Many people watch anime and out of the people that do, there are differences in how one decides to watch anime. There are 2 general sides to this, streaming anime and downloading anime. The difference between the 2 is when you stream, you are watching it through your browser’s cache similar to youtube. When you download, you are keeping the file on your disk and it does not take any wind up time compared to when you stream where you sometimes have to wait for the video to load and other nonsense.
Here’s a little about both sides and then a conclusion to what I think is the best and why I think that.
– Downloading anime can be done in many ways. You can grab it off torrent index sites like Nyaa and TokyoToshokan or you can download them off DDL which are usually shared by Anime Download sites like Animetake. DDL’s are usually files from their original torrent’s just reuploaded into the filehost for people who can’t or won’t use torrents for whatever reason.
– Releases are usually released by the fansubbers themselves. When you download those releases it supports the fansubbers and shows them how much you appreciate the work they put in to the releases.
– Downloaded anime via official fansubbing groups usually come in the best quality available (HDTV) along with proper encoding done.
– You can archive the downloaded files for future use in whatever scenario that maybe such as when you get a internet outage you can always just watch the stuff you have downloaded whereas to streaming, you actually need internet to watch the stream.
– 1080p Blu-ray releases are available and are definitely eye candy and something every anime lover should once experience. Streaming sites will usually NEVER stream blu-ray stuff in full quality.
– If you have slow download speed you can always leave the download on overnight or while you’re doing something else.
– When watching a downloaded file you can pause anytime you want, you can take easy screenshots with the MPC player, you can skip to and rewind easily without any lag or other disturbance.
– If for some reason you have to leave during the middle of an episode you can just close it and come back later to re-open the file and easily skip to the part where you left off without any fuss.
– Generally streaming sites use streaming software or streaming hosts that contain any advertisements and annoying disturbances while watching. These advertisements support the streaming sites themselves and give no credit whatsoever to the people who worked on those releases.
– The quality of the streams are usually reduced to utter garbage. The reason for this is because streaming sites like to take official releases, chop the quality up to reduce the filesize and then upload them to the streaming software or host they use. This saves them time for uploading and also makes loading the stream faster.
– If you have slow downloading speed you often run into lag and freezing troubles while streaming. Sometimes the entire stream can freeze and you end up have to re-loading it again.
– If you like a certain scene of the show it’s hard to take a screen shot of it since there’s usually no function on the stream itself to do that for you.
– If your browser crashes during the middle of the stream or for whatever reason you need to leave or close your computer, you’ll have to re-load the video all over again.
In conclusion, downloading has way more benefits than streaming. It may seem like downloading takes a bit more work but it isn’t really the case. I have changed at least 10 people I know in real life from streaming to downloading. In the beginning they tend to whine about how it’s a pain to download but when they actually start doing it, they thank me and never touch a stream again.
I personally prefer downloading over streaming because of many reasons. The main 3 reasons are 1. The quality is ridiculously unwatchable especially when you’ve experienced the quality of downloaded anime. 2. Downloaded anime usually releases first since the fansubbers themselves are the ones who releases them for download. 3. When watching a downloaded file versus a stream, downloaded stuff usually don’t cause any trouble for the watcher while when you stream you sometimes run into annoying events such has the stream freezing, not loading, and other disturbances. I’ve streamed anime in the past when I first started getting into anime. After a good year of streaming I was introduced to downloading and after that I’ve never touched a stream fully again.
People say it takes a lot of :effort: to download when it really doesn’t. It takes 3 clicks to start watching a stream and it can easily take 3 clicks to download a file. There’s no difference besides the extra 2-3 clicks to open the file itself.
I can say a lot more about how terrible streaming is but i’ll leave it at that.
Also, the ONLY exception to streaming is if you’re watching official streaming sites that actually subs the anime themselves such as CrunchyRoll and Funimation. But here’s the thing, you have to pay for those sites in order to watch stuff on time, meanwhile on the downloading side, we have something called “HorribleSubs” which are releases ripped off of sites like CrunchyRoll and Funimation.
The purpose of this post isn’t to tell every single streamer that they suck and they NEED to switch over to downloading but to inform people the differences and benefits between downloading and streaming.
Before I leave here’s a example of the difference streaming and downloading.
Note: Both screenshots are screenshots taken when the video was full screened. The download screenshot was taken with a 720p HDTV file and the streaming screenshot was taken with one of the more common streaming host sites use nowadays.
Here’s some extra’s about Streaming vs Downloading: