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The best anime on Netflix right now

Red-Haired Shanks and Luffy in key art for One Piece Film: Red.
Toei Company

Netflix is increasingly becoming a more compelling platform to watch the best anime. Alongside its usual live-action original content, the streamer’s anime catalog is growing across film and TV. With such a diverse selection, seasoned and prospective fans are guaranteed to find something to pique their interest.

Still, Netflix’s impressive selection of anime can make it tough to parse through. Thankfully, our anime guide streamlines the platform’s offerings down to the highlights. This guide is also curated monthly to update fans on the best anime to watch on Netflix right now.

If you want more options, check out our other guides to the best anime on Hulu and the best anime available on Amazon Prime Video.

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One Piece Film: Red (2022) new

One Piece Film: Red
Genre Animation, Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Music
Stars Kaori Nazuka, Shuichi Ikeda, Mayumi Tanaka
Directed by Goro Taniguchi

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece pirate saga continues to excel across mediums with the series’ 15th movie. Directed by Goro Taniguchi and animated by Toei Animation, One Piece Film: Red takes Luffy and his pirate crew to an island to watch singer Uta’s first live concert.

The superstar musician is a childhood friend of protagonist Monkey D. Luffy, but tensions rise when Uta reveals her stance against pirates. One Piece Film: Red is a visual show-stopper that celebrates the elements that havemade this series so beloved since the late 1990s. It might not push the boundaries of what a licensed anime movie can strive for narratively, but it colorfully expands Oda’s world and offers new characters worth exploring.

Yu Yu Hakusho (1992) new

Yu Yu Hakusho
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Nozomu Sasaki, Shigeru Chiba, Megumi Ogata
Created by Yoshihiro Togashi

From Hunter x Hunter creator Yoshihiro Togashi, Yu Yu Hakusho combines the supernatural with martial arts. Animated by studio Pierrot, the plot follows 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi, a former high school delinquent who died saving a child from a car accident and is revived as an Underworld Detective.

Yusuke’s second lease on life leads him and his new companions on adventures that include demons and high-stakes combat tournaments. Yu Yu Hakusho is an anime classic acclaimed for its clever mix of occult atmosphere, exciting action, comedic relief, and sincere character development. The action becomes increasingly impressive as the martial arts elements are emphasized later in the story.

Haikyu!! (2014) new

tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Ayumu Murase, Kaito Ishikawa, Yuu Hayashi

Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyu!! became the biggest sports-themed sensation in manga and anime. Animation studio Production I.G adapts young Shoyo Hinata’s quest to become an elite volleyball player at Karasuno High School.

Despite his small stature, Hinata is determined to hone his skills, but he soon encounters competition when his middle school rival Tobio Kageyama joins the team. Haikyu!! is critically acclaimed for its refreshing and down-to-earth story and relatable cast of young characters. The volleyball action is thrillingly animated, and Production I.G’s adaptation doesn’t lose sight of the emotionally investing coming-of-age themes.

Great Teacher Onizuka (1999) new

Great Teacher Onizuka
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama
Cast Wataru Takagi, Junko Noda, Isshin Chiba

Tooru Fujisawa’s Great Teacher Onizuka blends slice-of-life storytelling with oddball comedy to impressive effect. Animation studio Pierrot adapts the story of 22-year-old Eikichi Onizuka, a former gangster who starts a new life teaching at a private middle school.

However, his new ambitions are tested when Eikichi is assigned to an infamously delinquent homeroom class. On its face, Great Teacher Onizuka has a relatively basic premise, but it’s bolstered by raunchy comedy and a delightfully eccentric protagonist. The series does surprisingly well in switching between laugh-out-loud gags and surprisingly heartfelt drama touching on sensitive social topics.

Pokémon Horizons: The Series (2023) new

Pokémon Horizons: The Series
tv-y7 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Kids
Cast Minori Suzuki, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuka Terasaki

Since the anime side of the franchise’s inception, protagonist Ash Ketchum was synonymous with the Pokémon TV series. But over 20 years later, the iconic master trainer is passing the protagonist mantle to a pair of new heroes in Pokémon Horizons: The Series.

Animated by studio OLM and streaming exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., this new anime series follows Liko and Roy as they embark on a globe-trotting adventure with a group dubbed the Rising Volt Tacklers. The series spotlights the new Paldea region that debuted in the most recent Nintendo Switch video gamesScarlet and Violet — but their quest will take them around the Pokémon world.

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (2020) new

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Atsumi Tanezaki, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Mikako Komatsu

Alongside Final Fantasy, the Dragon Quest franchise is the tentpole of gaming production company Square Enix. Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai adapts an exciting original story outside the video game source material. The anime series is an adaptation of writer Riku Sanjo and artist Koji Inada’s manga of the same name that tells the story of the titular hero as he’s called to action when a demonic evil is resurrected.

This force was defeated ages ago by an enigmatic figure simply known as “the hero,” and its revival seems to answer Dai’s desire to become a great hero in his own right. Along the way, however, he’ll discover the mystery behind the original hero’s identity and the origin of his hidden abilities.

Kotaro Lives Alone (2022) new

Kotaro Lives Alone
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Comedy
Cast Rie Kugimiya, Toshiki Masuda, Junichi Suwabe

if you’re looking for a combination of lighthearted slice-of-life and touching storytelling, Kotaro Lives Alone is among the best anime on Netflix. An adaptation of writer and artist Mami Tsumura’s manga, the story is about a peculiar 4-year-old boy named Kotaro who lives alone in an apartment complex and eventually meets a manga writer next door.

The premise is undoubtedly bizarre, with Kotaro’s neighbor, Shin Karino, initially baffled by the situation. What follows is a satisfying and concise story that explores how children and adults, despite having drastically different perspectives on life, can still strive to learn from each other. Kotaro Lives Alone takes a strange premise and uses it to deliver sincere dialogue and character development.

Mary and The Witch's Flower (2017)

Mary and The Witch's Flower
Genre Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy
Stars Yuki Amami, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Hana Sugisaki
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is an excellent choice for anime fans who want a movie that offers a light fantasy experience. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, animated by Studio Ponoc, and based on author Mary Stewart’s 1971 novel The Little Broomstick, it tells the story of a clumsy little girl named Mary Smith who stumbles on a magical phenomenon.

Living a lonely life after moving in with her great aunt, Mary eventually finds a strange color-changing cat who leads her to a bundle of blue flowers that give her the powers of a witch for one night. Perfect for anime newcomers and those who are fond of Studio Ghibli movies, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is a visually dazzling and charming fantasy.

Delicious in Dungeon (2024) new

Delicious in Dungeon
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy
Cast Kentaro Kumagai, Sayaka Senbongi, Asuna Tomari

Trigger, one of the most well-known and beloved animation studios in the industry, returns with another fresh anime adaptation. A TV adaptation of writer Ryoko Kui’s manga of the same name, Delicious in Dungeon is a creative cooking-themed fantasy hybrid. The series is set in a fantasy world where the Golden Kingdom is buried underground by a mad magician, with the kingdom’s ruler promising treasure to the guild who can defeat him.

One of these guilds’ leaders, Laios, embarks on an underground quest with his companions to save his sister, Falin, with the team resorting to hunting and eating the monsters within for survival. Delicious in Dungeon offers a fun and comedic spin on high-fantasy and Dungeons & Dragons-style adventuring tropes thanks to its cooking-themed trappings.

maboroshi (2023) new

Genre Animation, Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Stars Junya Enoki, Reina Ueda, Misaki Kuno
Directed by Mari Okada

Originally released on September 15, 2023 in Japanese theaters, Netflix has added the anime film Maboroshi to its library. Co-directed by Seimei Kidokoro and produced by animation studio MAPPA, this is an anime-original story set in a sci-fi fantasy world where a local town is quarantined after a steel mill explosion stops the passage of time.

Middle-school student Masamune and her friends struggle to cope with their collapsing reality, but they encounter a mysterious young girl at the exploded mill who can’t speak and looks like a wild wolf. Maboroshi creates an exciting and inventive premise out of its sci-fi and fantasy elements while touching on relatable aspects of everyday life.

Pokémon Concierge (2023) new

Pokémon Concierge
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Animation, Family
Cast Non, Fairouz Ai, Eita Okuno

A Netflix-exclusive series, Pokémon Concierge is an colorful change of pace for the blockbuster franchise in the anime department. Produced by animation studio dwarf, this series takes place at the Pokémon Resort and follows protagonist Haru, a concierge at the vacation resort.

Across its four episodes, Pokémon Concierge has Haru make meaningful and entertaining encounters with the Pokémon and their owners who visit. Studio Dwarf’s stop-motion animation with figurine-like characters is a staple of the creative team, and it lends itself well to this vibrant fantasy world. It may be a brief miniseries even by miniseries standards, but it’s a delightfully lighthearted and concise watch.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse (2023) new

The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Shou Komura, Aino Shimada, Kanna Nakamura

A sequel series to the original adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki’s manga, The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse is set several years after the events of its predecessor. Also adapted from Suzuki’s manga source material, animation studio Telecom Animation Film’s TV series shifts its focus to the young Percival as its protagonist.

His life is upended in his quiet hometown when an intruder arrives, leading to a sprawling quest of adventure and revenge. Along the way, Percival meets new friends to help him along his journey and deal with the realities of the world around him. Serving as a capable sequel and new jumping-on point for newcomers, The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse is a satisfying high-fantasy shounen series.

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (2023) new

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Satya Bhabha, Kieran Culkin
Created by Bryan Lee O'Malley, BenDavid Grabinski

One of the more recent Netflix-original anime series, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is an exciting take on this charming franchise. Animated by Science Saru and developed by Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski, this limited series takes the series in a bold new narrative direction. Scott Pilgrim Takes Off sees the titular character go missing, compelling his love interest Ramona Flowers to investigate his sudden disappearance, all while the supporting cast works on creating a fictionalized story about Scott’s life.

The series features the principal cast from the live-action movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World returning to reprise their roles, including Michael Cera as the titular character, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona, Chris Evans as Lucas Lee, and Brie Larson as Natalie Adams. From its charming character designs, storytelling, and animation work, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off was acclaimed as a celebration of the franchise with an inventive new story.

Vampire in the Garden (2022)

Vampire in the Garden
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Megumi Han, Yu Kobayashi

Former Attack on Titan and Vinland Saga animation studio Wit Studio teamed up with Netflix for the anime-original story Vampire in the Garden. This series is set in a dystopic world where the remnants of humanity cling to their last safe-haven city after vampires overthrow them as the world’s apex species. In the middle of a battle, a human soldier named Momo encounters a vampire queen named Fine, who connects with her over their shared desire to escape from the war-torn land.

Both characters then set off on a quest to find a rumored ecosystem where both humans and vampires can coexist peacefully. Wit Studio has long since made a name for itself thanks to its slick art direction and animation work, delivering some satisfying action sequences. Likewise, the military dystopia and dark fantasy elements offer a refreshing change of pace from the vampire theme’s conventional gothic aesthetic.

Yasuke (2021)

72 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast LaKeith Stanfield, Takehiro Hira, Maya Tanida
Created by LeSean Thomas

Both a Netflix original and an anime-original story, Yasuke takes a dark fantasy spin on a piece of 16th century Japanese history. Animated by MAPPA and created by LeSean Thomas, the series follows the titular African warrior who served as a samurai and retainer for the daimyo Oda Nobunaga.

Set in a dark alternate reality that combines elements of magic and advanced technology, Yasuke tries to put his military past behind him after the Nobunaga’s forces are defeated by the demon warlord Yami no Daimyo. That is until he’s tasked with escorting a sick young girl with magical powers to a special doctor. Yasuke is a creative spin on real-world history and features a great voice performance by Lakeith Stanfield in the anime’s English dub.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened (2019)

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Hiroshi Kamiya, Ai Kayano, Daisuke Ono

A Netflix-distributed sequel and adaptation of the ending of Shuichi Aso’s manga, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened concludes the comically chaotic high school exploits of its titular lead. Saiki continues to try to keep a low profile with his psychic abilities to avoid any attention and inconveniences.

However, between helping cover for his dad’s mishaps at work and the hijinks he gets roped into with his group of friends, Saiki might discover how these gifts could be used for good. Much like the original anime adaptation, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened builds on the light-hearted humor that makes it such an endearing watch. Studios J.C.Staff and Egg Firm did well to stick to the script to give the anime adaptations a satisfying close and retain the fun spirit of Aso’s supernatural comedy.

Ōoku: The Inner Chambers (2023)

Ōoku: The Inner Chambers
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama
Cast Mamoru Miyano, Eriko Matsui, Yuki Kaji

One of the more recent Netflix-original anime, Ōoku: The Inner Chambers is an engaging samurai period piece. Based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Fumi Yoshinaga, the animation team at Studio Deen adapts an alternate history where the male population is nearly decimated during Edo-period Japan, and eligible men serve as concubines for the female Shogun within Ōoku.

It’s an interesting spin on the alternate-history approach, telling a unique story rooted in drama and romance. Ōoku: The Inner Chambers examines its story through the lens of women dominating in authority in a power structure built by a patriarchal society before them.

Ajin (2016)

tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Mystery
Cast Mamoru Miyano, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Aya Suzaki

Ajin: Demi-Human is an entertaining supernatural-thriller with a well-executed art direction. Animation studio Polygon Pictures adapts Gamon Sakurai’s manga of the same name, set in a world where mysterious and immortal human beings dubbed “Ajin” were discovered in Africa 17 years prior and have since been deemed threats to humanity.

High-schooler Kei Nagai discovers he’s an Ajin and must flee the authorities before they can conduct disturbing experiments on him, forced to pick a side in a fight he never expected to be a part of. In an environment where CG animation is still growing, but promising, Ajin: Demi-Human is a solid endeavor. The animation art style, animation, action, and worldbuilding make for a concise watch.

Mononoke (2007)

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Takahiro Sakurai, Daisuke Namikawa, Daisuke Sakaguchi

Mononoke is an excellent horror-esque mystery thriller. A production by Toei Animation, this series is also an anime-original story and is set in a feudal Japanese world where a Medicine Seller is an occult master who travels the countryside exorcising evil spirits.

Things take a darker and more intense turn when the Medicine Seller’s travels take him to an inn plagued by these spirits and a string of mysterious murders. Mononoke is an exciting and creative folkloric fantasy with horror tones, with an intense mystery at its core. Likewise, the series is bolstered by a striking and picturesque art style.

Den-noh Coil (2007)

Den-noh Coil
tv-y7 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Junko Noda, Sachiko Kojima, Yumiko Kobayashi

Anime fans looking to delve into original stories would do well to give Den-noh Coil a chance. An original anime produced by experienced studio Madhouse, Den-noh Coil is set in an alternate near-future where augmented-reality glasses are a norm for everyday life.

It follows the story of a kind-hearted middle schooler named Yasako Okonogi and her family who move into Daikoku City despite rumblings of people mysteriously disappearing. Den-noh Coil is an inventive mix of coming-of-age and a technological mystery-thriller, making for a unique anime experience.

PLUTO (2023) new

tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery, Crime
Cast Shinshu Fuji

Naoki Urasawa is credited with writing and illustrating some of greatest seinen manga in the industry, and Netflix obtained the license for the adaptation of Pluto. Set in the same continuity as Osamu Tezuka’s landmark Astro Boy series, Pluto tells a mystery involving the murder of the heroic robot Montblanc, who fought in the 39th Asian War.

Things become far bleaker when war veteran and Europol detective Gesicht investigates the grisly killing of the war hero, as the plot unravels a deep-rooted conspiracy against the robots who took part in the war. Though inherently less grounded as a premise compared to the revered Monster, Pluto is a gripping blend of the crime drama and science fiction genres. Urasawa is known for his cerebral stories, and the animation team at Studio M2 brilliantly conveys that in their anime adaptation.


tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Daisuke Hirose, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Akio Otsuka

Another Netflix original anime, studio NAZ’s Good Night World is an adaptation of Uru Okabe’s web manga of the same name. The story revolves around the members of a broken, emotionally dysfunctional family who all find a semblance of fulfillment within a virtual reality video game called Planet.

However, what these characters don’t realize is that they’ve managed to form a functional family unit with each other. An interesting premise, Good Night World does well to gradually piece together the more secretive aspects of these characters’ backstories, with the plot taking dramatic turns as it incorporates elements of their real lives and their video game personas.

Castlevania: Nocturne (2023) new

Castlevania: Nocturne
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Edward Bluemel, Pixie Davies, Thuso Mbedu
Created by Clive Bradley

Though it leans more into anime-inspired TV rather than the conventional definition of the genre, Netflix and Powerhouse Animation Studios’ Castlevania: Nocturne is nonetheless a highlight of the streamer’s animated catalog. This sequel series takes place 300 years after the events of the original series, as Richter Belmont comes into his own alongside his surrogate family of Maria Renard and Tera.

Nocturne is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, where the vampiric aristocracy is working to usher in a fabled vampire messiah to plunge the world into an eternal night. Art direction and animation continue to be strong points in this TV side of the video game franchise. The series also lays an exciting groundwork for what’s to come.

Kengan Ashura (2019) new

Kengan Ashura
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure

One of the most bombastically entertaining martial arts anime shows on Netflix, Kengan Ashura returns for a second season. The story continues the titular protagonist’s rise in the underground combat rings of the corporate Japanese world, as wealthy businessmen hire some of the most elite fighters to settle disputes in brutal fights.

Tokita Ouma is eager for the sporting element of it all, and he’s determined to make a name for himself by taking on the strongest figures in this grueling world. Larx Entertainment’s adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich and Daromeon’s manga has been well-received for its straightforward, yet effective story and over-the-top action sequences.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (2016)

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Hiroshi Kamiya, Ai Kayano, Maaya Uchida

One of the best shounen comedy series, animation studios J.C.Staff and Egg Firm’s anime adaptation of Shūichi Asō’s The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. translates wonderfully to the screen. High schooler Kusuo Saiki stumbles through his life as the psychic abilities he once vowed to keep secret end up attracting unwanted attention.

It’s a fun and lighthearted way of making a supernatural catalyst the premise for a high school comedy, with this plot device proving to be an entertaining way of fleshing out Saiki’s colorful supporting cast. The animation and art direction are quite basic compared to higher-budget anime productions, but they succeed in being another charming element of this gag-filled series.

One Piece Film: GOLD (2016) new

One Piece Film: GOLD
Genre Action, Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Kazuya Nakai, Mayumi Tanaka, Akemi Okamura
Directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto
Capitalizing on the Netflix series’ surprise success and bucking the trend of poor live-action anime adaptations, the streamer is now hosting one of the best movies in Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece series. Directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto, One Piece Film: GOLD is the 13th movie in the franchise, with Monkey D. Luffy and the rest of his Straw Hat Crew arriving on a ship called Gran Tesoro, which carries the world’s biggest entertainment city. The crew finds themselves on a gambling hot streak until they find themselves to be victims of the house’s grand scheme. Though non-canon to the manga and TV anime’s story, One Piece Film: GOLD is beloved for being a colorful pirate caper that fits seamlessly in the tone of the source material’s world. Likewise, Toei Animation shows fantastic production value in art design and animation.

One Piece: Heart of Gold (2016) new

One Piece: Heart of Gold
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Action
Stars Kazuki Yao, Mayumi Tanaka, Akemi Okamura
Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine
An extended TV special an tie-in to Film: GOLD, One Piece: Heart of Gold is another delightful original story. Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, Heart of Gold involves a young girl and an original character named Olga who finds herself on the run from both the World Government and a villain named Mad Treasure. Both entities are on her trail since she is the only person who knows the location of the substance known as Pure Gold — a resource so valuable that it can buy the entire world. Naturally, the heat on Olga results in her traveling with Luffy and his Straw Hat Crew. It might have the feel of a long filler episode, but Heart of Gold overall captures the fun swashbuckling nature of One Piece and serves as a satisfying companion piece to the movie.

BNA (2020)

tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Sumire Morohoshi, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Maria Naganawa
Animation powerhouse Studio Trigger is deservedly best known for the likes of Kill la Kill and now the Netflix original Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, but BNA is a worthwhile series from the underrated side of its catalog. BNA: Brand New Animal is set in a world where humans and Beastmen are at odds with each other, and Anima City serves as the latter’s haven. However, Michiru Kagemori, who was a human turned into a tanuki, finds that this supposed haven has its own share of problems and investigates the culprit of a bombing alongside Shirou Ogami. Fans of Studio Trigger will find all the aesthetic vibrancy typical of the team, but BNA is also a welcome original story in its own right.

Baki Hanma (2021) new

Baki Hanma
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure
Much like other series including Record of Ragnarok, Keisuki Itagaki’s Baki the Grappler — and subsequent sequels — embraces its over-the-top action. The anime adaptation continues its successful run on Netflix with the second part of Baki: Hanma season 2, concluding the Pickle Wars Saga where scientists discover a caveman who is then taken to take on a series of powerful combatants. Season 2, Part 2 fans will finally the anime’s final arc animated. The Strongest Father and Child Quarrel Saga, where Baki gets his chance to battle and exact revenge on his legendary father, nicknamed “Ogre.”

Lookism (2022)

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Drama, Animation
Cast Shim Kyu-hyuck, Han Shin, Ryu Seung-gone
On top of traditional anime adaptations of Japanese manga, Netflix also has original anime based on South Korean manhwa. One of the most experienced and celebrated animated studios in the business, Studio Mir, adapts Park Tae-joon’s webtoon and manhwa Lookism, telling the story of a persecuted high schooler who suddenly awakens in the body of an athletic and popular teenager. Tackling a series of serious and real-world themes through a supernatural and teen-drama lens, Lookism is an impactful and poignant anime.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (2023) new

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Shuichiro Umeda, Tomori Kusunoki, Makoto Furukawa
A delightful mashup of subgenres, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is a welcome adaptation in the modern anime scene. Adapting the manga series of the same name by Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata, Zom 100 is a satirical take on the zombie apocalypse by following the burnt-out Akira Tendou, who’s suffered three long years at an exploitative company in Japan. Suddenly, a zombie hellscape breaks out and, ironically, has reinvigorated Akira with a new lease on life. Combining sci-fi, horror, and comedy, studio Bug Films’ Zom 100: Bucket List of the Undead is a seinen anime series worth getting invested in.

My Happy Marriage (2023) new

My Happy Marriage
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Reina Ueda, Kaito Ishikawa, Ayane Sakura
Based on the light novel series of the same name by Akumi Agitogi and illustrated by Tsukiho Tsukioka, My Happy Marriage is an emotionally refreshing change of pace. A combination of fantasy and grounded romance, animation studio Kinema Citrus’ adaptation of My Happy Marriage adapts the story of Miyo Saimori, a young woman in the Meiji Restoration era of Japan. She was the daughter of a loveless and arranged marriage, forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother, and bereft of the supernatural abilities usually typical to her family. Her father forces her into an arranged marriage with a military commander. But after expecting a life of equal cruelty, the two open up to each other and are surprised of what’s truly in store for them.

Record of Ragnarok (2021) new

Record of Ragnarok
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Wataru Takagi

Written by Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui and illustrated by Ajichika, the Record of Ragnarok manga is an unapologetically bombastic action series. It wears its wild character designs and equally over-the-top action on its sleeve. The series follows the gods of various mythologies who convene every 1,000 years to decide the fate of mankind in an epic-scale martial arts tournament.

Meanwhile, season 2, part 2 will continue this onslaught of spectacles, including Buddha — on behalf of humanity — doing battle against Zerofoku; one of the Japanese Seven Lucky Gods.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019) new

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kito, Nobuhiko Okamoto
Created by Koyoharu Gotouge

Demon Slayer is one of the biggest hits in the modern anime and manga scene. Especially so for the former, as Ufotable brilliantly adapted Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga of the same name to film and TV.

Netflix now finally has the rights to stream the second season of the series after adding the first season and the Mugen Train arc. Demon Slayer season 2 covers the Entertainment District arc, which sees Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke go to the titular Japanese district in Yoshiwara to investigate a prowling demon wreaking havoc there.

One Piece Film: Z (2012)

One Piece Film: Z
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Stars Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai, Akemi Okamura
Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is one of the most lucrative manga and anime properties in the world. Fans all over the world are invested in the Straw Hat Pirate crew’s colorful exploits, and its success spawned several anime movies. The non-canonical One Piece Film: Z ranks among the best of the franchise’s theatrical efforts, pitting Luffy and company against a powerful new foe.

As the group navigates the waters of the New World searching for Gol D. Roger’s treasure, they cross paths with the renegade former Marine Admiral Z. He’s being suspected of stealing powerful weapons capable of eliminating the pirate world as they know it — and taking countless innocent lives as collateral along with it.

Naruto (2002)

tv-pg 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Junko Takeuchi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Chie Nakamura

Another anime and manga phenomenon from Shonen Jump Magazine’s era of the “Big Three,” Naruto has effectively become a modern classic for newer generations of anime fans.

Masashi Kishimoto’s ninja series follows the titular Naruto Uzumaki going from village outcast to hometown hero, as he and the rest of Team 7 tackle an increasingly dangerous set of foes. It’s part of his grand dream to become the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village, but Naruto has also become known for having a wide cast of fan-favorite characters.

InuYasha (2000)

tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Cast Kappei Yamaguchi, Satsuki Yukino

A manga classic of the ’90s and ’00s, Rumiko Takahashi’s Inuyasha is another beloved shonen series that shouldn’t be forgotten among its contemporaries. The original anime adaptation was done by the well-known Mobile Suit Gundam studio Sunrise and was generally well-received for being faithful to the source material.

In a radical and unexpected turn of events, 15-year-old Kagome Higurashi is pulled by a demon into her family’s well and into the feudal past, in an age where demons were prominent. Eventually, she meets and teams up with the half-demon boy Inuyasha to find the pieces of the powerful Shikon Jewel before more nefarious hands reach them.

Great Pretender (2020)

Great Pretender
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Comedy, Action & Adventure
Cast Chiaki Kobayashi, Junichi Suwabe, Mie Sonozaki

A Netflix original story developed by famed animators Wit Studio (Vinland Saga season 1, Attack on Titan seasons 1-3), Great Pretender is a vibrant heist comedy. Starting with the petty ventures of a common thief named Makoto Edamura in Japan, the series expands onto a grander scale when he’s unwittingly recruited by a master con man and his colorful cast of colleagues.

Each story arc is cleverly separated into cases, with each detailing equal parts thrilling new capers and genuinely emotional character development of the main cast. Complemented by its stunning art direction, Great Pretender is easily one of Netflix’s greatest original anime series.

Dorohedoro (2020)

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Soungdok, Reina Kondo, Wataru Takagi
While animation studio MAPPA has garnered emphatic acclaim for its adaptations of the likes of Attack on Titan, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Vinland Saga, its take on Dorohedoro is also a worthy standout in its catalog. Taking place in a grimy world blending dark fantasy with science fiction, this adaptation of writer Q Hayashida’s manga captures all the morbid humor, bloody action, and inherent weirdness of the source material. Dorohedoro mainly focuses on an amnesiac, reptilian-headed man named Caiman and his friend Nikaido as they go on a mission to help recover his memories — and find out who gave him his scaly new appearance.

Devilman Crybaby (2018)

Devilman Crybaby
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Koki Uchiyama, Ayumu Murase, Megumi Han
An adaptation of the cult-classic manga by writer Go Nagai, Devilman Crybaby is a thrilling Netflix-original anime for those with a craving for dark fantasy. Animated by studio Science SARU, Devilman Crybaby centers around two high school friends named Akira Fudo and Ryo Asuka, as the pair find themselves entangled in the grim world of demons. Akira accidentally merges with a demon, keeping his skittish personality along with the demon’s fearsome strength. It’s not for the faint of heart, but Devilman Crybaby is an exciting dark fantasy with impressively poignant, mature, coming-of-age themes.

Monster (2004) new

tv-14 1 Season
Genre Drama, Crime, Mystery, War & Politics, Animation
Cast Mami Koyama, Mamiko Noto, Junko Takeuchi
Naoki Urasawa’s source manga is commonly regarded as one of the greatest seinen series in the medium. Monster was widely acclaimed for its thoroughly gripping crime saga filled with dark psychological revelations, thrills, and drama. Veteran animation studio Madhouse adapted the full series into a 73-episode TV anime, which was arguably as well-received as the source material itself. Following the story of a Japanese former doctor living in Germany, Kenzo Tenma sees his life upended when a boy whose life he saved through brain surgery resurfaces as a deeply disturbed and elusive serial killer. It’s been a long time coming, but Monster is finally available on Netflix.

Vinland Saga (2019) new

Vinland Saga
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Drama, War & Politics
Cast Yuto Uemura, Shunsuke Takeuchi, Kensho Ono
As far as contemporary seinen manga go, Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga is around the same plane of reverence as the late Kentaro Miura’s Berserk and Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond. And in 2019, the series’ early goings were adapted into an anime by the talented Wit Studio. MAPPA is now taking the reigns of season 2, but with essentially the same creative team as the debut season. This Viking epic was packed with thrilling action and intensely intimate and engaging character drama, and season 2 will follow Thorfinn Karlsefni’s next major milestone in growth and introspection.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Fairouz Ai, Daisuke Ono, Mutsumi Tamura
Hirohiko Araki’s beloved JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga has become an anime juggernaut since its TV series adaptation in 2012 and arguably more so in its second season. Netflix made the bold move of obtaining the series for its platform, serving as the exclusive place to watch the latest season — Stone Ocean. The disjointed release schedule has understandably frustrated some longtime fans, but David Production’s adaptation of the story itself was been widely well-received. Jolyne Cujoh and company’s prison-breaking exploits have been entertainingly and faithfully adapted, with the final batch of episodes now available.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (2022)

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast KENN, Aoi Yuki, Hiroki Touchi
Created by Rafał Jaki
Animated by industry veterans and fan-favorite studio Studio Trigger (Promare, Kill la Kill) comes an original story set within video game developer CD Projekt Red’s world of Cyberpunk 2077. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners takes place in the same technologically-obsessed dystopia filled with cutthroat factions, following a young boy attempting to survive through it all. To have a fighting chance, the body-modified street kid joins the ranks of the titular mercenary Edgerunners also known as a Cyberpunk. The series is planned as a standalone 10-episode story, with expectations high that it will be a visually stunning and explosive series if Studio Trigger’s esteemed reputation is anything to go by.

One Piece (1999)

One Piece
tv-14 21 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Comedy, Animation
Cast Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai, Akemi Okamura
Years ago, when the legendary pirate Gol D. Roger was set for execution, his last words were a challenge to the world to find his titular treasure. In the present, young Monkey D. Luffy feels inspired to become a pirate and uncover the One Piece bounty. He then embarks on a globetrotting odyssey across the Grand Line with the other members of his Straw Hat crew in a myriad of adventures meeting a colorful and revolving cast of friends and villains.

Death Note (2006)

Death Note
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Mamoru Miyano, Noriko Hidaka, Nozomu Sasaki
Death Note is one of the most popular manga and anime series in the world, perhaps because of its intriguing premise. Teenager Light Yagami comes across a supernatural notebook with a deadly power. If Light, or anyone else, writes a name in the notebook, the person they named will die. Unfortunately for Light, he becomes intoxicated with the power, and he resolves to remake the world by eliminating “bad people.” This captures the attention of the cops, including the mysterious Detective L. Light soon realizes that L might be able to deduce his identity, but he can’t be killed until Light discovers L’s real name.

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama
Cast Megumi Han, Mariya Ise, Miyuki Sawashiro
The word “hunter” doesn’t have its traditional meaning in the latest adaptation of Hunter x Hunter. In this world, Hunters are the adventurous men and women who can locate lost treasures, missing people, and find rare creatures. Very few Hunters are chosen, which is one of the reasons why a young boy named Gon is so obsessed with becoming a Hunter himself. Years ago, Gon’s father, Ging, abandoned the family to chase his dream of becoming a Hunter. Now, Gon is following in Ging’s footsteps, and he will face some incredibly difficult ordeals to earn his place among the Hunters.

The Seven Deadly Sins (2014)

The Seven Deadly Sins
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Yuki Kaji, Sora Amamiya, Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Created by A-1 Pictures
The titular stars of The Seven Deadly Sins aren’t just the embodiment of humanity’s famous vices. They were once respected knights in the fantasy land of Britannia … at least until they were framed for trying to overthrow the kingdom and forced to disband. A decade later, Princess Elizabeth Liones is deposed from the throne by the Holy Knights, which sends her on the run. She finds an ally in Meliodas, the leader of the Seven, and he agrees to bring his team back together. But Meliodas also has a secret connection to Elizabeth that may come back to doom them all.

Castlevania (2017)

71 %
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso
Created by Warren Ellis
One of Netflix’s breakout anime series is based on the hit video games by Konami. Castlevania re-envisions Dracula (Graham McTavish) by giving him a legitimate grievance against humanity after his wife, Lisa, is executed by the church on trumped-up charges of heresy. Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), the last of a long line of vampire hunters, and Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso), a talented sorceress, may be all that stands in the way of humanity’s extinction. Surprisingly, their most valuable ally is Alucard (James Callis), the estranged son of Dracula and Lisa. This unlikely trio is ridiculously entertaining, and Castlevania finds its drama and action in unexpected ways.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)

Neon Genesis Evangelion
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Drama
Cast Megumi Ogata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Hayashibara
Created by Gainax
Giant robots fighting even bigger monsters is a common theme among anime series, but few have elevated the genre like Neon Genesis Evangelion. The series was set in the then far-off year of 2015, 15 years after the world was attacked by aliens that were known as “Angels.” The show follows Shinji Ikari, a shy and emotionally withdrawn teenager who is forced to become an Evangelion pilot by his manipulative father, Gendo. Shinji slowly rises to the occasion alongside his fellow pilots, Rei and Asuka. However, the Angels aren’t the only ones with secrets on this show. And Shinji will have to face unimaginable nightmares and traumas before he can ultimately confront his own inner demons.

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