In the space of a few short years, Netflix has come to indisputably dominate the streaming market – an expansion that has included the acquisition of dozens of awesome anime shows. The sheer variety of content on Netflix, as well as the vast quantities of it, beats out all the competitors, and while questions have been raised about the staggering amount of debt they’ve accumulated, the subscriber numbers keep climbing. It’s bizarre to remember that Netflix, once upon a time, was a DVD mailing service.
Over the past few years, Netflix has stepped into original content, with film and TV programming that’s won awards, as well as hordes of devoted viewers. One area they’ve been building a substantial following in is anime. Netflix are home to many series from Japan – a mix of classics and hot new favorites. Not only is Netflix the exclusive international distributor for a lot of anime, but they’ve also gotten into the market of producing original anime for worldwide audiences. It’s been a boon for anime fans and curious newbies alike, and there’s more coming on the horizon.
Below is our list of every anime available to watch on Netflix. You can log into your account now and find days’ worth of programming to marathon to find your new favorite anime. Unless specified, these anime are available to watch internationally.
Set in the near future of 2035, this Netflix exclusive, based on the manga of the same name, takes place after an accident known as “The Burst” leads to an epidemic of artificial life-forms across the Kurobe Gorge. Following a government mandated quarantine, a young girl called Aiko becomes embroiled in the quest to stop the spread of “matter” before it’s too late. There are currently 12 episodes available to stream.
After being hit by a truck, student Kei Nagai discovers he’s an immortal Ajin and finds himself the enemy of the state who wish to conduct experiments on him. Ajins – powerful creatures who can create abnormal amounts of IBM (Invisible Black Matter) – are considered dangerous and those who have escaped the government’s clutches are hell-bent on revenge. Kei must pick a side in this tense, brutal anime. There are currently 26 episodes available on Netflix.
This take on the mecha genre combines ancient alien technology, interstellar space travel, royal conflicts and, of course, robots punching one another. An assassination attempt revives tensions between Earth and the enigmatic residents of an ultra-futuristic Martian empire. There are currently 24 episodes available on Netflix.
Attack on Titan
Based on one of the best-selling manga series ever, and currently one of the most popular anime in production, Attack on Titan has become something of a phenomenon, with video games, spin-offs, live-action movies and much more to its name. A unique take on the ever-beloved giant monster story, Attack on Titan is an often bleak story of the last remnants of humanity mounting defenses against Titans, giant humanoid creatures who eat humans for apparently no reason, and cause destruction indiscriminately. There are currently 25 episodes available to stream.
B: The Beginning
Kazuto Nakazawa (the director behind the anime sequence in Kill Bill: Vol. 1) is the director of this Netflix exclusive series that premiered earlier this year. B: The Beginning blends crime, action, fantasy and mystery to tell the story of a mysterious criminal organisation, an infamous serial killer, the otherworldly forces in control of both, and the investigators brought on board to solve this myriad of puzzles. There are currently 12 episodes available to stream.
A group of pirate mercenaries known as the Lagoon Company smuggle goods around Southeast Asia in the 1990s, doing business with various international crime families, from the Yakuza to the Russian and Italian mafia syndicates. Inspired by everything from John Woo and Tarantino to Stephen King, this popular anime has 24 episodes currently available. (Note: this series is currently not streaming on US Netflix.)
With over 120m volumes in print, Tite Kubo’s manga remains a titan of the field, and the anime series has similar repute. Adapted by Noriyuke Abe, the series ran for 366 episodes over 8 years. Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a Soul Reaper who must defend humanity from evil spirits and guide lost souls to the afterlife. There are currently 63 episodes available to stream.
Rin and Yukio Okumura, two seemingly ordinary teenagers, discover that they’re actually the sons of Satan, with the former finding out he is the prime inheritor of his father’s demonic powers. The pair enrol at True Cross Academy and train to become exorcists so that they can defeat their evil father. There are currently 26 episodes available on Netflix.
Legendary comic book writer Warren Ellis (the man behind Transmetropolitan) spearheaded the long-awaited adaptation of the video game franchise. This origin story of sorts features a stellar voice cast (including Richard Armitage from The Hobbit trilogy and James Callis from Battlestar Galactica) and takes most of its artistic cues from Ayami Kojima’s artwork from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The second season is awaiting release, but for now, four episodes are available to stream.
Children of the Whales
The inhabitants of the Mud Whale vessel are divided into two groups: The Marked, telepaths whose powers greatly shorten their lifespans; and The Unmarked, who lack such abilities but enjoy longer lives as a result. A young boy named Chakuro befriends a mysterious new arrival named Lykos, and the pair’s adventures may change the lives of everyone on the Mud Whale. There are currently 12 episodes available on Netflix.
Set in an alternate Japan where the country was conquered by The Holy Empire of Britannia, Code Geass remains one of the most popular series in modern anime. The critically acclaimed series follows the former prince Lelouch vi Britannia who obtains a strange power known only as Geass, which he decides to use to destroy the Holy Britannian Empire. There are currently 25 episodes available. (Note: this series is not streaming on US Netflix.)
Considered one of the greatest anime series ever made, Cowboy Bebop, Shinichirō Watanabe’s epic tale of bounty hunters scouring the galaxy in the near future still holds up to modern eyes, even as it approaches its 20th anniversary. The adventures of Spike Spiegel and the crew of the Bebop have delighted fans for years and the show is considered the ideal gateway drug for anyone looking to try out anime for the first time. There are 26 episodes available. (Note: this series is currently not available on US Netflix.)
Cyborg 009: Call of Justice
Nine people from around the world were kidnapped by the mysterious Black Ghost organization and forced to undergo experiments that turned them into superhuman cyborgs with immense powers. Now, they must band together to stop Black Ghost from setting off a new world war. Cyborg 009 started life as a manga in the 60s and has been revived various times on film, TV and radio. There are currently 12 episodes available on Netflix.
Netflix released an American live-action remake of this beloved series in 2017, but the original is vastly superior. The melodramatic thriller centers of bored genius schoolboy Light Yagami, who finds a mystical notebook that allows him to kill people by simply writing down their names. Death Note also serves as an accessible introduction to anime for those new to the medium. There are 37 episodes available to watch.
How can you go wrong with a title like that? Devilman Crybaby signals Netflix’s foray into original anime, and so far, the results have been positively received. Based on Go Nagai’s manga Devilman, this tells the story of a human who finds himself possessed by a demon – but one who still has a human soul. There are currently 10 episodes available to stream.
Ryūgamine Mikado moves to the Tokyo district of Ikebukuro, looking for some excitement in his humdrum life. But there are people and groups he just shouldn’t cross, including an Irish dullahan, working as an underworld courier, on the hunt for her stolen head. There are currently 24 episodes available to stream.
Lucy, a mutant with incredible telekinetic powers, escapes from the facility where she is being experimented on and finds her way to the real world, where she is befriended by two trusting students with no idea of her immense powers. Unbeknownst to Kouta and Yuka, their new friend could potentially destroy humankind. There are currently 13 episodes available. (Note: this series is currently not available on US Netflix.)
Satoru can travel back in time. He possesses the ability known as the Revival, which allows him to travel back to a moment before a life-threatening incident, a power he uses to prevent deaths. After his mother is murdered, Satoru’s ability sends him back to his elementary school days. He uses this opportunity to prevent the kidnapping that took the lives of three childhood friends. There are currently 12 episodes available. (Note: this series is currently not available on US Netflix.)
Part of the extensive Fate/stay night franchise, this series follows a splintered timeline from the original series, in which the Great Holy Grail Wars are waged on an unprecedented scale. There are currently 25 episodes available to stream.
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
High school student Shirō Emiya is recruited to compete in the Fifth Holy Grail War, a magical tournament where competitors fight for possession of the Holy Grail. There are currently 26 episodes available to stream on Netflix.
Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fans remain divided on which version of the adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s classic manga is the best. The first series made drastic changes to the original story upon the author’s request, while Brotherhood, made six years later, is very faithful to the manga. Whatever your preference, few can deny the power of that story of brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who search for the Philosopher’s Stone that will allow them to regain the bodies they lost after a disastrous failed attempt to resurrect their late mother. There are currently 51 episodes of the original series on Netflix, and there are 64 episodes of Brotherhood available to stream (the live-action movie is also available to watch on Netflix).
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