Best streaming anime shows on Hulu, Amazon Prime and more
Whether you’re already an anime fan or want to learn more about the genre, here are the best series to stream.
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Anime shows rose to prominence in the ’80s and’ 90s, and thanks to a strong fan base the genre is still going strong. But for those fans who don’t have Netflix or may not be familiar with the Crunchyroll streaming platform, you can also watch your favorite anime shows streaming on Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, and Sling TV.
If you haven’t signed up for one (or more) of these platforms, you won’t have to break the bank to access plenty of TV shows and movies. Hulu’s monthly subscription costs just $ 5.99 (with ads) or $ 13.99 for ad-free streaming. There’s also an option to bundle the service with Disney + and ESPN + for $ 13.99 per month (starting March 26).
Sling TV is a reliable streaming alternative for cable operators to enjoy live TV. The service costs $ 35 per month ($ 25 for your first month) and gives you access to TV shows and movies, as well as on-demand programming, DVR recording options, and options to add more. of chains for $ 5 per level. Amazon Prime will set you back $ 12.99 per month for an all-inclusive service that offers access to the massive Amazon Prime video library and free two-day shipping.
Of course, the world of anime extends far beyond television. As previously mentioned, Netflix has increased its anime content, which includes an upcoming âGodzilla: Singular Pointâ series and a âYasukeâ movie about Japan’s first black samurai warrior. Elsewhere in the anime universe, âDemon Slayer: Mugen Trainâ is gearing up for a US release after a box office record in Japan. The film became the first to exceed $ 400 million in Japanese box office history.
Record box office sales of “Demon Slayer” in Japan elevated the series – and the anime itself – to a new level, making it a truly global franchise.
Whether you’re already an anime fan or want to learn more about the genre, we’ve put together a list of the best anime shows (aside from âSailor Moon,â âAvatar: The Last Airbenderâ and âPokemon “) which are currently streaming on Hulu, Amazon Prime and more.
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Like many anime shows, âFullmetal Alchemistâ started out as a manga series – and it turns out to be one of the best-selling books in history, with over 70 million volumes sold. The plot centers on Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers who decide to use alchemy in an attempt to bring their mother back from the dead. The plan backfires and the brothers embark on a quest to realign their minds with their bodies. “Fullmetal Alchemist” is currently streaming on Hulu.
Set in 2071, this futuristic jazz-inspired series follows a collective of bounty hunters (aka “Cowboys”) from the Bebop spaceship, who flee their past while hunting down the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. âCowboy Bebopâ airs on Hulu, or you can purchase episodes on Amazon Prime.
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Maka, her partner, Soul, and their classmates are the focus of âSoul Eater,â which was adapted into an animated series in 2008, and remains one of the most popular manga series in circulation. The anime show is about a group of students from Death Weapon Meister Academy, a fictional school where they learn how to cast out demons. You can stream the first season of “Soul Eater” on Hulu.
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Written and illustrated by Tsugumi Ohba, “Death Note” takes viewers on a supernatural ride. The animated series centers on a teenage genius who finds a notebook of mysteries (the “Death Note”) that gives him the power to kill anyone just by writing their name, while imagining their face. He decides to use the notebook to rid the world of evil, a much more complex task than it seems. The series, which aired in Japan from 2006 to 2007, spawned a number of spinoffs, including a novel, video games, live-action movies, a TV series, and a musical. Netflix released an American film adaptation of “Death Note” in 2017. You can stream Season 1 of “Death Note” on Hulu.
“Inuyasha” is about a Japanese schoolgirl (Kagome) who travels through time, where she meets Inuyasha, a half-dog / half-human demon, and joins him on a mission to find the powerful jewel Shikon before he is falls into the wrong hands. You can broadcast “Inuyasha” on HBO Max, and Hulu.
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Featuring a rotating roster of protagonists for each story arc, âJoJo’s Bizarre Adventureâ follows the adventures of various members of the gifted Joestar family. The animated series was created by Hirohiko Araki in the late 80’s. It first appeared as a manga series and became an anime and a live action film. Seasons 1 to 3 of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” are streaming on Hulu and Sling TV. You can also purchase episodes of the show on Amazon Prime.
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In short, “FLCL” (pronounced Fooly Cooly) is a coming-of-age story about a young boy, Naota Nandaba, living with his widowed father and grandfather in the town of Mabase. Things take a turn when Haruko Haruhara arrives, crushes him with his Vespa and hits him in the head with a guitar, the latter opens a portal, making Naota’s life even stranger. âFLCLâ has a huge following and is quite famous for interweaving sexual themes into the storyline. The Japanese series created and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki was released in Japan in 2000 before being broadcast on Adult Swim a few years later. “FLCL” is broadcast on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
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“Dragon Ball Z”
âDragon Ball Zâ is probably one of the most well-known anime series on this list. The series’ plot follows the adventures of Goku and the Z Warriors as they defend Earth from evil. Created by Akira Toriyama, the animated series debuted on Japanese channel Fuji TV in 1989, before making its way onto American television screens in the 90s. You can purchase episodes of “Dragon Ball Z” on Amazon Premium.
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The last remnants of humanity are hidden behind three walls where humans still reside after humanity was brought to the brink of extinction. âAttack on Titanâ tells the story of a world with humanoid giants who kill and eat humans on sight, and those who have managed to find a safe place to hide. Stream “Attack on Titan” on Hulu and Amazon Prime.