Anime is super cool right now! Even Netflix has debuted its own original anime on the streaming service. Although if you ask certain people, even celebs like Michael B. Jordan openly say that they’ve thought anime was cool all along. I’m sure a lot of you guys would agree!
In addition to bringing a whole lot of great Japanese animes, both classic and current, to its streaming platform, Netflix is getting involved in financing and producing its own anime as well. It might not be well known but the platform’s offerings of anime are vast, with more than enough choice to interest anyone, it even includes Western remakes like Rilakkuma! (＾ω＾)
Besides that adorable ball of brown fluff, there are plenty of mecha piloting, monster slashing and other fantasy classics you can get your stream on with. What’s your favorite anime on Netflix? Is one of them listed below? We’ve listed some of our fav picks!
1. Attack on Titan (Original run: 2013)
Adapted from Hajime Isayama’s ongoing manga series, the anime depicts a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is in an unending struggle against a race of cannibalistic humanoid giants dubbed Titans. Attack on Titan has been one of the most well-known anime since its premiere in 2013. Set in a fictional world where what’s left of humanity is protected within three gigantic concrete walls. Over 100 years before the beginning of the story in an alternate world, giant humanoid creatures called Titans (巨人Kyojin) suddenly appeared and started devouring humans without remorse or reason; oddly completely ignoring other living crreatures. With a cast of super popular main characters, well rounded supporting characters, an epic musical soundtrack, and action that barely stops for a moment, Attack on Titan is one of the pinnacle examples of unmissable anime nowadays.
2. Ouran High School Host Club (original run: 2006)
Ouran High School Host Club, at first might seem like a lot of shōjo anime out there, plenty of flowery scenery and most importantly, a cast of cute boys! ✿♥‿♥✿ We join new student Haruhi as she stumbles into the Ouran High School Host Club, an all-male group that makes a little cash on the side by entertaining the girls of the school. You’ll find plenty of romantic subplots to keep you interested and features a running commentary on her fellow classmates, with some extra analysis on the eccentric tendencies of Haruhi’s rich friends, Ouran remains a timeless classic over ten years after its debut.
3. Castlevania (Original run: 2017)
Some of you out there might be familiar with this one! A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly creatures controlled by Dracula. Castlevania is an American adult animated web series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse mixed in with a couple of dashes of Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (2005) by Konami. The series premiered on Netflix on July 7, 2017, and was quickly renewed for an expanded second season of eight episodes on the same day. Crazy, right? (ﾟωﾟ;) The second season premiered recently on October 26, 2018 and a ten-episode third season has been greenlit by Netflix. Perfect for anyone who can’t get enough of this newer hit series!
4. Your Lie in April (Original run: 2014)
As a synopsis for this series says, a piano prodigy who lost his ability to play after suffering a traumatic event in his childhood is forced back into the spotlight by an eccentric girl with a secret of her own. Although it might not be known to as wide an audience as some of our previous entries, it’s recognised as one of the best music anime series you must watch. Your Lie in April is, when reduced to its most simple element, an anime about music. Yet fans and viewers argue it’s more so about love, loss, and most importantly, living. Pro tip: have a box of tissues nearby for this one, especially as the end draws close… (/ω＼)
5. Aggretsuko (Original run: 2016)
Frustrated with her thankless and often soul-sucking office job, Retsuko the Red Panda copes with her daily struggles by belting out death metal karaoke after work. Aggretsuko, also known by its original Japanese title, Aggressive Retsuko is a Japanese anime musical/comedy franchise based on the titular character created by "Yeti" for Sanrio. The first season, consisting of ten episodes, was released worldwide on April 20, 2018,with a second season is scheduled to be released some time in 2019. That’s not all though! A Christmas special was released on December 20, 2018 to fill fans with some Christmas cheer (or rage, depending! （⌒▽⌒）).
6. Little Witch Academia (Original run: 2015)
This cute looking offering was originally commissioned as a 25-minute short film through the Japanese government’s Young Animator’s Training Project. Looks like it worked, as this is something you shouldn’t miss! (*ﾟ∀ﾟ*) Little Witch Academia follows Atsuko “Akko” Kagari, a human girl who attends the prestigious Luna Nova Magical Academy in hopes of becoming a great witch like her idol, Shiny Chariot. Directed by Yoh Yoshinari, better known for Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the series is an action-comedy coming-of-age tale, with the first season screening as episodic slices of life before a sudden shift into a full-on serialized adventure-drama in the second. It’s little wonder that the tv adaptation would continue its streak of greatness and critical audience reception.
7. Death Note (Original run: 2006)
Finally we reach perhaps one of the best known entries on our list, but if somehow you’ve managed to skip out on this masterpiece… well, we recommend catching up! Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, a dynamic duo indeed! When a Japanese high schooler (who just also happens to be a genius (*^-°)v) comes into possession of a mysterious notebook, he realises he has stumbled into the power to kill anybody simply by writing someones name within it. Of course this doesn’t go unnoticed for long, and before he knows it he’s being tracked by another similarly intelligent vigilante bent on bringing him down. That might sound simple, but this story soon spirals into a complex and intriguing watch that you won’t soon forget!
So which of these shows will you be checking out first? Do you have any other recommendations for awesome anime on Netflix for your fellow anime fans out there? Let us know what your top picks would be in the comments below!