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Netflix vs. KissAnime

Netflix vs. KissAnime


This post was supposed to go live yesterday, but I was out all day until around 10:30pm, so here we are. Normally today would be set aside for the latest episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, but since it’s just a filler episode I figured I’d skip that review for today in favor of this post.

It’s finally time for the second entry into my Battle of the Streaming Platforms series, and this time I’ll be taking a look at two polar opposites, Netflix and KissAnime. In case you missed it, the first entry in this series looked at Crunchyroll vs. Funimation.

But, for anyone new to this series, the format is as follows: I discuss five different aspects of each of the streaming services in question, website mobile app, free tier, subtitles, and title selection. Then, at the end of the post I rate how each service performed in each section out of five and add up their total points.

For example, if a streaming platform scored a 3/5 in all five categories, its final score would be 15/25.

If you’re just interested in the end results, they’ll be listed in a table down in the conclusion. But, for everyone else, let’s get started by taking a look at the websites for Netflix and KissAnime respectively.


For most streaming services, the website is one of the most important aspects because this is likely where a majority of your users are viewing your content. However, I’d be willing to bet that isn’t the case for Netflix.

Instead, Netflix has native apps on just about every platform, be they mobile, game consoles, TVs, or computers, so there’s not really ever a reason to use their actual website. That said, their website is one of the best when it comes to streaming services because it’s built exactly like their apps.

Netflix website anime series
Netflix Website

Not only is the panel layout visually appealing, but it’s also extremely easy to find anything you’re looking for either through the search function or the genre groupings. And, as a bonus, by simply hovering over each entry you can view a trailer and read a brief summary without needing to go to a separate page.

On the other hand we have KissAnime, which functions more like a searchable forum of anime entries. The basic search functionality is still the same as with Netflix or any other site, and so this is probably your best bet for finding what you want to watch.

However, the problem there is that you’ll likely want to know what you want to watch before even venturing to KissAnime. Unless the episode or series you’re looking for was just added to their database, you’ll have to do some digging in order to find it.

Now, this is the part at which I’d showcase a picture of how KissAnime is structured so you can visually compare it to Netflix, but if you’re familiar with the site you’ll understand why I can’t do that. KissAnime doesn’t allow adblock of any kind, and because of that, it’s covered in ads for hentai games.

This is probably the biggest drawback to the KissAnime site. Not only does this mean you and those around you will have to see all of these ads, but it also means that your load times may take a bit longer. A lot of ads on a page means there are a lot of things to load, and this can sometimes affect performance.

Mobile App

Alright, so Netflix wins the website category because it has a sleek, elegant design without ads, but what about the mobile app category? Surely KissAnime can mount a comeback here, right? Well, if you thought that was the case then you’d be wrong.

In fact, KissAnime doesn’t have a mobile app, so I can’t even give it a rating for this category. So, by default, Netflix wins again.

But, just because Netflix gets an automatic win for the category doesn’t mean I won’t discuss what it does well, or not so well, in this aspect. As you might have guessed, Netflix’s app is extremely good considering it functions exactly like its apps across all other platforms.

However, what really sets Netflix’s mobile app apart from say, the one from Crunchyroll which I looked at in the last entry of this series, is the ability to download series and movies. Whenever I go on a long trip, I always make sure to download multiple anime series and movies beforehand so I can watch them without using up data.

Yes, downloading anime to your phone takes up a decent amount of space, but you have to remember that it’s a temporary use of space. Once you finish an episode or movie, the app will either automatically delete it from your device, or ask if you’d like to delete it, depending on your settings.

Free Tier

Alright, so KissAnime wasn’t really able to put up any sort of fight in that previous category, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean it’s out of the competition just yet. That’s because this next category, the free tier, goes in KissAnime’s favor by default.

Since everyone I know has a Netflix subscription in one form or another, it’s sometimes hard to remember that it’s solely a subscription-based service. If you don’t pay, you can’t watch anything via Netflix’s platform, which means it’s automatically disqualified from this category.

But, just having a free tier wouldn’t be enough for KissAnime to make a comeback in this competition, so is there anything special about it? In fact, there is. The great thing about KissAnime’s free tier is that free is the only tier it has. That’s right, everything is free, so there’s no episodes, series, or movies locked away just for members.

However, if everything being free sounds a bit too good to be true, then you’d be right. As previously mentioned, the site is plastered with undesirable ads with no way of removing them. If you happen to visit KissAnime without first having it whitelisted, prepare for a ban lasting at least 24 hours.

That said, at least it doesn’t have video player ads, so your viewing will never get interrupted.


Subtitles have the potential to make or break an anime, so it’s no surprise that they would be important enough to have their own category. In this section, we’ll see two very different methods of navigating the wonderful world of subtitles.

First, let’s take a look at Netflix. Whoever does the subtitles for anime over at Netflix (or not at Netflix if they outsource this job) does great work. Unlike the subtitles of other services, I haven’t noticed any typos or egregious assaults on grammar, and that’s pretty important.

However, Netflix’s subtitles go beyond just being well written. Depending on the platform you’re using Netflix on, you can also customize how the subtitles appear to either make them easier to read, or just give them a different style that you like more.

You may remember from the previous entry into this series that Funimation has a similar subtitle customization feature, but the key difference here is that with Netflix it’s optional. The base subtitle settings are just fine on Netflix, while on Funimation they were so bad you’re forced to edit them.

But, Funimation isn’t the focus of today’s discussion, KissAnime is. So how are KissAnime’s subtitles compared to those of Netflix?

To put it frankly, they’re bad. KissAnime doesn’t have a team of translators who work on each episode and make sure the subtitles are polished before release. No, instead KissAnime relies on fan-subs, which is to say subtitles done by fans of the particular anime.

Sometimes these subs can be good, and sometimes they can be horrendous. And, when they’re bad, they’re extremely bad. When the Violet Evergarden special first released I watched it on KissAnime (it’s now made it to Netflix as well), and the subtitles were incomprehensible at times, which really detracted from the episode.

Basically, if you’re using KissAnime and want to have readable subtitles, you’d better hope the anime you’re watching is popular and has been out for a while. The good subtitles often take longer to be released than the bad ones, so you might have to wait a few weeks before you can get them.

For those of you wondering where my review of Zoku Owarimonogatari is, this is the reason I haven’t watched it yet. Since I love that series so much, I’m choosing to wait for it to be released somewhere with good subtitles rather than risking watching it with bad ones.

Title Selection

But, as you might expect, the other categories above don’t matter for much if a streaming platform doesn’t have anything you want to watch on it. So, how do Netflix and KissAnime compare to each other in that regard?

While Netflix has certainly gotten a lot better with both the quantity and quality of the anime it has in its library, its anime library still isn’t all that expansive compared to other streaming services. This is likely due to the fact that Netflix isn’t purely an anime streaming service.

Yes, they have some amazing anime over on Netflix, but your options are definitely limited. KissAnime, on the other hand, doesn’t have this problem. Because it’s not exactly a legal streaming site, it doesn’t have to worry about whether or not it has the rights to stream any particular anime.

This means that you can find just about any anime on KissAnime, even if it’s nowhere else to be found. I’ll admit that I use KissAnime, but only for anime which I can’t find on another service, such as Neon Genesis Evangelion (which Netflix somehow now acquired).

So, while KissAnime has a lot of issues, it still has a library which is about at extensive as it can get. I’ve never searched for something there and hadn’t been able to find it.


And, now it’s time to take a look at the results in the chart below.

Service Website Mobile App Free Tier Subtitles Title Selection
Netflix 5 5 x 5 3
KissAnime 1 x 4 2 5

As you can see, Netflix won three out of five categories, while KissAnime only came away with two. They also each failed to score in one of the categories, so their scores are effectively out of 20 points instead of 25.

The final tally for this entry in the Battle of the Streaming Platforms series is Netflix with 18/25 points and KissAnime with 12/25 points. But, just because Netflix won this competition doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for every person in every situation.

If you’re looking for a better user experience, then Netflix has your back for a monthly fee and a more limited title selection. However, if you’re all about getting everything for free, want an extremely large title selection, and don’t care about giving up some user comfort, then KissAnime is a great option.

I’m not sure when the next entry of this series is going to be released, but I’m thinking it will be between Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, so you can look forward to that. I’ll also release an infographic displaying the results of this series over on Twitter @DoubleSama in the near future.

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Top 5 Anime on Netflix

Top 5 Anime on Netflix


Over the past few years, Netflix has really stepped up their anime game. In fact, I hadn’t used it for anime in months, and when I logged in this morning what I found was a fairly substantial amount of new and interesting series.

But, just because Netflix has gotten better in regards to anime still doesn’t mean they’re the best at it. For example, if you want to watch a series that’s currently airing and Netflix has the broadcasting rights for it, then you’re out of luck until at least the end of the season.

Of course there are other ways to watch these series, but I’ll stay on topic for today.

I don’t know if this is part of the deal Netflix made to get the rights to these series, or if Netflix just really doesn’t understand how the anime community works. My guess is the latter, but we may never know.

The other problem I have with Netflix is how it handles titles for which it has exclusive streaming rights. Slapping “Netflix Original” on series and movies is a great way to confuse people who may not be familiar with the anime industry or Netflix’s business practices.

Basically, if something is referred to as a “Netflix Original” that just means Netflix paid for exclusive streaming rights. Netflix did not make the anime or other show in a vast majority of these cases. Also, by labeling series as their originals and releasing them long after they originally aired, Netflix is able to pass off old series as new.

One example of these practices in effect is how they handle the Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie. They call it a “Netflix Original,” but it was made in Japan by Japanese people and studios with no affiliation to Netflix. Further, the movie came out in 2017, but Netflix advertised it as a 2018 movie (although it even says 2017 on their platform) to make it seem newer than it really was.

But, enough about how Netflix is an unscrupulous company, let’s take a look at some of the best anime it currently has to offer.

5. Your Lie in April

Kousei Arima from the anime series Your Lie in April
Kousei Arima

Your Lie in April is a drama about music and love. It follows a 14-year-old prodigy pianist named Kousei Arima as he learns to navigate through life with the help of his friends and the only thing he was ever good at, the piano.

This series is also technically a romance anime, but the way I see it, the romance in it is secondary. The main focus is on learning that even though life sucks sometimes, there are always reasons to keep moving forward, whether they be friends, family, passions, or romance.

The female lead of Kaori Miyazono helps Kousei to reignite his passion for playing music and teaches him some valuable lessons about how to look at the world along the way. The best comparison I can make to another series would be March comes in like a lion.

This series is also 22 episodes long, so while it’s possible to binge in a single day if that’s your thing, it’s going to take up most of it.

4. Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward Elrich from the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist
Edward Elrich

This is usually the part at which I say FMA and FMA:B are both good in their own rites and that I have them rated the same, but today I feel like doubling down on the fact that I prefer FMA over FMA:B. And, before you get mad about that, a lot more people have seen FMA:B than FMA, so they don’t need me to recommend it; they’ve already seen it.

With that out of the way, FMA is the darker of the two series, and that’s a big reason as to why I prefer it. It’s six years older than FMA:B, so it doesn’t look as pretty, but I genuinely think the story is better. And, if you don’t know, it’s about two brothers who go on an adventure to find the philosopher’s stone so they can get their bodies back.

One of the biggest complaints I often hear about FMA compared to FMA:B is that FMA goes off the rails and doesn’t follow the original source material after about episode 12. While this is true, you need to remember that just because something is source material doesn’t mean it’s better.

Yes, FMA:B follows the source material, but FMA is still a better story regardless. Also, if you somehow haven’t watched either version, I recommend FMA first and FMA:B second. This isn’t because I prefer FMA, it’s actually because since FMA:B looks nicer, I feel FMA will be judged too harshly simply for being older if it’s watched second.

FMA is 51 episodes long, so it’s not something you’ll be able to binge in a single day, but the good part about that is that there’s a lot of content to watch. And, just in case you were wondering, FMA:B is 64 episodes long.

3. In This Corner of the World

Suzu Urano and Shuusaku Houjou from the anime movie In This Corner of the World
Suzu and Shuusaku

In This Corner of the World is the only movie to be featured on this list, and what a movie it is. It’s a historical drama, so you already know I love it based on that alone. The story follows a girl named Suzu Urano as she lives in a small town near Hiroshima during WWII.

As you can probably tell from that one sentence description, this is a very real and depressing movie. However, the art style contradicts the events of the movie in a fairly extreme way. It has an almost Studio Ghibli feel to it, and a watercolor-like color palette.

And, I get it, the art style might put some people off, but I promise that the art style works for the story that’s being told. I’ve refused to watch anime due to art styles in the past, but I can admit that often when I actually give such anime a chance, I find that the art usually adds to the experience rather than takes away from it.

Also, since this is a movie rather than a series, it’s also the entry on this list which requires the smallest time commitment. I watched it on a flight, so it’s something relatively easy to fit into even the busiest of schedules.

2. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden from the anime series Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden is the newest anime on this list, having just aired at the beginning of 2018. As with Your Lie in April and In This Corner of the World, it’s a drama with a heavy focus on the drama. The series follows a girl by the name of Violet who’s trying to figure out her new life after the Great War took everything from her.

She lost the only person she ever cared about, as well as both of her arms. But, despite the hardships she’s been through, she works hard to make her new life a meaningful one for those around her while also learning the meaning of love.

Visually speaking, this is probably the prettiest anime I’ve ever seen. That combined with an extremely emotional story is what makes Violet Evergarden so good. And, episode 10 is probably the single best anime episode I’ve ever seen. I’ll probably dedicate a future post just to that one episode.

There are 13 episodes in the main season and a special 14th episode which can also be found on Netflix. The 14th episode lands somewhere in the middle of the season chronologically, but I don’t remember where exactly. And, there’s a movie coming out in early 2020 if I’m not mistaken.

1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki from the anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Madoka and Sayaka

And, finally, the best anime currently on Netflix, Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This is one of those anime I was talking about earlier when I mentioned that art style had put me off of series in the past. For a long time I didn’t watch Madoka because I thought the art style looked stupid, but now it’s my second favorite anime period.

Of all the series on this list, Madoka is the one which can really be spoiled the most, so I’ll be discussing it in some vague terms here. It’s a dark, psychological-ish take on the magical girl genre, and it’s executed masterfully.

The art style is specifically chosen to contrast with the plot of the series, just like with In This Corner of the World, School-Live!, and Made in Abyss. And, not only does the art style serve a specific purpose for the series, but it’s pretty unique and amazing too once you really look at it.

It’s a 12 episode series, so it’s manageable to binge in a single sitting if you so choose. There are also three movies for Madoka on Netflix, but the only one I would recommend is the third one, Rebellion. The first two movies are just recap movies and cut content from the series so I would just stick to the series and then Rebellion movie.

And, as a bonus, there’s a new Madoka anime coming this year hopefully.


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