Whether you are a pro otaku or a newbie to anime, Hulu has always been a top pick for anime watchers. Though Hulu does not come ad-free, it has a vast range of anime, including the best animes of the lot, to choose from compared to other popular streaming apps like Netflix.
Why Watch Anime on Hulu?
Hulu has always been ideal for anime fans, next only to 9anime, as no matter which anime you are looking for, you can always find them on Hulu. Other sites or apps usually only stream trendy anime, and there, you may not get the series you are looking for. Plus, Hulu is also a better alternative to Netflix if you like watching series more than movies.
Hulu also keeps itself updated on the latest releases and the news episode releases of existing anime. So, you get to watch the latest shows before anyone else.
A lot of other sites also drop anime series in between without streaming all episodes. That is very disheartening to viewers. To avoid such trouble, we suggest that you choose Hulu.
Hulu contains anime of all genres be it josei, shonen, shojo, seinen, and kodomomuk. Hulu lists anime for people of all ages, gender, and preferences. You can stream old-school animes on it like city hunter, Ranma ½, and the latest releases like Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer), Moriarty the patriot, and more.
Though small, Hulu also has a selection of popular anime movies like Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012), Grave of fireflies (1998), and more.
10 Best Animes on Hulu
New to anime and don’t know what to watch? Below we have prepared a list of the top 10 all-time favorite anime series to watch on Hulu right now. These are rated by trend, newness and how these are loved among anime fans and weebs.
Tokyo Ghoul is a very famous anime. However, those who don’t even have any idea about anime have heard of Tokyo Ghoul. The story starts with an extreme case of “The first date went wrong.”
The protagonist Kaneki Ken, a college student, meets a ghoul named KamishiroRize on his date and almost ends up devoured by her. Ending in a critical condition, he is taken to the hospital and recovers. After recovering, he quickly discovers that the organ transplant in the surgery came from KamishiroRize, and he became a half-ghoul.
Now he must consume human flesh to survive. But he is quickly discovered by the ghouls of “Anteiku,” who take him with them and teach him how to survive as a ghoul amongst humans.
- Genre: Dark fantasy Supernatural thriller
- Created by: Sui Ishida, Studio Pierrot
- Cast: NatsukiHanae, Sora Amamiya, Austin Tindle, Brina Palencia
- Number of seasons: 4
Naruto Shippuden is a sequel to the original Naruto series that premiered in Japan in 2007. It is based on part II of the manga series with the same name. Naruto Shippuden takes place two years after the protagonist, Uzumaki Naruto, returns to his village, Konohagakure, and sets out on his quest to become the next “Hokage.” but first he must train harder and go through world wars, battles, betrayals, and deaths. The biggest trail that awaits him is his face-off with Uchiha Sasuke, who he considers his brother.
- Genre: Adventure, fantasy comedy, martial arts
- Created by: Masashi Kishimoto
- Cast: Junko Takeuchi, Maile Flanagan, Kate Higgins
- Number of seasons: 9
The story focuses on Saotome Ranma, a perfectly fine young boy who is learning and improving his martial arts until he turns into a girl when he falls in cold water and can only turn back into a guy after soaking himself in hot water. Ranma got this condition when he and his father Genma, on a training journey in the Bayankala Mountain Range in China’s Qinghai Province, fell into two ponds of the cursed springs at Jusenkyo.
Ranma fell into the spring of a drowned girl while Genma fell into the spring of a drowned panda. The series follows Ranma’s day-to-day life as both a girl and a boy with various misunderstandings and efforts to hide the curse.
- Genre: Adventure fiction, Romantic comedy, Martial arts
- Created by: Rumiko Takahashi
- Cast: Kappei Yamaguchi, Megumi Hayashibara, Noriko Hidaka
- Number of seasons: 7
Death Note is rated the best Anime of all time and for several reasons. Story, music, action and logic – you will find everything in this anime.
Death Note is a notebook that gives its owner the power over life and death. A high school boy, Light Yagami, comes into possession of the Death Note. Light then swiftly starts to think of himself as God and decides it is his duty to kill “bad people” from the world and bring “justice.” He takes up the name “Kira” and kills “bad people” one after another. Now he faces law as an investigator L Lawliet wants to capture Kira and thus starts a battle to outwit each other.
- Genre: Mystery, Psychological thriller, Supernatural thriller
- Created by: TsugumiOhba, Takeshi Obata
- Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong
- Number of seasons: 1
Inuyasha is an old-school anime and thus has a different art style to it compared to the newer anime and manga releases. It is the story of a dog half-demon who is set out on a journey to search for the Shikon jewel. But along the journey, he comes across the modern-day girl, Kagome Higurashi. Now she gets entangled with the jewel, and mistakenly, the jewel shatters into many shards, scattering all across japan. And now, together with Sango and Miroku, they have set out on the journey of finding all the Shikon jewel shards before the evil Naraku gets hold of the shards.
- Genre: Adventure fiction, Romance, Fantasy
- Created by: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
- Cast: Kappei Tamaguchi, Satsuki Yukino, Noriko Hidaka
- Number of seasons: 7
Bleach follows the journey of the young teenager Kurosaki Ichigo who always had supernatural powers and could see ghosts. But his life took a U-turn after he inherited the powers of a Soul Reaper from Kuchiki Rukia, another Soul Reaper, while she was in search of ‘hollows.’
Now Ichigo must endure training and begin his duty as a ‘Shinigami’ and eradicate hollows (evil spirits) to maintain the balance between the world of the dead and the world of the living.
- Genre: Adventure, Action, Comedy, Supernatural
- Created by: Masashi Sogo
- Cast: Masakazu Morita, Fumiko Orikasa, Yuki Matsuoka, KentarōItō, Noriaki Sugiyama
- Number of seasons: 6
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
Demon Slayer is currently very popular in the anime community and was released first in 2020. The story setup is in past Japan (around 150 years from now), where demons are lurking freely everywhere, and people live being wary of them.
The story starts when demons attack a family living in the mountains, and only two members survive – Tanjiro (protagonist) and his sister Nezuko. Now Tanjiro takes his sister and sets out on a journey to become a demon slayer to take revenge for his family and cure his sister.
- Genre: Adventure fiction, Dark Fantasy, Martial Arts
- Created by: Koyoharu Gotouge, Ufotable
- Cast: Natsuki Hanae, AkariKitō, Hiro Shimono, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
- Number of seasons: 1
Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the best old school shonen anime. It is a 90’s anime that is even a popular choice to watch to date. The protagonist of the story is a 14-year-old delinquent boy Yuusuke Urameshi.
One day he throws himself in front of a moving car to save a young boy and ends up successful in his efforts but dead too. This heartwarming sacrifice leads the authorities of the spirit realm to give him another chance at life. The spirit realm heir, Koenma, gives Yuusuke a chance to get his life back if he would complete all the tasks assigned to him.
Now he must defeat all the evil spirits on earth as a Spirit Detective and Kazuma Kuwabara and two demons, Kurama and Hiei, to get his life back.
- Genre: Adventure fiction, Supernatural fiction, Martial Arts
- Created by: Yoshihiro Togashi, Studio Pierrot
- Cast: Nozomu Sasaki, Shigeru Chiba, Megumi Ogata, Nobuyuki Hiyama, SanaeMiyu
- Number of seasons: 4
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, unlike the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist, is a much more true adaptation of the manga of the same name. The story follows two young alchemist brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, wanting to revive their dead mother. So, they try to perform the forbidden alchemy.
Not only did this end in a failure, but also Edward lost his left leg, and Alphonse lost his body. Edward sacrificed his right arm to save Alphonse and got his consciousness trapped inside an armor. Now to make everything right, both of them set out on the journey to find the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ and get back their original bodies.
- Genre: Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Steampunk
- Created by: Hiroshi Ōnogi, Yasuhiro Irie
- Cast:Romi Park, Rie Kugimiya, Megumi Takamoto, Shin-ichiro Miki
- Number of seasons: 1
My Hero Academia
Humans have started developing superpowers called “Quirks.” So now the world is populated with superheroes. In this setup, our protagonist Izuku Midoriya cherishes superheroes and wants to become one. Sadly he isn’t blessed with Quirks. But after his most cherished hero All Might passes down his Quirk called “One For All” to Midoriya, he hopes to become the no. one hero. So now, alongside his childhood friend Katsuki Bakugo he starts his journey of becoming a Hero by attending the UA. High School.
The childhood friends make more new friends in Class 1-A and prepare to fight their nemesis named ‘All For One and his apprentice Tomura Shigaraki later in the series.
- Genre: Adventure, Science fantasy, superhero
- Created by: Kōhei Horikoshi
- Cast: Daiki Yamashita, Justin Briner, Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Number of seasons: 5 (in progress)
There is more
These are a few anime we recommend to those who are new to the anime community. Hulu keeps a vast anime collection, so if you are looking for some other anime of a different genre, you can get those too. Netflix also offers various popular anime you can watch, but the collection isn’t that great. Also, Netflix has a better collection of anime movies than anime series as compared to Hulu.
A major con for Hulu is that you have to tolerate various ads while watching, which is not the case in Netflix.
Hulu (ad-supported plan) costs just $5.99 per month and gives you access to thousands of anime. But it also offers two no ad plans viz Hulu (No Ads) for $11.99 per month and Hulu (No Ads) + live TV for $70.99 per month.
Though Hulu is a great choice to watch anime, there are also better alternatives.
Crunchyroll is widely popular in the anime community. If you are a hardcore anime fan, you can get almost every anime series or movie here for just $9.99 per month. Other popular sites include Kiss Anime, Go Go Anime, 9Anime, Funimation, AnimeDao, AnimeFreak, and AnimePlanet (see full list here).
Some other popular anime for beginners include
- One Punch Man
- Your Name (movie)
- Weathering with you (movie)
- Attack on Titan
- Parasyte The Maxim
- Yuri on Ice
- Fairy Tail
- Re: Zero Starting Life on Another World