With the most recent physical media release in 2011, Nozomi Entertainment through partnership with Manga Entertainment/Starz has added Gakuen Alice to Hulu this week. The series has its first twenty-four of twenty-six episode run available already and it’s in its original Japanese language with English subtitles only as it wasn’t dubbed.The series originally aired in 2004 and was released in North America on DVD back in 2009. The title comes from the manga of the same name by Higuchi Tachibana, which was released in North America partially by TOKYOPOP. That incarnation ran for thirty-one volumes total, completing in the summer of 2013.
Sadly, the rights are a bit limited and Hulu is unable to make this show available on your TV or mobile devices.
Plot concept: Mikan and Hotaru are best friends! (Well, according to Mikan, anyway. Hotaru doesn’t seem to care.) Then one day, Hotaru is escorted away in a fancy black car, apparently scouted by a school in Tokyo called “Alice Academy.” Crushed at the loss of her favorite pal, Mikan scurries after her, determined to enroll, too!
But Alice Academy is a mysterious place. Can Mikan tough it out in a school where explosions, superpowers, giant baby chicks and axe-wielding teddy bears are the norm? But it’s not as if she has a choice, because once students enter Alice Academy, there’s no escape!