Some people subscribe to Netflix solely for its original series. While Netflix did a fantastic job with shows like Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, and Bojack Horseman, it often falls short in the anime department.
As attractive as that anime Netflix Original trailer might look, it doesn’t always pan out that way. Stop watching misleading trailers, and take a look at this list of the anime Netflix Originals that are actually worth your time.
1. Devilman Crybaby
Unique animation? Check.
Raunchy and violent storyline? Check.
Makes you feel like you’re on acid? Definitely, check.
If the synopsis of the show isn’t enough to make you drop everything and start watching Devilman Crybaby right now, then I don’t know what will.
Akira’s just a normal teenager until he gets told by his friend, Ryo, about the possibility of demons taking over the world. Ryo also informs him that the only way to defeat the demons is to merge with one. After Akira’s body joins with a demon’s, he ends up encountering all sorts of problems, his newfound supernatural strength not being one of them.
Devilman Crybaby‘s psychedelic visuals and demonic storyline will suck you in from the first episode. Based on the popular manga, Devilman, by Go Nagai, Devilman Crybaby maintains the same level of horror that Nagai intended.
2. Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Deadly Sins is a lighthearted, action-packed, fantasy anime that takes place in medieval times.
It follows a group of characters who once belonged to a group called the Seven Deady Sins. They broke apart after allegedly planning to overthrow the Liones Kingdom of Britannia. The Holy Knights took credit for their defeat, but people still believed that the Seven Deadly Sins were alive. Years later, the Holy Knights captured the king, and the princess Elizabeth seeks out the Seven Deadly Sins to restore her kingdom.
Each character possesses their own seven deadly sin, and a set of quirks. For example, although the 3,000-year old Meliodas represents wrath, he still looks like a young boy. Similarly, the envy-bearing Diane is a 30-foot tall giant.
The title of this anime doesn’t lie—it’s based on that ’80s game you used to play on your NES.
Let’s be honest, movies and TV shows that stem from video games tend to be cringeworthy. However, Castlevania completely contradicts that stereotype with its compelling adaption of the classic game.
The Castlevania series doesn’t stray far from its mythological horror-based roots with its incorporation of demons, vampires, monsters, and magic. The story begins after a town in Wallachia makes a huge mistake; a bishop accuses Count Dracula’s wife of practicing witchcraft, and she’s burned at the stake. This obviously angers Dracula, who promises to kill everyone in Wallachia with an army of demons.
That’s where Trevor Belmont comes in. Despite the fact that the country despises him and his royal family, he works to save the land from Dracula’s wrath.
Don’t let the image of a cute red panda trick you into thinking that this show is mild and cute. While it is sort of cute, it’s definitely not mild.
Retsuko seems like a typical red panda trying to succeed in life. She works hard as an accountant and tries to please everyone.
Sometimes, her boss or coworkers just push her buttons a little too much. That’s what inspires her nightly trips to the karaoke bar where she can let go of all her frustrations. No, she doesn’t sing sad or depressing songs; she likes to sing death metal.
I think we can all identify with Retsuko’s brutally honest songs about her boss, job, and coworkers.
5. Hi-Score Girl
Hi-Score Girl is a feel-good anime with plenty of nostalgia for gamers. It takes place in the early ’90s, a time when many arcades flourished.
Middle-schooler Haruo Yaguchi has always dreamed of becoming a professional gamer. He’s known among his peers for his gaming skills in local arcades.
Akira, a young pretty girl, seems to be good at everything. She also proves to be Haruo’s first real threat, which absolutely devastates him. Although Haruo initially hates Akira for defeating him, the two quickly develop a strong bond through video games.
Some of the most noteworthy aspects about this anime are its pleasant artwork, delightful soundtrack, and incorporation of realistic gameplay. When you listen to Hi-Score Girl‘s epic anime theme song and see its depiction of accurate arcade games, a wave of nostalgia will overcome you.
Kakegurui pretty much embodies the reason why teenagers shouldn’t be allowed to gamble. Its intriguing gambling-based concept and use of highly detailed facial expressions make this anime an interesting watch.
Some of the wealthiest children in Japan attend Hyakkaou Private Academy, where the social hierarchy depends on payments to the student council. Students don’t use the money from their rich parents to pay off their debts, they earn money from gambling instead.
You’re probably wondering what happens to the students when they can’t pay off their debts. Simply put, they become a slave. Male slaves fittingly called “Fido,” and female slaves named, “Mittens,” become subservient to those of a higher rank.
This whole hierarchy starts to change when the school gets a new transfer student: Yumeko Jabami. Although she’s skillful at gambling, she becomes dangerously obsessed with it.
7. Little Witch Academia
Do you remember that feeling you got when you first watched Harry Potter or some other magical Disney movie? Well, Little Witch Academia will give you that same feeling of wonder.
This anime has a lot of charm thanks to the innocence of the main character Akko Kagari. The young girl has always wanted to become a witch just like her inspiration, Shiny Chariot. Even though she has no experience in magic or witchcraft, Akko enrolls in the Luna Nova Witch Academy.
While she struggles with witchcraft at first, her persistence and dedication ultimately pay off. What makes this anime so lovable is the fact that it’s suitable for both young and old viewers alike.
Find Your New Favorite Anime on Netflix
You probably never thought you’d see the day when your new favorite anime series is a Netflix Original. Netflix animes are sometimes regarded as “non-authentic,” but these shows certainly prove that belief wrong.
Have you watched these shows? Do you think Netflix does a good job with anime adaptations? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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