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Though some may complain that many shows in Netflix’s index are old and outdated, the company is trying its best to acquire exclusivity deals for upcoming anime set to debut here in the West.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.
The critically acclaimed Fate series revolves around the Holy Grail War, a battle in which seven participants and their familiars, or "servants", fight to the death in order to acquire the chalice and make their greatest wish come true. Fate/Zero follows one of these participants - a soulless man by the name of Kiritsugu Emiya - as he seeks to obtain the Holy Grail under binding contract to his wife's family. Its a bit confusing at first, but once the ball gets rolling the anime's plot pieces itself together and becomes more clear. Get ready for some of the best fight scenes you've ever seen, because Fate/Zero has them in spades.