20 Best Anime to Watch on Netflix (2020)

Best Anime on Netflix Right Now from the classic series to the latest titles

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How do you watch anime? There are several ways to enjoy watching anime such as TV, DVDs, YouTube and other anime streaming platforms. Anyway, it has got easier to access Japanese and international anime from your home recently. Here, I would like to recommend Netflix as one of the cool ways to watch anime and best anime to watch on Netflix.

Netflix allows you to watch anime and other movies and TV programs unlimitedly just for around 10 dollars (1,000 yen) per month, offering its service in over 190 countries. By downloading your favorite anime on Netflix, you can watch them anywhere without worrying about Internet data usage.

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There are numerous films and TV programs including Japanese anime on Netflix

There is a wide range of anime on Netflix from classic anime series loved for a long time to the latest titles. Netflix invests substantial resources in making its own anime and distributing them exclusively. It is decided to add the famous Studio Ghibli anime movies to the Netflix’s collection all over the world except Japan, United States and Canada.

This is the list of 20 best anime to watch on Netflix, which will help you to find your next target, Of course, it will be an opener for beginners to start watching anime. Each anime below is recommended for three types of people: Beginners (who rarely watch anime), Anime Fans (who have watched some anime) or Anime Freaks (who love anime).

Please be noted that there would never enough time for you to watch anime on Netflix if you are obsessed with them!

1. Studio Ghibli Movies

There is a lineup of the famous Studio Ghibli movies from the top-rated Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away to the classic My Neighbor Totoro and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on Netflix around the globe (except Japan, United States and Canada) from 2020. You should try all of the Ghibli films since you can get the unlimited access to them!

▽I have listed my best Ghibli movies below!▽

2. Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z
Photo: Dragon Ball Z on Netflix

The highlight of the classic Japanese anime and manga series Dragon Ball is Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZ). The story is based on the time when the main character Goku fas grown up following the first series “Dragon Ball”. Dragon Ball Z is the first anime that made the establishment of the anime genre of action by using unique techniques like Kamehameha.

Genre: Action, Adventure

Originally aired: 1989-1996

Highly recommended for Beginners

3. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Photo: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba on Netflix

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃), aired in Japan in 2019, is one of the best ongoing anime in the 21st Century. It is getting more popular all over the world while the original manga is also winning a big market. The next story “Infinity Train” is scheduled to come to the screens in 2020.

Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, Dark Fantasy

Originally aired: from 2019

Highly recommended for Beginners/Anime Fans

4. Pocket Monster/Pokémon

Pocket Monster/Pokémon
Photo: Pocket Monster/Pokémon on Netflix

Pocket Monster/Pokémon (ポケットモンスター) has been more and more famous and popular all over the world. The season 1 of the anime series started in 1997 after releasing the original video game, and the anime is still going on. The main character Satoshi travels around the world with his partner Pikachu and other Pokemon. Both kids and adults can enjoy watching the anime.

Genre: Kids, Family, Adventure

Originally aired: from 1997

Highly recommended for Beginners

5. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Photo: Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix

Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン), which is also abbreviated as EVA, is one of the most famous and popular anime in the world. Neon Genesis Evangelion contributed a lot to the anime industry before 2000s when anime was never more popular than now. Giant humanoid robots “Evangelions” piloted by the main characters Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami and other teenagers battle with unidentifiable enemies “Angels”.

Genre: Mecha, Fantasy

Originally aired: 1995-1996

Highly recommended for Anime Fans

6. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
FPhoto: ullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Netflix

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST) is one of the most famous sci-fi anime worldwide, based on the original manga with 27 volumes. Alchemist brothers Edward and Alphonse loses their part of body or the whole body since they violate a taboo. The previous title Fullmetal Alchemist is totally different from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which ends up with the anime’s original story.

Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy

Originally aired: 2009-2010

Highly recommended for Beginners/Anime Fans

7. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden
Photo: Violet Evergarden on Netflix

Violet Evergarden (ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン), based on the light novel that won the fifth Kyoto Animation Award in 2015, is an ongoing popular anime produced by Kyoto Animation. It represents no battle scene in the war or no science fiction theme while the main character Violet Evergarden experienced the large-scale war. Just a woman’s journey to search for her life’s purpose is focused on in the story.

Genre: Drama

Originally aired: from 2018

Highly recommended for Anime Fans

8. 7 Seeds

7 Seeds
Photo: 7 Seeds on Netflix

The Sci-Fi anime 7 Seeds started to be distributed only on Netflix with 12 episodes as the season 1 in 2019, and the next season is scheduled to be released in 2020. The store starts with a predict that a meteor will fall in the earth and some selected people should be cryonically preserved to pass humankind down the generations.

Genre: Science Fiction

Originally aired: from 2019

Highly recommended for Anime Fans/Anime Freaks

9. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Photo: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya on Netflix

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱) is looked on as one of the most important Japanese anime that has popularize an anime and a light novel in Japan. The story consists of daily high school life and fantastic unreality due to the club SOS Brigade’s members including aliens.

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Originally aired: 2006-2009

Highly recommended for Beginners/Anime Fans

10. Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Photo: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex on Netflix

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX) is the first title of the anime series of Ghost in the Shell. The anime was aired in 2002 following the previous story Ghost in the Shell that was the movie released in 1995. In the setting of the story 2030, the members of Public Security Section 9 investigate various incidents. As the newest title of the legendary sci-fi anime, 攻殻機動隊 SAC_2045 will be released on Netflix in 2020.

Genre: Science Fiction

Originally aired: from 2002

Highly recommended for Anime Freaks

11. The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland
Photo: The Promised Neverland on Netflix

One of the most popular ongoing Weekly Shonen Jump manga The Promised Neverland (約束のネバーランド) was aired on TV in 2019 as an anime with the first 12 episodes. This is a little abstract introduction to avoid being a spoiler, but orphans including Emma and Ray survive the tough world resisting the cruel fate, set in 2045.

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Originally aired: from 2019

Highly recommended for Beginners

12. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online
Photo: Sword Art Online on Netflix

Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン) is known as one of the most famous ongoing anime and light novels. The protagonist Kirito and the heroine Asuna play the MMORPG named Sword Art Online diving into the virtual reality world. The player’s brain is connected to the game physically and mentally.

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

Originally aired: from 2012

Highly recommended for Beginners

13. Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World

Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
Photo: Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World on Netflix

Speaking of one of the modern anime trends, you cannot avoid the genre of Isekai anime where the characters are sent to the parallel world from their daily lives. Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活) is one of the best popular Isekai anime to watch on Netflix. You may find the anime with the title “Re: Life in a different world from zero” on Netflix. The protagonist Subaru repeatedly died and revived due to his special ability in the fantasy world to accomplish his goals. The second season is scheduled to be aired in 202o.

Genre: Isekai, Adventure, Dark Fantasy

Originally aired: from 2016

Highly recommended for Anime Fans/Anime Freaks

14. Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail
Photo: Fairy Tail on Netflix

Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル) is a popular adventure anime and manga series, and all of the 328 episodes were aired on TV for about a decade. A dragon slayer wizard Natsu Dragneel, who is a member of the Fairy Tail guild, ventured into various requests with other members.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Originally aired: 2009-2019

Highly recommended for Anime Fans/Anime Freaks

15. Code Geass

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Photo: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion on Netflix

Code Geass is a popular anime franchise in Japan, and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ) is the first title you should start with. Lelouch vi Britannia stand against the the Holy Britannian Empire to avenge the murder of his mother and protect his sister. The main character is presented as not a pure hero but a villain.

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Mecha

Originally aired: from 2006

Highly recommended for Beginners/Anime Fans

16. Gin Tama

Gin Tama
Photo: Gin Tama on Netflix

For a popular comedy anime, Gin Tama (銀魂), originally made as a Weekly Shonen Jump manga that completed its story in 2018, is your thing to watch on Netflix. The setting of Gin Tama is the fictional Edo period in Japan which was invaded by aliens. The unique world is inspired by various essences in the real world including topical news, politics, pop cultures and so on.

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

Originally aired: 2008-2018

Highly recommended for Anime Freaks

17. Doraemon

Photo: Doraemon on Netflix

Doraemon (ドラえもん), which is still one of the most popular anime among children in Japan and around the world, has long history. The first series of Doraemon started to be aired on TV in 1973, and the current series have been distributed since 2005. Doraemon, a robot coming from the 22nd century, helps the poor Nobita with the magical gadgets to fly in the sky, teleport and do other unbelievable things.

Genre: Kids, Family, Comedy. Science Fiction

Originally aired: from 2005

Highly recommended for Beginners

18. The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins
Photo: The Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix

The Seven Deadly Sins (七つの大罪) is an adventure anime, based on the ongoing popular manga with 40 volumes (as of February, 2o20). The main character Meliodas, who is the leader of a group of knights named Seven Deadly Sins embarks on adventures to save the Liones Kingdom getting asked by the Liones’ third princess Elizabeth.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Originally aired: from 2014

Highly recommended for Anime Fans/Anime Freaks

19. Conan The Boy in Future

Conan The Boy in Future
Photo: Conan The Boy in Future on Netflix

Conan The Boy in Future (未来少年コナン), which is also known as Future Boy Conan, is famous as the anime series that Hayao Miyazaki first directed. In the original Sci-Fi novel The Incredible Tide,  the lively protagonist Conan survives the time of the setting 2008 when the catastrophic war between the United Staes and Russia breaks out. However, Hayao Miyazaki reconstructed the story especially for children to enjoy watching.

Genre: Adventure, Drama

Originally aired: 1978

Highly recommended for Anime Freaks

20. Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura
Photo: Cardcaptor Sakura on Netflix

Cardcaptor Sakura (カードキャプターさくら) is a worldly known anime especially to girls, started its first season on TV in 1998. A ten-year-old girl Sakura Kinomoto recaptures the mystical Clow Card fighting with the magic of the cards. The new season Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card just ended up with 22 episodes in 2018.

Genre: Kids, Family, Science Fiction, Romance

Originally aired: 1998-2018

Highly recommended for Beginners

Note: Some anime may be unavailable on Netflix now on your country.

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