Top 8 Anime Hosting Providers

Anime is a multibillion dollar industry, both in the United States and abroad in Japan and across other parts of Asia. Anime’s diehard fans are always wanting a sneak peek of the latest episode of One Punch Man, or wanting to find a way to share their favorite fan art with others.

One Punch Man scene gif

But, there’s a problem: Anime copyright laws.

Anime copyright laws

Violating anime copyright laws is a much easier task to accomplish than you might think, even if you create and use your own artwork based on an anime series, or if you mean to share the material with positive, non-profit intentions, anime copyright laws are strict and DMCA complaints are common.

Finding the right balance under U.S. fair use laws is another battle, if you post a breakdown of your favorite Bleach episode and happen to include a few pictures of random fan art work you found on the web, for instance, you not only have to worry about complying with fair use laws with the many makers of Bleach, but you also have to worry about crediting and even compensating the artist whose art was used.

Anime web hosting

With all the potential copyright and fair use problems taken into account, there’s another problem facing anime fans wanting to share online: Anime web hosting. The “lack of” anime web hosting is a more appropriate term, since there is only a select group of hosting providers that will allow anime and ignore any incoming DMCA notices from production companies or other legal entities, all of which can bring headaches and trouble.

So if you’re looking to create a streaming anime website without having to worry about potential takedowns, have a look at these top eight anime hosting providers:

Nr. 8 – SecureHost.com

SecureHosting

About SecureHost.com:
Secure Host is an offshore hosting provider established in 2001. With two datacenter locations in the Bahamas, as well as one in Bermuda, SecureHost guarantees complete privacy and security to its users’ data, web sites and names. They offer three types of hosting options: Secure hosting, advanced hosting and dedicated servers.

Anime Friendly Hosting:
Since SecureHost’s servers are located offshore, they are not bound by DMCA copyright laws. Any anime-related copyright complaints will likely be ignored.

Final Remarks:
In order to find out SecureHost’s prices and hosting specifics, such as the number of domains allowed per plan, monthly bandwidth allowance and so on, you have t contact SecureHost directly. But the fact that they are so secretive about their hosting plan specifics, and because they do not allow users to purchase plans directly through their website, tells us just how much this anime-friendly host is dedicated to granting full anonymity and privacy to its users.

Nr. 7 – DarazHost.com

DarazHost Offshore Host

About DarazHost.com:
Established in 2008 and with a main officer based in Brooklyn, New York, DarazHost claims to serve over 10,000 satisfied customers from around the world. Their focus is on smaller businesses and individuals. Their self-proclaimed 99% up-times and 24/7 customer service team is only one small reason to choose DarazHost for hosting anime content.

Anime Friendly Hosting:
DarazHost’s shared hosting plans appear to be cloud-based, while their WordPress hosting is outsourced through eHost. DarazHost also offers VPS hosting and offshore VPS plans, but the regular VPS hosting is outsourced through InterServer. With this said, the only plan you need from this anime-friendly hosting provider is one of their offshore VPS packages, since this is the only plan where DMCA requests will be immediately ignored. Their offshore servers are based in Switzerland, though the company does maintain they also carry servers in the Netherlands.

Final Remarks:
Unfortunately, DarazHost’s shared hosting is the only hosting actually run and maintained in-house by its own employees. Everything else is outsourced through third-parties. But, by all means, and for the purpose of using anime content on your website, check out their offshore VPS plans. The lowest priced offshore plan costs $6.99 per month and allows 1 TB of bandwidth with 10GB of disk space. Their largest offshore package allows 300GB of disk space, and 6TB of bandwidth under 12GB of RAM, which runs at a slightly pricey $109 a month.

Nr. 6 – CyberBunker.com

CyberBunker.com

About CyberBunker.com:
CyberBunker caters to consumers who desire full anonymity, robust servers and a highly secure location. A pioneer of anonymous hosting, CyberBunker was formed in 1998 in the Netherlands. The location of their servers is in one of the most peculiar places you will ever find: Inside a former underground NATO complex that was built in 1955 as a precaution for the Cold War nuclear scare.

Anime Friendly Hosting:
Concerning the products CyberBunker offers, their web hosting plans are currently sold out, but their VPS plans, which run on a shared host platform, are ideal if you’re looking to start up a business related to anime. The VPS prices range from €100 to €200 per month, not including the off-putting setup fee. Unfortunately, the VPS plans do not support Windows operating systems. But any DMCA complaints that come through CyberBunker’s VPS servers because of anime content will likely be ignored.

Final Remarks:
Because of the current status of their shared hosting, and due to the fact that CyberBunker charges high for setting up virtual servers, it’s apparent that this anime web hosting provider is more suited for businesses and enterprises, rather than individuals. CyberBunker is more about security and avoiding legal issues rather than flexible pricing or ease of use. The upside is that the only piece of personally identifiable information they keep on file is an email address, and payments can be made with Bitcoin or Western Union, virtually guaranteeing full anonymity.

Nr. 5 – HostingFlame.org

HostingFlame.org

About HostingFlame.org:
Formerly known as Leechbox, a business formed in 2010 based on giving away premium accounts of Utorrent WebUI, is now a hosting service provider using secure data centers in Haarlem, Netherlands and Virginia, U.S. The Netherlands-based data center was named in 2009 as one of the world’s most energy saving data centers in the world, making it an early adopter of the Green Grid.

Anime Friendly Hosting:
Aside from the shared hosting plans offered for the U.S. based centers, HostingFlame offers offshore hosting under servers in the Netherlands and France. The lowest costing offshore plan is a mere $2.20 a month and allows a single domain and 5GB disk space, which is a great option for individuals wanting to get their anime content online fast. HostingFlame’s highest costing offshore hosting plan also comes at a relatively small cost, at $10.90 a month users get unlimited bandwidth and 90GB disk space.

Final Remarks:
HostingFlame is one of the more cost-effective anime-friendly hosting providers on the web. Their low prices, simple setup and exceptional offshore infrastructure makes for lightning fast servers and a potentially great way to start off your next anime project. The only downside is that their VPS servers are based in the U.S., so it won’t be easy to avoid copyright claims or legal issues through the VPS plan.

Nr. 4 – CCIHosting.com:

CCIHosting.com

About CCIHosting.com:
Created by Cyber Cast International in 2002 in Panama, CCI Hosting has formed a reputation for being a secure and reliable offshore hosting provider. Even though the company follows Panamanian law, they have been known to be relatively strict about the types of websites they allow to run on their servers. For example, CCI Hosting will not allow spam sites, pirating sites, phishing sites and sites that sell replica products.

Anime Friendly Hosting:
CCI offers hosting plans for Windows and Linux users. Linux users can run on cPanel or Plesk, while Windows plans are limited to using Plesk. The upside is that their hosting plans are competitively priced. Of the four plan levels, the lowest runs at $5 a month equipped with 15GB of disk space while the highest plan costs $15 a month and comes with 150GB of storage, 250GB of data transfer and a dedicated IP address.

Final Remarks:
All of CCI Hosting’s products come with inbound DDoS filtering options to help detect and prevent any security threats. Their shared hosting plans should be enough to get you headed in the right direction, and any copyright claims pertaining to anime should be ignored.

Nr. 3 – ShinJiru.com

Shinjiru.com

About ShinJiru.com:
ShinJiru is a well-rounded hosting provider headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since its creation in 1998, ShinJiru has been able to establish seven separate data centers around the world. They offer an array of products and services, and pride themselves as being early adopters of online anonymity.

Anime Friendly Hosting:
ShinJiru gives its users plenty of options regarding where they want their servers located, with data centers predominantly in Asia, they also maintain servers in Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Holland.
Their standard offshore plan costs range from $3.50 to $8.90 a month. ShinJiru also offers “Strongbolt” offshore hosting, special hosting that “…will provide you with impenetrable protection against shutdown requests…” Prices range from $9.95 to $19.95.

Final Remarks:
For maximum security, plan flexibility and ease of mind, try out ShinJiru’s Strongbolt offshore hosting. ShinJiru is one of the larger, more well-established offshore hosting providers who caters to a global audience and with a positive track record.

Nr. 2 – Aruba.it

Arubait

About Aruba.it:
Aruba.it has a collection of privately owned data centers around Europe, with two in Italy, and one each in the Czech Republic, Germany, France and U.K. The company was founded in 1994, making it the oldest company on this list. With this said, it’s easy to believe their claims, Aruba.it: Manages over 2.1 million domains, 7.4 million email accounts, and 31,000 servers catering to a global customer base of 4.7 million.

Anime Friendly Hosting:
Aruba.it offers Windows and Linux hosting to cPanel and Plesk users. The shared hosting plans range from Basic to Professional, all of which come with a free domain and allow unlimited disk space and web traffic. Prices start at €11.66 per month and then jump up to €29.99 to €74.99, which include unlimited email accounts and a MsSQL database. They also offer dedicated WordPress hosting. A majority of their shared hosting plans run on servers located in Italy.

Final Remarks:
Aruba.it is a large, verified web hosting solution helping millions of satisfied customers succeed through their vast European infrastructure. They can be trusted to provide an exemplary hosting service, but will they turn away from an anime related DMCA notice? Because they do not abide by U.S. law, it is very possible, but not guaranteed.

Nr. 1 – Anonymously.io

Anonymously.io

About Anonymously.io:
Though there’s little information on how Anonymously.io was established, it’s obvious from the start that this hosting provider takes anonymity to the next level. This host is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and has data centers located in various areas of Holland. Anonymously.io uses its own private servers, so there’s zero potential for interference from third party middlemen.

Anime Friendly Hosting:
The costs of the anonymous hosting plans range from $4.95 a month to $29.95 a month, with memory storage ranging from 10GB to 100GB. The value package appears to be their second package, which comes with 25GB storage, 10 add-on domains under 120GB of bandwidth. Those with bigger anime projects and higher security needs might try an Anonymous VPS package, all of which allow unmetered traffic.

Final Remarks:
Anonymously is affordable, accepts only Bitcoin, and requires zero information from its users. Their plans are affordable, they use their own private SSD servers, and the chances of the company even receiving an anime related copyright complaint are slim. Even if they do, they will ignore it. It even says so on their website: we ignore DMCA.