Can Netflix Replace Crunchyroll & Funimation As The Next Best Place For Anime?

With Netfilx’s on going quest for virtual world domination, as it expands by adding more original anime such as ‘Ultraman’, ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ and more, one has to wonder, should Netflix be the next best place for watching anime instead of Crunchyroll? I can’t say for sure from a business standpoint, you with monopoly and all that but, at best it would serve a good competition for Crunchyroll who, in my honest opinion has been slacking quite a bit. However, as a consumer, I’d say yes and here’s why!

Netflix’s growing collection of anime is a sign that Netflix wants to be taken seriously as the next best place to watch anime, and I couldn’t agree more. For the last couple of weeks, it has being a pleasure to watch anime on Netflix. The sleek and friendly UI design makes it fun and easy to find something interesting to watch, the recommendation page actually does a good job in showing you what you might like, and its clever way of playing the next episode really gives you the incentive to keep watching. A far cry from watching anime on Crunchyroll.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shitting on Crunchyroll at all, in fact I applaud them for they have tried to accomplish. But the fact of that matter is that Crunchyroll website and apps haven’t updated at all for the last couple of years. They’re still using the same flash player, they’re promoting things that have rarely anything to do with anime and they don’t have nearly enough great anime to sometimes justify their subscription. Well, for me anyways. I did some browsing to see what they have to watch, and I realized that there’s rarely a good amount of anime that I’d consider a great anime to watch!

With Netflix on the other hand, you get a lot for the price. You get a good number of anime that you can watch right now and the list is still growing by the day, great flash player with sleek UI, and when you’re not watching anime, there’s literally everything else to watch, all tucked in at reasonable subscription price. Honestly, it’s only a matter of time before Netflix becomes the number one place to watch all the latest and upcoming anime. Of course, that could somewhat create a monopoly, which is why I’d like there to be more one place to watch anime and cause them to be in competition.

Anyways, we’ll see what the future holds for us. So far, I’m watching more anime on Netflix than I am on Crunchyroll or on one of those websites that stream it, which is saying A LOT! I think if you have a platform that’s well built and easy to use and they offer you something that’s worth the buck, people will find it difficult to wanna pirate anime as much as they do today.

What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below and let’s discuss!


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  1. I will admit, I really hate the Netflix interface and their recommendation system. I find it difficult to find anything unless someone has specifically told me something has been added and I search for it directly by title. That and their recommendations are just not helpful. I might have watched and enjoyed a show, but it may have been for a character in it or one particular aspect of it and yet I’ll end up with all sorts of shows that have a similar plot or genre when I’m not that interested flooding in my recommendations. I’ve learned just to ignore anything Netflix recommends to me because the likelihood of my liking it is pretty low.

    • Yeah, I get you! The recommendation may not be for everyone but I’ve had success with it so far. Still, I believe that Netflix has potential to be a great place for anime in the future.

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