Funimation streaming service review

I’ve been a Funimation.com member for 2 years now. Their streaming started out ok. They hosted their videos from Hulu. I hate Hulu because of commercials and poor video quality. Funimation started hosting their own videos and that’s where the trouble started. They advertise SD, 720 and 1080 streaming. I’ve routinely experience trouble streaming at 1080 and there’s times video will constantly be interrupted at SD.

My current internet speed is 62 Mbps which should be more than sufficient for HD streaming. I tried to watch Shimoneta ep. 6 at 1080 but playback was constantly interrupted. This was an ethernet connection. I had to watch on SD with a few interruptions due to buffering.

Funimation’s streaming is terrible. I’m also paying $8.00/month for this. Crunchyroll doesn’t have these problems. I watch their videos at 1080 without problems most of the time.

Message to Japanese record companies

I know music is copyrighted. I know you monitor sites such as Tumblr and delete music that belongs to you. However, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve discovered new songs that I’ve fallen in love with because someone posted it online.

Americans may not be your target audience but we enjoy and buy your music too. I’ve spent over $1000 dollars just on Japan iTunes cards. I also have shelves filled with Japanese CDs.

I’m hoping you see the advantages of having your music on social media sites.

Japan iTunes card

Japan Codes

Bought another 10000 JPY iTunes card for $96.00. That’s the best price so far. It took 45 minutes for them to send my code. Their order process is different than before. They confirm your order by texting your phone with a code to complete your order.

FYI it might take longer if your place your order after normal business hours. Google “japan time” to give you an idea.

Shohjo-tai: Super Vario

This CD arrived from Amazon Japan.  It’s condition was listed as “acceptable” although it was in surprisingly good shape.  No tears on the artwork.  This was a rental and the obi was taped to the cover.  There’s a sticker on the artwork that I’m afraid to remove because it might damage the artwork.  The CD itself is in excellent condition–it’s hard to believe this was a rental.

I bought this CD for “Kimi no Hitomi ni Koishiteru” (Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You).  It’s Shohjo-tai’s 1986 rendition of the Frankie Valli song.  There’s also a 1987 version of this song on their P-CAN album which sounds more 80s dance.