If you’ve had an Internet connection for at least three months, you’ve probably noticed that anime is one of the biggest trends and that there are many forums, communities and chat rooms where you can watch anime episodes. Whether it’s out of curiosity or because you like the concept behind anime, you might want to venture into the anime world and find out if the worldwide interest is actually worth it or it’s yet another trend that will pass. The first thing that you should know, especially if you don’t live in Japan, is that there are almost zero chances of enjoying anime unless you subscribe to a professional website where you can watch shows and buy anime merchandise. The anime trend has hit the Western world in the 90s, when shows such as Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon and Pokémon became massively popular. However, it wasn’t until ten years ago that people in America and Europe started to watch more than these three shows and find out about the other anime genres. In Japan, there are anime and manga shops at every corner and it’s really easy to buy DVDs and other merchandise, but things aren’t as simple in other corners of the world. If you live in a big city, you might be lucky enough to have one or two stores to choose from, but if you live in a smaller city, it’s highly unlikely to come across a provider. Therefore, your safest bet is to use the Internet to discover the world of anime. [Not a valid template] Specialized websites have a huge selection of anime genres and you can choose which ones to watch based on their popularity. Get ready to discover specific genres that tackle complex themes and learn about a special animation type that combines state of the art graphics with unique music and sound effects. Unlike regular stores, online anime platforms encourage a sense of community: members rate shows, comment on episodes and chat with each other. This is extremely important, because newbies often have trouble understanding what anime is all about and they need to talk with other users to get recommendations. Another tech-related thing that you should know about is the debate between subbed and dubbed anime. Before starting watching, it’s essential to do a bit of research in advance, because the choice will determine your experience. Most people prefer subbed anime, because the actors’ voices are more natural and expressive. If you want to watch dubbed anime, though, you might not be lucky, because it may take years for anime shows to be dubbed by a professional studio. These are the most important things that you should know before watching online anime episodes. One last piece of advice is to keep an open mind and not expect anime to be the same as Western animation, because they have very few things in common. In other words, don’t mislabel anime as “cartoons”, because you will be surprised to see that the themes tackled by these shows are actually quite mature and you will discover drama, horror or sci-fi series that give Hollywood blockbusters a run for their money.