Netflix has had an incredible effect on the world of televised media for years. At first, it was merely with shows they’d licensed from other companies, but after several years on the market, it’s turned into far more than that.
These days, they make waves with all manner of content…including anime. In fact, recently Netflix noted they were investing billions into original content with anime as the main focus.
While new series continue to release on the platform, there’s still plenty of classic series available for fans to watch right now! These are ten of the best anime on Netflix, as rated by IMDB.
10. Violet Evergarden (8.4)
Violet Evergarden was a popular anime series that aired in the Winter of 2018 before coming onto Netflix after it finished airing in Japan. The series focuses on the eponymous lead character, a young woman who spent large portions of her life serving in combat roles on the battlefield.
With the war over, Violet becomes an Auto Memory Doll, a ghostwriter that works for the CH Postal Company to help those who can’t write and need someone to help them convey their emotions properly in letter form. A beautiful series animated by Kyoto Animation, the series has only grown more popular since coming to the West.
9. Case Closed (8.4)
Referred to as Detective Conan in Japan, Case Closed’s spot on this list is a tad surprising, with the series nabbing an 8.4 rating on IMDB. Case Closed is about a teenaged boy named Jimmy Kudo, a genius detective that’s become so successful he solves crimes with the police. While working with them, Kudo angers a group called the Black Organization, who poisons him so they can continue their work.
While the poison fails, Kudo is transformed into a young child and starts referring to himself as Conan Edogawa while he continues to try and solve cases. Case Closed has been running for almost 1000 episodes without an ending in sight, as Kudo goes back and forth between adult and child but never gets any closer to stopping the Black Organization.
8. Naruto Shippuden (8.5)
Coming in at an 8.5, Naruto Shippuden is possibly the biggest gateway anime since Dragon Ball Z. The second series to adapt Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto anime, Shippuden picks up after the two years of filler from the original series to begin adapting the story after the brief time skips in the manga.
Featuring some of the most iconic characters from 2000s anime, who are given even bigger, crazier powers to face bigger, crazier opponents, it’s not a shock this series has such a high rating. Though it has its detractors, Shippuden takes viewers on an incredible journey that has a satisfying enough conclusion that we can all pretend Boruto doesn’t exist.
7. Rurouni Kenshin (8.5)
Tying with Naruto Shippuden at 8.5 is the classic action series following everyone’s favorite samurai, Rurouni Kenshin. Set during the Meiji Era, the story introduces us to Himura Kenshin, a young man who played a pivotal role in bringing the war to an end as the assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai.
Kenshin used the unique skills of the Hiten Mitsurugi Style to become a legend on the battlefield but eventually wanted to let go of his past, investing in a reverse-sided blade so he would never have to take a life again. But while Kenshin was able to let go of his past, his past isn’t quite able to let go of him.
6. Your Lie in April (8.6)
Romantic comedy Your Lie in April comes in just slightly ahead of Kenshin and Naruto at an 8.6. Kousei Arima was a prodigy with the piano until his mother died, robbing him of the ability to play. But when he meets Kaori Miyazono, a talented violin player, he starts to feel the joy of music in his heart again.
Based on the manga series by Naoshi Arakawa, Your Lie in April rating so highly reminds us that anime doesn’t always have to be about power-ups and explosions or death and destruction. It’s a medium that can reach any group of people with all kinds of stories.
5. Attack on Titan (8.8)
Admit it. The moment this series came up the epic theme song to the show started playing in your head. Hajime Isayama’s story about a dystopian world where giant monsters roam the land eating humans while humans have been hunted to near extinction was a hit from the moment it began airing.
Watching Eren Yeager learn how to bring down these monstrous beings out of revenge for his destroyed life has been a collective pastime for most anime fans since 2013, so there’s no surprise Attack on Titan ranks at a staggeringly high 8.8.
4. Hunter x Hunter (8.9)
Just narrowly behind Death Note is Yoshihiro Togashi’s Hunter x Hunter, scoring an 8.9 on IMDb. The follow-up manga from the creator who brought anime fans Yu Yu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter is about a young boy named Gon Freecss. Gon’s father Ging left him behind to pursue a career as a Hunter, only for Gon to follow in his footsteps years later to find him.
The Hunter x Hunter universe is unlike any other – the battles are incredibly cerebral and the usual shonen “friendship” power-ups are nowhere to be found. The lead characters increasingly battle opponents that could easily kill them, and they rarely ever win, only survive. This major change along with Togashi’s world and character design appeals to fans of all ages.
3. One-Punch Man (8.9)
The beloved first season of One-Punch Man is on Netflix and has an 8.9 rating on IMDb. This is unsurprising, as the series had Madhouse’s glorious art direction and animators working on it, becoming a minor cultural phenomenon when it first launched in 2015.
Taking the popular action shonen tropes and turning them on their head, One-Punch Man stars Saitama, a hero who literally cannot become any more powerful. Despite this, Saitama is constantly in search of someone who can push him to his limits once more…though so far, every villain has only taken a single punch to be defeated by him.
2. Death Note (9.0)
Death Note has been popular with teens looking for dark heroes and adults looking for psychological thrillers for years, so it’s not a surprise the series ranks at a 9.0 on IMDb. The series tells the story of Light Yagami, a young man who’s suddenly granted a book belonging to Ryuk, a Shinigami (God of Death).
Known as a Death Note, the book grants Light the ability to murder anyone just by writing their names down, allowing him to eradicate those he views as evil from the world. Death Note was so popular, Netflix made a live-action film in 2017…though that adaptation was considerably less popular.
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (9.1)
Unsurprisingly at the top of the list is the adaptation of the Hiromu Arakawa classic manga, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Getting a 9.1 on IMDB, this perfected version of Arakawa’s manga is one of the best shonen action series ever created.
Brotherhood follows the Elric Brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who lost their mother when they were children and wound up nearly destroying themselves after an alchemic experiment to bring her back.
The rest of the story sees the two of them on a quest to fix their own bodies by finding the Philosopher’s Stone, and what happens when they learn the true legend behind it.