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11 Best Anime Apps in 2021 | Free and Paid Services

Best Anime Apps
Best Anime Apps

Anime has only grown, and movies like Your Name, have made millions of dollars. Today, so many services offer to watch anime, but, of course, you only need one. So, here is the blog post covering 11 of those best anime apps in 2021.

Disclaimer: Some links on the page are affiliate, but the content is fully researched and tested.

Table of Contents

Free

Tubi TV

Anime on Tubi TV
Anime on Tubi TV

Total titles:
US: 180 to 220
Canada: 160 to 180
Australia: 15 to 25

Pros: Completely free | fast video player | dubbed and subbed content | multi-platform
Cons: Limited locations | limited series

The completely free service called Tubi TV is accessible in the US, Canada, Australia, and Mexico. Although you won’t find many animes in Australia, but in the US and Canada, over 180 titles can be watched free of charge.

You can create a free account to sync your history if you watch on multiple platforms. The service shows ads in-between, but the ads are not annoying, and you don’t see them very often.

You can watch Tubi TV by using a VPN tool outside of the supported regions. I have tested ProtonVPN, but any good VPN would be able to unblock the service.

Freemium

AnimeLab

Anime on AnimeLab
Anime on AnimeLab

Total titles: 800 to 850

Pros: Vast number of titles | fast video player | dubbed and subbed content | multi-platform
Cons: Very limited locations

The next best anime app is AnimeLab. Unfortunately, AnimeLab is only available in Australia and New Zealand, but if you can use a VPN tool, the service offers a full HD and simulcast experience. On the basic (free) plan, the simulcast is delayed for one week.

The service is the home of great shows, including Fire Force, Talentless Nana, Attack on Titan, and My Hero Academia.

AnimeLab comes with two plans, basic and premium. You get ad-free and real-time simulcasts in the premium plan, while you can download videos to watch offline. The premium plan starts from $7.95 per month.

According to a subreddit, NordVPN works fine with AnimeLab outside of Australia and New Zealand.

Funimation

Attack on Titan on Funimation
Attack on Titan on Funimation

Total titles: 400 to 450

Pros: Average number of titles | fast video player | dubbed and subbed | multi-platform
Cons: Limited locations

Although both Funimation and AnimeLab are one company now, still you find twice as many titles on AnimeLab. Anyway, 26 years old platform is in Sony’s hand, owning about 95% of the service.

As of March 2021, Funimation is available in

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Brazil
  • Maxico

It has the license for some of the popular series, including Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia and Fairy Tail.

Funimation is available on desktop, mobile and smart TVs. You can watch the ad-supported videos for free, while it comes in three different plans starting from $6 per month.

For people outside of the supported areas, try NordVPN with the UK or the US server to unblock the site and watch the free content.

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Crunchyroll

My Hero Academia on Crunchyroll
My Hero Academia on Crunchyroll

Total titles: Over a 1000

Pros: Huge library | fast video player | dubbed and subbed | multi-platform
Cons: Limited locations | some content is geo-restricted

Crunchyroll may be the place for thousands of anime shows, but the full library is only available in the US. The service is available in over 170 nations, but to see it’s full potential, one must use a VPN with a US server.

You can find shows, including Perfect Insider, Ore Monogatari, My Hero Academia and more. The platform focuses on the subtitles a lot, so you might have to read the subtitles as you go, but the fact that you don’t need an account to watch for free makes it a great place to watch.

The service comes in three different plans starting from $8 per month, which gives you access to new anime instantly and in full HD quality.

CONtv

Anime on CONtv
Anime on CONtv

Total titles: 40 to 50

Pros: Small library | multi-platform
Cons: Limited locations | slow video player

CONtv is one of the best anime apps in 2021. The app is available in the US, Canada, Australia, India, and some other countries. The service comes with plenty of options to watch for free, but the video player is slow and buggy.

It shows three to four video ads when you start watching a video, but overall, if you are looking for a free service to watch anime in your free time, CONtv might be something to keep on the list.

The service comes with a paid plan starting from $7 per month to unlock all the permium content.

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VRV (many in one)

Girls Und Panzer on VRV
Girls Und Panzer on VRV

Total titles: Over 1500

Pros: Pretty much all you need | multi-platform | fast video player | subbed and dubbed
Cons: US only

Want something bigger than Crunchyroll? How about movies + Crunchyroll + HiDIVE ⬇? VRV costs $2 more than Crunchyroll, but it comes with full Crunchyroll, Cartoon Hangover, HIDIVE, Mondo (animation), Rooster Teeth, plus hundreds of movies.

Other than above, if you are looking for free stuff, VRV comes with over 20,000 hours of content, including animes.

The only problem: VRV is only available in the US, but you can use ProtonVPN (tested) to unblock the service and enjoy the free content.

Premium

Netflix

Anime on Netflix
Anime on Netflix

Total titles: 200 to 300

Pros: Average library | multi-platform | fast video player
Cons: Geo-restricted

The first premium service to watch anime is Netflix. If you already have a Netflix account, you can browse the small range of anime from Netflix.

Although the current catalogue might not be fulfilling, Netflix has acquired rights for Studio Ghibli (a Japanese film studio), so you will see more animes coming shortly.

I would not get a Netflix subscription just yet, but if you already have the subscription, go to the app and type anime.

Amazon Prime Video

Anime Collection on Prime Video
Anime Collection on Prime Video

Total titles: Over 2000 (according to the official page)

Pros: Colossal library | multi-platform | fast video player | huge availability
Cons: Geo-restricted

Not sure how big the service is, but the official page says “browse from over 2,000 animes”. If that’s true then this is so far the longest list of shows.

Amazon Prime Video is a premium service, but you get so much content. They regularly add new movies and shows, so you never feel full.

The service is available in so many countries, including the US, UK, Australia and India. The plan starts from $9 per month, which unlocks the catalogue, while to unblock the US contents, you can use ExpressVPN (tested).

Hulu

Anime on Hulu
Anime on Hulu

Total titles: 250 to 300

Pros: Average library size | multi-platform | fast video player
Cons: The US only

Hulu is another premium service to watch anime on the go. The service is only available in the US, but you get a lot of content, including

  1. Attack on Titan
  2. My Hero Academia
  3. Black Clover
  4. Elfen Lied
  5. K-On!
  6. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  7. Girls Und Panzer
  8. Death Note
  9. Your Lie in April
  10. Danganronpa

Furthermore, you can use a VPN, but you will also need to purchase a subscription (a 30-day free trial available). So, you will be paying for two different services. Instead, I recommend checking out Crunchyroll or Netflix.

HIDIVE

Anime Library on HIDIVE
Anime Library on HIDIVE

Total titles: 500 to 600

Pros: Good library | multi-platform | fast video player
Cons: Limited availability

HIDIVE includes in VRV subscription, but if you don’t want something huge, then just a HIDIVE subscription will do the job. The service is specially developed for animes. You get subbed and dubbed while simulcast shows are also available.

HIDIVE is available in the US, but some/all content is also available in other countries, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. The service only costs $5 per month.

Mubi

Anime List on Mubi
Anime List on Mubi

Total titles: Unknow

Pros: Good library | multi-platform | fast video player | Huge availability
Cons: Pricy | focused on movies

The last best anime app is Mubi. From a social platform to a streaming service. Mubi is in the business for a long time. You can find plenty of good animes to watch.

Furthermore, many playlists have been created by many users for you to find the relevant contnet. Mubi TV also comes with a live option where something is playing always.

The only problem: the service is more focused towards movies, while the subscription costs $11 per which is a bit pricy.

Wrap up

Anime is vast and its popularity is increasing every year. Today, many cartoons are inspired by anime, and many animes are inspired by cartoons. So, if you are a fan of anime, cartoon, or animation, then the above services will not disappoint you.

Thanks for reading the best anime apps in 2021. I hope the article helped you find the perfect app. Feel free to share your views in the comments and help other readers.

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