If you are tired of watching TV series and want a change in pace, you must start watching anime. Hulu has an impressive collection of TV series, but it also has a vibrant catalog of anime to uplift your mood. 

The popular anime like Naruto, One Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Bleach, Death Note, One Piece have always been under the spotlight for the last few decades.

But some anime doesn’t get their deserving place under the spotlight due to their lack of recognition.

To bring those unpopular hidden gems under the spotlight, we have compiled a list of such anime along with some new ones.

So let’s begin with the Top 20 anime you must watch on Hulu.

20. Fire Force

There’s a fire inside every one of us, Fire Force took that idiom to the next level.

Fire Force

Air Date: April 2019Status: Season 2 UpcomingNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 24

Spontaneous human combustion has spread chaos all over the world, turning humans into infernals.

To fight those infernals, people blessed with the ability to manipulate fire known as the pyrokinetics have joined their forces to build the Fire Defense Agency to find the cause behind it.

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Shinra Kusakabe, nicknamed Devil’s Footprints, having lost her mother and brother to the fire, has joined the Special Fire Force Company 8 to save the lives of others while hoping to find the culprit one day.

19. ID: Invaded

ID: Invaded will win your heart with its originality and uniqueness in the mystery genre.

ID: Invaded

Air Date: January 2020Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 13

The Mizuhanome system is a highly-advanced development that allows humans to enter the mind of a criminal.

The criminal’s unconscious mind creating an ID well helps the police to track down the culprits.

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Akihito Narihisago, a detective upon ending on the wrong side of the law helps the police catching serial killers.

He does so by entering the mysterious machine “Mizuhanome” under the alias of a brilliant detective, “Sakaido.

While assisting them, Akihito realizes the unknowns of the serial killers he despises the most.

18. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU deals with a loner’s animosity toward society.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Air Date: April 2013Status: Season 3 UpcomingNo. of Seasons: 3No. of Episodes: 26

Hachiman Hikigaya is an apathetic high school student who has narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies. He believes joyful youth is nothing but a farce. 

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For writing an essay that mocks modern social relationships, he was punished by his teacher for joining the social service club, where he met a beautiful queen with ice-cold eyes, Yukino Yukonoshita.

Soon he notices that he is solving many students’ problems with his perspective on modern society. The adventure begins as he tries to figure himself out through the club activities. 

17. Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance suggests you to not judge a book by its cover.

Terror in Resonance

Air Date: July 2014Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 11

After an attack on a nuclear facility in Japan, the government is shattered for its inability to track down those perpetrators.

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Just when things were going back to normal after six months, those two perpetrators released a video identifying themselves as “Sphinx” and directly challenged the police department threatening to cause mayhem across Tokyo.

The police were unable to stop the mass panic and hired Detective Kenjirou to solve the case.

16. My Love Story

My Love Story is the sweetest dessert you have long waited for.

My Love Story

Air Date: April 2015Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 24

Takeo Gouda, after saving Rinko Yamato from a groper in a train, falls instantly in love with her.

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But assuming that she might also have an interest in his best friend Sunakawa, he tries to be the middleman while his love for her continues to bloom. 

15. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You is a sweet and innocent love story with a beautiful garden for the characters to bloom in.

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You

Air Date: October 2009Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 37

Kuronuma Sawako’s gentle demeanor was always mistaken for malicious behavior, which made her a loner among the class.

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But soon after receiving thanks from Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in the class, her feelings started to bloom towards him.

14. Blast of Tempest

Blast of Tempest will take you on an unforgettable thriller ride.

Blast of Tempest

Air Date: October 2012Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 24

Yoshino Takigawa is secretly dating his best friend, Mahiro’s younger sister. But soon after her mysterious death, Mahiro disappears with a vow to avenge his beloved sister.

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Yoshino continues his life soon found him at a strange girl’s gunpoint but was saved by Mahiro. Mahiro later reveals that he has asked for help from a witch named Hakaze to find Aika’s killer and of the existence of an entity known as the “Tree of Exodus.” 

13. Noragami

Noragami will teach you to pursue your dreams regardless of their difficulties.

Noragami

Air Date: January 2014Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 25

Yato is a minor deity and self-proclaimed “Delivery God” who dreams of having millions of worshipers. He charges five yen apiece for doing odd jobs, for which his weapon partner keeps deserting him.

Noragami - Official Trailer

Hiyori Iki, a middle school girl, after taking a hit from a car to supposedly save Yato, finds out that her soul is leaving her body.

She demands Yato to return her back to normal on which he agrees. Still, she has to find him a new weapon partner in exchange.

12. Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill dynamically proves the power of clothing through a mind-boggling story.

Kill la Kill

Air Date: October 2013Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 24

Ryuuko Matoi arrives at Honnouji Academy to find her father’s murderer following the lead of the Scissor Blade, the missing half of his father’s invention.

The academy is ruled by council president Satsuki. Beaten by one of the students using a cloth granting superhuman abilities called “Goku Uniforms,” Ryuuko retreats to her home.

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There she stumbles across Senketsu, the rare “Kamui” or God Clothes, which coming in contact with her blood provides her immense power. With Senketsu, she stands against Satsuki to uncover the culprit.

11. Astra Lost in Space

Astra Lost in Space is a criminally underrated fiction you’ll regret missing.

Astra Lost in Space

Air Date: July 2019Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 12

Aries Spring, on her way to the spaceport, was suddenly attacked by a thief who snatched her purse away.

Luckily, Kanata Hoshijima saved her day and soon discovers that they are crewmates on the excursion of team B-5 to a distant planet McPa.

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They are sent to a death-for-sure trip to McPa under the guise of “school trip” as a part of a bigger conspiracy that will unravel the mysteries of their world and the planet’s unknown!

10. Bakuman.

Bakuman. beautifully depicts the struggles in life of a Mangaka through a heart-warming story.

Bakuman.

Air Date: October 2010Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 3No. of Episodes: 75

Moritaka Mashiro dreams of being a mangaka inspired by his uncle, Tarou Kawaguchi, creator of a popular gag manga. But after the sudden death of his uncle, he gave up on his dream to become a salaryman instead.

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Akito Takagi, a classmate of Moritaka, notices the sketch he drew and asks Mashiro to join him in becoming a mangaka.

Realizing his wish to approach his crush after becoming famous, he agrees and thus begins their journey to become the greatest mangaka in Japan.

9. Space Brothers

You can make dreams into reality, disregarding your age, Space Brothers reminds you that.

Space Brothers

Air Date: April 2012Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 99

After witnessing a flying object believed to be a UFO, Mutta and his younger brother Hibito vows to become an astronaut when they grow up aiming for the moon and mars, respectively.

Mutta, now an adult, is working for an automotive company while Hibito is on his way to becoming the very first Japanese to step on the moon.

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But soon after losing his job, his application for the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, to become the next astronaut was accepted. And thus begins his ambitious journey to fulfill his childhood dream.

8. Parasyte: The Maxim

Parasyte: The Maxim displays the idea of coexistence with sheer brilliance.

Parasyte: The Maxim

Air Date: October 2014Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 24

After a sudden attack of parasitic aliens on Earth, the humans are unaware of the fact that they take full control of their after burrowing into their brains.

Shinichi Izumi was a victim of such parasites that took control over his right-hand, failing to take over his brain.

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Having no choice but to cooperate, Migi, the parasite, helps Shinichi to eradicate the threat upon humanity.

7. Death Parade

Death Parade deals with the fictitious events of the afterlife.

Death Parade

Air Date: January 2015Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 12

After death, there is a place before going to hell or heaven, a bar where an attendant will challenge pairs of the deceased to play games 

Decim, the bartender awaits at the bar with sports like bowling, darts, air hockey to decide whether the one is going to reincarnate or fall into the void.

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But soon, Decim is faced by a strange guest who causes him to question himself of his own rulings.

6. Food Wars

Food Wars is God’s gift to humanity.

Food Wars

Air Date: April 2015Status: Season 5 ongoingNo. of Seasons: 6No. of Episodes: 73

Since his childhood, Souma Yukihira has helped his father as a sous chef in his own family restaurant.

Souma has developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his culinary creations. He has a dream to become the head chef and own his family restaurant. 

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But his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant and sends Souma to Totsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10% of students graduate.

The institute is famous for it’s “Shokugeki” or “Food Wars” where students face off in intense and high-stakes cooking showdowns.

Soon Souma and his friends struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Totsuki while more enormous challenges await them.

5. Mushishi

Mushishi is the most befitting supernatural fiction with its surprisingly calm storytelling.

Mushishi

Air Date: October 2005Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 3No. of Episodes: 46

Mushi is the most basic form of life which exists without a purpose and is neither good nor bad. They live in countless forms and can mimic things from natural worlds such as plants, diseases, and even rainbows.

To Mushishi, researchers of Mushi, this is just a vague definition as calling them a form of life would be an oversimplification.

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To learn about their existence, “Mushishi” Ginko chases the rumors of the occurrence of Mushi and tries to find an answer.

4. Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu is the ace of the sports genre everyone was waiting for.

Haikyuu!!

Air Date: April 2014Status: Season 5 UpcomingNo. of Seasons: 4No. of Episodes: 73

Hinata Shouyou, after being inspired by a volleyball ace nicknamed “Little Giant,” revives the volleyball club at his middle school.

Soon after getting squashed by “King of the Court’, Tobio Kageyama, he vows to defeat him as his sworn rival. Joining the Karasuno High School, he finds out that Tobio Kageyama is now his teammate. 

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Setting their differences aside, they set off on a journey to make Karasuno the best volleyball team in the country.

3. Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April teaches the significance of one’s life through heart-warming music.

Your Lie in April

Air Date: October 2014Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 22

The prodigious pianist Kousei Arima has lost his adoration for music after his mother passed away.

But soon, his fate intertwines with Kaori Miyazono, a violinist who helps him to retrieve from the monochrome world through the music he wanted to part ways with.

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2. The Promised Neverland

A promise is more fragile than a sheet of glass in this world of treachery, that’s what The Promised Neverland depicts with a terrifyingly beautiful story.

The Promised Neverland

Air Date: January 2019Status: Season 2 UpcomingNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 12

The Grace Field House is inhabited by orphans surrounded by a forest and a gate as the way to enter. They are looked after by Isabella, who is called “Mama” by the orphans. The one rule they have to follow is to never go outside the boundary of the house.

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Every few months a child is adopted and sent to a new family, they cannot be contacted ever again.

Getting suspicious of that, the three oldest siblings trying to uncover the truth face the cruel fate waiting for them, including their Mama’s twisted nature.

1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer will make your heart throb with its heartwarming story and brilliant animation.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Air Date: April 2019Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 26

Tanjirou Kamado has been supporting his family ever since his father’s death by selling charcoal.

When coming back from a local village after a day selling charcoals, Tanjirou finds his whole family slaughtered except his sister Nezuko who has been turned into a demon.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Trailer 1

Following which Tanjirou joins the Demon Slayer Crops to avenge his family and find a way to turn Nezuko back into a human.

Honorable Mentions

There are some other series that deserves to get everyone’s attention, they are:

Space Dandy, Kids on the Slope, Darker than Black, Toradora, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, MEGALOBOX.

Originally Written By Epic Dope

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