What are the best websites to download and watch anime online?

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    #1Tubi TV

    Tubi TV

    Tubi TV is an app that lets you watch popular movies and TV series for free. You can stream in full HD and watch videos on your device. It is an ad-supported service, with advertisements shown during commercial breaks in-between programming.

    Streaming Services

    Free

    Wei Lai
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "This is a rather unique service in that you can essentially watch a lot of movies, TV shows, and anime for free as long as you don't mind the occasional commercial break in between segments."
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    #2Crunchyroll

    Crunchyroll

    Crunchyroll is a platform where you can watch your favorite animes. It has over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of the latest and greatest anime series available making it a great site to watch anime online.

    Streaming Services

    Varies by plan

    Wei Lai
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "Even with today's online streaming landscape, Crunchyroll remains unique in that it is one of the few services that simulcast anime premieres at the same time as it comes out in Japan. Talk about up to date."
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    Free Trial

    #3VRV

    VRV

    VRV (pronounced as "verve") is an online streaming service that was launched back in November 2016. Its content mainly focuses on "geek-related" culture and is centered around anime, gaming, and speculative fiction among others.

    Streaming Services

    Varies by plan

    Zhou Lai
    Written on March 26, 2019
    "VRV is new up and comer streaming site operating under the same umbrella company as crunchyroll. This is a bonus for users of either service as being a premium member of one will also make you a premium member of the other. You just need to link your Crunchyroll account to VRV."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that one of the most-watched anime film “Spirited Away” was created without a script? Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of the movie said in an interview that he doesn’t have the story finished and ready when they started to work on the film. He even added that he didn't have enough time and just relied on his spur of the moment ideas. If you are curious about the script, you can watch this film on anime streaming sites out there. You can also download this film from this list of anime movie download sites. Moreover, this coming-of-age fantasy movie by Studio Ghibli garnered a total of $331.4 million worldwide. It was the highest-grossing film of all time until it was beaten by Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name when it hit the theatres in 2016. Miyazaki is one of the founders and principal directors of Studio Ghibli. It's a Japanese animation movie studio based in Tokyo, Japan. The named is based on the Italian scouting plane used during World War II. It's also the name for a hot wind in the Sahara, as the studio wanted to “blow a new wind through the Japanese anime industry”. The studio's logo features the title character from My Neighbor Totoro.

The studio is best known for its anime feature films. Yet, it has also produced several short films, television commercials, and one television film. They also built a Ghibli Museum where you can see original short films that you can’t see anywhere else. Photography and any kind of film are prohibited inside the museum, the reason why the only photos you can find of it are of the outside. Also, did you know that visiting the Ghibli Museum is by advance reservation only? There are no walk-up tickets available for this museum. If you wish to catch up on other works of Studio Ghibli, you can watch their top anime online.

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    Free Trial

    #4Netflix

    Netflix

    Netflix is a video-on-demand platform where you can watch movies and TV shows and start streaming from your Windows or Mac computer, smart devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as on your home gaming consoles.

    Streaming Services

    Varies by plan

    Jeremy Obrien
    Written on March 26, 2019
    "I would say Netflix and Amazon Prime Video ties as the best source of anime shows here in the US. Netflix has a slight edge as they also produce original shows apart from offering others."
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    Free Trial

    #5Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video is an internet video-on-demand service where users can watch exclusive Amazon Originals as well as popular movies and TV shows. The service contents are either for rent or purchase and is a great option for those looking for websites to download and watch anime online.

    Streaming Services

    Pay-per-view

    Jessica Burns
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "In a way, this service even does better than other services when it comes to anime shows. Their online streaming service is basically an extension of their physical one. If you can stream it, chances are, you can also buy a copy of it for yourself."
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    Free Trial

    #6Hulu

    Hulu
    Hulu is a video-on-demand service offering a huge catalog of exclusive programs, Hulu originals, and others. It launched its live television streaming service in 2017, but currently, it is only available in the United States and Japan.
    Streaming Services

    Varies by plan

    Teresa Harris
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "I've been using Hulu for a long time now but I find that their anime selection leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully that has slowly been changing in recent years and its anime offering always growing."
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    #7YouTube

    YouTube

    YouTube is an online video sharing and streaming website that enables content creators to share their work across the platform's large user base and network. It's also available as an app for Android and iOS mobile devices. 

    Websites

    Free

    Carolyn Mason
    Written on March 26, 2019
    "This is a decent site to catch older shows but newer ones will take some time before it appears on Youtube. Still, a decent choice overall."
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    #8Vudu

    Vudu

    Vudu is a website that offers video-on-demand services. It is available to both Android and iOS devices, along with Windows and Mac computers. It has a library that contains everything from movies to TV shows, and anime series for those wanting to watch them online.

    Streaming Services

    Pay-per-view

    Zachary Taylor
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "Among online streaming services, this is one of the lesser known ones but it does offer great quality content and service as its bigger competitors. It's also a bit cheaper than those with a big plus in my book."
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    #9iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Streaming Services

    Pay-per-view

    Kenneth Bowman
    Written on March 1, 2019
    "@Carolyn Dunn so far most of the anime i downloaded/bought from iTunes are subbed. i havent had one which is subbed. anyway, either subbed or dubbed it is fine with me as long as i can watch anime"
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    #10Anime Network

    Anime Network

    Anime Network is an on-demand cable network based in North America. It provides access to streaming of both licensed and original anime content through streaming providers like Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, and Xfinity.

    Websites

    0

    María Jaramillo
    Written on March 1, 2019
    "Yes @Joseph Richardson I recently just found out that we can no longer watch anime online on ANime Network. Good thing is that they provided an alternative which is HIDIVE. You should check it out, dude!"

Summary

Best What are the best websites to download and watch anime online
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tubi TVStreaming Services -1 Free
2CrunchyrollStreaming Services -1 Paid
3VRVStreaming Services -2 Paid
4NetflixStreaming Services -2 Paid
5Amazon Prime VideoStreaming Services -2 Paid
6HuluStreaming Services -2 Paid
7YouTubeWebsites -2 Free
8VuduStreaming Services -3 Paid
9iTunesStreaming Services -4 Paid
10Anime NetworkWebsites -4 Paid
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