Ranking of Kings features cute character designs, tearjerker scenes, and a clever subversion of a typical fairy tale plot. If you haven’t seen this surprisingly deep anime series yet, you ought to watch Ranking of Kings online.
If you’ve already streamed Ranking of Kings, why not review it before you watch the special episode Treasure Chest of Courage? The new episode should arrive in April 2023.
About Ranking of Kings
This unique, fun-to-watch series features an unlikely hero, Prince Bojji, and his best friend, the sarcastic shadow creature Kage.
As the first-born son of the giant Bosse, Bojji should be a logical choice to take over Bosse’s kingdom.
But Bojji is tiny, deaf, and mute. He’s also a cheerful little oddball, which initially leads people to underestimate him.
Bojji’s younger half-brother Daida appears to have a better chance of ascending the throne.
With this royal sibling rivalry as a starting point, Ranking of Kings weaves a complicated and compelling tale. Bojji goes on many adventures, trains to become stronger, and gains allies.
As the plot unravels, we learn about Faustian bargains, hidden secrets, and betrayals. And yet, through it all, Ranking of Kings maintains a sense of humor, with some really funny scenes. Bojji makes an easily likeable hero, and you will root for him to succeed.
The Ranking of Kings manga started in 2017. The first season of the anime ran in 2021-2022.
List of Places to Watch Ranking of Kings Online
- Netflix Japan
- Apple TV
- Amazon Prime Video
Note: All of these are legal, licensed websites. We do not list pirate sites.
Where to Watch Ranking of Kings Online
Crunchyroll has the series with subtitles in 10 languages (including two versions of Spanish). You can also watch episodes dubbed into all of those languages.
- A large library of current and classic anime
- Simulcast anime available the same day as Japan broadcast
- Good language choices
- Free viewing options
- Some content may be geo-locked in some regions
Language options: Japanese with English, German, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, and Hindi. Also dubbed into English, German, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, and Hindi.
Price: Some content available without an account, or with a free account. Fan level: $7.99/ month. Mega Fan: $9.99/ month. Ultimate Fan: $14.99/ month. Free trial available.
If you’re in Japan, you can watch Ranking of Kings on Netflix. The series is only available in Japanese with no subtitles or dubbing.
If you are outside of Japan, you will need a VPN to watch Netflix Japan.
How to Watch Ranking of Kings on Netflix via VPN
This method works on both desktop PCs and mobile phones or tablets.
- Purchase (or start a free trial) of a VPN. I can confirm that NordVPN works for this purpose.
- In the settings, choose Japan as your location.
- Fire up the VPN and wait for it to do its magic
- Once you’re connected, navigate to Netflix (browser or app)
- Search “Ranking of Kings” in the Netflix search bar and you should see the anime pop up.
Enjoy! Please note that if your Netflix library doesn’t update to reflect the country you selected in your VPN, you may have to clear the Netflix cache first and try again.
To do this on mobile, go to settings -> apps -> Netflix -> clear cache. To do this on PC, you have to clear the cache in your web browser.
I’ve had no trouble using this method and I still use NordVPN to watch anime from various Netflix country libraries daily.
- A good selection of anime and non-anime content, including some Netflix-exclusive shows
- Some shows have good language options
- Some shows are geo-locked
- Netflix Japan typically only has Japanese
- No free trial or free viewing option
Language options: Japanese
Price: Basic with ads, $6.99/ month. Basic: $9.99/ month. Standard: $15.49/ month. Premium: $19.99.
3. Apple TV
You can watch Ranking of Kings on Apple’s TV app. With Apple TV, you are buying the series, rather than renting, or paying for a monthly streaming service.
Buying can be more expensive. However, you are buying a permanent copy, which can be downloaded. For example, I can watch the K-On! movie on my computer, even though Apple says the content is not available if I search for it.
- Get a permanent copy of the series
- Available in English or Japanese
- Apple is theoretically international
- More expensive
- Do you actually need a permanent copy?
Language options: Japanese with subtitles; or English dubbed
Price: $2.99 an episode, $22.99 for a season. (If you buy one episode, then buy the whole season, the cost of the individual episode will be subtracted.)
Funimation and Crunchyroll are both under the same corporate umbrella, but there are differences between the two.
Even after the merger, Funimation still has some anime shows in its library which aren’t available at Crunchyroll (the .hack franchise, for example). But Crunchyroll tends to have better subtitle and dubbing language options. Crunchyroll is also available in more countries.
- A good selection of anime shows
- Some stuff not available at Crunchyroll (yet)
- Fewer language options than Crunchyroll
- Fewer countries than Crunchyroll
Language options: Japanese with English, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. Also dubbed in English, Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
Price: Premium, $7.99/ month. Premium Plus, $9.99/ month. Free trial available.
Amazon also has an uncut version of the first 11 episodes. “Uncut” typically means the episodes are the same as the Blu-ray or DVD versions, which includes stuff removed from broadcast.
Amazon divides the episodes up into “season 1” and “season 2.”
As with Apple TV, you are buying episodes.
- Amazon offers both SD and HD versions.
- Uncut version available
- Buying episodes can be expensive
- One “season” is half of Season 1
Language option: Japanese with English subtitles, or English dubbed.
Price: SD episode: $1.99. HD episode: $2.99. SD season, $18.99. HD season, $23.99. Uncut season (11 episodes): $4.99.
I hope this article encourages you to watch (or rewatch) Ranking of Kings.