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Anime Apps for the Droid

Growing up, there were a few cartoons that were brought over from Japan and rebranded for American kids.  We ate up Starblazers, Battle of the Planets and Voltron, unaware of its true origins overseas.  With time, Japanese animation grew into its own and Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Dragonball, Naruto and their ilk grabbed the hearts and minds of a new generation of children, as well as their older counterparts who watched more adult oriented anime.  Now, watching them isn’t limited just to the television, but to the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X as well.

There are two kinds of anime apps, apps that play a selection of videos and single video apps.  This list will be a mix of both, but may not cover every single app that is a single movie/tv episode.  All of the apps below can be reached on androlib and can be easily installed by using Barcode Scanner to scan the QR code on the page.

  • Appleseed – If you like big guns and mecha battles, then you don’t want to miss this brilliant Masamune Shirow creation.
  • Ani.Me – An anime community and J-lifestyle app for the Droid phones.
  • Anime on Vuclip – Watch free anime videos and search for your favorites.
  • Speed Racer Episode 1 – One of the very first anime on American tv can be viewed directly on your phone. And if episode 1 isn’t enough, Speed Racer Episode 2 is also available.
  • Veoh – Although this is not an app, it is a streaming video website with a healthy amount of movies and tv episodes that can stream directly to your Droid, Droid 2 or Droid X.
  • YouTube – Sure, YouTube app comes preinstalled on Android devices, but there is a wealth of anime on YouTube that you can check out and stream to your handheld device.
  • ZooTopTen – An app that lets you stream the latest, most popular videos on ZooVision.com directly to your phone.  Going to ZooVision.com forced the web browser to download the videos before watching, so this was a more convenient way to handle them.  Zooropa also offers individual video apps for anime, like Lady DeathTwilight: UNBOUND (for Stephanie Meyer fans) and others.  While ZooTopTen is free, the individual anime are not.

The one big advantage that the iPhone and iPad has over the Droid phones is the Crunchyroll app, which gives a huge select of anime to watch from the Crunchyroll website.  The diversity of anime on the Droid will become more diverse in the near future when the announced Hulu Plus and Netflix finally come to the Droid.  In the meantime, there is a good selection of anime to watch on your Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X phones.

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