30 best movies and anime shows on Netflix

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Picking the best anime on Netflix is ​​a bit like picking the best Netflix TV show: there are hundreds of titles and thousands of forehead-busting fans ready to put your name on a Death Note. if you change the ranking. Well, we’re just going to not categorize them. So the.

While “anime” is only a term derived from “animation,” the word refers to art specifically made in Japan. If it’s animated and written, drawn and produced in Japan, it’s probably safe to call it “anime”. Cartoons elsewhere in the world, even those that adopt similar animation styles, techniques, or storylines, do not pass the definition test. So while we love Avatar: The Last Airbender, which pays homage to various forms of Asian art, animated or not, it should be left on the bench. Only Japanese TV shows and movies can be streamed.

Aside from some of our favorites, we’ve also decided to go for shows and movies with genre significance, which means commercial properties that serious fans might not consider worthy are here anyway. Do with it.

Of course, those serious anime fans probably don’t frequent Netflix, anyway, given the myriad of foreign (and usually illegal) sites hosting each season of. A play and each production ending with “Miyazaki”. Those of us who end up on Netflix are probably just – how should we say it? But, hey, at least we’re not – how can we say that politely? – tears.

So pat yourself on the back for each one you haven’t discovered yet. (We envy everyone who can watch Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood for the first time.) Here are the best movies and anime shows currently on Netflix. The weeboo rabbit hole awaits you.

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Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009-2012)

One punch (2015-)

While you might want to do your due diligence and watch other anime first—A punch mostly laughs at its own genre – the series is still on its own. He subverts the power-up anime by granting his hero literally all power. His struggles then become more … banal.

Attack on Titan (2013-)

A giant, skinless creature inexplicably exists and randomly crushes the gates of a pan-medieval-era city. While the concept looks absolutely silly in live action, the animated series is absolutely brilliant. It’s a mystery box story full of some of the most violent and emotionally eviscerated scenes on television. It may or may not be a giant political allegory as well. As is the case with most of them, apparently.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)

Neon genesis helped rejuvenate critical attention to the anime genre and has since grown into one of the most influential Japanese series of all time. Set fifteen years after a near-apocalypse event, the series explores everything from world religions to mental health and depression.

Demon Slayer (2019-)

One of the new anime sensations, Demon slayer is adapted from one of the most successful current Japanese manga. The series has delivered a lot so far, with some of the best action scenes in recent memory. High hopes for this one.

Code Geass (2006-2007)

An exiled prince uses a super power to lead a rebellion against the ruling empire. Within this premise exists one of the most complete animes on this list. Action. Character. Music. He delivers.

Naruto (2007-2017)

Naruto is exactly the kind of anime A punch was written to parody. Although it may be more difficult to get to Naruto later in life, the series remains one of the most culturally influential animes. Watch it for a cultural education and to find out why those kids in your first grade dorm have walked through the hallways in such strange ways.

Pokémon (1997-)

While Netflix only has one season of the original Pokémon – perhaps the most iconic anime of all time – that doesn’t stop you from reliving your childhood for the umpteenth time. Then take your phone for a walk and hatch eggs. # Pokémonforever.

Erased (2016)

Of all the mediums, anime is perhaps the one that uses sci-fi the best. Erased, in particular, deploys time travel with devastating effect. This is one of those shows where you better not know too much. Look.

Mars is coming like a lion (2016-2018)

While many cartoons so far have been violent, explosive, and otherworldly, the genre is also full of narrative realism – sometimes used for melodrama, as we’ll see below, and sometimes used for this. which we might call “drama slice of life. Mars is coming like a lion is an excellent version of the latter.

Death note (2006-2007)

A teenager finds a notebook that allows him to kill anyone written on the page. The following is perhaps the darkest, most cerebral anime on this list. It also led to mimic killings in real life. The series was even initially banned in parts of Asia.

One piece (1999-)

One of the oldest animes, A play is also one of the most popular properties of the medium. Maybe now is a good time to mention that Netflix doesn’t really include every season of every anime. They have four seasons of A play. The show has been around for two decades.

Jojo’s bizarre adventure (2012-)

For some inexplicable reason, Netflix only has the second season of the adaptation of this extremely influential manga. We are not going to tell you to go elsewhere to watch the first chapter illegally, but ….

Haikyu (2014-2020)

It’s like those post-game athlete interview questions, except the answer takes a lot of soliloquy. A soap opera on the volleyball court? May be. But whatever.

Aggretsuko (2018-)

As A punch, Aggretsuko is above all satirical, this time targeting the life of the company. An anthropomorphized red panda is locked in epic battles with… his colleagues and superiors. It’s dark and hilarious and maybe a little too real for young professional viewers.

Kill the Kill (2013-2014)

Kill La Kill is excessive and frantic and, at times, a little silly. It’s also a lot of fun. The series is mostly focused on fights and battles, and we have absolutely no issues with that decision.

Parasyte: La Maxime (2014-2015)

In the West, perhaps the closest to what you might call “horror animation” is just Scooby-Doo. Parasyte: La Maxime is blunt and dark and rightfully annoying. Of course, it’s not just horror for horror. He does so much more.

Hunter x Hunter (2011-2014)

As stupid as it sounds, Hunter x hunter throws serious emotional blows. It’s a fan favorite anime that only gets stronger as the episodes progress.

Destiny / Zero (2011-2012)

Part Arthurian romance and fantasy epic, Fate / Zero is both beautiful and brutal. With some of the best visuals and a haunting soundtrack, this is definitely one to add to your list.

Your Life in April (2014-2015)

Back in the world of (a little more) realism, Your life in April allows for slower and more emotional driving. But it’s worth taking, with the series dodging a lot of the romantic clichés so many other anime too enthusiastically embrace.

Castlevania (2017-)

The vampire hunt can turn out to be very good or very bad for the film. Castlevania sort of getting better with every season. This is possibly the best movie-based movie property out there.

Grand Pretender (2020–)

A crazy spy against spy saga between crooks, Good pretender is fun, weird, and definitely different. It’s also a pretty quick watch that you can binge on in an afternoon.

Sword Art Online (2012)

It looks like a video game, because it sort of is. Thousands of people are trapped in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The mission: to escape.

Food wars (2015–)

Food wars is utterly ridiculous. Perhaps the most intense cooking show ever, the series dramatizes an already frenetic industry and essentially injects it with PCP. Watching on an empty stomach is not recommended.

Lupine III: Cagliostro Castle (1979)

Okay, let’s move on to some movies. Cagliostro Castle, currently the only Miyazaki film on Netflix (come on, Netflix, make a deal!), is also the legendary director’s first feature project. Check it out, then look at the rest of the Miyazaki Cannon.

In This Corner of the World (2016)

The corner of the world is Hiroshima during WWII. Amid food rations and scarcity, a recently married woman prepares meals for her family. It’s beautiful and moving and basically everything we’d expect from a good WWII anime.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017)

While some fans were upset Married didn’t live up to its comparisons to Studio Ghibli, the film is still mind-blowing animated work and worth a look. Plus, it captures the fun of those classic works of anime, so what more could you ask for?

Berserk: The Arc of the Golden Age (2012-2013)

While not quite on par with the 1997 original, this film series offers some great action. If epic animes sound interesting, but you’re not yet ready to commit to an entire TV series, let Berserk be your catwalk anime.

A Silent Voice: The Movie (2016)

A boy intimidates a deaf girl so much that she walks away. Later, after considering suicide, the boy seeks redemption. A silent voice appropriately addresses the themes of anxiety, depression and bullying. It’s one of the most touching stories on this list, and it means something.

Mirai (2018)

From Mamoru Hosoda, Mirai uses science fiction to tell a multigenerational family story. It’s beautifully lively (like all Hosoda), fun, light, and a great summer afternoon choice. It’s at the end of our list, but maybe the Netflix anime you should watch first.

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