The 28 Best Anime On Hulu To Watch Now

Hulu has undeniably become one of the hottest streaming platforms in recent years, and fortunately for us, it is also packed with a lot of anime.

But the best part is that it offers top-notch titles, featuring some of the best anime in recent times. Examples include Attack on Titan and Cowboy Bebop, among many other gems.

So, without further ado, let’s explore together the absolute best anime on Hulu that you need to add to your watchlist ASAP.

28. Maid Sama

Maid Sama

Maid Sama! is a fantastic romance anime adapted from a shojo manga that managed to attract its own audience, and rightfully so.

Misaki Ayuzawa holds the distinction of being the first female student council president at her school, dedicated to safeguarding girls from the advances of boys.

But at the same time she harbors a secret: she works part-time at a maid café.

And when Takumi Usui, a student with a strong-willed demeanor, uncovers her secret, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

Maid Sama! is not only one of the best anime on Hulu, but also one of the contendants for the title of best romance anime on Hulu as well.

So if your goal with this list was to find a good classic romantic comedy to enjoy some quality time this is a solid choice.

27. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, spanning 49 episodes from 1995 to 1996, is set in the post-colonial year 195, where Earth and its colonies are under the control of a clandestine organization known as Oz.

In response to this tyranny, a rebellion dispatches five young Gundam pilots to Earth, igniting a war that holds the fate of humanity in its hands.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is yet another outstanding addition to the expansive Gundam universe, and you can find it on Hulu.

Like its counterparts, it adeptly explores the theme of war and its profound impact on both those who wage it and those who endure its consequences.

Whether you’re a Gundam enthusiast or not, this series is an absolute must-have on your watchlist due to its popularity (back then).

26. Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon is a popular action/crime anime released in 2006 and is currently available on Hulu.

If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush with pulse-pounding action and twists and turns, don’t miss it.

Black Lagoon follows the story of Rokurou Okajima, a regular businessman who is taken hostage during a business trip to the crime-ridden island of Roanapur.

When his employer refuses to pay his ransom, he has no choice but to join the mafia-pirate gang called Black Lagoon, transforming from an ordinary man to a ruthless criminal.

25. Kill la Kill!

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill is a popular anime released in 2013, consisting of 24 episodes, and undoubtedly one of Studio Trigger’s best productions.

The story follows Ryuko Matoi, who is on a quest to avenge her father’s death, with her only lead is the other half of the Scissor Blade, a sword he invented.

She enrolls in Honnouji Academy, a competitive high school controlled by student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin. Satsuki bestows special Goku Uniforms upon the top students, granting them unique powers.

After losing a battle against one of the uniform-wearing students, Ryuuko’s life takes a dramatic turn. She gains the ability to confront Satsuki and her clique while uncovering the truth behind her father’s murder.

Kill la Kill is a true masterpiece of direction that you can find on Hulu, featuring animation that brilliantly complements the fast-paced action and a soundtrack of exceptional quality.

Among its merits, you’ll also find strong social satire, themes of rebellion and personal growth, and one of the most clever uses of ecchi in the anime medium.

24. Inuyasha


Inuyasha is an iconic anime based on the manga by the legendary Rumiko Takahashi, the legendary Queen of Manga, adapted in 167 episodes by Sunrise and currently fully available on Hulu.

The story follows Kagome, an ordinary eighth-grade student who unexpectedly falls down a well in her home’s garden and is transported 500 years into the past, to the Sengoku era.

In this era, Kagome discovers that she is the reincarnation of Kikyo, a powerful priestess who had the responsibility of protecting the Shikon Jewel, a dangerous object coveted by villains.

Teaming up with Inuyasha, a half-demon with canine-like traits, Kagome embarks on a journey to safeguard the sacred jewel from falling into the wrong hands.

Inuyasha is one of the best examples, if not the best, of how to masterfully combine a fantastic action, a fantasy storyline and a stunning feudal Japan setting with a remarkably well-crafted romance.

This series is a modern classic that is steadily gaining recognition as a cult favorite, much like many of Rumiko Takahashi’s other works.

If you’re reading this list and haven’t watched it yet be sure to add it to your watchlist as soon as possible.

23. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass

Code Geass marked the anime landscape thanks to its interesting alternate-history setting and its great main character.

Japan has become a colony of the British Empire and is now known as Area 11.

The main character is Lelouch, a guy who gets caught in the crossfire after a normal day at school and manages to escape after receiving the Geass from C.C., a mysterious girl.

This power enables him to have absolute power over others simply by direct eye contact, allowing him to control their minds.

This is where his revenge against the British Empire begins, sparking a terrible war guided by rebels.

Code Geass is well-known for its intricate psychological and political entanglements along with its plot twists, so you can’t go wrong if you’re looking for an anime in this genre.

Code Geass is a story of tyranny, justice, rebellion, loyalty, and the repercussions of choices, offering ample opportunity for moral reflections.

22. Death Note

Death Note

Death Note is undeniably one of the most popular and influential anime series, and it’s not even a debate. This series, adapted from the manga by Oba and Obata has become a staple of pop culture, so if you haven’t watched it yet, you know how to use your Hulu subscription.

The story revolves around Light Yagami, a model student who is disillusioned with the world.

One day, he discovers a mysterious notebook, the Death Note, which has the power to cause the death of anyone whose name is written in it with the help of Ryuk, a shinigami.

Light begins using the notebook to kill criminals with the goal of purging the world of evil, but he soon finds himself facing off against L, the world’s greatest private investigator, who is determined to stop him.

What more can we say? After all, we’re talking about Death Note, one of the best mystery and dark anime ever created.

What’s even more remarkable is how it continually challenges your sense of judgment, keeping you in constant contemplation about who is right or wrong within the two factions.

The duality between Light and L is undeniably one of the most iconic elements in anime history.

21. Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team was released approximately 15 years after the original series and is part of the golden age of Gundam OAVs.

It’s set 1 month after Gundam 0079 and is made up of 11 episodes along with a 12th that concludes the story. You can find all 12 on Hulu.

There is also a medium-length movie that fills in the gaps in the story after episode 8, following the unexpected death of the original director.

Set during the One Year War, this installment departs from the franchise’s typical space settings by primarily taking place on Earth.

The central focus of the story revolves around the tumultuous romance between Federal Sub-Lieutenant Shiro Amada and noble Zeon pilot Ayna Sahalin, with their forbidden love story despite being from opposing factions.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team is a series within the franchise that we couldn’t avoid featuring in our selection of the best Sunrise anime.

This is due to its significant quality and even differences from the Gundam mainline, such as setting its story on Earth and having one of the best mecha fights in the entire genre.

20. Death Parade

Death Parade

Death Parade consists of 12 episodes and blends the tension of death games with an interest in the supernatural and mystery, all conveniently available on your Hulu.

When two people die simultaneously, the law dictates that, before they move on, they must be summoned to a place situated between hell and heaven for judgment.

One such place is the Quindecim, a bar operated by an impassive, white-haired bartender and his dark, long-haired assistant.

Here, they will engage in various games of all kinds, but the participants are unaware that this process is meant to decide their fate…

Death Parade may seem on the surface like a lighthearted, colorful anime with supernatural elements at first glance.

But don’t be deceived, as beneath the playful surface of the games the characters partake in, there are dark, psychological, and even philosophical moments, especially in the unexpected ending.

19. Parasyte: The Maxim


Parasyte is a 2014 anime adaptation of a vintage manga from the 1990s, presented in a modern style with excellent results.

In this thrilling anime, Shinichi Izumi, a high school student, becomes a host to a parasitic alien called Migi, who fails to take over Shinichi’s brain, ending up in his right hand.

Now, they are forced to rely on each other and defend themselves against other hostile parasites seeking to eliminate their species.

Parasyte is an incredibly well-rounded anime, blending lots of action and gore with a plot full of psychological twists and turns, even making room for romance subplots and plenty of dark moments.

It is an exceptional series not to be missed, not only if you subscribe to Hulu but in general.

18. Log Horizon

Log Horizon

Log Horizon is a criminally underrated isekai anime released in 2013 in 25 episodes that you should definitely watch if you are a fan of isekai anime with politics.

The story revolves around the fantasy world of Elder’s Tale, where all the players get trapped and unable to log out for mysterious reasons.

The main character, Shiroe, along with Naotsugu and Akatsuki, decides to form a guild called Log Horizon to survive in this new world.

Log Horizon is a hidden gem within the isekai genre that we encourage you to explore.

It boasts and incredible world-building, blending pure fantasy with intricate political intrigue, all complemented by complex and impeccably characterized characters.

If you are subscribed to Hulu and want to make the best of it with a great isekai, this is definitely a top choice.

17. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is a 50-episode installment of the Gundam franchise released in 2015 and stands out as one of the emotionally strongest entries.

Currently available on Hulu, we highly recommend not to miss it, especially for Gundam fans who have not yet watched it, and in general for those who appreciate intertwined stories filled with pathos.

Set 300 years after the conflict between Earth and Mars, the series starts with Cordelia, a woman embarking on a journey to Earth to negotiate the independence of the Martian city of Chryse from Earth’s dominion.

The two main characters, Mikazuki and Orga, serve as escorts to Cordelia in a world oppressed by oppressive political forces.

But when a rebel group takes advantage of the situation, Orga initiates a coup, and Mikazuki finds himself compelled to pilot an aging Mobile Suit to confront the unfolding circumstances.

16. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Fate is undoubtedly one of the most popular franchises in recent years, sharing a thrilling survival game anime storyline with some great action and romance subplots.

The narrative centers around Shirou Emiya, an ordinary student who becomes entangled in the Holy Grail War, a conflict that revolves around obtaining an artifact capable of granting any wish.

Each participant is partnered with a Servant, a spirit embodying a legendary hero from history, and they engage in battles to claim victory.

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works boasts breathtaking animations, excellent action scenes, and some romance subplots that perfectly complement the plot’s pacing.

But it’s essential to acknowledge that it is just the initial part of a giant narrative universe. So, if you’re intrigued, we highly recommend grabbing a guide and immersing yourself in this great work.

P.S: You can also find Fate/Zero (the prequel of Stay Night) on Hulu, so get ready for a Fate marathon.

15. Trigun


Trigun is an iconic action anime set in a post-apocalyptic world that has inspired other series in this subgenre for years. It was released in 1998 and consists of 26 episodes that you’re lucky to have available on Hulu.

Still today, this anime remains one of the best choices you can make if you’re looking for action, plot twists, Sci-Fi and characters written to the limits of perfection.

Another remarkable aspect is its pacing, initially composed of self-contained episodes that gradually coalesce to construct a progressively intricate narrative.

The story revolves around Vash the Stampede, an infamous outlaw who leaves a trail of destruction in every town and village he visits.

To put an end to the chaos and save their failing insurance companies, two agents are sent to apprehend him. But upon encountering Vash, they discover that he is a kind and generous individual.

14. Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April is a 2014 romance anime that you can find on Hulu that received a lot of popularity since its release, mainly thanks to its emotionally captivating story.

Kousei Arima, a former child prodigy pianist, was once revered by all. But after the death of his mother, he becomes unable to hear his music, sinking into a deep depression.

His life takes an unexpected turn when he encounters Kaori Miyazono, a vibrant and lively blonde violinist. Through her influence, Kousei rediscovers his passion for music.

As their bond deepens, their love for each other flourishes. But there is something about Kaori that Kousei has yet to discover, which adds complexity to their relationship.

Your Lie in April is a fantastic romance anime that blends romance and music.

And when it comes to the emotional aspect, we are more than confident in saying that it is one of the best sad romance anime in general, if not the best.

13. Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf is a truly unique work, almost difficult to pigeonhole into a single category and one of the most underrated anime of recent times.

This is because the anime, based on Isuna Hasekura’s novels, does not adhere to the canons of the genre despite its vague fantasy world-building features.

This is given the absence of magic and the struggle between good and evil and relying more on economics and trade.

The story revolves around the events of merchant Lawrence Kraft who agrees under request to help return to his native place a wolf-god called Holo, receiving in return his divine help and several privileges.

But feelings always blossom, and we will see a good romance between the 2.

Spice and Wolf is something we recommend you watch not only because it’s a great anime, but because of its uniqueness.

The romance component is excellent, well-researched, perfectly working and mature.

12. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Mushoku Tensei

Mushoku Tensei is undoubtedly one of the best isekai in recent years, and we highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already. The series began in 2021 and recently concluded an excellent second season, and you can find both on Hulu.

The story revolves around a nameless, unemployed 34-year-old Japanese man who is evicted from his apartment and becomes disillusioned with his life.

But his life takes a dramatic turn when he saves a group of high school students from an accident but ends up losing his own life in the process.

But what initially appears to be the end for him turns out to be a new beginning as he is reincarnated in a new world with the opportunity to start a new life in his conditions.

Mushoku Tensei is a fantastic isekai anime that should not be missed under any circumstances, whether you are an isekai fan or not.

And one of its greatest merits lies in the fact that it delivers a well-rounded story.

In its episodes, you can expect to find a mix of action, impressive world-building, intricate political conflicts, comedy, and exceptionally well-developed characters that undergo significant growth throughout the series.

11. Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy is a fantastic dystopian mystery series released in 2006, currently available on Hulu.

This series might not be suitable for everyone, given its incredibly slow pacing and complex narrative, and indeed we particularly recommend it to experienced anime fans.

But if you’re prepared to invest the time and effort to understand it, we assure you that you’re in for a fantastic viewing experience.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future where survivors live under a dome city called Romdo, to get shelter from the lethal and toxic climate.

To help with mankind’s recovery, AutoReivs, humanoid-like robots, have been created to assist people in their day-to-day lives.

But these automatons have begun contracting an enigmatic disease called the Cogito Virus which grants them self-awareness.

10. Mushishi


Mushishi is a 2005 anime released in 26 episodes that we consider to be one of the best innovative ever, so trust us when we say that you’re quite lucky to have it on Hulu.

It follows the story of Ginko, a serious and composed character who is a Mushishi.

Mushishi are experts in dealing with Mushis, mysterious creatures with unknown origins and habits. Coexistence with these creatures is often complicated for humans, hence the need for specialists.

Each episode of Mushishi explores a different mushi, which are heavily inspired by Yokai, presenting self-contained stories told in a slow, reflective, and artistic manner, like a hypnotic atmosphere.

This is not an anime for everyone, if you want pure entertainment and something action-oriented, skip it altogether. But if you are up to new experiences, then this anime is the right fit.

And this anime is unique and special even in terms of sad themes, as it’s not a series that we would strictly call sad.

Instead, it carries a sense of melancholy due to its atmosphere, which will immerse you further in watching it and convey a unique feeling.

But trust that it is harder to explain it in words than to understand it by watching it, so we recommend that you find out what we are talking about by experiencing it with your own eyes.

9. Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing: Ultimate was released in 2006 and was made as an adaptation that was more faithful to the original manga written by Kota Hirano.

The name of the series comes from the homonym secret organization Hellsing, whose duty is to hide the existence of Vampires and to keep the population safe.

The main character Alucard works for Hellsing as a vampire exterminator, being himself a member of the vampire race. He is supported by his new assistant Seras Victoria, a former policewoman who he saved in the past.

But a deep web of mysteries will soon arise.

Hellsing Ultimate is not only one of the best dark anime available on Hulu, but also one of the best in general.

If you are looking for an anime to enjoy some intense action, you must watch it. Period.

8. Nana


Nana is one of the most iconic shojo anime adaptations, with an animated version that was released in 2006 in 47 episodes.

The series revolves around two girls who share the same name, Nana, but possess contrasting personalities.

They find themselves as roommates, with one being a rock/punk star with a tumultuous life, and the other being a timid girl trapped in a toxic relationship that is slowly destroying her.

From that point onward, their destinies become deeply intertwined.

This anime is a true gem that we recommend to everyone, no matter their age group.

What sets Nana apart is its unique character design that perfectly suits the story’s context, alongside its well-developed characters and a storyline that beautifully balances intense moments with heartfelt tenderness.

7. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Rascal does not dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is a romance anime that we will never tire of recommending, and we will continue to do so until it gains the recognition it deserves.

So far, the first season and two movies have been released, with the second movie recently premiered in Japan.

The protagonist, Sakuta Azusagawa, is a high schooler who prefers to keep to himself and avoid socializing.

But his life takes an unexpected turn when he encounters a senpai dressed as a bunny in the library, and he realizes that he’s the only one who can see her.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is a fantastic romantic anime with an engaging plot that combines slice of life, romance, and the supernatural, featuring perfectly written characters.

And let’s not forget that Sakuta and Mai are one of the best couples in the genre, with incredible chemistry.

6. Steins;Gate


Steins;Gate stands as one of the most exceptional Sci-Fi anime ever created, captivating viewers with its engaging story that you can savor on Hulu.

At the core of this series lies the concept of time travel, following the journey of the eccentric scientist Rintaro Okabe and his circle of friends who stumble upon the ability to send text messages into the past.

But their experiments attract the attention of the enigmatic organization SERN, placing them in grave danger.

With a well-crafted romance between Rintaro and his love interest Kurisu Makise, Steins;Gate delves into the theme of sacrifice as Rintaro navigates the challenges of saving those he holds dear while risking his own sanity.

Indeed, this series is incredibly emotionally intense and even dark sometimes, with numerous scenes that will tug at your heartstrings as you watch them.

We can’t give you too much information because Steins;Gate is a series that must be discovered by watching it, but imagine having to experience the death of your loved one again and again, as you try to save him or her.

5. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan is one of the biggest media phenomena in recent years, and it’s clear why.

In Attack on Titan, humanity is relentlessly pursued by heartless giant humanoid creatures known as Titans, forcing them to seek refuge within massive walls, cut off from the rest of the world.

Eren Yeager, a young boy driven by a deep desire to eliminate all Titans, discovers that he possesses the power to transform into one, offering a chance to level the playing field.

Attack on Titan is a mix of fantastic characters, a story full of surprises, a dark story, and great animation from both studios that worked on it, MAPPA and Wit.

Even people who aren’t into anime and manga know about it by now. So, if you haven’t watched or read it yet, we don’t know what you’re waiting for. Open Huu right now and go watch it.

4. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

As a 2011 anime produced by Shaft and Aniplex, Puella Magi Madoka Magika is a masterpiece that brought freshness into the classic Majokko and is one of the most innovative anime currently on Hulu.

That’s because even though the first scenes make it look like a normal fantasy anime, you will soon realize that’s only appearance.

The slice-of-life setting and the cute characters won’t last long, and soon the story will take a dark and drama-filled turn.

Madoka will understand that she isn’t living in a fairy tale and that terrible sacrifices are necessary to fight the terrible Witches.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is the kind of anime that will catch you off guard from Episode 3. Trust us when we say this series is incredibly unique and full of unexpected plot twists that uncover deeper philosophical considerations.

And as you can well imagine this also extends to the sad and tragic moments, with a continuous escalation of moments that will make your heart clench until the very finale.

3. Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket is a shojo romance icon and easily one of the best romance anime ever. It also received an animated remake in 2019 that you can find on Hulu, surpassing the 2000s version in every aspect, so we clearly recommend this version.

The story follows the kind-hearted Toru Honda, who, following the tragic death of her parents, finds herself living with her grandfather.

But due to unavoidable circumstances, she’s forced to leave that home as well and ends up living alone in a tent in the woods.

It is there that she encounters Yuki Soma, who offers her an invitation to stay at his family’s home, a place harboring a peculiar secret.

Fruits Basket is a masterpiece with a plot and love story that is still incredible today, with characters that are incredibly well-written.

But an incredible merit of this series is not only its excellent exploration of sad themes but also how it handles them. It delves into depression, trauma, abuse, and social anxiety, but it does so with incredible tenderness, creating a beautiful illustration of how to overcome fears and insecurities.

2. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

This is an absolute masterpiece and one of the best anime of all time, so if you’re among the very few who haven’t watched it, please do yourself a favor and watch it literally tonight on Hulu.

Based on the manga written in 2001 by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is the animated series that most faithfully deals with the plot told in the original work.

Edward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers who live in a world where alchemy reigns and is used for a variety of purposes, whether in war, medicine, or even related to everyday life.

The two brothers have a specific purpose, which is to regain their lost bodies.

When they were young they tried to bring their late mother back to life using alchemy, and it went wrong, since as powerful as this magic is, it cannot go against the laws of nature.

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is considered a masterpiece precisely because of its incredibly complete story, and we can’t agree more.

All in the same anime you will find some excellent fighting scenes, perfectly written characters, psychological/drama moments, and even a lot of political intrigues in its setting, plot and lore.

1. Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is regarded as one of the best anime series of all time, and it’s unlikely to lose this title anytime soon.

Set in a not-too-distant future where inter-spatial travel is the norm and Mars is a vital part of human life, the show follows a group of bounty hunters, or cowboys, as they chase down intergalactic outlaws.

Meet Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter, in the year 2071, and witness Spike’s many talents and abilities in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts, garnering a reputation as one of the strongest fighters in the universe.

He chases criminals with his partner, Jet Black, and together they team up with a con artist, a child hacker, and a Welsh Corgi to form a bizarre family.

But when an old enemy comes back into Spike’s life, he must now choose between his past and his newfound family.

Cowboy Bebop was, is, and will be for a long time one of the best choices you can make if you are looking for an adventure, Sci-Fi, set in space, drama, and even a tear-jerking series.

And how about its jazz soundtrack? It’s one of the best in anime history, and some might even argue that it’s the best.

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Passionate about Japanese culture for years, serial devourer of manga, anime, and videogames that have now become part of my routine. My favorite series? Goodnight Punpun and One Piece.

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