Apple’s iPhone has several apps available for anyone looking to indulge in anime on the go. There are several streaming and download apps that exclusively show anime and other Japanese television, as well as general streaming services that offer anime as part of their lineups. The shows that are available to watch, as well as the languages those shows are presented in, vary from one service to the next.
AnimeLab is an anime streaming service available for both iPhones and iPads, as well as Android devices. AnimeLab is available in two pricing tiers: Free and Premium. Free users have access to current shows simulcast from Japan using English subtitles, while premium users also have access to a library of completed or older shows and the option to view shows dubbed in English.
CrunchyRoll is a multiplatform anime and Japanese drama streaming service. Available on iOS devices as well as Android, gaming consoles, Apple TV, Roku and many other devices, CrunchyRoll is offered in both ad-supported free and premium tiers. Free users can watch streaming shows not long after they air in Japan, as well as browse a selection from the CrunchyRoll library every month. Premium users can access the entire CrunchyRoll library without advertisements and enjoy new episodes sooner than free users.
Anime Network is a cable video on-demand service, which also has online streaming video. Anime Network is available on a wide range of platforms including gaming consoles and iOS devices. Available as both a free and paid app, Anime Network offers free full-length anime episodes, with paid membership offering a wider selection of titles. Anime Network offers titles in both subtitled and dubbed formats.
FUNimation is one of the largest North American distributors of anime and produces many of the English dubs distributed around the world. FUNimation offers both free and paid apps for iOS devices, which offer simulcasts of new shows and episodes from FUNimation’s dubbed library. The free version offers promotional episodes and clips and is supported by ads, while the paid version unlocks the entire FUNimation library for ad-free viewing.
General Video Streaming Services
Netflix offers streaming apps on a multitude of devices and platforms, including iOS. Enjoying Netflix requires a paid membership, but offers access to titles across every platform with a single subscription. Netflix’s anime library is more limited than anime-specific services, but it is updated frequently and includes access to other movies and television series.
Hulu is another streaming subscription service available on a large number of platforms including iOS. A paid subscription is required to enjoy the entire Hulu library, and even then some advertisements are included. However, the monthly subscription is a bit lower than other services and Hulu offers simulcasts of new shows from Japan. While Hulu’s library isn’t as big as anime-specific services, it comes with up-to-date streaming for the latest shows and movies.
Crackle is an online streaming service that is entirely free and supported entirely by advertisement. Crackle is available across many platforms, including iOS and has a rotating library of available shows. Like Netflix and Hulu, Crackle’s anime library is a bit limited.