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15 Of The Best Anime Movies And TV Shows On Netflix

By Renée Ardon-Coppinger
19th Dec 2022

Whether you love the classics or a modernised take on the anime genre, there’s something for everyone so we’ve put together a bunch of the greatest watches to get you bingeing.

Here are all the best anime movies and TV shows on Netflix.

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales Of The Macabre

The stories of horror manga master Junji Ito are set to receive an anime adaptation. From Ito's wealth of works, you can expect 20 epic stories to hitting Netflix over the Christmas break.  Stories include Hanging Blimp, Tomie・Photo, Four x Four Walls and Intruder. Watch it from January 19.

Weathering With You

Weathering With You follows the trail of lovestruck Hodaka who runs away from his family to bustling Tokyo in the Summer of his freshman year, falling for the mysterious Hina. In an ever-raining season, it seems this girl has the power to manipulate the weather and at the same time, Hodaka’s heart. This is a feel-good romantic anime that teens and big people will all find completely charming. Watch it here.

Drifting Home

Drifting Home takes you on a journey alongside a group of sweet elementary school students stuck adrift on a strange abandoned apartment building who have to rely on their inner minds and each other to find a way to safely get back home to everything they know and love. An exciting and slightly bittersweet film for the whole family, you’ll fall in love with these clever young characters in no time. Watch it here.

Bubble

This anime sci-fi hit takes you deep into the future where the once crowded Tokyo skyline has been completely abandoned and instead overrun by bubbles and strange gravitational abnormalities getting the extremely quick-minded and gifted young protagonist into adventures beyond his wildest dreams. But when he meets his mystery girl, everything changes. A great teen film for old and young, Bubble as a new release is bound to give a great movie night in. Watch it here.

Tales From Earthsea

Tales from Earthsea is a 2006 classic that follows a troubled prince with a hidden dark side on an adventure to find the source of evil causing great despair with a wise Archmage in order to save the ladies that they love. Based on a best-selling text, this exciting film is fantasy-filled and has plenty of great characters to adore. Watch it here.

Spirited Away

There’s no ultimate anime list without a Ghibli classic, and it doesn’t get much more iconic than Spirited Away. This flick is the ultimate whimsical, feel-good film that anyone would love (anime fan or not) with plenty of gorgeous graphics, creative fantasies and a main character that will capture your heart. Watch it here.

Princess Mononoke

Another absolute classic anime creation is the 1997 cult fave Princess Mononoke that follows a prince with a lethal curse on his desperate mission to find a cure before it’s too late while landing in the midst of a crazy battle between the animals of a forest and a destructive mining town. Watch it here.

The Wind Rises

Animating God Hayao Miyazaki is behind this decades-spanning plot inspired by the life of sweet Jiro Horikoshi, a designer of The Zero, a WWII fighter plane. The Wind Rises is an emotional, heart-wrenching but ultimate bittersweet tale that is a favourite amongst anime enthusiasts for its historical drama genre and its development of courageous Jiro. Watch it here.

A Whisker Away

A Whisker Away is a quirky heartfelt romance that explores when a peculiar young girl transforms into a cat to catch her crushes attention. Utterly feel-good and fab for the whole family’s eyes,  you’ll love  following the conundrums she faces when lines begin to blur between human and animal life. Watch it here.

Lookism

This new release series follows the quest of a high school outcast leading a double life switching between two bodies that are completely polar opposite in appearance. Lookism is highly realistic and moving at times, with stunning graphics and a message that what’s on the inside matters far more than what’s on the outside. Watch it here.

Trese

Set amongst the dark skyline of Manila, Trese follows brave Alexandra through treacherous circumstances trying to keep the peace against the dark supernatural forces threatening to pervade the wild criminal underworld. This horror crime cross based on comics of the same name is a great series to keep you intrigued and on the edge of your seat. Watch it here.

Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is a dark Manga-based series that follows from Tanjiro who embarks upon a perilous journey to find a cure to a demon attack that’s left his beloved family slain and his sister cursed beyond her wildest dreams before it’s too late. This revenge mission is all fast-paced with plenty of action to keep you guessing. Watch it here.

Komi Can’t Communicate

Komi Can’t Communicate lets you into the world of a high school full of quirky unique characters including Tadano, a more popular boy who assists shy and socially awkward classmate Komi on her mission to reach her ultimate goal of making friends with 100 people within the College. Watch it here.

Blue Period

Blue Period takes us into the mind of super popular high schooler Yatora Yaguchi as he jumps into the beautiful yet enormously unrelenting world of art after finding inspiration in a painting that completely shakes his thinking and becomes reinvigorated after being so bored and disenchanted with life. With 12 short 25ish minute episodes, this is one you can binge in a couple of sittings. Watch it here.

Vinland Saga

This middle ages anime is jam packed full of sword fights, drama and action to capture any viewer. Vinland Saga looks into young Throfinn’s arrival into the mercenary band of his murderer Askeladd planning to avenge his father’s death. With plenty of deception and close calls, you’ll be nervous for his survival every step of the way. Watch it here.

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Image credit: Netflix

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