Why Do People Use Sites Like Nyaa When So Many Streaming Services Are Available?

Over the past several years, large media conglomerates have attempted to crack down on unofficial, third-party content providers. Torrent sites like Nyaa and many others seemingly had their days numbered.

But the popularity of Nyaa’s proxies and mirrors—and the success of other sites like it—show that their crackdown efforts haven’t been as effective as expected.

And there are many straightforward reasons why the likes of Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix and Hulu, among other anime streaming services, have not managed to get rid of sites like Nyaa.

We’ll cover some of these factors below.

an image of the homepage Nyaa showcasing options

Anime Streaming Services Tend To Be Buggy

Simply put, anime streaming services are not good at delivering content to users in a convenient way. If you go to Crunchyroll or Funimation right now, you will see that the sites don’t exactly make it easy to start streaming content right away.

a Nyaa guide image on how to use the website as a whole

These streaming sites are buggy and filled with user interface flaws that modern internet users do not like. It takes too many clicks to start watching content, not to mention their inconvenient registration process.

Nyaa, on the other hand, gets out of your way and tries to give you anime content as quickly and easily as possible.

Anime Streaming Sites Are Not Cheap

an image showcasing the Nyaa's website rules

This is where sites like Nyaa blow anime streaming sites out of the water. Granted, sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation, along with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, have licensed all the content they have—while Nyaa definitely does not offer licensed anime content.

But Nyaa is free while these streaming services are not.

Anime Streaming Sites Divided Content Availability

There is no single streaming site that offers all the anime that you would want to watch. And this is where Nyaa comes in and steals users away from Funimation and Crunchyroll.

Nyaa offers Japanese, Korean and Chinese anime content all in one place.

If you want the same through other streaming sites, you will have to subscribe to both Crunchyroll and Funimation, as well as any other popular platform that hosts anime content, such as VRV, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others, depending on what you want to watch. No one wants to pay that much money to watch anime content.

The Bottom Line

If anime streaming services want to stay relevant in the long term, they will have to figure out a way to offer users all anime content in one place, with high-quality functionality and a price that users are willing to pay.

They should also learn from Nyaa and make their sites modern enough so users don’t have to sit through bugs, registration processes and buffering issues, in addition to missing episodes and low video quality.


Security Gladiators in no way encourages or condones any kind of copyright violation or circumvention of restrictions. That includes torrenting or downloading illegal content. Torrenting is a great way to access and share all kinds of content on the internet and there are plenty of opportunities there to engage in legal and safe online torrenting. You need to do your own research to see if these services and torrents are legal in your own country. We suggest to always use a VPN while torrenting.
Zohair A. Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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