Thankfully, anime isn't the niche interest it used to be. Nowadays, you won't be hard-pressed to find someone who's at least seen a Studio Ghibli film, or whose knowledge of Japanese anime goes beyond Pokemon and Naruto. That could explain why, in the last couple of years, films like Your Name. and Weathering With You have broken through to become sleeper hits in the West, while live-action adaptations like One Piece are currently topping most-watched lists around the world.
As a result, it's not all that hard to find ways to watch anime anymore. In streaming, you have specialty services like Crunchyroll fully dedicated to streaming the latest anime episodes, while heavyset streamers like Netflix and Hulu have carved a space for original anime acquisitions.
It might be tricker to look for free (and legal!) services streaming anime, though not impossible. There are sites like RetroCrush and Pokemon TV that exclusively stream anime, though you'll have to sit through a couple of ads. Even others, like freevee and Pluto TV, feature all sorts of shows and live channels, not just anime, in case you're looking for more varied content. Below, we the best free streaming services for anime.