Anime has often given us many memorable moments as viewers, and we’ll experience many more as we dive into some of the best anime series on Netflix right now.
From inspirational lessons teaching us never to give up or back down in the face of unjust evils. Or simply relating to the socially awkward protagonist as they bumble about through life.
Animation disconnects us from the pressures of reality and offers us a chance to embrace artistic fantasy. So, join me and buckle in (always safety first), as we highlight some of my favorite animated series on Netflix.
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Netflix’s best anime series you can watch right now in November 2022
With the growing divide between twin cities Piltover and Zaun, two sisters find themselves on rival sides of the war. With the clash of magic technologies and mixed ideas, driven by divided principals, pushing the conflict towards a breaking point.
Arcane is flat-out nothing short of a masterpiece in my eyes, and I know that’s hefty praise to deliver to any piece of entertainment. But, I can truly say that even saying this might be underselling it.
Using the deeply rich lore of the famed MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), League of Legends. These characters are fleshed out even further, revealing their pasts filled with tragedy and complexities that drive an outstanding narrative.
Additionaly, the voice-acting performances delivered by Hailee Steinfield (Vi) and Ella Purnell (Jinx) as the estranged sisters are superb. With their relationship serving as the anchor for most of the series’ plot, and the payoff to their story is downright worth it.
Do yourself a favor…
No, do yourself and a friend…
Wait.. scratch that… go round up your entire social circle and sit them down to watch this series. It’s that good and you won’t be disappointed.
Watch Here On Netflix: Arcane
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Set In a futuristic dystopia, in the heart of Night City. A cyber haven overrun by corruption, crime, and cybernetic implants.
A talented street kid named David decides to live out his life as an “edgerunner” following the loss of his former life due to a drive-by shooting.
His new life finds him on the wrong side of the law as a high-tech, black-market mercenary also known as a “cyberpunk.”
If people didn’t believe the hype for how great this series delivered, then let me frame it from the perspective of a lifelong gamer.
It managed to take the December 2020 launch disaster of Cyberpunk 2077, regarded by many as one of the worst gaming launches of that magnitude in recent history.
And upon Cyberpunk: Edgerunners release, it resurrected the player base to achieve its highest concurrent Steam player numbers since its launch days later.
If the anime is good enough to salvage one of the biggest gaming blemishes to date into a redemption story. It’s good enough to make this list twice over.
Watch Here On Netflix: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
When a family is attacked by demons, only two members end up surviving the incident. Tanjiro and his sister, Nezuko.
Tanjiro takes up arms and sets out to become a slayer of demons to avenge his family and cure his sister.
Demon Slayer made a massive splash in the anime world with its high-paced combat scenes and extraordinary art style. But, under the bells and whistles is where this manga-adapted story shines most.
Dealing with the main themes presented throughout the story of loss, hope, and perseverance.
These themes are expertly weaved into the series and handled exceptionally well, making the series’ characters beloved worldwide. Providing another example of why anime is such a vastly successful genre, that succeeds in providing stories that deliver life lessons through engaging and often fantastical stories.
Watch Here On Netflix: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
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Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
A young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest in a war-torn world divided between four nations each representing a different element of nature.
By journeying through each nation and acclimating himself to the many styles of elemental bending, he will fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, the master of all four elements.
While many have debated whether Avatar can even be considered an anime, or just a children’s cartoon, over the years. Regardless of which side of the line you find yourself on. One thing that is never debated is how well-received and critically acclaimed the series is.
Such is the success of this original series that it has spawned a follow-up sequel series (The Legend of Korra), a live-action movie (We don’t speak about this), and a new animated film in the works soon.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest animated stories out there and checks the boxes on so many themes that make a great show and in particular a great anime show. And I’m happy to see this franchise still getting the love it deserves in the present day.
Watch Here On Netflix: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Hunter x Hunter (2011) [TV-MA rating]
A young boy by the name of Gon Freecss discovers that his father who he thought was dead, is in fact still alive.
This leads to Gon learning that in addition to being alive, his father has earned the mantle of a top hunter.
Following these revelations, Gon departs his home of Whale Island with the goal of becoming “the best hunter in the world”. But, he must first pass the Hunter Examination…
Along the way he meets and befriends three other applicants: Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua.
Leading the newly formed group to embark on a journey that pits them against formidable hurdles as Gon holds tight to the hope that he will meet his father again.
What makes Hunter x Hunter one of the best anime series on Netflix is that it manages to take the typical hero’s journey tale, and infuses it with a mix of outstanding characters and extraordinary fight scenes. With the show exceeding at knowing just when to turn its tone deadly serious, but without ever losing its comedic and lighthearted tone in doing so.
In so doing, helping it to stand the test of time as not just one of the best anime series on Netflix right now, but one of the best anime series of all time.
Watch On Netflix Here: Hunter x Hunter
Cowboy Bebop [TV-MA rating]
Set in a post-apocalyptic future where Earth has become nearly uninhabitable, causing humanity to make it’s way into the stars to establish new homes and settlements across the galaxy.
The story introduces a group of ragtag bounty hunters aboard the ship, Bebop. Traversing planets and moons hunting wanted fugitives, each member of the Bebop deals with the repercussions of the parts of their past that no matter how hard they try, they just can’t escape.
Cowboy Bebop is an anime series I’d recommend to any newcomer seeking to dip their toe into the genre. As it contains a phenomenal jazz and blues soundtrack composed by the incredibly talented, Yôko Kanno.
In addition to the gritty and futuristic noir overtone of the series’ story and worlds, that unfolds with each character’s complicated past.
The series also isn’t afraid to handle adult themes like death, PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and just what it means to truly be alive, especially when you can travel the stars and still struggle to afford a basic meal.
And all of this is played out through the seminal work of an intriguing voice cast that includes voice over legends like Steve Blum, Beau Billingslea, and Wendee Lee, who will have you invested in they’re characters from the series’ start to its end.
This anime truly delivers in every aspect and Netflix viewers should treat themselves to it.
See you there Space Cowboy!
Watch On Netflix Here: Cowboy Bebop
Baki [TV-MA rating]
A young man, Baki Hanma, trains to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, who is regarded as the strongest creature in the world. (Yes, you read that correctly. His father is referred to as a “creature” instead of a man.)
With some of the greatest martial artists hailing from all walks of life. From well-respected martial arts masters to death row inmates known for terrible violence and crimes.
An underground fighting event becomes the showcase for the bloody showdowns that take place across the series between Baki and the other combatants.
I’ll be honest from the start; this show can make even the most stoic of people drop their jaw in shock. Such is the visceral nature of the acts of violence that take place in some of these fights, that can range from impressive, to disturbing, to flat-out bizarre.
But the martial arts and fight scene structure on show throughout the series is second to none. As almost all the characters are deranged psychopaths obsessed with combat, and the series owns every bit of their brutal nature and fighting styles unapologetically.
Watch On Netflix Here: Baki
One Punch Man [TV-MA]
In a world filled with heroes battling foes for whom the prospect of life and death looms with every step, resides Saitama, a hero whose incredible strength has resigned him to the life of a bored vigilante.
As Saitama is capable of defeating almost any enemy who stands before him with nothing more than a single punch (hence the name of the series).
Aiding others, he seeks to answer the one question that inexorably plagues his life.
Will he ever find a foe who could capably present a real challenge to him?
As. despite the ridiculous title, and even more absurd-looking main protagonist. One Punch Man manages to take a concept that would typically deter most viewers from watching and instead puts a truly clever spin on the question:
Would you still enjoy life if you were the most powerful person in the world?
It is this questions that serves as the true main antagonist for Saitama across the series, his own strength! And that is the type of creativity that I absolutely love.
Watch On Netflix Here: One Punch Man
(Guest Article by Jerell Holiday. Edited by Gary O’ Driscoll)
Best Anime Series on Netflix 2022 FAQ
What’s the best anime on Netflix 2022?
With so many great anime series on Netflix right now, it’s hard to pick just one, that’s why we’ve listed some of the absolute best series’ here that deserve your time.
Are there any good Netflix animes?
There are loads of good anime series’ and movies on Netflix right now and we’ve listed some of the best right here in this article including Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba.
What anime should I start with Netflix?
Any one of the series’ listed in this article are a great start for anyone seeking to learn more about the incredible world of anime storytelling. But, to single out just one, Avatar: The Last Airbender, is a perfect entry into the world of anime and anime influence storytelling for anyone.