Anime Seed is yet another anime episode streaming site. There's just way too many of these sites, but I guess they service a big need for anime. The site is quite nice looking, ads on the pages are quite sparse and the design looks great. The biggest problem is that it loads a chatroom widget on every single page which is both annoying and slow to the overall page load. There were 100 people in the chatroom, each time someone talks it makes a little "bing" noise, with just a quarter of those people talking it was fairly noisy and annoying.

Now while the main page is clean, the episodes are not. Each episode launches in a popup which again is a really annoying way to show episodes since you can't open them in a new tab. On top of that they have a full page ad that displays over the site every single time an episode is launched. This is highly annoying and most of the videos appear to be hosted on megavideo which has a time limit on how long you can watch for free. The site would be usable if not for the full frame ad appearing every pageload, coupled with the popup and chat widget.

The Overall Ratings for Anime Seed:
Show Diversity: (4/5)
Based on the mixture of television shows available on the site.
Loading Speed: (3/5)
The time taken to navigate the site and load videos.
Ease of Navigation: (3/5)
How easy is it to use and navigate.
Advertisements: (3/5)
Based on the annoyance level of advertisements on this site, the amount of ads, and the volatility of ads appearing on the page.
The lower the rating, the less annoying the ads are.

Total Score: 12/20

Anime Seed had the potential of being a good site, but the site really falters in that they load a chat widget on all pages except for episode pages. On top of that they made a very bad decision in having an ad that appears over episode pages for each episode viewed. This can make it extremely confusing to differentiate the ad from the episode site. Moreover making the episode pages pop up can be quite tedious as if you were to try and load multiple episodes for whatever reason you would end up having the popup reload with the new page each time you launched a new episode (it recycles the old popup so forget about buffering another episode as you watch one). Several of the episodes we tested worked, only a few were broken - it's an otherwise good site wrecked by the ads and major annoyances of the site.

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