A comparison of the English dubbed Anime shows & films offered on VRV Premium, Funimation, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, HIDIVE, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max’s streaming services. Plus, their corresponding Blu-ray & DVD set availability.
Anime Streaming Service Comparison (Dubs) [USA Region]:
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Updated: September 24, 2020
The table above is based on the North American (USA) region.
– This section will have table changes (additions and removals) listed in the future with their corresponding dates.
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Titles Currently Searchable: 136
Update (September 24, 2020): Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Medaka Box added.
Update (August 2, 2020): DNA², Durarara!!, Fate/stay night, Gintama The Movie, Haikyuu!!, Haikyuu!! 2nd Season, Haikyuu!! 3rd Season, InuYasha – The Final Act, Million Arthur, No Game, No Life: Zero, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal added.
Update (August 1, 2020): Sword Art Online: Alicization is officially added to the Funimation service (25 episodes available Dubbed) added.
Angel Beats!, Baki, Black Butler, Forest of Piano, Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 2 – Ghost Whispers, Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 3 – Ghost Tears, Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 4 – Ghost Stands Alone, Kakegurui, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, No Game No Life, The End of Evangelion, Toradora! added.
Update (July 31, 2020): Hunter x Hunter is officially added to the Funimation service (75 episodes available Dubbed) added.
Update (July 29, 2020): Bleach The Movie 3: Fade To Black, Bleach The Movie 4: Hell Verse, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, No Guns Life added.
Update (July 28, 2020): HBO Max streaming service officially added. Simply click the ‘Columns’ button (with the eye icon) above the table and select ‘HBO Max’ for the column to become visible. * Best viewed on a Desktop computer.
Blue Exorcist, Digimon Adventure, Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko, Maid-sama, Ninja Scroll, Yona of the Dawn added.
Update (July 25, 2020): Hunter x Hunter will be available on Funimation in the USA & Canada markets starting Friday, July 31. [75 episodes]
Update (July 24, 2020): Amazon Prime streaming service officially added. Simply click the ‘Columns’ button (with the eye icon) above the table and select ‘Amazon Prime’ for the column to become visible. * Best viewed on a Desktop computer.
Update (July 20, 2020): Devilman Crybaby, Fruits Basket, High School DxD, Initial D, Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, Overlord, Ranma 1/2, Speed Grapher, Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale, Trickster, Welcome to the N.H.K., Yu-Gi-Oh! GX added.
Update (July 19, 2020): Accel World, Accel World: Infinite Burst, Berserk (2016), Black Clover, Gintama, Made in Abyss, Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn, Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight added.
Series Specific Details:
– Naruto Shippuden on Hulu has the first three seasons dubbed, the rest is subtitled.
– Ace Attorney Season 1 is available dubbed only on VRV Premium’s Crunchyroll channel and the Crunchyroll service. Season 2 is available dubbed only on Funimation.
– Gintama Season 3 (Episodes 266-316) is available dubbed only on VRV Premium’s Crunchyroll channel and the Crunchyroll service. Season 1 (Episodes 1-49) of Gintama is available dubbed only on Hulu. All other available seasons of Gintama on Crunchyroll/VRV Premium’s Crunchyroll channel are subtitled.
– Black Clover has the first three seasons dubbed on Funimation. Hulu has only the first dubbed season of Black Clover available.
– While Yu-Gi-Oh!’s dub is present on Crunchyroll, it shows the USA regional message “Sorry, due to licensing limitations, videos are unavailable in your region: Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1” etc. when clicked.
– All Blu-rays & DVDs are listed as available only if they’re ‘New’ and from an official major retailer like Amazon, Best Buy, Right Stuf Anime, Target, and Walmart. No third party resellers are counted, particularly as their prices likely differ from MSRP (product conditions may also not be new from a reseller).
TBA – To Be Announced
No formal announcement of License Rights currently. Usually reserved for English dubs currently airing exclusively on Toonami and thus, not available on a paid streaming service. An example is Adult Swim/Toonami’s Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, which can be watched with a traditional cable subscription/provider to login with.
N/A – Not Applicable
No current official iteration exists of a Blu-ray or DVD set for the anime series or film. Some older shows & films might not have a Blu-ray set released as of yet. Similarly, newer shows might not have an individual DVD edition available (if not part of a combo Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD release).
OUP – Out of Print
The series’ Blu-ray or DVD set is not currently in active circulation on major retailers. If an item is currently listed as Backordered on a retailer with more due to arrive, it will not be listed as out of print. OUP is reserved for titles only sold from third parties and/or private resellers.
* Hulu Specific – w/Live TV, w/Starz
Price Comparison - Anime Streaming Services:
– Hulu (with Ads) costs costs $5.99 a month. Hulu (with Ads & Live TV) costs $54.99 a month. Hulu (without Ads & Live TV) costs $60.99 a month. The Hulu Starz addon costs $8.99 a month.
–Food Wars! The Third Plate & Sakura Wars English Dub can only be streamed with VRV Premium’s HIDIVE Channel and the HIDIVE Service.
– Similarly, many popular English dubs like Dragon Ball Super, One Piece, Gantz, Disgaea are exclusive to Funimation (FunimationNow) outside of Adult Swim’s Toonami.
– Gundam Wing and most of the Gundam universe range of titles are exclusive to Hulu’s service. In general, Hulu has the widest library range overall.
– Netflix owns rights to major titles like Neon Genesis Evangelion & Ghost in the Shell.
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Watch an exclusive V-CRX interview with Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki on the upcoming Shenmue anime adaption in the works by Crunchyroll & Adult Swim.
Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki discussed the key themes that fans will see in the upcoming Shenmue -The Animation- 13-episode anime series at V-CRX 2020. Suzuki commented that he believes the general themes in Shenmue are universal & ‘understood around the world. Focusing on love, courage, friendship, and family.’ He hopes to bring ‘the spirit of Japan and express the culture at the same time’ with the series. The famed SEGA developer is serving as Executive Producer on Shenmue’s anime series.
Yu Suzuki feels that the older & most hardcore Shenmue fans that have followed Ryo Hazuki’s journey for 15-20 years will embrace the Anime series warmly. After all, Shenmue’s loyal legion of fans have maintained their fandom even in the years where it looked like the series wouldn’t return, hampered by the label of being one of the most expensive video games ever produced. Yet, two remasters and a sequel (including a Limited Run Games Dreamcast case) later, Shenmue is now seeing a resurgence in popularity. Thus, Suzuki feels part of being a fan for that long of the series, is ‘accepting everything Shenmue.’
Shenmue’s anime director Chikara Sakurai, joked that he was ‘too poor to buy the game when it came out. But he wanted to learn as much about it as he could for free.’ Chikara Sakurai described the surreal feeling of finally getting to play Shenmue years later, ‘It’s hard to describe… It gave me this strange feeling. It’s like I can finally do something I couldn’t do then.’ The director went on to comment that it was important to him to restrain himself from taking creative liberties with Shenmue and preserve the game’s integrity.
Shenmue -The Animation- (Anime Adaption) Synopsis:
Shenmue – the Animation – Photo provided by Crunchyroll
Shenmue is an anime series with 13 episodes, following the journey of Ryo Hazuki. After he witnesses his father’s murder at the family dojo, Ryo dedicates his life to finding the man responsible – a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, and beyond.
Soon he’ll learn that larger, mystical forces are at play as he trains to become the ultimate martial artist in his quest for revenge.
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Follow all of The Natural Aristocrat®’s V-CRX coverage at the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 section.
Crunchyroll and Adult Swim announced a partnership at V-CRX for an Anime adaption of the Sega Dreamcast’s iconic Shenmue. That means Ryo Hazuki is arriving on Toonami folks!
The remasters of the original Dreamcast titles and Shenmue 3 were clearly just the beginning, Yu Suzuki’s magnum opus Shenmue is getting the Anime treatment with 13 episodes! Suzuki will serve as Executive Producer for the series. SEGA was always ahead of its time, so it’s of no surprise the series would see a popularity surge more than 20 years after the original title’s release.
Shenmue -the Animation- as it’s being referenced in promo material will stream worldwide on Crunchyroll (excluding Japan and mainland China) and air on Toonami over in the United States. That means Shenmue will also have a home over on VRV Premium’s Crunchyroll channel, VRV subscribers!
Sakurai Chikara, known for his work on One Punch Man and Naruto will direct the series with animation being produced by Telecom Animation Film and production management by Sola Entertainment. Crunchyroll has already announced that additional information regarding Shenmue -the Animation- will be available on Saturday’s Virtual Industry Panel at 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm PT at ‘HIME Stage’.
If you miss it live you can catch it on VOD at this link depending on your region. Crunchyroll and Adult Swim’s official V-CRX announcement with select quotes from Crunchyroll Head of Development Sarah Victor & Jason DeMarco (Adult Swim SVP /Creative Director on-air) is available below.
Shenmue – the Animation – Photo provided by Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Announce Production of New Original Anime Series Shenmue
September 5, 2020 – At Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, the first-ever digital edition of Crunchyroll’s yearly flagship anime convention, Crunchyroll announced that it will partner again with Adult Swim on the production of Shenmue, an original anime series based on the beloved SEGA game franchise. This latest Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production will stream worldwide outside of Japan and mainland China on Crunchyroll and air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the domestic United States.
“The first Shenmue video game was released more than twenty years ago and we’re so excited to be working again with Adult Swim to bring this franchise to life through anime,” said Sarah Victor, head of development, Crunchyroll. “We’re eager to show our fans more of this action-packed adventure series as we move through production.”
Shenmue is an anime series with 13 episodes, following the journey of Ryo Hazuki. After he witnesses his father’s murder at the family dojo, Ryo dedicates his life to finding the man responsible – a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, and beyond. Soon he’ll learn that larger, mystical forces are at play as he trains to become the ultimate martial artist in his quest for revenge.
“The world of Shenmue is fascinating and unique, and we are so excited to partner with Yu Suzuki to bring his epic creation to anime- and make a kick-ass martial arts epic!” said Jason DeMarco, svp/creative director on-air for Adult Swim.
Shenmue, a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production, is being directed by Sakurai Chikara (season two of One Punch Man, Naruto) with animation production by Telecom Animation Film, and production management provided by Sola Entertainment. Video game creator Yu Suzuki is also onboard as an Executive Producer. Additional Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Productions include the recently-announced Fena: Pirate Princess and BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS.
Fans eager to re-watch the announcement can register for a free Virtual Crunchyroll Expo badge now at crunchyrollexpo.com and stream the Crunchyroll Industry Panel in the V-CRX On-Demand section.
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Minori Chihara, Final Fantasy Type-0’s Japanese voice actress for Cater and Violet Evergarden’s Erica Brown will be a featured guest at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 (V-CRX).
Final Fantasy Type-0 voice actress Minori Chihara will be appearing at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 on Saturday, September 5th for a Digital Meet & Greet and again on Sunday, September 6 for a panel hosted by Crunchyroll’s Cameron Trentalange.
Chihara will be discussing her career on Sunday from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. PT (6:15 – 7:15 p.m. ET) on the main ‘Crunchyroll Stage’, should you miss it live, the stream will be available on VOD at this link. Chihara is expected to discuss The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and Violet Evergarden. It’s likely she’ll also talk about voicing Camie Utsushimi on My Hero Academia’s videogame My Hero One’s Justice 2 and potentially Cater in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
Minori Chihara’s Digital Meet and Greet event will be taking place on Saturday at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. – 11:30 pm ET) in Crunchyroll’s ‘Theatre District’.
Details are available below, (although the time to enter a drawing for the Meet & Greet are past). You can find what the drawing’s complete official rules were at this official Crunchyroll PDF link.
3. PRIZES: Thirty-five (35) winners will each be awarded the ability to purchase one (1) approximately two-minute virtual meet and greet with Minori Chihara to be held through the Event platform (or as otherwise determined by Sponsor) on Saturday, 9/5/2020 at 7pm PT (the “Prize”) (the total estimated retail value of each Prize is US $50.00).
Limit one Prize per Participant/household. NOTE: Prizes do not include the virtual meet and greet itself; the Prize allows the winner to purchase the virtual meet and greet at a specific guaranteed time. Each winner shall only be allowed to purchase one virtual meet and greet. Winning this Sweepstakes does not guarantee any specific Prize to any winner.
4. WINNER SELECTION: A total of one hundred twenty (120) winner(s) will be selected by Sponsor in a random drawing occurring on or about Monday, August 31st, 2020 from all eligible entries received in the Sweepstakes Period prior to the drawing date. The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Winners need not be present to win. Odds of winning are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received. Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winners by email on or around the same date as the drawing.
The potential winners will have until Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at 11:59PM, to claim their Prize as noted by Sponsor in the Prize notification. After claiming the Prize, each potential winner will receive instructions on redeeming their Prize. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to not select a winner(s) if an insufficient number of eligible, complete, appropriate or generally qualified entries are received.
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