Over the last few years, Netflix has doubled down on its already impressive collection of anime. In addition to classic anime titles, Netflix also allows accounts owners to stream original anime series that include unique concepts and shows based on some of the most popular manga ever written.
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With so many options to choose from, anime fans have to know which shows to watch next. Additionally, with Netflix constantly swapping out old shows for new ones, it’s worth reviewing what it is currently offering, as there’s no guarantee that a show will be available in the near future.
10 Parasyte: The Maxim Is A Body Horror Classic
An adaptation by Madhouse studio of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s popular manga, Parasyte: The Maxim, centers on Shinichi Izumi, a high schooler whose arm is taken over by an alien lifeform called a Parasite. Over time, Shinichi and the Parasite (named Migi) form a bond as they are forced to fight against other Parasites.
Parasyte: The Maxim is considered by its fans and critics to be one of the best body horror and sci-fi anime ever created. The relationship between Migi and Shinichi is the best part of the series, as the two learn to rely on each other despite their obvious differences.
9 Castlevania Is An Action Packed Adventure
One of Netflix’s best original series is Castlevania, a dark fantasy action series produced by Frederator Studios. Based upon the popular video game franchise of the same name, the story follows the vampire hunter Trevor Belmont, the magician Sypha Belnades, and the half-vampire Alucard as they battle the forces of darkness.
Fans were sad when Castlevania ended its fourth and final season in May of 2021. The series features beautiful art, satisfying and gory battles, and great performances from its voice actors. While the plot offers little outside its fairly straightforward series of battles, the characters are likable enough, and this along with Trevor’s Belmont’s witty comebacks more than compensate for the story’s shortcomings.
8 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Is Wild And Weird
An adaptation of the manga series by Hirohiko Araki, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure focuses on different members of the Joestar family across generations. Over the course of each season, fans are introduced to a new member of the family, each one called JoJo, as they uncover powers that help them fight against supernatural enemies.
JoJo’s is a long-running series that has earned rightful praise from both audiences and critics. The characters are well-developed, but the story does not hesitate to kill off fan-favorite characters. The anime contains a plethora of pop culture references and funny scenes that pair excellently with its over-the-top battles and liberal use of melodrama. The first three seasons are available on Netflix in English and the original Japanese versions.
7 March Comes In Like A Lion Is A Thoughtful Seinen Anime
Lovers of seinen anime will not want to miss March Comes in like a Lion, an adaptation of Chica Umino’s award-winning manga series. The plot follows the life of Rei Kiriyama, an introverted young professional shogi player, as he learns to become a better player and improve his relationships with other people.
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While some fans have complained about the art style, most reviews of the series have been glowing. In particular, audiences appreciate the way it covers topics such as living with depression and learning to rediscover happiness. It’s a beautiful, heartwarming anime with lovable and realistic characters that is sure to make viewers reach for their tissue boxes.
6 Neon Genesis Evangelion Is The Godfather Of Mecha Anime
One of the best sci-fi anime of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a must-watch series for fans of mecha anime. Set fifteen years after a worldwide apocalyptic event, the show follows Shinji, a young boy recruited by his scientist father to pilot a giant mecha named Evangelion into battle against the alien lifeforms known as Angels.
The series covers topics ranging from religion and mythology to psychology and philosophy. It’s a show that explores the depths of loss and sorrow set against the backdrop of a cataclysmic struggle featuring giant robots and aliens. In many ways, the show deconstructs the entire mecha genre but does so in a way that never sacrifices entertainment for art.
5 Violet Evergarden Is Beautifully Animated And Written
Based on Kana Akatuki’s award-winning light novel series, Violet Evergarden introduces audiences to Auto Memory Dolls, humans and machines that write for others. The story follows Violet Evergarden, a Doll and former soldier, as she attempts to reintegrate back into society after a war and find her purpose in life.
Violet Evergarden features beautiful art and animation, a compelling story, and well-developed characters. The series avoids devolving into over-sentimentality and remains well-paced throughout. At its core, it’s about figuring out one’s purpose in life and how to relate to others, but the world-building and characterization work together to extract every ounce of meaning from the material.
4 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Is A Brutal Horror Adventure About Family Bonds
Adapted from Koyoharu Gotouge’s best-selling manga, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba follows Tanjiro Kamada, a young boy who becomes a demon slayer after his family is killed and his sister Nezuko is turned into a demon. Over the course of the first season, Tanjiro and Nezuko make new friends and unlock new skills on their journey to find the creator and ruler of all demons, Muzan Kibutsji.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba combines both action and horror elements without sacrificing heart and character development. Its features excellent animation and some of the most beautiful and unique art to be found in any anime. While not groundbreaking, the story is solid, and best of all, it allows plenty of time to develop its characters’ backstories and explore their motivations and feelings.
3 Code Geass Is One Of The Best Strategy Anime Ever
Considered by fans to be one of the best strategy anime of all time, Code Geass tells the story of Lelouch vi Britannia, the exiled prince of the Holy Britannian Empire. When Lelouch meets a strange woman named C.C. and inherits the power known as Geass, he assumes an alter ego called Zero and starts a rebellion to overthrow the current world order.
Code Geass covers themes including politics, morality, and rebelling against the previous generation. While it is a mecha anime with excellent large-scale battles, the plot focuses more on developing the characters. It’s full of twists and turns, and while there are great episodes of Code Geass, the series finale is easily one of the best anime episodes ever.
2 Death Note Is A Brilliantly Crafted Morality Story
Based on Tsugumi Ohba’s popular psychological thriller manga, Death Note follows Light Yagami, a genius high schooler who inherits a mysterious notebook that lets him kill anyone whose name he writes in the book. With the Death Note, Light begins to kill off all of the world’s criminals, but in doing so, comes under the scrutiny of the various police agencies and the brilliant detective, L.
Death Note is a classic anime that should be on every thriller fan’s list of must-watch series. The series poses profound questions about morality, justice, and the meaning of good and evil. It features one of the most unique stories to be found in any anime, and the game of cat-and-mouse played by notable characters Light and L is satisfying to watch from beginning to end.
1 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Is Practically Perfect
A masterpiece in terms of storytelling and character development, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows Edward and Alphonse Elric, alchemist brothers who lose parts of their bodies in an experiment to revive their dead mother. To recover their bodies, the brothers become State Alchemists and set off on a journey to unlock the secrets of the mysterious Philosopher’s Stone.
The series has impeccable pacing, emotional impact, and character development. While Ed and AL have the best character arcs in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, even the supporting characters are allowed plenty of room to grow. From its astonishing animation and art to its captivating soundtrack and epic battles, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the best anime of all time.
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