If you’ve never watched anime on Netflix, then it’s possible your feed is devoid of the genre. A quick search will show you that the platform is full of anime TV series. For those who don’t know where to start, we’ve put together this list of eight series sure to please fans of Japanese fantasy.
When Kagome Higurashi, a teenage girl, falls down a cursed well, she discovers that she has arrived in ancient Japan, where ghouls and goblins abound. Inuyasha, a half-demon, is awakened by her arrival. The show explores how the duo team up to bring back the various scattered pieces of a sacred jewel.
Directors: Masashi Ikeda, Yasunao Aoki
This is, hands down, one of the most popular anime series of all time. Get swept up in Naruto’s journey – an orphaned and mischievous young ninja who wishes to become the leader of his village. Join him as he gets up to a series of adventures and watch him evolve from a little boy into a tough young teen.
Director: Hayato Date
Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenage boy who one day receives the powers of a “Soul Reaper”, that is, a death god. One day, he meets another soul reaper named Rukia Kuchiki who destroys evil spirits and helps souls in their journey to the afterlife. Together, Ichigo and Rukia set off on an adventure to save lost souls.
Director: Noriyuki Abe
‘Death Note’ (2006)
This dark series revolves around a high school student named Light Yagami, who stumbles upon a mysterious notebook. He soon discovers that this notebook gives him the power to kill the person whose name he writes in it.
Director: Tetsurō Araki
‘Hunter x Hunter’ (2011-2014)
This popular action shonen series is based on young Gon Freecs, a boy whose ultimate goal is to find his lost father, a legendary Hunter himself. Gon too, wishes to become a Hunter like his father. But to do so, he must leave the island that is his home and pass the Hunter Examination. While there, he makes three new friends.
Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
‘Food Wars: Shokugeki No Soma’ (2015-2017)
Adapted from a manga of the same name, this show is all about Soma, a young aspiring chef who has just entered the renowned Totsuki Culinary Academy. From cooking competitions to gruelling training camps, Soma has to fight through and emerge victorious, unless he wishes to be expelled.
Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani
‘One Punch Man’ (2015-2019)
This Japanese anime series is based on a webcomic. It follows the life of Saitama, a powerful superhero who can bring destruction on anyone with a single punch. However, he quickly becomes bored of fighting his opponents, because he knows just how easy it is for him to win and as a result, sinks into depression.
Director: Shingo Natsume, Chikara Sakurai
‘My Hero Academia’ (2016-2018)
Izuku Midoriya is a boy who is fascinated by superheroes. When he saves a bully from a notorious villain, he gets to attend a reputed superhero academy that trains students and teaches them how to become heroes and help those who are less powerful than them. Izuku soon discovers that liking superheroes is one thing but being one is a lot tougher than it seems.
Director: Kenji Nagasaki
A legion of vampires. Plenty of dark magic. Intriguing characters. This dark fantasy drama, based on a Japanese video game series, has it all. The plot hinges on a vampire hunter who wants to save the city from dark forces and other supernatural beings that are being controlled by the evil Dracula.
Directors: Sam Deats, Adam Deats, Spencer Wan
This show is all about the students of Hyakkaou Private Academy, a school for gamblers. Only the most influential and wealthy individuals are allowed to enrol at this school. When Yumeko Jabami, a new student, arrives at the school, all the other students begin to believe that they can hoodwink her.
Director: Yuichiro Hayashi
Baki Hanma is a martial arts champion who trains long and hard everyday in order to try and surpass the talents of his legendary father, who was regarded the strongest fighter in the world. Even as he trains to become stronger, five violent inmates from death row are hatching a plan to gather and take on Baki, only so that he can crush them.
Director: Toshiki Hirano
This Japanese anime series is a musical comedy featuring Retsuko, the red panda. Retsuko works in the accounting department of a trading firm. She’s surrounded by pushy seniors and frustrated colleagues. To let off steam, she sings death metal in a karaoke bar every night.
‘Kengan Ashura’ (2019)
When Ohma Tokita, a young fighter, defeats another in a dark alleyway, he is chosen by the Nogi group to be their new representative. His caretaker is Kazuo Yamashita. The show explores the bond between the two men as they participate in Kengan matches in the hushed-up world of corporate disputes.
Director: Seiji Kishi