Great Anime Films & Series to Watch on Netflix
While anime networks are a dime-a-dozen across the internet, Netflix offers a decent selection of animated films and series from across the pond that could make your eyes pop and your sides hurt while your heart goes pitter-pat. A lot of the very best anime is available on Netflix Whether you’re into supernatural horror, giant robots, high school romance, slice-of-life drama, fantasy action, or pure comedy, anime is a tour de force of animation while providing a feast for your senses. Below you’ll find a rotating list of some of the Best Anime on Netflix. Even if something’s not in your wheelhouse, give it a shot. Variety of the spice of life and anime is a far-reaching medium that often defies expectations.
You can find all the anime films and series listed below on American Netflix. Enjoy!
Workplace comedies give audiences some of the most relatable laughs that mirror their everyday lives. Now, apply that relatability to a vibrant anime with a cutsie art style, dark humor, and a hardcore black metal soundtrack, and you’ve got Aggretsuko. This delightfully deranged series focuses on Retsuko (Erica Mendez), a 25-year-old red panda navigating the frustrations of her thankless office job. In addition to tolerating her extreme co-workers, an overtly misogynistic boss, and an ever-increasing workload, Retsuko still knows how to party. By day she’s an office grunt, but by night, Retsuko performs death metal at the local karaoke club, exorcising her inner demons and making it through the day.
Aggretsuko is a slightly manic animated series about just trying to make it through the day and avoid becoming the target of a nasty office-related rumor mill. The show’s grim humor pairs increasingly well with the adorable art, and the characters offer a bit of levity for those with unrewarding office jobs.
Arcane: League of Legends
When Riot Games announced an adult animated series adaptation of the mega-popular video game franchise League of Legends was in production, I’m not sure that anyone anticipated the look and quality of the finished product. Arcane: League of Legends is a stylish steampunk action adventure created by Christian Linke and Alex Yee.
Set in Utopian Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun, the story follows the origins of two League of Legends champions, Vi (Hailee Steinfeld) and Jinx (Ella Purnell), as a bizarre power threatens to tear them apart. Using a unique art style akin to Telltale or Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Arcane invites viewers to a world changed by ancient technology and war for power that threatens the lives of everyone hoping to survive a wicked sea change. Prepare for gorgeous animation, intriguing characters, and action that leaps off the screen. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with the League of Legends video game. Arcane is an inviting experience for all audiences. Still, it’s got plenty for existing fans of the franchise too. Enjoy!
There are days when it’s hard to keep your feet on the ground, but in Bubble, everything is about to take off and upend the fabric of reality. After bubbles that disturb the laws of physics rain down on the world, Tokyo becomes a carnival of creative traversal as a new world is born. Children who lost their families rise, find new identities, and discover ways to make a broken city whole again.
Bubble hails from an impressive creative team, including director Tetsuro Araki (Attack on Titan), a script by Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), character designs by Takeshi Obata (Death Note), and music by Hiroyuki Sawano (Promare), with animation production by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan). Visually mind-blowing, Netflix’s Bubble pushes the limits of modern animation to create an emotionally-impactful tale of exploration, found family, and discovery.
Humankind might be a miserable pile of secrets, but it’s no mystery that Netflix’s Castlevania is one of the best anime series on the streaming service. Created by Warren Ellis and inspired by the legendary Konami video game franchise, Castlevania unleashes chaos as the supernatural underworld rises from the depths to plunge the world into darkness. Featuring beloved characters from the Castlevania game series, Powerhouse Animation, Mua Film, and Tiger Animation deliver a thrilling recreation of the source material with new twists, ferocious enemies, and dazzling animation perfect for Vampire Hunter D and Boogiepop Phantom fans.
Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso, Graham McTavish, Theo James, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Jaime Murray, Bill Nighy, and Emily Swallow star was new and classic characters, each with a cross to bear as Dracula unleashes hell on a forsaken world. Find a Wall Chicken, don’t fear the Reaper, and enjoy one of the most incredible video game adaptations ever!
When Cyberpunk 2077 launched on PC and video game consoles, the game was a buggy, nightmarish failure. However, CD Projekt Red worked around the clock to improve the experience. Eventually, the game exceeded expectations and paved the way for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, an animated series from Studio Trigger. Edgerunners blows the world of Cyberpunk wide open, hacking into what fans love about the mythology and enriching the experience like never before.
Set in Night City, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners presents a world overrun by corruption, cybernetic obsession, gang violence, and class divides that threaten to destroy society overall. Split into six districts, sections of the city war for control, while others fight to avoid getting caught in the crossfire. In Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, a savvy street kid named David defies the law by becoming an “edgerunner,” a high-tech, black-market mercenary looking to change the system. Filled with spectacular animation, and astonishing world design, Edgerunners is partly-responsible for getting gamers to give Cyberpunk 2077 another chance, saving the franchise from ruin. The show packs action, intrigue, and fascinating twists into a stylish package any anime fan is pre-programmed to adore.
If you thought we would make it through this entire list without hitting one of the quintessential anime staples, Romance, think again! Romantic Killer is a hilarious, in-your-face romantic comedy about Anzu Hoshino, a single gamer girl living her best life as a chocolate and cat-obsessed otaku. Anzu has no time for or interest in romance. But as she begins playing a poorly programmed 3D otome game, a bizarre flying wizard named Riri emerges from the screen and calls Anzu “subject one,” the first person to experience a real-life dating game harem storyline.
Soon, Anzu is up to her neck in boys, but not as charming or mysterious as Tsukasa Kazuki, the most attractive guy at Anzu’s school. Anzu has no plans to comply with Riri’s manipulative game, but avoiding romance can be impossible, and deep down, Anzu hates to lose.
Romantic Killer is a side-splitting comedy with lively characters, an endearing lead, and art that feels like it leaped right off the manga page. There’s action to enjoy, but at its core, Romantic Killer is for anime fans who live for drama! Grab a warm blanket and a box of your favorite chocolates, and get ready to fall in love!
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