Japanese animation has been a significant influence on Western cartoons and films, experimental films, and even fashion design. Despite its reputation as low-brow and nerdy, anime remains one of the most adjacent genres of contemporary visual arts. However, if you pick the wrong show from the get-go, it can be hard to get into it. The positive news is that Netflix has some of the best anime series of all time available on its website. The unfortunate thing is that they do have a lot of really bad shows to go through.
Luckily, we did the hard work of digging through the deck and discovering the secret treasures. The iconic classics to the next level of creativity.
Total Season – 3
Cast – Kaolip, Rarecho, Souta Arai, Rina Inoue / Erica Mendez, Jamison Boaz, Josh Petersdorf, Katelyn Gault
Genre –Slice of Life, Comedy
Perhaps the most relatable anime on this list because of its real life-related premise Aggretsuko is the mascot company behind Hello Kitty. But while Retsuko is as adorable as the iconic kitten, this lovely anime transcends its merchandise-friendly origins.
Retsuko is a bright-eyed red panda who starts her first office work fresh out of college. Five years later, her excitement turned into disappointment, dissatisfaction at her tiny flat, a cramped road, and a boss’s chauvinist hog. Her best way to let off the steam is to scream with death metal karaoke every night. This is a cathartic, amusing, and relatable series about the pitfalls of office life that will hit young urbanites right at home today.
2. Hellsing Ultimate
Creator – Kohta Hirano
Director – Tomokazu Tokoro
Total Season – 1
Cast – Katie Gray, Crispin Freeman, Victoria Harwood
Genre – Action, Military, Horror, Supernatural, Vampire, Seinen
Hellsing is an anime series based on a manga by the same name and is known because of its vampire hunting story. It has a plot about vampire hunters but also features some various elements.
The series chronicles the activities of the enigmatic and elusive Hellsing Organisation as it battles against witches, ghouls, and other supernatural creatures that invade England. It’s a must-watch for those who enjoy horror and vampire hunter movies and anime.
3. Cannon Busters
Creator – Lesean Thomas
Directors – LeSean Thomas and Takahiro Natori
Total Season – 1
Cast – Kenn Michael, Kamali Minter, Stephanie Sheh
Genre – Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy, Mecha
Canon busters is an anime that will give you 90s anime vibe like Cowboy Beebop; its main protagonist, Philly, The Kid, is an outlaw with gin slinging skills like an anime Trigun stampede.
It is based on LeSean Thomas’s comic book of the same name. It’s got low scores on MAL, but it’s one hell of a trip to see this anime see it if you like anime like Cowboy Beebop.
4. Devilman Crybaby
Creator: Go Nagai
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Cast: Koki Uchiyama, Ayumu Murase, Megumi Han / Grissin Burns, Kyle McCarley, Cristina Vee
Based on Go Nagai’s manga, Devilman Crybaby is a re-imagination of the classic Devilman series that follows Akira Fudo as he is persuaded by a friend that it would be a wise idea to merge his soul with a demon to battle other demons.
The anime re-imagines the manga and changes the plot to be set in contemporary times, abusing Netflix’s artistic freedom with the sort of graphic pornographic, and violent content that no Western TV network will ever dream of authorizing. A rave-lit orgy full of neon and naked characters easily spirals into a bloodbath, body parts are continually mutilated, all in a silent color palette that makes for a convincing and stunning tale about the man.
5. Carole & Tuesday
Creator: Shinichiro Watanabe
Directors: Shinichiro Watanabe, Motonobu Hor
Total Season – 2
Cast: Kana Ichinose, Miyuri Shimabukuro, Celina Ann, Nai Br.XX / Brianna Knickerbocker, Jeannie Tirado
Carole & Tuesday starts right off the bat with a kick-ass premise: 50 years since mankind colonized Mars, we’re so technologically advanced that all civilization is created by AI … except for two girls who want to change history. We follow the title Carole and Tuesday, two girls who, like Bill and Ted, are expected to deliver so spectacular a musical success that will forever be remembered as a “7-minute wonder.”
As you can expect from Studio Bones, the animation and art style of Carole & Tuesday is just beautiful. Futuristic cities, stage designs, and even smaller details, such as sci-fi self-serving restaurants, bars, and tiny AI music video bosses, look amazing.
Creator – Paru Itagaki
Director – Shinichi Matsumi
Total Season – 1
Cast – Chikahiro Kobayashi, Jonah Scott, Brian Beacock
What if all the creatures are humane and learn to live side by side in the world is the simple premise of Beastars, it’s like Fantastic Mr. Fox, except it’s an anime. Based on the manga of the same name, it was revived for the second season. See it if you want any fiction that combines physiological storylines. Beastars excels at a metaphysical level: a tale of nature vs. design, emotion vs. logical thinking and power. A carnivore may try to invade and devour a herbivore, but a reasonable member of a civilized society would find a way to avoid and avoid the impulse.
An alpha male can yearn to attack rivals and dominate sexual objects of desire in a distant fashion, but those seeking to preserve morality tend to restrain themselves and combat their natural desires.
7. Your Lie in April
Creator – Naoshi Arakawa
Director – Kyōhei Ishiguro
Total Season – 1
Cast – Natsuki Hanae, Risa Taneda, Ayane Sakura / Max Mittelman, Erica Lindbeck, Erica Mendez
Adapted from Naoshi Arakawa’s manga series, Your Lie in April is a series about music, passion, loss, and life. It’s a music-centric slice of life animation, intense rather than easy and light-hearted. Kōsei Arima, a piano prodigy, suffers from severe depression following his mother’s death, leaving him unable to understand the sound of the piano
. He had a change of heart when he met a young violinist named Kaori Miyazono and started to revive his love of music and life. It’s a beautiful tale of passion, music, and free-spirited life that will leave you feeling emotional and leave you wanting extra. This is a musically and visually beautiful series featuring breathtaking musical scores and a breathtaking portrayal of the tragic loss of children.
8. Gurren Lagann
Creator – Kazuki Nakashima
Director – Hiroyuki Imaishi
Total Season – 1
Cast – Yuri Lowenthal, Kana Asumi, Steve Blum
If you get a loving and insecure image of the bros, Gurren Lagann will get you moving. The show is filled with lines like “Believe in me who believes in you” and related affirmations between characters engaged in each other’s self-actualization. Those over-the-top overtures fit well with his unrealistic animation and duels between drill-shaped robots called “Gunmen.”
All that said, as a lot of shone anime, is that Gurren Lagann remains a controversial fave. Women and gay characters suffer from fan service and excessively pervasive stereotyping, but many nevertheless consider it a masterpiece.