35 Best Anime on Netflix You Should Not Miss

Of late, anime as a genre has outgrown its niche audience and has created a massive viewership around the globe. Consequently, Netflix has licensed several anime series from Japanese studios and distributors because anime is no longer a niche genre. Since anime is such a popular Netflix TV series genre right now, we felt the need to make this list. We have carefully curated the list for both beginners and those who have already hopped on the bandwagon. So having said that, let’s straight jump to the list and find the best anime for you to watch on Netflix in 2023.

Note: All of the mentioned anime series are available in the US. However, if you are based out of another country, click on the links provided below to confirm the availability in your country.

1. One Piece (1999 – )

One Piece is my favorite anime of all time and in my opinion, it is the greatest adventure story to be ever told in any medium. It offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience like never before and it is continuing to do so for more than 25+ years now. You must join the journey to find the greatest treasure and will never regret making this choice.

One Piece has the best world-building, story, characters, power system, etc based on what I’ve seen. If you’re planning to start this one, you can check out our all the One Piece arcs in order guide here.

  • IMDb: 8.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA

Check out One Piece on Netflix

2. Naruto Series (2002 – 2017)

Everyone must be aware of Naruto even if they are not a fan of anime. That’s how massive the popularity of this man is. Naruto is an inspirational journey about a young child who aspires to become the next leader of his village despite his struggles. I will never forget the times I watched Naruto and will always be my number 1 suggestion to people.

As aforementioned, if you’re having a tough time then Naruto holds all the power to uplift your heart and put your life back on track again. This inspirational tale is irreplaceable and one of the greatest of all time. However, being one of the best anime series on Netflix, it is also one of the longest. You quite literally do need a How to Watch Naruto guide to get through this one smoothly.

  • IMDb: 8.4, 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA

Check out Naruto and Naruto Shippuden on Netflix

3. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a fascinating anime series about two brothers who go on a mission to revive their mother. The series takes you on a great journey when the two brothers who are alchemists find their way to the Philosopher’s Stone. Just like other manga-based anime series, this one too creates its own universe, interesting characters, and mysterious villains.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is considered one of the best anime series of all time and you should not miss it for the crazy good story.

  • IMDb: 9.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 96%

Check Out Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Netflix

4. Attack on Titan (2013)

Attack on Titan counts among those great series that give you reasons as to why people love anime so much. It’s a manga-based anime series set in a fictional world where humanity is guarded by three enormous walls. Behind the walls, there are Titans who like to devour humans. The story gets intensely gripping when one of the Titans breaks the contract called “The Devils of Earth” and tries to break the wall to attack humans.

It’s an action-packed anime series with a great storyline and entertaining characters. You should definitely watch this anime series as it’s among the best anime on Netflix.

  • IMDb: 8.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 94% / 92%

Check Out Attack on Titan on Netflix

5. Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter is one of the greatest anime to be ever created in history. There are n number of best arcs in Hunter X Hunter which will blow your mind and instantly fall in love with the show. Hunter x Hunter also has one of the best arcs in anime history which is the Chimera ant arc. In a nutshell, you should not miss this anime at any cost.

So, if you want to have another ride to the world of Shonen. It’s a visual treat in the true anime style of cinema with the greatest storytelling and characters.

  • IMDb: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available / 90%

Check Out Hunter x Hunter on Netflix

6. Fruits Basket (2019-2021)

Ever wanted to dive into the world of slice-of-life anime? Then Fruits Basket should be your first go-to destination. Fruits Basket is a slice of life mixed with fantasy anime that presents you with the most emotional journey you have ever gone through in your life. The plot, the characters, the animation, the songs, etc, every single aspect of this anime is a 10/10.

Apart from the entertainment it offers, Fruits Basket gives you valuable life lessons which you will never forget. Hard to not refer to as one of the best animes to watch on Netflix right now.

  • IMDb: 8.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 100%

Check Out Fruits Basket on Netflix

7. Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Cowboy Bebop is a futuristic anime series which is set in the year 2071. The story revolves around a crew of bounty hunters who are traveling in their spaceship named Beebop to find the space fugitives. The crew is part of the Inter Solar System Police which protect the interplanetary routes and maintains the overall safety of the solar system.

The story takes a surprising turn when one of their members deceives their team and joins the dark alley. You should watch Cowboy Bebop for its great take on science fiction beyond Star Wars and Star Trek.

  • IMDb: 8.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 94%

Check Out Cowboy Bebop on Netflix

8. Steins;Gate (2011)

Steins; Gate is another science fiction anime series based on the concept of time travel and space-time theory. The series follows a group of friends who accidentally discover a way that lets them send a message to the past, and as a result, changes the present reality.

It’s a classic story about time travel and what would be the consequence if the device lands in the hands of evil men. If you love the science fiction genre then you should not miss this gem of a series. The story is quite gripping and it leaves you wanting for more.

  • IMDb: 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 100%

Check Out Steins; Gate on Netflix

9. Jujutsu Kaisen (2020 – )

Jujutsu Kaisen is the red-hot amazing Shonen anime right now in the anime industry. With the Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 airing soon, fans are already madly waiting for it by rewatching the entire show. That’s how crazy good JJK anime is and if you’re a fan of Shonen anime and haven’t watched this, just close your eyes and start this one.

Jujutsu Kaisen anime is shaping up to be one of the best anime of all time, and it’s great to have this masterpiece up on Netflix. As a manga reader myself, I can assure you that there is no space for boredom here and it’ll be the most riveting ride of your life.

  • IMDb: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available / 87%

Check Out Jujutsu Kaisen on Netflix

10. Code Geass (2006)

Out of all the anime I’ve watched, I would say Code Geass is the most well-written anime. It’s a masterclass on storytelling and crushes you with its astounding characters. I just can’t believe that this anime came out in 2006 with such an amazing animation we don’t see these days. It’s about an exiled prince who makes himself the leader of a revolting group against his father’s kingdom. What’s so special is that he obtains an alluring power with which he can control or make others obey his words.

It has such a captivating plot right, that applies to the rest of the anime as it gets you hooked right from the first episode. An interesting fact is that the Mc of this anime, Lelouch is still the all-time fan-favorite character in the no.1 position in my anime list.

  • IMDb: 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA

Check Out Code Geass on Netflix

11. Demon Slayer (2019 – )

Demon Slayer is the new-gen anime that instantly got a massive fanbase with its out-of-the-world animation quality. It’s truly the next-gen as it pushed the animation quality to the next level beyond. Fast forward to now, it has become an influential anime that influenced many other studios to come up with brilliant animation quality anime.

Demon Slayer is still airing and will do so for a few years before it comes to an end. It is one of the most successful anime and if you’re a newbie to the anime world, this is just the starter you need.

  • IMDb: 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA

Check Out Demon Slayer on Netflix

12. Bleach (2004 – )

Bleach is a classy Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo’s manga of the same name. Produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe, the story is about a high school student Kurosaki Ichigo who can see ghosts. After an accident with a hollow, Ichigo gets the power of a soul reaper (death god). With the newfound power comes the huge responsibility of defending humans from evil spirits.

Beyond Story, it has been ranked in the top ten several times and even nominated for the best manga”, “best actor”, “best DVD package design”, and “best theme” in the 2007 America Anime Awards.

  • IMDb: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA/91%

Check Out Bleach on Netflix

13. Vinland Saga (2019 – )

Vinland Saga is the anime that is ruling everyone’s hearts with its current season 2 now. It is the tale of a young boy named Thorfinn who seeks revenge for his father’s death. While the plot seems so simple, this anime is considered to be a life-changing experience for many fans around the world.

It’s a historical anime with the right amount of action and drama which keeps the viewers engrossed. As we mentioned earlier, you should see this anime if you want a valuable experience.

  • IMDb: 8.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA/56%

Check Out Vinland Saga on Netflix

14. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012 – )

I bet nobody can ever say that they don’t know about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. At any one point in their life, anyone must have seen a meme from Jojo or heard its iconic theme, etc. That’s how entertaining and great anime Jojo is. The art style is totally distinct from all other anime and the story is like you have never seen before.

Jojo’s Bizarre is absolutely fun and entertaining until the end. The latest season also received huge applause from the critics and the audience. Thus you need to watch this anime!

  • IMDb: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 88%/ Not Available

Check Out Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures on Netflix

15. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)

Neon Genesis Evangelion is an anime series about a teenage boy who tackles the monsters who have come to destroy humanity using various techniques. The story gets quite interesting when the father joins his son to drive back the monsters using a giant machine. The machine is designed in such a way that it can think and take decisions on its own.

If you want to have non-stop entertainment watching an anime series, I would strongly recommend Neon Genesis Evangelion. The animations are done superbly well and it’s completely action-packed.

  • IMDb: 8.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / Not Available

Check Out Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix

16. Monster (2004)

Monster is a masterpiece anime from the mind of Naoki Urasawa. If you’re tired of regular anime and want a psychological drama that shakes your mind up, you shouldn’t miss this one. The story revolves around a Japanese neurosurgeon who tries to unravel the mystery behind mass murders that deals with the former patient he once saved.

It is a slow-burning thriller that rivals even Hollywood standard thriller series and movies. With a gripping story it will keep you on the edge of the seat until you finish the show. Hands down, one of those animes on Netflix that will make those wheels turn, big time.

  • IMDb: 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 95% / Not available 

Check Out Monster on Netflix

17. Death Note (2006)

If you are a beginner and want to get into the world of anime, there is no better series than Death Note. It’s considered one of the greatest anime series of all time. The series is about a genius student who discovers a supernatural book that lets him kill anyone he wants. The series has everything an anime lover wants. It has suspense, thrilling chase, mind games, and overall an epic story.

Death Note is also known for its mysterious nature of villain which you won’t find in any other series. Simply put, Death Note is the best anime on Netflix and you should not miss it at any cost.

  • IMDb: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 97%

Check Out Death Note on Netflix

18. One Punch Man (2015)

One Punch Man is a popular anime series based on the Japanese superhero, Saitama. The series revolves around Saitama and his quest to find a worthy opponent. The series is at times funny, but when it’s time for action, Saitama can kill opponents with one punch. Yes, that’s the crazy power of Saitama.

Anime, in general, doesn’t have many superhero characters but relies on ordinary people who possess supernatural powers. But One Punch Man has changed that. Don’t miss One Punch Man for the action-packed entertainment it brings.

  • IMDb: 8.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 96%

Check Out One Punch Man on Netflix

19. Rurouni Kenshin (1996)

Rurouni Kenshin is a romantic thriller anime series set in 11th-century Japan where it follows the life of a conflicted Samurai. The story is based on a manga of the same name so there is great depth to the characters and epic sword fight. The story becomes absolutely thrilling when an old assassin comes back into his life.

In order to protect his newfound relationship, the Samurai takes on the assassin in an epic sword fight. You should definitely watch Rurouni Kenshin if you love action-packed anime.

  • IMDb: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available / 100%

Check Out Rurouni Kenshin on Netflix

20. Violet Evergarden (2018)

Violet Evergarden is an anime series about a woman’s life after the great war in Japan. The central character, Violet was a war veteran who had helped many blind people write letters and books during the war. The story is very unusual in the anime style of cinema, but as the story progresses, you will find the story quite evoking. Violet Evergarden went on to win many accolades in animation.

If you want to watch an offbeat anime series, I would highly recommend Violet Evergarden. It’s among the best anime on Netflix right now.

  • IMDb: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available / Not Available

Check Out Violet Evergarden on Netflix

21. Madoka Magica (2011)

Madoka Magica is a great anime series that follows a group of schoolgirls who choose to become magical girls, only to find that the new avatar is not at all fun. The story is quite engrossing and you will be hooked when the dark witches attack the magical girls.

Slowly, the girls learn new ways to deal with the evil forces and then it becomes even more interesting. Madoka Magica is a great series that has magic, anguish, suspense, and overall a great story. You should definitely watch this entertaining anime series.

  • IMDb: 8.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available / Not Available

Check Out Madoka Magica on Netflix

22. Fate/Zero (2011)

Among the many anime series, Fate/Zero is considered one of the greatest because of its grand storyline and top-notch animation. The series is based on the hugely popular novel of the same name. It’s a story about wizards, heroes, and Samurais who participate in a royale challenge to win the Holy Grail.

The Holy Grail lets you make any wish you want. You should definitely watch this series for its wonderful universe that it builds up and epic fight scenes. You simply can’t afford to miss Fate/Zero.

  • IMDb: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available / 82%

Check Out Fate/Zero on Netflix

23. Gurren Lagann (2007)

Gurren Lagann is an adventurous anime series about a group of teenagers who have been living underground in fear of the evil Beastman. But the story gets quite entertaining when a mecha, a huge robot appears to fight off the Beastman and save the teenagers.

Gurren Lagann is kind of both an action-packed and comedy series which you will thoroughly enjoy. If you want to relive the days of Dragon Ball and Pokemon, Gurren Lagann is essential viewing for you.

  • IMDb: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 88%

Check Out Gurren Lagann on Netflix

24. Your Lie in April (2014)

Your Lie in April is a modern-day anime series about a popular pianist and his life after he suffers from serious hearing issues. After the hearing loss, he lives a colorless life away from the glamor of his popularity. But after long years, a beautiful woman with supernatural powers comes into his life who changes everything.

The series is unlike any major anime cinema that you generally find. I would recommend this series for its great depiction of love and hope in this unique anime style of cinema.

  • IMDb: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 97% / 94%

Check Out Your Lie in April on Netflix

25. Ouran High School Host Club (2006)

Ouran High School Host Club is a fantastic anime series about modern-day relationships among school students in Japan. The series is based on a manga of the same name having romance and comedy in equal measure. The story revolves around Haruhi Fujioka, a member of the said club who has kept a secret away from everyone.

All things considered, Ouran High School Host Club is an enjoyable watch depicting the stereotypes of today’s relationships. You should not miss it if you are a fan of romantic-comedy manga.

  • IMDb: 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available / Not Available

Check Out Ouran High School Host Club on Netflix

26. Seven Deadly Sins (2018)

Seven Deadly Sins is a fantasy anime series about a queen’s quest to free the world from tyrants. The story is set in a fictional world of Britannica where the queen’s confidants betray her and kill many people in her kingdom to bring down the regime. But the queen takes the sword to fight the turncoat Knights.

In a nutshell, Seven Deadly Sins is visually stunning with great animation and story. Also, it’s the best anime on Netflix in terms of weaving a grand story and executing it in a similar fashion.

  • IMDb: 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / 82%

Check Out Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix

27. Aggretsuko (2018)

Aggretsuko is a hilarious anime series about a red panda working in the accounting department of a major Japanese trading company. The series follows his life and the way he deals with his mid-life crisis. After grinding for five years at work, he vents his frustration at bars singing karaoke in heavy metal songs.

The story is a comical takedown of life at work in Japan. If you want to understand Japanese working culture with a dash of humor, Aggretsuko will take you right home. Easily, one of the best anime series you can watch on Netflix right now.

  • IMDb: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available / 98%

Check Out Aggretsuko on Netflix

28. Castlevania (2017)

Castlevania is one of the most thrilling anime series you would find on this list. The series is based on the popular video game of the same name. The story is set in the medieval period of Europe where the tyrant regime of Dracula has made humanity extinct. But to fight the powerful Dracula, a member of the Belmont clan comes forward and takes on the mighty king.

You will find the series quite engrossing with its epic fights and great animation. If you like war stories of the past, packed with action sequences then Castlevania is a great watch.

  • IMDb: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 90% / 90%

Check Out Castlevania on Netflix

29. Devilman Crybaby (2018)

Devilman Crybaby is the latest series that has made a huge name among the legions of great anime series this year. It follows a similar theme to a dark anime series. The ancient devils are back and are about to destroy all of humanity. To save the world, Akira, a teenager comes ahead, but he is too transformed into a devil. However, some semblance of a human is still left in Akira.

Now the story takes a wild turn when Akira tries to save the world while still being controlled by demons. If you want to watch the best anime this year, let it be Devilman Crybaby. It’s worth it.

  • IMDb: 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 88% / 86%

Check Out Devilman Crybaby on Netflix

30. Kill la Kill (2013)

Kill la Kill is an exhilarating anime series in every sense of the word. It’s about a student namely, Ryuko Matoi who enters Honnouji Academy, a wizardry school to find his father’s killer. She does not stop at anything and does everything possible to find the true culprit. In this journey, she meets her long-lost mother who gives the story a breathtaking turn.

Kill la Kill is truly a great anime series with a great storyline and captivating fight sequences. Believe me, you will be glad to choose this anime series for its gripping drama.

  • IMDb: 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / Not Available

Check Out Kill la Kill on Netflix

31. The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013)

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is a modern-day anime series about a former devil king who is trying to usurp the island of Ente Isla. However, when the devil faces the main character of the series, Emilia, Satan is forced to go back. It is one of the good anime with an overpowered MC.

But just after a few days, the demon comes back into the real world and works in a restaurant called MgRonald to slowly control the mainland. It’s an epic story of cat and mouse chase and you should definitely watch it for the great climax.

  • IMDb: 7.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / 64%

Check Out The Devil Is a Part-Time on Netflix

32. Dorohedoro (2020)

Starring Wataru Takagi, Reina Kondou, and Ken’yû Horiuchi, Dorohedoro is one of the most loved Japanese manga series. Written by Q Hayashida, the story is about the amnesiac reptilian-headed Caiman and his friend called Nikaido. Caiman is working very hard to recover his lost memories.

But that’s not the only challenge he has to encounter. Surviving in a world where violence is at its peak is another uphill task that both friends have to take on. And it’s this tussle that makes Dorohedoro a treat to watch for anime lovers.

  • IMDb: 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA

Check Out Dorohedoro on Netflix

33. Hell’s Paradise (2023 – )

Hell’s Paradise stormed the anime fandom when it was released early this year. It was already the most anticipated series as it was made by none other than the great Mappa Studios. Thus everyone including me was extremely hyped for this anime and it truly satisfied our expectations. The plot is an adventurous one: Several prisoners and their guardians are dispatched to an enigmatic island. That’s where things take a quicker turn as the island is filled with mysterious monsters and god-like people. Now the inmates and guardians have to find out the elixir and escape from the hell on earth.

Hell’s Paradise is a venturesome journey that will offer you an intriguing ride from the start to the end. On top of it, the extraordinary characters and the fight scenes are an absolute treat to watch. Therefore, I highly recommend you check this anime if you are a Shonen fan in search of new-gen Shonen anime.

  • IMDb: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Check out Hell’s Paradise on Netflix

34. Oshi No Ko (2023 – )

From the creator of Kaguya-Sama Love is War, but this time it’s not a high school rom-com. Oshi no Ko is the next level of that as it features a totally different story and setting. Don’t get backed off by the weird storyline, I assure you it’s much more than that. The story is as follows: A popular Japanese idol (musical star) gives birth to twins and they experience their entertainment surrounded by life in the turbulent waters of the musical industry. But the bizarre thing is the twins are the resurrection of a doctor and his patient. This doesn’t make any sense right?

But this anime became an instant hit when it was released even with its enigmatic storyline. It was a smash hit to the level that it became the highest-rated anime of all time in My Anime List but as we expected it dropped a little below now. Thus if you want a riveting experience around the Japanese idol business. You can check out this anime without a doubt!

  • IMDb: 8.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Check out Oshi no Ko on Netflix

35. Dr. Stone

Ever wondered about how humans revolutionized the earth with their inventions and discoveries? If you are so curious about that, then Dr. Stone must be your final destination. Dr. Stone combines the elements of anime with the real world to produce an entertaining science-based edutainment anime. It’s so fun to watch how things were invented at the same features an amazing anime-esque story simultaneously.

Dr. Stone made me feel like a kid again watching all those beautiful moments of how things were made and how far we humans have come. It is an eye-opener undoubtedly, thus if you like scientific stuff you should check this out immediately.

  • IMDb: 8.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Check out Dr. Stone on Netflix

Frequently Asked Questions

What anime to watch on Netflix?

There are many anime genres such as Shonen, Isekai, Rom-com, and Slice of Life. Each genre offers a great list of anime and you can pick one depending on your taste.

What is the #1 anime right now?

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is sitting at the top in the number 1 position according to My Anime List (MAL)

Is One Piece on Netflix India?

No! currently, One Piece anime is not available on Netflix India but is available for regions like the US. Furthermore, the latest One Piece Live Action will be available in all regions.

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  • let me tell you most of these are just mainstream and suck i have watched every anime on netflix and these are the best ones
    deathnote
    code geass
    the irregular at magic high school
    erased
    attack on titian
    black bulter
    ouran host club
    promise neverland
    saiki k
    devilman crybaby
    vampire knight
    maid sama
    if your new to animes theres usually other seasons that they have that arent on netflix so go on kissanime or other animes sites be careful for the ads if your looking for a good anime to watch or a good first anime i rec code geass theres other good ones on netflix but these are just the ones on the top of my head theres more anime that isnt on netflix that is very good just figure out what genre you prefer and go from there i rec you start expanding your variety as you go but you can also google anime recs have a good day and dont want food wars in front of your animes or any anime most of them have some weird parts OH YEAH BTW THE MC FROM CODE GEASS IS 21 TODAYYY I LOVE YOU LELOUCH

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