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Hulu is a website subscription service offering ad-supported on-demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage. Hulu provides video in Flash Video format, including many films and shows that are available in 288p, 360p, 480p, and in some cases, 720p or 1080p HD.

In Japan

Hulu's service in Japan was launched on September 1, 2011, making it the first country to be part of Hulu's expansion in the international market.

The contents are only available for the Japanese territory in the same way the United States version is only available to the United States.

Pokémon anime

The Pokémon anime is available on Hulu Japan since August 1, 2012.[1][2][3]

Currently available are the original series and Best Wishes series episodes.

Following its premiere every Thursday on TV Tokyo, a new episode of Best Wishes is available the next day on Hulu.

The Advanced Generation series and Diamond & Pearl series have not yet been included, but despite this, the movies of both series have been streamed. However, unlike anime episodes, the movies on Hulu are only kept for short periods of time.

Content Available


  • Despite Shogakukan distribution of 2004 Verson of the first 37 episodes of the Original Series as official and legal material in all media in Japan, Hulu has ​​the 1997 original versions of the episodes to EP037.
    • Additionally this did not include EP001 which remains of the 2004 version.
    • EP038 still is banned despite having a preview in EP037.
  • All original series episodes are based on the rental and rerun versions.
  • All Best Wishes episodes are based on the versions that were originally broadcasted by TV Tokyo.
    • This includes exclusive segments during its premiere on TV Tokyo (as thanks to sponsors), but which are subsequently deleted or modified to rental versions and reruns on networks such as Kids Station.
    • BW022 have the original BW023 and BW024 preview.


  1. 「ポケットモンスター」シリーズがオンライン動画配信サービスHulu(フールー)に初登場! (Japanese)
  2. 大人気の「ポケモン」シリーズがHuluに初登場 テレビ放送中のシリーズを放送直後に配信 計400話以上のコンテンツが視聴可能に (Japanese)
  3. 「Hulu」にポケモンが登場 ― ITmedia +D LifeStyle - 2012 (Japanese)

External links

Project Anime logo.png This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.