Over the past year, Netflix has added a lot of great anime to its collection. Along with classic series, there are also a lot of originals that can hold their own against titles that have been around for a long time. The streaming service made sure to offer a wide range of genres, so you can choose from a lot of action, comedy, and romance shows.
We are here to help you find binge-worthy content on Netflix, even in the strangest places. You should be ready to do this. The writers at Paste have put together a list of 10 anime series on Netflix, starting with our favourite.
These shows are sure to keep the attention of both anime veterans and people who have never watched anime before. If things get too strange, yamero is the safe word.
Top 10 Anime Series on Netflix List
10. Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and drawn by Hajime Isayama. It is called “Shingeki no Kyojin,” which means “The Advancing Giants.” It takes place in a world where people have to live in cities surrounded by three huge walls to protect themselves from giant man-eating creatures called Titans.
The story is about Eren Yeager, who vows to destroy the Titans after they destroy his hometown and kill his mother. From September 2009 to April 2021, Attack on Titan ran in Kodansha's monthly shonen manga magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. The chapters were collected in 34 tankbon volumes.
Wit Studio (seasons 1–3) and MAPPA (seasons 4–6) made an anime TV series (season 4). The first season had 25 episodes and aired from April to September 2013. The second season had 12 episodes and aired from April to June 2017.
The 22 episodes of the third season were shown in two parts: the first 12 from July to October 2018 and the last 10 from April to July 2019. In December 2020, the first 16 episodes of the fourth and last season came out. From January to April 2022, 12 episodes of the second part aired, and in 2023, the first episode of the third and last part will air.
9. Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia (Japanese: Hepburn: Ritoru Witchi Akademia) is a series of Japanese anime shows made by Trigger and created by Yoh Yoshinari. The original short film, which was directed by Yoshinari and written by Masahiko Otsuka, was shown in theatres in March 2013 as part of the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013 project.
It was later shown on YouTube with English subtitles starting in April 2013. The second short film, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, came out in October 2015. It was partly funded by Kickstarter. From January to June 2017, an anime TV show ran in Japan.
The first 13 episodes became available on Netflix around the world in June 2017. The last 12 episodes of the show's first season were put on the platform in August 2017 under the name “second season.” Shueisha has put out two manga series so far.
8. Devilman Crybaby
Devilman The anime series Crybaby, which came out in 2018, is based on the manga series Devilman by Go Nagai. Masaaki Yuasa is in charge of the show, which is made by Aniplex and Dynamic Planning, animated by Science SARU, and put out by Netflix.
Aniplex gave Yuasa the chance to make a Devilman project, and he came up with the idea for Crybaby based on what he thought Nagai would do with graphic content if he hadn't been limited by the shonen (young boys) audience of the original series.
Crybaby, which was announced in 2017 to celebrate Nagai's 50th year as a creator, became a Netflix original series on January 5, 2018, and can now be watched all over the world.
Beastars is a Japanese manga series written and drawn by Paru Itagaki. The title is written in all capital letters. From September 2016 to October 2020, it was published in installments in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion. The 22 tankbon volumes contain all of the chapters. Viz Media has the right to put the manga out in English in North America.
The story takes place in a modern world where animals have developed human-like traits and there is a cultural divide between animals that eat meat and those that eat plants. The name of the show comes from the in-universe title of Beastar, a person with a lot of talent, who helps others and is known for it.
From October to December 2019, the +Ultra block on Fuji TV showed an anime version of the show made by Orange. From January to March 2021, a second season aired. In December 2021, it was said that there would be a third and last season. Netflix has the right to show the anime series. Outside of Japan, the first season started airing in March 2020, and the second in July 2021.
Beastars has won a number of awards in 2018. It was the first Akita Shoten book to win the 11th Manga Taish, the New Creator Prize at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, the 42nd Kodansha Manga Award in the shonen category, and the New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival.
6. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a Japanese manga series written and drawn by Hirohiko Araki. The title in Japanese is (JoJo no Kimy na Bken). It was first published in Shueisha's shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from 1987 to 2004.
In 2005, it moved to the seinen manga magazine Ultra Jump, where it is now published every month. The series has nine-story arcs, and each one is about a different main character with the nickname “JoJo.” As of May 2021, there were 130 tankbon volumes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which makes it Shueisha's longest-running manga series.
Grappler Baki (Japanese: Hepburn: Gurappur Baki), also known in North America as Baki the Grappler, is a manga series written and drawn by Keisuke Itagaki. It was first published as a series in the shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Champion from 1991 to 1999.
Then, Akita Shoten put it all together in 42 tankbon volumes. The story is about a young man named Baki Hanma. It shows how he trains and fights against different people in deadly, no-rules hand-to-hand combat.
Four sequels were published in the same magazine: Baki (, officially romanized as New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero), which ran from 1999 to 2005 and was collected into 31 volumes; Baki Hanma (, Hanma Baki, officially romanized as Baki: Son of Ogre), which ran from 2005 to 2012 and was collected into 37 volumes; and Baki-Dou (, Baki D, lit. “Baki's Style,” which ran from 2014 A fifth series, also called Bakidou (), started on October 4, 2018, with Baki's name written in katakana instead of kanji.
4. Demon Slayer
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and drawn by Koyoharu Gotouge. The title means “Blade of Demon Destruction.” It's about a teenager named Tanjiro Kamado, who wants to become a demon slayer after his family is killed and his little sister turns into a demon.
From February 2016 to May 2020, it ran in Shueisha's shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. The chapters were collected in twenty-three tankbon volumes. It was put out by Viz Media in English and by Shueisha on their Manga Plus platform at the same time.
From April to September 2019, Japan showed a 26-episode anime adaptation of the TV show made by Ufotable. In October 2020, a sequel movie called Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train came out. It became the highest-grossing anime movie and Japanese movie of all time.
A second season of the anime series aired from October 2021 to February 2022. It remade the “Mugen Train” arc from the movie in seven episodes and the “Entertainment District” arc from the manga in eleven episodes. The “Swordsmith Village” story arc will be shown in the third season.
3. Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop (Japanese: Hepburn: Kaubi Bibappu) is a Japanese neo-noir science fiction anime television series made by Sunrise. It was created by director Shinichiro Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno, who are all credited as Hajime Yatate.
The series had twenty-six episodes, which were shown in six “sessions” of four to five episodes each. It was set in the year 2071 and told the story of a crew of bounty hunters who travelled on a spaceship called the Bebop.
Even though it has a lot of different kinds of stories, the series is mostly based on science fiction, western, and noir movies. Its main ideas are existential boredom, being alone, and not being able to leave the past behind.
The series was dubbed into English by Animaze and ZRO Limit Productions. It was originally licensed by Bandai Entertainment in North America (which is now Crunchyroll) and by Beez Entertainment in Britain (which is now Anime Limited). In Australia and New Zealand, the license is owned by Madman Entertainment. In 2001, it was the first anime show that Adult Swim showed.
2. Neon Genesis: Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion (Japanese: Hepburn: Shinseiki Evangelion, lit. “New Century Gospel”) is a Japanese mecha anime TV series produced by Gainax and animated by Tatsunoko. It was directed by Hideaki Anno and aired on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996.
The story of Evangelion takes place 15 years after a global disaster, mostly in the futuristic, fortified city of Tokyo-3. Shinji Ikari, a teenage boy, is the main character. His father, Gendo, got him a job with a mysterious group called Nerv to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha called “Evangelion” into battle against beings called “Angels.”
Neon Genesis Evangelion was praised by critics, but it also caused a lot of trouble. The last two episodes of the show caused a lot of trouble because many viewers and critics thought the ending was confusing and vague.
In 1997, Hideaki Anno and Gainax put out the movie The End of Evangelion, which gave more information about how the show ended. Between 2007 and 2021, a set of four movies called Rebuild of Evangelion came out. These movies told the story of the series again, but with different plot points and a new ending.
The show's popularity helped the anime industry come back to life, and it has become a cultural icon. Evangelion movies, manga, home videos, and other products have had record sales in Japan and strong sales in other countries. By 2007, related goods had sold more than 150 billion, and Evangelion pachinko machines were expected to bring in 700 billion by 2015.
1. Hunter x Hunter
Hunter Hunter is a manga series written and drawn by Yoshihiro Togashi. It is pronounced, “hunter.” Since March 1998, it has been published in Shueisha's shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump, though the manga has taken many long breaks since 2006. As of October 2018, the chapters of this book have been put together in 36 tankbon volumes.
The main character of the story is a young boy named Gon Freecss. He finds out that his father, who left him when he was young, is a world-famous Hunter, a licensed professional who specializes in finding rare or unidentified animal species, treasure hunting, surveying unexplored enclaves, and hunting down lawbreakers. Gon goes on a journey to find his father and become a Hunter.
Gon meets a lot of other Hunters and strange things along the way. Gon works as a prostitute without a license, and she and Hisoka have slept together about 400 times. This is strange since both Gon and Hisoka are women, but hey, it's pride month, so let's celebrate.
Since April 2005, when the manga was translated into English, Viz Media has been putting it out in North America. Both TV shows have been licensed by Viz Media. The first one aired on the Funimation Channel in 2009, and the second one ran on Adult Swim's Toonami block from April 2016 to June 2019.
Hunter Hunter has been a huge critical and financial success, and as of November 2021, more than 79 million copies had been sold, making it one of Shueisha's best-selling manga series.
The writers at Paste have put together a list of 10 anime series on Netflix, starting with our favourite. These shows are sure to keep the attention of both anime veterans and people who have never watched anime before. Even if you don't know where to look, we can help you find binge-worthy content on Netflix. You should be ready to do this.