What Are the Best Anime Streaming Services in the U.S.?

Anime has been growing exponentially popular over the years, especially thanks to streaming services having a stake in the industry outside of Japan.

Thanks to a number of VOD platforms, anime fans now have almost unlimited access to simulcasts, original content, and subbed and dubbed editions of shows and films.

But, with so much to choose from, how can anime fans know which are the best options?

By comparing the price, the number of titles, speed of availability, and whether simulcasts, subbed, and dubbed content are available, Newsweek has everything you need to know.

What does Netflix have to offer?

Price: $9 per month for up to 480p, $14 per month for up to 1080p, $18 per month for up to 4K Ultra HD

Number of titles: Over 155 titles that include a mix of TV shows and films.

Original content: Yes, Netflix has 67 original shows so far, including Aggretsuko, Yasuke, and Violet Evergarden.

Simulcasts: No.

Subbed or Dubbed: Both.

Speed of availability: While Netflix doesn't have simulcasts, they update their anime catalog every month for fans.

Netflix is by far the best streaming service in terms of original content, as they have released over 60 of their own anime series and movies so far.

Not only does Netflix have their own original and exclusive series, like Aggretsuko, Castlevania, and Beastars, they also have several classic anime series and movies on offer for $9 per month.

Fans looking to take a trip down memory lane in the anime world need look no further than Netflix, thanks to shows like Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin and Fullmetal Alchemist being available. In the UK, Netflix also have the rights to Cowboy Bebop.

The streaming service has also begun venturing into live-action adaptations of anime, so far releasing films like the American Death Note movie, and Japan's Fullmetal Alchemist, while TV adaptations of Cowboy Bebop and One Piece are currently in production.

What does Crunchyroll have to offer?

Price: Free with adverts, $8 per month for ad-free, $10 per month for ad-free and offline downloads, $15 per month for ad-free, offline downloads, and an annual gift.

Number of titles: Over 1,200 titles of predominantly anime TV shows, though it also has a small selection of J-dramas available.

Original content: Yes, Crunchyroll has recently begun its own originals catalog and so far has 13 titles.

Simulcasts: Yes.

Subbed or Dubbed: Both, though subbed is the main option for simulcasts.

Speed of availability: Crunchyroll's simulcast roster is updated daily, depending on the release schedule of episodes in Japan.

In terms of speed, Crunchyroll is excellent for avid anime fans as it offers a number of simulcasts to viewers per season.

This means that subscribers get access to a new episode of a series the day after it airs in Japan, complete with English subtitles.

Crunchyroll currently has over 1,200 titles for fans to choose from, and the streaming service has a number of shows of offer for fans in a variety of genres, like Boruto: Next Generations or the Fruits Basket remake.

Aggretsuko on Netflix
Aggretsuko is one of Netflix's original titles Netflix

What does Funimation have to offer?

Price: Free with adverts, $8 per month for ad-free and offline downloads, $100 per year for ad-free, offline downloads, and an annual gift.

Number of titles: 800 titles.

Original content: No.

Simulcasts: Yes.

Subbed or Dubbed: Both, with "Simuldub" available as part of a subscription.

Speed of availability: Funimation's simulcast roster is updated daily, with its "Simuldub" option available within two weeks of an episode's original broadcast in Japan.

Funimation previously had a partnership with Crunchyroll from 2016, which was then dissolved in 2018 after Sony's acquisition of the former and AT&T's acquisition of the latter's parent company Otter Media.

The streaming service is also an excellent choice for anime fans as it has 800 titles available, including a number of classics like Cowboy Bebop.

The VOD platform may not offer original content for viewers, but it makes up for it by having a regular roster of both subbed (Japanese with English subtitles) and dubbed (English language) anime.

As well as having simulcasts of current shows in Japan, viewers can also access the "Simuldub" section as part of a subscription, a unique service that gives them access to new dubbed episodes within weeks of their release in Japan.

What does Amazon Prime Video have to offer?

Price: $9 per month for Prime Video, $13 per month or $119 per year for Prime Video and Amazon Prime.

Number of titles: Over 65 titles, with more available to rent for a fee.

Original content: No.

Simulcasts: No.

Subbed or Dubbed: Both, though most anime on Prime Video is subbed.

Speed of availability: Prime Video does not have a set release schedule in place for anime.

As far as anime goes, Amazon Prime Video does not have as much to offer as other streaming platforms.

While there are over 65 titles on offer on Prime Video at the moment, they do have a number of popular series like Psycho-Pass and the original Death Note.

Prime Video also has a few original titles like Blade Of The Immortal and Goro Miyazaki's Ronja, the Robber's Daughter.

As well as having series available to Prime Video members, the streaming platform has also made shows and films available to rent upon demand.

A Whisker Away on Netflix
A Whisker Away is one of Netflix's original films Netflix

What does Hulu have to offer?

Price: $5.99 per month with ads or $11.99 per month for ad-free content.

Number of titles: Over 200 titles of both TV shows and movies.

Original content: No.

Simulcasts: Yes.

Subbed or Dubbed: Both.

Speed of availability: Simulcast episodes of anime are available shortly after it is broadcast in Japan.

Hulu has over 200 titles available to anime fans, including classics like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, and shows that are simulcast every season.

While it does not have original content like Netflix or Crunchyroll, Hulu does give viewers the chance to host watch parties with their friends.

It has also provided a number of different subsections on its website, like anime classics and simulcasts, to make it easier for fans to find their favorite shows.

What does HiDive have to offer?

Price: $5 per month or $48 per year.

Number of titles: Over 270 titles.

Original content: No, but it does have a number of exclusive titles.

Simulcasts: Yes.

Subbed or Dubbed: Both.

Speed of availability: Simulcast episodes of anime are updated every day depending on the broadcast schedule in Japan.

HiDive has a number of titles after Anime Network Online's content was moved over to the platform when the latter was discontinued in 2017.

As the exclusive home to titles from Sentai and Section43, HiDive has a number of exciting exclusive titles like Akame Ga Kill.

Unlike other anime-focused streaming services, HiDive only has paid-for options available for its content.

What does VRV have to offer?

Price: Free with adverts, $10 per month for ad-free, offline downloads, exclusive shows, and first access to new episodes.

Number of titles: Over 1,000, as VRV combines the catalogs of a number of different streaming platforms.

Original content: No.

Simulcasts: Yes.

Subbed or Dubbed: Both.

Speed of availability: Simulcast episodes are updated daily depending on when a show is broadcast in Japan.

VRV is a combination of streaming services, providing access to the full catalogs of Crunchyroll and HiDive for subscribers.

It also includes the catalogs of channels like Rooster Teeth, Cartoon Hangover and Mondo, for a broader spectrum of anime and cartoon titles.

What does Retrocrush have to offer?

Price: Free with adverts, $4.99 per month for ad-free content or $49.99 per year.

Number of titles: 240 titles of both TV shows and movies.

Original content: No.

Simulcasts: No.

Subbed or Dubbed: Both.

Speed of availability: New titles are added every week.

Retrocrush is the home of classic anime in the U.S., with 240 movies and TV shows available to choose from.

The streaming service's website provides easy navigation, with anime divided into subsections by genre or collections.

There is also a dedicated section for new titles, so that subscribers can see the latest anime the VOD platform has to offer.

Update 7/29/21, 3:40 a.m. ET: This article was updated with more information about Funimation.