The selection of anime available on Netflix is ridiculously small compared to the vast amount of anime available on other streaming platforms. The website currently only has 48 titles to choose from, many of which are relatively well-known. If you’re an anime fan, you’ve probably already watched any of the series available on Netflix.
At the same time, many of the titles, like Bleach or Case Closed, are incomplete, and after a certain point in streaming, you may be forced to finish the series elsewhere. Therefore, if you’re really into anime as a medium, you’re better off getting a Crunchyroll or Funimation account to enjoy an endless selection. But, if you’re still unsure about this whole anime thing or don’t have the funds to pay for another online, television subscription, Netflix has a few anime titles that are definitely enjoyable. Here are just five anime series on Netflix that are worth watching.
1. Hunter X Hunter
The show follows a young boy, Gon Freecss, in his quest to become a Hunter. Hunters are renown for their skill at tracking down everything from rare treasures to special foods. Every human possesses Nen, which is a person’s life energy or aura. Hunters have the ability to control and strengthen their Nen so it can be used in battle. It’s a great story and an awesome anime, but sadly, the story has yet to fully be completed. Netflix only has 100 episodes of the anime, so you will have to go elsewhere to watch the remaining 48. Trust me, you will want to find the remaining 48, because the final battle is absolutely amazing.
2. The Seven Deadly Sins
The Sins were once the strongest order of Holy Knights in the Kingdom of Liones. However, after being framed for the murder of the Great Holy Knight, they are forced to flee in order to escape persecution. They are brought back together by the third princess of Liones, Elizabeth, to free the kingdom from the oppressive rule of the Holy Knights. Netflix has exclusive English streaming rights for the anime so it is the only place to get it. The second season is expected to be released sometime in 2017.
3. Blue Exorcist
What would you do if you found out that you were the son of Satan? This is what happens to Rin Okumura. Despite being the son of Satan, he wants to follow in the footsteps of his adopted father and become an exorcist to protect humanity from demons. The trailer for the second season of Blue Exorcist was recently released. We can expect the show to make a return in January 2017. However, because Netflix usually takes longer to get titles, do not expect the second season to be on Netflix for a while.
4. Rurouni Kenshin
No matter how old the trope may get, the tale of a wandering swordsman is always epic. Rurouni Kenshin is no different. Originally released in the 90’s, the manga and the anime remain classics. The first live action film was released in 2012. It is great that people are still able to watch this story because if you grew up in the late ‘90s, early 2000s, you probably watched the show on Toonami. You can watch the entire series on Netflix.
5. Death Note
Death Note is the show that even people who dislike anime somehow seem to enjoy. When Light discovers a book that gives him the ability to kill other people, he develops a God complex that he feels puts him above the rest of humanity. Death Note is a supernatural, detective story and blurs the line between how we think about good and evil. Netflix will actually be releasing a live action Death Note film in 2017.