10 Best Anime Streaming Sites

Where to Watch Anime Now?

Anime Streaming Site

Watching anime is one of the most recommended things to do at home. More people have selected the anime from among a number of movies and TV programs recently. There are lots of sites to watch a wide lineup of anime online wherever you live. When you search an anime streaming service, there are both legal and illegal anime sites online. It is not easy to find which is the legal one.

For those who wonder where to watch anime now, I would like to introduce the best anime streaming sites to watch anime, which are legal sites, of course.

Some video streaming services are available around the world, and others are unavailable except specific countries though you can use recommended anime streaming services below in Japan or the United States or both.

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1. Netflix

Anime on Netflix
Anime list on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/

Netflix, founded in the United States in 1997, is one of the most famous and popular video streaming platforms in the world. It offers the online streaming services in about 200 counties now, and there are various video options with a wide range of anime lineup. You can subscribe Netflix from about $10 (1,000 yen) per month. In 2020, the gigantic video streaming service releases unlimited streaming of the famous Studio Ghibli movies except in Japan, the United States and Canada. In addition, some new anime series are produced and exclusively distributed by Netflix.

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2. Hulu

Anime selection on Hulu
Anime selection on Hulu https://www.hulu.com/

For unlimited streaming of anime, Hulu is one of the most famous video on demand services worldwide, founded in the United Stated in 2007. The video streaming site provides you with tens of hundreds of anime covering both classic popular titles and recent anime series. You can start the basic plan of Hulu for less than $10 per month.

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3. Amazon Prime Video

Anime lineup on Amazon Prime Video
Anime lineup on Amazon Prime Video https://amzn.to/3aSStMS

Amazon Prime Video is one of the best ways to watch a variety of anime safely, which was originally launched in the United States in 2006. A large number of anime including classic franchises and latest series are offered with other movie genres in over 200 counties. It is available only to Amazon Prime subscribers, however, there is no reason not to take advantage of that if you use Amazon frequently for shopping and other Amazon Prime services.

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4. Youtube

Anime list on YouTube Movies
Anime list on YouTube Movies https://www.youtube.com/

Youtube is now the most popular video streaming service in the world, but less people know that they can watch anime movies there. There are not so many anime options on Youtube, but you can buy or rent a movie to watch it legally. Find the Youtube’s official account named YouTube Movies or the Movies & Shows category.

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5. Crunchyroll

Top page of Crunchyroll
Top page of Crunchyroll https://www.crunchyroll.com/

Crunchyroll, which started its business in the United States in 2006, is the anime streaming site loved by Otaku people outside Japan, especially in America. You can watch all of the thousands of anime with the free plan and upgrade to the premium plan from about $7 per month (as of April 2020), which enables you to watch anime without ads. If you live outside Japan and want to see anime with subtitles, Crunchyroll is one of the most recommended anime sites without a doubt.

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6. Disney+

Top page of Disney+
Top page of Disney+ https://www.disneyplus.com/

The gigantic entertainment conglomerate started a service of video streaming as Disney+ in 2019 in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. It is expanding the service area and there are now over 100 million subscribers of Disney+ all over the globe. In addition to television series and movies made by The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television, Disney+ has various contents produced by world’s renowned studios: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic,and Star. You can enjoy popular Disney animated shows and recent Japanese anime there.

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7. HBO Max

HBO Max https://www.hbomax.com/

HBO Max is one of recent subscription video on demand platforms to watch anime and other categorized shows, launched in 2020 by Warner Bros. Discovery. It was available only in the United States at the earliest stage, which is expanding to Latin American countries and Europe. In addition to the current popular movies and TV series, HBO Max will produce exclusive new movies and spin-offs and distribute them on the enormous streaming site. Of course, you can enjoy a wide range of Japanese anime from classic series to latest ongoing titles.

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8. Funimation

Website of Funimation
Website of Funimation https://www.funimation.com/

Funimation is the recommended legal anime site available in the Unites States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. It was founded in the United States in 1994 and rapidly developed its business by offering the popular anime series Dragon Ball in its early stage. You can enjoy watching a wide range of lineup of anime with dubs.

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9. D Anime Store

Anime selection of D Anime Store
Anime selection of D Anime Store https://anime.dmkt-sp.jp/animestore/tp_pc

D Anime Store, launched by the Japanese gigantic mobile phone company NTT Docomo in 2012, is one of the most popular sites to watch anime reasonably in Japan. The anime streaming service offers the lineup of over 3,000 anime titles for just $4 per month while they are unavailable with foreign languages subs or dubs. Check the deal if you live in Japan and no problem to watch anime in Japanese.

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10. U-Next

Anime page of U-Next
Anime page of U-Next https://video.unext.jp/

The popular Japanese subscription streaming site U-Next started its video streaming service in 2007. There are over 100,000 videos including over 3,000 anime videos and TV anime series on U-Next. Of course, you can watch the contents with various devices including TV, computers, mobile phones, tablets and game consoles. This will be also your option if you live in Japan.

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What to Watch on the Anime Sites

Now, you understood where to watch anime above. Then, here is the best anime you should watch for both anime beginners and anime lovers. These anime lists will help you to select your next target, which cover from the long-established classic anime series like Studio Ghibli movies and Pokemon to the latest trends such as Makoto Shinkai’s anime and Demon Slayer.

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