Introduction

If you are looking to watch anime in 2020 then you picked a great time. Never before have there been so many ways to watch anime. It’s crazy to think there was a time where pirating anime was the best way to watch it. Luckily for you anime is right at your fingertips.
 
The issue now is well which service is the best for watching anime. Well, I go through all the best options and give you my thoughts at the end.
 
This list goes through the obvious choices and other ways you may have forgotten about. With that in mind let’s get started.

Important Update:

I have been doing research into the copyright situation involving anime reaction channels.
  • I learned that it’s illegal for an unlicensed  YouTube channel to upload an entire anime.
  • Doing this steals money from those who worked on the project.
  • Because of this revelation, I am no longer promoting YouTube as a viable website to watch anime.
  • There are plenty of other legal sites that have free anime to watch.
  • Please support those sites and only watch anime on officially licensed YouTube Channels.

Introduction

If you are looking to watch anime in 2020 then you picked a great time. Never before have there been so many ways to watch anime. It’s crazy to think there was a time where pirating anime was the best way to watch it. Luckily for you anime is right at your fingertips.
 
The issue now is well which service is the best for watching anime. Well, I go through all the best options and give you my thoughts at the end.
 
This list goes through the obvious choices and other ways you may have forgotten about. With that in mind let’s get started.

Important Update:

I have been doing research into the copyright situation involving anime reaction channels.
  • I learned that it’s illegal for an unlicensed  YouTube channel to upload an entire anime.
  • Doing this steals money from those who worked on the project.
  • Because of this revelation, I am no longer promoting YouTube as a viable website to watch anime.
  • There are plenty of other legal sites that have free anime to watch.
  • Please support those sites and only watch anime on officially licensed YouTube Channels.

Online Places to Watch Anime

Streaming Services

Hulu

Hulu

1. What is it?

Hulu is great but also terrible at the same time which is why I love to hate it. I remember when it started out it’s a simple service the watch stuff. First, it was free with no ads, then it added ads. Then paying to remove ads became an option. Now you have to pay to use Hulu and you get ads in the standard package. They even try to upsell for other packages and services.
Basically Hulu is so damn expensive but it’s a really good place to watch anime

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Yes, you can on the Hulu app. Here is a link with instructions

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Hulu selection caters to both with an easy interface to switch from one to the other.

4. Pros:

  • Large anime selection.
  • It contains some of my favorite anime that I recommend to people.
  • Fast load times make finding and watching anime smooth.
  • Great interface.

5. Cons:

  • Ads are repetitive and numerous.
  • Constant upsell for other packages.
  • Requiring users to pay extra to watch certain anime
  • Canceling is egregious with Hulu prompting me several times to reconsider

6. My Take:

Hulu is very pricey and consistently up selling. It does have tons of anime and because now that is is bundled with Disney plus it might not be the worse option to watch anime.

Link to Hulu’s Website

Netflix

1. What is it?:

Is one of the best sources in the world to watch anything. Who would have thought that a competitor to Blockbuster that had a simple premise of no late fees would grow to this massive becometh of company. It’s one of my favorite places to watch TV shows and movies. Anime on the other hand is a different animal.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Yes you can using the Neflix mobile or desktop app.  Here is a link that has instructions

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

You will find that most of the anime will have both options available. Switching from either one is an option available in the video player.

4. Pros:

  • Fast load times
  • The sleek interface allows the users to find shows efficiently
  • Cool baners for each anime
  • You can skip intros and switch between sub and dub.

5. Cons:

  • Small library of anime.
    • It does have some exclusive anime made for it and the Miyazaki films will be on Netflix at some point. Regardless it’s nothing when compared to the competition.
  • Lack of exclusives and other streaming services also have the same shows

6. My Take:

I love the interface of Netflix and the viewing experience you get. If you are looking for a place to watch anime this might not be the best place yet. They are always adding new shows so my opinion on this will change in the future.

Prime Video

primeVideoLogo

1. What is it?

Prime Video is the streaming service that comes with an Amazon Prime subscription. So besides the free two-day delivery, you also get access to a large library of movies and tv shows to watch. You, of course, have access to a nice library of anime as well.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

You can download videos as long as you have a Fire Tablet or the Prime Video App for iOS or Android. The link with more information is here

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Prime will only have one option for the anime. But I have seen a good variety of Subbed and Dubbed anime.

4. Pros:

  • Contains rare classics such as Millenium Actress
  • Large selection of modern and classic anime
  • X-Ray feature allows you to see the cast of the show and all the scenes in the episode.
    • This is a nice addition as it allows you to skip around the episode easier or help you quickly answer the question of “wait that voice actor sounds familiar who was it again?”

5. Cons:

  • Falsely advertises anime that are available when in reality are not.
  • Follows Hulu’s policy of extra charges to watch certain anime

6. My Take:

I do not generally watch anime on Amazon Prime Video but it has such a solid library, that there really is no reason not to. The interface is solid enough not better than Netflix but does the job. I reconmend this service especially if you already have an amazon prime account (which most people do).

Link to Amazon Prime Video:

VRV

VRV Logo

1. What is it?:

VRV is a streaming service that combines several other channels in one place. Including HiDive and Crunchyroll.
 
The advantage of this is you can pay a smaller fee per month to get access to all of the channels instead of paying for each one separately.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

You can download videos to your VRV app on either iOS or Android link with instructions:

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

VRV uses both HiDive’s and Crunchyroll’s libraries so you have a large selection of both Dubbed and Subbed to choose from.

4. Pros?

  • No ads.
  • Access to both Crunchyroll’s and HiDives’ library of anime.
  • You can create watchlists that contain your favorite shows from all the services provided.
  • You get early access to new episodes that come out (simulcasts).

5. Cons:

  • The price is too high at over $36 a month.
    • Plus if you are only interested in the anime content it might be cheaper to just get an individual Crunchyroll and HiDive account
  • Also even though you get access to many channels you do not get channel-specific features.
    • For example, HiDive’s customizable subtitles is on available on HiDive itself.
  • The video player for VRV are the same regardless of which channel you are on.
    • This takes away a little bit from the experience of watching an anime from a different channel.
  • The free account experience is no different than from watching it on Crunchyroll’s site.

6. My Take:

I like the idea behind this and it is a great deal if you watch all of the content this streaming service provides. However, if you are looking for just anime streaming services you may want to look somewhere else. It is definitely cheaper that way.

Link to VRV:

HIDIVE

HIDIVE LOGO

1. What is it?

HIDIVE is a premium-only streaming service for anime from Sentai Filmworks. It features a large library of anime and tons of features.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

you can only download videos if you have HiDive through VRV

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

There is a nice selection of both. For English Dub fans there is a whole section devoted to English Dubs.

4. Pros:

  • Very affordable at $5 dollars month
  • Excelent amount of exclusive anime.
  • Large selection Dubbed anime and subtitle options.
  • The simulcasts allow you to watch anime as it comes out and chat with people at the same time.
  • Each entry for an anime gives you all the details about the series.
  • Has a simple and intuitive video player

5. Cons:

  • The site has really slow load times.
  • Lack of quality exclusive anime.
  • HIDIVE ‘s anime selection interface is not the greatest.
    • My particular complaint is the preview anime option.
      • If you click on an anime you get a preview of the show (avoiding the play button).
      • This is bad because it slows the site even more to process the request and most likely the user just wanted to go the anime page.
      • Also, the anime that you select has a page with the same information as the preview so why even have the preview.

6. My Take:

If you are on a budget this a great option. I really like the exclusive titles including the original version of Legend of Galactic Heroes. Which is hard to find.
 
But the overall interface for this site does not resonate with me. There are better-paid options and even some of the places to watch anime for free are superior.
 
This is a great service but as the old saying goes you get what you pay for.

Link to HIDIVE: 

Renting or Purchasing the Digital Copy of an Anime

Google Play's logo

1. What is it?:

Besides watching anime through a streaming service you can also rent or buy the digital copy. I often find these options when there is no streaming service available. YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Google Play are the biggest players here.

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Depends on the anime you are downloading.

3. Pros:

  • You gain immediate access to the anime that you want to watch.
    • Also once you buy it you never have to again and you can watch it on any device. 
    • If you just want to watch one show it can be worth it overpaying for the entire subscription.

4. Cons:

  • Expensive over time.
  • You do not really own the footage as you would with a DVD.
    • You will need internet access to watch the anime.
  • Most of the anime that you could buy is available on other streaming sites or on one of those free questionable sites.

5. My Take:

This method of watching anime and any other form of media to me is not a good idea. You basically pay for one item that you can only watch online exclusively with that service. I would rather buy the DVD or go to a dodgy free site to watch it. I am kinda surprised that this method is still popular.

Websites where you can digitally rent anime:

GooglePlay Link

Amazon Primve Video Rent or Buy Link

Online Places to Watch Anime

Streaming Services

Hulu

Hulu

1. What is it?

Hulu is great but also terrible at the same time which is why I love to hate it. I remember when it started out it’s a simple service the watch stuff. First, it was free with no ads, then it added ads. Then paying to remove ads became an option. Now you have to pay to use Hulu and you get ads in the standard package. They even try to upsell for other packages and services.
Basically Hulu is so damn expensive but it’s a really good place to watch anime

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Yes, you can on the Hulu app. Here is a link with instructions

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Hulu selection caters to both with an easy interface to switch from one to the other.

4. Pros:

  • Large anime selection.
  • It contains some of my favorite anime that I recommend to people.
  • Fast load times make finding and watching anime smooth.
  • Great interface.

5. Cons:

  • Ads are repetitive and numerous.
  • Constant upsell for other packages.
  • Requiring users to pay extra to watch certain anime
  • Canceling is egregious with Hulu prompting me several times to reconsider

6. My Take:

Hulu is very pricey and consistently up selling. It does have tons of anime and because now that is is bundled with Disney plus it might not be the worse option to watch anime.

Link to Hulu’s Website

Netflix

1. What is it?:

Is one of the best sources in the world to watch anything. Who would have thought that a competitor to Blockbuster that had a simple premise of no late fees would grow to this massive becometh of company. It’s one of my favorite places to watch TV shows and movies. Anime on the other hand is a different animal.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Yes you can using the Neflix mobile or desktop app.  Here is a link that has instructions

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

You will find that most of the anime will have both options available. Switching from either one is an option available in the video player.

4. Pros:

  • Fast load times
  • The sleek interface allows the users to find shows efficiently
  • Cool baners for each anime
  • You can skip intros and switch between sub and dub.

5. Cons:

  • Small library of anime.
    • It does have some exclusive anime made for it and the Miyazaki films will be on Netflix at some point. Regardless it’s nothing when compared to the competition.
  • Lack of exclusives and other streaming services also have the same shows

6. My Take:

I love the interface of Netflix and the viewing experience you get. If you are looking for a place to watch anime this might not be the best place yet. They are always adding new shows so my opinion on this will change in the future.

Prime Video

primeVideoLogo

1. What is it?

Prime Video is the streaming service that comes with an Amazon Prime subscription. So besides the free two-day delivery, you also get access to a large library of movies and tv shows to watch. You, of course, have access to a nice library of anime as well.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

You can download videos as long as you have a Fire Tablet or the Prime Video App for iOS or Android. The link with more information is here

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Prime will only have one option for the anime. But I have seen a good variety of Subbed and Dubbed anime.

4. Pros:

  • Contains rare classics such as Millenium Actress
  • Large selection of modern and classic anime
  • X-Ray feature allows you to see the cast of the show and all the scenes in the episode.
    • This is a nice addition as it allows you to skip around the episode easier or help you quickly answer the question of “wait that voice actor sounds familiar who was it again?”

5. Cons:

  • Falsely advertises anime that are available when in reality are not.
  • Follows Hulu’s policy of extra charges to watch certain anime

6. My Take:

I do not generally watch anime on Amazon Prime Video but it has such a solid library, that there really is no reason not to. The interface is solid enough not better than Netflix but does the job. I reconmend this service especially if you already have an amazon prime account (which most people do).

Link to Amazon Prime Video:

VRV

VRV Logo

1. What is it?:

VRV is a streaming service that combines several other channels in one place. Including HiDive and Crunchyroll.
 
The advantage of this is you can pay a smaller fee per month to get access to all of the channels instead of paying for each one separately.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

You can download videos to your VRV app on either iOS or Android link with instructions:

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

VRV uses both HiDive’s and Crunchyroll’s libraries so you have a large selection of both Dubbed and Subbed to choose from.

4. Pros?

  • No ads.
  • Access to both Crunchyroll’s and HiDives’ library of anime.
  • You can create watchlists that contain your favorite shows from all the services provided.
  • You get early access to new episodes that come out (simulcasts).

5. Cons:

  • The price is too high at over $36 a month.
    • Plus if you are only interested in the anime content it might be cheaper to just get an individual Crunchyroll and HiDive account
  • Also even though you get access to many channels you do not get channel-specific features.
    • For example, HiDive’s customizable subtitles is on available on HiDive itself.
  • The video player for VRV are the same regardless of which channel you are on.
    • This takes away a little bit from the experience of watching an anime from a different channel.
  • The free account experience is no different than from watching it on Crunchyroll’s site.

6. My Take:

I like the idea behind this and it is a great deal if you watch all of the content this streaming service provides. However, if you are looking for just anime streaming services you may want to look somewhere else. It is definitely cheaper that way.

Link to VRV:

HIDIVE

HIDIVE LOGO

1. What is it?

HIDIVE is a premium-only streaming service for anime from Sentai Filmworks. It features a large library of anime and tons of features.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

you can only download videos if you have HiDive through VRV

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

There is a nice selection of both. For English Dub fans there is a whole section devoted to English Dubs.

4. Pros:

  • Very affordable at $5 dollars month
  • Excelent amount of exclusive anime.
  • Large selection Dubbed anime and subtitle options.
  • The simulcasts allow you to watch anime as it comes out and chat with people at the same time.
  • Each entry for an anime gives you all the details about the series.
  • Has a simple and intuitive video player

5. Cons:

  • The site has really slow load times.
  • Lack of quality exclusive anime.
  • HIDIVE ‘s anime selection interface is not the greatest.
    • My particular complaint is the preview anime option.
      • If you click on an anime you get a preview of the show (avoiding the play button).
      • This is bad because it slows the site even more to process the request and most likely the user just wanted to go the anime page.
      • Also, the anime that you select has a page with the same information as the preview so why even have the preview.

6. My Take:

If you are on a budget this a great option. I really like the exclusive titles including the original version of Legend of Galactic Heroes. Which is hard to find.
 
But the overall interface for this site does not resonate with me. There are better-paid options and even some of the places to watch anime for free are superior.
 
This is a great service but as the old saying goes you get what you pay for.

Link to HIDIVE: 

Renting or Purchasing the Digital Copy of an Anime

Google Play's logo

1. What is it?:

Besides watching anime through a streaming service you can also rent or buy the digital copy. I often find these options when there is no streaming service available. YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Google Play are the biggest players here.

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Depends on the anime you are downloading.

3. Pros:

  • You gain immediate access to the anime that you want to watch.
    • Also once you buy it you never have to again and you can watch it on any device. 
    • If you just want to watch one show it can be worth it overpaying for the entire subscription.

4. Cons:

  • Expensive over time.
  • You do not really own the footage as you would with a DVD.
    • You will need internet access to watch the anime.
  • Most of the anime that you could buy is available on other streaming sites or on one of those free questionable sites.

5. My Take:

This method of watching anime and any other form of media to me is not a good idea. You basically pay for one item that you can only watch online exclusively with that service. I would rather buy the DVD or go to a dodgy free site to watch it. I am kinda surprised that this method is still popular.

Websites where you can digitally rent anime:

GooglePlay Link

Amazon Primve Video Rent or Buy Link

Free Places to Stream With Ads

Crunchyroll

Crunchroll Logo

1. What is it?

Crunchyroll is an American distributor of anime, manga, and Japanese drama television. Over 900 animes are available to watch through this service. Since starting in 2006 Crunchyroll has grown to become one of the largest places to watch anime. It has agreements with the other two large players Funimation and Viz Media.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

At this point, Crunchyroll does not offer this service.

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Crunchyroll mostly has English Subbed anime.

4. Pros:

  • It has a wide range of features in addition to watching anime.
  • Large selection of anime.
  • Ads are not always present in videos.
  • It has a nice community of people and great articles written on anime.

Cons:

  • The service is expensive at $8 dollars a month if you want to remove ads and gain full access to everything.
  • Animes are falsely advertised on here
  • The ads are repetitive and obnoxious

5. My Take:

Crunchyroll is a great service. It has a large selection of shows and continues to evolve over time. If you can tolerate the annoying ads then sticking to the basic free plan will be fine.

Links to Crunchyroll’s Website:

Crunchyroll’s Store where you can buy Anime on DVD and Blue Ray: 

Funimation

Funimation Logo

1. What is it?

Funimation “You Should be Watching”. I am very thankful for this organization for all the efforts it has done in dubbing some of my favorite anime of all time. Funimation is the other major competitor to Crunchyroll. It specializes in Dubbing of anime and has grown to be a large streaming and distributor of anime. It addition it offers a service to buy all kinds of anime stuff. This includes DVDs, Toys, figures, etc. It even has Simulcasts for new anime that comes out in Japan.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Yes on the  Funimation Android and iOS App.

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Funimation is the king of English Dubbing so of course it has plenty of English dubbed anime. All of the Anime has an English Subbed option.

4. Pros:

  • Great library including quality exclusive anime.
    • Users can watch FREE anime on their YouTube Channel.
  • Better video player than Crunchyroll’s.
  • The Quality of the anime’s presentation in HD.
  • My favorite anime can be found on this platform.
  • Fast load times

5. Cons:

  • The ads are even worse than’s Crunchyroll’s.
    • Also, you cannot have your ad-block on when watching anime.
  • I do like the benefits of the premium service I am not sure if it’s worth $8 dollars a month.
  • Funimation uses the same system as Amazon and Hulu where you have to pay more to watch specific anime
    • For example Dragon Ball Z requires a Funimation subscription if you want to watch the whole series.

6. My Take:

Funimation is a fantastic place to watch anime in 2020. It has a large library of great shows at a fantastic quality. Unless you are willing to fork over 8 dollars a month prepare for annoying commercials.

Link to Funimation’s Website:

Funimation’s where you can buy Anime on DVD and Blue Ray: 

Free Places to Stream With Ads

Crunchyroll

Crunchroll Logo

1. What is it?

Crunchyroll is an American distributor of anime, manga, and Japanese drama television. Over 900 animes are available to watch through this service. Since starting in 2006 Crunchyroll has grown to become one of the largest places to watch anime. It has agreements with the other two large players Funimation and Viz Media.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

At this point, Crunchyroll does not offer this service.

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Crunchyroll mostly has English Subbed anime.

4. Pros:

  • It has a wide range of features in addition to watching anime.
  • Large selection of anime.
  • Ads are not always present in videos.
  • It has a nice community of people and great articles written on anime.

Cons:

  • The service is expensive at $8 dollars a month if you want to remove ads and gain full access to everything.
  • Animes are falsely advertised on here
  • The ads are repetitive and obnoxious

5. My Take:

Crunchyroll is a great service. It has a large selection of shows and continues to evolve over time. If you can tolerate the annoying ads then sticking to the basic free plan will be fine.

Links to Crunchyroll’s Website:

Crunchyroll’s Store where you can buy Anime on DVD and Blue Ray: 

Funimation

Funimation Logo

1. What is it?

Funimation “You Should be Watching”. I am very thankful for this organization for all the efforts it has done in dubbing some of my favorite anime of all time. Funimation is the other major competitor to Crunchyroll. It specializes in Dubbing of anime and has grown to be a large streaming and distributor of anime. It addition it offers a service to buy all kinds of anime stuff. This includes DVDs, Toys, figures, etc. It even has Simulcasts for new anime that comes out in Japan.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Yes on the  Funimation Android and iOS App.

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

Funimation is the king of English Dubbing so of course it has plenty of English dubbed anime. All of the Anime has an English Subbed option.

4. Pros:

  • Great library including quality exclusive anime.
    • Users can watch FREE anime on their YouTube Channel.
  • Better video player than Crunchyroll’s.
  • The Quality of the anime’s presentation in HD.
  • My favorite anime can be found on this platform.
  • Fast load times

5. Cons:

  • The ads are even worse than’s Crunchyroll’s.
    • Also, you cannot have your ad-block on when watching anime.
  • I do like the benefits of the premium service I am not sure if it’s worth $8 dollars a month.
  • Funimation uses the same system as Amazon and Hulu where you have to pay more to watch specific anime
    • For example Dragon Ball Z requires a Funimation subscription if you want to watch the whole series.

6. My Take:

Funimation is a fantastic place to watch anime in 2020. It has a large library of great shows at a fantastic quality. Unless you are willing to fork over 8 dollars a month prepare for annoying commercials.

Link to Funimation’s Website:

Funimation’s where you can buy Anime on DVD and Blue Ray: 

TubiTV

Tubi TV Logo

1. What is it?

TubiTV is becoming my favorite place to watch anime. I am not sure why I had never heard about it until recently? On more than one occasion I have found a series here that I could not find anywhere else and that includes the previously mentioned services.
The platform is a simple place to watch TV shows and Movies. It has a lot of anime too including shows from different eras and genres.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Yes, there is no Tubi app that functions like Funimation. But much like YouTube, there are sites that will download the videos in the same way. A simple search for “download Tubi videos” should point you in the right direction.

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

This site is mainly subbed only but there are some dubbed versions of the same anime available.

4. Pros:

  • For a free service there is a medium-sized library.
  • Few Ads.
  • It has a nice background for the show that you are watching.
    • This feature adds to the viewing experience.
  • The interface is simple.

5. Cons:

  • Smaller library when compared to other services.
  • Lack of dub options
  • You have to turn off Adblock when watching an anime.

6. My Take:

This is my favorite Free place to watch anime right now. It may not have the greatest library but it has the shows that you want to watch. Combine that with the small number of Ads, excellent video interface and you have a great place to watch anime.

Link to TubiTv’s Website:

TubiTV

Tubi TV Logo

1. What is it?

TubiTV is becoming my favorite place to watch anime. I am not sure why I had never heard about it until recently? On more than one occasion I have found a series here that I could not find anywhere else and that includes the previously mentioned services.
The platform is a simple place to watch TV shows and Movies. It has a lot of anime too including shows from different eras and genres.

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Yes, there is no Tubi app that functions like Funimation. But much like YouTube, there are sites that will download the videos in the same way. A simple search for “download Tubi videos” should point you in the right direction.

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

This site is mainly subbed only but there are some dubbed versions of the same anime available.

4. Pros:

  • For a free service there is a medium-sized library.
  • Few Ads.
  • It has a nice background for the show that you are watching.
    • This feature adds to the viewing experience.
  • The interface is simple.

5. Cons:

  • Smaller library when compared to other services.
  • Lack of dub options
  • You have to turn off Adblock when watching an anime.

6. My Take:

This is my favorite Free place to watch anime right now. It may not have the greatest library but it has the shows that you want to watch. Combine that with the small number of Ads, excellent video interface and you have a great place to watch anime.

Link to TubiTv’s Website:

RetroCrush

Tubi TV Logo

1. What is it?:

Retro Crush is a brand new FREE streaming service that has classic anime. 

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Not at the moment

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

The default for most anime on the platform is subbed. There is no option to switch from sub to dub if a dubbed option exists. Rather there will be another video of the same anime just dubbed. This is the same as TubiTV.

4. Pros:

  • Very few ads.
  • There are tons of classics and some that were only available on YouTube or the sketchy anime sites.

5. Cons:

The service came out on March 30th, 2020 so it’s really new so many of these issues will probably be fixed in the future.

  • You can only view the anime on mobile devices or services like Roku and Amazon Fire
  • The current selection of anime is limited which also applies to the exclusive anime
  • Many classics such as Kimba The White Lion, Astro Boy, Gundam, Macross, etc are missing
  • Finding anime can be annoying as there are only premade filters and you have to scroll horizontally and not vertically

6. My Take:

This has the making to be a great place to watch classic anime. It also been difficult to recommend older anime to my friends because there were no legitimately places to watch it. Right now I found a couple of classics on there and hopefully there will be more in the future. If you want a place to watch classic anime this is a great place to start. Here’s hoping the library of content continues to grow.

Link to RetroCrush:

RetroCrush

Tubi TV Logo

1. What is it?:

Retro Crush is a brand new FREE streaming service that has classic anime. 

2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?

Not at the moment

3. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

The default for most anime on the platform is subbed. There is no option to switch from sub to dub if a dubbed option exists. Rather there will be another video of the same anime just dubbed. This is the same as TubiTV.

4. Pros:

  • Very few ads.
  • There are tons of classics and some that were only available on YouTube or the sketchy anime sites.

5. Cons:

The service came out on March 30th, 2020 so it’s really new so many of these issues will probably be fixed in the future.

  • You can only view the anime on mobile devices or services like Roku and Amazon Fire
  • The current selection of anime is limited which also applies to the exclusive anime
  • Many classics such as Kimba The White Lion, Astro Boy, Gundam, Macross, etc are missing
  • Finding anime can be annoying as there are only premade filters and you have to scroll horizontally and not vertically

6. My Take:

This has the making to be a great place to watch classic anime. It also been difficult to recommend older anime to my friends because there were no legitimately places to watch it. Right now I found a couple of classics on there and hopefully there will be more in the future. If you want a place to watch classic anime this is a great place to start. Here’s hoping the library of content continues to grow.

Link to RetroCrush:

Crackle

Crackle Logo

1. What is it?

Crackle was the first free service that I used back in 2010 with an Xbox Live Subscription. Back then it has tons of anime, movies, and TV shows. Today the selection is very small, but I still wanted to mention it because on occasion you might a gem to watch. In this case, Tokyo Godfathers is free on Crackle.
 
Normally, I would go further into the service but with Crackle, there is not much to talk about. It has a tiny amount of shows and too many commercials. Right now this is the best place to watch Tokyo Godfathers which is why I am mentioning it all.
2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?
There is not official way to do this. You might find dodgy ways to do this online.

Crackle

Crackle Logo

1. What is it?

Crackle was the first free service that I used back in 2010 with an Xbox Live Subscription. Back then it has tons of anime, movies, and TV shows. Today the selection is very small, but I still wanted to mention it because on occasion you might a gem to watch. In this case, Tokyo Godfathers is free on Crackle.
 
Normally, I would go further into the service but with Crackle, there is not much to talk about. It has a tiny amount of shows and too many commercials. Right now this is the best place to watch Tokyo Godfathers which is why I am mentioning it all.
2. Can you download the Videos for Offline Viewing?
There is not official way to do this. You might find dodgy ways to do this online.

Places to watch anime offline

Theater

Movie Theater Picture

1. What is it?

Movie Theaters are places to watch films usually new releases. Sometimes theaters will show classic films and anime in the US. Outside of Japan, there are events called Fathom where theaters show many types of films including anime.
The majority of the anime films you will find are Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, and Shinkai’s films.
 
As anime popularity continues to grow more theaters will showcase anime films. There are a few anime films currently shown in theaters but if you get a chance Fathom events are some of the best out there.

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

most events offer both with each one being on a different day.

Places to watch anime offline

Theater

Movie Theater Picture

1. What is it?

Movie Theaters are places to watch films usually new releases. Sometimes theaters will show classic films and anime in the US. Outside of Japan, there are events called Fathom where theaters show many types of films including anime.
The majority of the anime films you will find are Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, and Shinkai’s films.
 
As anime popularity continues to grow more theaters will showcase anime films. There are a few anime films currently shown in theaters but if you get a chance Fathom events are some of the best out there.

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

most events offer both with each one being on a different day.

Cable / Sling TV

Toonami's Logo

1. What is it?

Okay, I am technically cheating since Sling TV is not an offline way to watch anime. However, it is so close to cable television I decided to put them together.
SlingTV is an on-demand streaming service that gives you the cable experience to your computer without the cord. Cable television is a service that delivers television programmers to its audience. It does this through Radio Frequencies.
Before modern online streaming, cable was the premier place to watch television. However as Netflix and services like it continue to grow in popularity, the term cutting the cord is becoming more commonplace.
Anime has no official cable television in they US instead Cartoon Network has a show called Toonami. Toonami’s first run was from 1997 to 2008. Four years later in 2012 Cartoon Network brought Toonami back on the air. Since then it continues to be a place to watch anime. 

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

This is exclusively English Dubbed.

3. Pros:

  • Not specifically with Cable Television but Toonami is a great television program that shows the best anime out there.

4. Cons:

  • You can only watch what is showing right now.
  • Also while Toonami has a great lineup but it’s only eleven anime.
    • Obviously any streaming services offer significantly more than that.
  • Cable, in general, is quite expensive hence why people are starting to move away from it.

5. My Take:

If you have cable already then Toonami is a great place to watch anime. This is obvious but do not cable just to watch anime. This might be the worse way to watch anime in 2020.

Link to Toonami’s Website: 

SlingTV’s Website: 

Cable / Sling TV

Toonami's Logo

1. What is it?

Okay, I am technically cheating since Sling TV is not an offline way to watch anime. However, it is so close to cable television I decided to put them together.
SlingTV is an on-demand streaming service that gives you the cable experience to your computer without the cord. Cable television is a service that delivers television programmers to its audience. It does this through Radio Frequencies.
Before modern online streaming, cable was the premier place to watch television. However as Netflix and services like it continue to grow in popularity, the term cutting the cord is becoming more commonplace.
Anime has no official cable television in they US instead Cartoon Network has a show called Toonami. Toonami’s first run was from 1997 to 2008. Four years later in 2012 Cartoon Network brought Toonami back on the air. Since then it continues to be a place to watch anime. 

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

This is exclusively English Dubbed.

3. Pros:

  • Not specifically with Cable Television but Toonami is a great television program that shows the best anime out there.

4. Cons:

  • You can only watch what is showing right now.
  • Also while Toonami has a great lineup but it’s only eleven anime.
    • Obviously any streaming services offer significantly more than that.
  • Cable, in general, is quite expensive hence why people are starting to move away from it.

5. My Take:

If you have cable already then Toonami is a great place to watch anime. This is obvious but do not cable just to watch anime. This might be the worse way to watch anime in 2020.

Link to Toonami’s Website: 

SlingTV’s Website: 

Renting or Purchasing DVDs

Japanese Store

1. What is it?

The time of DVDs and Blu Rays is coming to an end but that does not mean they have no value. I find DVDs to be a fun way to watch old shows. There is something special about opening a DVD menu and going through all the extra footage. Even today there are many services to rent and buy DVDs. Anime is no exception to this. Some of the best places to rent and buy anime include GameFly, DVD.com, Funimation, Amazon, etc. You have no shortage of options.

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

If the anime was English Dubbed the dvd you will have it as well this goes for English Subbed as well.

3. Pros:

  • You can watch the DVD anywhere no internet required.
  • Older DVDs and BluRays have tons of extra footage that you will not find on any streaming service.
  • You actually own the footage unlike streaming where you pay to view it.

4. Cons:

  • Overtime BluRays and DVDs can get expensive. This is especially true if you collect the special edition versions.
  • Discs can be broken or lost.
  • They need storage space.
  • DVDs require a player which is something that most standard laptops and desktop computers do not have.

5. My Take:

Despite all the downsides of DVDs I still recommend them. My greatest joy is putting in a disc from one of my favorite anime and seeing what menu options are available. Many of my anime reconmendations came from coming attractions on many DVDs. It’s one of the best ways to find hidden gems and forgotten series.

Links for sites where you can rent DVDs:

DVD.com Link

Gamefly Link

RedBox Link

Renting or Purchasing DVDs

Japanese Store

1. What is it?

The time of DVDs and Blu Rays is coming to an end but that does not mean they have no value. I find DVDs to be a fun way to watch old shows. There is something special about opening a DVD menu and going through all the extra footage. Even today there are many services to rent and buy DVDs. Anime is no exception to this. Some of the best places to rent and buy anime include GameFly, DVD.com, Funimation, Amazon, etc. You have no shortage of options.

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

If the anime was English Dubbed the dvd you will have it as well this goes for English Subbed as well.

3. Pros:

  • You can watch the DVD anywhere no internet required.
  • Older DVDs and BluRays have tons of extra footage that you will not find on any streaming service.
  • You actually own the footage unlike streaming where you pay to view it.

4. Cons:

  • Overtime BluRays and DVDs can get expensive. This is especially true if you collect the special edition versions.
  • Discs can be broken or lost.
  • They need storage space.
  • DVDs require a player which is something that most standard laptops and desktop computers do not have.

5. My Take:

Despite all the downsides of DVDs I still recommend them. My greatest joy is putting in a disc from one of my favorite anime and seeing what menu options are available. Many of my anime reconmendations came from coming attractions on many DVDs. It’s one of the best ways to find hidden gems and forgotten series.

Links for sites where you can rent DVDs:

DVD.com Link

Gamefly Link

RedBox Link

Library

A Library

1. What is it?

The modern library has taken over blockbuster as the best place to find DVDs to watch. It’s, of course, free plus if you live in a large city you might have access to the whole system of libraries. This will increase the number of shows you can checkout. It has been my favorite source to find anime for over a decade now.

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

If the anime was English Dubbed the dvd you will have it this goes for English Subbed as well.

3. Pros:

  • The library is free to check out stuff.
  • The selection is quite large, especially in larger cities.
  • I find with streaming services there are so many shows to watch that you will never get to them.
    • Due dates encourage you to watch the show. It keeps your focus on one show at a time.

4. Cons:

  • Everyone has access to the discs which results in damages and scratches.
  • There could be long waiting lists for the item that you want.
  • The location could determine the selection.
    • I happen to live in a bigger city so my selection is quite large.

5. My Take:

Before considering purchasing a DVD or getting a subscription service check out the library. I have saved so much money doing this and continue to do so this very day.

Library

A Library

1. What is it?

The modern library has taken over blockbuster as the best place to find DVDs to watch. It’s, of course, free plus if you live in a large city you might have access to the whole system of libraries. This will increase the number of shows you can checkout. It has been my favorite source to find anime for over a decade now.

2. English Subbed or English Dubbed?

If the anime was English Dubbed the dvd you will have it this goes for English Subbed as well.

3. Pros:

  • The library is free to check out stuff.
  • The selection is quite large, especially in larger cities.
  • I find with streaming services there are so many shows to watch that you will never get to them.
    • Due dates encourage you to watch the show. It keeps your focus on one show at a time.

4. Cons:

  • Everyone has access to the discs which results in damages and scratches.
  • There could be long waiting lists for the item that you want.
  • The location could determine the selection.
    • I happen to live in a bigger city so my selection is quite large.

5. My Take:

Before considering purchasing a DVD or getting a subscription service check out the library. I have saved so much money doing this and continue to do so this very day.

Final thoughts

Thanks for joining me in discussing the best places to watch anime. After going through the different places here are my top choices.
 
Best Viewing Experience: Netflix
 
Best Paid Viewing Service: Hulu
 
Best Free Service: TubiTV
 
Best Way to Watch Anime Offline: Library
 
Best Library: Crunchyroll
But I want to here from you what is your favorite place to watch Anime in 2020. Are there places that I missed. Leave a comment below.
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Thanks so much for reading and have a great day

Final thoughts

Thanks for joining me in discussing the best places to watch anime. After going through the different places here are my top choices.
 
Best Viewing Experience: Netflix
 
Best Paid Viewing Service: Hulu
 
Best Free Service: TubiTV
 
Best Way to Watch Anime Offline: Library
 
Best Library: Crunchyroll
But I want to here from you what is your favorite place to watch Anime in 2020. Are there places that I missed. Leave a comment below.
Please give my facebook page a like.
Thanks so much for reading and have a great day
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