What are the best apps to watch anime?

Welcome anime fans! Do you want to find easy-to-access mobile applications to quench your thirst for animated series? Well, you've come to the right place! The community has shared their top anime-app recommendations so sit back and enjoy the show! 

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    Free Trial



    FUNimation is an app to watch anime which has advanced search to make it easier to find and filter shows to watch as well as auto-play for the next episode. The app offers both subbed and dubbed anime series.


    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Michael Burns
    Written on April 9, 2019
    "Funimation was one of the pioneering companies that really helped and pushed for the proliferation and popularity of anime here in the West. They also made huge strides in offering English-dubbed content here which made the transition that much easier."
  2. 11
    Free Trial



    Crunchyroll is an anime streaming app that offers an array of anime series with a large anime library and allows users to watch new episodes one hour after they aired in Japan. With the app, users can also customize their own watchlist.


    $7.99- 1 month

    Sun Yuan
    Written on April 9, 2019
    "Crunchyroll is still one of the best sources of anime all over the world since it first launched some years ago. The app has worked flawlessly for me and is one of best anime streaming apps out right now. Hopefully, they add more features soon like offline viewing."
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    Free Trial



    Netflix has a library of anime shows including their own originals such as Devilman Cry baby, With the subscription-based streaming app, you can watch anime online and download them for offline viewing.

    Streaming Services

    Varies by Plan

    Andrew Mitchell
    Written on April 9, 2019
    "After a few glitches with previous updates, the app is now back to working order. Netflix has been offering a lot of anime content lately and now's a good time to explore and watch some great anime classics and some great current ones. The ability to download and watch episodes offline is still a staple feature of this app and is slowly becoming one of the best anime streaming apps today."


Did you know that about 6 out of 10 young adults in the U.S. use online streaming services to watch television? The emergence of online streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Go has paved the way for viewers to increase. Particularly for the increase in the rate of adult viewers whose ages are from 18 to 29. This is according to the Pew Research Center findings. Among all the genres of TV series, anime still remains to be mainstream based on demographics. This is supported by Japan's continuously expanding anime market overseas. Recording the highest sales for four consecutive years.

In line with this, Netflix has been exerting a considerable amount of effort to conquer the anime market in the West. At a press event on March 7, 2018, Netflix announced that it will be launching its new feature. A vertical video that will allow subscribers to have a glimpse of its shows and movies. The 30-second preview videos will be readily available on its mobile application. Be on the lookout if you want to be updated on the upcoming shows and movies of Netflix! Especially since Netflix is becoming a place to watch anime movies and series. In fact, fantasy anime lovers can watch Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix. It's an on-going manga adaptation has captured the hearts the shonen! On a similar note, Crunchyroll is slowly booming from one hundred thousand paying users in September 2012 to a million in February 2017. This only proves that anime will always have and will continue to have a place in every heart of every viewer. Both Netflix and Crunchyroll are legitimate anime websites for streaming anime--whether you are into completed series or perhaps you want to watch One Punch Man Season 2 which is an on-going series. There are also websites and apps wherein you can download anime to enable you to watch them offline aside from streaming anime online.

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    Viewster is among the best free worldwide online video services with a massive collection of movies, television series, anime, games, and documentaries.



    Vishal Kadam
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "I googled anime mobile app download and this showed up. great suggestion! I can now watch inuyasha online"
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    AnYme is a free anime mobile application for Android devices wherein users can watch anime movies and episodes. Users can also search for the songs and wallpapers from animes and download them to their phones.




    Ridhi Patel
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "This anime streaming app android is no joke. i watched S.A and ouran with no charge"
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    NineAnimator is an unofficial application that enables users of iOS devices to stream anime content online for free. It was offered by Github user Marcus Zhou and currently supports 9anime.ru, masterani.me, gogoanime.io, and Anime Twist.




    John Chang
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "one of the free anime apps that i am scared to open at first. but now i know it works well!"
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    #7Anime Crave

    Anime Crave

    Binger-watch your favorite anime series with Anime Crave, one of the best anime mobile applications that allow the users to watch anime series on the go.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Shreya Sengupta
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "one of the best apps to watch anime for free. "
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    AnimeLab is an anime online app wherein viewers can watch popular anime such as Tokyo Ghoul, My Hero Academia, Naruto, One-Punch Man, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, among many others. The app also has anime in English subtitles or dubbed.


    Web, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Peter Zhu
    Written on April 9, 2019
    "Out of all the anime streaming apps that I have tried, this is that I have kept on my phone and I consider to be one of the best. From anime classics like Dragonball to current favorites like One-Punch Man, they are all available in this app with more new shows and episodes coming every week. Give it a try. "
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    #9Naruto Shippuden - Watch Free!

    Naruto Shippuden - Watch Free!

    Naruto Shippuden - Watch Free! is a free Android and iOS application for anime lovers. This app is free and legal and protects viewers form lots of ads. Naruto Shippuden - Watch Free! updates as soon as new episodes are released.


    iOS, Android


    Jessica Wu
    Written on March 6, 2019
    "Perfect app for streaming anime! They have almost all the best anime movies and series to watch 😍 I am currently using it for free but planning to go for premium mode"
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    Wakanim is an anime app wherein users can stream high definition episodes of different anime series and search them according to genre or popularity. The app also lets users track the progress of the episodes they've watched.


    iOS, Android


    Zeng He
    Written on March 6, 2019
    "I am so happy to discover ❤️️ I have tried tons of anime websites and anime apps but this is one of the best platforms I encountered for watching anime movies! "
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    #11Anime Lib

    Anime Lib

    Anime Lib is a smartphone application (APK) for watching anime, listening to anime soundtracks, and reading manga which features various genre such as drama, slice of life and a lot more. Their content is being updated every day.




    Harold Carr
    Written on April 4, 2017
    "This is a must have for anime fans! It's awesome that the makers have compiled so much into one location where I can access it all. I only use English and I Think it's really helpful and neat that they have different languages available so I can get the videos I want in the languages I want. The search features have helped me find different anime videos that I haven't been able to find anywhere else. This is a pleasure to use."
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    TaiYaKi is an application where users can watch and download various anime movies and television TV series online such as drama, animation, action, comedy, thriller, romance, war, mystery, crime, and so on.



    Yolanda Olivares
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "this android app to download anime episodes is unknown to me. My friend introduced me to it and now im addicted"
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    Bakanime, formerly known as Verdauen, is a free anime mobile app for Android devices which allows you to watch all your favorite animes. It has a friendly interface and gives you free access to all the content. 




    Tyler Rose
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Verdauen used to be a decent app for watching anime. It's been removed from the Play store unfortunately presumably due to copyright claims."
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    #14Anime & Manga Amino for Otakus

    Anime & Manga Amino for Otakus

    This mobile app is an anime network for Android, where you will be able to chat with anime and manga fans from around the world, discover and share new anime titles and also create content to help grow the community. 




    Mildred Wheeler
    Written on April 9, 2019
    "This is not an app to watch anime but is a great online anime app for fans. This one of the best anime communities that I have joined so far with a friendly bunch of anime fans just like myself. It may be an anime streaming app but I've gotten a lot of amazing recommendations for anime that I know of or have yet to watch."
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    Kitsu is a free mobile application wherein you can track and watch the latest anime. This provides hundreds of anime and manga titles, and a social network to discover new mangas, and share your favorite ones with your fellow anime fans.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kathy Williamson
    Written on April 9, 2019
    "This is really not an app to stream anime shows but it is a good social app made for fans of them. You can join the community, create a list of our favorite anime shows and ones that you plan to watch in the future. It just makes the whole experience a more social and fun experience for everyone involved."
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    #16Watch Anime Classic

    Watch Anime Classic

    Watch Anime Classic is a free mobile application which delivers all the latest anime to your phone and tablet with a simple interface.


    Rogelio Saucedo
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "This app serves its function well; you can watch any anime you are able to properly find with it. It does contain ads so that viewers can use the content without necessarily paying. This app allows you to watch pretty much any anime, and their list is extensive."
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    #17Anime TV

    Anime TV

    Deemed as one of the most sought-after anime applications for mobile, Anime TV lets users watch and download their favorite anime movies and series.


    Angela Huang
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "The anime tv app is easy to use thats why i love it"
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    #18Watch Anime Online

    Watch Anime Online

    Featuring English dubs and subtitles, Watch Anime Online is an outstanding app that lets you stream and watch anime online in high-definition for free on your mobile device.


    Joan Kennedy
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "It's quite unfortunate that this is no longer available to watch anime movies and series since this app seems like the anime streaming app I was looking for :("
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    AnimeFC is a free mobile application where you can watch the latest anime with English subtitles. This will automatically update every day so you don't miss the latest episode of your favorite anime.


    Robert Schmidt
    Written on April 2, 2017
    "The app looks promising and effective but unfortunately, you get what you paid for (or in this case, not at all, which is great, I guess). The app could not load its material and if it does, the videos will not load properly, so I will rate it a 0 out 5."
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    #20Anime TV: Animania

    Anime TV: Animania

    Considered as one of the top anime mobile applications out there, Anime TV: Animania features hundreds of new and classic anime titles classified by genre.


    Tony Jin
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "This is a useful app for watching anime on my phone, but there are a few issues. The main issue is that there are not enough shows on the app and some shows are missing episodes. The other issue is that the app is sometimes laggy."


Best What are the best apps to watch anime
1FUNimationWebsites 12 Paid
2CrunchyrollWebsites 11 Paid
3NetflixStreaming Services 9 Paid
4ViewsterWebsites 8 Free
5AnYmeApps 8 Free
6NineAnimatorApps 8 Free
7Anime CraveApps 7 Free
8AnimeLabApps 7 Free
9Naruto Shippuden - Watch Free!Apps 7 Free
10WakanimApps 7 Free

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