My Top 10 Favorite Anime Shows to Watch on Netflix!

If you don’t have Crunchyroll or are just looking at other spots to find anime, Netflix has made the smart decision to create a catalog of the genre. Their selection is still much smaller than Crunchyroll, but that can be a good thing since it’s not as overwhelming and Netflix has vetted the anime to make it onto the shortlist. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to watch, below is a small list I’ve put together of some of the best anime to watch on the platform. This is by no means an inclusive list! The hardest part of writing this was limiting it to 10.

Classics

Naruto

Episodes: 220

If you’ve been looking for a time to watch this classic of classics, now is the time. The show is about a young boy, Naruto Uzumaki, and his journey to make his dream of becoming the Hokage (leader of the ninja village) a reality. He starts out as an ostracized youth with no parents, but eventually finds camaraderie with his ninja-in-training team consisting of his rival Sasuke Uchiha and crush Sakura Haruno. It’s a fun adventure with plenty of colorful characters and an interesting plot that will keep you entertained during its 200+ episodes.

Death Note

Episodes: 37

Feeling angsty? Death Note is about a teen, Light Yagami, sick of seeing horrible people going unpunished for their crimes and is presented with the opportunity to do something about it. He finds a notebook that has the ability to kill anyone whose name is written in it, as long as he also knows what they look like. Light finds out the notebook was intentionally dropped by a Shinigami looking to have some fun, and now that Shinigami is hanging around to see what Light does next with the power of death in his hands.

InuYasha

Episodes: 167

You can tell immediately from the animation style that this is an older anime, and it has stayed popular for good reason. The story is about a young girl, Kagome Higurashi, who was dragged into a well by a demon and ends up 500 years in the past during Japan’s Sengoku period. She discovers that she is the reincarnation of a priestess, and there is a jewel inside of her body called the Shikon no Tama (Jewel of Four Souls) which the demons crave for its immense power. After the jewel is shattered, she enlists the help of a hybrid dog-demon/human companion, InuYasha, as well as a monk, demon slayer, orphaned kitsune, and cat with 2 tails. The story is complex, and we find out just how much the past can affect a person’s future.

New Anime

Demon Slayer

Episodes: 44

One of the most popular anime at the moment, Demon Slayer can now be watched on Netflix. This anime will grab you from the first episode and not let go. The story follows Tanjiro Kamado and his sister, Nezuko, who survived a demonic attack in the mountains outside of a remote village. We can say “survived” but Nezuko was turned into a demon while still somehow maintaining a shadow of her former self. Tanjiro joins the Demon Slayer Corps in order to avenge his family and find a way to turn his sister human again.

Vinland Saga

Episodes: 24

Get ready for a wild ride, this anime is not PG even if the main character is a child. The anime takes place during the time of Vikings in the early 1000’s when putting an arrow through someone was just a normal Tuesday. Thorfinn watched his father give up his life to save him, and now he follows the mercenaries that killed his father in order to gain a chance at revenge. The complexities of war and politics take Thorfinn far away from his homeland, but he never gives up on his determination to avenge his father. That’s just where the story starts as we follow Thorfinn and his fight for survival, and hopefully peace, in the harsh realities of a world at war.

Seven Deadly Sins

Episodes: 24 + 2 OVA

Seven Deadly Sins is just a fun anime to watch. The Sins are a band of knights that had disbanded ten years ago after being framed for plotting a coup. In order to clear their names, the third princess Elizabeth Liones finds their leader, Meliodas, and convinces him to gather the other knights once again. They will need to liberate the kingdom from the Holy Knights that framed the Sins, as well as fight the Demon Race that was released from their prison. This anime has lots of content, and you’ll enjoy the ride as the real relationship between Meliodas and Elizabeth comes to light.

Comedy

One Punch Man

Episodes: 24 + 13 OVA

Sometimes you just need a laugh, and One Punch Man is here for you. This anime is about a man named Saitama who trained in a very specific way and can now defeat any monster with one punch. Although he has great strength, he has the charisma of a background character and goes completely unnoticed by most people. Genos, a cyborg, is one of the few people who notices his immense power and convinces Saitama to become his mentor. This anime is great to watch on bad days when you need a lift, or are looking for a way to introduce anime to your friends.

Saiki K

Episodes: 120

Kusuo Saiki just wants to be left alone, but he keeps making friends. Born with phenomenal cosmic powers, Saiki has the power to bend reality and destroy the city in his sleep, but he also still needs to attend high school like a normal person. Watching Saiki as he tries to deal with normal situations and people that just can’t take a hint makes this anime comedy gold.


Uncle From Another World

Episodes: 7

Yosuke Shibazaki is a 34-year-old man who just woke up from being in a coma for 17 years, but he was actually in another world during that time and has the magic and memories to prove it. Unfortunately, when he isekaied over he still had his normal appearance, so he was mistaken as an orc quite a few times. We join his nephew, Takafumi Takaoka, as he helps his uncle re-adjust to modern day life where Sega in not the main game console, and the idea of a girl being tsundere is considered cute and not a reason to leave her behind in an unknown city.

Movie

A Silent Voice

Running Time: 130 minutes

Netflix not only has anime series, but they have also included some great anime movies. A Silent Voice is a movie that will change your worldview, or at least make you question how you view others. Grab the tissues for this one! The story follows high school student Shoya Ishida who has decided to kill himself, but at the last minute changes his mind in order to wrap up loose ends. We find out that Shoya and many of his friends bullied another student in sixth grade, Shoko Nishimiya, who is deaf. The bullying escalates until finally the principal becomes involved a Shoya is singled out as the cause. Now it is Shoya who is bullied, and he blames Shoko. Shoko ends up transferring schools, and Shoya does not see her again until he attempts to ask for forgiveness. Shoko and Shoya aren’t the only two mending their relationship. Each of the children that took part in the bullying is faced with the consequences of their actions and the chance to make amends.

Conclusion

It was so hard to limit this list to only 10! I feel like I’m leaving some friends out when I can only recommend so many. What anime would you add to this list? Did I list any of your favorites? I just hope Netflix will continue to add anime so more people unfamiliar with the genre will get to know these amazing stories.

Written by: Kathryn Vallejo

4 thoughts on “My Top 10 Favorite Anime Shows to Watch on Netflix!

  1. Most of these shows r on Crunchyroll or online to watch… I thought this would be an exclusive to only Netflix shows, but it isn’t…

    1. This was geared toward people who use Netflix almost exclusively. But the feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

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