Gone are the days when you have to watch illegally uploaded anime episodes, cut into nine parts and uploaded onto five different anime YouTube channels.
Forget about websites with thousands of pop-up ads or platforms that require you to log in first — you can now watch anime for free legally on the world’s biggest video sharing platform. Dedicated channels have started uploading and distributing full episodes and complete shows on YouTube, making life much easier and convenient for weeaboos (a person who is obsessed with the Japanese culture, especially anime).
The best anime YouTube channels where you can watch episodes for free
- Muse Asia
- Ani-One Asia
- Crunchyroll Dubs
- Anime Made by BiliBili
Muse Asia anime YouTube channel
Muse Asia is the most popular channel on YouTube where you can watch anime episodes for free. It is owned by Muse Communication, a Taiwanese company that specializes in distributing anime series and movies across Asia and the rest of the world.
Since its launch last 2019, watching anime has become more accessible on YouTube with the main Muse Asia channel and its localized channels for audiences in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and India. English and Chinese subtitles are both available on the channel for general audiences to enjoy.
If you’re a weeaboo based in Singapore, drop by their anime merchandise store, Hakken!, with branches located inside Plaza Singapura and VivoCity.
Ani-One Asia anime YouTube channel
Similar to Muse Asia, Ani-One Asia is also an anime distributor owned by MediaLink International Limited. The channel’s official mascot is called Ani-Gal and even has her own playlist of anime recommendations.
Ani-One’s uploads range from anime episodes, voice actor interviews, highlights, to original content featuring their team members.
The most notable shows on the channel are Code Geass, KonoSuba, Yuru Camp, and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches.
Ani-One ULTRA members can enjoy watching Overlord, Haikyuu!! and The Executioner and Her Way of Life for a fixed subscription price.
AnimeLog anime YouTube channel
AnimeLog, or AniLog, was originally a YouTube channel dedicated to the Japan region, but later expanded its market overseas. It aims to eliminate illegal anime uploads, increase the number of anime viewers, and become a global platform for anime distribution directly from Japan.
Some of the rights holders they have worked with include Kodansha Ltd., Toei Animation Co., Ltd, Nippon Animation Co., Ltd, and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd.
Some of the notable shows available on the channel are Hungry Heart, Aware! Meisakukunn, and Kon’nichiwa Anne.
Crunchyroll Dubs anime YouTube channel
Popular anime streaming website Crunchyroll is slowly expanding its services to YouTube with the former Funimation channel, now called Crunchyroll Dubs. Funimation and Crunchyroll announced their merger on March 1, where all content from the former is now available on the latter’s platform.
All clips and videos uploaded in this Crunchyroll sub-channel are dubbed in English. The channel will release a dubbed first episode every Sunday at 4 a.m. GMT+8. Fans can catch the director’s cut of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World, which runs for about an hour, starring Sean Chiplock as Subaru and Kayli Mills as Emilia.
Anime Made by BiliBili anime YouTube channel
This is the official YouTube channel of the Chinese streaming platform, BiliBili, dedicated to anime content. It launched in July 2020 with the God of Deception (Shi Huang Zhi Shen) anime.
You can binge several original Chinese anime titles on this channel like Dragon’s Disciple, Flower Beauty, and Heaven’s Official Blessing. English subtitles are also available for non-Chinese speakers.
Their VIP Club offers a total of 43 Chinese anime shows which viewers can access at fixed monthly subscription rates.