We bring you a selection with 10 of the best anime that you can currently watch on Netflix and with which you can have a good weekend, an oriental night, or discover new stories.
In recent years we have seen how Netflix has bet really hard to reinforce its anime catalog with all kinds of own productions and agreements with large publishers.
Not surprisingly, thanks to its collaboration with Selecta Vision we can enjoy such popular series as Slayers, Naruto, My Hero Academia or JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, to mention just a few examples.
However, the offer has grown so much that today it can be difficult to find something that is really worth seeing, so to make your life a little easier today in Vandal Random We bring you a selection of 10 Japanese animation series with which you will hardly fail and that you can already see on Netflix.
1. Attack on Titan (2013)
- Seasons: 3
- Episodes: 49 on Netflix
We start the list with what is, without a doubt, the fashionable series: Attack on the Titans ( Shingeki no Kyojin ), a spectacular shonen that tells us how the last survivors of humanity live peacefully between gigantic walls to protect themselves from the fearsome titans, strange and monstrous beings that feed on people.
Clearly, the peace will not last a single chapter, giving rise to an intense story full of mysteries, surprising twists that you do not see coming, incredible action sequences with first-rate animation and staging, and epic and memorable moments. Right now on Netflix, it is only available until the first part of its third season, so if you want to see the rest you will have to go to Amazon Prime for the second part and to the Selecta Vision website for the fourth and final season.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
- Seasons: 5
- Episodes: 64
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the greatest masterpieces that Japanese animation has left us to date. A series that brings Hiromu Arakawa’s manga to life with an almost sickly fidelity, recreating it panel by panel with a mastery rarely seen in the medium. His story tells us how two brothers try to resurrect their mother with alchemy, which ends up having catastrophic results.
This will make them embark on a journey in search of the philosopher’s stone in which you can expect everything: action, drama, fantastic turns, unforgettable characters, great dialogues, a brutal rhythm in the narration, and a memorable and passionate story like few others. Add the very high production values that it boasts, with animation, a drawing, and a soundtrack of 10 and you have an absolutely essential series. Of course, do not confuse it with the original Full Metal Alchemist and make sure it has the Brotherhood in the name, as they are two different anime.
3. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
- Seasons: 1
- Episodes: 26
You may Neo Genesis Evangelion not dish the taste of everyone, but it is undeniable that this is one of the most influential and important series in the history of anime and even today continues to raise heated debate among fans. As most of you probably know, in it some chosen children must pilot the EVA, some mechas (well, they are not real, but if you want to discover their true nature you will have to see the series yourself) with whom they must face some strange giant series known as Angels.
To say anything beyond this would be to fall into the realm of spoilers, but you can assume that A journey awaits you in which very deep, complex, and mature themes are touched upon that has not lost an iota of relevance due to how timeless they are.
Add a spectacular technical invoice and you have around and fundamental series to understand how the medium has evolved. In addition, on Netflix, you will also find the movie The End of Evangelion with which it was originally put an end to its story.
4. Fate / Zero (2011)
- Seasons: 1
- Episodes: 25
Fate has become one of the juiciest and most successful licenses in the anime world and is present in any format you can imagine: video games (in fact, the saga was born as a visual novel), animation series, manga, merchandising of everything type, etcetera.
But if there is one product that we would highlight above any other, it is Fate / Zero, an anime that served as a plot prequel to Fate / Stay Night, the original game that started it all. Here they tell us how a series of magicians summon legendary heroes to participate in a ruthless battle royale in which the victor can get hold of the Holy Grail so that his wishes come true.
The development of the script and characters is simply spectacular and the action sequences a true marvel, which ends up resulting in an outstanding work capable of having us glued to the sofa from its first chapter to the last. There are many twists and turns and even knowing how it will end as a prequel, it manages to impact and leave us with a very memorable story and with a surprisingly dark and raw tone. Highly recommended.
5. Devilman Crybaby (2018)
- Seasons: 1
- Episodes: 10
Devilman Crybaby is, without a doubt and by far, the best anime production Netflix has made to date. For all practical purposes, this is a reimagining of Devilman, Go Nagai’s cult manga in which Akira Fudo, a young high school student, fuses with a demon to fight the forces of hell.
The series masterfully recreates the entire history of the original work, although adapting it to our current world and making certain modifications that work quite well. Beyond how interesting and crazy its script is (the plot escalates to unsuspected levels with the passage of the chapters), if there is something that stands out about it, it is its incredible and daring audiovisual section, with a drawing, an animation, and a direction of scenes that are completely out of the ordinary to leave us with a unique experience of its kind and that well deserves more than one viewing to capture all its details. A real pass.
6. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
- Seasons: 2
- Episodes: 50
Code Geass is one of those series that leave their mark thanks to an exciting script full of gigantic twists, ethical conflicts and a tremendously well-managed and highly credible character development .
In it they tell us how the Holy Empire of Britannia conquers Japan and turns the country into a colony known as Area 11, taking away the rights and freedoms of its citizens, who are forced to live in ghettos.
However, Lelouch, the son of the Emperor of Britannia, decides that one day he will end the Empire for a series of reasons that we are not going to get you and thanks to the power he obtains from a mysterious young woman named CC, discovers that he can force anyone to carry out his orders, thus starting a large-scale revolution that will have us in suspense for two full seasons in which drama and action on the edge of wicks are the main protagonists.
A mature, complex series, which does not have a single episode to spare and in which nothing is what it seems that we could hardly recommend with more enthusiasm.
7. Psycho-Pass (2012)
- Seasons: 2
- Episodes: 33
If you like science fiction crime thrillers, Psycho-Pass is a series that you cannot miss. Here we are transferred to a not too distant future in which technology allows us to measure the mental state of a person and discover what their ” Crime Coefficient ” is, that is, how prone they are to commit a criminal act, thus facilitating work to law enforcement so they can stop criminals before they act.
Those in charge of this task are the Executors and in the anime, we will follow the adventures of a group of them, which ends up leading to an exciting plot, fantastically constructed characters, brutal moments (the violence here is very raw and explicit) and a script that touches on very interesting, very delicate and even philosophical themes that invite reflection.
Its first season is a true marvel and although the second lowers the bar a bit, it is still highly recommended, so do not hesitate to give it a try. In addition, both drawing and animation, and music are at a very high level.
8. Steins; Gate (2011)
- Seasons: 1
- Episodes: 26
Steins; Gate is a fantastic and faithful adaptation of an acclaimed science-fiction visual novel that tells us about the dangers of time travel as we follow an intense, passionate plot full of twists and turns and mysteries in the mythical Akihabara neighborhood of Tokyo.
It is a very atypical anime with a plot that gathers a multitude of scientific theories to create its fiction, in addition to having countless nods to popular culture. And watch out for his characters: as extravagant as they are charismatic and with a huge evolution. The auction is put by one of the best openings that any series has left us, an authentic past that you will never want to skip. Also, if you want more, you will also find its continuation, Steins; Gate 0, on the streaming service.
9. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
- Seasons: 1
- Episodes: 12
It is often said that a book should not be judged by its cover and that is just what happens with Madoka, a series that is the opposite of what it appears.
In appearance and during the development of the first chapters it may seem like one more series of magical girls in the purest Card Captor Sakura style in which a group of girls fights in the shadows against some witches, but if you give it a chance what you go away to find is one of the most traumatizing, dark and terrifying anime that we remember, something that is even more shocking due to the enormous contrast between their designs and what they are telling us.
In just 12 episodes, its protagonists are subjected to real atrocities and brutal psychological stress while the plot twists and complicates in completely unexpected ways, leaving us with a very round script in which everything is perfectly tied and nothing is left to chance. In short, a unique experience that we are sure will amaze you as soon as you give it a chance.
10. Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015)
- Seasons: 2
- Episodes: 50
We cannot close our list of recommendations without encouraging you to see something related to Gundam , probably the most famous and successful mecha license in history.
On Netflix, there are not many options, but luckily we have Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, a perfect anime to enter this universe in which we will follow the adventures of a group of young people who end up forming their own security company and who end up seeing each other embroiled in a tense conflict between the inhabitants of a colonial Mars that has been terraformed and the government of Earth, thus giving rise to a very complete series in which there is no lack of drama, action, epic moments, great characters, lots of twists, a very worked script and, of course, countless spectacular highlights.
In addition, it is very interesting how it deals with a good number of quite delicate subjects of our current society.