Best Anime Kodi Addons – How to Watch Anime on Kodi

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If you’re an anime fan, Kodi is one of your best options for getting all of your favorite anime in one spot. Instead of splitting your time between different websites, Kodi allows you to gain access to some popular services, as well as addons that scrape from a wide range of anime streaming services. Although there are dozens of great options, we chose to list only the best Kodi anime addons in this article.



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How to Watch Live TV on Kodi – A Video Guide

 

Before we get down to business, you may want to consider following along with the accompanying video guide to this article below. Everything you need to know from this article, compressed into just over ten minutes!


Research Methodology

As we stated in the intro, there’s a large number of Anime Kodi addons out there. Many of them cater specifically to anime fans while others have large anime sections. We utilized the following research methods to figure out which ones are the best:

  • Online web searches
  • Forum searches
  • Kodi super repository searches
  • Personalized extensive testing

This allowed us to cast a very wide net. Our list reflects a rather rigorous testing process, in which we analyzed addons based on the number of anime offered, the frequency of updates (addons with new season anime took preference), addon organization, stream loading and quality, and of course the option for dubs and subs. Given how many non-Kodi methods exist to watch anime, we tried to give only the addons that offered the best experience and make the effort it takes to download and install the addons worth your time.


Popular Kodi Addons Featuring Anime

Phoenix

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You can find our Phoenix installation guide here.

Phoenix actually has a very good anime library. It’s not the largest one we’ve found overall, but it is a good choice with several hundred anime listed. Phoenix is an especially good choice if you’re looking for an addon that gives you more options for different types of streaming content. You can find the anime here under the “Cartoon Crazy” section. There, you’ll see that you have the option to search for anime or browse based on genre or the “latest”. The number of options under the “genres” section is a bit staggering. There’s 137, to be exact. You don’t have the option to choose between dubbed or subbed here, but the number of options, ease of use and the fact that Phoenix is a regularly updated addon makes it a good place to turn.


Anime-Specific Kodi Addons

KissAnime

KissAnime

Click here to access our KissAnime installation guide.

KissAnime has over 130 pages of anime TV shows and movies. From our estimate, this equates to over 6,000 anime TV shows and films. That places KissAnime as the number one option we’ve reviewed. Furthermore, you’ll find that the menu is very well-organized, while KissAnime is one of the few addons that lets you know directly whether a stream is subbed or dubbed. The menu gives you the option to search for new or old anime genre, alphabetically, OVAs, movies, completed series, on-going series, and even by popularity. It even comes with a History section that lets you know what you’ve been watching, and several sections for favorite lists. In all, this is our #1 favorite option for watching anime on Kodi.

Animego

Animego

You can easily install Animego by using the Fusion Installer (now called Indigo). Otherwise, follow these steps:

Kodi home

  • Click on Add-ons

Kodi settings

  • Click on “Install from zip”

Anime install

  • Locate where you just installed the file dk-xbmc-repaddon-X.X.X.zip (the X.X.X represents changing version numbers). Click to install the repository

anime install

  • Return to your System > Addons screen
  • Click on “Install from repository”

Kodi repository

  • Locate and click on the dk-xbmc repaddon Add-on Repository you just installed

Kodi repos

  • Click on Video add-ons

Kodi repos

  • Click on and install Animego

Kodi repos Animego

Animego is an incredibly well-developed option for anime fans. As the name suggests, the addon is purely anime-focused. Not only will you find a wide and fully-featured menu system for searching through anime, you’ll also find that this addon provides access to a very large amount of anime: over 500 different shows. You’ll also find hundreds of anime movies here. Our random sampling found excellent load times, little buffering, although with some issues related to quality. If you’re not obsessed with HD, you may want to make this a go-to option.

Animehere

You can easily install Animehere by using the Fusion Installer (now called Indigo). Otherwise, follow these steps:

Kodi home

  • Click on Add-ons

Kodi settings

  • Click on “Install from zip”

Anime install

  • Locate where you just installed the file dk-xbmc-repaddon-X.X.X.zip (the X.X.X represents changing version numbers). Click to install the repository

anime install

  • Return to your System > Addons screen
  • Click on “Install from repository”

Kodi repository

  • Locate and click on the dk-xbmc repaddon Add-on Repository that you just installed

Kodi repos

  • Click on Video add-ons

Kodi repos

  • Click on and install Animehere

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Animehere is easily a one-stop for anyone looking for a Kodi addon that scrapes a large number of anime. You’ll find hundreds and hundreds of anime and a well-developed menu structure. The best part of the Anbimehere Kodi addon is perhaps the fact that each anime comes with a subtitle that shows you the latest episode with the latest episode number. That’s a great thing for anyone who stopped watching an anime show for a while and isn’t sure how many episodes they may have missed. There are also several hundred anime movies, adding on to this addon’s appeal.The only downside to this addon is the fact that the section that allows you to browse by year doesn’t really work. The years are listed, but nothing shows up under each one of them, which is particularly disappointing.


Potential Options to Consider

AnimeFTW.tv

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You can download this plugin here. After downloading, you can find the file under System > Settings > Add-ons > Install from zip. Find the installed file, then click to install. You can then find it under Videos > Add-ons.

AnimeFTW.tv is a potentially good option — but only if you are willing to cough up some money to get it. You can download the addon, however, it does not allow you to stream much content on Kodi unless you have a paid account. You can only view the first two episodes of any anime with a basic membership. This is unlike Funimation and Crunchyroll, both of which provide a good amount of content for free, with newer content provided to paying customers. We can’t attest to how good or bad this addon is, so we’ve provided only the basic download information.

Funimation

Funimation

You can easily download the Funimation addon by going to Videos > Add-ons > Get more. You can scroll down until you find the addon, then click and hit install.

The good thing about Funimation? You’ll have no qualms or questions about the legality of accessing any of the content. The bad side? You’re severely limited in what you can view on here for free. There are hundreds of anime available through Funimation, with a nice menu layout that makes it easy to find new stuff or old stuff, but you’re limited in how many episodes you can access — including for older series that have already ended. Funimation is an ok option, but it’s not really the best.

Anime-IPTV

AnimeIPTV

You can easily install this addon by clicking here to install the plugin zip file, then going System > Add-ons > Install from zip. Find the file you downloaded, then click to install the addon.

Several other anime services joined together with Anime-IPTV to create a single service. You won’t find anything particularly unique with this service, except perhaps for the fact that the menu options are not in English. Nevertheless, they’re still mostly easy to navigate, and you can find your way to the videos you’re looking for pretty quickly. The service actually just provides links to four other anime streaming sites, so Anime-IPTV itself is not just one thing. You may or may not find good success with this one. While we were able to get good content from it on some occasions, at other times nothing would load for us or would load somewhat slowly.

Crunchyroll

This addon is excellent for anyone who has a Crunchyroll account or wants to access Crunchyroll content and has a premium Crunchyroll account.  This addon is also located in the Official Kodi Repository. To download this addon, go to Videos > Add-ons > Get more.


The Great Debate: Are Anime Streaming Sites Trustworthy? Should You Use Them At All?

Perhaps one of the biggest debates among anime fans lies in the very websites that give us access to our favorite shows. Anime is increasingly popular outside of Japan, thanks in no small part to a large number of websites that stream content online. Although the American and other non-Japanse audience only accounts for a small part of overall revenue for anime producers, many are increasingly catering to the growing international market. This includes putting in content that clearly appeals to American fans, as well as working harder to get anime films dubbed and onto major television networks and streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crunchyroll, and Cartoon Network.

However, many anime fans are currently wondering whether it is still acceptable to stream content through many third party sites, especially when it is well-known that those sites give nothing back to the content creators. Additionally, many third-party anime streaming sites are loaded with advertisements and occasionally viruses. The security of many sites is overall questionable, making many anime fans question using them altogether.

As such, many fans are now turning to using websites that host content legally and give money back to the content creators in Japan, an overall win-win scenario for anime fans. Perhaps the most popular of these right now is Crunchyroll.

Crunchyroll works by providing anime fans with two potential options. First, anime fans can access Crunchyroll’s content for free. This free content is ad-supported. Additionally, anyone accessing Crunchyroll’s free content will have to wait a week for new content. However, Crunchyroll also offers a paid version of their website which allows users to gain immediate access to new shows on the same day they air in Japan, and lets users watch all shows ad-free. Crunchyroll charges less than $10 a month for this service.

Given that Crunchyroll works with content creators, who get a share of the profits, many anime fans feel more comfortable streaming through Crunchyroll as a better alternative than utilizing a third-party site which may be pirating the streams and giving nothing back to anime studios and artists.

Other site and services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, all have their own growing anime sections as well. Is it worth the cost of a service plan to use those services to get anime? That fully depends on where you see value. If you do see value in helping out the anime artists and studios back in Japan, we encourage checking out the paid or ad-supported services.

Alongside this, we also encourage you to turn off ad blockers while using these websites. While they likely will not stop your adblocker usage, adblockers will actually prevent them from making money off of the content and helping to support the Japanese animators who create the content.

That said, if you are using third-party websites to stream content, we fully recommend using the adblockers with these sites. These sites are often poorly secured, with many of the advertisements hosted on these sites host to any number of malware.

If you do choose to use Kodi addons which stream from third-party sites, such as KissAnime, you won’t have issues related to potentially harmful on-page ads or ad placements on the videos.