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Best Anime Series on Hulu Right Now

If you're looking to get your anime fix, Hulu has you covered. The streaming giant has both old favorites and newer hits.
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It all started with a small birthday gift: manga from the local comic book shop. A friend of mine was super into Dragon Ball at the time. We hung out a lot, but I had never quite made the leap into manga or any anime series yet. That changed when he gave me manga for my birthday.

He chose two comics for my birthday that year. One was Dragon Ball, and the other was Sailor Moon. (As a side note, I still have both of these 25 years later!) From there, it was a deep dive down the rabbit hole.

Manga wasn’t the easiest for me to get my hands on. We had a single comic shop that carried tons of them, but that was it. This was definitely before the days of finding anything you wanted on the internet. If a brick-and-mortar didn’t have it, neither did you.

On top of that, it’s not like I had a ton of money at my disposal. And while the cost probably wouldn’t seem too bad these days, it seemed like a lot back then to a kid with no job – not to mention, things have certainly gone up in price since then. I’m sure we all wish comics still had those ‘90s prices.

So, I started watching anime. It was a much more affordable way to keep up with my favorite characters. Anime was starting to become more popular here, especially Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. But really, it didn’t take long to realize that the dubbed versions of these shows were not quite up to par. And by “not up to par,” I mean please don’t go back and revisit them. It’s best to leave those in the past!

I started renting subtitled versions instead. Blockbuster and Hollywood Video reigned supreme in those days. Luckily for me, they usually kept a pretty wide anime selection. Both Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z were there, with characters and storylines that were blatantly missing from their dubbed counterparts. But one of the best parts of having those rental stores was being able to discover other shows I had not seen or heard of before.

All those video rental shops are mostly gone now. The last one near me, a lone Family Video, closed up shop a year or two back. Hollywood Video has been gone since 2010. And Blockbuster, which once reigned supreme, is all but wiped off the map. Bend, Oregon is home to the last remaining retail Blockbuster location.

Fortunately, streaming giants like Hulu have stepped up for anime fans. Not only have they stocked their “shelves” with plenty of old favorites, but they are also bringing the newer hits from Japan. Some series are even premiering the same week here as they drop in Japan. So, if you’re looking to revisit an old favorite, or maybe check out a new anime, Hulu has a little something for everyone.

My Hero Academia

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 5

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

In a world where superpowers are commonplace, Izuku Midoriya was born without them. Even still, he dreams of becoming a superhero. Despite being powerless, he enrolls in a prestigious hero academy – where he puts in serious study time with the greatest hero of all.

One-Punch Man

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 2

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

Saitama resolved to become a hero. After three years of special training, he finds he can defeat any opponent with a single punch. Is he the strongest man in the world? And while he might face new opponents each day, he’s discovered that being devastatingly powerful is kind of boring. With no challenge, he’s feeling lackadaisical and depressed.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 1 (64 episodes, originally divided into five parts in North America)

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

The Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, are in search of the powerful Philosopher’s Stone. They hope it can restore their bodies, which they lost while trying to resurrect their mother with their alchemy skills. Their experimentation and defiance of the Law of Equivalent Exchange had dire consequences. Although Edward only lost his limbs, Al’s soul was transferred to a suit of armor. Unfortunately, the Elric brothers are not the only ones seeking the fabled stone.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 1

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

Tanjiro comes home to find that his family has been killed by demons, and his little sister is the only survivor. She soon begins turning into a demon herself. Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to become a demon slayer and to find a cure for his sister.

Black Lagoon

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 2

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

A meek but successful businessman is presumed dead after he is abducted by pirate mercenaries – the merciless crew of the Black Lagoon. He decides to reinvigorate his life by joining his captors in a risky world of smuggling, kidnapping, and gun running.

Cowboy Bebop

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 1

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

I know I already mentioned Cowboy Bebop as one of the best anime series on Netflix, but it is also on Hulu. And despite being nearly a quarter of a century old at this point, it still feels fresh and fun. Cowboy Bebop is a space western set in the year 2071. A group of ragtag bounty hunters aboard their ship, the Bebop, are just out to make a buck. They are chasing down the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals, while also trying to outrun their troubled pasts.

Related: Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Already Cancelled After One Season

Sailor Moon

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 5, plus 3 seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

Usagi is a whiny, clumsy middle school student. But she soon befriends a talking black cat named Luna, who gives her a magical brooch that enables her to transform into Sailor Moon. Together, they assemble a team of fellow Sailor Guardians who are destined to find their princess and the Silver Crystal, so they can save Earth from evil.

It’s worth noting that this is not the awful dubbed version that used to air after school. And aside from the 5 seasons of Sailor Moon, Hulu also has Sailor Moon Crystal. This reboot is a more faithful adaptation of the original manga.

Food Wars!

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 2

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

Soma Yukihira wants to surpass his father’s culinary skills, so he enrolls in Totsuki Culinary Academy, an elite culinary school, to become a full-time chef. At the academy, he must win over-the-top cooking battles with stipulations on the line. If he messes up, he could face expulsion from the school.

The Promised Neverland

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 2

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

A group of gifted children lives an idyllic life at the Grace Field House orphanage, with plentiful food and education. They also have complete freedom, except they are never allowed to venture off the property and into the outside world. But once they discover the true purpose of the orphanage and their own existence, they decide it’s time to escape and take the rest of the orphans to freedom, too.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 1

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

Kaguya-sama: Love is War is a romantic comedy following two students at Shuchiin Academy. Student council president Miyuki Shirogane is the top student at the school, and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya is part of a wealthy and important family. They are also both secretly (and not-so-secretly) in love with each other. The catch? They are too proud to confess their love, so they’re constantly scheming ways to make the other confess first.

Tokyo Ghoul

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 3

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

In this alternate reality, ghouls look like normal people but they can only survive by eating human flesh. They have powers like enhanced strength and regenerative abilities, and their skin is resistant to piercing weapons. College student Kaneki barely survives an encounter with a ghoul, but winds up as part ghoul himself and becomes a fugitive on the run.

InuYasha

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 7, plus InuYasha – The Final Act

Audio: Subbed and dubbed

A high school girl living on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine finds herself transported back in time to Japan’s Feudal era after she was dragged into a mystic well used to dispose of demons and monsters. Here, she awakens a half-demon and discovers she is the reincarnation of a warrior priestess who was born with a powerful jewel. After the jewel shatters, she teams up with the half-demon, InuYasha, to find the shards.

Dragon Ball Super

Number of Seasons on Hulu: 1, but it’s actually 131 episodes

Audio: Dubbed

Months after they have defeated Majin Buu at the conclusion of Dragon Ball, Goku and his friends are living peaceful, regular lives. Of course, that can’t last for long. Beerus, the God of Destruction, awakens after decades, sending the crew on another adventure to save the planet. Hulu also has Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball GT for more action. Both of these are subbed, no dubs available.