What do we mean when we refer to an anime series as dark anime? Is it just the absence of light (both literally and metaphorically) or something even more deep and thought provoking?
Well, typically a Dark anime series refers to those that are beyond the spectrum of the excess positivity, something that is thought provoking and psychological and changes your way of looking at things. Today we’re going to talk about the top 15 Best Dark Anime series available on Hulu. Before that, however, a friendly warning: these are not for the faint hearted.
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Top 15 Best Dark Anime on Hulu-
15) Berserk –
MAL Rating- 6.31 Studio- Milepensee, GEMBA Number of Episodes- 12
The legendary black swordsman is doomed to lurk the earth and hunt demons. He searches for the one that inflicted this curse upon him in the first place. Berserk speaks of the devil within and all that can be done to prevent it from being unleashed on humanity.
In his journey, the legendary black swordsman will meet several allies, but beyond all of that lies the haunted toom of being targeted and the innate story of the man tired with rigorous conflict.
14) Another –
MAL Rating- 7.50 Studio- P.A Works Number of Episodes- 12
In 1972, class 3-3 of Yomiyama North Middle School lost a student named Misaki, and surprising deaths began. Years later, the deaths stop; nobody knows how.
Fast forward to 26 years later, Kouichi Sakakibara joins classes 3-3 of Yomiyama North as a transfer student in the middle of the term, disbalance the number of students in the class. The deaths begin again. Will Kouichi and his classmates be able to figure out the slayer before all of them are massacred?
13) Tokyo Ghoul (Season 1) –
MAL Rating- 7.80 Studio- Studio Perriot Number of Episodes- 12
In a future dystopic Tokyo, the flesh-eating ghouls and humans co-exist. Both groups regard each other with contempt, and the ghoul’s increasing human preying is getting out of hand. Ken Kaneki is your normal average college-going student, going to his favorite café with his book and stealing glances at the girl he crushes upon, until one day he gets the courage to ask her for a date.
The date goes as wrong as it could go, and Kaneki is ripped out of the life he knew. Turns out, the girl wasn’t what she showed everyone she was. Now in a new world with people looking at him differently, Kaneki has to balance his new life with his old one in this masterpiece of supernatural horror by Sui Ishida.
12) Ergo Proxy –
MAL Rating- 7.91 Studio- Manglobe Number of Episodes- 23
In a world that has basically turned into a biohazard zone, the city of Romdo is one of the very few places that civilization still exists. Autoreivs are assigned to assist human beings in their day-to-day activities. So good, so far. The problem arises when these robots start getting infected by the “cogito virus” that starts granting them self-awareness.
Romdo’s ruler can’t take this lightly and assigns his own granddaughter Re-l Mayer to investigate. However, what looks like a relatively routine investigation quickly spirals into a theory, and Re-l is made to reflect back upon humanity’s darkest sins that brought it to the brink of extinction millennia ago.
11) Black Butler (Book of Circus) –
MAL Rating- 8.09 Studio- A-1 Pictures Number of Episodes- 10
How desperate does a kid have to be to sell his soul to the devil at such a tender age? Noah’s circus group has captured the children, and as usual, the queen sends her favorite guard dog, Ciel Phantomhive, to resolve it. What follows is the fun and jokes that typically project a circus in town; however, there is something sinister lurking just beyond the shadows of this surprisingly peculiar band of performers.
Armed with his greatest weapon in the form of his butler Sebastian Michaelis, Lord Phantomhive must now balance at the top of the rope (quite literally) or else risk being struck down by the vicious group of criminals posing as the circus group. Searching for the truth, Ciel will come across secrets that’ll shake the very foundations of his beliefs.
10) Terror in Resonance –
MAL Rating- 8.11 Studio- MAPPA Number of Episodes- 11
“VON,” painted in red, is the only word left behind after a devastating attack on a nuclear facility in Japan. The police have no way of finding out the perpetrators until a mysterious video makes its way into the internet where two unknown teenage boys calling themselves “sphinx” threaten to cause destruction in Tokyo. Who are these kids? How do they plan to destroy the city?
Amidst public unrest, it is the responsibility of Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki to bring them to justice, the only question remaining: How would he do it?
9) Ghost in a Shell –
MAL Rating- 8.28 Studio- Production I.G Number of Episodes- 1 hr. 22 mins.
The only movie to be included in the list, Ghost in a Shell, explores the questions of Humanity and personal existence. In the technologically advanced metropolis of Niihama City, people are able to replace their body parts with cybernetics. Major Motoko Kusanagi spearheads an investigation of the unknown hacker going by the name of “ Puppet Master.”
While pursuing this so-called puppet master, she is conflicted with questions regarding humanity and its future and the reason for their very existence. Surprisingly, the one she seeks holds the answer to most of her questions; she must find the Puppet Master to solve the puzzle called life.
8) Hellsing Ultimate –
MAL Rating- 8.37 Studio- Madhouse, Satelight, Graphinica Number of Episodes- 10
Another dark anime on Hulu is Hellsing. The strength of the demonic forces is amplified at night. Without the Hellsing Organization, the world would already have been overrun thousand times over. Fortunately, that has a vampire that crushes its own kind. And not just any Vampire, the most vicious, deadly weapon Alucard.
Armed with the support of his young apprentice Seres Victoria, Alucard sets out to battle monsters and mercenaries alike, all those who oppose the Hellsing organization. Sometimes, darkness is indeed needed to show the bright light.
7) Psycho Pass (Season One) –
MAL Rating- 8.37 Studio- Production I.G Number of Episodes- 22
Have you ever gotten so angry that you felt doing something really mean to someone? If yes, well, then congratulations, you’re a criminal in the world of Psycho-Pass.
Law enforcement as we know it has changed, and the Cybil System monitors the misdeed co-efficient in all of Japan. The Inspectors work with enforces (past inspectors who’ve high misdeed coefficients and are considered latent criminals), and into this world steps in Inspector Akane Tsunemori, with an unwavering moral compass and a penchant for justice. However, behind all of the façade of creating an impartial system, does the Cybil system hide its other motives, or is the system innately corrupt?
6) Parasyte –
MAL Rating- 8.37 Studio- Madhouse Number of Episodes- 24
What do earthly parasites do? They are tiny little pests the live on the human body and feed off them and their nourishment. Now imagine that at a much grander scale. The parasites we’re talking about are aliens infiltrating the victim’s body and taking control of their mind.
Shinichi Izumi hosts one such parasite by the name Migi, with one primary difference: the parasyte, having failed to take over Shinichi’s mind, takes over his hand instead, and now these two must co-exist and interdepend on each other to ensure their survival.
5) Death Note-
MAL Rating- 8.63 Studio- Madhouse Number of Episodes- 37
This is one anime I bet you’ve heard about. If you’re looking for a good dark anime and haven’t watched Death Note yet, stop right here and it. Yes, it’s that good.
What would we consider a person who decides to rid the world of all the criminals? Can we really blame the person’s intentions? Lght Yagami is that one person who tries to wipe out all evildoers, hiding under the name Kira and sending the police spiraling in this psychological thriller that will keep you rooted to your spots until the very end.
4) Code Geass –
MAL Rating- 8.71 Studio- Sunrise Number of Episodes- 25
Lelouch Lamperouge, 17th in line to the throne of the Holy Empire of Britannica, is drawn into the conflict he had chosen to avoid his entire life. He is granted a unique ability: the power to control everyone and make them do his bidding.
Armed with his new power, Lelouch sets out to end the tyrannical rule of the king, where all of Japan is subverted under the name Area-11. How long can he stand against his father and his tyrannical regime?
3) Monster –
MAL Rating- 8.81 Studio- Madhouse Number of Episodes- 74
Monster is also considered to be one of the best dark anime on Hulu. At the pinnacle of his career, Dr. Kenzou Tenma decides to operate on a village kid rather than the town mayor. This leads to his ostracization from society; however, the director is mysteriously murdered, and Dr. Kenzou returns to his profession.
Nine years later, Dr. Kenzou chooses to operate on a criminal, and his past comes back to haunt him in ways that he never expected it to return. Kenzou my now confront the ghost of his past he had once decided to spare.
2) Attack on Titan –
MAL Ratings- 9.09 Studio- WT Studios Number of Episodes- 59
Attack on Titan is the best dark anime on Hulu. Ages ago, mankind builds a wall to protect itself from the monstrous titans of the outside world. The protagonist, Eren Yeagar, loses his family on a sudden attack by the Colossal Titan and swears vengeance. However, if you think the plot is relatively simple, just wait for it to get visibly crooked.
As the show progresses, it becomes more apparent that the world outside is not what was shown in the first place. Eren himself transforms into the Attack titan. Do not get attached to any characters because they might just die in the next episode. This jaw-dropping action-packed anime teaches us about human selfishness even as the survey cops come closer to finding out the truth of all there is to know about this mysterious world.
1) Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood –
MAL Rating- 9.15 Studio- Bones Number of Episodes- 64
After an experiment to revive their mother goes horribly wrong, brothers Edward and Alphonse lose everything that they have. Alphonse loses his body, and Edward has to sacrifice his hands to keep his brother’s soul bound to the mortal plane in a suit of armor.
Edward and Alphonse journey into this world of selfishness, which speaks length of how to gain something, one must sacrifice something equally precious. This is one anime that you should not miss and will come away with tears in your eyes and all the wiser than you went in, in the first place.
Here, we conclude Best Dark Anime on Hulu. All of the series mentioned above can be accessed using a VPN on Hulu. A VPN is basically a Virtual Private Network, easily found on Google, and some are even available in the form of Chrome extensions. So go ahead, and enjoy your healthy does of the top dark anime series out there.
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