Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is one of the most popular series in the history of Japanese animation. Based on the best-selling manga in history, One Piece has been around since October 20, 1999, with more than 1,000 episodes having been aired since then. One Piece is still going strong and will be around for a while, which is why it is important that you know where to watch it. Among others, One Piece has been available on Hulu but there were some talks that the anime will be leaving the platform.
As of January 2023, One Piece is not leaving Hulu, the show is still available for streaming. There was talk about One Piece leaving Hulu in 2022 due to the license expiring and a threat of all related content being pulled from the service, this did not happen as the license was renewed.
In the rest of this article, we are going to give you all the information you need to know about One Piece leaving Hulu. We are going to tell you what the current status means, whether One Piece is really going to leave, and, if it is, where you can watch this great anime series instead. This is going to be your go-to article for the issue at hand.
Editor’s note: As mentioned, although One Piece was set to leave Hulu, things have changed and as of January 2023, One Piece is still on Hulu. The information below refers to the things that were happening in April 2022 and are not relevant anymore.
Why is One Piece leaving Hulu?
Hulu has never been a major player in the streaming service industry but is, nevertheless, an important one. Among its numerous content are some great anime series and One Piece has been one of them for years. And while Hulu has, indeed, given us just a portion of Oda’s anime series, it was still enough to satisfy some fans, especially older ones, who’ve been around since the show’s premiere.
But, if you’ve scrolled around Hulu recently, you’ve probably noticed that One Piece‘s status is set to “Expiring”, which means that in a said number of days, One Piece is leaving Hulu. Now, while this certainly is a cause for concern, we might calm you down a bit by stating that this has happened several times before and One Piece is, nevertheless, here.
Namely, Hulu’s licenses last for a certain period of time, and while they do renew them every now and then, we don’t actually know for how long. This is not the first time that One Piece‘s status is set to “Expired”; if you remember correctly, a couple of years ago, One Piece actually disappeared from Hulu for a brief time, only to come back after a short break.
Now, with Funimation titles moving to Crunchyroll and Crunchyroll canceling its free-with-ads service, this might be bad news for One Piece fans with a subscription to Hulu, as it might signal a more significant change in anime streaming practices in the United States. Sadly, we don’t have any official information from Hulu at this time, so we cannot confirm or deny this.
In all honestly, we’ll just have to wait it out. Hulu might simply renew the license if the anime series is profitable enough, so the status will simply disappear, or it might be impossible for them to do it, in which case One Piece is going to leave Hulu. In any case, Hulu never had the full slate of the episodes, so you won’t be missing out on much, and, also, in our next section, we have prepared a list of alternative sources where you can stream One Piece.
Where to watch One Piece instead?
So, now that you know that there is a possibility that One Piece might be leaving Hulu, you might want to try your luck elsewhere. Sure, we know that Hulu never had all the episodes, but still, you might have enjoyed the limited content they had and simply want to rewatch some of the old episodes once more. In this section, we are going to tell you whether some other (major) streaming services have One Piece:
|Netflix||One Piece is available on Netflix, but there are certain restrictions and it is not available in every country; Asian markets are the safest bets, even when the movies are concerned. In addition to that, One Piece can be streamed on Netflix with a £5.99 per month subscription, meaning no premium subscription is required.|
|Amazon Prime||Amazon doesn’t have all the episodes of One Piece, as we managed to see. They have roughly 11 of the 20 seasons, with the most recent episodes being those from 2014. New episodes are, still, unavailable.|
|HBO||One Piece is unfortunately not available to watch on HBO Max. We don’t know the exact reasons behind this, especially since HBO Max shares some of its anime programs with other streaming services, but if you have an HBO Max subscription, you won’t be able to watch One Piece.|
|Disney+||Disney+ does not contain a single episode of One Piece, which, as we have elaborated above, isn’t surprising in any way. Disney+ is generally very restrictive when original content created by other studios is concerned, and anime is not just that, it is also direct competition for Disney.|
|Crunchyroll||One Piece is, of course, available on Crunchyroll and it is currently the only source of its kind that has all the episodes and is updated regularly, which is why we definitely recommend it as your primary source for watching One Piece online. The slate currently has more than 1,000 episodes as of the time of writing this article.|
|Funimation||Funimation is a good source to watch One Piece, but while it is known for offering high-quality dubs, it has its downsides. It’s not free, it doesn’t have the whole series (as far as we are aware, it has only 12 seasons), and it is available in a very limited number of countries.|