Japanese anime is one of the most creative and inspiring modern entertainment genres that we can find. Although cartoons have always been associated with a children’s audience, anime covers all kinds of ages and themes. Next, we collect some of the best apps to be able to watch anime for free and legally from a mobile phone or tablet. Which one do you stay with?
The best apps to watch anime for free legally
Although the Play Store application store is full of apps to watch animated series and movies, the truth is that the number of apps that offer this type of content legally and for free it is much smaller. Now, there are also a lot of web pages that allow you to watch anime streaming for free and without infringing the copyright rights of its authors, which we can consult HERE.
Crunchyroll presents itself as the world’s largest anime library, and the truth is that they are right. This free streaming platform is maintained through advertising, although it also has a monthly subscription that we can hire to remove the ads and obtain other benefits, such as simultaneous premieres with Japan and more advantages.
Here you will find all the popular anime of the moment, such as Muy Hero Academia, One Piece, One Punch Man, Boruto, Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen or Naruto Shippuden, among many others.
Pokémon TV is the official app of the official Pokémon website. Here we will find hundreds of chapters of the different Pokémon anime series that have been coming out over the last few years, as well as several specials, movies and children’s content from Pokémon Kids TV.
One of the advantages of this app is that it offers most of the chapters in perfect Spanish, and fairly current content, such as the Pokémon Sun and Moon series, Pokémon Black & White, Adventures in Unova and Beyond and movies such as Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You !, among others. There is not all the wardrobe of the franchise, but the content is extensive enough to give us a good belly with the adventures of Ash and company.
Funimation is another of the big names in Japanese anime streaming. It has several features similar to Crunchyroll, such as simulcast premieres for premium users, subtitles, and a library of series with over 1,500 hours of uninterrupted anime.
This is a service that may be of interest to you, as it includes some anime that are not available on Crunchyroll or Netflix. The free version of Funimation is ad-supported, and includes modern classics like Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan, Afro Samurai, Bleach, or My Hero Academia. Another important piece of information: the app is only available in the US, so a VPN connection is necessary to access it from abroad.
CONtv + Comics
CONtv is a not very well known streaming app, but it offers a very solid service (and without regional blocking, at least in Spain). It is a platform that offers content of all kinds: from science fiction films, horror, martial arts, fantasy and in general, titles that we could consider cult. Of course there is also anime. And with subtitles!
The app has a section called CONtv Anime where they broadcast uninterrupted live anime, as well as a reduced catalog of films, but quite interesting: Street Fighter II, Samurai Troopers, Beelzebub, GTO and more. CONtv has a free subscription plan, so it is a good place to watch anime online for free and also legally.
Midnight Pulp is one of several platforms owned by Digital Media Rights, a company that offers streaming services for free and legally in the United States (we do not know if it is also available in other countries, although in Spain at least not). In Midnight Pulp we will mainly find cult classics, action movies and kung-fu, as well as a good selection of anime.
Among the films and anime series in its catalog we find titles such as Fatal Fury and Fatal Fury 2, City Hunter, Lupine III and DNA2, among many other anime, mainly from the 90s and early 2000s. Other applications of this type, in addition to the free plan, a premium version without ads and with a larger catalog is also available.
Pluto TV is one of the most popular free streaming services of the moment, offering live online television with dozens and dozens of thematic channels for all kinds of tastes. Among the thematic channels we find two of them dedicated to anime, “Classic Anime” and “Pluto Anime” that they broadcast Japanese animation 24 hours a day (In addition to another thematic channel dedicated to the Ninja Turtles and another to the Avatar series).
They currently broadcast series such as Reborn !, Inazuma Eleven or Air Gear, among others. There is also the possibility of viewing content on demand, where we find series such as the classic Ninja Hattori, Keroro, Detective Conan, Sherlock Holmes or Kochikame.
Tubi is a streaming platform very similar to Pluto TV: all the content is 100% legal and free, although in return we will have to see the occasional ad from time to time. It has a really impressive catalog of series and movies, as well as a wide anime collection with series such as Naruto, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Hunter X Hunter, The Knights of the Zodiac, One Piece and many others.
Some movies, OVAs and series are dubbed into English and others are available with subtitles. Too pretty to be true? Well, a little yes, since if you do not live in the United States, it is most likely that you will find a regional blockade that prevents you from accessing its content in a conventional way.
VRV is another of those apps to watch anime online for free legally. It has a selection of top-of-the-line series that taps into sites like Crunchyroll, Cartoon Hangover, Mondo, and Rooster Teeth. It currently has about 20,000 hours of content, although once again, we must mention that it is only available in certain countries and regions due to restrictions with broadcast licenses.
The VRV app has a fairly powerful user community where you can comment on the latest chapters of your favorite series, as well as the possibility of creating playlists or watching anime offline if we choose to switch to the platform’s premium plan.
An app to watch anime streaming very similar to Midnight Pulp, although in this case focused on Asian movies and series. It includes Japanese cult series, Chinese martial arts movies, and Korean dramas, plus a good number of not well known but interesting anime.
Like Tubi, the service is completely free, although it is only available in certain countries such as the United States.
This is an anime app for the most “coffee growers”, that is, for anime fans who have already seen it all and they want to try something new. The POPS app is an Asian platform that offers a few anime series, but all the series are in the original version and without subtitles. In addition, they are short-lived episodes (about 5 minutes each). Eye!
This is so because it is a streaming app aimed mainly at the Vietnamese public, and it has a lot of content with regional blocking (Naruto, One Piece, Demon Slayer) that we can only see from the Asian country. As a curiosity, it may have its point, although do not expect to find the Netflix of anime here, since things are going completely different directions. It also includes other types of content such as music, comics, games and more.
Do you know any other app to watch anime for free legally? If so, don’t forget to leave your recommendation in the comments area. We read in the next post!