15 best anime series on Netflix to watch right now

Interested in anime? Then Netflix is ​​the place to dive in, with a huge library of great titles. The amount of these offers can be daunting when looking for something to watch, but fear not! We’ve put together a list of the best anime currently on Netflix to satisfy all of your streaming desires.

The following anime selections cover several different genres. Some are classics. Some are newer, but all will get you hooked. With everything from pirates to bounty hunters, karaoke lovers to demons, here are the 15 best anime series on Netflix streaming right now.

1. Aggretsuko

Retsuko at the office.
Credit: Netflix

Aggretsuko is a down-to-earth anime that takes place mostly in an office and follows the life of Retsuko, a modest red panda in her 20s, who has to deal with a shitty boss, navigate relationships with co-workers , then rumble to death metal songs in karaoke bars. It’s a sweet and lighthearted little series.* —Kellen Beck, Science Journalist

How to watch: Aggretsuko is now streaming on Netflix.

2. The attack of the Titans

In the world of The attack of the Titans, humans live in a walled civilization to protect themselves from the giant Titans, who seek to devour them. After 100 years of peace, the outermost wall is breached by a new, more dangerous race of Titans, resulting in carnage and chaos. Eren Yeager witnesses his mother die at the hands of the Titans and joins the Survey Corps for revenge. The ensuing series is full of multifaceted characters, heart-pounding action sequences and devastating plot twists. Netflix only has the first season of The attack of the Titans, but it’s worth the detour. —Belen Edwards, Entertainment Fellow

How to watch: The attack of the Titans is now streaming on Netflix.

3. Castlevania

Video game adaptations are notoriously difficult to make, but Castlevania more than glue landing. Of a dark atmosphere and full of rich traditions, Castlevania tells the story of Trevor Belmont, a disgraced Belmont family monster hunter. He and his companions, Sypha and Alucard, seek to protect the land of Wallachia from Dracula and his horde of demons. Prepare to see dazzling magic, terrifying monsters, and high-intensity combat. Best of all, you don’t need any prior knowledge of the Castlevania games to enjoy anime – you will be immediately sucked in. —TO BE

How to watch: Castlevania is now streaming on Netflix.

4. cowboy bebop

It’s black; it’s an anime; it’s science fiction. That’s all of the above! cowboy bebop is a genre-defying Japanese series from the 90s vocal fan following. Spike Spiegel is a bounty hunter in 2071, when humans mostly live on outer worlds. He and his partner Jet Black cruise around the galaxy in their spaceship, the Cowboy Bebop, hunting down scoundrels and recruiting new team members along the way. Its brooding atmosphere made it a standout among other anime titles of its time. This is a beloved series that is rightly deserving of all the accolades it has received. It has style, suspense and an iconic corgi. What more do you need?!* –Kristina Grosspietsch, freelance writer

How to watch: cowboy bebop is now streaming on Netflix.

5. Death threat

Death threat is a pretty intense show that revolves around a demonic book that can be used for murder by writing a person’s name in it, visualizing it in your head when you do it, and writing down how it dies. The book falls into the hands of teenager Light Yagami, who begins to use it for what he perceives to be the greater good and uses the complicated rules that come with the book to avoid being found by investigators and his fellow genius L. It’s hard not to binge. through her.* –KB

How to watch: Death threat is now streaming on Netflix.

6. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

When Tanjiro Kamado’s family is killed and his little sister Nezuko turns into a demon, he embarks on a quest to become a demon slayer in the Demon Slayer Corps. As he strives for revenge and seeks to heal his sister, he encounters other Demon Slayers and encounters sinister forces. demon slayerThe story of is immediately captivating, aided by compelling leads and an atmospheric setting. To top it off, the fight scenes are amazing, with top-notch animation and fight choreography. —TO BE

How to watch: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is now streaming on Netflix.

7. Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Gon Freecss is a young boy, who dreams of becoming a legendary Hunter like his father, who left him to pursue his career as a Hunter. Gon takes on the difficult Hunter Exam alongside other strong candidates like Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. Each stage of the test contains exciting puzzles and trials, as well as a cast of dynamic supporting characters. These series is so much fun. All of Hunter X HunterThe dynamic characters of and its thrilling encounters with monsters combine to create a hugely entertaining adventure. —TO BE

How to watch: Hunter X Hunter is now streaming on Netflix.

8. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Anime Still: Five Muscular Men in Bright Clothes Strike Poses

Strike a pose.
Credit: Viz Media

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is an offbeat series full of ridiculous characters, beefy dudes, wild plotlines, and bright colors. The series follows various members of the Joestar family as they embark on their individual, supernatural journeys, make friends, and ultimately defeat over-the-top villains. It’s really weird and a great way to completely disconnect from reality. * —KB

How to watch: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is now streaming on Netflix.

9. Neon Genesis Evangelion

One of the most important and influential anime series of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion is hugely ambitious, emotionally complex and beautifully animated. In the future, the city of Tokyo-3 is attacked by monstrous angels. Humanity’s last defense are giant mechs known as Evangelions or Evas. When 14-year-old Shinji Ikari’s father recruits him as an Eva pilot, he finds himself at the forefront of the battle to save humanity. What follows is a series of incredible fights between Angels and Evas, as well as an in-depth exploration of trauma. —TO BE

How to watch: Neon Genesis Evangelion is now streaming on Netflix.

ten. A play

Want adventure on the high seas? A play is the anime for you. Follow Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates as they search for the One Piece – the great treasure found by the last Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. A play is literally full of fun, with goofy characters and storylines. Netflix doesn’t have the entire series (which is very, very long and still ongoing) in its library, but it does have the East Blue and Alabasta story arcs, which serve as great introductions to this classic anime. —TO BE

How to watch: A play is now streaming on Netflix.

11. A punch

Saitama is a guy who just wants to be a hero for fun. By doing 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10k run every day, he became the most powerful being in the universe, capable of destroying any opponent with a single punch. A punch is hilarious but also contains very good action sequences, a perfect combo.* —KB

How to watch: A punch is now streaming on Netflix.

12. Sword Art Online

When players in a virtual reality MMORPG call each other Sword Art Online realize they can’t quit the game, they learn that the game’s creator is holding them captive. The only way to escape is to complete all the levels in the game, but they have to be careful. If they die in the game, they die in real life. With high stakes, compelling characters, and the ever-changing world of its titular video game, Sword Art Online is an exciting anime that sucks you in and doesn’t let go. —TO BE

How to watch: Sword Art Online is now streaming on Netflix.

13. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden has been used as a tool of war all her life. After the war ended, she adjusted to non-military life and worked as an Auto Memory Doll, someone who composed letters for those who could not write. Throughout it all, she struggles with her past, including the last words her army major said to her. Violet Evergarden is a touching exploration of memory and human emotion centered around a fascinating heroine. —TO BE

How to watch: Violet Evergarden is now streaming on Netflix.

14. Yasuke

A samurai extends a bloody sword

A new samurai rises.
Credit: Netflix

LeSean Thomas’ miniseries follows the life and legend of its title character, a dark samurai who served daimyō Oda Nobunaga. Years after Nobunaga’s death, Yasuke lives on as Yassan, a boatman who ferries villagers along the water and says little about his past. But a young girl of awesome power undoes Yassan’s quiet life and alias, thrusting him back into a world of warriors, magic and more. The show blends sci-fi, fantasy, and history like only anime can, with Lakeith Stanfield on the mic bringing Yasuke sublimely to life. —Proma Khosla, entertainment journalist

How to watch: Yasuke is now streaming on Netflix.

15. Your lie in April

Chances are you’ll be in tears by the time you’re done Your lie in April. This series will strike a chord with you and play with your emotions until its beautiful and heartbreaking ending. Your lie in April tells the story of Kousei Arima, a gifted pianist who hasn’t been able to play since his mother’s death. Enter Kaori Miyazono, a violinist whose free-spirited playing style contradicts everything Kousei knows about music. With Kaori’s help, Kousei rediscovers his love of the piano. The result is an incredibly smooth anime with a gorgeous score – the scenes where the characters play their instruments are real standouts. —TO BE

How to watch: Your lie in April is now streaming on Netflix.

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