Where to watch anime online? Many want to sample an anime first before they go out and purchase it. From the help of our members, we’ve compiled a list of official sites where you can watch anime online, legally.
To purchase anime, please see our page regarding where to purchase merchandise at, http://hras.studiojab.com/where-to-find-merchandise/ We encourage everyone to help support the industry and purchase their anime merchandise from official sources. Don’t buy bootlegs! Don’t pirate the anime!
Crunchyroll is free for some series, but you have to pay and get a subscription to watch others. The premium membership allows you to catch the latest episodes as they are released before everyone else. http://www.crunchyroll.com/ . They also have a store to buy merchandise from and have sales. You can stream on their website for free for most stuff. But in order to view it on mobile devices or game systems, you need to sign up for their premier account. Majority of all anime on the site is in Japanese with English subtitles.
FUNimation is free for some, but other series and episodes, you have to have the elite subscriber paid subscription in order to view them http://www.funimation.com/videos. See their website for current pricing on services. Majority of free stuff to watch is subtitled. Dubbed stuff is generally in the paid subscription areas. As of Spring 2017, they joined forces with Crunchyroll. Funimation’s website is mainly all of the dubs, of course, and the subtitled titles they have are being shared on Crunchyroll.
Sentai Filmworks has a service called Hidive. https://www.hidive.com/welcome. Has options of a free account or a paid membership. Paid membership offers a one-week free trial with full monthly membership is only $3.99 that is a limited time introductory price in Summer 2017. The membership gets you the premium stuff such as newly released episodes as they are available and the usual membership perks.
Viz Media is free to view anime http://www.vizanime.com/ or http://www.viz.com/anime/streaming. They also
have Neon Alley and they also have their shows on Hulu, CrunchyRoll, and a few other sites listed on this page. Neon Alley – http://neonalley.com/ – You can get a free trail for a week, but you have to log in to view anything that is on the schedule. This is a site that is connected to Viz. Biggest perk of this site is that you can watch the dubs. If you want subtitles, just go onto hulu or one of the other sites on this page. Neon Alley now directs you back to the Viz website to stream.
The Anime Network is free (as a guest) for some episodes/series, but you have to pay and get a subscription to watch others. http://theanimenetwork.com/ Click on subscribe to see the pricing. Watch: http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Watch-Anime/Schedule
Anime News Network is mostly free http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Watch-Online
Netflix allows you to stream anime
or get dvd’s, but for a price. https://signup.netflix.com/ . Some of the anime is edited. The site has both English language and some Japanese language with English subtitles. You can toggle it on and off in your settings.
Anime shows on Netflix – http://animeonnetflix.com/anime-shows-on-netflix/
is free to view all. Some anime is hulu plus, just for being able to stream it like you can on netflix on your game system or mobile devices, besides your computer. Or you could just hook up your computer to your TV to watch stuff. The site has both English language and some Japanese language with English subtitles.
Update: February 2015, Hulu has now added Anime as one of it’s main selections under the More option, just like where you select TV or Movies, etc.
Update: August 2016, Hulu is no longer free. You can no longer stream on a computer for free. You have to sign up and get a paid subscription service. Lower cost service has commercials, higher cost service does not have commercials. Original free content that Hulu offered is now on Yahoo View.
Get 2 weeks free of hulu plus to try it out, http://hulu.com/r/XBZkSw
Anime on Hulu – http://www.hulu.com/tv/genres/anime
For HULU, here are each of the “Network” channels where you can watch anime directly from official sources
– Anime Network – http://www.hulu.com/companies/anime-network
– Aniplex – http://www.hulu.com/companies/aniplex
– Bandai – http://www.hulu.com/network/bandai?sort=name
– FUNimation – http://www.hulu.com/network/funimation?sort=popularity
– Manga Entertainment – http://www.hulu.com/companies/manga-entertainment
– Media Blasters – http://www.hulu.com/companies/media-blasters
– Neon Alley – http://www.hulu.com/companies/neon-alley (brought to you by Viz)
– NiS America – http://www.hulu.com/companies/nis-america
– Sentai Filmworks – http://www.hulu.com/companies/sentai-filmworks
– Toei Animation – http://www.hulu.com/companies/toei-animation
– TMS Entertainment Inc – http://www.hulu.com/companies/tms-entertainment
– Tokyo Pop – http://www.hulu.com/network/tokyopop?sort=name
– Viz Media – http://www.hulu.com/network/viz-media?sort=name
– [adult swim] – http://www.hulu.com/companies/adult-swim
– 4kids – http://www.hulu.com/network/4kids-entertainment?sort=name
– Pokemon – http://www.hulu.com/companies/the-pokmon-company
– Speed Racer – http://www.hulu.com/network/speed-racer-enterprises?sort=name
– Shout Factory – http://www.hulu.com/companies/shout-factory
– Crackle – http://www.hulu.com/companies/crackle
– Daisuki – http://www.hulu.com/companies/daisuki
– Viki – http://www.hulu.com/companies/viki
Keep in mind the free sites do have commercial breaks. At most, they can be as long as around 2-3 minutes. Most are around 30 second breaks and have between 1-3 per episode.
Yahoo View – https://view.yahoo.com/ – this site started up in August 2016 and took over Hulu’s original content set up. “Yahoo View will carry anime, Korean dramas, and movies, as well as the latest five episodes of shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox, eight days after their original air date.” “Yahoo View will have a “beyond the episode” section that focuses on a community-watching experience. Users can view pictures and GIFs from Tumblr, but can visually block content that reveals spoilers about the episode. Yahoo is planning for the service to be available on smartphone apps soon.” – article
YouTube is free to view all. It is strongly suggested to stick with the direct license holders to view anime on this site. If you go outside of the main ones, you run the risk of picking up a virus on your computer.
– Aniplex (US) – http://www.youtube.com/user/AniplexUS
– Anime Network – http://www.youtube.com/user/animenetwork
– Bandai Channel (Japanese) – http://www.youtube.com/user/BandaiChannel
– Bandai Entertainment – http://www.youtube.com/user/BandaiEntertainment
– Discotek Media – https://www.youtube.com/user/Sjohnson20
– Funimation – http://www.youtube.com/user/FUNimation
– Manga Entertainment – https://www.youtube.com/user/MANGAentertainment
– Media Blasters – https://www.youtube.com/user/MediaB
– NiS America – https://www.youtube.com/user/NISAmerica
– Nozomi Entertainment (RightStuf.com) – https://www.youtube.com/user/nozomient
– Ponycan USA (PonyCanyon) – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc6s-YlSJXObbdfqplYvOeQ
– Sentai Filmworks – https://www.youtube.com/user/SentaiFilmworksAnime
– TokyoPop TV – https://www.youtube.com/user/tokyopoptv
– TMS Entertainment Co. – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzGf0DdUJVrsbcWL3e_tK1Q
– Toei Animation (US) – https://www.youtube.com/user/ToeiAnimationUS
– Viz Media – http://www.youtube.com/user/vizmedia
Amazon Video Service – https://www.amazon.com/gp/video – Streaming service from Amazon that is a yearly cost which can be calculated for a monthly rate, but has to be paid up front in one lump sum. In January 2017, Amazon started up a paid subscription service for an anime only channel. Monthly fees starting at $5. It’s called Anime Strike by Amazon Channels.
[adult swim] – http://www.adultswim.com/videos – It’s free to watch the ever changing anime selection on the website.
OMAKASE by Viewster – https://www.viewster.com/genre/58/anime/ – Some stuff is free while there is a charge for other stuff.
Daisuki – https://www.daisuki.net/ – is a newer site that started in May 2013. They stream direct from Japan. They have free anime along with a store to by stuff direct from Japan
NicoNico – http://www.nicovideo.jp/ – It’s a free site.
Crackle – http://www.crackle.com/ – very small anime section, but does have some to view for free
Viki is a site that shows it all in subs. The site is free and appears to be direct from Japan. http://www.viki.com/
Toonzaki – http://www.toonzaki.com/ – is free, but they are streaming off of hulu, so may be easier just to go to hulu instead
Anime Sols – http://animesols.com/ – It’s free, but you do need to create an account. They do have pledges where people can make donations. They are a newer site that just started up in July 2013. This site has shut down.
Sentai Filmworks – http://www.sentaifilmworks.com/ – On their website, when you click on a series, they will provide you with links to companies that have the official authorization to stream their shows that they are holding the USA rights for. Not all series are being streamed.
Pony Canyon – http://ponycan.us/titles – On their website, when you click on a series, they will provide you with links to companies that have the official authorization to stream their shows that they are holding the USA rights for. Not all series are being streamed.
Looking for more sites and international ones? Check out this site’s extensive list, http://yattatachi.com/legal-anime-streaming-sites
This site also showcases legal sites for your streaming pleasure, http://www.legalanidb.com/.
If you know of sites we may have missed that are official sources, have the license to share the series online, and not pirated, let us know in our facebook group or you can post in our meetup group under the forum. Links are on the main page. We all love the free sites, but paid sites are good to have listed as well.
List of Anime Companies – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anime_companies