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The Best Anime Streaming Service Of 2020

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 streaming service is right for you.


When you want to watch a new (or old) anime show or anime movies nowadays, you have several different options, but the ideal method is to watch it on an official, licensed anime streaming site--it's a lot cheaper than buying every series unless you're interested in building up an anime collection. Some of the sites even offer free anime streaming. 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, while the other half of the list (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu) happen to have fairly fleshed-out anime libraries to complement their other offerings, and they're the ideal places for watching the best anime of the summer. While it's hard to pinpoint exactly which one is the best anime streaming service, our guide will help you pick what's right for you.

In an ideal world, you'd just subscribe to every streaming site--but that's not exactly realistic, and most of us will have to pick an anime website or to subscribe to. Regardless of your reasoning, we imagine you're here because you only want to subscribe to one or two anime streaming services. So we've broken down the details for each of the six outlets striving to be the anime channel for streaming, including their respective prices and notable exclusives, to help you find the best subscription for your anime streaming habits.

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.

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