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4 Ways to Watch Anime for Free and Legally!

Anime is considered by many to be an expensive hobby and legal alternatives are overpriced - our 4 ways to watch numerous popular anime for free and legally show that it doesn't always have to be this way!

In addition to the criticism of German dubbing, the main argument that anime advocates often suspect German publishers is probably their pricing. Some fans find the DVDs and Blu-rays easy way too expensive and therefore prefer to fall back on illegal offers to experience the latest series and films for yourself.

But it doesn't have to be, because in addition to numerous inexpensive streaming offers, there are some providers who make their entire program or parts of it available completely free of charge - we present four ways to keep your vest white while watching anime!


If you move within the anime scene, it won't be long before you hear the name of the orange anime service for the first time. No wonder, because the service offers over 500 titles completely free of charge in Japanese with German subtitles - and has been for some time even in HD.

Should you opt for a premium subscription that includes 4.99 € per month is available, you also have access to German synchros that are available for individual titles, as well as the uncensored version of some ecchi anime. In addition, you no longer have to deal with advertising and the latest simulcast titles are available to you a week earlier than free users.

Accessibility is also not a problem - as far as apps are concerned, Crunchyroll believes there are possibilitiesWii U, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS, Android, Windows Phone or PC ready.

When visiting Crunchyroll, most fans should find something in their category, after all, the provider offers a wide range of anime such as Black Clover, The Rising of the Shield Hero, Boruto, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Bungo Stray Dogs, Mob Psycho 100, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Food Wars! or Trinity Seven at.


The French streaming provider Wakanim also made its way into Germany some time ago and offers users without a premium subscription part of its range completely free of charge.

In order to watch the corresponding titles, you only have to endure a little advertising and also forego HD quality - instead, the series are only available in up to 540p. If you prefer to watch your anime in high definition, want to forego advertising and use the apps for PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android and the Amazon FireTV stick, you get it a Wakanim subscription for € 5 per month. Here, too, you have the opportunity to watch the latest episodes of current simulcasts a week before the free users.

The free offer at Wakanim extends to series such asFate / Zero, Sword Art Online - Alicization, The Promised Neverland, Blend-S, Boogiepop and Others, Cells at Work, Charlotte, Free !, Today’s Menu for Emiya Family or Yunas Geisterhaus.

TV Now

Until the beginning of the year, the provider Watchbox offered one wide selection of anime and real series at no cost on, now the site has been integrated into the general streaming service TV Now by the RTL Media Group.

Fortunately, not that much has changed and you can still view the anime catalog freely and at no cost in SD quality - for the price a handful of commercials before and during the episode.

Those who prefer their anime in razor-sharp HD, want to reduce the number of commercials to one and have access to exclusive content, can for € 4.99 per month take out a TV Now subscription. This also gives you access to the apps for iOS, Android and the Amazon Fire TV stick.

With or without a subscription, you definitely have access to a wide range of anime such as Clannad, The Irregular at Magic High School, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Chaos Dragon, Rage of Bahamut, God Eater, Naruto, Prison School, No Game No Life, Samurai Girls or Yosuga no Sora.

Network cinema

The Netzkino site has been offering a range of films and series completely free of charge for some time, including numerous anime. Here, too, you can expect a range of commercial breaks and SD quality in the free version, for 4.99 € per month you can upgrade to NetzkinoPlus and, in addition to the benefits mentioned, also receive some exclusive content.

If your network cinema want to experience on the go, apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and the Amazon FireTV stick are available.

In the Netzkino program, for example, you can findSengoku Basara, Saber Rider und die Starsherrifs, Super Sonico - the Animation, Sankarea, Danganronpa, To Love-Ru, Fate / stay night - Unlimited Blade Works (2010) or Kite - Angel of Revenge in front.

More ways to watch anime for free

In addition to the providers mentioned, who offer you complete films or series for free, there are other sites that provide you with some anime titles, some of them free of charge:

  • With Anime on Demand, the first episode of most series is completely free, with titles with German dubbing you can of course try it out. To continue watching, however, you need a premium subscription, which you can call your own for € 9.95 per month.
  • The English streaming service HiDive also has a few free episodes, for example you can watch the first three episodes of the anime musical Revue Starlight for free. If you are in the mood for more, you can purchase a premium subscription for € 4.44, but note that the titles at HiDive are only offered with English subs.
  • The TV broadcaster ProSiebenMaxx not only broadcasts various series every Friday as part of Anime Night, but also makes them available on its website free of charge for one week. For a bit of advertising, you can easily catch up on the episodes there in SD quality!

Now it's your turn!

Are you basically more dub friends or sub-purists? Which series do you think absolutely needs to be made available for free?

Let us know in the comments!