There’s more than enough choice on Netflix, when it comes to anime series. One around supernatural or magical powers, on adorable red pandas or horrific demons. As the platform continues to expand its library with new licenses and originals each month, it will be a challenge for you to decide on what to binge-watch. Let’s make things easier for you then. Here top ten Netflix animes that you shouldn’t miss.
This Netflix Original Anime series is created by Warren Ellis and released in 2020. The show is based on Castlevania: Dracula’s Curse, the 3rd instalment of the Japanese video game series of the same name by Konami. The three-part series, which has an IMDb rating of 8.2, has 22 episodes across 3 seasons. The series is packed with action, mystery, vampires, and witty one-liners, which makes it a must-watch sci-fi anime series.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
The Japanese action anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion directed by Hideaki Anno, is regarded as a masterpiece television series of all time. The show eventually shifts from a standard giant fighting robots show into a post-modern meditation on the darkest depths of depression. The series, with one season of 26 episodes, has rated 8.5 on IMDb. The Netflix version of action anime has been re-translated, re-dubbed, and re-scored from the original Japanese series, Shinseiki Evangerion.
This Japanese superhero franchise anime series, created by the artist ONE, follows the life of Saitama, the most powerful superhero in the world. He can kill anyone with a blow, but he faces ennui and depression as there is nothing that can challenge him. The original manga series of this anime sold over 10 million copies in Japan and was nominated for the Eisner Award in 2015. The series is unique with its entertaining action combined with intricate comedy. Spread across two seasons with 12 episodes each, and is rated 8.8 on IMDb.
Attack on Titan
The Japanese dark fantasy anime television film, directed by Shinji Higuchi, is an adaption from the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama. The sci-fi fantasy film revolves around humans who are on the verge of extinction by the attack of giant humanoid creatures, called Titans, who eat people. Humans hide behind huge walls to escape from the Titans. The show has violence in it and will give you the adrenaline rush as the Titans break through the walls of their containment after over a century and manage to attack an outer city. Two kids, Eren Yeager and Armin, join the Survey Corps to fight back the Titans after they witness the horror of their loved ones being devoured alive.
The Japanese anime series, directed by Tetsurō Araki, is based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The series is about a teen genius named Light Yagami, who gets to possess a mystical otherworldly notebook, “Death Note”. The earlier owner of the book uses his supernatural ability to cleanse the evil from the world by taking out those who have committed atrocities. The horror anime TV show has only one season with 37 episodes and is rated 9.0 by IMDb. Defined as ‘chilling’ and ‘cerebral’ by Netflix.
The Japanese anime series, directed by Masaaki Yuasa, is loosely based on Go Nagai’s manga series Devilman and is produced by Aniplex and Dynamic Planning and animated by Science Saru. The show is set in an existentialist and apocalyptic parable, in which a sensitive demon-boy is led by his mysterious friend Ryo into a brutal war with reawakened demons. The horror action show has an abrasive and intense techno soundtrack that gives it a modern, fashionable edge. The limited series, with ten episodes, is rated 7.6 on IMDb and Netflix defines it as violent, forceful and dark.
Fullmetal Alchemist and Fulletal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The Japanese anime series’ Fullmetal Alchemist; and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Brotherhood is based on the Japanese shōnen manga series, Fullmetal Alchemist, written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. Fullmetal Alchemist, the high-fantasy series which has garnered several generations of fans, is based on two brothers Edward and Alphonse. The brothers use alchemy to resurrect their mother but by unleashing a chemical reaction their bodies are torn apart. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood strictly adhered to the adaptation of the original books in which Edward and Alphonse try to reclaim their bodies by battling against nefarious forces. Both the series explore themes of filial piety and the ramifications of global war. Fullmetal Alchemist has one season with 51 episodes and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has 5 parts with 13 episodes in the first four and 12 episodes in the last one.
Little Witch Academia
The Japanese anime franchise created by Yoh Yoshinari and produced by Trigger after the 2013 short film of the same name charmed audiences worldwide. The sci-fi fantasy anime show revolves around a girl named Akko, who is enrolled at the Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy. The bright attitude of Akko leads to her success along with her friend’s success. The series has two seasons with thirteen episodes in the first season and 25 episodes in the second season. Little Witch Academia is a family-friendly series with gorgeous frames of animation and impossibly endearing characters. The show is rated 8.0 by IMDb and is described by Netflix as ‘feel-good’ and ‘exciting’.
The Japanese anime musical comedy franchise is based on the eponymous character Retsuko, created by “Yeti” for the mascot company Sanrio. Retsuko, a 25-year-old red panda working as an accountant in a trading firm, is the star of this workplace musical comedy. Frustrated by her thankless office job, Retsuko copes with her struggles by belting out death metal every night at her local karaoke bar. The anime series which has two seasons with ten episodes each is rated 8.0 on IMDb and is defined by Netflix as ‘deadpan’ and ‘cynical’.
Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure
The Japanese anime television series, produced by David Production, is based on the manga of the same name by Hirohiko Araki. The unique action-packed sci-fi fantasy anime series is available of Netflix as three-season, first with 26 episodes, second with 48 episodes and third with 39 episodes. The show follows the life and struggles of multiple generations of the Joestar family all with the same nickname as they confront the forces of evil. The show begins in 1880 with Jonathan Joestar, with each season taking you on a psychic-powered journey. The series is rated 8.4 on IMDb and is defined by Netflix as ‘forceful’ and ‘exciting’.
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