It feels like it came out of nowhere. Kissanime.ru and sister site Kissmanga.ru (from the same parent company) have been shut down. The website provides pirated anime and allows users to stream for free—as long as they can get through annoying ads. Last August 16, their servers were taken down as Japan implemented stricter laws. Anime fans on Twitter and Reddit were met with a single sentence when they tried to access the site: “All files are taken down by copyright owners.”
NOOOOOOOO Kiss anime is down pic.twitter.com/q5ZKPGTAEE
— ☭Some Communist Weeb☭ (@RBarrel96796) August 16, 2020
Upon checking kissanime.ru, it seems that kissanime.ru.com and kisscarrtoon.nz are up and running, but we’re not sure if they’re the same ones as the parent company’s—it requires a free account to be able to watch anime. Not that anyone needed to sign up to watch before, so it’s better to err on the side of caution as these new kissanime URLs may be scam sites phishing for your personal info.
While it was illegal due to many animation companies not getting their revenue, it did make anime accessible to fans in countries where obscure titles were not available (even with paid sites like Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Funimation). The reason it hurts? Netflix is just starting to broaden their selection of animes while others don’t have the funds to pay for more streaming subscriptions. KissAnime was a one-stop shop for a lot of fans who binge-watch entire seasons of anime the moment they’re released.
One Redditor wrote, “This makes me feel nostalgia for a friend that was long gone. Even though I stopped using KissAnime a long time ago because of the ads, this site has undoubtedly been the host of days of entertainment for me.”
Another Redditor wrote, “The hard times keep getting harder.”
Indeed. It’s been a year, 2020. And we’re sorry for your loss, fellow anime fans! We hope you can find your beloved anime through other (legal) means.
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