Do you like anime?has a surprisingly definitive library, with everything from classics like Cowboy Bebop and Naruto to the latest and greatest shows like Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan.
There is so much to look at. If you’re looking for more niche stuff, Netflix also has shows like Beastars and Recod or Ragnarok to check out. Get stuck in!
The best anime shows on Netflix
Shonen’s most recent darling, Demon Slayer, is a standout hit that breaks with many of the worn-out clichés in action anime. The story follows Tanjiro Kamado, who joins the demon slayers after the murder of his family by a demon. Only Nezuko Kamado, Tanjiro’s younger sister, survived the attack – but she was turned into a demon. Tanjiro travels with Nezuko through Taisho-era Japan in search of a cure and joins the Demon Slayer Corps in search of the original demon, Muzan Kibutsuji, who killed his family.
The animation and action are breathtaking, the characters are compelling and lively, the music is fantastic and the dialogue is unforgettable. We cannot recommend this anime more highly. Season one is streaming on Netflix, but there’s another season available if you want more.
“Believe it” (as Naruto Uzumaki would say), you can’t have a best anime list without this show. This classic, beloved anime follows Naruto, a young ninja from the Hidden Leaf Village who dreams of becoming the leader of his village. Beware: Naruto is a terribly long animated film. So long that once you’ve gone through all nine seasons on Netflix (220 episodes in all), which spans Naruto’s teenage years, you’ll have 500 more episodes to cover in Naruto: Shippuden, which kicks off two and a half years after the show. . original loop. There are also a handful of Naruto movies currently available on the streaming service. Make sure to skip the filler episodes unless you’re really desperate for something to watch.
Another anime classic, Cowboy Bebop, originally aired in 1998 and has never lost its appeal. The show brilliantly blended a variety of genres – mainly science fiction and western (think space cowboys) – to create something completely new and immersive. Set in 2071, the series centers on a group of traveling bounty hunters aboard their ship Bebop. Netflix recently made a live-action version of the show, although it didn’t get the same critical acclaim as the anime.
Attack on Titan (2013-2023)
Attack on Titan is without a doubt one of the most popular anime right now. And for good reason. With spectacular animation, political intrigue, a compelling cast of characters and larger-than-life combat, this is one show you’ll want to watch. Yes, the Titans – the gigantic, humanoid, man-eating monsters that force humanity to live behind towering castle walls – are unnerving and can scare you. But that’s half the fun, especially when we see our heroes take them down. Netflix only has the first season of Attack on Titan in its catalog, but those 25 episodes are enough to get you started.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012-)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure follows generations of the Joestar family, from the 19th century to the modern day, through decades of, you guessed it, bizarre adventures. Every member of the family bears the same name – Jojo – and each is imbued with great superhuman powers. The battles are as psychic and supernatural as the story is adventurous. Good thing all five seasons are streaming on Netflix.
Hunter x Hunter (2011-2014)
Hunter x Hunter remains an unfinished story, abruptly interrupted after Season 6. The manga’s author Yoshihiro Togashi stopped writing, giving Hunter x Hunter a break. New chapters, Togashi recently announced, are coming. This anime begins with protagonist Gon Freecss leaving the house in search of his father, but the show soon branches out from that simple story. The series is loved for its world-building and emotional investment in its diverse cast of characters.
Death Note, a gripping cat-and-mouse game for all ages, follows Light Yagami, a genius high school student who finds a mysterious notebook (titled “Death Note”) that gives its owner the ability to kill anyone whose name is on it. Determined to create a new world free of crime, Light carries out a massacre, killing criminals and which Light deems morally unworthy. But the world’s greatest detective is on the case. Can Light Get Away With It?
You will be hooked after the first few episodes of this popular anime, trust us. This show isn’t your typical action anime, but that doesn’t make it any less captivating. In fact, the opposite is true. Kakegurui is set in an academy where a student’s size is based on their gambling skills, whether that be at the roulette table or playing blackjack. It’s part psychological thriller, part drama, and the stakes get higher as the show goes on.
A Netflix original inspired by the classic video games of the same name, Castlevania follows the last member of the disgraced Belmont family, Trevor Belmont. This dark medieval fantasy is full of gore, gothic horror and grotesque monsters. Trevor – and friends made along the way – dare to defeat none other than Dracula himself, whose anger and grief over the unjust death of his love engulfed Eastern Europe in the 1400s. You don’t want to miss this one.
Record of Ragnarok (2021-)
Always wanted to see a brawl between a Norse god and an ancient Chinese warrior? Or watch a Greek god battle it out with one of the best swordsmen in Japan’s history? Me neither, but now I’m sure glad I did.
The account of Ragnarok’s premise is simple: through 13 one-on-one battles to the death, humanity must prove itself worthy to avoid destruction by the gods. The first to seven wins wins. This anime is imaginative, entertaining and packed with human history, so you’ll learn some new things along the way. It’s also cool to see legends from all over the world converge into one mythos. Only the first 12-episode season is out, making this a perfect anime to binge on your next couch session.
If you thought Naruto was tall, think again. One Piece is the longest-running anime to date, with over 1,000 episodes in 23 years of broadcasting. The show follows Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates. They are looking for the ultimate treasure known as One Piece. Netflix recently expanded its four-season collection of One Piece to 13 seasons, giving you plenty to sink your teeth into. If you ever hope to catch up, go there!
In a world where demons are resurfacing, Akira Fudo unites with a demon, at the behest of his friend, to become a devil’s man, to wage a vicious war against the demons that now plague the Earth.
Devilman Crybaby is based on the manga written by Go Nagai, which was originally adapted as an anime in the 1970s. This newer series moves the time setting from the 70’s to the modern day and goes hardcore on mature themes and violent sequences. It is rated TV-MA so this is not for the kids.
Devilman Crybaby debuted to much acclaim in 2018, and so far it’s only compiled 10 episodes into one season.
Beastars is set in a world of anthropomorphic animals. These characters have a job and go to school, which is reminiscent of Disney’s Zootopia. But while Beastars and Zootopia both tackle similar themes—predator versus prey, prejudice and discrimination versus compassion and inclusivity—Beastars is definitely the emotionally heavier show. In fact, because of some of the sexual themes and violence in the show, it’s best to steer clear of kids from this. If you like melodramas that philosophize harshly, this might be the best show for you yet.
One Punch Man (2015-2019)
How would you feel if you were so strong that you could defeat any enemy with just one blow? Triumphant? Bored? Alone? That is the central question with which One Punch Man is grappling. The show follows hero Saitama, who has trained so hard that all his hair fell out. At the end of his training, he is able to defeat any enemy with one blow. The show is a satire of shonen manga and anime, subverting the common tropes in those stories. If you’re looking for a different spin on the modern superhero story, this might be for you.
Netflix has a robust library of past Pokemon anime, and the latest series in the franchise is produced by Netflix itself. The story follows our favorite forever 10-year-old, Ash Ketchum (go figure), as he continues his Pokemon journey. The show also introduces a host of new characters, including Goh and Chloe, and takes audiences to multiple regions of the Pokemon world, including the most recent, the Galar region. If you are a fan of Pokemon, or have kids, this is a great anime to watch.
Honorable Mention: Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)
OK, Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t technically an anime, but it draws so much from the art form and is so perfect, it would be madness not to mention it here. I missed this show when it aired on Nickelodeon, and when it resurfaced on Netflix, I dismissed it as purely nostalgic hype. Boy, was I wrong. This show tackles complex themes of war propaganda, genocide, duty and honor while remaining a lighthearted and upbeat epic. Oh, and it also has one of the best character redemption arcs in TV history, period.