If you’re an avid Japanese anime fan, you’ve probably watched some of these series already. This was actually really tough to narrow down to, there are just so many great anime series out there. Then again, Japanese anime options on Netflix are rather limited. Hopefully Netflix will start showing more anime series – I’m rooting for Saki. It’s about a girl who doesn’t like playing Mahjong but is exceptionally good at it to the point that she learnt how to constantly break even. It’s a remarkable skill that I wish I could master in real life. For now, I shall live vicariously through the anime. Here is a list of 5 other awesome anime series that you should check out on Netflix.
9 Seasons on Netflix (220 episodes)
This is an iconic anime, one of my absolute favourites. Even if you haven’t watched anime before, you would have heard of Naruto. The story focuses on Naruto Uzumaki, a ninja striving hard to be recognized by his peers and is intent on one day becoming the Hokage of his village.
This anime is a complete emotional rollercoaster. There are scenes that tug at your heartstrings, scenes that are absolutely hilarious, great ninja fight scenes, impressive storyline and a dash of romance. It’s a pity that Naruto Shippuden (which is an extension of Naruto) is currently not being aired on Netflix. Trust me if you think Naruto is good, you’ll be even more impressed by Shippuden.
2 Seasons on Netflix (24 episodes)
The direct translation of Kakegurui from Japanese to English is “betting madness”. In this anime, it is referring to a compulsive gambler who is constantly gambling for the thrill of it – it doesn’t even matter what the stakes are, she’s always up for a game.
This anime can be a little cheeky with some rather sexual references, hence the age-restricted rating. There’s even a real life action version of Kakegurui but there’s fewer episodes than the anime. There are 2 seasons and a total of 15 episodes on Netflix to date. It is rated NC16 instead of M18 so there are certain slight changes made to how the story is being portrayed but it is essentially the same storyline. That being said, I still prefer the anime.
Attack on Titan (NC16)
5 Seasons on Neflix (75 episodes)
The story is about humans living within massive walls to protect themselves from titans (man-eating giants). The protagonist, Eren Jaeger, is determined to save humanity from the titans after he watched his own mother get eaten by one right before his very eyes.
I had no idea what to expect when I started this anime. It was all the rave and I decided to give it a shot. Man, was I blown away! There’s a storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Just when you thought you had it all figured out, it throws a curveball right back at you. There is quite a bit of violence and gore but you can’t turn away because you don’t want to miss any part of it.
Demon Slayer (NC16)
1 Season on Netflix (26 episodes)
The story begins with Tanjiro Kamado living a simple and happy life with his family in the mountains. One fateful day when he was out, his entire family (except for his sister, Nezuko) was killed by a demon. Nezuko was turned into a demon and almost killed by a demon slayer when Tanjiro protects her and vows to find a way to turn her back into a human.
The art and animation in this anime is simply spectacular. The fight choreography especially, is so well executed. The way the characters are illustrated, it’s just stunning really. What really made it an amazing anime is how the strong bond between the two siblings was being portrayed throughout the entire series. I can’t wait for more seasons to be added.
4 Seasons on Netflix (85 episodes)
Last but not least, Haikyu!! Don’t be too quick to dismiss this sports anime. It’s about Shoyo Hinata, a boy with big dreams to become an amazing volleyball player despite being considered pint-sized in the world of volleyball.
What I like about this anime is that it’s very relatable and has an inspiring storyline. There are lots of lessons to learn from this anime that are very applicable to real life. If you’re looking for something a little more light-hearted with good comedy, this is definitely one to consider. If you happen to be into volleyball, you’ll absolutely love this one.
With the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympics, people have been making references comparing the Japan Volleyball team to this anime. It’s exciting as a fan to watch some of these characters in a way come alive on the court.