Netflix has started adding a lot of new anime series to their platforms and even produces some of the Netflix originals and I personally thinks we should give it a try to current best anime on Netflix.
Today I have raked 25 best anime on Netflix that are worth watching in 2021 so let take a look.
- 28. Kill La Kill
- 27. Children of the Whales
- 26. Robotech
- 25. Haikyu!!
- 24. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
- 23. Steins; Gate
- 22. Psycho-Pass
- 21. My Hero Academia
- 20. Back Street Girls: Gokudolls
- 19. Charlotte
- 18. Vampire Knight
- 17. Toradora
- 16. Magi: Adventure of Sinbad
- 15. Your Lie In April
- 14. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
- 13. Baki
- 12. Violet Evergarden
- 11. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
- 10. 3 Gatsu no Lion
- 09. The Seven Deadly Sins
- 08. Devilman Crybaby
- 07. Erased
- 06. One-Punch Man
- 05. Ajin: Demi-Human
- 04. Kakegurui
- 03. Code Geass: Lelouch of the rebellion
- 02. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- 01. Death Note
28. Kill La Kill
Honnouji Academy is forcefully ruled by the iron-fisted control of its student council and its president, Satsuki Kiryuuin. Transfer student, Ryuuko Matoi, arrives on campus carrying a giant sword, that is actually half of a scissor.
She is looking for the woman who holds the other half of her sword who killed her father. It is said that Satsuki Kiryuuin knows the identity of the killer but when Ryuuko confronts her she is beaten by the student council and their powerful “goku uniforms” whom she cannot match in strength.
However, once Ryuuko receives her own “Kamui” by the name of Senketsu , the odds are lifted in her favor.
27. Children of the Whales
As a magic weilder, young archivist Chakuro knows his life will be short, but everything changes when a mysterious girl from the outside arrives on his island.
Skiros is an actual island in Greece but I think it was skilos because it means dog and the other ships are named after animals too.
I think that Greek was actually the right language to pick since we actually have a lot of islands in my country and we have a lot of sea too.
In the year 1999, an alien battle fortress crash lands on an island in the South Pacific. Over the next ten years, mankind repairs and refits this fortress, using the advanced “robotechnology” found aboard her to create fighter planes that can transform into giant robots.
As soon as the repaired fortress is ready for launch, the aliens to whom she belongs finally discover its location. Thus begins a series of wars that will devastate the planet Earth.
This television series was created by Carl Macek from three Japanese television series, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada.
Determined to become like the championship’s star player, a short boy nicknamed “the small giant”, Shouyou joined his school’s volleyball club. Unfortunately, he was the only member and the club didn’t have so much as a place to practice.
He didn’t let that deter him, however, and, upon finally acquiring 5 other players in his final year, was able to compete in an actual competition – only for his team to be unlucky enough to face the championship favorite and its star player, Kageyama Tobio, called “the king of the court”, in the first round.
Though Shouyou’s team suffers a crushing defeat, he vows to become better and eventually surpass Kageyama.
24. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
Meet Souma, he is the son of the owner of a small eatery in Japan. For his age, Souma is a very talented person able to easily come up with new dishes; sometimes these dishes are some really weird combinations of the ingredients no one would use.
After some time, the owner of the Souma’s eatery, Souma’s father, leaves the family business to work with his friend. Souma’s restaurant is on the verge of closing.
To improve his cooking skills and to save the restaurant, Souma begins studying in Engetsu Teahouse Culinary Academy, which is regarded as Japan’s top culinary academy.
The problem is that only a few are able to graduate from it, these few are world’s best gourmet of culinary. Will Souma manage to graduate from the academy?
23. Steins; Gate
Okabe Rintarou, a university student who refers to himself as Crazy Mad Scientist Hououin Kyouma and his lab’s members work on a microwave device that can transfer messages to the past.
Without getting captured, they should get it working in order to beat the evil organization, SERN and stop their evil plans.
In a futuristic world where criminal intent is analyzed by the Sybil System, a new top of the class recruit, Akane Tsunemori, joins the police force.
However, she always puts her own sense of justice above the judgment of Sybil.
Police are helped by Enforcers (latent criminals disposed to high criminal intent), one of which is a former inspector who supports Akane’s method of action.
21. My Hero Academia
In a world populated with superhumans, the superhero-loving Izuku Midoriya is without power.
However, after the Quirkless dreamer Izuku inherits the powers of the world’s best superhero, All Might, his hopes of becoming the top hero are now possible.
Once enrolled in the high school for heroes, U.A., Izuku soon discovers being a hero is much more complicated than it appears.
20. Back Street Girls: Gokudolls
I was shocked when I saw this Best Anime on Netflix as it’s one of those anime with a lot of “what the fuck” moments.
The story takes place as three Yakuza mess up something, and their boss calls them worthless and sends them to Thailand for a sex-changing operation.
After the s*x-change surgery, they come back and are forced to work as idols. This show has a lot of R rated scenes, comedy, and drinking.
While on the surface Yuu Otosaka appears to be just another charming and intelligent teenager, he has a secret—he has the ability to slip into people’s minds and fully control their body for five seconds at a time. Yuu has been using this skill for years to gain the highest grades, which allowed him to enter a prestigious high school.
When the enigmatic Nao Tomori catches Yuu using his power, she coerces him and his sister Ayumi into transferring to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural abilities. The student council of the school, led by Nao, is tasked with secretly tracking down adolescents who abuse their powers.
Yuu is forced to join the student council and together, they face formidable challenges that bring him closer to the shocking truth that his own, seemingly incomplete ability, might be more powerful than he could have ever imagined.
18. Vampire Knight
The story of this Best Anime on Netflix revolves around the students of the Cross Academy, which is divided into the Day Class for humans, and the Night Class for Vampires.
The main characters, Zero and Yuki, both have very sad pasts; Zero had his family killed by a vampire, and Yuki’s first memory was a vampire attacking her. These pasts, which are revealed fairly early in the series, make a good base for their relationship and their emotional struggles.
During the course of the story, the characters face one event/experience after another, which makes room for emotional struggles, lots of character development and, of course, some romance (hey, this is a shojo series after all), though the latter is overshadowed by the other stuff.
Ryuji Takasu lives in a falling down house with his mother, and although being a nice guy is cursed with the evil look of his father causing people to avoid him.
Taiga Aisaka is a tiny,self centered and unexpectedly strong girl who lives in a new apartment next to Ryuji but has no idea how to take care of herself.
Ryuji looks after her,cooking and cleaning for her and acting as her dog while they both attempt to help each other with their love life.
16. Magi: Adventure of Sinbad
I loved Sinbad since the Magi series is it the Best Anime on Netflix and he easily became one of my favorite blue hair anime characters. It felt so good to be able to witness his journey to become king and to create Syndria.
I loved the pacing and all his adventures that came,how he matured and captured all the dungeons. It was a series full of surprises as well because of the turns it took such as his quickly mastering the djinn equip and his courage to face everyone with an open mind.
I enjoyed the story of this Best Anime on Netflix the most was his adventure in the Imuchakk kingdom as part of Valefor arc. Also to see elements such as amazons and legendary warriors assimilated into the lore of the series was great.I hope that we will get a season 2 because what is to come is even better.
15. Your Lie In April
Your Lie in April, also known as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, is one of my favorite Musical Best Anime on Netflix.
Yet the moment we step past the disillusionment that it casts upon us by its false prefaces, we quickly realize that what we have immersed ourselves in is actually a tragedy in the making.
14. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
The story of this Best Anime on Netflix follows the following paradigm: Athena, with the help of the zodiac saints, protects the Earth from the other gods whose wishes are only to do away with humanity.
The use of Greek mythology is vastly employed throughout the story as other gods such as Poseidon and characters such as Medusa make appearances.
While that may sound quite simple (and it is very much straight forward), the characters undergo a thorough process of development.
With each fight they seem to acquire more knowledge and powers that help them mature from teenagers to men. The themes of friendship, loyalty and endurance are some of the most explored throughout this anime. The bond that ties the saints with Athena is mere responsibility at first, but extends itself to friendship and love.
Baki is somewhat of an anomaly when talking about the series in depth. On the surface Baki comes across as the stereotypical shounen following a teenage boy training to become the world’s strongest fighter, a label currently held by his father Yujiro Hanma.
However, when delving deeper into the story, Baki manages to encapsulate the concept of fighting and the themes that tie with such.
The struggles, sacrifices and suffering felt when facing an almost unachievable goal, the unbridled enjoyment of experiencing your passion to the fullest and even the jaded, dreary perception that can set in when constantly at the pinnacle of one’s field of interest – all are just some of the core ideas the series is firmly rooted in and all remain prevalent in this adaptation of Baki.
12. Violet Evergarden
I liked the novel of this Best Anime on Netflix, so obviously I liked the story. They did make me get worried with those original episodes at the start but later on they managed to adapt most of the best chapters. There are quite a few which are standalone: 5,6,7,10,11. The rest involved Violet and her co-workers.
The first half didn’t look that promising, but the second half improved a lot. I think it’s because they put in a lot of her adventures in the second half, only involving Violet and the customer, which gave a lot more room for growth instead of being surrounded by the other workers.
She’s the type who learns fast when she’s alone, you could say. Watching her change bit by bit a girl from emotionless and to some extent irritating to one who is able to experience emotions was very enjoyable.
The story of this Best Anime on Netflix is not unique in the sense that she’s trying to find the meaning of “love”, but as it unfolds she learns other feelings as well, and soon enough we don’t get the “I want to know the meaning of “I love you”” line.
11. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
The protagonist in this Best Anime on Netflix, Saiki, is a boy that was born with psychic powers in a normal world. He can read minds, he can teleport from one place to another.
He can restore things (people included) to their previous state in the past… and these three are just a few examples of all that he can do.
Saiki is so powerful that, if he wanted to, he could singlehandedly take control of the Earth in a few days, is that his intention? Hell no! He just wants to live a quiet life, and I can already tell you that he isn’t even close to have one.
10. 3 Gatsu no Lion
Sangatsu no Lion is at its surface is Best Anime on Netflix about shogi, but at its core a coming-of-age story of overcoming depression. Rei, the series’ protagonist, is a deeply and inherently flawed being.
He is timid – incapable of speaking his mind or getting his feelings across – and unhappy with his role in life. Many characters do not understand why he is this way, and indeed, for someone so gifted at shogi– enough as to turn it into a career from a young age– and blessed by such having such a kind family care for him.
It is easy to be envious and to question why someone in his position could ever feel unsatisfied. He is still in his teens, after all, so it could merely be an irrational fit of teenage angst. And so they think, and so they patronize him.
09. The Seven Deadly Sins
The story of this Best Anime on Netflix revolves around Meliodas and Elizabeth who both goal is to gather the seven deadly sins, although initially there goal for gathering the seven deadly sins is different, in the end their reason for wanting to gather them intertwined with each other.
The story of this Best Anime on Netflix follows them as they gather the sins and also clearing their names on false lies about them. while also in combat with the holy nights.
The story follows the normal shounen formula but it does tweak it up a little to make this series not be named as just another generic shounen anime.
08. Devilman Crybaby
like I said, much was changed from the original material, but I actually didn’t mind it so much. It cleared up a lot of the muddy parts from the manga and it structured it in a way that was fun to binge for the Best Anime on Netflix.
Plus, the modern take on the setting was interesting to see. That being said, it had a few flaws, including the ridiculously obvious foreshadowing and some changes from the original manga that really should’ve been kept in.
Overall, If you like devilman, go into this anime without expectations, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised with how new it all is.
The main problem in Erased lies in the little problems that become apparent as the show progresses: these ultimately are magnified by many others, which will be depicted.
The concept of preventing occurrences through time travelling has been explored in numerous other works, yet a problem with the anime is the fact that these are completely random, allowing the author to make any necessary changes in direction when necessary.
This is not bad on its own, yet instead of using it as means to develop the characters in the story, it utilizes it purely to change the direction in the narrative, which was not done in a subtle manner.
Regardless of said issue, it managed to create some tension in the story as viewers never really could correctly anticipate the course of the narrative.
06. One-Punch Man
The story of this Best Anime on Netflix is simple- The story of an average guy who’s a hero for fun. Now what makes this unique is that this show is a parody. For people new to that genre, it’s an imitation of other work.
Basically what this anime does is it makes a parody out of shounen genre, where you have a male protagonist who gets beaten down, and then trains or in some other way defeats the bad guy. Here, the MC is just over-powered to the extent that he gets depressed there’s no one strong enough to challenge him.
You might think that such a strong person would be revered as a God by the people. Sadly, you’re mistaken. The people don’t even know he exists!!
This really plays a major point in the later episodes, when Saitama has to show his strength infront of the public, and becomes one of the highlight of this series.
This Best Anime on Netflix was created to poke fun at all tropes in anime. This is a story made to enjoy, not to be taken seriously. Anyone who is open-minded will enjoy this anime to its full extent.
05. Ajin: Demi-Human
The story of this Best Anime on Netflix takes place in a fictional universe where humanity stumbled upon the discovery of a new sub-species of beings dubbed the Ajin.
Having the appearance of regular humans, the Ajins are thought to be immortal, while also possessing several supernatural abilities. Due to their documented cases’ being extremely rare, they quickly become subjects of superstition.
But all that changes when a resurgence of the species occurs in modern day Japan, bringing with it a new public frenzy that leads us into the narrative that unfolds before us today.
Kakegurui brought as the Best Anime on Netflix where a student (Jabami Yumeko) just wants to gamble even further, exceeding the expectations of a normal human being like her subordinate Suzui Ryouta. Gambling for her is like soft drinks which has a very good feeling to the body.
Not only she’s crazy but also she’s competitive that from the beginning of the anime (Episode 1 – 3) she has taken an interest to gamble every member of the school’s Student Council. The story focuses about competition and power through gambling. If one is a failure, he/she is automatically dropped on this anime’s atmosphere.
If one is successful, he/she will be consider as an elite on this school. Kakegurui is unique itself from its setup of the school. Normally, school animes are about high school life, romance and other stuffs, but here, competition is a must.
03. Code Geass: Lelouch of the rebellion
Before I saw this Best Anime on Netflix, it was described to me on multiple occasions as Death Note with mechas. After seeing it, however, I am inclined to disagree.
The similarities between the two series are superficial at best, and though I can see why people would draw the comparison, I don’t really think that dis/liking one means that you’ll dis/like the other.
But anyway, unlike Death Note, I wouldn’t say that the story in Code Geass is particularly notable or unique. It’s actually rather straightforward and even a little cliche, but that’s exactly why this is such a well done series — the barebones storyline is handled in a refreshing and new way that grabs the viewer’s attention.
There are enough twists and turns involved to keep you on the edge of your seat. The pacing is excellent and nothing feels rushed or drawn out. Indeed, the progression up to the conclusion is especially brilliant. (It’s a cliffhanger "ending," but oh, it’s just a fantastic cliffhanger.)
02. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The story of this Best Anime on Netflix is told in a very straight forward, no nonsense manner that is kind of refreshing given the penchant for filler episodes.
The issue though, is that the content of the tale is much lighter in tone, much more typically “shounen” in its essence, than that of the first adaptation.
One of the reasons for this is because the undercurrent of obsession amongst the main characters peters out towards the end of the story – a stark contrast to the ending in the first adaptation. Instead, these obsessive behaviours are effectively “de-humanised” by pushing them on to the non human characters.
01. Death Note
The story is of this Best Anime on Netflix unique. A notebook falls from the sky, and the human who writes a name in it is capable of killing the individual pictured in his mind (I left out the details that you don’t care about). This presents the viewers with a highly debatable theme based on morals and justice.
Yagami Light, who obtains this power to kill, utilizes it in hopes of creating a utopia in which he is god. Criminals, and only criminals, are to be punished in hopes of a perfect society. Is this however, right? Is it right to kill individuals who have done wrong, and will do wrong again? Can they be reformed?
Death Note presents the viewers with questions such as these, questions which cannot be easily answers. This Best Anime on Netflix challenges the viewers morals and for that, it deserves highly.