The 20 best anime to watch on Netflix (November 2021)

Netflix’s ongoing financial investment in anime has actually yielded fruit over the previous number of years, generating a choice of a few of not just the most popular and renowned anime series in current memory however a host of remarkable initial anime titles that have actually protected the platform’s position since the go-to streaming services for the medium. With over 100 titles to pick from throughout an array of subgenres varying from sci-fi, dream, slice-of-life funny, mecha, action, and more, the ideal anime for the ideal state of mind has actually never ever been more readily available and concurrently more difficult to discover.

Don’t sweat it; we’ve got you covered. Reading Netflix’s abundant brochure of anime titles, we’ve put together a list of 20 of the very best anime to stream on Netflix today. From traditional series like Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion, Netflix originals like Devilman Crybaby and Rilakkuma and Kaoru, here are the absolute best anime series the platform needs to use.


Aggretsuko

Retsuko singing death metal karaoke in Aggretsuko

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Based upon mascot business Sanrio’s initial character, Netflix’s initial animated funny Aggretsuko follows Retsuko, a 25 years of age anthropomorphic red panda operating in the accounting department of a Japanese trading business. Annoyed with her thankless job, aggressive employer, and parsimonious love life, Retsuko vents her millennial rage in the only method she understands how: through death metal karaoke. Ultimately, Retsuko’s anguish and the understanding of her after work activity capture up with her expert life, requiring the young red panda to experience a series of significant discoveries and modifications while having a hard time to determine what simply precisely she’s desires out of life and who she wishes to construct that life with. Eccentric, amusing, and deeply relatable, Aggretsuko is anime’s response to Bojack Horseman. With over 3 seasons of 15 minute episodes and 4th set to premiere in December, now is the best time to capture up and see what all the hubbub has to do with Aggretsuko if you haven’t currently. —Toussaint Egan

Beastars

Haru the dwarf rabbit holds Legoshi the gray wolf’s face in Beastars Season 2.

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Beastars informs the story of a wolf who wishes to make love with a bunny, however concerns he will feast on stated bunny. I believe it’s a metaphor for adolescence. Perhaps it’s holding a magnifying glass to sexual violence on school. Or possibly it’s a maturing story about a generation of youths detached from their moms and dads by quickly altering standards. Honestly, I’ve stopped appreciating what it’s about.

Beastars works when I gave up attempting to make a one-to-one connection in between our world and its city of randy teenage predators and herbivores. I delight in the program best when I take its internal reasoning by itself terms. Because method, Beastars resembles Romeo and Juliet. A hot, violent, and typically aggravating tale of star-crossed enthusiasts kept apart by society. And like the works of Shakespeare, Beastars can be bent into whatever else you desire it to be. —Chris Plante

Carole & Tuesday

Two girls smile at each other, carrying musical instruments as they run.

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Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) and produced by anime studio Bones (My Hero Academic Community), Carole & Tuesday is a perky drama that focuses on among the most relentless enthusiasm subjects of Watanabe’s profession: music. Set on a terraformed Mars in the far long run, the anime follows the story of Tuesday Simmons and Carole Stanley, 2 teenage ladies from starkly various backgrounds who bond over their shared imagine ending up being artists.

Collaborating as a singer-songwriter duo, the set browse the tough obstacles and blissful highs of their nascent musical profession as they grow and draw out the very best in both each other and those around them. Including the return of Cowboy Bebop film writer Keiko Nobumoto and initial music and singing efficiencies thanks to Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Denzel Curry, and more, Carole & Tuesday is a bubbly and lovely musical anime breaking with heart where it matters most. —TE

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop characters smushed into a frame

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Mentioning Shinichirō Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop, his 1998 sci-fi western noir anime produced by Daybreak, is thought about by numerous to be among the majority of excellent anime series ever made. Embed in the year 2071, the series follows the stories of 4 individuals: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and “Radical” Edward as they traipse throughout the planetary system searching lawbreakers and chasing after bounties.

A work of retro-futuristic pastiche that pulls from a number of lots affects in the development of its own universe, Cowboy Bebop is a long-lasting classic of the medium for its abundant storytelling, heady styles, and an amazing and diverse rating by author Yoko Kanno. The anime is so commonly well-known that Netflix went and produced a live-action adjustment of the series starring John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Danielle Pineda. If you’ve in some way never ever seen Cowboy Bebop previously, (1) now’s the best time to and (2) I am both envious and thrilled for you. —TE

Devil Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

A long-haired girl with veins on her head comes out of a box that is slung around a young boy’s back

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Based Upon Koyoharu Gotouge’s well-known manga series, Devil Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has rapidly end up being an shōnen anime powerhouse on par with that of My Hero Academic Community and Naruto given that the series premiered in 2019. Embed In Taishō-era Japan, the anime follows the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a kind-hearted young kid who trains to end up being a satanic force slayer in order to discover a remedy for his sis Nezuko, who was changed into half-demon hybrid in the wake of the attack that declared the lives of the rest of his household. With jaw-dropping action series, fantastic hybrid animation mixing standard and 3D designed backgrounds, and a really stirring story fixated the power of household and finding strength in the harshest of scenarios, Devil Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is among the most popular anime series today for great factor. With an extremely expected 2nd season set to premiere in December, you definitely should discover the time to view Devil Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba now if you haven’t currently. —TE

Devilman Crybaby

Ryo transforming into Devilman in Devilman Crybaby

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Based Upon Go Nagai’s enormously prominent manga and directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!), Devilman Crybaby was Netflix’s very first initial anime series and among the breakout anime bests of 2018. The series follows high school trainee Akira who, after reuniting with his youth good friend Ryo, is warned of the presence of devils. Persuaded that the only method to drive the devils back and conserve humankind is to develop a human-demon hybrid — a so-called “devilman,” Ryo requests for Akira’s aid by offering to fuse with one himself. Understood for its unsparingly graphic action, thrilled visual design, and mentally grasping story, Devilman Crybaby is a remarkable adjustment that breathes sensational brand-new life into a bona-fide anime classic. —TE

Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro: A snake man bites the head of a human man

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Based Upon Q Hayshida’s dark dream sci-fi manga, Dorohedoro follows the story of Caiman, a reptilian-headed amnesiac living in a dystopian city called the Hole where human beings are preyed upon by malicious sorcerers from another measurement. With the aid of his good friend Nikaido, Caiman hounds these sorcerers in his look for the one who changed him; devouring their heads into his mouth where a strange face at the back of his throat passes judgement on their fate. Yeah, which’s not even the series at its weirdest. Humorous, hyperviolent, and unusually capitivating, Dorohedoro is among the most strange, special, and remarkable anime to grace Netflix given that it initially premiered in 2020. —TE

Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan

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Co-directed by Gunbuster animator Shinji Higuchi and animated by studio Bones (My Hero Academic Community, Fullmetal Alchemist), Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan follows the story of Hisone, a novice cadet who employs in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force in search of a sense of function and belonging. Her life takes a remarkable turn when she finds out of the presence of “Organic Transformed Flyers (aka Dragons) and is selected to end up being the designated pilot of one. Together with her dragon partner Masotan, Hisone should get rid of the obstacles of her training, bond with her fellow cadets, and ultimately work to stop an apocalyptic occasion that threatens to damage all of Japan. With lovely character styles thanks to Yoshiyuki Ito (Soul Eater, Concrete Revolutio), stunning aerial battle animation, and an engaging story of individual development through fast-made relationship, Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan is among Netflix’s the majority of amusing yet unusually under-celebrated initial anime series. —TE

Eliminated

A young Satoru Funinuma runs past Kayo Hinazuki in Erased.

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Almost twenty years later on, Satoru Fujinuma stays haunted by the disappearance of his 5th grade schoolmate, Kayo Hinazuki. When his mom is killed by an unidentified assaulter, Satoru finds her death is in some way linked to Kayo’s kidnapping. Utilizing his mystical capability to take a trip back into the past, he ends up being identified to conserve his mom and Kayo from their terrible fates and discover the fact of who’s behind their deaths. Eliminated is a climatic, twisty, and grasping tale, so don’t amazed if it doesn’t even take a complete weekend to make it through it. —Sadie Gennis

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Alphone Elric and his brother Edward, the “Fullmetal Alchemist.”

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If you’re trying to find a program with strong and intricate female characters, beautiful animation, monstrous enemies, and smokin’ hot coach figures (that is a pun), then Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood may simply strike all those itches. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows alchemist prodigy Edward Elric and his sibling Al, whose soul has actually been caught in a match of armor, as they search for a method to recuperate Als’ body. However their search causes darker tricks about alchemy and the nation they reside in, discovering an ominous plot that threatens the entire world. Unlike a great deal of shōnen anime, which take audiences on a “let’s learn about curses/demons/Nen along with the protagonist!” arc, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood begins without much description, relying on audiences to maintain. This enables the program to leap start instantly, diving right into the action and intricacies of worldbuilding. The plot is remarkably performed, however never ever as soon as compromises the character advancement along the method.

Fair caution: as soon as you view this program, every other anime you view will fade in contrast. Simply putting that out there today. —Petrana Radulovic

Excellent Pretender

the crew from Great Pretender anime

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Directed by Hiro Kaburagi (Speed Grapher) and produced by WIT Studio (Vinland Legend, Attack on Titan), the Netflix initial anime Excellent Pretender is a rollicking comedy-drama with equivalent parts design, brains, and explosive action. Fixating the story of Makoto Edamura, a small-time Japanese conman who is taken under the wing of the rushing break-in genius Laurent Theirry, the series follows the brave band of burglars as they swagger from one lovely place to the next in their project to trick the most infamous lawbreakers out of their ill-gotten gains. Aside from the elaborate antics of the core cast, Great Pretender is absolutely stunning in its visual design; with exotic cities and countries rendered in picturesque layouts and backgrounds inspired by the British artist Brian Cook. Not only that, but with character designs courtesy of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and an infectiously jazzy score by composer Yutaka Yamada, Great Pretender is a feast for the senses and absolute blast to watch unfold. —TE

Gurren Lagann

Kamina, Simon, and Yoko stand around the robot head of Gurren in Gurren Lagann

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Every anime studio Trigger has produced, to some degree or another, has been influenced by the precedent of 2007’s Gurren Lagann. Directed by future Trigger co-founder Hiroyuki Imaishi, the 27-episode mecha adventure comedy-drama follows the story of Simon, a young 14 year old living in an underground post-apocalyptic village. Together with his childhood friend Kamina, the pair discover a mysterious robot head known as Gurren buried in the collapsed tunnels of their village just before it comes under attack by a horde of creatures known as “Beastmen.” From there the show exponentially escalates into an explosive, action-packed, expectation-defying adventure filled with drama, humor, heartbreak, euphoric highs and absurd levels of spectacle. Bursting at the seams with personality and fist-pumping excitement, Gurren Lagann is a giant robot anime for the ages and a must-watch for any fan of Promare, Space Patrol Luluco, or SSSS.Gridman. —TE

Hunter x Hunter

a white catlike person looms over two small children running

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Hunter X Hunter is a 165-episode gift. Yes, there’s a cannibal furry arc. Yes, the clown man (OK, magician) is naked all the time. But look beyond the fact that I can’t describe this series in a way that will convince my friends to watch it. Hunter x Hunter is the pinnacle of shōnen anime. There’s not a shred of filler in it. A particular arc that involves Gon and pals fighting in the 251-floor Heavens Arena is the perfect example of Hunter x Hunter’s economy of storytelling: they only spend ten episodes there, and the narrative payoff is so good.

By the time I reached the 65-episode long Chimera Ant arc (shut up), I would have died for these characters, and Hunter x Hunter is at times so emotionally wrenching that I nearly did. —Simone de Rochefort

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Josuke Higashikata and Jotaro Kujo standing alongside several supporting characters from “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable”

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You know that thing you did as a kid when your friend would shoot their finger guns at you, but you’d say you were made out of metal, and then they say that their bullets are made out of metal-melting acid, but then you say that last night you snuck into their base and ate all their bullets? JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is exactly like that, except instead of imaginative kids, everyone is an extremely lovely fully grown adult man with a name like “Robert E.O. Speedwagon” or “Kars.”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is pure spectacle. It’s a series built around absurd confrontations where the stakes aren’t always clear and the rules might as well not exist, but it’s a joy to look at. Characters strut around in avante-garde, impractical outfits and strike dramatic poses. They’re all named (seemingly arbitrarily) after classic rock musicians. It’s the kind of series that encourages you to keep watching, not with a compelling plot or great mystery, but just with the promise of seeing beautiful and weird men do things. I think that’s okay. —Patrick Gill

Megalobox

“Gearless” Joe in Megalobox

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Directed by Yo Moriyama (Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine), Megalobox is a futuristic reimagining of Asao Takamori’s iconic sports manga Ashita no Joe set in a universe where Megaloboxing, a form of boxing involving enhanced metal exoskeletons called Gears, is the most popular sport in the world. The series follows the story of a young underdog (aptly nicknamed “Junk Dog”) who dreams of becoming a prize fighter in the upcoming Megaloboxing tournament Megalonia, despite living on the fringes of society without access to a competitive Gear. After losing a fight to Yuri, a powerful boxer favored to become the first champion of Megalonia, Junk Dog’s coach convinces a local mob boss that he has the skills to win the tournament. Adopting the alias of “Joe,” the young man elects to set himself apart from the rest of the fighters in order to advance up the ranks of the bracket — by fighting his opponents without any Gear at all. With heart pounding fight scenes, riveting drama, and a thunderously uplifting soundtrack that will have you gripped at the edge of your seat, Megalobox epitomizes the type of rags-to-riches storytelling that makes the best underdog sports epics so, well, epic. —TE

Neon Genesis Evangelion

A close-up shot of the Eva Unit-01 from Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Director Hideaki Anno’s apocalyptic mecha drama Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the undisputed titans of contemporary anime, commanding a passionate legion of fans since it first premiered in 1995 and amassing such a reverential reputation that it spawned a tetralogy of films dedicated to reimagining its vast universe. Set fifteen yeas after a worldwide cataclysm, the original series centers on Shinji Ikari, a 14 year old boy who is enlisted by his estranged father to pilot an enormous bio-weapon known as an “Evangelion” in order to combat a mysterious legion of creatures code-named “Angels.” Together with his fellow pilots Asuka Langley Soryu and Rei Ayanami, as well as his legal guardian / commanding officer Misato Katsuragi, Shinji must struggle with the pangs of growing up while defeating the Angels to save humanity. Of course, there’s way more to this premise than meets the eye. By equal turns psychological and eschatological, Neon Genesis Evangelion subverts audience expectations at every turn to deliver one of the most memorable anime stories of all-time, culminating in one of the most divisive and inspired finales ever produced for television. —TE

Ouran Host Club

Tamaki Suoh points his finger at the off-screen Haruhi Fujioka while other members of the Ouran Host Club stand behind him.

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This comedic, reverse harem anime is one of the most iconic gone-before-its time anime. Joking about waiting for season two is practically a hobby of the shōjo community at this point. The series follows Haruhi Fujioka, an Ouran Academy scholarship student who finds herself indebted to the Host Club after breaking an expensive vase. At first, Haruhi is supposed to only run errands for the club’s six wealthy male members, who entertain female clients in the school’s unused music room. But due to her natural rapport with the clients, Haruhi is promoted to a host-in-training, a role which requires her to disguise herself as a boy — and which leads to ample opportunities to winkingly poke fun at typical shōjo tropes. —SE

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

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Similar to fellow Netflix original Aggretsuko, Rilakkuma and Kaoru is another anime based on cutesy mascot character designs created by a stationary company. While the latter is beautifully realized in impressive stop-motion animation, the two share a common focus in centering on disgruntled officer workers yearning for a change of pace. The series follows a year in the life of Kaoru, a young human woman living with her three roommates: a large brown anthropomorphic bear named Rillakuma, a small white bear named Korilakkuma, and a baby chick named Kiirotori. Heartwarming, whimsical, and powerfully cathartic, Rilakkuma and Kaoru is a wonderful anime with adorable characters and a sensational art style. With a follow-up series titled Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure slated to release sometime next year, no is the perfect time to catch up on the series. —TE

The Promised Neverland

(L-R) Emma, Don, Gilda, and Anna in The Promised Neverland

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Based on Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s popular dark fantasy thriller manga of the same name, The Promised Neverland follows a group of orphaned children who discover that they are being groomed to be devoured by demons by their adoptive guardian. Hatching a plan to escape, the children must remain one step ahead of their would-be wardens, all while searching for clues to the mysterious world outside the walls of their isolated home. Packed with tense drama, frightening stakes, and a narrative filled with unexpected twists and rapturous highs, The Promised Neverland is a stunning anime of horror and survival that will tug at your heartstrings until they snap. —TE

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden in Violet Evergarden

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The highly acclaimed Kyoto Animation brings the Netflix exclusive Violet Evergarden to life with the beautiful scenes you’d expect from the studio. The main character, who shares her name with the series, is a young girl previously used as a killing machine by the military during a war. After losing both of her arms and having them replaced with metal prosthetics, she has to learn how to integrate back into society as an Auto-Memory Doll, which is essentially a trained ghostwriter for books and letters. It’s sweet and satisfying to view Violet grow and discover about the intricacy of human feelings, a journey matched by beautiful animation. The 13-episode series is readily available in its totality in English and Japanese with English subtitles in addition to called voices and subtitles in a number of other languages. —Julia Lee

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.