Hulu is one of the biggest streaming services in the US, so it goes without saying that it provides the anime goods if that’s what you’re looking for. Hulu often goes under the radar with its anime offerings compared to other streaming services and isn’t the first to come to mind when you’re looking for a new series to watch but you’ll find some hidden gems if you look closely enough.
Honey’s Anime has made that search easier by providing you with three Hidden Anime Gems on Hulu you probably haven’t watched yet. We want you to come away with a distinct experience from each one of these anime so we kept that in mind when selecting them. The first carries a unique structure because it was adapted from a game as opposed to a light novel or a manga, the next series will provide you with an unprecedented look on the voice acting industry, and the last is a psychedelic experience you won’t soon forget. Without further ado, here are three Hidden Anime Gems on Hulu.
Satsuriku no Tenshi (Angels of Death)
Rachel, a 13-year-old girl, wakes up in the basement of an abandoned building without any memories of who she is, where she is, or how she got there. She runs into a sickle-wielding man covered in bandages called Zack who is just as clueless about why he’s here, but they form a connection and decide to work together. To get out, they must go up the building and overcome challenges set out by each floor’s master.
Angels of Death has a unique background as it originated as a freeware horror adventure game. It’s these origins that help us understand the structure of the show with Rachel and Zack having to go from floor to floor battling each floor’s boss in unique challenges. The hook of Angels of Death are the two eccentric and unique lead characters: Rachel is somewhat suicidal, but she only wants Zack to be the one to kill her, while Zack is a serial killer who refuses to kill Rachel.
Satsuriku no Tenshi Trailer
Gi(a)rlish Number (Girlish Number)
Chitose Karasuma has been working as a voice actress for about a year for the agency Number One Produce thanks to her connection with the manager, her older brother Gojou. Unsatisfied with her bit roles, thanks to Gojou’s help, Chitose finally lands the role as the lead actress in a light novel that is being adapted into an anime. Unfortunately for Chitose, she will find several obstacles getting in the way of fulfilling her ambitions as a voice actress.
Girlish Number offers an insightful look at the voice acting industry in Japan and is worth it for that alone. The anime is ruthless in the way it presents the cutthroat world its situated in. While Girlish Number appears like a cutesy workspace anime, the characters prove to be more self-centered than bubbly and kind. It’s a must-watch for anyone who wants to know everything there is to know about the anime industry, particularly on the production side by showing a part of it that isn’t often covered.
Gi(a)rlish Number Trailer
In a slightly futuristic Earth, an aimless middle schooler called Cocona runs into a bizarre girl called Papika and they fall into a world called Pure Illusion where anything is possible. Using magical crystals, Cocona and Papika gain the ability to turn into magical girls called Pure Blade and Pure Barrier. They must learn to work together to recover unique objects that are able to grant wishes for an organization called Flip Flap. Unfortunately for them, other organizations are also out to recover these fragments and it’ll be a race between both sides.
Flip Flappers is an anime that can only be understood by seeing it for yourself. It’s an episodic anime where the two girls enter locations in the world of Pure Illusions that are completely different from one another from episode to episode. Each location carries a vivid look that is as stunning as it is confusing. We won’t blame you if you don’t understand the story on the first watch, this is the sort of show that throws a ton of information at you through a barrage of visuals and dialogue without giving you much of a breather to take much of it in.
Flip Flappers Trailer
Hulu may not be the first place you think of to watch anime, but it certainly delivers with unique offerings. Angels of Death, Girlish Number, and Flip Flappers are all shows that offer a one-of-a-kind story, world, or insight you aren’t likely to find in any other anime and that’s what makes them hidden gems. If you can think of other anime on Hulu that has yet to gain the appreciation it deserves, don’t hesitate to tell us about it down in the comments.