What to Watch Over Thanksgiving: The Coziest Feel-Good Anime on Hulu

From classic old-school shojo to more recent slice-of-life series, here are a few of the best Hulu anime to watch over a cozy Thanksgiving weekend.

As Thanksgiving approaches and the weather grows chilly, there’s no better time to wrap up in a cozy blanket with loved ones and enjoy some soothing, feel-good anime. Hulu’s selection includes plenty of wholesome, heartwarming classics that are perfect for setting the holiday mood.

Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Japan the same way it is in America, so none of these shows directly reference the occasion. However, they all center around themes of love, family and the simple comforts of life that have special resonance at this time of year. These Hulu-based picks span the last two decades of anime and are full of autumnal, warm and homey vibes.

Though the 2019 Fruits Basket anime is also available on Hulu (and is a more than worthy watch for fans of the manga), there’s nothing like the original series from 2001 for comforting nostalgia. For the uninitiated, Fruits Basket tells the story of Tohru, a poor orphan with a heart of gold whose loving kindness changes the damaged and traumatized members of the Sohma clan forever.

Fans of early 2000s anime will love the show’s old-school humor, and anyone who enjoys a good story is guaranteed to cry at the plot’s dramatic twists — and sigh in relief as Tohru’s innate goodness leads the way. It doesn’t get much more cozy and feel-good than Fruits Basket, and the iconic, ethereal opening by revered artist Ritsuko Okazaki is the perfect song to listen to while watching autumn leaves drift down.

A classic of the moe/slice-of-life genre, K-On! is about a group of sweet high school girls forming a band in a purely feel-good experience. The stakes are as low as they could possibly be — the main plot tension is whether the girls will improve their musical skills, and how they’ll accomplish that despite protagonist Yui’s (adorable) shortcomings.

K-On! is also extremely funny, with a kooky and witty sense of humor and a cast who clearly love playing their roles. The music is pretty cute and catchy as well. It’s not hard to see why this franchise became such a beloved fan-favorite, with sold-out concerts and a full-length feature film among its many accomplishments. K-On!’s recurring themes of familial and platonic love — as well as its abundance of cake-eating and tea-drinking scenes — make it a perfect watch for Thanksgiving.

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From classic old-school shojo to more recent slice-of-life series, here are a few of the best Hulu anime to watch over a cozy Thanksgiving weekend. As Thanksgiving approaches and the weather grows chilly, there’s no better time to wrap up in a cozy blanket with loved ones and enjoy some soothing, feel-good anime. Hulu’s selection…

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