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The 13 best Netflix anime you can stream right now

From Demon Slayer to Vinland Saga, we think these shows are the best Netflix anime you can watch right now on the streaming service.

The best Netflix on Anime: Demon Slayer., Death Note, and Record of Ragnarok

What are the best Netflix anime out right now? When it comes to streaming services and anime, there are plenty of titles to pick from. In fact, Netflix (aka the biggest streamer in the world) has tons of stellar shows and movies alike. But, let’s be honest, actually settling on something to watch isn’t exactly easy.

Well, fear not because The Digital Fix is here to shine a spotlight on the best anime series and the best anime movies that Netflix has to offer right now. From classic shows to all the new anime currently on offer, we’ve left no 2D stone unturned. So, if you are ready to fill up your watchlist like a Pokédex, continue reading and fall in love with a bunch of new anime characters below!

Best Netflix anime: Komi shaking with nerves in front of Tadano in Komi Can't Communicate

13. Komi Can’t Communicate (2021-2022)

Netflix is a great place for anime newbies to start with the genre. But, if you are a fan of feel-good shows and teen sitcoms, then Komi Cant’ Communicate is a perfect pick to kick off your anime journey.

Not only is this high school series one of the best anime for beginners period, but it also has just the right amount of wholesomeness that it can lift your mood no matter the occasion and be rewatched time and time again. The anime centers around a beautiful teen girl who has a severe communication disorder.

Komi may be a goddess in the eyes of her classmates, but she’s actually extremely introverted and just wants to make friends. With the help of Tadano, we see Komi face her fears and make connections with her eccentric and loud peers. It’s heart-warming, funny, and just so dang cute!

 Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont in Castlevania

12. Castlevania (2017-2021)

Based on the classic video games, Netflix’s Castlevania series is a dark medieval fantasy tale full of gothic aesthetics, striking action, and memorable characters.

The horror anime follows the final living member of the Belmont clan, Trevor, as he tries to save Eastern Europe from Vlad Dracula Tepes, a vampire with hordes of lackeys who wants to get rid of humanity. With plenty of bloodshed, this is a great watch for dark, rainy nights.

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11. Record of Ragnarok (2021-present)

A battle anime, Record of Ragnarok, sees gods from various mythologies come together to wipe out humanity. The Valkyrie Brunhilde, however, sees potential in the species and proposes a fighting tournament to decide whether humanity should be made extinct.

And so the great and not-so-good of humanity are assembled to battle gods and save themselves from oblivion. Honestly, the series is wild —if you ever wanted to see Adam (As in Eve’s mate) fight Zeus, then this is a show for you —and a little all over the place, but it’s good fun if you like watching a good scrap.

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10. Death Note (2006)

Light Yagami’s attempts to rid the world of criminals using a magical notebook was a gateway anime for many fans, and the show has lost none of its punch since it was released in 2006.

Complex, dark, and wildly entertaining, Death Note is easily one of the greatest anime series ever made, and while it may lose a little steam after L’s death, it’s still a favorite here at The Digital Fix. Also, do yourself a favor and skip the Netflix live-action movie. It’s dreadful.

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9. Baki Hanma (2021-2023)

Let’s be honest, 2023 proved that Baki Hanma is one of the best fighting anime around and just a feel-good time overall. It is brutal, adrenaline-filled and features one of the best father-son rivalries on TV, period.

Over the course of the TV series, we have seen the bulky teen, Baki, train in prisons, fighting shadows, and even facing off against a prehistoric warrior. Yes, this may be a simple story without many complex character arcs, but dammit, we love seeing the constant flying kicks and jaw-breaking punches on our small screen.

In fact, we are still hoping for news on Baki Hanma season 3, so yeah, we can’t recommend this show enough.

Best Netflix anime: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

8. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (2022)

Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia creative house Studio Trigger created a Cyberpunk 2077 spin-off that was so good that it caused people to flock to the game. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners takes a bright, vivacious perspective on Night City while carrying the spirit of Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy.

After becoming a mercenary to survive, David Martinez floats ever deeper into the dystopia’s underbelly, gradually falling for netrunner Lucy. Their bond and a shared dream of getting out of dodge are as endearing as the incredible color scheme.

Best Netflix anime: Bubble

7. Bubble (2022)

As a dystopian romance anime, Bubble obeys several common archetypes. Where it’s really special is in the gorgeous aesthetic: a bright, sumptuous rainbow of colors that bring the Tokyo ruins to life.

Parkour groups bouncing around all the crumbling architecture and mysterious bubbles make it seem more like a theme park than weathered remains. Studio Wit is known for enchanting palettes and fluid cinematography, so to say Bubble is breathtaking is a true compliment. Top-tier as far as Netflix exclusives go.

Best Netflix anime: a shot of an operating room in a hospital in the anime Monster

6. Monster (2004-2005)

If you are a fan of psychological thrillers like Hannibal or True Detective, then Monster is the next show that you need to add to your Netflix watchlist. This 2004 gem tells the story of the surgeon Kenzo Tenma, whose life turns upside down once one of his former patients turns out to be a serial killer.

While trying to stop the murderer, morals are questioned, and our hero must fight his own creeping external and nihilistic thoughts. Sounds intense, doesn’t it? Well, trust us, it is, and you will be hooked from episode 1. Monster is also a great choice for anime skeptics since it shows that this medium isn’t always about epic fights or giant robots. It can be dark, gritty, and deeply psychological, too.

Best Netflix anime: Vinland Saga

5. Vinland Saga (2019-present)

Given it’s a historical epic that involves revenge and the protagonist serving as a berserker on his travels, fans of Robert Eggers’s The Northman will find a lot to like in Vinland Saga. A touch less brutal, the show makes up for it with fiery visuals and a greater sense of hero Thorfinn’s long way ’round to finding peace.

The rise of King Cnut the Great provides the backdrop, an eventful period that saw the formation of the North Sea Empire. Truth and myth are made inseparable by the pull of a good story that finds comfort and resolve in the ceaselessness of time. And there are some truly righteous skirmishes.

Best Netflix anime: Devilman Crybaby

4. Devilman Crybaby (2018)

Besides sounding like a short-lived metalcore band from the early 2000s, Masaaki Yuasa’s reinvention of Go Nagai’s classic manga is a blistering piece of work. Two friends, Ryo and Akira, defend humanity from demons, only for one of them to become possessed. This is no conflict of interest, however, because the new Devilman has the power of a hellspawn but the soul of a human.

Devilman Crybaby uses this duality as an engine to look at anti-LGBTQIA+ bigotry, surrounding issues involving marginalization, and our greater humanity. That might sound heady, and at times it is, but the beating heart at the core of the series makes it undeniable.

Best Netflix anime: Kuruko's Basketball

3. Kuroko’s Basketball (2012-2015)

Like all the best sports movies, you don’t need to know much about team activities to enjoy a good sports anime series. Kuroko’s Basketball might be explicitly about Seirin High trying to win big at a national tournament, but really, it’s a well-crafted look at adolescence and male bonding.

Six high schools enjoy an intense rivalry on the court due to each having one member of an all-star middle-school team on their roster. Tetsuya Kuroko, who plays basketball for Seirin, has a little something extra to prove since he was frequently overlooked compared to his showy peers. An underdog story familiar to anyone who knows their sports, but one that stands with the best of them.

Best Netflix anime: Shinji standing infront on an EVA in the Neon Genesis Evangelion

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a classic, and if you are an anime fan of any kind, you need to watch this masterpiece at least once in your lifetime. In fact, we here at The Digital Fix love this sci-fi epic so much that it is number one on our list of the best anime of all time!

From the brilliant mind of Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis is set in a dystopian version of Tokyo where humanity is constantly fighting monsters (known as Angels) who are hellbent on destroying everything. It is up to the teenage Shinji to pilot a bio-mech and save the day.

We don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that this series is layered, action-packed, and is one of the most profound explorations into depression you can find.

Best Netflix anime: Demon Slayer

1. Demon Slayer (2019-present)

As the title implies, Demon Slayer follows one boy’s quest to slay a whole bunch of demons — and slay them he does. Based on Koyoharu Gotouge’s hit manga, it’s one of the biggest ongoing shows in the world right now, spawning one movie thus far and showing no sign of slowing down.

Between the intense battles and personal drama between Demon Slayer characters Tanjiro and his demonic sister, the anime makes a particularly good entry point into the medium for newcomers. Add in some trope-filled lore, and you have a fantasy series worthy of anyone’s attention.

If you still need something to watch, we’ve got a list of the best TV series and guides to the Chainsaw Man season 2 release dateDemon Slayer season 4, and the One-Punch Man season 3 release date. Remember, you can always use our secret Netflix codes, too.

We’ve also got a fun story about the incredible connection between Spider-Verse 2 and Demon Slayer and a feature on what the Oscars must learn from the anime awards. For something live-action, we also recently shared why Halt and Catch Fire is the best TV series you’ve never seen.