5 FREE and 5 Best Legal Anime Streaming Sites

Anime in the world is getting more popular day by day. It is gaining more and more fans in American and European countries. But most of the series are only available online and are not streamed through satellite TVs.

To watch the hottest anime collection on the block, you need some of the best anime streaming services.  After days of research on animes available online, I have shortlisted some of the best anime websites that I could find. These are the go-to website for western anime fans as they offer a great watching experience. Enjoy!!!

Here Are 5 Best Free Anime Websites

So, you might wonder is it legal? Are Free Anime Website Legal? They are not entirely a legal website, but nor are they illegal websites. Better specified as a “ Grey Websites “. Basically what free websites are doing is hosting a video on google and openload, meaning its not hosting any kind of illegal content. However, its breaking rules of both Google, Openload and hence it is considered a Grey Website.  

So, here are some of the free anime websites, we’ve gathered for you.

5.  Gogoanime.in

Region :  Global
Version :
Subs And Dubs
Website :
Gogoanime.in

Pro’s

  • Has Both Subs And Dubs
  • Uncensored Streaming
  • Not Region Specific
  • Big Catlog Of Animes
  • Uncensored Streaming
  • Autoplay

Con’s

  • Ad’s
  • Pop Ups
  • Above 720p resolution not available
  • Bad server response

Overview

Gogoanime.in usually gives fast updates and has a large number of anime database. However you would like to use a research tool before streaming content since it doesn’t show the age ratings and more such information. It’s also better to use a adblocker since who knows what kind of ads, third party sites can lead up to? Sometimes the website also needs a refresh or two as the servers dies down sometimes. Good video player has basic options like volume, pause, rewind, servers, download, quality, speed up and fullscreen. Has quality availability till 720p. Dubs and Subs are both available. Overall a good website.

4.  Kissanime

Region : Global
Version :  
Subs And Dubs
Website :
Kissanime.ru

Pro’s

  • A Big Library Of Animes
  • Has Both Subs And Dubs
  • Uncensored Streaming
  • Not Region Specific
  • Preloads Anime ( Browser Specific )
  • HD Animes Available

Con’s

  • Captchas
  • Ad’s
  • Pop Ups
  • Mobile Version Has Bad Interface
  • Adblock Blockers
  • Doesn’t work with mini browsers
  • Mutes Intros And Outros
  • Has Watermark

Overview

Kissanime has been the ideal go to website for many anime fans around the world. If this article was written 3 years back, no one could have been surprised to see it in the top!

Especially for those who don’t have access to paid websites and region-specific websites. The library of anime present here dwarfs any other paid websites as it has both subs and dubs, full seasons and series, and also movies and OVAs. Seems unreal right?

Although like all free anime streaming websites, Kissanime comes with some strings attached. For an Instance : It has a LOT of ads, it even redirects you to suspicious websites, it is also full of captchas the every other episode you watch and has a in-site AdBlock blocker which can even get you banned from accesing kissanime website. This is the impeding reason of kissanime’s fall from the number 1 spot.

3.  9anime

Region : Global
Version :  
Subs And Dubs  

Website : 9anime.to

Pro’s

  • Great Catlog Of Animes
  • Has Both Subs And Dubs
  • Not Region Specific
  • Preloads Animes ( Browser Specific )
  • Good Website Interface
  • Has Autoplay
  • HD Animes Available
  • Uncensored Streaming

Con’s

  • Cuts Off Intros And Outros
  • Pop Ups
  • Ads
  • Bad Video Player

Overview

9anime.to is an excellent website, if it wasn’t for those ads and irritating pop ups. 9Anime has a great library of animes, almost all animes. The interface is quite good and streaming is uncensored. It even preloads a video for continuous, uninterrupted streaming experience. Streaming till 1080p is available. While auto play feature is loved by some but for some its just a pain in the ass. Poor things about 9anime would be that it cuts of intros and outros of its anime ann has a very bad video player.  All dubs and subs are available too! However, it does have some rather inappropriate links surrounding it, which is a bit annoying.

2.  Kickassanime

Region : Global
Version :
Subs And Dubs  
Website :
Kickassanime.io

Pro’s

  • Uncensored Streaming
  • HD Animes Available
  • Great Catlog Of Animes
  • Has Both Subs And Dubs
  • Not Region Specific

Cons

Overview

Kickassanime.io is great website allover. While not much is known about this website, it does serve your purpose of viewing kickass animes! LOL!!! Some of the popular trending animes on this website are:

1.  Masterani.me

Region : Global
Version :  Subs Only
Website :

Pro’s

  • Fastest upload time
  • Best user interface
  • No watermark
  • Good Catalogue
  • Not Region Specific
  • HD Animes Available
  • Uncensored Streaming
  • Good Video Player
  • No Watermark

Con’s

  • Pop Ups
  • Ads


Overview

Also know for being as a better alternative of kissanime. Masterani.me is by far the best free streaming site you’d get for free. It has all the qualities of being in the top.  With just a few cons to withstand, this website gives you everything. And so does this website has the fastest upload time and by far the best website interface. The UI even puts legal, paid websites to shame. The video players are great and the website is stationary at dark mode. Animes are available to 1080p from 360p. Witch other resolutions being as 420p and 720p. So even if you have 3G, no worries. This is still your go- to website. All animes streamed are uncensored and has no watermarks in the video. Also it has a great catalog of animes available

Masterani.me is by far the best free anime website available.  

EDIT 3/1/19 : MASTERANIME.ME IS NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE. THE POST WOULD BE UPDATED SOON

Here Are 5 Paid Anime Websites Listed For Your Reference

If you’ve ever been a fan of anime, you’ve probably spent more time than you’d like searching online for a site to stream from.

5. YouTube

Region : Everywhere except China And North Korea
Version : Subs and Dubs
Website :

Pro’s

  • Free
  • Good Amount Of Animes
  • Good Website Interface
  • Great Video Player
  • Subs In Different language Available too

Con’s

  • Full Seasons, Episodes and Series Not Guaranteed
  • Streaming Not Generally Available In Fullscreen
  • Offline Streaming Is Sometimes Available
  • Censored Streaming

Overview

Believe me or not! YouTube has a really big yet sick collection of animes. Sometimes it even has both dubbed and subbed versions of animes in various languages such as Indonesian, Russian, Hindi and many other languages. Due to copyrights issue you may not get all the episodes, some of them may have some scenes missing and even if you get then almost all have of them will have some kind of overlay filters. Some episodes are a little bit shrinked to the boundary with the border, which gives you feel like a reaction video. But for watching in youtube is free and fair, there are some trouble you;d have to run into. Right?

4. FUNimation

Region : US
Version :  Dubs
Website :

Pro’s

Con’s

  • Transitioning to a dub-focus
  • Limited new releases
  • Expensive for the amount of animes

Overview

The funimation streaming service has an impressive collection of anime series and feature-length films, including many hard-to-find titles, and it offers fast-turnaround English language dubs. Hundreds of shows and movies for streaming. Simulcast, super-fast dubbing. Excellent search function. Large catalog of classic shows. Multi-platform streaming apps. Ad-free option. Free limited viewing. Although has a poor Translation to dub focus and less anime release each year. Since Crunchyroll partnered with Funimation they have been posting the subtitled version of a lot of Funimation’s catalogue on Crunchyroll, so if you prefer subtitles over the English dub you should use Crunchyroll instead. The app also works well.

Overall the website is decent, but it does needs a lot of improvement

Pricing

$5.99 For One Month Membership.

In addition to fresh dubbed versions of popular anime shows, premium subscription to Funimation Now strips the ads out the videos and allows you to stream from two devices simultaneously while the free version has ads and you can only stream in one device. While viewers with premium membership has access to all the funimation library, the free users are limited to only a couple of animes.  Although both the free and the premium versions have HD available. Also ad blockers don’t work in funimation.

A great website for those who watch dubbed animes.

3.  Hulu

Region :  US

Version :  Subs And Dubs

Website :

Pro’s

  • Good Library Of Anime Content
  • Has Full Seasons And Series
  • Good Website Interface  
  • Commercial Free Website
  • Offers 720p Videos

Con’s

  • Ad’s
  • No Hd And UltraHD Available

Overview

As the competition between video streaming services gets spicer and spicer, Hulu is keeping pace with some new original series, a strong catalog of classic shows, an awesome selection of animes and movies, and a robust live TV option. It’s far from perfect, with HD and 4K selections lagging behind on-demand competitors and occasionally frustrating ads even in the mostly ad-free subscription tier. Still, Hulu is an Editors’ Choice and the best single catchall service for cord-cutters, covering several bases at once. Individually, Netflix remains our top pick for video streaming services, Sling TV is the best value for live TV, and Crunchyroll wins for anime-specific streaming.

Pricing

Both Hulu Plus and Hulu’s free version are long gone. Now, at a minimum, you need to fork over $7.99 per month, though this still includes limited advertisements. We reviewed the service with the base Hulu with Live TV plan, the $39.99 package that includes both live television and the on-demand library with limited ads. You can also shell out $11.99 per month to (mostly) avoid advertising for the on-demand library on its own, or $43.99 for both live TV and mostly ad-free VOD (the live channels, of course, have commercials). Hulu also offers HBO ($14.99), Showtime ($8.99), and Cinemax ($9.99) add-ons, which let you watch shows and movies from those networks along with their live feeds

2.  Netflix

Region : Everywhere excluding China, North Korea, Crimea and Syria

Version : Subs Only

Website :

Pro’s

  • Ad- Free
  • Good Amount Of Animes
  • Good Website Interface
  • Supports All Platforms

Con’s

  • Region Specific Streaming
  • Not Worth The Money
  • No Dubs Available
  • Binge Watch Style

Overview

Netflix is basically for streaming a service that allows the audience to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more on thousands of internet-connected devices. It’s not until now that netflix has started streaming dozens of anime related shows.Netflix definitely cannot be compared to Crunchyroll yet, but definitely it just need to make a place upon itself where anime fans don’t mind spending on. Netflix even has a lot of tie ups with a number of anime studios and I, as a person won’t be surprised if they invest more into this niche. The subtitle availability varies depending on region. Afterall as the netflix Director said “ Anime is what to Japan that Hollywood is to US ”.

Pricing

Basic Tier : $7.99

Standard Tier : $10.99

Premium Tier : $13.99

The Basic tier where you could watch one screen at a time.

The Standard Tier where you could watch two screens at a time.

And The Premium Tier where you could watch shows at UltraHD and allows users to watch on up to four screens.

I Personally would suggest you the basic tier if Anime is what you look upto in Netflix and you aren’t interested in other shows like documentaries, sitcoms, movies. Cause netflix doesn’t feature a lot of animes unlike Crunchyroll ( 50+ animes ).

1.  Crunchyroll

Region : All Countries Outside Asia

Version : Subs, Some Dubs

Website :

Pro’s

  • Affordable
  • Great Amount Of Animes
  • Ad- Free ( When subscribed )
  • Cross – Platform Support
  • Storefront
  • Mangas Available
  • Special Events

Con’s

  • No Recommended Engine
  • Bad Website Interface
  • Region Specific Streaming

Overview

Crunchyroll has a wide specs of features. It has manga, anime and drama sections and so does it has a store which sells Blu-Ray DVDs and figurines, among other japanese animation related goods. Crunchyroll’s success is mostly depended upon their huge library of content. Video experience throughout crunchyroll is superb with having a video software quite simple but elegant having volume option, subtitles, quality selection, full screen, scrubbing and auto-play. If you are still not convinced yet, then you could try their 14 day free premium trial too!

Pricing

1 Month Premium Membership =  $6.95

And 1 Month Premium+ Membership = $11.25

While Crunchyroll is also available for free users but with some strings attached. It is subjected to a lot of ads ( Both in the mangas and the animes), restricts the user to limited mangas,animes and dramas, also limits the resolution into 480p and has a standard customer support.

The Premium membership has access to ALL Animes, Dramas and Mangas. It even has the Simulpub feature –  where you could even read the latest mangas as soon as they release in Japan. No ads. High quality streaming is available and can stream in about all devices.  

The Premium+ features more added features than its former such as it avails Discounts in the Crunchyroll Store + Free Shipping on All Eligible Products (US only). Entry into exclusive events, etc.

You can purchase a membership through PayPal or Credit Card, and can cancel anytime you want.

Also Read : Is Crunchyroll Worth It? For More Insights Of The Website.

Did I miss your favorite anime streaming service? Is there a new one I don’t know about? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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