Welcome to Anime Streaming 101. If you’re new to it, you’ll learn about all the best places to stream anime online, including both free and paid streaming options. If you’re already a master streamer of anime, then check out the advice I’m giving, and then hit the comments to dispense any additional wisdom you have.
GIVEAWAY – (Too late. This ended a while ago.)
– Exclusive streaming home of Neon Genesis Evangelion
– Originals include things like Seven Deadly Sins and Knights of Sidonia
– $8.99 Standard Definition plan, or High Definition plan for $12.99
Internet Speed Required for Streaming Netflix –
– Struck a deal with Funimation last December
– Dedicated anime section
– Only place you’ll find the immensely popular Cowboy Bebop.
– $5.99 w/ commercials or $11.99 for no commercials
Hulu with Live TV Review –
– For the serious anime obsessive.
– TONS of Dragon Ball content
– Exclusive rights to dubbed content
– Simulcasts – English-subtitled anime same day or soon after the Japanese broadcast.
– Available on all major devices
– Free, ad-supported version
– $5.99 “premium” Ad-free access to library + 2 simultaneous streams
– $7.99 “premium plus” Ad-free access to library + 5 simultaneous streams
– Download for on-the-go
– Geared toward serious Anime devotees.
– Destination for subbed stuff
– Top-tier exclusives like A Place Further Than the Universe and Laid-Back Camp
– Free stuff is ad-supported
– $7.99/mo for Crunchyroll Premium only (one simultaneous stream…maybe?)
– $9.99/mo for Crunchyroll Premium + VRV Premium
– All the same offerings as Crunchyroll
– Plus their own library of originals (like HarmonQuest)
– Consists of a collection of properties: Crunchyroll, Mondo, Hidive, Roosterteeth, Boomerang, and lots more.
If you dabble, Hulu/Netflix might be good enough. But if you’re an anime addict, you can get VRV for $10, Funimation for $6. That’s $16/mo for more anime than you could possibly consume … if you’re also a contributing member of society.
Crunchyroll has been listed as part of the content lineup for HBO Max. Parent company AT&T owns both, so that makes sense. But it also owns VRV, so will the rest of VRV’s content be available to HBO Max subscribers? Will Crunchyroll ever become an HBO Max exclusive? As of now we don’t know the answers to these questions. We’ll keep an eye on it.
Best Live TV Streaming Service Providers –
Best Internet Services for Streaming –