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How to Watch Anime and Manga Legally Online – The Easy Guide

Anime and manga are increasingly becoming popular in today’s world. Their demand is exponentially growing, which is helping creators to create more and more content.

How To Watch Anime & Manga Legally Online
Tower of God | Source: Crunchyroll

However, some pirates (Gogoanime, Kissanime, Mangafox, etc.) take away a large amount of support these artists deserve by illegally streaming and publishing popular anime and manga on their personal servers.

Illegal sites could also be dangerous as there might be malware lurking in one of the numerous ads you have to click just to start the episode or go to the next chapter.

Follow the list below to avoid pirated sites and watch anime and manga 100% legally!

1. Ways To Watch Anime Legally

  • Buy a Blu Ray/ DVD
  • Subscribe to a streaming service that offers anime titles
  • Watch anime for free on legal sites

2. Ways To Read Manga Legally

  • Buy a physical copy of a manga
  • Subscribe to sites that offer various manga titles
  • Read manga for free on legal portals

3. How To Know If A Site Is Legal Or Not?

It is actually quite easy to determine whether an anime streaming site or an online manga reading site is legal or not.

Most legal anime streaming sites offer subscriptions for watching selective or all shows.

If they do not ask for any money, a simple google search can tell you about the license of the site. Legal free anime sites also do not have a wide range of anime to choose from.

How To Watch Anime & Manga Legally Online
Boruto: Naruto Next Generation | Source: Viz Media

Legal Manga sites also offer subscriptions or the option to digitally and/or physically buy manga.

If they do not ask for payments, you can again check their license. You could also check if they offer scanlations (fan translations or scanned copies of the manga). If they do, they’re illegal.

4. Legal Anime Sites

Free + Paid

I. Crunchyroll

  • Popular Titles
    • Boruto: Naruto Next Generation
    • Naruto Shippuden
    • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
    • Tower of God
    • Darling in the Franxx
  • Pricing
Free TitlesCrunchyroll PremiumCrunchyroll Premium+
Limited$7.99/month$11.99/month
  • No. of Titles: 1121 (may vary in different regions)

II. Funimation

  • Popular titles
    • My Hero Academia
    • Fruits Basket
    • Demon Slayer
    • Full Metal Alchemist
    • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • Pricing
Free TitlesFunimation PremiumFunimation Premium PlusFunimation Premium Plus Ultra
Limited$5.99/month $59.99/annum$7.99/month $79.99/annum$99.99/annum
  • No. of Titles: 300+

III. VRV

  • Popular titles
    • Kino’s Journey
    • Lady Death
    • Chance Pop Session
    • Delinquent Hamster
    • Onigiri
  • Pricing
Free TitlesMonthly
Limited$9.99
  • No. of Titles: HIDIVE and Crunchyroll library

IV. CONTV

  • Popular titles
    • Digimon
    • Beyblade
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Mononoke
    • Great teacher Onizuka
  • Pricing
Free TitlesMonthly
Limited$4.99
  • No. of Titles: 10+ (the U.S. only)

V. WAKANIM

  • Popular titles
    • Fire Force
    • Sword Art Online
    • Demon Slayer
    • The Misfit of Demon King Academy
    • Attack on Titan
  • Pricing
Free TitlesMonthly
Limited5€ 
  • No. of Titles: 100+ (Europe, Canada, and Africa only)

VI. Anime Lab

  • Popular titles
    • Naruto Shippuden
    • Fairy Tail
    • Dragon Ball Super
    • Attack on Titan
    • My Hero Academia  
  • Pricing
Free TitlesMonthly
Limited$6.95
  • No. of Titles: 30+ (Australia and New Zealand only)

VII. Aniplus Asia

  • Popular titles
    • Mr. Love: Dream Date
    • Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai
    • Angles of Death
    • Steins; Gate
    • Darling in Franxx
  • Pricing
Free TitlesMonthly
LimitedVOD subscription
  • No. of Titles: 50+ (Singapore Only)

I. Netflix

  • Popular Titles
    • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
    • Haikyu!!
    • Naruto
    • Hunter X Hunter
    • One Piece
  • Pricing (may vary in different regions)
BasicStandardPremium
$8.99/month$12.99/month$15.99/month
  • No. of Titles: 184 (may vary in different regions)

II. Amazon Prime

  • Popular Titles
    • Vinland Saga
    • Great Teacher Onizuka
    • Blue Exorcist
    • Onara Gorou
    • Dororo
  • Pricing (may vary in different regions)
Prime Video per monthPrim per monthPrime per yearPrime student
$8.99$12.99$1196 months free trial, $59 per annum
  • No. of Titles: 177 (may vary in different regions)

III. HIDIVE

  • Popular Titles
    • Kino’s Journey
    • Lady Death
    • Chance Pop Session
    • Delinquent Hamster
    • Onigiri
  • Pricing:
MonthlyYearly
$4.99$47.99
  • No. of Titles: 100+

IV. HULU

  • Popular Titles
    • Demon Slayer
    • The Promised Neverland
    • Your Lie In April
    • Haikyuu!!
    • Mushishi
  • Pricing (may vary in different regions)
HuluHulu (No Ads)Hulu + Live T.V.
$5.99/month$11.99/month$59.99/month
  • No. of Titles: 285 (may vary in different regions)

V. Toku!

  • Popular Titles
    • World War Blue
    • Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
    • YamiBou
    • Kowabon
  • Pricing
YearlyMonthly
$39.99$3.99
  • No. of Titles: 10+ (U.S. and Canada only)

VI. Anime Digital Network

  • Popular Titles
    • Boruto
    • Bleach
    • Naruto
    • One Piece
    • My Hero Academia
  • Pricing
StreamingDownloadDVD/Blu-ray
6.99€ 14.99€ 24.99€
  • No. of Titles: 200+ (France, Luxembourg, and Belgium only)

VII. Mangas

  • Popular Titles
    • Naruto
    • King Arthur and Knights of Justice
    • Olive and Tom
    • Jayce and the Conquerors of Light
    • The Promised Neverland
  • Pricing
MonthlyYearly
€3 €30
  • No. of Titles: 30+ (France, Belgium)

VIII. Iflix

  • Popular Titles
    • Full Metal Alchemist
    • Libra of Nil Admirai
    • Made in Abyss
    • Rental Magica
    • Ao Haru Ride
  • Pricing
MonthlyYearly
R.M. 10R.M. 96
  • No. of Titles: 20+ (Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka only)

IX. Anime on Demand

  • Popular Titles
    • Fairy Tail
    • My Hero Academia
    • Attack On Titan
    • Inuyasha
    • Black Clover
  • Pricing
StandardPremium
6,25 € 8,33 €
  • No. of Titles: 130+ (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein only)

X. Maxdome

  • Popular Titles
    • Super Kickers 2006
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Sankarea
    • To Love- Ru
    • Sengoku Basara
  • Pricing
Monthly
 7.99 €
  • No. of Titles: 100+ (Germany & Austria only)

XI. Akiba Pass

  • Popular Titles
    • Demon Slayer
    • Natsume Yuujinchou
    • Fate/Stay Night
  • Pricing
Monthly
8€
  • No. of Titles: 75+ (Germany & Austria only)

Free Only

I. Asian Crush

  • No. of Titles: 80+
  • Popular Titles
    • Ita Kiss
    • Allison & Lillia
    • Airanto
    • Tytania
    • Haruko Nogizoko’s puzzle

II. Midnight Pulp

  • No. of Titles: 90+
  • Popular Titles
    • Storm Rider
    • 07 Ghost
    • Dancough
    • Pilot Candidate
    • Demon Lord Dante

III. Retro Crush

  • No. of Titles: 50+
  • Popular Titles
    • Great Teacher Onizuka
    • Voltes V
    • Ita Kiss
    • Flame of Recca
    • Beelzebub

IV. Anime-Planet

  • No. of Titles: 250+
  • Popular Titles
    • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
    • The Ancient Magnus’ Bride
    • ReLIFE
    • Time of Eve
    • Tower of God

V. Tubi T.V.

  • No. of Titles: 50+
  • Popular Titles
    • AlKa R-16: Virgin Mission
    • Junkers Come Here
    • Daddy Long Legs
    • Vampire Princess Miyu
    • Yukikaze

VI. [Adult Swim]

  • No. of Titles: 20+
  • Popular Titles
    • My Hero Academia
    • Food Wars!
    • Demon Slayer
    • Dragon Ball Z
    • Pop Team Epic
    • Sword Art Online

VII. Prosieben Maxx

  • No. of Titles: 20+
  • Popular Titles
    • My Hero Academia
    • Inuyasha
    • Kono Suba
    • Sailor Moon Crystal
    • One Piece

VIII. Watch Box

  • No. of Titles: 50+
  • Popular Titles
    • Naruto
    • Overlord
    • Danganronpa
    • Prison School
    • Gintama

IX. Niconico

  • No. of Titles: 100+
  • Popular Titles
    • A Certain Scientific Railgun
    • Incompatible people of the Demon King Academy
    • Uzaki Wants to Play
    • Monster Girl Doctor

Anime-Specific Legal Sites

  1. Gundam.Info
  2. Pokemon.com

Legal YouTube Channels (Free)

  1. AnimeLog
  2. Coji Coji (Japanese)
  3. Coji Coji (International)
  4. Discotek Media
  5. Gundam.Info
  6. Muse Asia
  7. Nozomi Entertainment
  8. Voltron

Best Sites To Buy Anime DVDs

5. Legal Manga Sites

Free + Paid

I. Crunchyroll

  • Free Titles: Limited
  • Pricing
    • Premium: $6.95/month
    • Premium +: $11.95/month

II. E-Manga

  • Free Titles: Limited Chapters
  • Pricing: Depends on various volumes

III. J-Novel Club

  • Free Titles: Limited
  • Pricing
    • Standard: $4.95/month or $4.50/month (annual pack)
    • Premium: $10.95/month or $10/ month (annual pack)

IV. Lezhin

  • Free Titles: Limited Chapters (In-app coins required)
  • Coin Bundle
    • 20 coins- $4.99
    • 42 coins- $8.99
    • 130 coins- $24.99
    • 220 coins- $39.99
    • 450 coins- $79.99
    • 620 coins- $109.99

(Visit site for seasonal coin bundle offers)

V. Manga Plus

  • Free Titles: Limited Chapters
  • Pricing: $2/month

VI. Manga Reborn

  • Free Titles: Limited Chapters
  • Pricing: Depends on various volumes

VII. Renta!

  • Free Titles: Limited
  • Pricing: $4 per chapter (renting available)

VIII. Viz Media

  • Free Titles: Limited Chapters
  • Price: $1.99/month

I. Balloons and Chapters

  • Pricing: Depends on various volumes

II. Book Walker

  • Pricing: Depends on various volumes

III. Futekiya

  • Pricing: $6.99/month

IV. Jun é (B.L./Boy’s Love)

  • Pricing: $7.50 per volume

V. Gen Manga

  • Pricing: $24 (Bulk Archive Digital Download)

VI. Inky Pen

  • Pricing: $7.99/month

VII. Lilyaka Manga

  • Pricing: Depends on various volumes

VIII. Mangamo

  • Pricing: $4.99/month

IX. Manga Planet

  • Pricing: $6.99/month

X. Net Comics

  • Pricing: Depends on various volumes

XI. Shonen Jump

  • Price: $1.99/month

XI. Sublime

  • Pricing: Depends on various volumes

Free Only

Best Sites To Buy Physical Copies of Manga

It is highly recommended that you use licensed websites to read/ watch manga/ anime and support their creators while saving yourselves from malware.

Legal sites not only provide their viewers with premium content, but also have minimal and user-friendly interfaces for smooth navigation. Hope you found the list useful!

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