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The best anime on Netflix right now (December 2022)

When it comes to the TV medium, things are only getting more aggressive in the streaming market over time. With that competition comes an admittedly volatile market when it comes to renewals and cancellations, but Netflix has impressively remained dedicated to its animated catalog. Japanese anime, in particular, has surged in global pop culture, with Netflix being among the streamers securing licenses to IPs as well as developing its own originals. This is further evidence of the genre also being much more accessible to the everyday consumer than ever before, with every mainstream streaming service working to complement its primary selection of programming.

With the days of hard-to-reach anime series and movies that relied on fan subs gone, both longtime fans of the genre and those looking to dip their toes into it have plenty of quality content at their fingertips. Other streamers like Crunchyroll and Funimation are certainly the best anime-focused sources, but Netflix still offers a respectable backlog. There are plenty of unique movies and TV shows available, assuring that there will be something for every fan.

As mercifully user-friendly anime has become in more recent years, the sheer depth of content available can still be on the overwhelming side. That’s why, for anyone in need of options, it’s worth taking a look through our other anime guides on the best anime on Hulu, on top of the best anime available on Amazon Prime Video.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1 (2022) new
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Directed by Noriyuki Abe

Writer Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins has been one of the more popular shounen manga, especially with the anime adaptation that began in 2014 with animation studio A-1 Pictures. The original series followed Meliodas and company as they band to find their former companions from the Seven Deadly Sins to clear their name and defeat the Holy Knights that have ironically plunged the land into tyranny.

And now, with that series concluded, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1 will serve as a cinematic prequel to the sequel series Four Knights of the Apocalypse, which ushers in a new generation of heroes. This time, the story follows Tristan, the son of Meliodas and Elizabeth, a young boy will travel to the titular Edinburgh Castle. The first movie premieres on December 20.

Dragon Age: Absolution (2022) new
Dragon Age: Absolution
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Kimberly Brooks, Matthew Mercer, Ashly Burch
Created by Mairghread Scott
Though it’s not an anime in the strictest sense of the term, Netflix’s latest traditionally anime-inspired original in the form of Dragon Age: Absolution is set for an early December premiere. In the same vein as DOTA: Dragon’s Blood or Castlevania, this series is a stylized rendition of a beloved video game series. The world of BioWare’s fantasy RPG games comes to life in the form of an original story following an elf rogue named Miriam. Fleshed out by a wider supporting cast, Miriam joins a team of mercenaries as they attempt a heist against one of the most formidable mages in the Tevinter Imperium. The six-episode Dragon Age: Absolution premieres on Netflix on December 9.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012) new
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Fairouz Ai, Daisuke Ono, Mutsumi Tamura
Hirohiko Araki’s beloved JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga has become an anime juggernaut since its TV series adaptation in 2012 and arguably more so in its second season. Netflix made the bold move of obtaining the series for its platform, serving as the exclusive place to watch the latest season — Stone Ocean. The disjointed release schedule has understandably frustrated some longtime fans, but David Production’s adaptation of the story itself was been widely well-received. Jolyne Cujoh and company’s prison-breaking exploits have been entertainingly and faithfully adapted, with the final batch of episodes premiering this month. Episodes 25 to 38 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean premiere on December 1.
Berserk (1997) new
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Toshiyuki Morikawa, Nobutoshi Canna, Yuko Miyamura
Created by Kentaro Miura
The late Kentaro Miura left a massive legacy with his magnum opus manga Berserk. And while many fans are undoubtedly thrilled over its resuming publication and the ongoing Memorial Edition anime series, Netflix is finally set to get the series’ first anime adaptation. Produced by animation studio OLM, the 1997 series is a cult classic and engrossing dark fantasy drama. It’s a ruthless story with gory action that will understandably not be for everyone, and it’s a shame no other adaptation has effectively gone beyond the Golden Age Arc, but this anime is an excellent introduction to Berserk for those willing to take the plunge. Berserk will be added to Netflix on December 1st.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (2016)
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Hiroshi Kamiya, Ai Kayano, Maaya Uchida
If you’re looking for laughs, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is one of the best anime series on Netflix. This supernatural-themed comedy follows the life of the titular psychic, Kusuo Saiki. While many might see his particular talents as a tantalizing advantage to have in life, Saiki sees them as an overwhelming burden. He tries his hardest to keep his x-ray vision, telepathy, and more a secret from everyone around him at school. But Saiki inadvertently keeps getting himself roped into annoying hijinks and bombastic characters. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. has been well-received for being an inventive take on comedic anime.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened (2019)
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Hiroshi Kamiya, Ai Kayano, Daisuke Ono
Finishing up the adaptation of writer Shuuichi Asou’s manga source material, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened closes the anime on a strong note. Kusuo Saiki and his colorful and delightfully annoying supporting cast of friends return to make the protagonist’s life a tightrope walk. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened sees Saiki’s life get more complicated, as he’s faced with the challenge of using his psychic powers to maintain that secret or cover for his father’s lackluster presence at work. Most of all, it challenges him with the idea that perhaps he could be using his psychic prowess for good.
Kengan Ashura (2019)
Kengan Ashura
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure
Kengan Ashura takes a wild twist to how the corporate business world works. While most deals and disagreements are hashed out with meetings and contracts, in Kengan Ashura, they’re settled through intense contests of martial arts. Wealthy companies and merchants have indulged in the practice of hiring gladiators to settle their scores since the Edo period in Japan, and the story follows Ouma Tokita — also known as “The Ashura” — as he attempts to prove himself the strongest fighter in this dirty corporate world while having his matches facilitated by the Kengan Association. It’s a great anime series for fans of over-the-top martial arts action.
BAKI (2018)
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama
Cast Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kenjiro Tsuda, Takehito Koyasu
Staying on the theme of martial arts, Baki is another anime series worth looking into for its wild fights and genuinely bizarre turn of events. The story focuses on the titular martial arts fighter as he sets his sights on surpassing his legendary father. Along the way, five lethal death row inmates break out of prison and wreak havoc on the streets of Tokyo just to take a shot at the aspiring fighter. Baki may be an unfiltered and nonsensical display of action bombast, but that is precisely the appeal it succeeds with.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Yukana
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is a widely praised anime original series. The show blends fantasy, sci-fi, and thrilling mecha action in a story of overthrowing a tyrannical regime. Prince Lelouch is granted the Power of Kings and, with it, puts together a group of allies to lead a rebellion against the invading Holy Britannian Empire. Code Geass is an engaging story of a grand scale with a similarly wide cast of characters, complete with a degree of melodrama that has its own brand of charm to go along with the visual spectacles.
Exception (2022)
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery
Cast Chikahiro Kobayashi, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuko Kaida
Created by Otsuichi
In another original Netflix anime endeavor, the upcoming Exception aims to have an intriguing sci-fi horror premise. The series takes place in the far future when humanity has been forced to leave Earth and migrate out to the galaxy, where a team of spacefarers arrives on a spacecraft to a planet that’s meant to be terraformed. Each member of this space-traveling team is output by a 3D biological printer, and, as one might expect, all will not go as planned. Exception will use a unique CG animated art style, with character designs done by the revered Yoshitaka Amano, who is credited with various commissioned artwork for Square Enix’s iconic Final Fantasy JRPG series. The series premieres on Netflix on October 13.
Pokémon Journeys (2019)
Pokémon Journeys
1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Kids
Cast Ikue Otani, Rica Matsumoto, Sarah Natochenny
Pokémon has long since been an undeniable media giant, with the anime series being one part of the greater machine. Ultimate Journeys will be the 25th overall season of the long-running anime, further detailing the adventures of Ash, Pikachu, and Goh in the globetrotting quest to learn more about these colorful creatures. In the upcoming Netflix-exclusive season, Ash, Pikachu, and the rest of their Pokémon team will undergo intensive training for the World Coronation Series Tournament, while Goh trains to become a member of the ambitious Project Mew. Meanwhile, Chloe and her Eevee will learn about the various evolutionary paths the latter can take, with a decision about Eevee’s future teased. Pokémon Journeys: The Series is currently available to stream its four seasons, with Ultimate Journeys hitting Netflix on October 21.
Tiger & Bunny (2011)
Tiger & Bunny
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Hiroaki Hirata, Masakazu Morita, Go Inoue
Animation studio Sunrise’s Tiger & Bunny is a colorfully vibrant take on the superhero genre. It’s an inventive premise despite using something so familiar by mixing both American and Japanese tropes used in superhero stories, with the series revolving around an alternate take on New York City called Stern Bild City, where superheroes are essentially corporate entities vying for sponsorships and making heroics a contest of who will be crowned the “King of Heroes.” Enter the superhero veteran known as “Wild Tiger,” whose seen his mainstream relevance wane due to his unwillingness to work with others and, after a poor season, is paired up with Barnaby Brooks Jr. Both characters are polar opposites, and they’ll have to learn to work together for the sake of their respective superhero careers. Season 2 of Tiger & Bunny will receive 12 new episodes on Netflix on October 7.
Drifting Home (2022)
Drifting Home
Genre Animation, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
Stars Mutsumi Tamura, Asami Seto, Ayumu Murase
Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida
In the first of Netflix and animation studio Studio Colorido’s deal to co-produce three exclusive anime movies, Drifting Home is a touching smaller-scale story with fantasy elements. The movie follows two middle schoolers named Kousuke and Natsume, who have been friends since their early childhood days. However, they’ve become more distant, and their friendship strained over the years since. But the trajectory of their lives takes a shocking and fantastical turn. After visiting the old housing complex they grew up in before it’s set to be demolished, they get wrapped up in a mysterious phenomenon and wake up to discover the housing complex has drifted away at sea. From director Hiroyasu Ishida (Penguin Highway), Drifting Home premieres on September 16.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (2022)
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast KENN, Aoi Yuki, Hiroki Touchi
Created by Rafał Jaki
Animated by industry veterans and fan-favorite studio Studio Trigger (Promare, Kill la Kill) comes an original story set within video game developer CD Projekt Red’s world of Cyberpunk 2077. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners takes place in the same technologically-obsessed dystopia filled with cutthroat factions, following a young boy attempting to survive through it all. In order to have a fighting chance, the body-modified street kid joins the ranks of the titular mercenary Edgerunners also known as a Cyberpunk. The series is planned as a standalone 10-episode story, with expectations high that it will be a visually stunning and explosive series if Studio Trigger’s esteemed reputation is anything to go by. The series premieres on September 13th.
Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)
Violet Evergarden: The Movie
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Stars Yui Ishikawa, Daisuke Namikawa, Takehito Koyasu
Directed by Taichi Ishidate
To help get the complete engrossing and deeply emotional story of Violet Evergarden, Violet Evergarden the Movie continues the titular war veteran’s heartfelt quest of understanding. Years after the Great War ended, technology continues to advance and makes the advent of telephones more relevant. This means that the need for Auto Memory Dolls is waning, but Violet’s fame for writing letters maintains even in this new technological age. She continues to learn about the meaning and concept of human emotion — love in particular — but she still longs to reunite with her long-lost commanding officer who first uttered those words to her years ago.
Blue Period (2021)
Blue Period
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama
Cast Hiromu Mineta, Yumiri Hanamori, Daiki Yamashita
In an adaptation of the beloved slice-of-life manga by Tsubasa Yamaguchi, Blue Period follows the story of a bored second-year high school student named Yatora Yaguchi who craves some ambition in his life. His boredom stems from spending his days maintaining his great school grades and hanging around his group of unambitious friends. However, he feels compelled to pick up a paintbrush while gazing at the landscape of Shibuya. This drama follows his story as he experiences the highs and lows of chasing his passion for painting and fine arts.
Vampire in the Garden (2022)
Vampire in the Garden
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Megumi Han, Yu Kobayashi
Animated by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan seasons 1 to 3, Vinland Saga season 1), Vampire in the Garden is another anime original series that is set in a fantasy world. In a future where humanity lost supremacy over the world in a war with vampires, survivors reside in a city-state protected by walls of light. Inside the stronghold, a young girl named Momo dreams of a new future where humans and vampires can coexist again, while the vampire queen on the outside who once loved a human, Fine, deserts the battlefield against the humans. In a fated encounter between the two, Momo and Fine end up embarking on a quest to find a fabled utopia of peace.
Tekken: Bloodline (2022)
Tekken: Bloodline
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Another example of Netflix emphasizing its slate of video game adaptations, Tekken: Bloodline is an original anime series based of the hit fighting game series of the same name. The story takes place in between the events of Tekken 2 and 3, with a young Jin Kazama training under his mother. However, her death at the hands of the beastly Ogre infuriates Jin into training under his grandfather, the iconic Heihachi Mishima. This quest for absolute strength and vengeance on the one who took what was most precious to him leads him to compete in the famous King of the Iron Fist Tournament. The series debuts on Netflix on August 18.
Spriggan (2022)
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, War & Politics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Chiaki Kobayashi, Yohei Azakami, Kenji Hamada
Created by Hiroshi Takashige, Ryoji Minagawa
The secret organization of ARCAM has discovered what’s thought to be Noah’s Ark in the mountains of Turkey. However, a sinister organization from the U.S. Pentagon — known as the Machine Corps. — seeks to achieve world domination through its power. Enter special ARCAM operative Yu Ominae, a Spriggan, as he’s sent to combat against this threat that’s seeking worldwide supremacy. This sci-fi action series sees Yu team up with French Spriggan operative Jean-Jacques Mondo to lead the charge against the Machine Corps.
Komi Can't Communicate (2021)
Komi Can't Communicate
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama
Cast Aoi Koga, Gakuto Kajiwara, Rie Murakawa
In Komi Can’t Communicate, high school student Hitohito Tadano just wants to blend into his new surroundings and avoid any unwanted attention, but he eventually gets partially put into the spotlight by sitting next to the popular Shouko Komi. However, he finds out that Komi has a communication disorder and she wants him to help her learn how to socialize. From there, Tadano, Komi, and company make it their mission to help her make 100 friends.
Vinland Saga (2019)
Vinland Saga
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Drama
Cast Yuto Uemura, Naoya Uchida, Kensho Ono
After his father was killed in a duel against the Viking Askelaad, Thorfinn joins his band of mercenaries in the hope of becoming strong enough to challenge and get his revenge. However, what unfolds in Vinland Saga is a much more intimate story of character growth. Thorfinn spends his young years focused on vengeance, with his supporting cast also embarking on journeys of introspection — punctuated by cathartic Viking-themed action. Season 1 of Vinland Saga unlocks on Netflix outside of Japan on July 7.
One Piece (1999)
One Piece
tv-14 21 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Comedy, Animation
Cast Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai, Akemi Okamura
Years ago, when the legendary pirate Gol D. Roger was set for execution, his last words were a challenge to the world to find his titular treasure. In the present, young Monkey D. Luffy feels inspired to become a pirate and uncover the One Piece bounty. He then embarks on a globetrotting odyssey across the Grand Line with the other members of his Straw Hat crew in a myriad of adventures meeting a colorful and revolving cast of friends and villains.
A.I.C.O. Incarnation (2018)
A.I.C.O. Incarnation
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Yusuke Kobayashi, Haruka Shiraishi, Takehito Koyasu
In an alternate future, scientists attempt to create the world’s first Artificial and Intelligent Cellular Organism. Hence the name of the series, A.I.C.O. –Incarnation–. However, something went wrong with the experiment and enveloped the city, Kurobe Gorge, into a seemingly impenetrable fortress of synthetic organisms. A high school student named Aiko Tachibana lost her family in that incident — and very nearly her life as well. Two years later, Yuya Kanzaki offers Aiko the chance to discover what really happened at Kurobe Gorge, as well as the answers to some unexplained questions about herself, if she accompanies him on a dangerous journey inside of the quarantine zone.
Dorohedoro (2020)
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
You’re going to find that the premise of anime shows have more leeway to be weird than their western counterparts. Dorohedoro is a great example of this because it’s about a guy named Caiman who was cursed by a sorcerer that left him with a lizard head. Since that spell also took his memory, Caiman has to interrogate every sorcerer he finds by sticking their heads down his throat to communicate with the being inside of him. That entity will determine if Caiman found the one responsible for the curse. That’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? It’s admittedly a strange show, but Caiman’s personality and his bizarre quest win you over in the end.
7Seeds (2019)
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Jun Fukuyama, Nao Toyama, Katsuyuki Konishi
In 7Seeds, scientists take steps to prevent the potential extinction of humanity. Unfortunately, they neglected to tell Shy Natsu and other test subjects that their cryogenic sleep would propel them into a future unlike anything they could imagine. It’s been so long since the age of man that their home world is now more like an alien planet. And humanity isn’t on top of the food chain anymore. If the humans have a shot at survival, it will all come down on the shoulders of Shy and his new companions.
Death Note (2006)
Death Note
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Mamoru Miyano, Noriko Hidaka, Nozomu Sasaki
Death Note is one of the most popular manga and anime series in the world, perhaps because of its intriguing premise. Teenager Light Yagami comes across a supernatural notebook with a deadly power. If Light, or anyone else, writes a name in the notebook, the person they named will die. Unfortunately for Light, he becomes intoxicated with the power, and he resolves to remake the world by eliminating “bad people.” This captures the attention of the cops, including the mysterious Detective L. Light soon realizes that L might be able to deduce his identity, but he can’t be killed until Light discovers L’s real name.
The Orbital Children (2022)
The Orbital Children
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Natsumi Fujiwara, Azumi Waki, Kensho Ono
The anime miniseries The Orbital Children has a very literal name. The focus of the miniseries is on two sets of children. Touya Sagami and Konoha Nanase are childhood friends who were born on a moon colony and are medically unfit to live on Earth. Meanwhile, Taiyo Tsukuba, Mina Misasa, and Hiroshi Tanegashima are on board the same space station on a trip from Earth. Following an accident that nearly destroys the station, the five children are forced to fend for themselves and survive any way that they can.
Yasuke (2021)
72 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Lakeith Stanfield, Takehiro Hira, Maya Tanida
Created by LeSean Thomas
In Japanese history, Yasuke was the first and only African warrior to enter the service of Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century. The Yasuke anime takes several liberties with history by introducing magic and advanced tech to the mix. In the story, several years have passed since Yasuke left his life of violence behind. A singer named Ichika hires Yasuke to escort herself and her daughter, Saki, in order to save the young girl’s life. However, Ichika’s murder leaves Saki under Yasuke’s direct protection as their deadly journey begins.
Ajin (2016)
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Mystery
Cast Mamoru Miyano, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Aya Suzaki
Created by Gamon Sakurai
Within the world of Ajin: Demi-Human, some humans discover that they are Ajin and functionally immortal. However, the governments of the world tend to treat their Ajin very badly by experimenting on them and harvesting their organs. A newly emerged Ajin named Nagai Kei makes a deal to help fight his fellow Ajin in exchange for his freedom. But Nagai is far from a hero, even though his powers appear to be greater than many of his fellow Ajin. On the opposite side of the conflict is Satō, an Ajin who is completely ruthless in his war against the government. Satō doesn’t want peace or reparations for his people. Satō wants to rule everything, and he has the power to make it happen.
Kotaro Lives Alone (2022)
Kotaro Lives Alone
1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Rie Kugimiya, Toshiki Masuda, Junichi Suwabe
Just as the title implies, Kotaro does live alone in Japan. However, Kotaro Lives Alone doesn’t disclose in the title that Kotaro is just 5 years old! And that seems like a pretty big omission of an important fact. Separated from his family, Kotaro has somehow managed to independently rent an apartment, much to the surprise and annoyance of his new neighbor, Shin Karino. Regardless, Karino and the other residents at the apartment complex soon take a liking to Kotaro, even if they don’t always understand him.
High-Rise Invasion (2021)
High-Rise Invasion
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Mystery, Action & Adventure
Cast Haruka Shiraishi, Shiki Aoki, Akira Sekine
In High-Rise Invasion, Yuro Honjō is a normal high school student with a mundane life until she suddenly finds herself trapped in an alternate world that consists of skyscrapers connected by suspension bridges. Yuri also discovers that her brother, Rika, has been transported to this world as well. To get out alive and evade the creepy mask killers, Yuri will have to make alliances, starting with the enigmatic girl known as Mayuko Nise. But getting out of this world may require betrayal, and Yuri will have to completely reinvent herself in order to escape.
Pacific Rim: The Black (2021)
Pacific Rim: The Black
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Gideon Adlon, Calum Worthy, Erica Lindbeck
Created by Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson
Although neither Pacific Rim movie is currently on Netflix, the streaming service produced the original anime series, Pacific Rim: The Black. This is a spinoff from the films that takes place after the second movie and focuses on two siblings, Taylor and Hayley Travis. The brother and sister have been trapped in Australia for five years after it was overrun by the otherworldly kaiju. But when the siblings discover a discarded Jaeger/giant robot, it gives them the chance to fight back and potentially find their long-missing parents. Unfortunately for Taylor and Hayley, having possession of a Jaeger also makes them a target for unscrupulous people who want the Jaeger’s power for themselves.
One-Punch Man (2015)
One-Punch Man
tv-pg 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Cast Kazuhiro Yamaji, Yuichi Nakamura, Kenjiro Tsuda
Created by ONE
Imagine being so powerful that life as a superhero is boring. That’s the curse of One-Punch Man. Saitama’s inexplicable strength would be a great blessing if it also provided him with a challenge. Without that, Saitama’s passion for the heroic life has turned into depression. He doesn’t even get the credit he deserves! Regardless, there are still some enemies for Saitama to fight. And he’ll find that it can be difficult to be a One-Punch Man when he can’t even land a single blow on his opponent.
Super Crooks (2021)
Super Crooks
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Crime, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Kenjiro Tsuda, Maaya Sakamoto, Hiroshi Yanaka
In a world full of superheroes, Johnny Bolt is a washout. But while Johnny failed to make the grade as a hero, Super Crooks gives him the chance to reinvent himself as a villain. Or at least an amoral crook. There are far more evil bad guys than Johnny, which is why he’s able to put together a team of low-level villains and thieves for the ultimate heist. Unfortunately, their target is one of the most powerful crime bosses on the face of the planet. And he doesn’t take kindly to anyone who would dare to steal from him.
ERASED (2016)
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Mystery
Cast Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Tao Tsuchiya, Minami Takayama
At first glance, Erased follows an ordinary young man named Satoru Fujinuma. However, Satoru is anything but ordinary. He has been gifted with the ability to briefly turn back time in order to save people who are killed in untimely ways. Sadly, Satoru’s ability fails to allow him an opportunity to save his own mother. Inexplicably, Satoru wakes up in the body of his younger self 18 years in the past. Upon realizing his new status quo, he resolves to save not only his mother, but also three of his classmates who were kidnapped and murdered when he was still in school.
DOTA: Dragon's Blood (2021)
DOTA: Dragon's Blood
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Animation
Cast Lara Pulver, Tony Todd, Yuri Lowenthal
Created by Ashley Edward Miller
While Dota: Dragon’s Blood is based upon the Dota video game series, the anime has its own fantasy flavor. The series follows Davion, a Dragon Knight who has made his reputation as a formidable dragonslayer. Much to his horror, Davion discovers that demons are an even greater threat to humanity than the dragons. After narrowly surviving a battle with a demon, Davion is unwillingly merged with Ember Eldwyrm Slyrak, one of the eight great dragons. Through their unlikely alliance, Davion and Slyrak make new allies as they face the demonic Terrorblade and his forces.
Shaman King (2021)
Shaman King
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Yoko Hikasa, Katsuyuki Konishi, Minami Takayama
To be the Shaman King is to have the power to link the world of the living with the world of the dead. And the Shaman King will also be able to reshape reality as we know it to his or her whims. In the new adaptation of the classic manga, Shaman King, Yoh Asakura takes it upon himself to win the tournament to become the next Shaman King. But as new allies and foes cross his path, Yoh soon realizes that his true enemy is his long-lost twin brother, Hoa Asakura. Hao wants to use the Shaman King’s power to wipe out humanity, which is why Yoh must stop him at all costs.
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunter x Hunter
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama
Cast Megumi Han, Mariya Ise, Miyuki Sawashiro
The word “hunter” doesn’t have its traditional meaning in the latest adaptation of Hunter x Hunter. In this world, Hunters are the adventurous men and women who can locate lost treasures, missing people, and find rare creatures. Very few Hunters are chosen, which is one of the reasons why a young boy named Gon is so obsessed with becoming a Hunter himself. Years ago, Gon’s father, Ging, abandoned the family to chase his dream of becoming a Hunter. Now, Gon is following in Ging’s footsteps, and he will face some incredibly difficult ordeals in order to earn his place among the Hunters.
Hunter X Hunter Set 1- Official Extended Trailer
Eden (2021)
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Koichi Yamadera, Kyoko Hikami, Marika Kouno
Created by Justin Leach
You may see some similarities between Eden and WALL-E, but trust us. This anime is pretty far from Pixar’s wonderland. In a far future where humanity is all but extinct, there is only Eden 3, a colony of sentient robots. When two agricultural robots, A37 and E92 accidentally revive a human child, Sara Grace, from stasis, they decide to raise her. While the robotic couple do a good job of keeping Sara safe, the secret of her existence can only be held for so long. And the vast majority of robots have no interest in keeping Sara alive. In fact, more than a few want her dead.

Arcane (2021)
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Katie Leung
Created by Christian Linke, Alex Yee
Do you play League of Legends or any of its spinoffs? While that can definitely help your enjoyment of Arcane: League of Legends, it’s not necessary. This show has been designed to largely stand on its own while expanding upon the League of Legends mythos. The beautiful CGI animation is another strong point for this series, and it feels several steps beyond traditionally animated series. As for the individual episodes, the focus falls on pre-existing characters like Vi (Hailee Steinfeld) and Powder (Mia Sinclair Jenness) while establishing their backstories and charting their futures.

Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Cowboy Bebop
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Koichi Yamadera, Unsho Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara
Created by Keiko Nobumoto
Ahead of Netflix’s highly anticipated live-action Cowboy Bebop series, the streaming service has added the unforgettable anime classic that inspired it. This stylish neo-noir sci-fi western follows Spike Spiegel and the crew of the starship Bebop. In this vision of the future, bounty hunters are called cowboys, and Spike is one of the best. Alongside his teammates Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Edward, and Ein, Spike tries to find a place for himself in the universe. But when a woman from Spike’s past returns, all bets are off. And even Spike may not be able to defeat his old enemies in the end.

Record of Ragnarok (2021)
Record of Ragnarok
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Rina Kawaguchi, Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomoyo Kurosawa
Created by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The gods have determined that humanity is irredeemable and must be destroyed. Oh well, we had a good run … Except the valkyrie Brunhilde has other plans in Record of Ragnarok. In order to save humanity and avenge herself against the gods, Brunhilde convinces the deities to hold a fighting tournament between 13 men and gods from across the whole of history. Humanity is represented by the first man, Adam, as well as Jack the Ripper, Grigori Rasputin, and even King Leonidas of Sparta. They will have to face Thor, Heracles, Zeus, Poseidon, Ares, and other gods if they want a chance to save their species from destruction.

Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (2021)
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway
Genre Animation, Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Kensho Ono, Reina Ueda, Junichi Suwabe
Directed by Shuko Murase
Based on the manga series by Yoshiyuki Tomino, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway follows the devastating war between the Earth Federation and a terrorist group known as Mafty. Led by Hathaway Noa (Kensho Ono), Mafty aims to put an end to the vicious deportation strategies of the Federation, a mission carried out with great success until a chance meeting with an enemy officer and a strange woman spells disaster for Noa and his crew.

Flavors of Youth (2018)
Flavors of Youth
Genre Animation, Romance, Drama
Stars Taito Ban, Mariya Ise, Minako Kotobuki
Directed by Yoshitaka Takeuchi, Xiaoxing Yi, Li Haoling
Flavors of Youth is a beautifully artistic rendition of a day-in-the-life in China, captured across three mesmerizing stories. The Rice Noodles explores one man’s nostalgia for the city and his grandmother through his love for San Xian noodles. A Little Fashion Show explores the frayed dynamic between two sisters and their affinity for high fashion — one a model, the other a designer. Love in Shanghai explores the blooming romance between two Shanghai students over the course of two decades.

Fireworks (2017)
Genre Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Stars Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano
Directed by Akiyuki Simbo
Nazuna (Yuki Kaji), a middle school student, wants to get away from her life. Her friend, Norimichi (Nobuo Tobita), is looking for the same reprieve. When Norimichi throws a magic marble, the artifact ends up rewinding time, allowing him and Nazuna to live through alternate versions of crucial events that transpired between them. An adaptation of the live-action TV film of the same name, Fireworks is a fitting reimagining of its source material, adding another 40 minutes to the runtime of the original to further flesh out its story and characters.

Sirius the Jaegar (2018)
Sirius the Jaegar
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action
Cast Yuto Uemura, Takahiro Sakurai, Kenyu Horiuchi
Created by Masahiro Andō
The titular Jaegars are a pact of relentless vampire hunters. Chief amongst them is Yuliy, a werewolf survivor of a vampire attack that wiped out his entire village. Part of a royal bloodline, an ancient artifact was promised to Yuliy’s years before, a relic known as the Ark of Sirius. Capable of incredible powers, Yuliy and his Jaegar companions will stop at nothing to protect the talisman from their vampiric foe.

Attack on Titan (2013)
Attack on Titan
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Yuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue
Created by Hajime Isayama
Adapted from the manga series of the same name, Attack on Titan finds humanity trapped behind towering walls in three cities. The reason for the partitions is a world overrun by monstrous humanoid creatures known as Titans. When one Titan manages to get over the walls of Eren Jaegar’s (Harume Miara) city, the creature wreaks havoc on the populace. Vowing revenge, Eren and his friends join up with the Scout Regiment to fight back against the Titan hordes.

Great Pretender (2020)
Great Pretender
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Drama, Comedy, Action & Adventure
Cast Chiaki Kobayashi, Junichi Suwabe, Mie Sonozaki
Created by Wit Studio
Divided into several “cases,” Great Pretender traces the journey of Makota Edamara (Chiaki Kobayashi), a man who turns to professional conning to rack in enough income for his mother’s outstanding medical bills. Joining forces with Laurent Thierry (Junichi Suwabe), a French con artist, the two make a living by committing cons all over the world.

Kakegurui (2017)
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Mystery
Cast Tatsuya Tokutake, Saori Hayami, Minami Tanaka
Created by Kazuto Nakazawa
Adapted from the Homura Kawamoto manga series of the same name, Kakegurui follows Yumeko Jabami, a newly enrolled student at Japan’s Hyakkaou Private Academy. Unlike your standard academic institution, the students at Hyakkaou are divided into hierarchical tiers based on gambling and riches. Fresh meat for the high-rollers, Yumeko must prove her monetary worth before the students at the top of the pyramid swallow her whole.

B: The Beginning (2018)
B: The Beginning
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Hiroaki Hirata, Yuki Kaji, Asami Seto
Created by Kazuto Nakazawa
Set on the fictional isle of Cremona, B: The Beginning immerses viewers in a dystopic world overrun with crime and decay. Leading the mayhem and macabre is the titular “B,” a serial killer on a vigilante streak. Yoku, an unassuming teenager (and series protagonist), enters the fray — as a friend or foe remains to be seen. It’s up to Keith, a member of the Royal Investigation Service, to crack down on B’s reign of terror before death claims the entire island.

Dragon's Dogma (2020)
Dragon's Dogma
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Yuko Sanpei, Takayuki Sugo, Suzuko Mimori
Created by Shinya Sugai
Based on the 2012 Capcom video game, Dragon’s Dogma follows Ethan, a father-to-be struck down by the titular Dragon. His village of Cassardis reduced to ash, Ethan is resurrected by a mythical being known as a Pawn. Now an Arisen, the headstrong warrior vows to vanquish the mighty beast that left his home in ruins. A visceral adaptation on par with the likes of Netflix’s CastlevaniaDragon’s Dogma has plenty of promise to persevere as a faithful and engrossing series all its own.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage (2020)
Cagaster of an Insect Cage
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kana Hanazawa, Natsuki Hanae
Created by Thomas Astruc
Adapted from the Kachō Hashimoto manga series of the same name, Cagaster is set in a post-apocalyptic universe plagued with a horrendous insect problem — specifically, giant mechanical ones that wreak havoc on society. When an exterminator and teenage girl join forces to help the latter find her mother in the dangerous wasteland, their search-and-rescue mission becomes a brutal fight for survival. Catch the entire first season on Netflix.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kito, Hiro Shimono
Created by Ufotable
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been one of the recent anime sensations on Netflix. This adaptation of the wildly popular manga chronicles the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a young man who narrowly survives a demon attack that claims the lives of most of his family. Tanjiro’s sister, Nezuko, also survives the attack, but she is transformed into a demon herself. To save his sister and avenge his family, Tanjiro joins the Demon Slayer Corps and trains for the final showdown. But if Tanjiro hopes to triumph over evil then he may have to give up more than just his life.

Wolverine (2011)
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Milo Ventimiglia, Gwendoline Yeo, Fred Tatasciore
Created by Kengo Kaji
Over a decade ago, Marvel farmed a few of its signature characters out to a Japanese animation studio called Madhouse for some genuine anime series. The second Marvel anime, Wolverine, was a loose adaptation of the hero’s first-ever solo story. Logan/Wolverine, as voiced by This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia, travels to Japan to save his lover, Mariko Yashida (Gwendoline Yeo), from her crime-lord father, Shingen Yashida (Fred Tatasciore). To get Mariko back, Wolverine will have to get past several formidable foes, and his claws will definitely have to come out.

X-Men (2011)
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Kaori Yamagata, Hideyuki Tanaka, Yukari Tamura
The third Marvel anime series featured the X-Men, in a story inspired by both The Dark Phoenix Saga and Astonishing X-Men. After the death of Jean Grey (Jennifer Hale), the X-Men go their separate ways. But when Armor (Stephanie Sheh) and other young mutants are abducted and taken to Japan, Professor X (Cam Clarke) reassembles Cyclops (Scott Porter), Wolverine (Steve Blum), Storm (Danielle Nicolet), and the rest to do what they do best. You’re probably never going to see this series on Disney+, so enjoy it while you can.

The Seven Deadly Sins (2014)
The Seven Deadly Sins
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Yuki Kaji, Sora Amamiya, Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Created by A-1 Pictures
The titular stars of The Seven Deadly Sins aren’t just the embodiment of humanity’s famous vices. They were once respected knights in the fantasy land of Britannia … at least until they were framed for trying to overthrow the kingdom and forced to disband. A decade later, Princess Elizabeth Liones is deposed from the throne by the Holy Knights, which sends her on the run. She finds an ally in Meliodas, the leader of the Seven, and he agrees to bring his team back together. But Meliodas also has a secret connection to Elizabeth that may come back to doom them all.

The Idhun Chronicles (2020)
The Idhun Chronicles
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Itzan Escamilla, Michelle Jenner, Nico Romero
Created by Laura Gallego García, Andrés Carrión
The Idhun Chronicles has the distinction of being the only Spanish original anime series on this list. Author Laura Gallego co-adapted her own novel series The Idhún’s Memories to bring her fantasy story to a new medium. The story focuses on Jack, a seemingly ordinary teenager on Earth who loses his family to an attack ordered by Ashran, a necromancer who has seized power in the realm of Idhun. From there, Jack joins the resistance to Ashran’s rule, and his story is told through the series’ lush animation.

Last Hope (2018)
Last Hope
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Drama, Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Tomoaki Maeno, Kenjiro Tsuda, Nao Toyama
Created by Hidekazu Satou
Within the near-future world of Last Hope, a young scientist, Leon Lau, attempted to solve the problem of dwindling resources with a Quantum Reactor. However, the reactor’s destruction had severe unintended consequences, which created a new race of artificially intelligent beings who have pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Now a pariah to his own kind, Leon must make his way through the new world and make new allies as he tries to find some way to undo the damage he helped cause.

Castlevania (2017)
71 %
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso
Created by Warren Ellis
One of Netflix’s breakout anime series is based on the hit video games by Konami. Castlevania re-envisions Dracula (Graham McTavish) by giving him a legitimate grievance against humanity after his wife, Lisa, is executed by the church on trumped-up charges of heresy. Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), the last of a long line of vampire hunters, and Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso), a talented sorceress, may be all that stands in the way of humanity’s extinction. Surprisingly, their most valuable ally is Alucard (James Callis), the estranged son of Dracula and Lisa. This unlikely trio is ridiculously entertaining, and Castlevania finds its drama and action in unexpected ways.

Blood of Zeus (2020)
Blood of Zeus
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Derek Phillips, Jason O'Mara, Jessica Henwick
Created by Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
Netflix’s latest original anime, Blood of Zeus, has already found a sizable audience in the months since its debut. It offers a fresh take on Greek mythology by introducing a new hero, Heron (Derek Phillips). Heron is quite literally the son of Zeus (Jason O’Mara), which makes him a demigod. Heron also has the destiny to save the world from demonic threats, even as Zeus’ wife, Hera (Claudia Christian), wants Heron’s head because of Zeus’ infidelity. Heron’s got his work cut out for him, and we’ve got a new favorite anime.

Ultraman (2019)
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Kaiji Soze, Ryohei Kimura, Takuya Eguchi
Created by Eiji Tsuburaya
Ultraman is one of the original heroes of anime who dates back to 1966, so much so that he’s essentially the equivalent of Superman. Netflix’s Ultraman is not a reboot of the franchise. Instead, it’s a direct continuation that brings back Shin Hayata, the man behind Ultraman. Unfortunately, Shin no longer remembers that he was Japan’s greatest hero. Instead, the legacy is passed on to his son, Shinjiro. The new Ultraman has his hands full in the modern series, but his father’s legacy is in good hands.

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (2020)
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera
Created by Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki
Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell was a seminal manga and anime movie in the ’80s and ’90s. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 doesn’t quite live up to the original, but it is a follow-up to the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series. After a worldwide economic collapse, Motoko and her cybernetically enhanced team are hired out to quell trouble spots all over the world. But these are treacherous times, and even Motoko’s clients can’t be trusted.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
Avatar: The Last Airbender
tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Zach Tyler Eisen, Mako Iwamatsu, Mae Whitman
Created by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Potentially Nickelodeon’s most generation-spanning show other than Spongebob SquarepantsAvatar: The Last Airbender tells the story of Aang, the 12-year-old Avatar who has been awoken after a 100-year slumber to find the world at war. This world is divided into four nations: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, each of which has a population of “benders,” people who can control the element that their nation is associated with. The Avatar is meant to be the master of all elements and tasked with maintaining peace and balance between the nations. But when Aang was frozen in ice, the Fire Nation was free to attempt to conquer the world. Now that the Avatar is back, he’ll have to rely on the help of his friends Katara, Sokka, and Toph to help him complete his training and take on the Fire Lord.

The Legend of Korra (2012)
The Legend of Korra
tv-y7 4 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Janet Varney, David Faustino, P. J. Byrne
Created by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
The sequel to Nickelodeon’s hit series Avatar: The Last Airbender (also on Netflix), The Legend of Korra follows Korra, the next Avatar after Aang. Korra is from the Southern Water Tribe and, when we meet her, she’s at the opposite stage of her Avatar training as Aang was when we met him. Korra has mastered earth, water, and fire elements, but she is struggling to master the art of airbending. On her quest to master the final element, Korra finds herself in Republic City, a melting pot where benders and non-benders live together. However, the land that once appeared peaceful is plagued with crime, and an anti-bending revolution is brewing that may erupt into a civil war. Thrust into her role as the balance-bringing Avatar before she’s fully ready, Korra must learn airbending from a new teacher, Aang’s son, Tenzin.

Japan Sinks: 2020 (2020)
Japan Sinks: 2020
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Taichi Takeda, Reina Ueda, Tomo Muranaka
Created by Sakyo Komatsu (based on the novel by), Toshio Yoshitaka
Sakyo Komatsu’s bestselling 1973 sci-fi novel Japan Sinks tells the story of two children who must escape Tokyo after a major earthquake hits Japan, causing the entire island to sink. Now, Netflix has adapted the beloved novel with a modern spin, calling it Japan Sinks: 2020. This time, a series of natural disasters hit Japan, throwing the country into complete chaos. The story follows one ordinary family as they attempt to flee the island in chaotic, terrifying conditions.

Aggretsuko (2018)
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Rareko, Sohta Arai, Shingo Katou
Created by Yeti and Rarecho
Retsuko is a hardworking 25-year-old Red Panda, commuting and living in Tokyo, Japan. All day, every day, she deals with her nasty boss, insincere supervisor, and less-than-stellar coworkers. Retsuko has a secret life, and when the rage of the day boils over, she heads into Japan’s famous karaoke bars, grabs a bottle of sake, holds on to a microphone, and screams death metal into the night. Aggretsuko can be described as Zootopia meets The Office, with a colorful cast of characters and a solid degree of witty humor for older audiences. Featuring a stellar voice cast, which includes Erica Mendez and Ben Dishkin, Aggretsuko is a quick but wonderfully crafted office comedy, where audiences connect with Retsuko and her pursuits, rocking out to death metal and learning new lessons about herself along the way.
Aggretsuko | Sanrio Anime | Netflix

Violet Evergarden (2018)
Violet Evergarden
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Yui Ishikawa, Daisuke Namikawa, Aya Endo
Created by Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation
Violet Evergarden is a skilled warrior, but upon the end of a devastating war, she suffers a grave injury that requires the amputation of her arms, now replaced with advanced prostheses. With a hazy memory, she is enlisted as an Auto Memory Doll, a ghostwriter who helps convey messages for others. As she acclimates to her new life and writes for others, faint memories of her commanding officer emerge, and the last words that were said to her. When the fires of war have finally subsided, a former soldier will find meaning to the words “I love you.” Violet Evergarden began as a light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase before being picked up by Netflix and animated by the legendary studio Kyoto Animation. The visual fidelity of Violet Evergarden is regarded as beautiful and breathtaking, receiving numerous awards and praise. The English cast of Violet Evergarden includes incredible talent, featuring Erika Harlacher as Violet and Cherami Leigh as Iris.

tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Drama
Cast Chikahiro Kobayashi
Created by Orange
If one could ever imagine Zootopia becoming an R-rated bloody murder mystery, it would likely be Beastars. In a world of anthropomorphic creatures, carnivores and herbivores of all species coexist and work together. That line of coexistence is shattered when a student is devoured by an unnamed and unknown carnivore. In the midst of the growing unease at the school, Legoshi, a timid and shy carnivorous wolf, has a dramatic encounter with a small rabbit who attends the school, Haru, an encounter that may affect the fate of Legoshi and the school. Beastars originally began as a manga, written by Paru Itagaki and Akita Shoten, released in 2016. The manga went on to win a multitude of awards, including the coveted Manga Taisho Award. With 20 volumes published so far, the manga remains ongoing. The manga went on to be licensed by Viz Media and released in the United States in 2019. The anime launched on Netflix on March 13, 2020, and features stunning animation by Studio Orange and a stellar English voice cast, which includes Jonah Scott as Legoshi and Lara Jill Miller as Haru.

Cannon Busters (2019)
Cannon Busters
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Kenn Michael, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Stephanie Sheh
Created by LeSean Thomas
Philly the Kid, an immortal outlaw, comes across Sam, a young drone separated from her owner. In a world of magic, creatures, and robots, Philly and Sam assemble a ragtag crew of outlaws and dissidents, including a transforming Cadillac, to embark on a grand quest across Gearbolt to reunite Sam and her owner. Cannon Busters is an incredibly unique anime, focusing on Afrofuturism, and combining elements of steampunk, science fiction, and fantasy. Cannon Busters originally began as a graphic novel in 2005 by LeSean Thomas and J. Torres. After three issues, the novel was shelved until it was revived as a 2019 anime series by Satelight and Yumeta Company.

Little Witch Academia (2017)
Little Witch Academia
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Animation, Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy, Action & Adventure
Cast Megumi Han (Japanese), Franciska Friede (English)
Created by Yoh Yoshinari
From legendary animation studio Trigger arrives a coming-of-age fantasy all about pursuing your dreams. In the journey of life, you never know who you will meet next, but the next person you see could be the very inspiration you need. When young Atsuko is inspired by her favorite witch, Shiny Chariot, she enrolls at the elite Luna Nova Magical Academy. The stacks are already against Atsuko. Many of the students enrolled at the academy have an established background in magic, but regrettably, Atsuko does not. Struggling, Atsuko stumbles upon a magical relic, Shiny Rod. Determined to pursue her dreams, she wields the relic and studies hard in her quest to become a witch and change the world. Little Witch Academia features top-notch animation and girl power, but also an incredibly heartfelt story that is perfect for all those aspiring to accomplish their dreams.

Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020)
Altered Carbon: Resleeved
Genre Animation, Science Fiction
Cast Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Rina Sato, Ayaka Asai
Delving deeper into the dangerous life of Takeshi Kovac, Altered Carbon: Resleeved is an additional chapter in the world of Altered Carbon, the popular sci-fi show that has released two seasons on Netflix. On the planet Latimer, Takeshi investigates the mysterious death of a high-profile Yakuza boss and faces a tough-as-nails CTAC, all the while protecting a tattooist who holds an important key in this race against time. Dai Saito, a writer whose credits include Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop, puts his own spin on the incredible world of Altered Carbon. Altered Carbon: Resleeved is a feature-length animated action film, featuring sharp animation, an original story, and a talented English cast that includes the talents of Ray Chase, Richard Epcar, Elizabeth Maxwell, and Brittany Cox. Whether you have already seen the second season of Altered Carbon or this is your first time discovering the franchise, Altered Carbon: Resleeved is a fantastic cyberpunk animated film.
Altered Carbon: Resleeved | Official Trailer | Netflix

Devilman Crybaby (2018)
Devilman Crybaby
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Hirose, Rikiya Koyama
Created by Ichirō Ōkouchi, Go Nagai (based on the manga by)
Go Nagai’s iconic manga and anime Devilman received a modern update in Devilman Crybaby. The creative team moved the events of the series to the present and incorporated more mature and adult themes into the story. The series follows a high school student named Akira Fudo and his friend Ryo Asuka as they navigate a world with demons and monsters secretly living among humanity. Ryo convinces Akira of the demon threat and drags him along on an undercover mission to get proof. From there, Akira inadvertently unites with a demon, and he retains his original personality with all of the demon’s strength when transformed. However, Akira doesn’t know the full truth behind the demons’ presence on Earth or the high price that he will pay in the name of protecting his friends. This tale isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is very emotionally resonant.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Neon Genesis Evangelion
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Drama
Cast Megumi Ogata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Hayashibara
Created by Gainax
Giant robots fighting even bigger monsters is a common theme among anime series, but few have elevated the genre like Neon Genesis Evangelion. The series was set in the then far-off year of 2015, 15 years after the world was attacked by aliens that were known as “Angels.” The show follows Shinji Ikari, a shy and emotionally withdrawn teenager who is forced to become an Evangelion pilot by his manipulative father, Gendo. Shinji slowly rises to the occasion alongside his fellow pilots, Rei and Asuka. However, the Angels aren’t the only ones with secrets on this show. And Shinji will have to face unimaginable nightmares and traumas before he can ultimately confront his own inner demons.

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