|Article by Michael Pinto
In the early days before streaming subscription sites like Crunchyroll were around YouTube was quite the hub of anime, however sadly most of it was illegal. Much of that is gone now, although there is still quite a bit of official anime on YouTube if you know where to look for it. In many cases official YouTube channels are used for trailers, however in a few rare cases channels do show full episodes of anime (or even an entire film). In addition to anime, we've also included official sites for videogames and manga since those can be quite interesting to watch.
This is updated about once a month and filled with promos for new shows.
This channel includes both live action and anime from Bandai. It's updated quite a bit and is mostly promos. Although if you love watching toy commercials from Japan this channel is a must follow.
Bandai Namco Games
This channel is just for videogames and is updated quite a bit. It should be noted that many of these videogames have an anime look, or can be based on anime shows like Mobile Suit Gundam and One Piece.
Bandai Namco Kids
This channel is updated about once a week and is focused on videogames for younger kids (like Dragonball Heroes).
Fuji TV Kids
Is this anime? No! Are there a ton of silly puppet videos with singing in Japanese? Yes!
This channel is updated quite a bit and is filled with anime promos for new shows and films. There are also promo spots for anime realted videogames as well.
Since Kodansha is a major manga publisher in Japan, what you'll find here are quite a few cool manga promotional videos. There are also interviews, but unless you understand Japanese you may get lost pretty quickly.
This anime channel is updated at least once a week and is filled with promos for new anime shows.
What I like about this channel is that in additional to the usual anime promos that show you clips of the new shows, this channel also has voice actors dressed in full cosplay plugging their latest work.
TMS does everything from Lupin III to anime shows for very young kids (and everything in between) and this channel reflects that with their promos.
This channel is mostly live action, but a must follow if you love the Power Rangers! There are also anime promos to be found as well as well as trailers for live action feature films.
This is a popular television channel in Japan: While there are many promos here for live action shows there is also quite a bit of anime to be found.
Madman is an amaing company from Australia: On this channel there are promos for their shows, You can rent or own some shows, but this feature is only available in Australia.
This is one of the better channels: They have several dubbed anime films which you can watch for free. And of course there are quite a few anime promo videos as well.
I love this channel! This is a collection of quite a few Tezuka anime series, all of which are free. This includes classics like AstroBoy and Kimba. they also get bonus points from me for having all of Tezuka's indie art films.
The Anime Network
This channel is pretty much all promos, but most have links to their site where you can watch an episode for free. Although this channel isn't updated that often.
This channel is updated quite a bit and in addition to trailers also has quite a few interviews.
There are quite a few promos here, although if you visit their website on a regular basis you can see the actual shows on their site.
I love this channel because FUNimation puts up a ton of opening and ending credits for their shows! And of course there are quite a few anime trailers and clips which are uploaded on a regular basis.
This is one of the few channels that actually shows full anime episodes. This channel isn't updated that often, but worth watching if you'd like to see a full show.
An amazing channel because you can watch an entire anime film for free! They also have free episodes of the retro anime series Dirty Pair as well.
Namco Bandai Games
This channel is all about the videogames, although many of the videogames have anime themes.
NIS main focus is bringing anime themed games to America — so this channel is filled with promos for their latest games.
This channel is pretty much only used for official trailers, although it's a great way to keep tabs on what Viz is up to.