Are you eager to get the hottest content from the best anime streaming sites to your mobile device? To get you started, here are our favorite apps for watching anime on your Android phone or tablet right now.
From the evolution of modern gaming to creating some of the most notable consumer electronics devices, Japan has been a major influence on technology through the years. As well as spawning crazy robots and quirky TV shows, Japanese culture has had a major impact on the West. And if you’re a fan of anime, who doesn’t remember the bone-chilling moment when Goku went Super Saiyan for the very first time?
Anime did start off being a Japan-exclusive form of entertainment, forcing outsiders to get the shows through any (and often illegal) means necessary. All of this has since changed, thanks to the seamless connectivity of movies, TV, and anime streaming sites.
As Japanese anime culture thrives, so does demand for more ways to watch it. Thankfully, anime viewing isn’t restricted to the big screen, since we all carry a miniature TV around with us in our pocket everywhere we go. We’ve compiled a list of apps for watching anime on your Android device, starting with the best, so you don’t have to trawl through the internet yourself anymore.
If there was ever a grand library of all the anime content ever created, they’d name it Crunchyroll. With more than 25,000 individual episodes spanning 950+ anime titles, Crunchyroll sits comfortably at the top of the pack. You also get brand new episodes of all the latest anime series right after they’re broadcast in Japan.
Crunchyroll is among the few anime streaming sites available for free if you can tolerate the dozens of ads per episode. There’s a 14-day trial membership which showcases the Premium account costing $6.95/month and $11.95/month for Premium+. Crunchyroll brings you unfiltered access to content in 720p and 1080p Full-HD, along with Chromecast support built in.
Plenty of non-anime fans will have heard the name Crunchyroll, which goes to show how popular the service is. After trying out the free version and its numerous ads, the premium subscription fee does seem worth shelling out for.
A premium streaming service like Hulu isn’t where you’d expect to find top anime series, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Apart from thousands of movies and TV shows, Hulu also maintains an impressive library of anime series. This streaming service brings you not only the classics like Naruto Shippuden and One Piece but also titles like Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, FLCL, plus many more that aren’t easy to find on other anime streaming sites.
Although Hulu weirdly categorizes subbed and dubbed episodes of anime shows separately, the important part is that you do get the choice. Moreover, Hulu’s network subscription allows you to add Crunchyroll premium to your existing account so you get all of your favorite anime series, TV shows, and movies on a single platform.
The mobile version for one of the most popular anime streaming sites, FunimationNow isn’t far from the top spot on this list. Unlike mainstream services like Hulu, Funimation does suffer from regional restrictions, but it’s nothing a good VPN can’t solve. There’s a free (ad-filled) subscription, but the $5/month premium (ad-free) subscription will get you a bunch of exclusive content.
Funimation maintains a large catalog including old classics like Dragon Ball Z and Fairy Tail. There’s no shortage of newly released series either, although the dubbed versions take a few weeks to come out. The FunimationNow app sometimes feels like a work in progress, with some playback glitches every now and then, but features like Chromecast support make it worthwhile nonetheless.
4. Pocket MAL
If you ever wanted an IMDB made just for anime, Pocket MAL is the answer to all of your prayers. A community built by thousands of “otakus” like yourself, this app is a mobile version of MAL (MyAnimeList.net). Pocket MAL helps you keep track of the shows you’re watching, so you know every time a new episode comes out in Japan.
Pocket MAL helps you discover new anime titles with complete synopses and reviews from other users. There’s even community access for you to connect other anime fans who share your interests. Users have complained that the app does not give you full access to MAL, but it still beats heading over to your computer every time.
No veteran anime fan is going to be thoroughly impressed with the limited titles that Netflix offers, but it does have some titles. Unlike its biggest competitor Hulu, there’s no option to add subscriptions and make more anime shows available. But you don’t have to pay anything more than your original subscription plan for around 50 amine series and movies.
Netflix has already become a popular content creator with TV shows and movies like House of Cards and Stranger Things. The service also offers original anime series, such as Voltron and Seven Deadly Sins, which you can’t find anywhere else. Offering simulcast programming with the subbed version available within hours of release, Netflix is perfect for beginner anime fans.
6. Amazon Prime Video
In order to capitalize on the growing popularity of anime streaming sites, Amazon launched a premium service. Anime Strike just wasn’t popular enough among users who were asked to pay $5/month for it, which is why the service was discontinued last month. To everyone’s surprise, Amazon decided to migrate its anime content into Prime Video.
So now your Amazon Prime membership comes with the added benefit of hundreds of premium anime shows and movies. The massive lineup includes Inuyashiki Last Hero, Scum’s Wish, and Okkoku, with both dubbed and subbed versions. Although the service is not reliable for simulcast programming, it makes up for it with the size of the content library.
For hardcore fans who follow each episode by the minute, only Funimation and Crunchyroll can cut it. But if you enjoy dubbed versions and don’t mind the wait time, mainstream services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video are great for content that hasn’t translated or subtitled.
For all the freeloaders out there, one of the few anime streaming sites that offers content for nothing is Viewster. The lightly ad-supported app is clean and well-designed, and fortunately, Viewster isn’t region-restricted like other services on this list.
The catalog isn’t that impressive, though, and we could find only a couple of recognizable titles available in English. Nonetheless, Viewster is probably the only truly free service to watch anime on your Android device, without being bombarded with ads every minute.
Have we missed out on any of the best anime streaming apps for Android that should be on the list? Be sure to let us know what you’re using in the comments section down below.
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