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The best anime on Amazon Prime Video right now (November 2022)

The current combination of TV streaming becoming the new norm and the anime genre finding an impressive foothold in Western pop culture has done wonders for fans worldwide. And even though Amazon Prime Video is probably looked upon as a secondary streaming platform for fans when it comes to checking out anime content, especially with the likes of Crunchyroll and Funimation available, the service still holds a respectable library of anime TV series and movies alike. Plus, being seen as a supplement isn’t a setback in terms of anime appeal, as millions of consumers around the world already make use of Amazon Prime subscriptions.

It’s quite the selection of anime content all things considered, with the likes of Vinland Saga season 1 arguably being Prime Video’s highlight in this genre, but there’s also an impressive level of variety in the content that’s on offer.

The anime genre, thankfully, no longer retains the niche status that made it so difficult to access in the west in the 2000s and earlier, but the genre can admittedly still come off as intimidating to dive into for newcomers. However, for those who might be feeling a little overwhelmed but are still intrigued by the genre, we also have worthwhile guides on the best anime on Netflix and the best anime on Hulu to help fans make the most of their monthly streaming subscription dollars.

Sagrada Reset (2017) new
Sagrada Reset
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Kaito Ishikawa, Kana Hanazawa, Aoi Yuki
Sagrada Reset is a supernatural-themed mystery tale set against the backdrop of titular ocean side city. The key to this premise is that Sagrada’s citizens are born with unique supernatural abilities. Following young Kei Asai, he ends up meeting an indifferent classmate named Misora Haruki, who has the power to reset whatever is around her as far back as three days. Given that immense power, no one else — including Misora — can tell what’s been reset, Kei’s photographic memory ability lets him do just that. After they join forces to use their abilities for good, the story eventually unravels into something far more conspiratorial.
Lupin the Third (1971) new
Lupin the Third
tv-14 6 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Kanichi Kurita, Daisuke Namikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro
Writer and illustrator Monkey Punch’s Lupin the Third is one of the most enduring faces of the anime and manga mediums alike. The famous gentleman thief has embarked on countless heist adventures with his colorful supporting cast in the decades since the series’ inception and various anime adaptations. The original ’70s anime TV series is still fondly looked back on as a nostalgic classic of its genre, even with the stellar shows and movies that followed. Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of the legendary treasure hunter and thief Arsène Lupin, finds himself tangling with rival criminals and law enforcement alike in his swashbuckling exploits. Together with his partner, Daisuke Jigen, the two go off on adventures to achieve their grandiose goals.
Girls' Last Tour (2017) new
Girls' Last Tour
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Mystery, Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Yurika Kubo, Inori Minase, Kana Hanazawa
Despite its cutesy art direction for the character designs, Girls’ Last Tour is a compelling story with poignant social commentary. Taking place in a war-torn world, the story revolves around two young girls named Chito and Yuuri. They are the last survivors of a ravaged, once-bustling city, with the two girls traveling by motorbike to scavenge for supplies to get through each day. It touches on themes like the horrors of war and struggling with solitude. But even with that nuance, Girls’ Last Tour doesn’t bog itself down in nihilism and lets its leads’ personalities flesh out a story of hopefulness.
Kokkoku, Moment by Moment (2018) new
Kokkoku, Moment by Moment
1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Ryuto Iwata, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Hirofumi Nojima
Adapting Seita Horio’s manga of the same name, animation studio Geno Studio’s Kokkoku sees Juri Yukawa at a low point in her life. She fails an astonishing 19 job interviews in a single day, devastating her dream of finally moving out of her parents’ house. Their family dynamic is troubled as is, with all of them struggling to keep their lives afloat. Suddenly, the story takes a dramatic and grim turn as criminals kidnap Juri’s nephew, Makoto, and her brother, Tsubasa. The kidnappers are only giving them 30 minutes to pay a 5 million yuan ransom, and Juri’s grandfather reveals a dark supernatural secret to save them.
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunter x Hunter
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama
Cast Megumi Han, Mariya Ise, Miyuki Sawashiro
While fans of Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga are still painstakingly waiting for a conclusion, the 2011 Hunter x Hunter remake anime by veteran animation studio Madhouse is still an excellent rendition of the story. It’s been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest shounen series to date, characterized by colorful characters and a dense world. Hunter x Hunter opens up with young Gon attempting to follow in the footsteps of the father who abandoned him to become a Hunter — a specialist in exploring and discovering a variety of things and places. He then meets and becomes friends with Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio along the way, and they have their own lofty ambitions of becoming Hunters. From there, this vibrant cast of characters sees exciting new locales and clashes with an array of unique villains. Hunter x Hunter makes this all feel refreshing and thrilling to watch unfold thanks to its impressive worldbuilding, lore, and complex power-level systems.
Blade of the Immortal (2019)
Blade of the Immortal
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure
Cast Houko Kuwashima, Ayane Sakura, Kenjiro Tsuda

Blade of the Immortal (2019) new
Blade of the Immortal
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure
Cast Houko Kuwashima, Ayane Sakura, Kenjiro Tsuda
Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal is one of the most critically praised seinen manga, combining a period-piece setting with elements of dark fantasy. The series’ anime adaptations never quite did the source material full justice, but the 2019 TV show animated by Lidenfilms proved to at least be a solid effort.

This Amazon Prime Video exclusive series takes place in feudal Japan through the infamous ronin Manji, known as the Hundred Man Killer. He earned this name by killing 100 innocent people, but the most terrifying aspect of the swordsman is his immortality. Cursed by an 800-year-old nun with bloodworms that can cure nearly any wound, Manji agrees to go on a quest to kill 1,000 evil men to atone for his crimes and be free of immortality. Along the way, he’s recruited by 16-year-old Rin Asano, who requests his help in getting revenge on the people who murdered her parents.


Great Teacher Onizuka (1999)
Great Teacher Onizuka
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama
Cast Wataru Takagi, Junko Noda, Isshin Chiba
Should fans want a more grounded but no less nuanced break from high-octane action anime, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka is a great comedy-drama centered around school life. The story follows the titular Eikichi Onizuka, a former juvenile delinquent, on his mission to become Japan’s greatest teacher — but for sleazy and selfish reasons. However, Onizuka is surprised when he gets a teaching job handling one of the toughest classes at Holy Forest Academy. But even more surprising is the passion he feels for his students and teaching, with Onizuka doing whatever he can to help the kids overcome issues of bullying, suicide, and more real-world traumas that are relevant today.
Psycho-Pass (2012)
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Yuki Kaji, Kana Hanazawa, Yuichi Nakamura
For anime fans who want a healthy dose of cyberpunk in their shows, Psycho-Pass is one of the most popular choices out there. An anime original series produced by studio Production I.G (of Haikyuu!! and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex fame), Psycho-Pass takes place in a technological dystopia where the Japanese government forcibly monitors citizens’ propensity for criminal activity — and is more than willing to deal out lethal force if they don’t pass. The story then centers around the cynical and jaded Enforcers who help carry out these laws, until a newcomer with bright-eyed goals for true justice comes along. As expected from this subgenre, Psycho-Pass draws heavily from the likes of Ridley Scott’s landmark cyberpunk movie Blade Runner.
Land of the Lustrous (2017)
Land of the Lustrous
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Mystery, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Tomoyo Kurosawa, Rie Kugimiya, Mariya Ise
Land of the Lustrous is an acclaimed fantasy manga, and its anime adaptation is arguably one of the best examples of CG animation done well. The series takes place in a future where crystalline beings known as Gems live in a world that has been destroyed by six meteors. Enter Phos, a Gem that has been regarded by its friends as too fragile to help contribute directly to the war efforts against the invading Lunarians — a species hungry to turn the Gems into decorations. Upon meeting a similarly neglected Gem named Cinnabar, the two become friends and look for a new role they can occupy to help their friends. The series has been acclaimed for its creative fantasy world and premise.
Grand Blue (2018)
Grand Blue
1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Yuma Uchida, Ryohei Kimura, Chika Anzai
Changing gears to something more down-to-earth and lighthearted, Grand Blue is a fan-favorite comedy and slice-of-life anime series. The story follows Iori Kitahara as he settles into his new home on the Izu Peninsula, where he’s eager to get a start with college life. He’s staying in a room above his uncle’s diving shop, where a colorful and rambunctious band of men in the Diving Club meet. Iori does his best initially to steer clear of them, but he inevitably gets pulled into their antics and adapts to them, while his cousins aim to show him the lifestyle of diving and living with the ocean.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021)
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
84 %
Genre Animation, Action, Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Megumi Ogata, Yuko Miyamura, Megumi Hayashibara
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a mecha icon in the anime industry. The sci-fi world is set 15 years after a worldwide cataclysmic event, where a young boy named Shinji Ikari and other children are recruited into a mysterious organization called Nerv. There, they are trained to pilot the titular bio-mechas against alien beings known as Angels. Part of the Rebuild of Evangelion collection of movies, 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time is the fourth and final movie in the collection that wraps up this psychological and sweeping reimagined version of the original TV anime.
Made In Abyss (2017)
Made In Abyss
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Taking place in an inventive, dark fantasy world, Made in Abyss follows an orphaned girl named Riko who strives to become an acclaimed Cave Raider like her missing mother. In her adventures, Riko meets a robot boy whom she names Reg. The two become close friends and team up to explore the mysterious and titular Abyss in the center of their hometown. As they descend further into the Abyss, grim mysteries unravel, and the world-building of this series greatly expands.
Grimoire of Zero (2017)
Grimoire of Zero
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Cast Yumiri Hanamori, Takehito Koyasu, Masayuki Katou
Created by Kobashiri Kakeru, Yoshinori Shizuma

Based on a popular series of light novels, Grimoire of Zero centers on Zero, an experienced witch who must team with a mercenary to find a magical tome. Their relationship, combined with the epic scope of the series, help make it a standout among fantasy anime. 

Pokémon (1997)
tv-y7 24 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Otani
Created by Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda, Ken Sugimori
The first anime to truly take over American culture, Pokémon: The Series, was after-school viewing for kids of all ages in the late-’90s and early-2000s. The series, brilliantly released in conjunction with Pokémon cards and Nintendo games, introduced an extraordinary new universe to Americans that endures to this day. Although Amazon Prime Video doesn’t have the first two seasons available, it does offer Season 3 and beyond as Ash Ketchum and his friends Pikachu, Brock, and Misty set off to capture as many Pokémon as they can and win the Johto League.
Vinland Saga (2019)
Vinland Saga
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Drama
Cast Yuto Uemura, Naoya Uchida, Kensho Ono

Vikings get the anime treatment in Vinland Saga, one of the newer entries on this list. The Vikings have dominated society for a thousand years and have an insatiable thirst for violence. Thorfinn grows up in this culture, spending much of his boyhood on a battlefield, building his skills to ultimately achieve revenge for his father’s murder.

Vinland saga trailer [Eng sub]
Dororo (2019)
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Rio Suzuki, Hiroki Suzuki, Naoya Uchida
Based on the legendary 1967 manga, Dororo follows the journies of an orphaned child and an unusual swordsman as they battle demons across the continent. Those demons are there due to a long-ago deal made by a corrupt samurai lord to help his lands flourish. To do so, he trades his newborn son’s organs. Abandoned, Hyakkimaru is adopted by a local doctor who gives the boy prosthetics. As he grows up, he vows to reclaim his body one piece at a time by forcibly taking them from the demons who took them in the deal his father made.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (2018)
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Animation
Cast Itou Kento, Miyuki Sawashiro, Arisa Date

A rom-com anime? Why not! Narumi changes jobs, only to reunite with Hirotaka, a childhood friend who has grown up into a good-looking, highly skilled employee. The two resume their chemistry from childhood and soon catch feelings for one another. However, they’re both secretly otaku — massive nerds. As such, a serious romantic relationship is difficult to find through all of the immense awkwardness.

Elfen Lied (2004)
Elfen Lied
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Chihiro Suzuki, Sanae Kobayashi, Emiko Hagiwara
Created by Lynn Okamoto

An entertaining blend of science fiction, fantasy, and social commentary, Elfen Lied centers on Lucy, a member of the Diclonius species who has horn-life bone protusions on her forehead and possesses the power of telekinesis. The series chronicles Lucy’s journey as she struggles to escape being imprisoned just because she’s different and find the acceptance she has desired her entire life. 

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2016)
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Maaya Uchida, Yuki Kaji, Toshiki Masuda
Created by Ichirō Ōkouchi
In the midst of industrial revolution, a monster appears that can create undead creatures known as Kabane by biting humans. On the island of Hinomoto, people have built a refuge and stations to protect themselves from these creatures. However, travel between them is treacherous. At one of thee stations, a young boy named Ikoma creates a unique weapon called a Tsuranukizutsu, elegantly designed for use on Kabane. When his station comes under attack, he finally has the opportunity he’s been waiting for.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress | OFFICIAL TRAILER
Banana Fish (2018)
Banana Fish
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Animation
Cast Yoshimasa Hosoya, Jun Fukuyama, Unsho Ishizuka

Ash Lynx is a 17-year-old gang leader on the streets of New York City, but he’s still under the thumb of mob boss Dino Golzine. When Ash discovers a mystery drug called “Banana Fish” on one of Dino’s men, Ash begins asking questions, falling down a rabbit hole that will draw him closer to the death of his older brother. There’s no telling just how high the conspiracy goes.

Banana Fish Trailer (English Sub)
Toradora! (2008)
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama
Cast Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, Hiroyuki Yoshino
Toradora! follows the high school relationship between kindly Ryuuji Takasu and the feisty Taiga Aisaka. Despite being polar opposites, they agree to be one another’s wing-people, since they each have a crush on the other’s best friend. Of course, as they conspire together, their relationship grows, and as they fall in love with each other, you fall in love with them.

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