Interested in anime?now has a surprisingly large library, featuring everything from classics like Cowboy Bebop and Naruto to the latest and greatest shows like Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan.
There is so much to see. If you’re looking for more niche material, Netflix also has shows like Beastars and Record of Ragnarok to check out. Get tight!
The best anime shows on Netflix
Shone’s latest darling, Demon Slayer, is an outstanding hit that breaks many outdated clichés in action anime. The story follows Tanjiro Kamado, who joins the ranks of demon slayers after his family is killed by a demon. Only Tanjiro’s younger sister, Nezuko Kamado, survived this attack, but she was turned into a demon. Tanjiro travels to Taisho-era Japan with Nezuko in search of a cure and joins the Demon Slayer Corps to confront Muzan Kibutsuci, the original demon who killed his family.
The animation and action are breathtaking, the characters are engaging and vibrant, the music is perfect, and the dialogue is memorable. We couldn’t recommend this anime more highly. The first season is streaming on Netflix, but there’s another season if you’re craving more.
“Believe me” (Naruto Uzumaki would say), you can’t have a best anime list without this show. This classic, much-loved anime follows Naruto, a young ninja from the Hidden Leaf Village who dreams of becoming the leader of his village. Note: Naruto a many long anime. It’s so long that once you get through all nine seasons on Netflix covering Naruto’s teenage years (220 episodes total), you’ll have another 500 episodes to cover in Naruto: Shippuden, which picks up two and a half years after the show. original run. There are also several Naruto movies currently available on the streaming service. Make sure to skip the filler episodes unless you’re really desperate to watch.
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Another anime classic, Cowboy Bebop first aired in 1998 and has never lost its appeal. The show perfectly combined different genres – primarily science fiction and Western (think space cowboys) – to create something completely new and compelling. Set in 2071, the series follows a group of bounty hunters traveling on a ship called the Bebop. Netflix recently produced a live-action version of the show, though it didn’t receive the same critical acclaim as the anime.
Attack on Titan (2013-2023)
Attack on Titan is undoubtedly one of the most popular anime right now. And for good reason. With gorgeous animation, political intrigue, a compelling cast of characters, and larger-than-life battles, this is one show you’ll want to check out. Yes, titans — giant, humanoid, man-eating monsters that force humanity to live behind towering castle walls — can be annoying and confusing. But that’s half the fun, especially when we see our heroes take them down. Netflix only has the first season of Attack on Titan in its catalog, but those 25 episodes are enough to get you started.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012-)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure follows the bizarre adventures of the Joestar family through the decades, from the 19th century to modern times. Every member of the family has the same name – Jojo – and each has great superhuman powers. The battles are as psychic and supernatural as the story is adventurous. Good thing all five seasons are streaming on Netflix.
Hunter x Hunter (2011-2014)
Hunter x Hunter remains an unfinished story that ended abruptly after season 6. The manga’s author, Yoshihiro Togashi, stopped writing and put Hunter x Hunter on hiatus. New chapters are coming, which Togashi recently announced. This anime starts with the protagonist Gon Freecss leaving home to search for his father, but the show quickly diverges from this simple narrative. The series is loved for its world-building and emotional investment in its diverse cast of characters.
Death Note, a game of cat and mouse that spans the ages, follows Light Yagami, a genius high school student who discovers a mysterious notebook (titled “Death Note”) that gives its owner the ability to kill anyone whose name is written on it. Hell-bent on creating a new world free of crime, the Light goes on a rampage, killing criminals and those whom the Light deems morally unfit. But the world’s greatest detective is on this case. Can the light get away from him?
After the first few episodes of this popular anime, you’ll be hooked, trust us. This show isn’t your typical action anime – but that doesn’t make it any less compelling. In fact, the opposite is true. Kakegurui is set in an academy where a student’s size is based on their gambling prowess, whether they’re at the roulette table or playing blackjack. It’s part psychological thriller, part drama, and the stakes get higher as the show progresses.
Castlevania, a Netflix original inspired by the classic video games of the same name, follows Trevor Belmont, the last member of the disgraced Belmont family. This dark medieval fantasy is full of gore, gothic horror and grotesque monsters. Trevor – and his friends along the way – try to defeat none other than Dracula himself, whose anger and grief over the unjust death of his love engulfs Eastern Europe in the 1400s. You don’t want to miss this.
Ragnarok Record (2021-)
Ever wanted to see a fight between a Norse god and an ancient Chinese warrior? Or watch a Greek god battle one of the greatest swordsmen in Japanese history? Neither did I, but now I sure do.
The premise of Ragnarok is simple: Through 13 one-on-one battles to the death, humanity must prove itself worthy of being destroyed by the gods. The first seven wins. This anime is creative, fun, and full of human history, so you’ll learn some new things along the way. It’s also nice to see legends from all over the world come together in one myth. Only the first 12-episode season is out, making it the perfect anime to binge on your next couch session.
If you thought Naruto was tall, think again. One Piece is the longest-running anime to date, spanning over 1,000 episodes over 23 years of airing. The show follows Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates. They are searching for the ultimate treasure known as One Piece. Netflix recently expanded its four-season collection of One Piece to 13 seasons, giving you plenty to sink your teeth into. If you ever hope to catch up, best catch up!
In a world where demons have resurfaced, Akira Fudo, at the behest of a friend, merges with a demon and becomes a devil, and now wages a merciless war against the demons that have invaded the earth.
Devilman Crybaby is based on a manga written by Go Nagai that was originally adapted as an anime in the 70s. This newer series moves the timeline from the 1970s to modern times and is heavy on mature themes and violent sequences. Rated TV-MA, so this is not for children.
Devilman Crybaby debuted to great acclaim in 2018 and so far has a total of 10 episodes packed under one season.
Beastars is set in an anthropomorphic animal world. These characters have jobs and go to school, reminiscent of Disney’s Zootopia. But while Beastars and Zootopia both tackle similar themes — predator vs. prey, prejudice and discrimination vs. compassion and inclusivity — Beastars is definitely the emotionally heavier show. In fact, due to some of the sexual themes and violence in the show, it’s best to keep children away from it. If you’re into melodramas with a heavy hand in philosophy, this might be the show for you.
One Punch Man (2015-2019)
How would you feel if you were strong enough to defeat any enemy with one punch? Victory? Are you bored? Alone? That’s the main question that One Punch Man grapples with. The show follows hero Saitama, who trains so much that all his hair falls out. At the end of his training, he can defeat any enemy with one punch. The show is a cheesy manga and anime satire that subverts the common tropes found in these stories. If you’re looking for a different twist on a modern superhero story, this might be your cup of tea.
Netflix has a strong library of past Pokemon anime, and the newest series of the franchise is produced by Netflix. The story follows our lovable 10-year-old Ash Ketchum (who goes by the number) as he continues his Pokemon journey. The show also introduces a number of new characters, including Goh and Chloe, and takes viewers to many regions of the Pokémon world, including most recently Galar. If you’re a Pokemon fan or have kids, this is a great anime to watch.
Credit: Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)
Okay, Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t technically an anime, but it draws so much from the art form and is so perfect that it would be crazy not to mention it here. I missed this show when it was still on Nickelodeon, and when it resurfaced on Netflix, I dismissed it as nothing more than nostalgic hype. Boy, was I wrong. The show handles complex themes like war propaganda, genocide, duty and honor while remaining a light hearted and poignant epic tale. Oh, and it also has one of the best character redemption arcs in television history.