I recently changed the title of this thread to reflect the fact that there are many other sources for streaming Japanese anime.
I've been watching quite a bit of anime lately on both Netflix and Amazon Prime and decided to try the full-blown streaming service from Funimation.
There is a free two week trial so I decided to give it a try. I was curious about how good it would look from a dedicated source on the Roku 3. I had to search a bit but eventually I found the channel and added it. The regular subscription is $8 per month.
I watched several shows over the weekend and was generally impressed with the HD quality even on my 120" front projection system and on my 50" Panasonic plasma. The only short-coming I noticed was that the sound was stereo-only on the shows I watched but at this point I'm not sure if it's that way with every show. You are also given the option to stream content in SD.
I took some screenshots off my Tomato based router showing the download speeds. The first thing I noticed was how a show would download in large gulps which is quite unlike anything I see using Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu+.
The downloads appeared to coming from Akamai servers in Cambridge, MA.
Here is the corresponding 24 hour average off the same router software, the period from 1600-2300 hours I spent streaming from Funimation.
Just FYI - thought some folks might be interested.