unwatched episodes, and even create a wish list for all your favorite anime on a free Funimation account. These are some of the features that you can access by registering to this anime streaming platform for free.
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Funimation Free-Trial: Advantages and Limitations
Funimation gives you a 14-days free trial with a subscription to either of its three premium Plans. To gain access to this Funimation free trial that comes with a number of benefits, you have to subscribe to any of its three paid plans by putting in your credit card credentials.
- You can get access to all the features of the paid plan you subscribe to in the Funimation free-trial version
- This means that you can unlock the entirety of Funimation’s catalog
- You can watch all the shows on Funimation in English subbed and dubbed versions.
- You can watch all the Simulcast shows on the day of their original release in English subs and dubs
- You can read all the manga on Funimation’s manga reading platform
- You also get access to Funimation’s official merchandise store
- You also get to download your favourite anime to watch offline
- You can enjoy non-stop ad-free playback of videos
- This Funimation free-trial version is only for 14-days
- After this time period you will have to pay the price of the plan that you selected for that entire month
- You only get 14-days’ worth of fun with the Funimation free-trial version.
- You have to decide whether to keep it or let it go within this time period
Funimation Premium Account: Pricing and Plans
Funimation offers you 3 Premium Plans which come with a multitude of amazing 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
The Premium Plan that costs $5.99/month grants you access to the entire collection of anime in Funimation’s library that you can watch in both English subbed and dubbed versions. You can also make two streams simultaneously. The Premium Plus plan that comes for $7.99/month offers you all the perks included in the Premium Plan along with the additional perks of making 5 simultaneous streams possible, offline downloads, shopping deals and discounts, and exclusive access to special events. The Premium Plus Ultra plan which costs $99.99/year gives you all the benefits of the Premium Plus plan with added free shipping, two rental videos per year, and sends you an anniversary gift.
How to Use A VPN to Make Full Use of the Funimation Free-Trial Version?
It is a well-known fact that Funimation is not available in every country. Till now, it is only available in 49 countries. These include the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, etc. So, if you are in a country where this platform is not available, you can install a VPN to make full use of the Funimation free-trial version. All you have to do is:
- Subscribe to a save VPN
- Download the VPN service to the device where you want to stream Funimation
- Access the VPN and log-in to it to activate it.
- Connect the VPN to one of its US-based servers
- Sign up to Funimation
- Purchase a Premium Plan to make full use of its Free-trial version
- You can also register to a free Funimation account using the VPN
However, Funimation sometimes detects and blocks VPNs, so be careful while using one. You might end up getting banned from the platform once and for all.
Tips on Making Full Use of the Funimation Free-Trial Version
The biggest advantage of the Funimation free trial is that it grants you all the advantages that are included in the Premium Plan that you subscribed to. So, you get to access all of these features for the entirety of 14 days without paying a penny. You can also stream one Funimation account on multiple devices. These devices include Android, iOS, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung and LG smart TVs, and gaming platforms like PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, etc. and of course on the web.
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Final Thoughts: Does a Free Funimation Account Really Work?
With a free Funimation account, you won’t get access to a lot of benefits that are offered by the Premium accounts. Sure, you can check out the free trial version but that too only lasts for two weeks and after these 14-days you either have to complete your Premium account subscription purchase or let go of it altogether. So, if you ask me, I’d say that you rather go for the Funimation Premium version instead of wasting your time with a free Funimation account. The Premium version has a lot to offer and you won’t be regretting spending money on it at all.
Check out our Funimation review to get more details on how to use Funimation and other information. What do you think your final decision will be? Let us know in the comments!