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The 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.


Unless you've been living under a rock, then you've probably noticed an explosion in anime, worldwide, for more than a decade. Whether you're a longtime fan or looking to get into it for the first time, there are a variety of different options in order to watch anime. Sure, you could go to a virtual storefront and buy what you want to watch, but that's expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of streaming services with large catalogs of anime you can check out, which will save you a lot of cash.

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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