36 Anime Worth Watching On Netflix

36 Anime Worth Watching On Netflix
Image: Kotaku Australia (Yasuke / Rilakkuma and Kaoru / Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045)

Netflix’s anime offering has grown substantially over the years, with some excellent original commissions and some high profile series hitting the local platform. Here’s a string of anime on Netflix Australia that’s well worth your time.

This story has been updated since its original publication.

Great Pretender

A series for anyone who loves cat-and-mouse series, Great Pretender is about a group of swindlers who end up targeting thieves, crime bosses and other classically corrupt figures. Stick it out past the first episode — the switch between Japanese and English voices is a bit weird at first — and you’re in for one of the most well-rated seasons Netflix has to offer.


A show about the titular samurai, Yasuke blends a world of feudal Japan with mechs, magic and some outstanding voice actor work throughout the first season.

Godzilla: Singular Point

Sure, it’s a series first and foremost about Godzilla, but it’s also got some sick anti-kaiju mecha designed to turn the tide of battle. The whole series is also a love letter to kaiju generally, not just Godzilla, which makes it all the more worth a watch.

BNA: Brand New Animal

A series from Studio Trigger, the same group behind Little Witch Academia and the upcoming Cyberpunk: Edgerunners series — BNA is about a human who seeks revenge after being transformed into a raccoon beastman. It’s got a great hi-vis aesthetic, and the plot’s got more depth than what the trailer might initially suggest.

If Anything Happens I Love You

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Not an anime in the traditional sense, If Anything Happens I Love You is a short 12 minute animated film. One of the most beautiful things on Netflix, by far, and well worth the heartwretching journey.

Fairy Tail

One of the greatest anime of all time with one of the best endings, Fairy Tail is all about a young mage called Lucy who wants to get into Fairy Tail, the strongest magical guild in the kingdom.

The entire season runs for 9 seasons and 328 episodes. Not all of them are on Netflix yet, but the 48 episodes available should be plenty to get anyone started.

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

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A wholesome stop motion anime, Rilakkuma and Kaoru is the story of Kaoru, a Japanese office worker. Kaoru’s life is fairly ordinary save for her three roomates: the adorable bears Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and the assertive bird Kiiroitori.

It’s incredibly well animated, an easy watch and a great family show. There’s some solid laughs too, from Rilakkuma being held to ransom for a stack of pancakes, the three animals getting part-time jobs to help pay the rent, and Korilakkuma trying to build a satellite to contact UFOs from a post that you’d find outside of a barbershop.

If you’ve ever watched the Paddington movies or things like Zootopia and found something to enjoy, you’ll get a kick out of Rilakkuma and Kaoru. Trust me on this one.

Blood of Zeus

Played Hades recently? Then you might get a kick out of Blood of Zeus, an American anime that takes a lot of cues from Castlevania when it comes to blood and action. But similarly to HadesBlood of Zeus is brilliant for the backstories woven throughout its first season. It’s cleanly animated too, and with only 8 episodes you can happily knock Blood of Zeus out in a day or two. Probably alongside runs of Hades.

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

Expectations weren’t high, but as it turned out, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is legitimately one of the better Ghost in the Shell stories since the original Stand Alone Complex series. The animation style is very different to what many GiTS fans will be accustomed to, but the story’s absolutely worth giving it a second look for.

The Adventures of Tintin

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Yes, I can fully appreciate that including the Tintin animated series in a list about anime might be off a step too far for some. Still, if you’re looking for series to rewatch, a lot of the Tintin series still hold up today.

Some of the books don’t stack up that well — the blackface elements in The Blue Lotus are a bit on the nose these days — but Netflix still has the first season, which includes The Calculus Affair two-parter, the excellent Cigars of the Pharoah, and the three-part Secret of the Unicorn/Red Rackham’s Treasure which formed most of the basis for the CGI Tintin movie.

Netflix doesn’t have the excellent second season or third seasons unfortunately, so there’s no Destination Moon/Explorers on the Moon saga or Tintin in Tibet. But season one does give you a look at Dr. Muller, one of Tintin‘s recurring villains, and The Crab with the Golden Claws remains an all-time classic.

Code Geass

Code Geass (full title Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) is another anime that became massively popular in the late ’00s and early ’10s. It’s got elements of mecha, psychology, fan service and stylings of Death Note all in the one show, with a main character who overcomes their lack of strength via chess.

Also, if you’re wondering how the hell illegal chess moves are a thing that’s possible, here’s a great movie breaking down Code Geass‘s motifs and artistic license. (Some spoilers for the early seasons, obviously.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender / Legend of Korra

Korra looks out on a changed world. (Image: Nickelodeon)
Korra looks out on a changed world. (Image: Nickelodeon)

All seasons of the Avatar series are now finally on Netflix, although both have been available in Australia through different streaming platforms previously. Still, it’s nice to have it all in the one place, particularly as Legend of Korra was a bit of a pain in the arse for a while. (You could stream the second season, but not the first, for instance.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender is genuinely superb, right up there with Star Wars Rebels for kids animated series that become genuinely awesome for all ages by the end. Legend of Korra takes the story several decades forward into the future, moving on from Aang and his crew and examining bending’s new role, what a post-Hundred Year War looks like, and the complexity of solving societal problems that can’t be resolved with bending at all.


One of the surprise animes this year, Beastars is all about the conflict of a wolf coming to terms with his own predatory nature amid the backdrop of a high school murder.

Adapted from the award-winning manga, Beastars focuses on the dynamics and chemistry between Cherryton Academy’s herbivores and carnivores. It features a great mix of 2D and 3D animation, and is one of the most captivating anime released in years.

The Studio Ghibli Collection

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You could make a case for just about every single Studio Ghibli film, or only watching several, or picking the best 3. It doesn’t really matter — Studio Ghibli films are excellent, and now that they’re on Netflix, you should watch as many as you can.

Everyone has their favourites, like Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, Tale of the Princess Kaguya or Princess Mononoke. I’ve always had a soft spot for Howl’s Moving Castle, not because I think it’s better than the other Ghibli films, but just because it hit me at the perfect time.

Anyway, they’re all great. Binge away.

One Piece

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One of the all-time great animes. Luffy’s adventure in search of the One Piece isn’t fully uploaded to Netflix yet — it’s still going and has run for more than 20 seasons. But Netflix Australia does have 130+ episodes, which is enough to get started with.

Neon Genesis: Evangelion

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We can’t talk about the all-time greats without mentioning Neon Genesis. It’s not the best version of the series, because of the localisation quirks and the removal of the iconic Fly Me to the Moon covers. But it’s still a damn good time, even though the last few episodes remain as trippy as ever.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma

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Anime’s combination of fan service and food. If you can withstand the gratuitousness of how good everyone’s food is, there’s a lot of fun to be had with Food Wars. Netflix only has the first season for now, but it’s available in English and Japanese.


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Netflix’s catalogue of sporting anime is still growing, although sadly Prince of Tennis and Hikaru no Go aren’t available. However, the excellent anime about a volleyball club — Haikyu!! — is.

There’s 50 episodes available in English and the original Japanese. Season 4 of Haikyu!! is still airing in Japan — episode 74 is due to air sometime this month — so with some luck, another 25 episodes should be added and translated before the end of the year.


Some days, we are all Aggretsuko. Aggretsuko tells the story of a cute office worker Retsuko, who unwinds from days of monotonous annoyances by screaming metal into a karaoke mic.

Sol Levante

Not a movie or a series per se, Sol Levante is the first hand-drawn anime short film specifically for 4K HDR. It’s billed as an experimental project, but it’s also just a really awesome way to test out a new TV.

The Dragon Prince

An anime from the creative team behind Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Dragon Prince kicks off in a kingdom torn asunder by 1,000 years of war. The series focuses on three characters stuck in the middle of it all, and the stories of those on the battlefield.

Like Avatar, there’s a good deal of humour to break up the grimness of war. Two seasons are currently up on Australian Netflix, and the mix of CGI and 2D art looks an absolute treat.


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Imagine going to high school … but it’s a high school for gamblers. Kakegurui delves into the political and hierarchical machinations of a school that operates based on skill at the table – and the amount of debt everyone owes to each other.


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While martial arts champion Baki Hanma strives to surpass his father, five inmates from death row invade Tokyo to challenge his might. It’s an anime on the more gruesome and violent side, but good for those who enjoy MMA or similar action anime/manga like Hajime no Ippo.

The Seven Deadly Sins

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Originally serialised in the Weekly Shonen Magazine, Seven Deadly Sins refers to a group of knights who disbanded after failing to overthrow the Liones Kingdom. Ten years after the failed coup, the saviours of the realm, the Holy Knights, opted to overthrow the king to rule the kingdom for themselves.

Faced with their tyrannical rule, Princess Elizabeth is forced to journey out to find the Seven Deadly Sins and ask for their help to take back the kingdom once more.

She-Ra and the Princesses Of Power

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She-Ra doesn’t fit within the traditional meaning of anime, but it’s a clever and witty reimagining of an old series. The remake focuses on Princess Adora’s relationship with Bow and Glimmer as they build up a coalition to save Etheria, concentrating on the personalities of everyone involved and Adora’s conviction to do the right thing. It’s a solid option for families wanting something with a good message they can watch with their kids, and there’s plenty of sass and good animation to make it easy on the eye.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Inspired by the gag manga of the same name, Saiki K is a story about a high school sophomore student who struggles to keep his psychic talents hidden. Some of Saiki’s abilities include x-ray vision, pyrokinesis, clairvoyance, mind control, the ability to share telepathy with others, and the ability to turn people to stone (which is why he wears glasses). It’s an anime filled with weird characters, and it’s a great watch if you just need something deadpan and silly to unwind to.

Flavours of Youth

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A romantic anime set in China, Flavours of Youth focuses on three stories that, in some way, all come back to family, friendship and sharing a hot bowl of noodles. Each part focuses on a different character, including a nameless man who focuses on his most cherished experiences, an aging fashion model who is tasked with caring after her sister following the death of her parents, and an angry high schooler dealing with a crush on his friend.

It’s visually appealing, and the backdrops are a breath of fresh air instead of the usual Japanese urban and rural environments that feature in every anime. Some of the character designs are a little generic, but it’s a neat story. There’s a scene after the end credits, so make sure you watch through to the end.

Devilman Crybaby

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If you don’t mind your anime on the brutal side, then the latest iteration of the Devilman franchise, Devilman Crybaby, might be up your alley. The Devilman series began with the tale of Akira Fudo, who is soon possessed by a demon. Relying on a friend, Akira overcame the will of his inner demon to become Devilman, one demon to rule them all.

Crybaby covers a lot of similar ground, with Akira incorporating the powers of the demon Amon but retain his human soul to prevent the destruction of humanity. The big key with the Netflix version is the more modern setting (smartphones are a thing) and a heightened focus on sex and violence.

I can’t stress that enough: this isn’t a series for the squeamish. There’s people being bitten alive, death by vehicle galore, and orgies that quickly turn into massacres. But if you can stomach some odd scenes, it’s one of the best animated series with the Netflix label yet.

Fullmetal Alchemist / Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Whether you should watch Brotherhood before working through the original Full Metal Alchemist is a different question entirely, but one way or another, FMA: Brotherhood is worth your time.

Brotherhood is an adaptation that more closely follows the plot of the source material. The original FMA anime deviates from the manga about halfway through, after Hiromu Arakawa (creator of the FMA manga) requested a different ending for the anime. As a result, I’d recommend just watching Brotherhood especially given that the two series tend to cover the same ground in the early episodes.

Differences aside, FMA is well worth a watch regardless. The series covers the journey of alchemist brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric as they search for the Philospher’s Stone, in a quest to revive the latter’s body following a failed transmutation. It’s equal parts funny, grim and surprising, as the Elric brothers come to grips with the machinations of the state military and a divided world.

The original FMA is streaming on Australian Netflix now, while FMA: Brotherhood is only available through Netflix in the US.

Knights of Sidonia

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One of the early Netflix original anime series, Knights of Sidonia is a deconstruction of the space opera genre. The story focuses on Sidonia, a colony ship in space housing a genetically altered branch of humans.

The human race had been battered to within an inch of its life by the alien Gauna, and so to recover their losses scientists used genetic engineering to create humans that rarely need to eat or sleep.

It’s an anime that takes physics a little more seriously than most space operas, while offering an intriguing look into a manufactured humanity, struggling to survive. If you enjoyed the principle of, say, Macross but you’d prefer to see those mechs in a setting where fuel is a factor and humanity isn’t able to joke its way around its own demise, Knights of Sidonia is worth a watch.

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A franchise that has gone around the bend for almost two decades, GANTZ:O is a CG spin-off of the series that features 17-year-old Masaru Kato. Kato has woken up in a room with a bunch of people, all of whom have died.

In the room is a giant black ball called Gantz. It’s later explained that everyone is pitched in a game of survival, where they have to kill off a range of monsters attacking Japan within a certain time limit if they want to survive.

A feature-length movie, GANTZ:O is streaming on Australian Netflix in English.


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The second season of Castlevania hasn’t dropped yet, but until then you can enjoy Netflix’s reimagining of the series inspired by the iconic games. As a short series it’s a fun screenplay largely drawn from the timeline of Castlevania 3.

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I’m not one to put much stock into whether Castlevania properly qualifies as anime, given it was basically produced entirely in the United States. I don’t think it largely matters: fans of anime have no trouble enjoying, say, Avatar: The Last Airbender, despite its American roots. But if that’s something you care about, there you go.

And while Castlevania isn’t perfect, it’s a great homage to OVAs of the ’80s and ’90s. The four episodes are based on a script that was approved by Konami over a decade ago. Netflix greenlit a second season of Castlevania last year, with eight episodes due to be dropped online sometime this winter.

Little Witch Academia

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Little Witch Academia is what happens when you take trademark Japanese cuteness and mix it with a world of magic, ala Harry Potter. Makers Studio Trigger released Little Witch Academia as an animated short on YouTube, which generated enough interest to successfully crowdfund a feature-length sequel a couple of years later.

The magical mishaps of Akko and her friends has since spawned a full series, which you can stream on Netflix as well. It’s charming Harry Potter. What’s not to like?

Ajin: Demi-Human

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After discovering that he is from an immortal race called the Ajin, Kei finds himself fleeing before being turned into a test subject. Ajin don’t actually heal until they’re dead, you see, making him an ideal target for unethical researchers. Amidst all this, there’s a ¥100 million bounty up for grabs for capturing an Ajin.

So what do you do when you wake up, only to discover the world around you has declared you persona non grata? That’s the general gist of Ajin, which also uses the same CGI style as Knights of Sidonia. The facial expressions are especially good, although note that this anime is more on the violent side.


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BLAME! is Netflix’s adaptation of the original 1998 comic, which focused on a gunman exploring a ravaged cyberpunk city. Netflix’s adaptation really only uses the setting rather than the plot of the original, instead focusing on a single band of humans who have survived The City’s extermination efforts.

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This isn’t the first anime adaptation of BLAME! either, with an earlier anime released in 2003.

Gunslinger Girl

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One of the older offerings on Netflix, Gunslinger Girl on the surface stars a bunch of cybernetically-enhanced underage girls wielding enormous weapons. But what it’s really about is the relationships between people with vastly shortened lives and life expectancies, due to the nature of their work, and how those characters deal with the pressure of the unusual world around them.

The series centres on the girls rehabilitated by the Social Welfare Agency, which claims to rebuild the lives of children with severe disabilities and critical injuries. What ends up happening is a process of cyberisation and brainwashing on the behalf of the Italian government, with the agency’s assassins dealing with adolescence and their attempts to maintain their humanity.

What anime have you seen on Netflix that you’d recommend – and what series would you like to see get the Netflix treatment?


  • Blame was alright, i had fun with it. I reaaaally wanted to like sidonia, it hits so many beats i adore, but it felt really uneven and that animation style is reboot-esque at times.

    The 3d-based stuff does seem to be improving.

    • Yeah, that 3Dish stuff is pretty jarring and noticably detracts from my enjoyment of an anime, but there are some which overcome it despite the 3D. I’m thinking Kingdom (which is just… so very shonen), Ajin (even worse animation, but the ‘what if’ has a killer hook), Berserk ended up better than I expected (heresy amongst fans, I know, but the original didn’t get god damn finished so what’re you supposed to do? Read the manga? That’s not why I’m here!), God Eater (does it really count if it doesn’t look all that 3D?) to name a few.

  • Anyone else prefer the original FMA over brotherhood? Been a long time but i remember Brotherhood being way too big in scope and not knowing when to end. FMA on the other hand had engrossing dark themes with a concise satisfying ending.

    • I enjoyed FMA more then brotherhood. Can’t really place why but I can understand why Brotherhood is the go to FMA series if you had to decide between the two (close alignment to manga)

    • I watched the original first and thought it was great, then a few years later I watched brotherhood and thought it was so much better.

    • I find the big scope and never ending ness of FMA:B to be one of the best parts because all of its good even though it goes for so long

    • I personally don’t feel that way. While it was indeed a bit overlong, it was also well-paced and its overstay was balanced by the fact that even the more superfluous secondary characters where very well developed or at least entertaining to watch. It also brilliantly kept its main themes even through the more inconsequential detours and brought it all together with a bang at the end.

      Also, if I must be shallow the visuals where so much better!

    • I only watched the original, I started slowly phasing out of anime around the time brotherhood came out (I still watch the odd show, but only the ones that get alot of buzz), and I didn’t want to watch a show I had BASICALLY already seen 50 episodes and a movie of)

    • I generally prefer it as well. It was long enough ago that I don’t really remember the relative quality of the animation but FMA seemed a more contained, human story with less flab than FMA:B.

  • I did not know there was a CGI GANTZ.

    I didn’t mind the live action movies so this should be a good watch

  • Finished Ajin – was enjoyable but got kinda slow in areas.
    Little Witch Academia – Slow to start, but really enjoyable. Special props to the Silent Hill Pyramid Reference in Suzy’s Dreamscape.
    Gunslinger Girl – no English dub. This isn’t usually an issue, but the English dub of GG is actually rather decent.

    As for Castlevania, oh my dear god that was amazing. Looking forward to the next 8 episodes dropping this winter.

  • Little Witch Academia is magnificent. The fifth episode may be the best single episode of anime I’ve ever seen.

    Also B The Beginning, the new Production I.G series went up last week and is good so far.

  • I’m really enjoying Aldnoah Zero at the moment. Mars and Earth are in a war with each other with giant mechs. The mech battles are varied and interesting and don’t amount to who can hit the hardest. There is also a bit of political wrangling in the mars forces to make things more interesting.

    • It really did seem primed for a second season, with so much of the alien society as yet unexplored… but I feel like it did what it needed to for a self-contained first season.

  • B: The Beginning was just released and is very good, I hope they do more. Reminded me some of Darker Than Black.

  • Firstly, Castlevania isn’t anime.
    Secondly, you left off the fantastic Godzilla anime movie.

  • I am in the U.S. so is “Attack on Titan” not streaming in Australia? It is fantastic better then “Knights of Sidonia” and Knights of Sidonai is great

  • To rouse the great beast from its slumber, I wouldn’t exactly call Dragon Prince, Shera and Castlevania “anime”. In terms of the word being the Japanese word for “Animation” they are. In terms of the Western vernacular though the visual style may be reminiscent but the themes, tropes, aesthetics, and storytelling generally lean towards Western convention than Eastern which is the measure by which most people distinguish “Anime” from “Cartoon”.

    • That’s a whole different discussion – what is, and what isn’t anime. Most people aren’t aware that there are actual criteria that should be met, and just dump anything that resembles the traditional style as anime. Which I can understand. But has that distorted the truth of the definition, or not?

      I’m not clear enough on that criteria myself to say one way or the other by the way, I just know it exists. Knowing they’re out there means I wouldn’t label She Ra as anime. Castlevania probably doesn’t meet the criteria either.

      And that’s one of the great debating points. Anime is meant to be made solely in Japan, so are products made outside Japan excluded by default? Like how sparkling whites made outside the region cant be called Champagne…

      Either way, still a great list to watch, whether they’re genuine anime or not.

      • I understand the argument, but when you look at things like Avatar – which are so heavily inspired by Japanese anime, and done very much in a similar style – it just seems awfully redundant, and not in anyone’s best interest, to exclude series like those.

        Like how language and meanings can evolve over time, I think this is one where it’s probably in the best interest to evolve it to the particular artstyle and not exact country of origin.

        • Yeah, not disagreeing, just pointing out that its a matter for debate with some people. I think its a bit silly to protect the origins in that way, but another part understands why they do. Open it up and you start to dilute the value of the brand and eventually risk it becoming meaningless.

          As its pretty much become the default terminology, it would be really hard change back anyway. Not impossible, Champagne managed to get sparkling white to hold, but it wouldn’t be easy. When you add in that its mostly an issue outside of Japan then its a moot point anyway. Its THEIR brand to protect, and they aren’t the sort of culture to care about it.

          Just look at the cultural appropriation comments with the Ariana Grande tattoo issue a couple of weeks ago. All the talk, and in Japan they were oblivious to it all.

          • The Japanese were definitely aware of that. They were too busy laughing at her for getting a “Charcoal Grill” tattoo which is such a 1997-era mistake.

          • Meant being oblivious to the ‘cultural appropriation’ complaints about it all. They were only aware it was an issue when people outside Japan made it one.

        • If you had said this was “17 animated shows worth watching on Netflix” then no one would bat an eye and you wouldn’t need to have these sorts of semantic arguments.

          This isn’t a “language evolving over time” situation.

          (*whispering* this is important because the majority of anime is garbage and these particular shows in question are pretty good, and most of what makes them good is the elements that *aren’t* anime)

    • She-Ra’s inclusion in the list but not Voltron: Legendary Defender (which is a very similar visual style) was a bit confusing.

      • Especially since Voltron is actually a remake of an actual anime, so it includes a lot more of the tropes and structure.

    • Very much this. None of these three are anime. They might import the style, but they lack some of the most important characteristics that make it anime. Like the use of limited animation and keyframed animation on the twos and threes. The Dragon Prince even tried to do it, but by just knocking out frames and because it’s 3DCG it just looks stilted.

      This doesn’t meant they’re not good animated series, but they are not anime. And @alexwalker to save having a separate reply: just because they inherit the style doesn’t make these any more anime than something like My Little Pony is. And if you’re going to add Dragon Prince or She-Ra, MLP has just as strong an anime aesthetic, and Voltron should be on the list as well. The line is definitely blurred but just having a certain character design aesthetic doesn’t make it anime.

      I’d also strongly argue that the 3DCG shows here are not really anime either, even the Japanese ones. They may be Japanese-produced, but the use of 3D animation means throwing out a lot of the animation elements that are characteristic of the anime style. This is a way harder argument to have though. Knights of Sidonia and Blame are borderline (it also absolutely kills me that they used such bad 3DCG to adapt such a visually stunning manga, as an aside). Gantz is absolutely on the other side of the line, it’s trying to look like a live-action show. Ajin is also more borderline but it doesn’t belong on this list because it’s not very good, but that’s a separate issue.

      • You do realise that a lot of anime is actually done with CGI and not ‘traditional’ cel animation, right? Like even shows you wouldn’t expect use CGI heavily, if not exclusively. The techniques are good enough now that you could likely never tell.

        Anyway, the old “it’s made in America so it can’t be anime” argument is so tired and dead at this point that the best thing to do is Elsa up and let it go, lest someone start throwing the word ‘japanimation’ at us.

        • Doing it on a computer instead of cels is not the same as doing it in 3D. I’m well aware they’ve been using 3D for effects and certain scenes, but it almost always looks incredibly jarring. Usually because you go from stuff animated on the twos and threes to full animation, too smooth.

    • Literally had to stop watching after the first 5 minutes, principally because my eyes found themselves permanently rolled up so it was hard to see.

      • I know it’s SOOOOOO boring. The characters have the depth of a teaspoon. It would be tolerable if it were funny but it’s not. It’s just tedious with grotesque visuals. Even the action sequences are rendered boring because they stop and narrate the ridiculous lore behind such-and-such muscle-bursting power-punch whatever-the-fuck.

  • Why are we reposting an old, outdated list here? Unsure exactly when this was originally written but it was at least 6 months ago as the 2nd season of Castlevania has been available since October. The list also doesn’t include any of the newer stuff that’s been added in the last 6 months such as the three Godzilla movies either.

  • Had a look through Netflix AU’s catalogue and there’s a few actual anime in the lineup that are not listed here which are actually good. Far better than most of the list…

    – Code Geass
    – Death Note
    – Erased
    – In This Corner of the World
    – Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
    – Your Name

    Also a few that are pretty reasonable watches if they click for you but maybe not quite up with the rest:

    – Aldnoah Zero
    – Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
    – Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic & Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
    – Rurouni Kenshin (just don’t watch season 3)
    – Trigun
    – Violet Evergarden

    • I’ve seen Erased, Death Note, Your Name, Violet Evergarden and Your Name. Full recommend all of these.

      Also have seen Fate/Stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, but would caution about jumping into that anime without researching the series and best place to start.

      • Agree with you on Fate. The real issue with Unlimited Blade Works is that the best place to start would have been the original game’s first arc, but the anime adaptation for that is pretty much trash. It works well coming in off Fate/Zero which is an okay starting point.

        I mainly mentioned it because it’s incredibly well animated with a ridiculously high budget and it’s pretty good if you can get into it.

        • The original is Fate/Stay Night, right? I really want to get started from the true beginning but I keep putting it off because I keep hearing that it’s trash.

          • Yeah, the adaptation by Deen from back in 2006 or so. Subsequently adaptation of Type-Moon stuff primarily moved to Ufotable, who absolutely nail the feel, something the previous studios to touch their stuff absolutely did not.

            I *think* you could skip it and start at Fate/Zero instead – Zero into UBW follows a lot better tonally and the style is a lot more consistent since it’s the same studio. But Zero is very dark and a bit slow at times. And it’s pretty hard for me to be sure I can recommend that that works, since I’ve played the original game and seen the old series.

          • Would it help that I’m not unfamiliar with Ufotable? (Watched the whole Kara no Kyoukai series of movies.)

            Also, would you say that I’d be missing overall important information from the Stay Night path? (if I understand correctly the different series are the different paths you could take by choosing different character focuses in the game, right?)

          • I don’t think there’s anything much in that first arc that’s important. The bulk of the actual revelations are in the second and third arcs and if you watch Fate/Zero several of them are revealed in there too. And besides that, the old anime tried to blend in a lot of those plot points anyway, even when they didn’t make sense.

            If you’ve seen Kara no Kyoukai and enjoyed it, then I’d strongly recommend doing Zero and UBW. Same tone. Yuki Kajiura soundtrack in Zero too (sadly they didn’t have her return for UBW). Also the animation is even better.

    • “Far better than most of the list”

      “Your Name”


      Also the version of Trigun on Netflix is the old unremastered version, and while the show itself is great, it looks *awful* blown up on a 4K screen.

    • Growing up, I’d always seen Death Note references everywhere (and when I was an adult, I even recognised a live-action version of it on a TV in a hostel in Kyoto) but I’d never actually watched it or understood its popularity until it popped up on Netflix and I watched it. THE TENSION! I was yelling at the TV.

  • From what little I’ve seen of Kakegurui that summary might leave you totally unprepared for actually watching it lol.

    Saiki K is great. I didn’t think I would actually like that one, but it’s pretty funny.

    Erased is also worth watching. One of my favourites.

    • It’s pretty awesome. I think it suffered a bit from having to live up to Cowboy Bebop and also the second half was a bit disjointed.

      That said, it gave us the baseball episode which is objectively one of anime’s best single episodes ever.

      • I submit Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu’s rugby episode for consideration in that latter challenge.

        That said, I should watch Samurai Champloo again. It’s been a while.

        • Somehow random sports episodes in series that otherwise do not deal with sports are great without fault. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Dragon Ball Super’s baseball episodes were awesome too.

    • Yeah, Funimation lost the license to FMA brotherhood and the movie in 2016, and Madman licensed it via Funi. The rights reset to Aniplex of America, but they’ve never re-released it on home video. I believe Aniplex mainly deals with Hanabee in Australia, but I don’t think Hanabee have the license, so it’s caught in legal limbo.

      It really sucks that it’s not easily available to own though. It’s one I’d love to have on the shelf.

      • If you just want to watch it and don’t mind using a VPN or whatever though, the whole thing is on Netflix, Hulu and I think Amazon Prime in the US…

    • I realize this is rather “better late than never”, and you may have found this out already, but for aussies wanted to watch fma:b, its on animelab. I think you can even watch it for free if you don’t mind ads.

  • Surprised Violet Evergarden didn’t make this list.

    I’m two episodes away from finishing Sirius the Jaeger. Unless PA Works stuff up the ending then I’d recommend it.

  • At least three of these aren’t even anime! All credibility lost, what the **** is wrong with you? Also Devilman Crybaby despite the unexpected ending was complete trash, and Ajin started strong but ended up being just mediocre.

  • No mention of Drifting Dragons? I really enjoyed it as a “slice of life” anime, in a fantasy world where dragons are the most delicious and useful creatures ever created.

  • The Seven Deadly Sins might have an amazing story (I had it recommended to me), but I stopped watching after 3 episodes. The anime trope of “sexual harassment played up as laughs and character quirk” needs to stop.

  • Apart from ‘your name’, which a few have mentioned, I’d like to add ‘Weathering with you’ and ‘A whisker away’ as some of the more recent, decent anime added to netflix.

    • The above being good movies, for those after a series I’d also highly recommend ‘Anohana’.

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