Between simulcasts and companies putting a lot of their older series online, there are tons of anime series out there that you can watch for free. With so many different shows available at the click of a mouse, where’s an anime fan to start? Well, the staff at The G.A.M.E.S. Blog is here to help. Several of our writers have pitched in to make a list of ten amazing anime series you can stream legally online right now. Check out our picks below!

Eden of the East
Recommended by: Jennifer Griffith   Where to watch: Funimation, Hulu
What would you do if you were given a cell phone that granted you access to over eight-billion yen and a mission to use that money to save Japan? That’s what happens to Akira Takizawa in Eden of the East, though he doesn’t remember anything about it when Saki Morimi finds him naked and waving a gun around in front of the White House. However, he is only one of twelve such “saviors” who were given the same phone and mission from someone called “Mr. Outside”. The series follows Saki and Akira as they try to figure out why Akira lost his memories and find Mr. Outside. The original Eden of the East anime was pretty short, but it has excellent pacing that sucks you in and packs a ton of information into each episode. You can watch this season online for free, but note that the series continues with two movies that you should see if you want to know the whole story. edenoftheeastdvd
Ouran High School Host Club
Recommended by: Jennifer Griffith   Where to watch: Funimation, Hulu
Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at Ouran High School who just wants a quiet place to study. However, when Haruhi stumbles upon the school’s host club and manages to break an expensive vase, those study plans change. The host club boys want Haruhi to work off the debt as a host, but there’s one catch: she’s a girl. Fortunately, she’s androgynous enough to get away with cross-dressing, so all she has to do is pretend to be a boy while the guys keep her gender a secret from their female clientele. Ouran High School Host Club is both hilarious and romantic, and though it never takes itself too seriously, there are some very touching moments that will melt your heart. The characters will win you over from episode one, and you won’t want to stop watching to see how the story plays out. Ouran High School Host Club
Nabari no Ou
Recommended by: Jennifer Griffith   Where to watch: Funimation, Hulu
Not all ninjas with crazy powers and great destinies are as gung-ho about leading their people as the main character from Naruto. Some of them, like Nabari No Ou‘s Miharu Rokujo, couldn’t care less. He’s apathetic to a fault, and when he finds out that he carries within him the Shinra Banshou, a secret ninja art that would grant any wish he desires, all he wants is to be rid of it. Several people in Miharu’s life turn out to be ninjas in disguise, and when other clans try to claim the Shinra Banshou for themselves, they will do everything they can to protect him, even if he doesn’t want to become their king. The show is definitely a drama and the ending is bittersweet, but it still makes plenty of room for comedy. The moments when Miharu shows his mischievous side are particularly amusing. I also like that Nabari No Ou puts a different spin on the world of ninjas by bringing them into a modern setting where they have to blend in with civilians and keep their existence a secret. Nabari No Ou
Kokoro Connect
Recommended by: Dan Furnas   Where to watch: Crunchyroll
The first series that comes to mind for me is Kokoro Connect. I’ve already effused quite a bit over how much I enjoyed this series in my review, but I’ll gladly take another chance to do so. For those who haven’t read my review, the show follows a group of five high school students who are left to the whims of the mysterious “Heartseed.” The thirteen episodes cover three story arcs, the first of which revolved around the characters randomly exchanging bodies. While the show involves impossible things like the aforementioned body-swaps, the characters are still grounded fairly well in reality, each with their own skeletons in their closet. Whether intentional or not, Heartseed manages to force the students to come to terms with their fears and darker selves through these manipulations, making for a nice, dramatic tale punctuated with plenty of humor. While it would be nice to have the equally-awesome fourth arc available, too, it was a disc-only release, so I wouldn’t expect to see it legally online anytime soon. kokoroconnect
Baka and Test -Summon the Beasts-
Recommended by: Dan Furnas   Where to watch: Funimation, Hulu
Baka and Test, like Kokoro Connect, centers on a group of students, but that’s about where the similarities end. The students of Baka and Test are members of Fumizuki Academy, where they are grouped into classes by intellectual ability. While grouping students together in this manner might help with teaching, the students are also given accommodations relative to their skills. So while the brilliant minds of Class A have all the amenities, those in Class F are forced to learn while sitting on old beat up cushions without a true school desk to speak of. The only way to improve their standing is to battle their way to the top using special avatars whose abilities are determined by how well you do on the most recent exams. It’s an interesting concept built into a fairly humorous show, and one that probably would have made my high school experience a lot more interesting. Baka and Test
One Piece
Recommended by: Nikki Yuan   Where to watch: Funimation, Hulu
Before his execution, the Pirate King Gol D. Roger states that he hid his treasure, the One Piece, somewhere in the world. Thus begins the Great Age of Piracy, where everyone sets sail to look for the legendary treasure. This story follows a young man named Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew, the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy and his crew will explore every corner of the ocean in hopes of finding the One Piece and making Luffy the next Pirate King. I really like the series for its originality. The author, Eiichrio Oda, sets a unique tone for his story, and it captures a wide range of audiences for the bizarre and fun world where the story takes place. Be sure to pay attention to the plot devices in the story because a small detail that the author planted at the beginning of the series might turn out to be an important element many years later. The story also focuses strongly on character development. The characters introduced in the series usually come with a clear goal or desire that the viewers can easily relate to. It’s difficult for a person to watch One Piece without finding a character to fall in love with. One Piece
Hunter x Hunter
Recommended by: Nikki Yuan   Where to watch: Crunchyroll
In a world with monsters, mythical creatures and uncharted territories, hunters are well-respected members of society and challengers of the unknown. Hunter X Hunter focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss, who wants to be a hunter and starts a journey to find his father.  During the journey, Gon will meet different kinds of hunters and face different challenges. Unlike a regular shonen manga or animation, Hunter X Hunter does not focus on fighting. In fact, the author promotes solutions other than a classic hero vs. villain. The unconventional ways the heroes solve their problems can put viewers on edge and make them want to see more. The story also introduces viewers to a whole different world with a set of different rules. It’s interesting for viewers to watch the series and learn just how different the Hunter X Hunter world is compared to ours. There was an animated series back in 1999, but there’s also a recent remake of the anime from 2011 on available Crunchyroll. Hunter x Hunter
Sword Art Online
Recommended by: Jimmy Stephenson   Where to watch: Crunchyroll
In the near future, playing the latest MMO, Sword Art Online, means directly linking your consciousness to a virtual reality headset. However, when its discovered that players can’t log out until the game is beaten or they die, what would you do? Step up to the challenge, just wait in the safe zones, or just give in to despair? At first, Sword Art Online seems to be very similar to the 2002 anime .hack//Sign, but it quickly distinguishes itself with unique storytelling. Months will pass between episodes, climatic battles will occur off-screen, and important events will sometimes only be spoken about in passing. While this can be a bit frustrating at times, it keeps the story moving at a blazing pace. The focus of the narrative becomes the development of relationships between the main character, Kirito, and other characters over the course of years. Its an intriguing concept, one that succeeds due to a cast of characters who are both likable and relatable. That’s not to say that there is no action; when SAO does show off its boss fights, they’re energetic, frantic, and exciting. A must-watch for any fans of fantasy, or anyone who wants an interesting story framework. Sword Art Online
Ixion Saga DT
Recommended by: Jimmy Stephenson   Where to watch: Crunchyroll
When Hokaze Kon, an unemployed nobody who spends his time play MMO’s, is summoned to the stereotypical fantasy world of Mira, he finds himself shanghaied into service by a princess and her escorts. While that sentence could have been used for any number of anime (which is kind of the point), Ixion Saga is far from ordinary or predictable, especially when it comes to its bizarre cast of characters. From a beautiful young maid who happens to be a transvestite to a secret police force made up of ridiculously-styled pretty boys (nicknamed Team Fabulous by my friends and me) you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who behaves as you would expect. The star of the show is Kon himself, whose motives are far from altruistic. While he is, purposely, a very annoying character, its hilarious seeing him prevail by using whatever underhanded tactic he can think of. Overall, Ixion Saga DT is very much the same: while there are a couple of weak episodes, the rest is so hilarious that it more than makes up for the low points. Recommended for anyone looking for a good laugh. Ixion Saga DT
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Recommended by: Jimmy Stephenson   Where to watch: Crunchyroll
If someone told you that they could grant a single wish, what would you ask for? What would you be willing to give up to see that wish come true? Madoka is a simple girl who is given an offer: fight against witches as a Magical Girl, in exchange for one wish. I absolutely refuse to go any farther than that into the story; it’s that good. What I will say is that Madoka Magica manages to tell a moving and emotional story that plays off your expectations. The characters are very well done, each with their own dreams, strengths, and failings. The artwork in this anime is stunning, as well. Witches appear in twisted distortions of reality, and manage to be both intriguing and menacing at the same time. Fights are exciting and unique, with no two feeling alike. At 12 episodes, there’s no reason not to give this anime a try. I watched the first episode and then felt compelled to finish the whole series within 48 hours. I strongly recommend this for anyone looking for an anime that will keep you guessing until the end. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

This is where our list ends for now, but there are so many great shows available for free online that we’ll probably revisit this topic in the future. Meanwhile, jump into the comments and tell us about some of your favorite anime series!

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