Anime is a form of Japanese animation that is primarily directed to an older audience. It has a large fan following and some of the shows actually have a pretty well developed storyline. The only downside is that anime is available only a few select television channels.
For anime fans who cannot get a fix of their favorite show on TV, the Internet offers hope. Just like TV shows, most anime is also uploaded to online video-sharing sites. It can be quite irksome to search for a single show or episode though. Thankfully, Crawlanime does all the hard work for you.
Crawlanime is an indexing site for anime. The site has a pretty comprehensive list of anime videos all over the internet. The site lists anime in decreasing order of available videos. This means shows with the highest number of videos are displayed first. If you're looking for something specific though, you can always use the index on the left side of the page.
Clicking on a show opens up a page with all the available episodes. Once you select an episode, a new page opens up, with the links. The initial links all go to Veoh, which are usually the 5-minute previews and require you to have VeohTv to watch them. But if you scroll down, you will come to links from other video-sharing sites, most notably YouTube and Dailymotion.
Crawlanime provides hours of entertainment, especially if you're into anime. I'd like to see the site have a small stat counter that tells people which are the most viewed videos. That way, new users can check out popular shows and decide if it's for them.
What do you think of Crawlanime? Do you know of any other anime indexing sites? How do you think the availability of anime online affects broadcasters and TV channels? Let me know in the comments.
Update: Crawlanime is no longer available. You can use an alternative such as Watch Anime Online Database to get links to the latest Anime and Mangas.
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