The State of Anime Streaming 2011

Logo for Crunchyroll.com

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, anime streaming websites are spreading like wildfire. At first, crunchyroll.com was the only legal place to stream the newest anime from Japan. Now there’s a flood of new options available over the Internet.

I’ve experimented with many of the new websites, from the dubbed anime on Netflix to the subtitled anime on theanimenetwork.com. Although I like all of the new options, crunchyroll.com remains the best option for people who want to stay on top of the anime scene on a low budget.

Logo for Funimation EntertainmentIf anime junkies are on a really tight budget, they can just rely on the millions of anime streams on YouTube. The Funimation channel is currently a hot spot for many of the shows that are arriving on DVD. Admittedly, Funimation has taken over many of the DVD sales, but they’ve managed to produce some pretty accurate English subtitles. I can’t really complain about the company.

Fans who absolutely want to stay on top of all the latest anime usually end up downloading the new shows illegally over the Internet. Although I’ve experimented with illegal download sites, they tend to act more like hubs for people to search for whatever they want. It also takes up an enormous flow of bandwidth and computer processing power, so people probably shouldn’t rely on downloads if they’re living with their parents or with roommates.

Lastly, there are numerous websites to help viewers discover the rare shows that they probably missed over the last few years. I still prefer to rely on wanabrar.com for the records of the anime shows for every year and every season. The downloadable calendars even have images for people to fully visualize what the drawings look like.

Are there any new options that I may have missed? Feel free to write about them in the comments below.

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