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Where to Watch Anime on Streaming Services

Sarah Osman-Mikesell - Writer for
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The world of anime is vast and ever-expanding. And with so many streaming services available, it can be tricky to find the best one for you.

We know you want access to the best anime from Full Metal Alchemist to Death Note. And you likely want to avoid dealing with issues like regional availability, less-than-ideal user interfaces, and poor video quality.

So, we've compiled a list of our five best streaming services that tick all your anime boxes.

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Our 5 Best Anime Streaming Services at a Glance

1. Hulu + Live TV

Starting price - From $76.99/month

Free trial - None

With Hulu + Live TV, you get access to the entire Hulu streaming library to watch 300+ anime titles like Attack on Titan, One Piece, Bleach, and Tokyo Ghoul. It includes both simulcasts (new episodes airing at the same time as the Japanese broadcast) and older titles.

The best part is Hulu's partnerships with Funimation and Crunchyroll, which also lets you watch titles from their catalogs. Hulu + Live TV also organizes its anime offerings, making finding what you're looking for and discovering new titles easier.

Why we chose Hulu for streaming anime:

  • Wide variety of anime
  • Reliable simulcasts
  • Premium add-ons and bundles

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2. Prime Video

Starting price - $8.99/month

Free trial - 30 days

Prime Video—the second most popular video-on-demand service worldwide—is a subscription streaming service included with an Amazon Prime membership and offers a wide variety of TV shows and movies.

It has a sizable selection of anime, including popular titles like Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Naruto. It also has several exclusive anime titles, such as Vinland Sage, Banana Fish, and Dororo.

Though Prime Video doesn’t have as much variety as Hulu, it does have some harder-to-find titles and a few classics like InuYasha.

Why we chose Amazon Prime Video for streaming anime:

  • Original and exclusive anime titles
  • Crunchyroll add-on available for $7.99
  • Long trial window

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3. Philo

Starting price - $25/month

Free trial - Seven days

Philo is a solid option for cord-cutters who want to watch anime live or access various channels in one place. As a TV streaming service, Philo offers many anime networks, such as Animax Asia and Hidive. This allows you to enjoy titles like Land of the Lustrous and Kokoro Connect.

Philo also has RetroCrush in its channel lineup—perfect for those looking for a collection of vintage anime like Yu-Gi-Oh and Astro Boy.

Why we chose Philo for streaming anime:

  • Wide variety of anime channels
  • Classic anime titles
  • Unlimited DVR recordings

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4. Disney+

Starting price - From $7.99/month

Free trial - None

While US viewers have limited access to anime on Disney+, it offers a variety of shows internationally. These include well-known titles like Summertime Rendering and Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War and original series such as Star Wars: Visions.

Disney+ is also committed to expanding its presence in the anime industry with partnerships that bring titles like Heavenly Delusion from Kodansha to its subscribers. They also partner with Japanese anime studios for their original anime.

While the current anime selection on Disney+ might not yet be a significant draw on its own, it’s certainly an attractive extra for subscribers.

Why we chose Disney+ for streaming anime:

  • Original Star Wars and Marvel anime
  • Simulcasts
  • Offline downloads

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5. Peacock

Starting price - From $4.99/month

Free trial - Free plan available (with ads)

Peacock doesn't have the largest selection of anime titles, but it's a great place for beginners to start. It's easy to use and offers popular shows like Hunter x Hunter, Death Note, and K-ON! that can give new anime watchers a taste of what anime is all about without being too overwhelming.

Still, those more well-versed in anime will enjoy Peacock's selection of anime from Hidive, like Food Wars and Parasyte: The Maxim. They've also teamed up with RetroCrush, giving subscribers access to classic shows like Arcadia of My Youth and Cromartie High School.

The best part is that Peacock has a free plan. So, if you're curious about anime but don't want to spend money right away, Peacock is a good place to start.

Why we chose Peacock for streaming anime:

  • Mix of retro and new titles
  • Free plan with 40,000+ hours of content
  • User-friendly interface

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Discover Your New Favorite Anime Streaming Service

Whether you're a seasoned anime aficionado or only just entering this captivating world, there's something for everyone with these anime streaming services.

So, grab your favorite snacks, settle into your comfy spot, and prepare to be captivated by the boundless world of anime.

Mata ne! (Until next time!)

Sarah Osman-Mikesell - Writer for
Sarah Osman-Mikesell has written about film and pop culture for over a decade. She holds a BA in creative writing and is pursuing her master’s degree in the same field. Aside from her work at, Sarah’s writing has been featured in SheKnows, The Huffington Post, Success Magazine, and more.