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The best anime on Netflix right now (January 2023)

The streaming arena is as competitive as ever, with each platform trying to compete for consumers’ subscriptions with a steady flow of content. Despite plenty of volatility elsewhere in its catalog, Netflix has impressively retained its stance on expanding its animated catalog — particularly when it comes to anime series.

Long gone are the days of scouring the internet for second-hand rips and fan translations of popular shows. While streamers like Crunchyroll and Funimation have anime-centric approaches, Netflix remains a respectable, mainstream destination for anime fans. Here is the best anime 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.

Recently added to Netflix
Record of Ragnarok (2021) new
Record of Ragnarok
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Once every millennia, the Gods’ Council convenes to decide the fate of humanity, which sees an over-the-top spectacle featuring iconic figures from legend and religion duking it out on their behalf. The Valkyrie Brunhilde decides to give humanity a chance by staging the Ragnarok tournament, and given this premise, it’s clear that Record of Ragnarok wears its bombastic nature on its sleeve. Season 1 received an admittedly mediocre critical reception, but season 2 puts a new animation studio at the helm. The 22-episode season premieres its first 10 episodes in January, with the remaining episodes to follow at a later date.
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre (2023) new
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Mystery
In the printed medium of manga, writer Junji Ito established himself as an elite name in advancing the horror genre. Now, the mastermind creator’s various works are being adapted into the realm of anime as Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre. Studio Deen will be animating this venture, with the studio turning Ito’s horror stories into an anthology TV series exclusive to Netflix. This season will run for 18 episodes and span 20 of the writer’s grim and spine-chilling tales. Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre will premiere on Netflix on January 18th.
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. Vinland Saga season 2 will debut on Netflix starting on January 9th.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1 (2022)
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Directed by Noriyuki Abe
Writer Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins has been one of the more popular shounen manga, especially with the anime adaptation that began in 2014 with animation studio A-1 Pictures. The original series followed Meliodas and company as they band to find their former companions from the Seven Deadly Sins to clear their name and defeat the Holy Knights that have ironically plunged the land into tyranny.

And now, with that series concluded, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1 will serve as a cinematic prequel to the sequel series Four Knights of the Apocalypse, which ushers in a new generation of heroes. This time, the story follows Tristan, the son of Meliodas and Elizabeth, a young boy will travel to the titular Edinburgh Castle.[/dt_media]

Dragon Age: Absolution (2022)
Dragon Age: Absolution
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Kimberly Brooks, Matthew Mercer, Ashly Burch
Created by Mairghread Scott
Though it’s not an anime in the strictest sense of the term, Netflix’s latest traditionally anime-inspired original in the form of Dragon Age: Absolution is set for an early December premiere. In the same vein as DOTA: Dragon’s Blood or Castlevania, this series is a stylized rendition of a beloved video game series. The world of BioWare’s fantasy RPG games comes to life in the form of an original story following an elf rogue named Miriam. Fleshed out by a wider supporting cast, Miriam joins a team of mercenaries as they attempt a heist against one of the most formidable mages in the Tevinter Imperium.
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.
Berserk (1997)
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Toshiyuki Morikawa, Nobutoshi Canna, Yuko Miyamura
Created by Kentaro Miura
The late Kentaro Miura left a massive legacy with his magnum opus manga Berserk. And while many fans are undoubtedly thrilled over its resuming publication and the ongoing Memorial Edition anime series, Netflix is finally set to get the series’ first anime adaptation. Produced by animation studio OLM, the 1997 series is a cult classic and engrossing dark fantasy drama. It’s a ruthless story with gory action that will understandably not be for everyone, and it’s a shame no other adaptation has effectively gone beyond the Golden Age Arc, but this anime is an excellent introduction to Berserk for those willing to take the plunge.
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
If you’re looking for laughs, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is one of the best anime series on Netflix. This supernatural-themed comedy follows the life of the titular psychic, Kusuo Saiki. While many might see his particular talents as a tantalizing advantage to have in life, Saiki sees them as an overwhelming burden. He tries his hardest to keep his x-ray vision, telepathy, and more a secret from everyone around him at school. But Saiki inadvertently keeps getting himself roped into annoying hijinks and bombastic characters. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. has been well-received for being an inventive take on comedic anime.
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
Finishing up the adaptation of writer Shuuichi Asou’s manga source material, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened closes the anime on a strong note. Kusuo Saiki and his colorful and delightfully annoying supporting cast of friends return to make the protagonist’s life a tightrope walk. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened sees Saiki’s life get more complicated, as he’s faced with the challenge of using his psychic powers to maintain that secret or cover for his father’s lackluster presence at work. Most of all, it challenges him with the idea that perhaps he could be using his psychic prowess for good.
Kengan Ashura (2019)
Kengan Ashura
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure
Kengan Ashura takes a wild twist to how the corporate business world works. While most deals and disagreements are hashed out with meetings and contracts, in Kengan Ashura, they’re settled through intense contests of martial arts. Wealthy companies and merchants have indulged in the practice of hiring gladiators to settle their scores since the Edo period in Japan, and the story follows Ouma Tokita — also known as “The Ashura” — as he attempts to prove himself the strongest fighter in this dirty corporate world while having his matches facilitated by the Kengan Association. It’s a great anime series for fans of over-the-top martial arts action.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Yukana
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is a widely praised anime original series. The show blends fantasy, sci-fi, and thrilling mecha action in a story of overthrowing a tyrannical regime. Prince Lelouch is granted the Power of Kings and, with it, puts together a group of allies to lead a rebellion against the invading Holy Britannian Empire. Code Geass is an engaging story of a grand scale with a similarly wide cast of characters, complete with a degree of melodrama that has its own brand of charm to go along with the visual spectacles.
Exception (2022)
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery
Cast Chikahiro Kobayashi, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuko Kaida
Created by Otsuichi
In another original Netflix anime endeavor, Exception has an intriguing sci-fi horror premise. The series takes place in the far future when humanity has been forced to leave Earth and migrate out to the galaxy, where a team of spacefarers arrives on a spacecraft to a planet that’s meant to be terraformed. Each member of this space-traveling team is output by a 3D biological printer, and, as one might expect, all will not go as planned. Exception uses a unique CG animated art style, with character designs done by the revered Yoshitaka Amano, who is credited with various commissioned artwork for Square Enix’s iconic Final Fantasy JRPG series.
Pokémon Journeys (2019)
Pokémon Journeys
1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Kids
Cast Ikue Otani, Rica Matsumoto, Sarah Natochenny
Pokémon has long since been an undeniable media giant, with the anime series being one part of the greater machine. Ultimate Journeys will be the 25th overall season of the long-running anime, further detailing the adventures of Ash, Pikachu, and Goh in the globetrotting quest to learn more about these colorful creatures. In the upcoming Netflix-exclusive season, Ash, Pikachu, and the rest of their Pokémon team will undergo intensive training for the World Coronation Series Tournament, while Goh trains to become a member of the ambitious Project Mew. Meanwhile, Chloe and her Eevee will learn about the various evolutionary paths the latter can take, with a decision about Eevee’s future teased.
Tiger & Bunny (2011)
Tiger & Bunny
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Hiroaki Hirata, Masakazu Morita, Go Inoue
Animation studio Sunrise’s Tiger & Bunny is a colorfully vibrant take on the superhero genre. It’s an inventive premise despite using something so familiar by mixing both American and Japanese tropes used in superhero stories, with the series revolving around an alternate take on New York City called Stern Bild City, where superheroes are essentially corporate entities vying for sponsorships and making heroics a contest of who will be crowned the “King of Heroes.” Enter the superhero veteran known as “Wild Tiger,” whose seen his mainstream relevance wane due to his unwillingness to work with others and, after a poor season, is paired up with Barnaby Brooks Jr. Both characters are polar opposites, and they’ll have to learn to work together for the sake of their respective superhero careers.
Drifting Home (2022)
Drifting Home
Genre Animation, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
Stars Mutsumi Tamura, Asami Seto, Ayumu Murase
Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida
In the first of Netflix and animation studio Studio Colorido’s deal to co-produce three exclusive anime movies, Drifting Home is a touching smaller-scale story with fantasy elements. The movie follows two middle schoolers named Kousuke and Natsume, who have been friends since their early childhood days. However, they’ve become more distant, and their friendship strained over the years since. But the trajectory of their lives takes a shocking and fantastical turn. After visiting the old housing complex they grew up in before it’s set to be demolished, they get wrapped up in a mysterious phenomenon and wake up to discover the housing complex has drifted away at sea.
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. In order 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.
Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)
Violet Evergarden: The Movie
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Stars Yui Ishikawa, Daisuke Namikawa, Takehito Koyasu
Directed by Taichi Ishidate
To help get the complete engrossing and deeply emotional story of Violet Evergarden, Violet Evergarden the Movie continues the titular war veteran’s heartfelt quest of understanding. Years after the Great War ended, technology continues to advance and makes the advent of telephones more relevant. This means that the need for Auto Memory Dolls is waning, but Violet’s fame for writing letters maintains even in this new technological age. She continues to learn about the meaning and concept of human emotion — love in particular — but she still longs to reunite with her long-lost commanding officer who first uttered those words to her years ago.
Spriggan (2022)
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, War & Politics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Chiaki Kobayashi, Yohei Azakami, Kenji Hamada
Created by Hiroshi Takashige, Ryoji Minagawa
The secret organization of ARCAM has discovered what’s thought to be Noah’s Ark in the mountains of Turkey. However, a sinister organization from the U.S. Pentagon — known as the Machine Corps. — seeks to achieve world domination through its power. Enter special ARCAM operative Yu Ominae, a Spriggan, as he’s sent to combat against this threat that’s seeking worldwide supremacy. This sci-fi action series sees Yu team up with French Spriggan operative Jean-Jacques Mondo to lead the charge against the Machine Corps.
Komi Can't Communicate (2021)
Komi Can't Communicate
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama
Cast Aoi Koga, Gakuto Kajiwara, Rie Murakawa
In Komi Can’t Communicate, high school student Hitohito Tadano just wants to blend into his new surroundings and avoid any unwanted attention, but he eventually gets partially put into the spotlight by sitting next to the popular Shouko Komi. However, he finds out that Komi has a communication disorder and she wants him to help her learn how to socialize. From there, Tadano, Komi, and company make it their mission to help her make 100 friends.
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.
7Seeds (2019)
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Jun Fukuyama, Nao Toyama, Katsuyuki Konishi
In 7Seeds, scientists take steps to prevent the potential extinction of humanity. Unfortunately, they neglected to tell Shy Natsu and other test subjects that their cryogenic sleep would propel them into a future unlike anything they could imagine. It’s been so long since the age of man that their home world is now more like an alien planet. And humanity isn’t on top of the food chain anymore. If the humans have a shot at survival, it will all come down on the shoulders of Shy and his new companions.
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.
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
In Japanese history, Yasuke was the first and only African warrior to enter the service of Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century. The Yasuke anime takes several liberties with history by introducing magic and advanced tech to the mix. In the story, several years have passed since Yasuke left his life of violence behind. A singer named Ichika hires Yasuke to escort herself and her daughter, Saki, in order to save the young girl’s life. However, Ichika’s murder leaves Saki under Yasuke’s direct protection as their deadly journey begins.
Kotaro Lives Alone (2022)
Kotaro Lives Alone
1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Rie Kugimiya, Toshiki Masuda, Junichi Suwabe
Just as the title implies, Kotaro does live alone in Japan. However, Kotaro Lives Alone doesn’t disclose in the title that Kotaro is just 5 years old! And that seems like a pretty big omission of an important fact. Separated from his family, Kotaro has somehow managed to independently rent an apartment, much to the surprise and annoyance of his new neighbor, Shin Karino. Regardless, Karino and the other residents at the apartment complex soon take a liking to Kotaro, even if they don’t always understand him.
Pacific Rim: The Black (2021)
Pacific Rim: The Black
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Gideon Adlon, Calum Worthy, Erica Lindbeck
Created by Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson
Although neither Pacific Rim movie is currently on Netflix, the streaming service produced the original anime series, Pacific Rim: The Black. This is a spinoff from the films that takes place after the second movie and focuses on two siblings, Taylor and Hayley Travis. The brother and sister have been trapped in Australia for five years after it was overrun by the otherworldly kaiju. But when the siblings discover a discarded Jaeger/giant robot, it gives them the chance to fight back and potentially find their long-missing parents. Unfortunately for Taylor and Hayley, having possession of a Jaeger also makes them a target for unscrupulous people who want the Jaeger’s power for themselves.
One-Punch Man (2015)
One-Punch Man
tv-pg 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Cast Kazuhiro Yamaji, Yuichi Nakamura, Kenjiro Tsuda
Created by ONE
Imagine being so powerful that life as a superhero is boring. That’s the curse of One-Punch Man. Saitama’s inexplicable strength would be a great blessing if it also provided him with a challenge. Without that, Saitama’s passion for the heroic life has turned into depression. He doesn’t even get the credit he deserves! Regardless, there are still some enemies for Saitama to fight. And he’ll find that it can be difficult to be a One-Punch Man when he can’t even land a single blow on his opponent.
Shaman King (2021)
Shaman King
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Yoko Hikasa, Katsuyuki Konishi, Minami Takayama
To be the Shaman King is to have the power to link the world of the living with the world of the dead. And the Shaman King will also be able to reshape reality as we know it to his or her whims. In the new adaptation of the classic manga, Shaman King, Yoh Asakura takes it upon himself to win the tournament to become the next Shaman King. But as new allies and foes cross his path, Yoh soon realizes that his true enemy is his long-lost twin brother, Hoa Asakura. Hao wants to use the Shaman King’s power to wipe out humanity, which is why Yoh must stop him at all costs.
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 in order to earn his place among the Hunters.
Eden (2021)
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Koichi Yamadera, Kyoko Hikami, Marika Kouno
Created by Justin Leach
You may see some similarities between Eden and WALL-E, but trust us. This anime is pretty far from Pixar’s wonderland. In a far future where humanity is all but extinct, there is only Eden 3, a colony of sentient robots. When two agricultural robots, A37 and E92 accidentally revive a human child, Sara Grace, from stasis, they decide to raise her. While the robotic couple do a good job of keeping Sara safe, the secret of her existence can only be held for so long. And the vast majority of robots have no interest in keeping Sara alive. In fact, more than a few want her dead.

Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Cowboy Bebop
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Koichi Yamadera, Unsho Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara
Created by Keiko Nobumoto
Ahead of Netflix’s highly anticipated live-action Cowboy Bebop series, the streaming service has added the unforgettable anime classic that inspired it. This stylish neo-noir sci-fi western follows Spike Spiegel and the crew of the starship Bebop. In this vision of the future, bounty hunters are called cowboys, and Spike is one of the best. Alongside his teammates Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Edward, and Ein, Spike tries to find a place for himself in the universe. But when a woman from Spike’s past returns, all bets are off. And even Spike may not be able to defeat his old enemies in the end.

Record of Ragnarok (2021)
Record of Ragnarok
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Rina Kawaguchi, Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomoyo Kurosawa
Created by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The gods have determined that humanity is irredeemable and must be destroyed. Oh well, we had a good run … Except the valkyrie Brunhilde has other plans in Record of Ragnarok. In order to save humanity and avenge herself against the gods, Brunhilde convinces the deities to hold a fighting tournament between 13 men and gods from across the whole of history. Humanity is represented by the first man, Adam, as well as Jack the Ripper, Grigori Rasputin, and even King Leonidas of Sparta. They will have to face Thor, Heracles, Zeus, Poseidon, Ares, and other gods if they want a chance to save their species from destruction.

Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (2021)
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway
Genre Animation, Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Kensho Ono, Reina Ueda, Junichi Suwabe
Directed by Shuko Murase
Based on the manga series by Yoshiyuki Tomino, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway follows the devastating war between the Earth Federation and a terrorist group known as Mafty. Led by Hathaway Noa (Kensho Ono), Mafty aims to put an end to the vicious deportation strategies of the Federation, a mission carried out with great success until a chance meeting with an enemy officer and a strange woman spells disaster for Noa and his crew.

Flavors of Youth (2018)
Flavors of Youth
Genre Animation, Romance, Drama
Stars Taito Ban, Mariya Ise, Minako Kotobuki
Directed by Yoshitaka Takeuchi, Xiaoxing Yi, Li Haoling
Flavors of Youth is a beautifully artistic rendition of a day-in-the-life in China, captured across three mesmerizing stories. The Rice Noodles explores one man’s nostalgia for the city and his grandmother through his love for San Xian noodles. A Little Fashion Show explores the frayed dynamic between two sisters and their affinity for high fashion — one a model, the other a designer. Love in Shanghai explores the blooming romance between two Shanghai students over the course of two decades.

Attack on Titan (2013)
Attack on Titan
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Yuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue
Created by Hajime Isayama
Adapted from the manga series of the same name, Attack on Titan finds humanity trapped behind towering walls in three cities. The reason for the partitions is a world overrun by monstrous humanoid creatures known as Titans. When one Titan manages to get over the walls of Eren Jaegar’s (Harume Miara) city, the creature wreaks havoc on the populace. Vowing revenge, Eren and his friends join up with the Scout Regiment to fight back against the Titan hordes.

Kakegurui (2017)
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Mystery
Cast Tatsuya Tokutake, Saori Hayami, Minami Tanaka
Created by Kazuto Nakazawa
Adapted from the Homura Kawamoto manga series of the same name, Kakegurui follows Yumeko Jabami, a newly enrolled student at Japan’s Hyakkaou Private Academy. Unlike your standard academic institution, the students at Hyakkaou are divided into hierarchical tiers based on gambling and riches. Fresh meat for the high-rollers, Yumeko must prove her monetary worth before the students at the top of the pyramid swallow her whole.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kito, Hiro Shimono
Created by Ufotable
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been one of the recent anime sensations on Netflix. This adaptation of the wildly popular manga chronicles the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a young man who narrowly survives a demon attack that claims the lives of most of his family. Tanjiro’s sister, Nezuko, also survives the attack, but she is transformed into a demon herself. To save his sister and avenge his family, Tanjiro joins the Demon Slayer Corps and trains for the final showdown. But if Tanjiro hopes to triumph over evil then he may have to give up more than just his life.

Wolverine (2011)
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Milo Ventimiglia, Gwendoline Yeo, Fred Tatasciore
Created by Kengo Kaji
Over a decade ago, Marvel farmed a few of its signature characters out to a Japanese animation studio called Madhouse for some genuine anime series. The second Marvel anime, Wolverine, was a loose adaptation of the hero’s first-ever solo story. Logan/Wolverine, as voiced by This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia, travels to Japan to save his lover, Mariko Yashida (Gwendoline Yeo), from her crime-lord father, Shingen Yashida (Fred Tatasciore). To get Mariko back, Wolverine will have to get past several formidable foes, and his claws will definitely have to come out.

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.

Blood of Zeus (2020)
Blood of Zeus
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Derek Phillips, Jason O'Mara, Jessica Henwick
Created by Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
Netflix’s original anime Blood of Zeus offers a fresh take on Greek mythology by introducing a new hero, Heron (Derek Phillips). Heron is quite literally the son of Zeus (Jason O’Mara), which makes him a demigod. Heron also has the destiny to save the world from demonic threats, even as Zeus’ wife, Hera (Claudia Christian), wants Heron’s head because of Zeus’ infidelity. Heron’s got his work cut out for him, and we’ve got a new favorite anime.

Ultraman (2019)
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Kaiji Soze, Ryohei Kimura, Takuya Eguchi
Created by Eiji Tsuburaya
Ultraman is one of the original heroes of anime who dates back to 1966, so much so that he’s essentially the equivalent of Superman. Netflix’s Ultraman is not a reboot of the franchise. Instead, it’s a direct continuation that brings back Shin Hayata, the man behind Ultraman. Unfortunately, Shin no longer remembers that he was Japan’s greatest hero. Instead, the legacy is passed on to his son, Shinjiro. The new Ultraman has his hands full in the modern series, but his father’s legacy is in good hands.

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (2020)
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera
Created by Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki
Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell was a seminal manga and anime movie in the ’80s and ’90s. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 doesn’t quite live up to the original, but it is a follow-up to the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series. After a worldwide economic collapse, Motoko and her cybernetically enhanced team are hired out to quell trouble spots all over the world. But these are treacherous times, and even Motoko’s clients can’t be trusted.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
Avatar: The Last Airbender
tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Zach Tyler Eisen, Mako Iwamatsu, Mae Whitman
Created by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Potentially Nickelodeon’s most generation-spanning show other than Spongebob SquarepantsAvatar: The Last Airbender tells the story of Aang, the 12-year-old Avatar who has been awoken after a 100-year slumber to find the world at war. This world is divided into four nations: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, each of which has a population of “benders,” people who can control the element that their nation is associated with. The Avatar is meant to be the master of all elements and tasked with maintaining peace and balance between the nations. But when Aang was frozen in ice, the Fire Nation was free to attempt to conquer the world. Now that the Avatar is back, he’ll have to rely on the help of his friends Katara, Sokka, and Toph to help him complete his training and take on the Fire Lord.

Japan Sinks: 2020 (2020)
Japan Sinks: 2020
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Taichi Takeda, Reina Ueda, Tomo Muranaka
Created by Sakyo Komatsu (based on the novel by), Toshio Yoshitaka
Sakyo Komatsu’s bestselling 1973 sci-fi novel Japan Sinks tells the story of two children who must escape Tokyo after a major earthquake hits Japan, causing the entire island to sink. Now, Netflix has adapted the beloved novel with a modern spin, calling it Japan Sinks: 2020. This time, a series of natural disasters hit Japan, throwing the country into complete chaos. The story follows one ordinary family as they attempt to flee the island in chaotic, terrifying conditions.

Aggretsuko (2018)
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Rareko, Sohta Arai, Shingo Katou
Created by Yeti and Rarecho
Retsuko is a hardworking 25-year-old Red Panda, commuting and living in Tokyo, Japan. All day, every day, she deals with her nasty boss, insincere supervisor, and less-than-stellar coworkers. Retsuko has a secret life, and when the rage of the day boils over, she heads into Japan’s famous karaoke bars, grabs a bottle of sake, holds on to a microphone, and screams death metal into the night. Aggretsuko can be described as Zootopia meets The Office, with a colorful cast of characters and a solid degree of witty humor for older audiences. Featuring a stellar voice cast, which includes Erica Mendez and Ben Dishkin, Aggretsuko is a quick but wonderfully crafted office comedy, where audiences connect with Retsuko and her pursuits, rocking out to death metal and learning new lessons about herself along the way.

tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Drama
Cast Chikahiro Kobayashi
Created by Orange
If one could ever imagine Zootopia becoming an R-rated bloody murder mystery, it would likely be Beastars. In a world of anthropomorphic creatures, carnivores and herbivores of all species coexist and work together. That line of coexistence is shattered when a student is devoured by an unnamed and unknown carnivore. In the midst of the growing unease at the school, Legoshi, a timid and shy carnivorous wolf, has a dramatic encounter with a small rabbit who attends the school, Haru, an encounter that may affect the fate of Legoshi and the school. Beastars originally began as a manga, written by Paru Itagaki and Akita Shoten, released in 2016. The manga went on to win a multitude of awards, including the coveted Manga Taisho Award. With 20 volumes published so far, the manga remains ongoing. The manga went on to be licensed by Viz Media and released in the United States in 2019. The anime launched on Netflix on March 13, 2020, and features stunning animation by Studio Orange and a stellar English voice cast, which includes Jonah Scott as Legoshi and Lara Jill Miller as Haru.

Little Witch Academia (2017)
Little Witch Academia
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Animation, Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy, Action & Adventure
Cast Megumi Han (Japanese), Franciska Friede (English)
Created by Yoh Yoshinari
From legendary animation studio Trigger arrives a coming-of-age fantasy all about pursuing your dreams. In the journey of life, you never know who you will meet next, but the next person you see could be the very inspiration you need. When young Atsuko is inspired by her favorite witch, Shiny Chariot, she enrolls at the elite Luna Nova Magical Academy. The stacks are already against Atsuko. Many of the students enrolled at the academy have an established background in magic, but regrettably, Atsuko does not. Struggling, Atsuko stumbles upon a magical relic, Shiny Rod. Determined to pursue her dreams, she wields the relic and studies hard in her quest to become a witch and change the world. Little Witch Academia features top-notch animation and girl power, but also an incredibly heartfelt story that is perfect for all those aspiring to accomplish their dreams.

Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020)
Altered Carbon: Resleeved
Genre Animation, Science Fiction
Cast Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Rina Sato, Ayaka Asai
Delving deeper into the dangerous life of Takeshi Kovac, Altered Carbon: Resleeved is an additional chapter in the world of Altered Carbon, the popular sci-fi show that has released two seasons on Netflix. On the planet Latimer, Takeshi investigates the mysterious death of a high-profile Yakuza boss and faces a tough-as-nails CTAC, all the while protecting a tattooist who holds an important key in this race against time. Dai Saito, a writer whose credits include Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop, puts his own spin on the incredible world of Altered Carbon. Altered Carbon: Resleeved is a feature-length animated action film, featuring sharp animation, an original story, and a talented English cast that includes the talents of Ray Chase, Richard Epcar, Elizabeth Maxwell, and Brittany Cox. Whether you have already seen the second season of Altered Carbon or this is your first time discovering the franchise, Altered Carbon: Resleeved is a fantastic cyberpunk animated film.

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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