Are you seeking new anime movies or shows to watch online?
I bet you are, and that’s why you’re here.
You are probably saying Justin, I looked everywhere but I can’t find a good anime. How do I find a new anime to watch? Just tell me already!
Finding the right anime for you can be tricky. The web is full of so much anime; it can be overwhelming and difficult to find a good new anime for you. I’ve been there, trust me.
I’ve learned through trial, error, and a lot of wasted time about how to find an anime you like based on what you like, and how to do it efficiently. If you follow my guide, you can save yourself some time and hopefully headaches too.
After all, you’d rather be watching some really cool anime right now instead of reading this guide, right?
This guide will get right to the point show you exactly how to find a new anime to watch, here we go!
1. Select a Genre
Before you can do this, you need to understand what each term means. I’ve been watching anime for a long time, and I wasn’t really sure what each genre meant. However, once I had a solid grasp on each genre, it allowed me to easily find the anime I was interested in.
The genres typically are:
Action, Adventure, Animation, Bishounen, Comedy, Demons, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Game, Harem, Hentai, Historical, Horror, Josei, Kids, Romance, Magic, Martial Arts, Mecha, Military, Mystery, Psychological, Samurai, School, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Shoujo, Shounen, Slice of Life, Space, Sports, Super Power, Supernatural, and Vampire.
If you’re confused by what each genre means, checkout my post Anime Genres List and Meanings, and I will explain everything for you!
Some sites offer anime genre lists, but a lot of times you will be looking for anime in the action-adventure genre or other mixed categories instead of just a new romance anime.
For that reason, it is far more effective use an anime genre search engine, and we will get to that a little further down.
2. Determine if you want to watch an anime series, OVAs, or a Film/Movie
Series – These are longer and take a certain time commitment. If you’re looking for something to look forward to watching for a few weeks, months, or even years, this is probably what you want. Episodes are generally 24 to 30 minutes long and long-running series often feature filler episodes.
OVAs – OVA stands for Original Video Animation and these are in between series and movies in terms of length. OVAs are longer than an episode of an anime series, but shorter than a movie. These are higher budget mini-movies, and are often prequels or sequels to a series. However they also come as stand-a-lone series and sometimes spinoffs of finished series. The musical/video/content quality is typically higher than an anime series episode for episode.
Films/Movies – These are high-budget, usually offer the best in terms of musical/video quality, and are generally 90 to 120 minutes long. Films are great if you’re looking to see a plot come to its completion without any slow or dragged out moments.
3. Search for the content using an anime genre search engine
Once you’ve narrowed it down to the genres and type of format you’re looking for, you can find anime shows or series by genre quite easily! Many websites exist that allow you to search for your anime within these parameters.
There is one located here at Good Anime Review and Myanimelist has a good one as well.
Many websites also include a rating system which you can add into your search, but I only recommend this if you trust the author’s opinion. Chances are if they consider an anime 5 stars and you don’t like it, you won’t agree with their other ratings either.
It’s also important to note the year the anime was made.
Regardless of how good an anime is, if you don’t like the animation – which is related to budget and the year it was made – you probably won’t be too drawn into it. Anime from 2005 to 2013 tend to be the best in term of visuals, however there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, The Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal OVAs were produced in 1999 but remain top-notch even by today’s standards.
4. Read the Anime Review
Go to your trusty review site and check out what they have to say about it. I prefer sites that breakdown the good and the bad, so it’s easy to get a feel for the anime without having to read a large block of text. Some sites are bias, so make sure to use one that tells you both sides of the story.
I do this here at Good Anime Review, and if I haven’t reviewed the anime you are looking for yet, I recommend searching through Wikipedia. Their reviews are usually very detailed without giving away spoilers.
5. Purchase the Anime DVD/Bluray or Stream from Crunchyroll or Netflix
It depends on what you want to do here. Personally, I do all 3. I will tell you the advantages of each one.
Crunchyroll – They offer a free 14-day premium membership that you can cancel before being charged and then it costs $6.95 a month. Here you can get the latest episodes of currently airing anime and they have a huge selection. You can find anime both English subbed and English dubbed here. Usually you will be watching this through a web browser.
Netflix – They offer a free 30 day trial that you can cancel before being billed, and then it costs $7.99 a month. I consider Netflix better than Crunchyroll. While they don’t have quite as many anime, the overall service is better streamlined. Netflix is easy to use on IPhones, Androids, Tablets, Computers, Xbox, PlayStation, and basically anything with an internet connection. Because it is its own program, you don’t have to deal with logging into a website just to watch what you want. Lastly, they offer a wide selection of TV shows and movies, beyond the scope of anime.
Purchasing the DVD or Bluray – I usually watch an anime on Netflix or Crunchyroll first, and if I really like the series, I will purchase the DVD or Bluray edition. I like having the hard-copies so I can watch my favorite anime when I don’t have a strong internet connection. Also, if you want to gift someone, the hardcopy is obviously the better choice.
To find out more about Crunchyroll and Netflix, check out my post on How to Watch Anime for Free Online.
I hope this post helped you find what you were looking for, or at least gave you the blueprint for finding something new!
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I will get back to you right away.