The founder of a new site for streaming anime contacted me to take a look at his site, Anime Bananas, and possibly write reviews for him. The question of Anime Bananas legitimacy came up on the Crunchyroll Forums. As evidence for its legitimacy, one can’t find fansub versions of anime on the site, and the founder has agreements with the anime providers he connects to. Let me talk about the benefits of Anime Bananas and a couple of its drawbacks below.
The site brings together six streaming venues (Crunchyroll, Hulu, YouTube, Viewster, Viki, and Tubi TV) into one so that the viewer has a huge selection of anime available in one place. In particular, it allows one to watch episodes on Hulu without paying a membership fee for that site! Still, one must deal with commercials on Hulu and most other sites even if one is a paying member on those other venues. (Crunchyroll stands as an exception: if you are signed on as a premium member, there are no commercials.) Another drawback to Hulu on Anime Bananas is that certain mirrors are no longer active due to Hulu dropping those shows, e.g. Magic Knight Rayearth and Armitage III.
Anime Bananas reminds one of Crunchyroll in having pages for anime which lack episodes, e.g. Angel Cop. The best way to prevent having one’s hopes dashed again and again is to set the search to “Watch Only.” (“Discussion Only” does the reverse of including only shows with no videos.) On Anime Bananas, one can find shows which are hard to find elsewhere, like Key the Metal Idol, Dallos, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Ga-Rei Zero. I’m really looking forward to exploring this site and adding some reviews.
Be sure to check it out!