Just like in my home country, the popularity of anime in India has slowly evolved over the decades. However, with better broadband penetration and the rise of streaming services, it is becoming easier and easier for the average Indian citizen to access the best anime shows. While paid streaming services are relatively affordable, you don’t have to worry about paying money to watch a lot of shows. As long as you’re willing to put up with a few adverts, you can enjoy the best that Japan has to offer without spending a penny. Which are the best services? We switched our VPN to India and headed out to try them out.
Anime Planet offers legal anime streaming without having to pay any money for it. However, we had to log in to watch episodes. Also, not all shows are complete. For example, ReLIFE only offered a handful of watchable episodes. Naruto Shippuden, on the other hand, has all 500 episodes listed.
You must use the Watch Anime Online section to view series available to stream on Anime Planet as many shows are listed here for informational purposes only. That being said, it’s a comprehensive database of shows that can help you put together a list of what you want to watch. There’s also great breakdowns on what characters are in a series and great keyword tags for finding similar programs you like.
Anime Planet also offers free manga chapters that can be read right in your browser – although of course full manga series are not expected to be available.
If you’re new to anime, Anime Planet is a great place to start. Not only because you can watch specific shows right away, but also thanks to the wealth of information about anime in general that you can find on the site. It’s especially helpful to use the watchlist tool on the site, which allows you to keep track of what you want to see and what you’ve already seen.
Crunchyroll is the world leader in legal anime streaming. Although the site started with dubious legal foundations, today it is 100% legit. So legitimate that Sony bought the company for more than a billion dollars, meaning the same company now owns Funimation and Crunchyroll. However, unlike Funimation, Crunchyroll is available in most parts of the world. However, the library is different depending on where in the world you access its content.
A VPN can help solve this problem, but you might want to consider a VPN with a dedicated IP address. In my testing, Crunchyroll sometimes blocks connections over a VPN. It seems that they ban entire ranges of IP addresses associated with VPN services. Your mileage may vary depending on which VPN you are using and which country you are trying to spoof.
Read more: How To Watch Crunchyroll Online Without Geo Blocks – Stream Anime From Anywhere!
Crunchyroll itself is truly a leader in anime streaming. The free tier of the service offers full series, mostly with subtitles. The downside is that you have to put up with ads. Also, you’re always two weeks behind on simulcast shows. Paid subscribers can watch new simulcast episodes one hour after they air in Japan.
The web interface is great, but we’ve always had a bad relationship with Crunchyroll’s apps on every platform we’ve used them on. While things are changing, the choice of Indian regional libraries is still a bit thin, which is fine if you want to stick with the free service.
We hadn’t heard of ConTV as of writing this article, but based on what we could find, it started out as a Comic-Con-related service. Wherever it’s coming from, there’s a ton of great free content here.
You don’t need an account to access everything and you can start watching right away. However, this is not an anime-focused site. So you should first search for the word “anime” to see what pops up. We’ve started the first episode of the classic Great Teacher Onizuka in seconds.
Overall, ConTV is a nice place to hang out and will provide even more fun for nerdy viewers with a broader interest than anime.
Yes, plain old YouTube can be a great place to catch up on full episodes of anime series. While some of these will be bootleg uploads, which YouTube itself is quick to remove, there are legitimate uploads as well.
For example, Asian Muse houses complete playlists from hit shows like One Punch Man. Of course, whether you see ads or not depends on whether you use an ad blocker or pay for YouTube Premium. It can be difficult to find quality shows when it comes to user uploads, but even the shortlist of officially hosted programs makes YouTube worth checking out.
Tubi TV claims it has more than 20,000 shows, but what really interests us is the anime section. Here we were pleasantly surprised. The shows are of course completely free, with commercial breaks. There is no paid subscription option at all. So when you look at Tubi TV, you always have to deal with it.
Other than that, the selection of titles is delightful. There are a few current shows, but the real value here lies in classic titles like Bubblegum Crisis, AD Police, and Vampire Princess Miyu. The selection is small, but the quality is undeniable. How to get US content on Tubi TV from India.
Free doesn’t mean bad
These free options are great and you really need to invest hours to finish all anime to watch free in India. For services like Crunchyroll, it can be worth paying for the basic tier, which removes ads, if you want to tackle anime with hundreds of episodes. You should also consider Netflix as another paid option if you have some cash to spend. It has a decent selection of original anime that is constantly growing.