What’s an anime? For those who are unfamiliar with the term, anime refers to animation movies produced in Japan that have special characteristics about them and are mostly derived from Manga series of comic books. Modern day greats like Shinichiro Watanbe, Hayao Miyazaki and the late Satoshi Kon have changed the landscapes of anime with their distinctively original, dazzlingly ambitious works that pushed the boundaries of the medium. Their path-breaking, revolutionary works shattered the cultural boundaries of the medium in a way the world had never seen before. Now, not just the people of Japan, but people from across the globe are turning into anime fans. If you also are one of them, or wanting to become one, you are at the right place. Today, we are going to list down best anime movies and shows that are that are available on Hulu.
With the emergence of online streaming services, nowadays, people prefer watching anime sitting in the comforts of their home. Netflix, of course, has the lion share of eyeballs, but Hulu is not far behind. So, if you are planning to watch an anime with bunch of your friends, you don’t need to go to a theater. You can just invite them to you house and enjoy anime on TV or laptop. Anyway, this list consists of all kinds of anime: from love stories to coming-of-age stories to action thrillers. Again, here’s the list of some really good anime on Hulu.
12. Naruto Shippuden (2007)
I enjoyed watching ‘Naruto Shippuden’. The series is a continuation of its predecessor ‘Naruto’ which is one of the most popular anime. The plot over here is simple. By the end of the Naruto series, we see that Naruto has been training really hard with Jiraya and gives it his all to become powerful and special. The events in this series take place after two years since the first series. Naruto has trained to his fullest and has come home to his village Kono na. He has grown taller and his character seems to have become more determined and decent. But wait. It seems that he has developed a much better sexy jutsu and needs to teach it to his juniors. Yup, he may have gotten stronger but Naruto hasn’t changed at all. This series filled with awesome and powerful villains who will test Naruto to his full potential. Which means more fun for us, right?
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11. Boku no Hero Academia (2016)
If you love superhero genre Anime then this one is a must watch for you. The plot is great and the characters are really cool too. The fight scenes of ‘Boku no Hero Academia’ are visually appealing and keeps the viewers engaged. I really enjoyed watching this series. The plot of the Anime is set in a world in which humans have evolved to have quirks which are basically supernatural powers. With great power comes dangerous villains and to uphold peace you need badass heroes. Being a Hero to catch the bad guys is actually a routine job now. Midoriya wants to become a Hero too but the problem is he is one of those rare humans who don’t have any quirk. But then something happens which puts him in the path of becoming one of the best heroes.
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10. Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
‘Tokyo Ghoul’ is a decent piece of horror/action genre Anime. I really enjoyed the first two seasons to this series. They were really great and kept me glued on the screen. The third season is something I did not fully enjoy and felt there was not much going on in the series. But other than that this series is a great watch. The Anime is set at an Earth where Ghouls are very much real and they eat the flesh of human beings. Kaneki is the main character of this Anime. He starts a relationship with a beautiful girl. But luck is not in the town for him as this girl turns out to be a ghoul and attacks him. This attack injures him and Kaneki is saved by transplanting the girl’s organs. But now Kaneki himself has become a Ghoul or is rather a half human and half hybrid Ghoul. He later learns that there’s a special task force created to hunt down ghouls. Now, Kaneki has to save himself from both the world of humans and the world of ghouls.
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9. Another (2012)
If you like horror genre anime then go for ‘Another’. As you proceed with the series you feel you are watching the anime version of ‘Final Destination’. Believe me, the structure is quite similar. But the plot of the anime is quite different and has a mystery feel to it. Also, if you don’t like gory stuff then steer clear. Kouichi Sakakibara is transferred to a school in Yomiyama town. He will be continuing his classes in class 3-3. But there are some dark secrets hidden within this class that engulfs the whole town. Many years ago a popular student named Misaki dies in the school. Misaki studied in class 3-3. The class was in shock and started pretending that Misaki hadn’t died. This started a phenomenon which lingers like a curse over the students of class 3-3 and everyone related to them. Kouichi finds that there is a girl named Mei Misaki whom the class treats like she doesn’t exist. But Kouichi gets close to her and havoc starts.
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8. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
‘Hunter x Hunter’ is an adventure genre Anime. It is really fun and young adults will enjoy it a lot. The plot is good enough and the characters are engaging. The main characters of the series are Gon and Killua. Gon wants to become a hunter like his father. Hunters in the world of ‘Hunter x Hunter’ are professionals who do specialized jobs like security, searching for rare objects, discovering new lands and much more. Gon has not seen his father for a long time and wants to become a hunter to find him. But becoming a hunter is a not an easy task. He has to take a series of examinations that will test his tenacity and strength. During the exams, he befriends a boy named Killua. Killua hails from a family of assassins and is exceptionally talented. He joins Gon on his journey and goes on an interesting adventure. They train hard to become stronger and deal with a series of threats.
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7. Akira (1988)
It’s time for an anime movie. ‘Akira’ is an anime classic and is regarded as one of the best anime films. ‘Akira’ was instrumental in changing the way anime was perceived. The film is two hours long and is really engaging. The plot is really great and is set in the year 2019. It is shown that in the year 1988 an explosion was caused by a psychic boy. This resulted in the start of World War III which engulfed Japan in destruction. Currently, in the year 2019, the government tries hard to restore peace and Tokyo is now known as Neo-Tokyo. The city has degraded considerably and is filled with gangs and violence. The protagonist of the movie is Shoutarou Kaneda. He leads a biker gang named ‘The Capsules’ who constantly clash with their rival gang ‘The Clowns’. One day Shoutarou’s friend Tetsu gets caught in an accident caused by a psychic who has escaped the government confinement. Tetsu starts developing powers of his own and is kidnapped by the government to stop further destruction. Now, it’s up to Kaneda to save his friend.
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6. Ao no Exorcist (2011)
‘Ao no Exorcist’ deals with demons, satans and of course Exorcists. It follows the same pattern as ‘Naruto’ though the plot is entirely different. It deals with a boy who is at first feared for his power but later through his personality makes people believe in him. The anime is set in a world where Humans and Demons exist in sort of parallel worlds. Demons can only come to the world of humans through possession. Satan the king of demons want to conquer the human world but to do so he needs to have a perfect vessel which he can possess and enter the human world. Turns out, Rin Okumura is the son of Satan. He doesn’t know the fact in the beginning and carries on with his ordinary life. But one day he is attacked by a demon and everything turns upside down. Rin learns the truth about himself but doesn’t want to join Satan. He thus decides to train to become an exorcist so that he can defend his world and defeat Satan.
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5. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (2015)
‘Ansatsu Kyoushitsu’ is a really fun anime. I loved it because of its comic nature. It allowed me to take a break from serious stuff and delve into pure fun. The plot is really nice. One day a creature causes havoc. It is really strong and chops down our beautiful. Now, the moon bears a permanent crescent. Now, Earth is going to suffer a similar fate until something is done to subdue this monster. People are terrified and responsibility falls on the students of Kunugigaoka Middle School. Especially the students of class 3 -E of that school. They are tasked to assassinating the monster but the task seems impossible. The creature can fly at high speeds reaching up to Mach 20. It is also quite skilled. But in a bizarre turn of events, the creature becomes a teacher at Kunugigaoka Middle School and starts teaching the students of class 3-E and trains them to become an assassin so that they are finally able to catch him. Also, it turns out that the creature is a great teacher. Will the students be able to stop this monster before it’s too late.
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4. One Punch Man (2015)
Man! ‘One Punch Man’ was one of the best anime I have recently seen in the superhero genre. It is fun, comical and filled with over the top action sequences and the best part being it does all that while making fun of itself. I love parodies and ‘One Punch Man’ is a great parody. The protagonist of this anime is Saitama who with a seemingly normal training routine, which he continued for a year, gained superhuman abilities. Now, Saitama is so powerful that he can defeat any rival with just one punch. Hell, even one punch is way too much. If you have seen the anime you know what I mean. His punch completely decimates his opponent disintegrating them into oblivion. This annoys him a lot since he cannot fight to his fullest potential. Saitama wanted to become a superhero for a long time. He meets Genos who wants to become his disciple. Together they give the superhero exam. But the results are quite unexpected as Saitama is graded as a C class hero and Genos is meant to be an S class hero.
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3. One Piece (1999)
Up next is the pirate-themed adventure genre anime named ‘One Piece’. Man! this anime is really long. It is still going on and is filled with two decades worth of content. I am still in the middle (hope to reach the end soon). The protagonist of the anime is Monkey D. Luffy. He is the leader of straw hats pirates and aims to become the pirate king by taking over the hidden treasure, named as One Piece, left by Gol D. Roger who was the previous pirate king. Gol D. Roger was an infamous pirate but was captured by the government. Before his death, he revealed the secret of this treasure. In this series, there are special fruits known as devil fruits which grant its consumers special abilities. Monkey D. Luffy has eaten one of the devil fruits and has achieved strange powers too. He can extend his arms and legs to a long distance. This ability of his comes quite handy during battles. Join the Straw Hats Crew as the sail the sea and go on interesting adventures.
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2. Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Once in a while, there comes an anime which is quite different in feel. When you watch ‘Cowboy Bebop’ it never feels like you are watching an anime. It feels quite different from your regular anime. It sometimes feels as though you are watching a Hollywood series or movie while at other times it takes the form of a regular anime. The anime is set in a futuristic version of the universe in the year 2071. Humans have inhabited various planets of the solar system and have left Earth behind which stays in ruins. To maintain peace in such a vast civilization a special police force named as Inter Solar System police force has been created. But still to maintain peace in such a vast area is tough and you need help. Such help is provided by people known as bounty hunters who aid the legal authorities by catching guys who break the law. The anime follows a group of bounty hunters who travel in a spaceship called bebop. Join them on their adventure across the solar system.
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1. Death Note (2006)
‘Death Note’ is a damn good thriller genre anime. The plot focuses on a special notebook which is known as the ‘Death Note’. The book has a special ability. If someone writes a name on the pages of the notebook then the named person dies. Light Yagami finds a Death Note on the grounds of his high school. Once he discovers the book’s abilities he embarks on a killing spree, killing criminals and trying to cleanse the world of evil. He is soon chased by police especially a detective named L who turns out to be a genius in his field of work.
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