The Best Anime Sites on the Web

Emma Roth Updated 02-10-2019

Being an anime fan gets even harder when you don’t have friends who share your interests. Your friends might not know your favorite characters, and can’t even name a single anime other than Dragon Ball Z. This prevents you from expressing your interests or discussing new episodes.


Thankfully, you can find several anime communities on the web where you can let it all hang out. Online anime communities and networks satisfy your need to talk about your favorite anime and can also give you any updates on the latest anime news.

Best Online Anime Communities

Need a fellow anime fan to talk to? These anime communities have you covered. In the following sites, you can find plenty of active forums where you can have fun and feel comfortable chatting about anime.


Anime-Planet Anime Community Sites

Not only can you stream anime on Anime-Planet, but you can also view anime and manga recommendations from other users. Create your own account, and you can rate shows, leave reviews, and make lists of your favorite anime and manga.

When you click a show on Anime-Planet, you can rate the show’s characters based on whether you love or hate them. The Anime-Planet community even hosts anime watching and manga reading challenges—after consuming a specific amount of manga and anime, your account’s level will get upgraded. You can complete these challenges even faster by watching anime on these free sites.


If you want to get more involved in the community, make sure to join Anime-Planet’s Discord chat.

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Kitsu Anime Community Sites

Kitsu is a great resource for anyone wanting to take part in a community of anime and manga fans. The site has hundreds of groups that you can join, with some having thousands of members.

In each group, you can create posts and comment on other users’ ideas. On Kitsu, you’ll find groups for anything from funny anime subtitles, Studio Ghibli, My Hero Academia (What’s the deal with My Hero Academia, anyway?), and even beer-loving anime fans. Whatever group you join, you’re bound to make new friends.



Ani List Anime Communities Online

AniList keeps you updated on the most popular anime, and allows you to participate in discussions. Join in on anime watching challenges or talk with other members about recent episodes. Conversations on Animist aren’t limited to only anime. You’ll also find threads about music, gaming, light novels, manga, and more.


Reddit Anime Discussion Anime Sites

Reddit has one of the biggest anime communities on the web. The r/anime subreddit currently has over one million members. With such a massive number of fans gathered on one platform, you can easily find a discussion that you’re interested in.


You don’t have to stick with just the r/anime subreddit—you have plenty of other anime-related subreddits to choose from. Some subreddits pertain to specific anime shows, which can help you find more focused conversations. For example, you might want to consider joining the r/ShingekiNoKyojinor r/OnePunchMan subreddits if you want to talk about either of those shows.

Best Anime News Sites

When you’re looking for news on the latest anime, you might not know where to find it. In that case, you must check out these anime news sites. They provide you with information about new shows, give you the inside scoop about upcoming anime, and provide you with any behind-the-scenes news.

Anime News Network

Anime News Network Anime Online News

Anime News Network is probably the most popular resource for anime news online. Most of the site’s news comes straight from Japan, providing you with accurate information and exclusives. You’ll find plenty of press releases and anime convention reports as well.


To stay updated on the most recent anime, click the New Anime heading. Here, you’ll see a list of the newest anime, along with a thorough description and rating. This is helpful if you want to stay updated on episode release dates.

Anime News Network doubles as a community as well—join the site to partake in discussions on the site’s forum.


CBR Anime News Online

CBR is known for its news on comic books, but check out its great news section for anime. Browse through recent news in anime streaming, find out the future of certain shows, and discover new information about anime-related controversies.

If you get tired of reading news, CBR also has a section titled “Lists,” where you can find quirky listicles about anime characters and shows. Some of these lists can even help you discover the best anime to watch on Netflix The 10 Best Anime Series to Watch on Netflix Netflix has an impressive selection of anime shows just waiting to be discovered. In this article we pick the cream of the crop, with 10 anime shows everyone should watch. Read More !


Kotaku Anime News Site

Kotaku is often flooded with news about video games. So you have to filter the posts using the “anime” tag. This way, you’ll only see anime-related articles and news stories.

The site also has a section dedicated to cosplay. It highlights the best cosplays from different anime and comic conventions, which you should definitely check out if you want to see amazing anime cosplays.


Crunchyroll Anime News Sites

Not only is Crunchyroll one of the most popular sites to stream anime, but it’s also a reliable news source for any anime updates. You can find anything from new anime trailers, behind-the-scenes articles, and show reviews.

Multiple articles are posted almost every day, giving you an endless stream of information. You can also use Crunchyroll to interact with other fans. Click the Forums option at the top of the screen to join a conversation or start a new one.

Not sure if Crunchyroll is the right streaming platform for you? Take a deeper dive with this heads-up comparison of Crunchyroll vs. Funimation for streaming anime.

Tokyo Otaku Mode

Otaku Mode Anime News Sites

Tokyo Otaku Mode will overwhelm you with the amount of information it contains. You can sort the type of articles shown by clicking the Anime tab, but why should you limit yourself? The rest of the site houses a ton of articles for anyone who’s interested in Japanese pop culture.

In addition to showing you the latest in manga, you can also find out any convention-related news and check out new Japanese video games. Although some of the site’s categories like “Fashion” or “How To” don’t have recent articles, you can still benefit from the information.

Finding Your Favorite Anime Sites

You don’t have to confine yourself to just one anime news source or community. It’s best to find a handful of anime-related sites to indulge in. That way, you can explore different opinions and news articles.

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  1. San
    May 9, 2018 at 9:51 am

    You need to update this.

  2. Ruriko
    February 2, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Don't forget it has over 550 anime series and divx videos

  3. Richie
    December 10, 2009 at 11:26 am

    A great site for anime fans to express their feelings on whatever's on their mind is:

  4. Domek
    December 8, 2009 at 11:02 am

    That one is trying hard to make a quality reality in a mesh of anime websites.

  5. Bob
    December 3, 2009 at 3:38 am

    If you prefer to own your anime and manga pay a visit to has a small but nice anime art gallery and free manga and anime news and animation videos.

  6. Josh
    November 23, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    The best site I've found is

  7. Angel Links
    November 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Watch dramas & Anime plus many more. They are great

  8. Handy Fox
    October 20, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Where is PARAPPA THE RAPPER!!!

  9. English Dubbed Anime
    September 25, 2009 at 1:07 am

    A good website for English Dubbed Anime Streaming, is Animepalm.

  10. echizen
    August 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm
  11. TheLinx
    July 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    TokyoTosho may not have pretty lolis on the front page, but it's (in my opinion) the best Anime torrent site out there.

  12. Gustavo
    July 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Great information but I would like to get some sites to watch anime in my phone I'm using mobile but they haven't updated the site lately, if somebody can help me I'll most gracefull

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    • Robo
      November 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm

      I really hate those fucking bloody idiots who post rubish on the forums like that it just ihas no point so please let's not defile the blog thank you!

  14. ken
    May 31, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I think the coolest anime is Kaiji where it involves gambling, it's much cooler than deathnote and the usual naruto and bleach. You can try this one too coz it's cool. it's about fighting games where you don't need to control your players.

  15. klado
    May 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Oh men, thanks a lot for these, i'm not an american, but i love english sub in a anime, so i was searching as a loco for a good page like mcanime, and zone anime seem to be like mcanime, thanks man, good post, god bless ya., hope zone-anime has low mb, cus i found ninhonomaru but, that page was shorned as a bald head.

  16. Tayona
    April 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    nice site...for all the people that go onto my site-just type what you think of this site and i'll look for the message....type about any new sites you find...or leave me a message on my personal web site ^.^ thanks

  17. Richard Hartman
    April 4, 2009 at 6:33 am

    the best free movie aggregator on the web

  18. Sakura Yoko
    March 27, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Try . They carry wallpapers,direct download Anime and other Asian movies, they putting up Manga later I think. Clean site and they give gold coins for user and you can trade them in for like Nike shoes cash, accessories. It's one of the cleanliest and best site around.

  19. Neil
    March 17, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Found this new site looks pretty cool

  20. Eidon
    February 27, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Talking about reviews and other funny things try

    Also is perfect for ddl ^_^

    Thanks for this article! ^_^

  21. carey
    February 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Try as well. There are many streamed anime, no registration required, and a discussion forum.

  22. aranwe
    February 21, 2009 at 12:38 am

    for online watch:

  23. ???
    February 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    there's a new anime site that is just starting up, but is already really awesome. it is

  24. Hen
    January 25, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Yea, I use animenewsnetwork all the time to find out news for my Negima! blog.

  25. Shioni
    January 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    in my opinion for mainstream anime you can chack out lately they have been late on updates) and, for not so mainstream or even wierd, old and stuff that isn't even in the us you can go to one has a window showing when the next chapter of the updates...)and they got a great library.

  26. dmf-kun
    January 21, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Where is ? it's the best site for direct download, there's only HQ anime (no realmedia) and it doesn't use megaupload or other external hosts.

    • Simon Slangen
      January 21, 2009 at 7:52 am

      Looks like a great site, thanks for the link !

  27. Stéfan
    January 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for the list !

  28. Dan
    January 19, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I use myanimelist too. Tend to get my anime from the Usenet though rather than torrents or direct downloads. Is so much easier and much more secure! Though in all fairness; you probably don't have as much selection unless it's a recent anime. Still; for everything else you get I couldn't care less :)

    See the Usenet Information Centre on how to get on the Usenet.

  29. FixMiller
    January 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm
  30. ZA
    January 15, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Wow I'm surprised to see my site here :) , thanks for the award ^^.

  31. Scott Cherry
    January 13, 2009 at 1:34 am

    All in all, this was a good post. You provided a fair amount of information and even some decent screen shots of a few main pages. One oversight I noticed was the lack of a hotlink for AnimeSuki (also, a lot of readers' comments lacked hotlinks as well *hint hint*. Additionally, I'm not sure if this article is appropriately entitled as "The Best..." I think these may be more of the your personal favorites.

    A quick Google search will indicate some of the most popular sites were noted, but several were not and it seems some of the readers' comments reflect that (almost to a personal level in some cases and one site was actually mentioned four times, but I suppose a little redundancy never hurt anyone). Usually the first five pages of search results will provide you with the most pertinent sites worth visiting.

    Even I found some site listed here which I haven't visited so I will be sure to check them out. However, I feel there were major sites that weren't listed that should've been listed and would've turned up in search results, such as or specifics like Funimation directly posting their videos (full series in parts) to

    Also, it would be nice if you touched more on anime by mentioning some good manga sites to visit where one can either download and/or read scanlations online. Often, manga is not a carbon copy of the series- sometimes it is better, longer, or simply different, not to mention that there is a lot of manga that has never been turned into a series or a movie. Additionally, I see a complete failure to indicate sites that are useful communities and/or forums.

    You have an excellent argument that anime such as Pokemon is only the tip of the anime iceberg and that not all anime is meant for kids or even teens in some cases, but you could delve into this so much deeper than what you did. It's a good start, but I'd like to see you take it further and do some detailed research on it. Many people have covered this topic so it shouldn't be hard to find more examples of what to say and sites to visit as well as a resized screen shot for each site.

    One last item of note: StumbleUpon is a great way to find tons of anime content. It is a utility that installs to your browser and allows you to randomly surf for desired subject content that you've preselected that other users with similar tastes have found. In fact it was how I found your article on anime. You've been stumbled... ;)

    • Monica
      January 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      I think perhaps the reason those major sites were not included is because they do not cater specifically to anime enthusiasts - with the exception of crunchyroll, of course. And while crunchyroll may have stellar video quality, unless you are a paying member, you can't get the latest episodes till something like two weeks after they've been released (I might be exaggerating that, it may only be one), and when you actually look at their entire series title library, it's pretty darn short. A site like ZOMG or usually has some 825+ series available - so no cruchyroll does not belong here.

      And the biggest reason I would not have chosen ZOMGanime is because of it's limited content - also an extensive Asian TV/film library, and you can read manga on-line there as well. With ZOMG's recent capitulation to a Funimation DCMA takedown notice, their content has been stunted by 15 major titles being no longer available on their site4 (One Piece being the most notable of these). The last time I checked, Sky7 had 827 series available.

      Runners-up to Sky7 would be (they have anime and asian tv/film as well) and then a tie btwn:,, and

      What I would like to know however, is wth this guy means about "not being able to watch it more than once" if it is streaming video? And I do not know where this guy's been, maybe in a spider-hole? But if you are willing to wait for the buffer time, most things can now be found as .divx streaming video - which is DVD quality files (and with a tiny adjustment in the settings of the DIVX Web Player Software, you can be downloading what you are watching, voila!) So the issue of quality is moot, so long as you are willing to LOOK for a good stream. And you can watch streaming video as much as you want (Megavideo has a time limit however - they'll ask you to take a 54 minute break then return), just reload the darn page.

      I suggest that everyone familiarize themselves with as a resource for finding video of any sort on the Internet.

  32. Please
    January 12, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Tokyotosho not as your top torrent site? How silly.

    You could've atleast mentioned lolipower or Getfansub...

  33. arkane
    January 12, 2009 at 4:04 am is first class in my book. You can follow an entire series with ease, new episodes for current running series are regular and navigation is simple. Definitely a keeper.

  34. chanklor
    January 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    from which anime is the first image in this post?
    is it from Darker Than Black?

    • Simon Slangen
      January 12, 2009 at 1:53 am

      Yes, that's right, one of my favourite series.

      Other favourites of mine include Death Note, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Panic Fumoffu (the ones on op of my head)

      What kind of things do you like to watch?

  35. Robert
    January 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Check out their forums. Great little community willing to help with anything.

  36. Claw
    January 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm and in spanish!! :)

  37. Miyavi_x3
    January 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    You should add Nihon Review to that list.

    It has a great community and they cover all different forms of media. One more great thing about them is that they're all respectable people. Whereas you have the typical 'anime' fan who watches Naruto and such. These are people who take pride in their work and very good at what they do.
    The problem is that they're not getting the amount of unique views they should be.

  38. Gars
    January 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm


  39. Khanxay
    January 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Network of anime sites.

    AnimeForum dot Com, AnimeLyrics Cot com, AnimeGalleries dot Net, and AnimePedia dot Com

    I hang on their forums a lot.

    • Khanxay
      January 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm

      Whoops, I meant "AnimeLyrics dot Com" not cot. Wth is the edit button?

  40. jurkis
    January 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm has around 8000 anime videos

  41. Rarst
    January 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    No for database? No for torrents?

    I am not following anime sites closely (I kinda prefer watching anime than readign about it :) ) but lack of these two makes quality of list somewhat lacking.

    • sylv3rblade
      January 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm

      seconded for

  42. Kevin
    January 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Check out, it's pretty new, wiki-based, pretty cool :)

  43. Anonymous
    January 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Another website that's good for Anime info. is For DDL, is also good, though it requires registration (which is free).

    • Aaliyah
      January 2, 2015 at 1:26 am

      I like anime avatar war games I can't find any on the Internet WTF!! Any advice...