For Filipinos who want to watch anime and Asian dramas with subtitles, Bilibili is possibly one of the best platforms available. The latest and popular titles are already in Bilibili, and more are added on a regular basis. Plus, it’s free.

What is Bilibili?

Bilibili is a video sharing and streaming platform that originated in China. Think of it like YouTube but focused anime, comics, and games on top of original user content, although platform is steadily transforming to become a mainstream platform for pop culture and entertainment.

But unlike YouTube, videos you watch on Bilibili have no ads whatsoever. You won’t be interrupted at any point of your viewing experience. Per its financial results filing in Q1 2022, Bilibili enjoys almost 80 million active users that are using the platform every day.

Is it safe to use? Yes, probably almost as safe as YouTube, because it’s almost the same experience and offering. It’s also legal because the content they are streaming are licensed by Muse Communication Co. Ltd.

Bilibili Features

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To many, offering an ad-free experience is already convincing enough to at least try Bilibili. But the platform has so much more to attract and gain loyal users. It even comes with functionalities that are free to use, whereas competition typically would put these behind a paywall.

Videos can be downloaded for offline viewing at a later time. Background playback is also available, so you can play videos and listen to music even when you’re using other apps. For anime and other non-English shows, multilingual subtitles are provided.

As a full-fledged video sharing and streaming platform, Bilibili allows users to share videos, create playlists, post comments, and follow users. Content creators can utilize the Creator Center to manage their uploaded videos, see their view statistics, and participate in campaigns and promos for a chance to win prizes.

Bilibili Premium Subscription: is it worth it?

Some features, however, are only available for paying users. With a premium subscription, users can view videos at higher resolutions (including 1080p and 4K) and gain early access to newly added videos.

If you really want to watch with the high resolution possible, it’s probably worth it to subscribe.

Watch anime, films, and TV shows for free

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See also: Free and paid websites where you can watch anime online

The most recent titles that Bilibili added to its vast and growing library of anime include Spy x Family, The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody, and Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Popular series such as One Piece, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (as well as the Naruto: Shippuden series before it), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and Jujutsu Kaisen are also available.

As for TV shows, most titles are South Korean dramas such as Kissable Lips, Melancholia, and Secret Royal Inspector & Joy. You may also find shows from other Asian countries. To name a few, there’s the Japanese crime drama Kei x Yaku: Dangerous Buddy and the Chinese comedy drama Lady Tough.

All the anime and shows you can watch on the streaming service are listed at bilibili.tv/en/index

How to install and use Bilibili

Bilibili is readily available in app stores. You can download it on both iOS and Android. A web version is available too at Bilibili.tv. Many content, including user-submitted videos, can be viewed directly without creating an account.

However, some TV shows and anime will ask you to log in first before you can watch them. Creating an account is free and quick, as it’s the typical account creation process that asks you to connect the account to your phone or email address for verification.

Overall, it’s pretty easy to use and everyone should try it out if they are looking for another streaming platform with a wide range of content.

What’s your experience in using Bilibili? Share it with us in the comments below.



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