Legal Anime Streaming Sites

Amazon

Availability: Global
Version: Sub and dub
Amazon has a surprisingly large collection of videos available to stream and even download legal copies of! Best of all, many titles are included in an Amazon Prime subscription, which offers free two-day shipping on eligible purchases.

Ani.me

Choose from your favorite anime shows and watch one online on Ani.me. Memorize Ani.me as the easiest and most memorable way to watch anime online. Subscribe and be part of supporting Japanese anime companies!  Only a few dubs.  Mostly subs.

Animax TV

Availability: UK and Ireland
Version: Sub and dub
Viewers can access free simulcasts of a quite a few major works every season, and older works can be accessed for £3.99 a month.

Aniplex USA

Availability: Global
Version: Sub and Dub
This site is not a streaming site. Rather, it provides links to help you locate legal streams for Aniplex USA anime subbed/dubbed!

Anime Digital Network

The ways you can watch anime: Online, Tablets, Phones.

Where you can watch anime: France.

AnimeLab

Availability: Australia and New Zealand
Version: Sub and dub
AnimeLab gets most of their works through Funimation, and you can also view their works through their Android and Apple apps. AnimeLab is free, and streams in HD as well!

Anime on Demand

The ways you can watch anime: Online.

Where you can watch anime: Germany, Switzerland, Austria.

Anime-Planet

The ways you can watch anime: Online, tablet.

Where you can watch anime: It depends on the service (CR, Hulu, Viki, YouTube).
Choose from over 40,000 legal streaming anime videos from your favorite video websites. Update your anime list automatically when you watch episodes on Anime-Planet.  This is a guide to other legal streaming services.  Some require a subscription.

Anime Serien

Availability: Global
Version: Sub and Dub
This site is not a streaming site. Rather, it helps you locate legal streams for anime subbed/dubbed in various European languages!

Crackle

The ways you can watch anime: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nook, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Sprint TV, T-Mobile TV, Smart TVs, Google Chrome, Roku, Boxee, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One.

Where you can watch anime: US.

Crackle is free but it has a limited supply of anime.  It is also owned by Sony

Crunchyroll

Availability: Almost all countries outside of Asia
Version: Sub, some dub
Crunchyroll is rather unique for having started out hosting fansubbed content, but now delivers legally obtained anime, TV shows, music, and even manga for fans of Asian pop culture worldwide. In fact, it currently boasts one of the largest libraries of English-subtitled anime available to stream legally. Viewers can watch for free, but they can also pay for 1080p, earlier access to episodes, no ads, as well as real-life benefits such as special access to convention events. While all of their shows are subbed, only a select few can be viewed with dubs.

 

Funimation

Availability: US and Canada
Version: Sub and dub
Anime Licensing powerhouse Funimation first started streaming online in 2009. Today, they stream their licensed shows both on their website and on Hulu. You can even access Funimation via PS3/PS4! Anime fans will all agree not all dubs are of the highest quality, but Funimation has released some thoroughly enjoyable english dubbed localizations, which are all viewable online. Non North-American residents: have no fear, because Funimation plans to extend their services to the UK. In addition, they also sublicense their works to other streaming services, such as…

Hanabee

Availability: Australia and New Zealand
Version: Sub and dub
Hanabee is another service exclusive to those in Oz/NZ! Hanabee has steadily increased their selection since launch, and now boasts a strong selection of recent popular titles. Best of all, they also host RWBY, for the Rooster Teeth fans out there!

HIDIVE

Legal anime streaming service HIDIVE  is primarily hosting content from Section23 Films, though
Section23 Films.  HIDIVE currently offers an ad-supported free membership, but English dubs, exclusive titles, uncensored content, subtitle style options, and HD video are only available for subscribers. Membership will cost US$3.99 per month for a limited time as an introductory price, and a seven-day free trial is available.

Hulu

Availability: US
Version: Sub and dub
Hulu is another service which hosts a wide range of anime, as well as original shows and movies like Netflix does. Several licensors host their works on Hulu, which is a plus. Although their ads are a bit of a pain, Hulu hosts a bunch of simulcast series.

go90

go90 is part of Verizon’s digital media network of video content and platforms, and can be accessed via an app on iOS and Android, or at its official websitego90 doesn’t require fees to stream its content.  The service can be somewhat difficult to navigate.  I had to use the search function to find anime.

iflix

The ways you can watch anime: Online, on iOS

Where you can watch anime: Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Maldives.

Manga Entertainment

Availability: UK and USM
Version: Sub and dub
Somewhat ironically, a bunch of old-school/classic anime are available to stream for free on a website called manga.com.

MyAnimeList?

Availability: Global (dependent on title)
Version: Sub and dub
That’s right! You can also watch anime on MAL now. Technically, MAL uses Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Daisuki’s services in order to bring you anime, but hey, it’s nice that you can watch straight from the anime database pages!

Netflix

Availability: Everywhere excluding China, Crimea, North Korea, and Syria
Version: Sub
A worldwide favorite, Netflix already dominates a large chunk of the general legal streaming market, and recently made plays to get a part in the anime market as well. Although Netflix is a paid service, the $7.99-11.99 per month enables you and your family and friends to watch great anime, live action shows, and movies! The subtitle availability varies depending on region.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV is an Internet-based TV platform operated by Pluto Inc. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Los Angeles, California. According to Techhive this is the best cord-cutting application. Pluto TV runs as an app on AppleTV, Android TV, and Roku.  It’s All Day Anime features subtitled but reasonable quality anime free.

Viewster

Availability: UK, EU, and US
Version: Sub
Viewster has a selection of anime among other cartoons, Asian dramas, comedy/pop-culture TV series, and old movies. No registration is required!

Viki

Availability: Global (Anime is currently only available in the UK)
Version: Sub
Viki has a super interesting concept in that it works off crowdsourced subtitles. Users can watch a show and subtitle it in their own language as they watch, which makes for fast, if not always high-quality subs. Subtitles for various TV shows and movies exist for around 200 different languages. Unfortunately, Viki only has UK licenses for a few anime, so unless you live there, you’re out of luck. On the bright side, Viki is a great place to check out Asian variety programming and dramas!

Viz Media

Availability: Everywhere
Version: Subs and dubs
Watch new series, classic favorites and everything in between. Stream free or create your own collection!

VRV

Availability:  VRV is only available in the United States for now.
Description: Brought to You by the People Behind Crunchyroll. VRV is a new video experience bringing the best of anime, animation, gaming, comedy, fantasy, and technology to U.S. fans in one unified environment.
Available Channels: 

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation
  • Rooster Teeth
  • Cartoon Hangover
  • Geek & Sundry
  • Nerdist
  • MONDO
  • Tested

Wakanim

Availability: UK, France, and other French speaking countries and territories
Version: Sub and some dub
Wakanim is primarily a French streaming site, but they are also available in the UK! Several major shows such as Tokyo Ghoul are available.

Yahoo View

Availability: Everywhere
Version: Subs and dubs
Yahoo View is the extension of Yahoo’s long-standing distribution partnership with Hulu and will offer thousands of TV, anime, Korean drama and movies including full episodes, films, and clips for free.

Youtube

Availability: Global
Version: Sub and Dub
Youtube is heavily region-controlled, and many series are not available for free. All of the works hosted legally on Youtube are provided by independent licensors, many of which have their own streaming websites.