There are plenty of ways for you to stream anime online. With something out there to suit everyone’s tastes, here’s every service you can access.
By John Charron
Published Jun 16, 2021
Anime is quickly becoming one of the most popular draws for streaming services. With an increasing number of streaming channels available, anime fans are often left wondering which streaming service their favorite shows are on. It can be hard to gauge, as the libraries of available shows are changing every month, constantly putting new content on and pulling old content off.
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There are many places to watch anime online and each service offers different shows and films t0 explore, from the classics to brand new series. Fans should strongly consider which shows are available on each service before making a decision on where to stream. Once?fans takes the plunge into a great anime series, they are not likely to watch much else until they finish it.
One of the first big-name streaming services available, Netflix is still a leader amongst the many new streaming options. Netflix boasts a great amount of anime to watch, across a wide range of genres. Some popular anime currently available to watch on Netflix include?Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,?and?JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.?
Netflix offers three different subscription plans, Basic ($8.99 a month), Standard ($13.99 a month), and Premium ($17.99 a month). The differences in subscriptions are largely in relation to HD options and how many screens can be using the same Netflix account at once, with the more expensive plans allowing for more people to watch at the same time.
Another streaming service that has seen the benefits of anime programming,?Amazon Prime offers up some unique options for anime fans.?Seasons of?Avatar: The Last Airbender, Pokemon, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka,?and?Inuyashiki: The Last Hero?are available to stream. Prime also offers a wide range of anime films to watch, from old-school essentials to the newest available flicks.
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An Amazon Prime subscription costs $12.99 a month, which includes Video amongst other additional benefits. Those looking for just the Video subscription can pay $8.99 a month for just the streaming service. Students and others may apply for discounted membership rates.
Another streaming service that has been around for a while, Hulu has been a big draw for anime fans for years now. Some anime series likely got to be as popular as they are thanks to finding easy fans on Hulu. Shows such as?My Hero Academia, Assassination?Classroom, One-Punch Man,?and?Bleach?have found a home on the streaming service and entertained original fans and curious newcomers alike.
Hulu offers several different subscriptions to fit whatever preferences fans may have. It costs $5.99 a month for Hulu with ads, $11.99 a month for Hulu without ads, $64.99 a month for Hulu with live TV, and $70.99 a month for Hulu with live TV and no ads. There are also several premium add-ons fans can consider when making a subscription, including additional channels and features.
Funimation is a treasure chest for anime fans to sift through. As a streaming service dedicated to anime, fans of any genre will be able to find something that fits their fancy. With countless series and movies, an anime fan can easily get lost in their massive library of shows, ranging from the most blood-thirsty action adventures to the funniest high school comedies.
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Viewers can see what shows are trending and which shows have new episodes coming out. A wide range of dub and sub options are available as well. Fans can watch for free with ads, but there are also a few different subscription plans that offer benefits. A $5.99 a month Premium membership offers an ad-free experience, subs and dubs, and two simultaneous streams. A $7.99 a month Premium Plus membership offers all that plus more simultaneous streams, offline viewing, and exclusive perks. A $99.99 a year Premium Plus Ultra membership tacks on an annual membership gift for participants.
Crunchyroll is a great anime streaming service with an ever-expanding list of shows available to watch. Pretty much every show an anime lover could want is readily available for their watching pleasure, from the most popular and beloved series to hidden gems that seem to fly under the radar. Crunchyroll has been an iconic institution of anime for?some time now and fans keep coming back for more.
Watching anime on Crunchyroll is free, but includes ads as a result. There are several subscription memberships viewers can explore. The Fan membership is $7.99 a month and offers an ad-free experience, unlimited access to the full library of shows, earlier access to new episodes, and even access to digital manga. The Mega Fan membership is $9.99 a month and allows for more devices to stream on, offline viewing, and first access to special events and lotteries. The Ultimate Fan membership is $14.99 a month and offers up even more devices for streaming and a special annual bag.
HIDIVE is still a relatively new anime streaming service, having started in 2017, but in just a short amount of time, they have found an audience thanks to their intricate library of shows and movies.
HIDIVE prides itself on having diverse options available for streaming, from various simulcasts, dubs, and unique exclusives. The website is easy to use and has a wide assortment of genres to choose from. A subscription is $4.99 a month or $47.99 for a year.
RetroCrush is a great website to stream anime if fans are looking for?shows and movies that are a little older. The site boasts an impressive library of classic-era anime from old favorites to hidden gems. There are films and series across a wide spectrum of time periods, from the early heyday of anime to the old-school essentials every anime fan needs to see at least once.
Users can pay $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year for an ad-free experience and exclusive titles.
VRV is a streaming service that bundles several different channels together in one convenient location. Channels include indie and adult animation divisions, as well as some live-action films and gaming-related content.
VRV also includes Crunchyroll and HIDIVE for an incredibly varied selection of anime to watch. Subscribers can pay the individual channel fees for monthly ad-free access or pay $9.99 a month for every channel available on VRV. Stream away anime lovers!
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About The Author
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John Charron is an avid writer, reader, artist, watcher, fan, gamer, and occasionally a decent cook. He recently graduated with a B.A. in Media and Information from Michigan State University. John has written articles for his school’s radio station, screenplays for several film productions, and features for his own music blog, Goodluck Dojo. When he isn’t writing, John can be found browsing record stores in search of new wax to spin.
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