Aniwave Has Had Issues With Its Streaming Platform for a While — Here's What We Know

Anime fans have used platforms like Aniwave to try and keep up to date on their favorite shows. What is the site like now?

Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga - Author

May 17 2024, Published 10:47 a.m. ET

Many official streaming services have plenty to offer in the world of anime these days. Folks use anime-centered services like Crunchyroll and HIDIVE, but even more widely-known platforms like Netflix and Hulu have included exclusive anime series in their individual libraries. But with paid streaming services becoming more expensive and less accessible to wider audiences, people have resorted to time-honored alternatives to get their anime fix.

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Back when anime wasn't as officially available as it is today, fans often resorted to alternative methods to keep abreast of the most popular shows. In the early days of YouTube, fans of shows like Naruto would have often searched for episodes uploaded there that were split into three-part segments and subbed by various independent groups. These methods still exist today, though they've evolved into more substantial platforms like Aniwave. However, sites like these aren't without their issues.

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Aniwave was a popular site for people to stream anime. What happened to it?

In the wake of more expensive subscription prices to streaming services, people still flock to alternative methods to watch various anime shows. One such site is Aniwave. This particular streaming site consolidates several different anime into one source, eschewing the need to bounce between different official streaming services in order to keep up with shows. The site will even feature shows both new and classic that might not be available internationally to begin with.

Unfortunately, Aniwave can be subject to several performance hiccups, leading many users to ask about its state on a consistent basis. Some folks might encounter the ever-prevalent "Bad Gateway" message that plagues many sites when trying to use Aniwave. As of 2024, users began complaining about a new update on the r/9anime subreddit. Reportedly, the site now features intrusive ad layouts in which ads pop up whenever you pause. Sometimes, an ad may appear whenever you try to navigate to an anime.

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Hosting sites such as Aniwave are often subject to all sorts of issues, whether it's a problem with a shared server with other sites or the ever-evolving landscape of intrusive ads on the internet. For many, the solution remains simple. Various ad-blocking extensions and their subsequent updates have helped users continue to watch anime on Aniwave without too much interruption. Barring that, there exist many other anime hosting sites such as that have worked for people.

Anime fans have always found ways to access their favorite shows on the internet through various methods, official and otherwise. With hosting sites like Aniwave, these platforms can run the gamut when trying to provide anime to as many folks as possible. Luckily, people continue to ride the wave of quick fixes and performance issues to continue streaming anime in a way that works for them.

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