Anyone who knows anime knows that of the 3 big streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu) Hulu is where you need to go to get the biggest and best variety of anime. Hulu’s recently announced deal with Funimation only serves to solidify this fact.
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The only downside to having so many amazing series available at any time is that it can make life difficult when it comes time to actually pick one to watch. With that in mind, we’ve gone through the all the best anime available on Hulu and picked out the ten anime that deserve your undivided attention the next time you decide to open up the anime section on Hulu.
10. Terror In Resonance
Terror In Resonance accomplishes something that not many series or films can; it gets you to empathize with a couple terrorists. It does this by squarely aligning you on the side of two terrorists who are in the process of carrying out a series of attacks against Japan. Sphinx One and Two as they call themselves -- or Nine and Twelve as their previous captors called them -- are two young men out to send a message to the people of Japan. Their plan involves bombing several buildings, which they hope accomplish with a nuclear bomb, the help of a few choice citizens, and without actually harming anyone. Terror In Resonance is an impactful journey through the minds of two extraordinary individuals on a mission to expose a dark secret the Japanese government wants to keep hidden.
9. Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon is a show that, at its core, is a lot like another entry you’ll see later in this list: Cowboy Bebop. We follow a group of bounty hunters as they collect bounties across the globe. We begin with Rock as he joins the crew of the Lagoon company as they go through the series trying to make money. Black Lagoon is great at putting the characters of the series into situations the audience yearns to see them get out of. The story is decent, but the real reason to watch Black Lagoon is to witness all the stunning action sequences and the great dialogue given to the quirky crew of the Lagoon.
Puberty sucks for everyone. But if your name happens to be Naoto Nandaba then things are about to get a whole lot messier. FLCL or Fooly Cooly is probably one of the most inventive and unique coming-of-age stories to ever have been animated. You’ll find a whole mess of beautiful action scenes and an amazing story that makes almost no sense, but beyond that is really anybody's call. It’s only six episodes long, which is probably a good thing because you’re going to need to go back and watch it a few more times after you finish it the first time to really try to grasp what’s going on.
7. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
Sakamoto is probably the absolute coolest guy to ever hit a Japanese high school. The crux of Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto’s comedy comes from putting the utterly perfect Sakamoto into absurd situations and simply watching as he comes out of them the coolest guy in the world. It doesn’t matter if it’s a busted water fountain spraying all over him making Sakamoto the most beautifully moist kid in class or the failed attempts of a jealous gang always leaving Sakamoto on top. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto may be a comedy but it has a stunning command over the entire emotional spectrum. Whether you’re looking for a laugh or something more serious and heartwarming, Sakamoto is a series you’ll want to check out.
6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Man oh, man. Where do we even begin with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure? Maybe we could start with the incredible action. No? How about the utterly unique color palette and artistic style bleeding through every drop of ink on the screen? No? Well, then how about one of the most incredible and devastating antagonists in all of anime history? Hopefully at least one of those got your attention because JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the greatest shonen anime to hit screens anywhere. It’s also one of the first to kick off the trend back when it was first written. It’s just exciting, violent, and mindnumbing fun.
5) Samurai Champloo
Honestly, Samurai Champloo gets an in on any top anime list based on the soundtrack alone. Nujabes, rest in peace, provides some of the greatest beats to ever bless an anime’s score. That’s the thing about Samurai Champloo though, even if the music wasn’t as great as it is you’d still be left with a superbly animated tale of two samurai traveling the country with a young woman looking for the mysterious “samurai that smells of sunflowers”. Jin, Mugen, and Fuu spend the 26 episode series searching for the aforementioned samurai but Samurai Champloo isn’t really about the destination. It’s about the journey a single unifying goal can lead a group of three strangers along and the bonds that form throughout that journey.
4. Yu Yu Hakusho
For a lot of people born in the early 90s, Yu Yu Hakusho was one of the earlier stops on their journey through the medium. The 112 episodes may seem a bit daunting as you begin the series, and the spirit detective arc at the beginning may drag on for a little bit... but the payout you get by the time the Dark tournament arc starts (one of the greatest tournament arcs in all of anime history) and ends is well worth the price for admission. It’s incredible how stylish and beautiful the animation is even 26 years later now. The dark and surreal tones that ooze out from every scene, the characters that actually change their clothes, the entirety of the dark tournament arc, there’s plenty more reasons to jump into Yu Yu Hakusho but you’ll have to find those out for yourself.
3. My Hero Academia
Unless you’ve been living under a particularly large rock, you’ve probably either watched My Hero Academia yourself or you’ve heard about it from the legions of adoring fans. If you happen to find yourself in the latter category, and for some reason have yet to start the series after 3 whole seasons, then it’s probably about time you just gave into the fandom because My Hero Academia is going to be sticking around for a while. Following a young fanboy on his journey to become the world's greatest hero has brought about some of the most beautifully animated fight scenes in recent history. The vibrant and unique characterizations and designs really elevate the show beyond just the simple “I wanna be the greatest (something)” anime.
2. Cowboy Bebop
Here’s another on our list from Director/Animator Shinichiro Watanabe. Another on our list that could get on just based on the score, as well. Music is an essential part of Shinichiro Watanabe’s work. You can see it in the titles of his works - Bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempo, complex chord progressions with rapid chord changes, and numerous key changes and Champloo meaning “to mix up together” or “Mixtape”. So together you have a cowboy inspired jazz record and a samurai mixtape. The music bleeds throughout Cowboy Bebop. You can see it in the way Spike moves in fight scenes or action sequences. You can hear it highlighting the tone of the dreary space cowboys’ adventure. The characters are colorful, quirky, and alive. The story--especially Spike’s storyline, is fantastic and his battle with Vicious is just…well, they don't call him vicious for nothing.
1. Steins; Gate
Steins; Gate is one of the only stories that’s been told recently that is actually about the act of time travel. It’s not a show about someone who travels back in time and fumbles about before heading back to their own time with everything all honky-dory. Steins; Gate focuses on the act of time travel itself, the complications that arise from it, and dealing with a complex web of tangled time paradoxes collapsing in on each other. The series may be a little slow to start off, but we guarantee you that by the time it ends you’ll be dying to see how the mad scientist Okabe Rintarou and the rest of the crew end up.