If you’ve seen the #animefreak hashtag trending on Instagram, you might be somewhat confused.

While there’s a chance someone might be tagging an Instagram or Twitter post with the hashtag to denote their ‘freakish’ love of anime, in a lot of cases it’s referring to the AnimeFreak website.

VISIT ANIMEFREAK

The Anime Freak Website

Don’t try Googling for AnimeFreak, however, because at the time of this writing in January 2019, it doesn’t appear to be indexed in Google.

If you head over to Bing, however, you can ‘Bing’ it and see it appear. According to the site’s meta-data, AnimeFreak allows you to Watch Anime Online.

More specifically “Watch anime online in high quality. Free download high-quality anime. Various formats from 240p to 720p HD (or even 1080p). HTML5 available for mobile devices.”

We can only guess that because the site infringes on copyrighted content that Google decided to stop sending traffic to it- but that’s only speculation our part.

In fact, if you dig into their About page, they explain that “AFTV ( This website ) is an indexing service. Where anime videos all over the web listed cleanly with Anime-Episode logic. So you can watch your favourite anime without searching each episode in MySpace, Veoh, MegaVideo etc… Just click Next Episode”

If you head over to their most Popular section, you’ll see they’ve got some of the biggest titles in anime:

  1. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
  2. One Piece
  3. Goblin Slayer
  4. Black Clover (TV)
  5. Sword Art Online: Alicization
  6. Fairy Tail: Final Series
  7. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  8. Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season
  9. Naruto Shippuuden
  10. One Punch Man
  11. Overlord III
  12. Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season
  13. Bleach
  14. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
  15. Boku no Hero Academia
  16. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
  17. Overlord
  18. Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season
  19. Naruto
  20. Overlord II

#animefreak on Instagram

If you search out the hashtag on Instagram, you’ll find a ton of interesting images:

It would seem that a lot of anime fans and artists employ the hashtag to denote their fandom.

So it’s somewhat unclear what the intention behind the hashtag actually is. It’s probably a mixture- or maybe the website itself just latched on to a common anime hashtag because it sounds so catchy.

Another popular #animefreak Instagram post comes from karmen.55:

#animefreak On Twitter?

Over on Twitter, if you search out the hashtag, you get a mish-mash of different Tweets. There’s no real coherent theme- which implies that #animefreak doesn’t have any inherent meaning. It’s more of an adjective, a self-descriptive, for anime fans to denote their fanatical love of the genre:

Where Can You Watch Anime Online?

Is anything as relaxing as sitting down to just enjoy some anime? American and Western dramas often last an hour per episode, and in this day and age, that’s actually quite a lot of time to block out for just one story. On the other hand, anime provides half-hour installments complete with engaging drama, vibrant colors, frenetic action, and off-the-wall comedy.

There was a time when you could only watch anime by going to a local video store and praying they’d have some titles that you might rent. However, in the digital age of streaming content, there’s quite a bit out there you can find online. Keep reading to learn where you can watch anime online.

YouTube

YouTube is a great place to start, mainly because it’s free. It’s also a great place to find old episodes of some rare TV series. You can find anime channels like Anime Bancho, Funimation, and Nozomi Entertainment, carrying shows like His and Her Circumstances, Rental Magica, One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato. The downside is that it’s hit or miss, as the user base is dedicated but small, and content can change at any time. There’s also honestly just not that much here. Yet, it’s a familiar and free place to start.

Netflix

If you’re a casual fan, Netflix.com is a good place to look. You might already have access through a Netflix account, which you can use to log into their website. At the time of writing, the service was streaming more than four dozen different titles in their anime section, along with a number of exclusives you won’t find anywhere else. Check out their sleeper hit Aggretsuko about a red panda who works by day at a trading firm and vents nightly frustrations through belting death metal karaoke. Netflix offers a free 30-day trial for new users so you can check it out without making a commitment.

Hulu

Along a similar line, Hulu is another streaming service with a free 30-day trial or low monthly fees. However, Hulu has more classic anime than Netflix, with titles such as Grave of the Fireflies, Ghost in the Shell, and Akira, along with new titles like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia.

Funmation

Funimation has a YouTube channel but also a website. This premium access service brings dubbed anime straight from Japan, often offering the earliest access to new dubs.

Viewster

Viewster is ad-supported, but it’s also a great option for particular niches that you might be into. You can access it through a website and streaming content devices.

Crunchyroll

Are you a hardcore fan? The gold standard in all online anime is easily Crunchyroll. It’s a premium service with a monthly charge, but it has over 800 shows, with routine updates straight from Japan itself.

The Internet is now everywhere and that means that you can watch anime online everywhere that you have an online connection. You can do it at work or home using a desktop computer or gaming console, or you can do it on the go with a laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone. Use this combination of free and premium options to find the anime you already love or have yet to fall in love with. Enjoy!

The Top Anime Hashtags

If you look at the All Hashtag website, they say that these are the most popular anime hashtags:

  1. #anime
  2. #animedrama
  3. #animefreaks
  4. #animecalifornia
  5. #animefollow
  6. #animesuspense
  7. #animeaesthetic
  8. #animeall
  9. #animecuteboy
  10. #animenext2016
  11. #animeelf
  12. #animecrochet
  13. #animecoolboy
  14. #animemanga
  15. #animeofficial
  16. #animetasia
  17. #animeclothingmeme
  18. #animebreathe
  19. #AnimeGemelle
  20. #animedraw
  21. #animeaddicted
  22. #animeerza
  23. #animehairs
  24. #ANIMEPROJECT
  25. #animedatealive2
  26. #animescreen
  27. #animebutterfly
  28. #animematsuri
  29. #animeband
  30. #animedude

It’s a good list- especially if you’re trying to get some visibility to your anime content. Try using them the next time you post on Twitter or Instagram.

Summing Up

This was an interesting one- #animefreak obviously is used to characterize animation fans, while also representing the name of one of the biggest anime streaming sites on the internet. One that, apparently, was so too big for its britches and got deindexed by Google! Whatever the case may be, we’ve now untangled the mystery of this pecuilar hashtag.

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