It’s no secret that Netflix has an expansive library of movies and television shows available to subscribers at their fingertips. The concept is no different when it comes to the streaming service’s anime catalog, containing a heavy collection of work from both new and old Japanese animated shows. This list features the best 25 anime on Netflix available for streaming right now.
Though some may complain that many shows in Netflix’s index are old and outdated, the company is trying its best to acquire exclusivity deals for upcoming anime set to debut here in the West. The best examples that come to mind in recent history include Kakegurui, a hit in Japan right now that takes place in an academy where the student hierarchy is determined by gambling fortunes away, Fate/Apocrypha, a new entry in the well-established Fate series set in a parallel universe to the cult classic Fate/stay night, and Violet Evergarden, a highly anticipated series from the visual novel of the same name that follows a group of automatons called Auto Memory Dolls after they’re no longer needed to perform their origin function. It’s quite the impressive lineup, to say the least, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if the streaming service manages to acquire more fan-acclaimed titles in the future.
Until then, rewatching some classic anime – or introducing ourselves to shows we’ve never seen before – is always a plus, too. Shows like Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, Death Note, One-Punch Man, Fate/Zero and more are all included with the subscription and make for great weekend binge-watching sessions. What’s more is that regardless of what genre you may like there’s definitely something for you here, as action, drama, romance and even ecchi anime can all be found on Netflix. Want to expand your otaku horizons a bit? Look no further than here.
Death Note is perhaps the most iconic anime on this list. With both its manga and television adaptation making huge waves across domestic and foreign markets, Death Note's 37-episode narrative revolves around protagonist Light Yagami, a genius high school student who's bored out of his mind until he notices a mysterious notebook falling from the sky. Light discovers that the book, titled the "Death Note", has the power to kill whomever's name is written in it, and goes forth to deliver justice upon a world he sees as filthy. Themes of morality are no stranger to this thrilling series, making it a great watch no matter what year it is. What's more is that a North American adaptation of the series is set to debut later this month.