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The Best Streaming Services to Watch Anime On Posted May 19, 2020

The Best Streaming Services to Watch Anime On

Just a few years ago, watching anime outside of Asia was somewhat difficult. The amount of anime content shown on TV was somewhere between minimal and non-existent. Sourcing VHS cassettes and DVDs for titles like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Naruto Unleashed was difficult, at least before Amazon expanded its product range.

Today though, streaming services have sprung up that cover just about every niche. No matter what you enjoy, you'll find a streaming platform that has the content you will want to watch. Whether you're looking for the latest Broadway shows, or live coverage of the biggest events in poker, there is a streaming service for you.

This, of course, includes anime. Here are some of the best streaming services for finding anime content.


Crunchyroll is perhaps the best known and most definitive anime streaming service. It focuses exclusively on anime and caters for those that want a premium viewing experience and those on a budget.

There’s a free, ad-supported version that has a standard definition video. You also have to wait a week to watch the latest episodes. Despite the restrictions, it’s difficult to argue since it’s completely free.

If you want to watch episodes as soon as they’re released, in full HD and without ads, then you’ll need to fork out for a premium subscription. It’s reasonably priced though, at just $7.99 per month. This puts it on par with other services like Netflix and Disney+.

It’s got a lot of foreign content, although a lot of it isn’t dubbed so you’ll have to read the subtitles. For some people, this is better as it retains more of the original feel, but for others, it can be a little difficult to follow along.


If you much prefer to watch content that’s been dubbed, then look no further than Funimation. Like Crunchyroll, Funimation is a dedicated streaming service for anime so you may find that some of the same shows are available on both. It has more Dragon Ball content than practically any other streaming service, which is what helps make Funimation so popular.

Like Crunchyroll, there is a free ad-supported version with lower video quality streaming. The premium version is cheaper though at just $5.99 per month.

Amazon Prime Video

A few years ago, Amazon launched its own dedicated anime streaming service called Anime Strike. It required a separate $5-per-month subscription which wasn’t included in the standard Amazon Prime subscription, frustrating some users.

In 2018, it merged the two together and closed down Anime Strike. Today, you can find all of the company’s anime content inside Amazon Prime Video.

Today, Amazon’s library isn’t as big as it used to be but you’ll still find great shows like Seven Mortal Sins, Don’t Cry, Dororo, and Pokémon.

Amazon Prime Video also contains many other genres of films and TV shows, so it’s great value if you intend to watch other shows too.

The Best Streaming Services to Watch Anime On


Like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix has a range of anime content. It’s been slowly building up its library and now has rights to shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion and some Studio Ghibli films.

It even produces its own Netflix Original anime content that you can’t get anywhere else, repeating the strategy that has seen it create hit shows like Orange is The New Black, House of Cards, and The Crown.

It’s original anime shows include Devilman Crybaby, an adaption of a 1972 series from Go Nagai, and SWORDGAI, a show about a man who has been possessed by a sword that he wears as a prosthetic arm.

Also like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix has a range of other content, making it a good value streaming service for all kinds of shows.

Even the biggest streaming services are investing a lot into anime now, so if you already pay for either Netflix or Amazon Prime Video you have some great anime that you don’t have to pay extra for.

If you don’t pay for these already, then a subscription to Crunchyroll or Funimation will be better since they’re cheaper and carry a much wider selection of anime shows.

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