Anime40 Best Anime on Hulu To Watch in 2023

40 Best Anime on Hulu To Watch in 2023

Hulu does have almost 45 million subscribers and a serious share of that are people like us, searching out the best anime on Hulu and binge-watching each and every one of them.

Just what this blog is all about, top anime on Hulu you should watch right now in case you haven’t.

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40 Best Anime on Hulu

40. Fruits Basket

fruits basket

An endearing story of an orphan girl, Tohru Honda, who’s had a troubled childhood but is still golden at heart.

Tohru chances on members of the Sohma family, a cursed family who unwillingly transforms into animals of the Chinese zodiac when they are touched, emotionally or physically, by the opposite sex.

Tohru persists with her unending love and care as the anime progresses, slowly healing the wounds of the Sohmas and finding her place in the world too.

39. Blood-C


Sexy nerdy school girl? Check. Ugly Scary Monsters? Check. Bloody Crazy Action? Check.

Rarely do we get to see an original anime character like Saya Kisaragi. What could easily have ended up as another ecchi anime [And we do have a proper list of ecchi anime!], is a good anime on Hulu to watch for its action, monsters, and well, Saya.

Quiet at school, she’s haunted by visions of an unimaginably larger danger on the horizon, and so much more. Worth it.

38. Tokyo Ghoul 

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How many of us end up dating a PYT who turns out to be a ghoul (flesh-eating superhumans who feed on humans but secretly)?

Ken survives Rize Kamishiro’s onslaught, Rize was his date! Ken ends up with a couple of Rize’s donated organs and now he’s a half-ghoul!

The story gets cuter as other ghouls try to help Ken manage his newfound necessity for his ex-species. Season 2’s a bit rough though but still, this is among the best anime on Hulu.

37. Akira [Movie]

akira movie anime

A turning point in Japanese anime, Akira changed everything.

This is one classic anime movie on Hulu you cannot miss. A post-war Neo-Tokyo with biker gangs roaming around Tetsuo unwittingly dives into the thick of it and ends up honing his own hidden mysterious abilities.

Fearful that history will repeat itself again (a young boy with mysterious powers started the previous war), the movie escalates swiftly towards the climactic ending.

Akira is a must-watch, well ahead of its time then, and a legendary anime now!

36. Fire Force

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We’re in the Solar era in Tokyo, obviously, where people occasionally combust into flames, Infernals they say. Spontaneous human combustion in Japan reminds us of something else but let’s not get into all that.

Over the years though, the next generation of Infernals can control their flames. Just so, we have ‘fire force’ and the plot’s centered on Shinra Kusakabe, whose family incidentally died in a fiery incident years ago.

Then there’s a faction creating Infernals and Shinra follows through for 2 seasons. Fire Force has a dedicated fan following and we’re waiting for Fire Force Season 3.

35. Kaguyama-sama: Love is War

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This is a popular high school anime mostly for its leading female MCs and some fun animation.

We’re at Shuchiin Academy and we’re with the president and vice duo of Miyuki and Kaguya. Shuchiin is an elite institution and as the leading voices, both these girls are peaking with capabilities and poise. But not with the boys.

Think of it like Pride & Prejudice in a crisp Japanese high school. None of them want to give in to love, whoever does loses first. But time’s running out!

34. Danganronpa: The Animation

danganronpa the animation

An anime series based on a game, Danganronpa already had a lot of takers when its season 1 aired with 13 episodes back in 2013.

Kind of a Dead or Alive meets elite high schoolery, Danganronpa picks up with Makoto Naegi winning the lottery to join Hope’s Peak High School.

What follows is an intricate buildup towards the realization that despite the high-end education, students must compete and even kill if required to graduate or they’re in it for life.

We suggest you play the game this is based on, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, after you’ve watched all the episodes!

33. Sword Art Online

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So one fine day in 2022 Kazuto Kirigaya logs into Sword Art Online, a 10,000-player strong virtual massively multiplayer game that comes bundled with the NerveGear helmet (the helmet locks in with all your senses.)

The catch is, Kazuto and all the other players can’t log out!

Right then the game creator Akiko Kayaba jumps in to add that any players removing the NerveGear or dying in-game will suffer the same fate IRL.

What follows is a lengthy action-packed anime series with a lot of fun and sub-plots to keep you busy for some time!

32. Ranma 1/2

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  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 7 [7]
  • Episodes – 161
  • Studio – Studio Deen
  • Creator – Rumiko Takahashi

A cult classic anime that many tend to forget, Ranma ½ was the original must-watch TV anime show back when we didn’t have mobile devices or dreamt of OTT.

Ranma ½ stretches for 161 fun-filled episodes, where the MC turns into a girl (and his father turns into a panda!) if drenched in cold water.

The series revolves around this comic duo and how young martial artist Ranma chooses between his love, his dojo, and everything else.

31. Sailor Moon

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Back in the ’90s, anime series like Sailor Moon, Inu Yasha (read on below!), Ranma ½ and the likes aired on Animax, Toonami and other TV broadcasts.

The story is about a typical schoolgirl Usagi who suddenly learns that she is the Sailor Moon, prophesied legendary warrior, who must save the Earth and the Galaxy from The Dark Kingdom.

Old-school anime action, a complicated engaging plot for love lost and found, and lots of action, Sailor Moon is a must-watch anime on Hulu for any hardcore anime fan.

30. Death Note

death note

A strange black book, the Death Note, is curiously found by high school student Light Yagami. The book can kill any human being as long as the book’s owner knows the name and the face of the target.

Yagami makes the best of it and starts using the book to kill mob bosses and criminals until Ryuk comes for a visit. Ryuk is a shinigami, the book’s ex-owner, and invisible to everyone but the Yagami courtesy of the Death Note.

But that’s not the only Death Note in Japan and the story entangles far more than Yagami wished for, across 35 episodes.

29. High School DxD

high school dxd anime

If popularity were the sole barometer for this best anime on Hulu listing, we’d have put High School DxD much higher up. But for an ecchi anime, this is as far as it goes.

Lots of women, a fair share of nudity, and a so-so storyline, High School DxD does stretch to 4 seasons and 53 episodes. We even have news on Season 5.

This is an anime to watch behind closed doors so you’re warned enough.

28. One Punch Man

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  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 2 [2]
  • Episodes – 12 +12
  • Studio – Madhouse, J.C. Staff
  • Creator: ONE and Yusuke Murata

One Punch Man is one of the best animes ever (just for Season 1.) But we do have confirmation that there will be a Season 3.

We hope J.C. Staff’s not behind it although some fans have suggested that Season 2’s just for a build-up and we were supposed to get Season 3 much earlier if not for the pandemic.

There’s still hope. Saitama has a cult following and so does OPM – one of the best anime with OP MC yet. Fingers crossed!

27. The Promised Neverland

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One of the best anime to watch on Hulu, or anywhere else really, The Promised Neverland is a rare entry in this list to generate critical acclaim.

Plot’s set in an orphanage, the Grace Field House, run by Isabella. Children are free to explore and discover in an environment of harmony, peace, and brotherhood.

But the eldest 3 of the lot suspect a more sinister underbelly behind it all, probably headed by ‘mother’ Isabella.

It’s true that Season 2 is paced too hard but if you haven’t watched Season 1, add this to your list first up, unless you just want some anime fun.

26. My Hero Academia

my hero academia

The MHA empire keeps getting bigger, so much so that we now have more spin-off EPs than in the original anime.

Over it’s 113 episodes, MHA does cover a lot of ground, from its’ shonen roots to bit part ecchi sections and then a bit of shoujo sprinkled in as well.

We do love Izuku, we do relate. How we wish we had a superhero training academy like U.A. High School, and Quirks too.

25. Cowboy Bebop

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Back when anime aired on the Sci-Fi channel, Cowboy Bebop was the best bit of imagination around. Strangely, it still is one of the best anime to watch on Hulu.

Shamans, spaceships, and a pack of bounty hunters in a Space meet the Wild Wild West plot, Cowboy Bebop hits the right notes, even now.

If there’s anything that we didn’t like about Cowboy Bebop it’s that there’s no season 2 of the anime. Not even from Netflix where the TV adaptation didn’t generate enough rev to guarantee another season either.

But this is one of the best classic anime on Hulu you can get so better watch it now, or maybe again!

24. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

jojo’s bizarre adventure
  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 4 [4]
  • Episodes – 152
  • Studio – David Production
  • Creator – Hirohiko Araki

Till a few months ago, Hulu only had up till season 3 but now they do stream all seasons of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure so good for you!

Before getting started with the anime series itself, did you know that this is one of the highest-selling manga series in history? 120 million copies till 2021.

When David took the production reins from A.P.P.P, they could have gone overboard but they didn’t. Instead, we still loved how the art style, pacing, and narrative were retained.

We’re about to get a 9th edition of the manga series. More news on that later.

23. Afro Samurai

afro samurai

5 episodes. That’s all we have of Afro Samurai, other than a video game and a live-action movie too.

But is this the absolute pinnacle of seinen anime? Set in the States with a black Samurai as MC, voiced by the Samuel L. Jackson, Afro Samurai is a perfect representation of alt culture.

Not really an American anime unless you shift perspective to that of the MC Afro, if you haven’t watched it, this should be on your watch list for your day-off.

Def one of the best anime on Hulu to watch right now.

22. Rurouni Kenshin

rurouni kenshin anime

Arguably one of the best animes on Hulu if you’re a bit grown up and want some proper IRL substance in the plot, Rurouni Kenshin is set in a post-Meiji Restoration Japan and it’s on a life-like Rurouni Kenshin.

Not a Ronin since he was never a Samurai, Kenshin is no less capable if not more but he has a dark past set.

The rest is a tale of camaraderie, as Kenshin is revisited by his past and his newly-made friends help him with it.

21. Megalo Box

megalo box

Boxing with metal exoskeletons sounds just around the corner and there’s gotta be an underdog box Joe who’s supposed to make it to the top.

Megalo Box does have an easy plot but it’s got style and the art direction is right on point. Also, Joe’s from the Restricted Area and not the metropolitan rich Administrative Area so it’s a slumdog story too.

Joe’s not Joe really, but Junk Dog when the plot starts off with fixed fights. Bottom line, if you love boxing, this is a must-watch.

20. Snow White with the Red Hair

snow white with the red hair anime

We had to put this classic shoujo this late in the series. Why? It’s a tight script with a lot of takeaways for the coming-of-age audience, beautifully represented by Shirayuki.

Anime girls with red hair are rare and most certainly not the MC but here we have a herbalist young and soon-to-be-woman who has her own share of admirers for it, including the Prince of Tanbarun, her Prince.

But she does know all this attention is for red hair so she runs away to the adjacent kingdom, where she chances upon Zen, Prince Zen of Clarines i.e. the other kingdom.

No more spoilers but this is one of the happiest anime around. Sad that you only get season 1 on Hulu.

19. The Day I Became a God

the day i became a god
  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 1 [1]
  • Episodes – 12
  • StudioP.A. Works
  • Creator – Jun Maeda and Zen

So the MC is in the last year of college and prepping for the exams. In comes a young girl, Hina Sato, who says she’s Odin and the world’s about to end in 30 days.

Of course, our MC Yota won’t take that up but Hina keeps predicting future instances too easily so he starts thinking.

On top of all this, he’s helping Hina adjust to general human life while discovering how Hina came to be what she is now. Phew!

18. Hellsing

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  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 1 [1]
  • Episodes – 13
  • StudioGonzo
  • Creator – Kohta Hirano

Vampires, World War, Nazis, Occult, in short, you get everything you expect from this anime.

It even carries on from Van Helsing to her daughter (Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing!) who now leads Hellsing, the evangelical order that fights against the undead evil.

She even has her own vampire servant Alucard, a vampire more powerful than her but who swore fealty to her father Van Helsing and the Helsing family.

Not the best anime even for its time but everything else is top-notch for 13 episodes of loud, highly-stylized, bloody, anime action.

17. Claymore


Supernatural beings representing some form of sadistic evil are common in anime (and Japanese folklore.) Just so, Claymore is about the deuteragonist of the same and Raki.

Raki’s village is attacked, his family killed, by youmas, shapeshifters that live on human flesh. Enter Clare, an engineered being who’s half youma and half human, a.k.a a Claymore.

The rest of the series follows Claymore and her new sidekick Rika as they travel through the land butchering youmas as Clare inches towards her long-awaited vengeance.

16. Bleach

  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 26
  • Episodes – 366
  • Studio – Pierrot
  • Creator – Tite Kubo

Bleach was one of the most popular animes a decade back. Soul Reapers, Hollows, a whole parallel world of spiritually exiled and empowered beings in the Soul Society, Bleach had it all.

It still is one of the best anime on Hulu and one we will suggest you to watch if you’re looking for a well-knit anime from the past to binge on.

But, we didn’t add this higher up. Bleach has a cult following yet even the most hardcore fan will agree that the anime loosens up too much.

15. Initial D

initial d first stage
  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 11 ‘Stages’ [2 Seasons]
  • Episodes – 26 + 14 [On Hulu]
  • Studio – Gallop, Studio Comet, SynergySP
  • Creator – Shuichi Shigeno

You get 40 episodes of Initial D on Hulu. But the whole anime series is curiously divided into 11 stages, including 73 episodes, a movie, and an OVA side-story. Why?

Initial D carved its own dedicated following and somewhat maintained it over 18 odd years. Critical acclaim was only obvious thanks to a strong manga foundation that sold close to 50 million copies.

In case you haven’t watched a single episode, we won’t lay it out for you and suggest you better get going now. You can start off right on Hulu – First Stage. Second Stage, and the Extra Stage.

14. Black Lagoon

black lagoon
  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 3 [1]
  • Episodes – 29
  • Studio – Madhouse
  • Creator – Rei Hiroe

Black Lagoon is one of the most entertaining anime series out there and it’s sad we have just 3 seasons and a handful of episodes of it.

Fast-paced, action-filled, and gangsta hip, Black Lagoon is a Cowboy Bebop closer to the 21st century and a One Piece with more fiction than supernatural imagination.

Each character has its own fan following, well except Rokurou although you’d like to be in his position IRL. Who wouldn’t want to end up joining this team of pirates with probably the sexiest anime characters in the animeverse in Revy and Dutch!

Only Season 1 on Hulu though otherwise, Black Lagoon should have made it to the top 5.

13. Platinum End

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An underrated masterpiece, Platinum End is among the better animes to watch on Hulu if you’re up for a thrilling shonen based on supernatural and dark fantasy elements.

A Harry Potter-esque MC, Mirai Kakehashi lives as an orphaned high school goer constantly abused by his uncle and aunt. Mirai tries to suicide but is intervened by Nasse, a Guardian Angel.

Plot takes another leap when Nasse tells Mirai that God will retire in 999 days and he’s one of the chosen candidates to take the place. Mirai also gets to know that his uncle and aunt were involved in his parent’s death. A lot to take in!

12. Arifureta


We do have an isekai anime right here and it’s quite pop right now with a steadily growing fanbase.

Arifureta is about high-schooler Hajime who gets transported to a parallel fantasy universe along with his classmates. But, while all the other students gain powerful supernatural abilities, Hajime gets only alchemy and transmutation powers.

Hajime is betrayed and left behind for dead in a dungeon. But he makes it back out, surviving against all odds, by transforming from a kind compassionate laid back guy to a cold-blooded ruthless alpha.

11. Sonny Boy

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  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 1 [1]
  • Episodes – 12
  • Studio – Madhouse
  • Creator – Shingo Natsume

A cerebral anime series without peer, Sonny Boy is the one good anime on Hulu you can add to your secret collection or share with your closest peeps with pride.

This is your isekai anime on brain pills, 36 high school students are suddenly transported into a different dimension with their school and then survival instinct kicks in. Some students even get supernatural powers.

Every plot change, dialogue, character progression is meticulously handled, and so’s the animation, stylized almost perfectly. Add this to your immediate watch list.

10. Mushi-shi

  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 1
  • Episodes – 26
  • Studio – Artland
  • Creator – Yuki Urushibara 

Set in 19th century Japan, Mushishi is based wholly on an award-winning manga of the same name. There’s no plotline but there are Mushi, supernatural ancient creatures not visible to everyone but to a handful few, like our MC, Ginko.

An anime series that lets you think of things from a different POV, helps you connect to the parallel spiritual side – Mushishi is a journey everyone should take.

We won’t spoil it. Just find a spare few hours and watch this rare beauty of an animation series.

09. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

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Boruto has not lived up to it. There, we said it. But should we expect it to be the same? Of course we will, otherwise why would Naruto’s son get a whole sequel series!

Despite the art style which is just as much on point, Boruto feels a lot hurried. New characters are overpowered. Can anyone in the Narutoverse, same as Borutoverse, be more powerful than the most powerful Naruto characters?

But we’re hooked. We want to know how Kawaki fares. We still edged on Naruto getting kidnapped and all that and that was an intentional spoiler. Because despite Boruto not being as good as Naruto still is, it is a must-watch.

08. One Piece

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One Piece should be in the top 3 best anime on Hulu in any list. But not here. We’re pretty clear with what we’ve set out to do. So why is it at no. 8?

If you’ve watched it, you must have skipped One Piece filler episodes unless they had your fav One Piece character in it. A bit too stretched and One Piece really does not do that well without Luffy in it.

All said though, One Piece is an epic. We’re about to get a new movie within this year with the 3rd trailer already a month old.

Chances are, you’ll be on it again. And in case you haven’t watched One Piece yet, take it 3-4 episodes a day and skip the filler episodes unless you have time to spare!

07. Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba 

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Demon Slayer really upped the ante of what modern anime should be. A teary storyline, smooth plot and progression, and above all, one of the best action animations yet.

We heart Tanjiro and at some level, many do understand his struggles to find balance, get vengeance, and to save his sister.

Perhaps the best thing about Demon Slayer is how every single plot twist, action, and dialogue carries a deep emotional gravity.

06. Attack on Titan 

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AOT deserves the numero uno spot. We’re sure most of y’all will agree.

4 seasons and 80+ episodes down the line, Attack of Titan is labeled as one of the best animes on Hulu or rather anywhere, this side of the millennia.

We’ll get more episodes to the Final Season, supposed to air around early 2023, as Final Season Part 3.

No spoilers here in case you haven’t started off yet!

Related Read: All Attack on Titan Map

05. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

fullmetal alchemist brotherhood
  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 1 [1]
  • Episodes – 64
  • Studio – Bones
  • Creator – Hiromu Arakawa

To be clear, we have ranked Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood at 5, not the previous Fullmetal Alchemist series. Although we love both but having watched them, Brotherhood is better partly since it’s closer to the manga.

Chances are, you’ve watched at least a few episodes of either series. If you haven’t though, we’ll ask you to start off with Brotherhood right here.

Sadly not all episodes are available on Hulu for all regions. But this is one of the best-dubbed anime on Hulu. And we’d suggest you watch this before AOT.

Again, no spoilers!

04. Naruto

  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 4[4]
  • Episodes – 220
  • StudioPierrot
  • Creator – Masashi Kishimoto

Is Naruto the best anime on Hulu? Is Naruto the best anime ever? As far as cult popularity is concerned, it might well be. Why?

It’s hard not to connect with a character created so deeply and vigorously with a central locus of good and a consistent will to fight evil. Naruto inspired a generation to act.

His camaraderie with Sasuke, a complex relationship of brotherhood and rivalry, connected at so many levels with the audience, even setting new standards and values.

We can go on about Naruto all day. Chances are, you’ve watched Naruto. But if you haven’t, this is one anime you cannot afford to miss on Hulu.

03. Dragon Ball Super

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Is there anything cooler than Ultra Instinct Goku in Dragon Ball Super? And is there a more virtuous antagonist in the animeverse over Jiren? And how about Black Frieza?

Dragon Ball Super is the perfect icing on the cake, a pinnacle to one of the most iconic anime franchises.

True, it almost borders on the limitlessness of things but it’s not like Goku’s the strongest around anymore now that there are planet-sized Super Dragon Balls around.

Also the animation could have been better but it’s good enough for us to enjoy every little detail. One of the best animes on Hulu, Dragon Ball Super will be watched over and over again.

02. Inu Yasha


You might disagree with Inuyasha making it to the no.2 spot but have you watched both all the seasons and both the series?

Inuyasha is an epic anime series in all senses, an undervalued gem for its animation, storyline, characters, and mostly, its consistency throughout almost 200 episodes.

Mostly thanks to Takahashi’s style, where the characters do decide plot progression and very rarely do we get a chunk of back-to-back filler episodes.

Inuyasha has everything you would want from an anime unless you’re looking for a cyberpunk future space sort. We suggest you push this to the top of your watch-right-now list.

01. Naruto Shippuden

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  • Seasons [On Hulu] – 21 [21]
  • Episodes – 500
  • Studio – Pierrot
  • Creator – Masashi Kishimoto 

The best timeskip in the history of anime, Shippuden takes up from a 13-year-old Naruto and how.

You can essentially skip to Shippuden from episode 135 of the original Naruto without missing out. Plaudits to the creators for keeping it all together and giving the fans what they wanted plus extra.

To come back with a sequel series that’s twice as expansive as the original – no one has done this before.

Reason enough that you should watch Naruto Shippuden on Hulu right now. All 500 episodes of it!

What do you think about this listing? And what’s Your best anime on Hulu? Let us know in the comments!

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