The end of an era came for anime pirates a few days ago when the website KissAnime was taken down. As studios and licensors continue cracking down on illegal streams, millions of fans have been left bereft of their go-to site. Many of the site's users relied on a free avenue to watch anime, and the good news is that there are plenty out there! In fact, a good number of legal and free streaming options are out there for anime fans. You can still check in on your favorite series while supporting the anime industry in an upfront way... and no subscription is needed!
So rather than making you do that digging, we here at ComicBook.com have collected a few offerings from across the Internet for fans in the United States hoping to continue watching their favorite titles without worrying about keeping up with a monthly subscription. There are far easier to use, free of malware, and legal options available for interested anime fans these days that also support the original teams behind each of your favorite anime!
Here's the breakdown of a few legal sites where you can find anime streaming completely for free:
- Crunchyroll - One of the larger libraries with hundreds of available titles, and available in over 100 territories ($6.95 USD Premium Membership available)
- FunimationNOW - Over 300 available titles with both English dubbed and English subtitled releases ($5.99 USD ad-free subscription available)
- VRV - Includes the Crunchyroll and HIDIVE catalogues ($9.99 ad-free subscription available)
- Retro Crush - Available worldwide with a catalog of classic series and films rarely seen elsewhere
- Asian Crush - Available worldwide with a library of rare classic anime (as well as non-anime offerings)
- Midnight Pulp - Available worldwide with classic anime with a darker egde (as well as non-anime offerings)
- Anime-Planet - Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, and Hulu series are available here thanks to a cool partnership
- Viz Media - The place to find Viz Media's English language anime licenses!
- Gundam.info - Mobile Suit Gundam's YouTube page offers tons of episodes with subs for fans all around the globe!
- Pokemon - You can find tons of free English dubbed Pokemon episodes on the series' official site!
This is by no means the complete list of free and legal streaming anime options, but they are the most prominent. The trick is trying them all out and figuring out which one you like best! Good luck with your anime watching, and let us know which sites or anime you will be watching in the comments! You can also always reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!