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6 Best Anime Streaming Services For 2021

So you've decided you'd like anime to be a part of your life. Excellent. Go ahead and pull up a chair--let's help you figure out which anime streaming service is right for you.


When you want to watch a new (or old) anime show or movie nowadays, you have several different options, but the ideal method is to watch it on an official, licensed anime streaming site. Trust us, it's a far cheaper way to get your anime fix than buying every show or film you're interested in, especially seeing as a few services even offer free anime streaming (though sound off in the comments below if you have a physical collection you're proud of).

Of all the major streaming services, six are the traditional go-to for anime fans. Three of them (Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hidive) are specifically geared toward anime. The other half of the list (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu) are geared more toward live-action programming, but they also happen to have fairly fleshed-out anime libraries. While it's hard to pinpoint exactly which one is the best anime streaming service, as it'll vary based on your interests, we've created this guide to point you in the right direction.

While this guide specifically covers the best anime streaming services (including one that offers free anime), we have a few other streaming service roundups, including a broad best streaming services roundup and a look at the best free streaming services for streaming fans beyond the anime lover. For recommendations on what to watch, see our picks for the best romance anime, best horror anime, and the best anime on Netflix.

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