As an anime fan, one of the two biggest sources for watching anime right now is Crunchyroll and Netflix (at least for me). Since Netflix has started adding a lot of new anime and some old popular ones to its roster. I think it’s time we give a bit of a look at the current anime on Netflix and rank them accordingly. I have picked 20 shows that Netflix currently has available.
All 20 are good ones to watch and they vary in genres so anyone will be able to find something suitable for themselves. Before you start reading I just want to mention that this is my personal opinion, so some people who have seen these shows might disagree with this list ranking. However, I am quite certain that these are the top picks from the currently available shows.
Top 20 Best Anime on Netflix
20. Back Street Girls: Gokudolls
Genres: Comedy, Seinen, Ecchi
I was really surprised when I saw this anime on Netflix as it’s one of those anime with a lot of “what the fuck” moments. The story takes place as three Yakuza mess up something and their boss calls them worthless and sends them to Thailand for a sex-changing operation. After the sex-change operation, they come back and are forced to work as idols. This show has a lot of R rated scenes, comedy, and drinking.
Genres: Drama, School, Superpowers
Charlotte follows the story of Yuu Otosaka who has a strange ability. He can slip into other peoples minds and control them for 5 seconds. Yuu abuses this power to cheat on exams and copy other peoples answers. One day he is caught by Nao Tomori, another person who has strange abilities. She invites Yuu to enroll in the same school as she and joins a group of friends who work together to help those abusing their powers come to the right side. This is one of my favorite Anime on Netflix as it has a really emotional story.
18. Vampire Knight
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Shoujo, Supernatural, Vampire, Romance
One of the few vampire anime on Netflix, and definitely one of my favorites when it comes to Vampires. I would have ranked this anime much higher if it was finished. However, there are only 2 seasons, so if you want to finish the series you will have to switch to the manga. The story takes place in Cross Academy that has two classes. The night class and the day class, as you can assume probably, the night class are vampires. Zero Kiryuu and Yuuki Cross are the prefects of this school and the only students who know about the existence of vampires.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Romance, School
Taiga Aisaka meets Ryuuji Takasu and their meeting is akin to a tiger meeting a dragon. This slice of life anime starts with a good amount of comedy but as the story progresses the romance keeps maturing. This romance comedy anime does not depend on the usual romantic cliches and hence is an interesting watch. While Taiga Aisaka is a small, doll-like student, Ryuuji Takasu is a kind person with an intimidating face giving a wrong impression to others.
One day, both cross paths and soon they find out that they love the other’s best friend respectively. The odd duo starts to help each other to win the love of their respective crushes. The storyline is interesting as it is not predictable and the comedy is fresh and throughout. If you love the first episode you are going to love watching this anime on Netflix.
16. Magi: Adventure of Sinbad
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Magic
If you are looking for an adventure anime on Netflix then Magi is the show for you. It follows the story of Sinbad as he explores the world and grows from a young boy to a mature character. One day in the Tison VIllage, Sinbad meets Yunan. Yunan tells Sinbad that what he is looking for is located in a dangerous dungeon. After their meeting, Sinbad’s life changes forever. There are more Magi series than this one, so I advise checking out our Magi watch order (link below).
See Also: Magi Watch Order Explained
15. Your Lie In April
Genres: Music, Romance, Drama, School, Shounen
Your Lie in April also known as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is one of my favorite Musical anime on Netflix. I always liked anime with a music setting, and if I had to rank them, Your Lie in April would be in my top 3 definitely. However, I prefer some other genres more so it’s ranked lower on this list. Kousei Arima has had a downfall in music when his mother died. Due to a lot of grief, he can not enjoy music anymore. However, that changes when he meets a violinist Kaori Miyazono who brings him back into the world of music.
14. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
Genres: Martial Arts, Shounen, Super Power, Action, Adventure
If you have heard of Saint Seiya then you might have heard about the original series released in 1986. The Lost Canvas is the prequel to the original series. Although, it has been released in 2009. And serves as its own story, and can be watched standalone. On the other hand, if you prefer to watch both, then you should. When I first saw this anime on Netflix I was reluctant to watch it. However, a friend recommended it to me so I decided to watch it, and I really enjoyed it.
Genres: Action, Martial Arts, Seinen
Baki Hanma is the champion of the underground battles in Tokyo. He is aspiring to be the strongest and defeating his father Yujiro Hanma (who is currently the strongest fighter in the world). While Baki is sitting quietly in Tokyo, 5 dangerous men escape from high-security prisons from all over the world. Some would call this a miracle. Therefore, all of the former inmates head to Tokyo, to face off Baki and determine who the strongest fighter is.
12. Violet Evergarden
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Slice of Life
Violet Evergarden was raised for the sole purpose of decimating enemy lines during The Great War. However, war has come to an end. And the continent Telesis that just experienced war is now flourishing again. Violet now finds herself working at CH Postal Services. She has truly turned a new page in her life, or so she thought. One day, because of some circumstances (don’t want to put spoilers), Violet becomes an “Auto Memory Doll”
Okay, I know that this synopsis might sound a bit confusing, but the story of Violet Evergarden is really good, and I did not want to spoil anything. I would definitely recommend this as one of my favorite anime on Netflix. The visuals and the music are really amazing, I was really surprised when I started watching it. And I have to say that I also loved character development this series had.
11. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Genres: Comedy, School, Supernatural, Slice of Life, Shounen
Kusuo Saiki might seem like another regular student (or not, with that pink hair who wouldn’t think that he’s the MC). As I was saying… Kusou strives to have a normal life, but his pink hair attracts too many bullies. Okay, I’m just kidding, it’s not the hair. Kusou has psychic abilities, which to some people might feel like a gift. However, Kusou does not consider his powers as a gift. On the contrary, he believes that many misfortunes happen to him due to these powers. And all he wants is a carefree life. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K earns its spot as one of the best comedy anime on Netflix.
Genres: Drama, Slice of Life, Game, Seinen
3-Gatsu no Lion follows Rei as he battles his way through the Shogi business. He is a professional Shogi player, and due to all of the stress from the career, he is quite drained both emotionally and physically. The story follows Rei as he battles his emotions and career related problems along with Akira, Hinata, and Momo. The three Kawamoto sisters share a deep bond with Rei and help him resolve his issues.
Genres: Shounen, Action, Adventure, Ecchi, Supernatural, Fantasy, Magic,
The Seven Deadly Sins are legendary knights who turned their backs on their friends in an order to overthrow the ruler of Liones. However, they were defeated by the Holy Knights. Rumored to still be alive, 10 years pass as no one hears a thing about The Seven Deadly Sins. During the absence of the Sins, the Holy Knights organize a coup d’état. Therefore, becoming the new tyrannical rulers of Liones.
The Knights tried to murder the royal family, however, Elizabeth escaped (3rd princess of Liones). In an effort to survive and retake her Kingdom, she seeks out the help of the Seven Deadly Sins. If you like an adventure with a lot of action, fighting scenes, characters you can grow to love, and story that drives you then I’d recommend you to watch this anime on Netflix.
08. Devilman Crybaby
Genres: Action, Horror, Dementia, Supernatural, Demons
Devilman Crybaby is a Netflix original adaptation of the old Devilman series. If you want to know the watching order, I will include a link below. I loved this series when it first aired due to many different things. The first thing that captivated me was definitely the music and the opening, it was really good and the opening was intriguing. However, when I started watching the episode, I was really surprised at how “bad” the art is.
Or that’s what I thought, what seemed to be “bad” art at first, actually ended up being a really unique form of animation. And that animation is one of the main things that make you fall in love with this anime, it gives it that unique vibe you can not find in any other show. The story follows Akira Fudou who under certain circumstances becomes a Devilman.
Genres: Seinen, Psychological, Supernatural, Mystery
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi was released 3 years ago (2016), and that was a period of time when I got into following seasonal anime. I’d check every new one first 3 episodes and decide which ones to continue. Therefore, I found myself discovering this great Seinen anime. Also known as Erased in the English version. The story involves time travel, which was well made in my opinion in this anime. It was not forced, over-used or over-complicated, instead, it served as a great element for the main story.
If you’re looking for a great binge-watch worthy anime on Netflix, then you are definitely going to love Boku Dake ga Inai Machi.
06. One Punch Man
Genres: Comedy, Action, Super Power, Sci-Fi, Parody, Seinen
A great mix of comedy violence, gore and bloodshed make One Punch Man one of my favorite anime on Netflix. Although the anime is quite popular, some people did not like the gore and violence in it, however, I did not have any problems with it. And the violence blended in really well with the comedy. Not to mention the animation which is done by Madhouse studio.
If you have not seen One Punch Man yet then you are missing out on a really entertaining show. The story follows Saitama, probably the strongest character in One Punch Man universe. He started being a hero for fun but then became too strong, and it takes him only one punch to destroy his opponents. Therefore Saitama is quite depressed when it comes to his work, as he struggles to find his lost passion.
05. Ajin: Demi-Human
Genres: Seinen, Mystery, Action, Supernatural, Horror
Ajin is one of a few anime on Netflix that I recommend more often. And the reason why I do it is mainly because many people avoid this anime. The reason why they avoid it is mainly due to CGI. Now I know that a lot of people dislike CGI. However, Ajin is really done well, it might look a bit different at first. But you get used to it really fast, and the CGI is not badly done. It’s really well done, and the animation overall is good. The anime has a dark setting and focuses on things such as demi-humans, death, immortality, terrorism, secret military projects and more. If you like such shows, then this is definitely another good one for you.
Genres: Gambling, Psychological, School, Drama, Thriller, Seinen
Kakegurui is a new show, an original anime by Netflix. At first, I avoided this anime for some reason, but then I got into it, and I was really surprised by what I was missing out on. If we are talking about the gambling adult anime series, than Kakegurui is not better than Kaiji when it comes to the tension and the hype the show can provide. However, the show still gives off that badass vibe.
And the soundtracks used in the anime were really good. The story follows Yumeko Jabami, a casual high school girl, or so you would have thought. Yumeko is a gambling addict that loves the thrill and addiction the only gamble can provide her. She spends a lot of money and is often reckless when it comes to gambling. Everything starts when she enrolls into a new school, which is a school run by gambling.
Update: The 2nd season has been released, and the anime is going really well, I would still recommend it as a good watch.
03. Code Geass: Lelouch of the rebellion
Genres: Psychological, Military, Mecha, Action, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Drama
Code Geass definitely deserves its place on this list of best anime on Netflix. I usually don’t like the mecha genre, however, this anime is an exception due to its badass main character and intriguing story. If I was comparing anime in the category of “battle of wits” then I would definitely rank this anime on the same spot as Death Note. It is as thrilling and exciting to watch as Death Note was to me.
The story follows Lelouche Lamperouge, a lazy genius who loves to gamble his money on chess games. One day after his chess match, he is going back to school with his friend Rivalz. When a terrorist attack happens, and Lelouch gets involved in it. The story starts going much deeper after that point. And I do believe that you will like it if you like war, strategy, psychological and mecha type of anime.
02. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Genres: Shounen, Drama, Action, Comedy, Adventure, Magic, Fantasy, Military
Alongside with Code Geass, and the upcoming Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the world-renowned anime. Although this anime is quite popular, that does not mean that it’s as good as some people say. Let’s be realistic, a lot of people over-hype certain anime, myself included at certain points. Therefore, I believe some people might not like this anime or certain other anime among the top three. For example, I love Code Geass, but some people don’t like it because of the mecha (not that I’m much of a mecha fan myself).
Despite all of the positivity or negativity following this well-known title, I would still recommend it as a worthy try. The story follows two brothers who set out on a search for the philosophers stone after suffering a tragic accident in their childhood. If you love adventure with a mix of good character development, then you should try watching this anime on Netflix.
01. Death Note
Genres: Psychological, Thriller, Mystery, Supernatural, Seinen
A classic anime series that I would expect most people to know, or have at least heard about. Nonetheless, I will still add it, for those who have not seen it yet. The anime is really great, it makes you think about what is right and what is wrong. The thoughts that mostly went through my head, were about thinking about what I would do in the situation of the main character.
It really is an interesting story, and it touches on that dark human side. The story follows Light Yagami when he accidentally comes across a Death Note. Anyone whose name is written in it shall die, Perplexed with what to do with the Notebook, Yagami takes it home. The story then becomes much deeper, however, I will not talk more about it. If you have not seen it, check out this anime on Netflix, it will be worth your time.
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