How to Legally Watch Anime Online

The holidays are here, and you know what that means. When you are out with loved ones to celebrate the season, all you can think about is catching up on your latest anime obsession. 2017 rolled out a series of top-tier titles, and the next year is looking just as good if not better. Still, you might be having trouble finding a legal way to watch your favorite shows.

Don't worry about that any longer though. ComicBook has got your back.

Below, you can find a list of the top places the Internet has in the way of legal anime streaming. The industry is booming, and Japan needs all the supporters is can get to fund the next generation of anime classics. So, without further ado, here are some go-to gateways to the world of online anime:


When it comes to anime streaming, Crunchyroll is the first name you should know. The site has a wide array of anime titles to choose from, and it also hosts drama and manga titles as well. If you are looking for up-to-date subs and simulcasted episodes, then Crunchyroll is the place to go.


If you are looking for dubbed anime, then you need to look no further than Funimation. The company is the go-to place for all things English in the anime world. Funimation has a growing streaming service called Funimation Now which houses dozens of new and back-logged titles. The company also does SimulDubbing for certain shows like My Hero Academia and Black Clover, so you can watched your dubs faster than ever before.


Got some change to spare for you anime habit? If so, you will want to check out VRV as soon as possible. The joint site is one hosted by Funimation and Crunchyroll, so you can access both of the company's titles for a joint discounted price.


Hulu is becoming increasingly known for its original titles, but the site isn't sleeping on its anime. Hulu has a wide array of shonen titles which date back to the 1990s and earlier while also hosting recent series. Hulu also has a large array of anime features, so its worth checking out the service for its catalog.


Like Hulu, Netflix is also looking to cash in on the anime craze. Not only does the website have many top-tier titles like Attack on Titan, but it is also investing in hosting original series. Netflix is the sole distributor of The Seven Deadly Sins online, and it is looking to expand on that with series like Godzilla and Devilman.


Twitch isn't a place to go for constant anime access, but the streaming site has its moment. Earlier this year, the site announced a partnership with Crunchyroll to host anime marathons. If you are wanting to binge-watch a series with thousands of other fans, then you can check out Twitch's marathon schedules to plan ahead. The site is currently working through seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh.

Anime Strike

This year, a brand-new anime service was introduced to the streaming world. Amazon debuted a premium channel known as Anime Strike. The service is one that can be added to your Amazon Prime account for $11 a month, and it has hot series like Land of the Lustrous. The service has yet to take off in full, but it is one diehard anime fans may want to look into.


If you have not heard of HIDIVE, then it is time you learned about the site. The company is a lesser-known one amongst fans, but it offers plenty of anime titles the legal way. Users can talk about their shows with in-episode chat boxes, and it hosts dubbed and subbed titles.