Hulu has a variety of great anime on its platform. It’s one of the few streaming services with dubbed Gundam shows and there are a bunch of other great options. Hulu is a tad funny for anime, though. Some series are incomplete much like Netflix. However, Hulu also has a bad habit of having some shows in dubbed (English voices) part of the time and subbed (Japanese voices, English subtitles) part of the time. We’ll try to avoid those as best as we can because it’s a weird and unpleasant experience. Here are the best anime on Hulu!
Slice-of-Life and Moe
Drama and Romance
Mystery and Thriller
Horror and Gore
Putting only a dozen or so anime on this list was difficult to do, so here’s an expansive honorable mentions list with a bunch of other good (or at least interesting) anime on Hulu that you may want to try. We wanted to include some shows such as Fairy Tail. However, Hulu has a bad habit of only offering subs one season and dubs another and the experience isn’t very good. We recommend watching anime like Fairy Tail on Funimation (dubbed) or Crunchyroll (subbed).
Bleach – Bleach is an older anime that ran for a very long time. Hulu has all 366 episodes both subbed and dubbed so we can’t recommend this one enough. The plot is extremely long, but works around a man named Ichigo after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper. It’s a classic action-adventure shonen.
Gundam shows – Gundam is the godfather of anime and Hulu has several shows from the legendary mecha-action franchise. Hulu has the rights to a bunch of Gundam shows, including Gundam 00, Gundam Wing, Gundam The 08th MS Team, Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, and the still-in-progress Gundam The Origin. Fans of mecha should definitely check those out.
Kill la Kill – Kill la Kill is an action-adventure anime with some dark twists. It follows the story of Ryoko and a sentient article of clothing she finds. Her, along with some friends, take on a whole school of people in search of her father’s murderer. The art style is a tad polarizing, but the story is quite good.
Madoka Magica – Madoka Magica is one of the most iconic titles in the magical girls anime genre. It follows the story of Madoka and her friends as they make a wish and become magical girls. The first few episodes are adorable and sweet before the show takes a sudden and dark turn.
No Game No Life – No Game No Life is a “new world, new life” show similar to shows like Sword Art Online. It follows two shut-ins as they beat a god in chess and are offered to live in a video game world. They choose to do so and the adventure begins. It’s quick-paced and a fun watch, even if the premise isn’t really new.
Noragami – Noragami follows the plights of a minor god who has very few followers. He does favors for five yen and befriends a young girl after an accident separates her soul from her body, but oddly doesn’t kill her. The action-adventure series also has some comedy elements, but can turn on the tension when it needs to. We hope a season three comes eventually.
Parasyte – Parasyte is a unique little drama-thriller about a race of parasites that invade in the middle of the night. One parasite didn’t get the memo and befriends his new host instead of just taking him over. The show revolves around Shinichi as he deals with having a parasite and dealing with the other parasites. Some sites list this as a horror show, but it never really felt like one.
Psycho-Pass – Psycho-Pass is a cyberpunk thriller about futuristic cops solving crimes. They end up hunting down Makishima, who is totally against how the police do things with the Sibyl System. That conflict drives most of the first season. It’s a good watch if you like tense thrillers.
Spice and Wolf – Spice and Wolf is an adventure-romance anime. It’s about a merchant named Kraft Lawrence who has a run in with a 600 year old wolf god. She helps him and Kraft helps her back. That’s the main narrative of the show. It focuses a lot on things like trade economics instead of the usual anime tropes like fighting and getting stronger, and that makes it unique.
WataMote – WataMote is slice-of-life parody anime that pokes fun at other slice-of-life shows. It follows the life of Tomoko as she actively despises the cutesy little things that girls do at her age while secretly wanting to do them as well. The show features dark comedy and cringe humor so prepare yourself for that.
If we missed any great anime on Hulu, tell us about it in the comments!