There was a time when only niche audiences were watching anime. They were branded as “otaku,” which is the Japanese version of a geek or a nerd. As Japanese animation started gaining popularity all over the world, watching anime not only became accepted but is slowly becoming mainstream culture. It even figures prominently in San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest Comic book conventions in the world.

Gone are the days when watching on gets you ridiculed, whether openly or in secret. Nowadays, the latest anime shows are even a good conversation starter. Even strangers can become instant friends when they talk about the different animes they love.

If you’re an avid anime fan, here are the best ways to keep yourself updated on the latest and hottest in the world of anime.


1. Internet streaming

Streaming is the technology that enables the transmission of audio and video into computers, tablets, and other devices. The internet is undisputedly the biggest source of everything, including anime, and there are various ways that you can enjoy your favorite anime through it.

The most accessible way to enjoy watching anime is through streaming websites. Streaming on is convenient and, more importantly, legal. All you have to do is sign up for free by creating a username and using an existing email, and you will then have access to an unlimited library of anime, both the old classics and the new ones.

Another quick way to have access to anime is by downloading streaming apps into your smartphone or tablets. It enables you to watch your favorite anime series wherever and whenever, as long as you have an internet connection.

Most of them have a free version that comes with various ads, so you won’t even have to worry about monthly subscription fees. But if you want an uninterrupted anime viewing experience, you can opt for the paid premium version, which streams the videos in HD sans ads.

Nothing says mainstream more than being on It is home to many popular animation shows. It is the ultimate validation that the Japanese style animation has entered the mainstream consciousness of people all over the world. However, some anime sites require monthly subscription fees, which could discourage some potential viewers.


2. Cable TV

Anime on cable TV is limited, but if you do not have access to the internet, it will have to do. Basic cable TV channels like Sci-Fi and Cartoon Network occasionally air anime shows. Funimation used to have a cable channel showing English-dubbed animes 24 hours a day but stopped airing on December 31, 2015.

Anime is no longer just a part of Japanese culture but has been adapted and absorbed by different countries all over the world. With its growing popularity, it is steadily shedding its nerd mantle. Besides, nerd and smart is the new sexy, so you should not mind being labeled as such.