If you are bored of watching TV series and want a change in pace, you must start watching anime. Netflix, aside from its massive library of live-action series, has an impressive collection of anime too.
Besides the most popular classics like Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, there are some other series that remain unnoticed instead of their brilliance.
Let’s begin with the top 20 anime you must watch on Netflix.
Overlord portrays an evil protagonist in the best way possible.
OverlordAir Date: July 2015Status: FinishedStudio: MadhouseNo. of Seasons: 3No. of Episodes: 39
Deciding to spend the last moments in the game, Momonga gets stuck in the virtual reality world Yggdrasil where he is still fully conscious as his character. In contrast, the other characters developed their personalities of their own.
Confronted by the abnormal situation, Momonga commands his servants to take control of this new world and investigate if there is any other player who has stuck in the game like him.
Assassination Classroom portrays the importance of a teacher in one’s life through a story supported by quirky characters.
Assassination ClassroomAir Date: January 2015Status: FinishedStudio: LercheNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 47
The students of Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School have been handed the task to assassinate the mysterious creature responsible for chopping a part of the moon.
The beast is now the classroom teacher of 3-E called Koro-sensei, who is surprisingly the best teacher they ever had. However, the assassination seems impossible, as Koro-sensei can fly at a speed of up to Mach 20.
Their daily lives now consist of failed attempts to assassinate him while facing their own share of problems.
Your actions define your identity, not the other way around, Durarara!! depicts that through a headless protagonist.
Durarara!!Air Date: January 2010Status: FinishedStudio: Brain’s BaseNo. of Seasons: 4No. of Episodes: 60
The urban legend of the headless “Black Rider” riding a jet-black motorcycle is famous besides the many strange rumors in Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro.
Mikado Ryuugamine, longing for the excitement of city life, moves to Tokyo. And on his first day in Tokyo, his wish comes true after witnessing the Black Rider.
But as supernatural events begin to occur, the colorful inhabitants are mixed up in a commotion breaking out in Ikebukuro.
17That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime teaches us to never judge one’s strength based on their appearance.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a SlimeAir Date: October 2018Status: Season 2 UpcomingStudio: 8bitNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 24
Satoru, after getting stabbed, hears a peculiar voice in his mind while suffering from injuries. After regaining consciousness, he finds himself reincarnated as a goop of slime and has the power to take shape or devour anything.
Soon he befriends a sealed catastrophe-level “Storm Dragon” Veldora. Sympathetic to his predicaments, Satoru promises to destroy its seal.
In return, Veldora grants him divine protection in the name of Rimuru Tempest for his upcoming journey.
BEASTARS will make your heart race with a thrilling story accompanied by some of the best 3D animation ever.
BEASTARSAir Date: October 2019Status: Season 2 UpcomingStudio: OrangeNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 12
The co-existence of carnivores and herbivores was always accompanied by an uneasy tension. Nothing was different when Tem, an alpaca, was killed at Cherryton Academy, making the rift between them tenser.
Tem’s friend Legoshi, a grey wolf always being an object of fear and suspicion, continues to hide his ominous attributes much to Louis, a red deer’s disapproval.
After being given the duty to scout in the auditorium, he has a fateful encounter with Haru, a white dwarf rabbit. Soon his feelings for her battle his predatory instincts leading to a cycle of unforgettable events.
15Run with the Wind
Run with the Wind beautifully illustrates the breeze in one’s heart with a passionate story.
Run with the WindAir Date: October 2018Status: FinishedStudio: Production I.GNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 23
After being chased for shoplifting, former ace runner of Sendai Josei High School, Kakeru Kurahara, was saved by Haiji Kiyose. Haiji, impressed by his agility, asks Kakeru to live in the dormitory of the Kansei University Track Club.
While having the Welcome Party, Haiji reveals his wish to participate in Hakone Ekiden, one of the prominent marathon relay races, along with the other members of the dormitory.
Convinced it’s a ridiculous plan, few members are not interested, but soon Haiji unites them all as a team and starts moving towards their goal.
Food Wars is God’s gift to humanity.
Food WarsAir Date: April 2015Status: Season 5 OngoingStudio: J.C.StaffNo. of Seasons: 6No. of Episodes: 73
Since his childhood, Souma Yukihira has helped his father as a sous chef in his own family restaurant. Souma has developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his culinary creations. He has a dream to become the head chef and own his family restaurant.
But his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant and sends Souma to Totsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10% of students graduate. The institute is famous for it’s “Shokugeki” or “Food Wars” where students face off in intense and high-stakes cooking showdowns.
Soon Souma and his friends struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Totsuki while more enormous challenges await them.
13Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana symbolizes the flower that never withers away.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That DayAir Date: April 2011Status: FinishedStudio: A-1 PicturesNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 11
Jinta Yadomi is being bothered by Meiko “Menma” Honma, whom he thinks is nothing more than a hallucination due to a hot summer day as Menma died years ago. But soon, he realizes that Menma is a ghost who has come to fulfill his wish.
The story revolves around six friends who were separated after Menma’s untimely death and are again drawn together to lay Menma’s spirit to rest.
12Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 smartly depicts the different shades of mental health through a vibrant story.
Mob Psycho 100Air Date: July 2016Status: FinishedStudio: BonesNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 25
Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama is an eighth-grader who has tapped into his psychic prowess at a very young age but is unable to control it.
To gain control over his skills, he enlists himself under Arataka Reigen, a con psychic, who uses Mob to earn his recognition by exorcising spirits.
However, he doesn’t know that Mob’s hidden power can go berserk if his unrestrained emotions are triggered, and there is no one-stop him.
11Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan exquisitely depicts the survival of humanity against the Titans.
Attack on TitanAir Date: April 2013Status: Season 4 UpcomingStudio: Wit StudioNo. of Seasons: 5No. of Episodes: 59
Centuries ago, mankind was forced to live within defensive barriers in fear of Titans, human-eating monsters.
After centuries of peace, a colossal titan manages to breach the defensive wall and thus begins the survival against man-eating abominations. Eren Yeager lost his mother and joined the Survey Corps to dedicate his life for his revenge against titans by eradicating each of them.
In this brutal journey, he is accompanied by his adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and childhood friend Armin Arlert.
10A Place Further than the Universe
Listening to your heart can be risky sometimes but not something you will ever regret, that’s what A Place Further than the Universe teaches you.
A Place Further than the UniverseAir Date: January 2018Status: FinishedStudio: MadhouseNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 13
Mari Tamaki, a high school student, has lived her life with aspirations to reach beyond the farthest reaches of the universe.
But her fear of the unknown and the anxiety have held her back every time she tries to take a step forward. But after meeting with Shirase Kobuchizawa, her determination to enjoy the youth is at its peak.
Losing her mother on the trip to Antarctica, Shirase is ridiculed for her dream to travel there. But with Mari’s accompaniment, she is ready to sail towards freezing Antarctica.
Haikyuu is the ace of the sports genre everyone was waiting for.
Haikyuu!!Air Date: April 2014Status: Season 5 UpcomingStudio: Production I.GNo. of Seasons: 5No. of Episodes: 73
Hinata Shouyou, after being inspired by a volleyball ace nicknamed “Little Giant,” revives the volleyball club at his middle school.
Soon after getting squashed by “King of the Court’, Tobio Kageyama, he vows to defeat him as his sworn rival. Joining the Karasuno High School, he finds out that Tobio Kageyama is now his teammate.
Setting their differences aside, they set off on a journey to make Karasuno the best volleyball team in the country.
Violet Evergarden gracefully depicts the meaning of love through a heart-touching story.
Violet EvergardenAir Date: January 2018Status: FinishedStudio: Kyoto AnimationNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 13
The continent of Telesis has slowly begun to flourish after the conclusion of the Great War, which left victims of the disaster.
One of them was Violet Evergarden, who was left with nothing but a letter with endearing words from the person she held the dearest.
With no understanding of the message, she begins her life as an Auto Memory Doll, who transcribes people’s thoughts and emotions into words on paper, to find the meaning of those words.
7The Promised Neverland
A promise is more fragile than a sheet of glass in this world of treachery, that’s what The Promised Neverland depicts with a terrifyingly beautiful story.
The Promised NeverlandAir Date: January 2019Status: Season 2 UpcomingStudio: CloverWorksNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 12
The Grace Field House is inhabited by orphans surrounded by a forest and a gate as the way to enter. They are looked after by Isabella, who is called “Mama” by the orphans. The one rule they have to follow is to never go outside the boundary of the house.
Every few months a child is adopted and sent to a new family, but they cannot be contacted again ever.
Suspicious of that, the three oldest siblings trying to uncover the truth face the cruel fate waiting for them, including their Mama’s twisted nature.
Gurren Lagann deals with much more than the emotions and survival of humankind through an exhilarating mecha adventure.
Gurren LagannAir Date: April 2007Status: FinishedStudio: GainaxNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 27
Simon is a young man with no real aspirations while Kamina is free-spirited, both of them born and raised in an underground village stumbles upon an ignition key to an ancient war artifact which they name Lagann.
With the help of Lagann, they set off on a journey under the bright sky with Yoko, to fight against “Beastmen,” humanoid creatures terrorizing humanity in robots called “Gunmen.”
5Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Code Geass beautifully portrays the unrecognized potential of human intellect.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionAir Date: October 2006Status: FinishedStudio: SunriseNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 50
After conquering Japan, the Holy Empire of Britannia has renamed it Area 11, which came along with the resistance from the tyrants wanting to regain independence.
Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannia student, was saved by a mysterious girl C.C. when he was caught in a crossfire between the empire and the rebels.
The girl bestowed upon him Geass, the “Power of Kings,” which has the “power of absolute obedience.” Lelouch, after realizing its potential plans to take revenge against Britannia.
4Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April teaches the significance of one’s life through heart-warming music.
Your Lie in AprilAir Date: October 2014Status: FinishedStudio: A-1 PicturesNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 22
The prodigious pianist Kousei Arima has lost his adoration for music after his mother passed away.
But soon, his fate intertwines with Kaori Miyazono, a violinist who helps him to retrieve from the monochrome world through the music he wanted to part ways with.
One has to carefully watch Steins;Gate to decipher the minute details of a truly magnificent story.
Steins;GateAir Date: April 2011Status: FinishedStudio: White FoxNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 47
The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe along with his perverted hacker friend Hashida “Daru” Itaru and airheaded Mayuri Shiina, have made their most promising invention; dubbed as the “Phone Microwave.”
It can perform the strange function of deforming bananas into piles of green gel.
But soon after experiencing some mysterious happenings, they discover that the Phone Microwave can send emails to the past, altering the flow of history itself.
2Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter is one of the most unique Shounen shows out there.
Hunter x HunterAir Date: October 2011Status: FinishedStudio: MadhouseNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 148
Hunters exist to perform tasks like capturing criminals and searching for treasures. Gon Freecs is determined to become a Hunter to find his father, who abandoned Gon as a child and went to become a hunter himself.
Along the way to becoming an official Hunter, Gon befriends Leorio, Kurapika, and Killua. The four of them take the Hunter Exam to attain their goals and desires.
Following which they embarked on a journey of hardships and struggles.
1Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood reminds us that mortality is a blessing to mankind.
Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodAir Date: April 2009Status: FinishedStudio: BonesNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 64
After attempting the human transmission, a forbidden act of alchemy, young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, pay the price by losing a left leg and a physical body, respectively.
But Edward sacrificed his right arm to affix Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor. Edward obtained metal limbs called “automail” and became a state alchemist.
Both of the brothers have embarked on their journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone, which can solve their problem. But soon, they encounter a national conspiracy surrounding the Philosopher’s Stone.
Some other series that deserve your attention along with the following are:
March Comes in like a lion, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Devilman Crybaby, Kill la Kill, Black Lagoon, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.