Over the past few years, Netflix has been adding more anime to their site, including many they have sponsored themselves. From Nanatsu no Taizai to Devilman: Crybaby, the efforts that Netflix has made on their personal selection are impressive! Though Netflix still mostly boasts popular, well-known series on its service, the options are only getting better, with a few minor setbacks here and there. We try not to think about the live-action Death Note too much…
With so many options of shows to watch on Netflix, it can be easy to get sidetracked and lose your way! To help you sift through the large list of possibilities, we would like to highlight a few of the more hidden gems of Netflix anime, ones you may not have noticed on the site before.
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: May 2017
Humanity struggles day by day, hiding away in small groups from the dangerous infection that infiltrated the technological systems. Zuru is part of a group hunting down food to help her village survive when they are attacked by the defense system known as the Safeguard, wiping out almost everyone in their squad. With only a stranger named Killy left to rely on, Zuru must try to find a way to keep going. Killy just might be the key to restoring peace to the world, if he can just find what he is looking for.
While Netflix’s anime adaptation is not entirely true to the manga, it is an enjoyable introduction to the dark, despairing world. The CGI can be a bit unnerving at first, but it is actually quite well done and the rest of the animation for the setting is beautiful. If you are not familiar with the manga, Blame! is a great way to be introduced to the series. The story starts off a bit confusing to follow but, by the end of the movie, you will be just as engrossed in this tale as we are!
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2016 – September 2016
The United Nations Kurobe Research Institute was built in Japan to study an unusual artifact, with scientists and their families from all over the world coming to live there. Yukina Shirahane is the daughter of the facility’s head scientist, attending Mt. Tate International High School and visiting her mother at the facility in her spare time. One day, Yukina happens to solve the puzzle of the artifact and unwittingly unlocks a stern samurai man named Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma. At the same moment, an alien threat attacks, sending Yukina and Kennosuke to the forefront of a battle for humanity!
Kuromukuro starts out like many other mecha anime, but quickly grows into a unique anime of its own. Even people who do not like the mecha genre will enjoy the character development, interesting story and gorgeous animation! The fights are well done and entertaining in their own right, with the mecha themselves being more realistic in their limitations than those in many other anime. And of course, let’s not forget the music, which lends itself to both the fight sequences and romantic moments well!
Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: May 2015
In one of the largest cities in the world, Hokusai Katsushika has become one of most well-known artists, though he is not always the easiest man to deal with. His daughter, 23-year-old O-Ei, is very much like her father in both talent and stubborn outspokenness. She often contributes to her father’s art projects without any credit for herself, but will she ever be able to find her own place in the art world?
Just as this is a film about art, Miss Hokusai is a work of art in itself, with gorgeous and detailed animation. Watching O-Ei figure out her way in life through various small moments and intricate works of art is surprisingly interesting, though this type of anime is not for everyone. Dealing with various deeper themes and moral intricacies, Miss Hokusai is a film that could be easily overlooked as a part of Netflix’s collection, but we recommend you give it a chance!
Miss Hokusai Trailer
Ajin (Ajin: Demi-Human)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2016 – April 2016
Since the strange immortal beings known as “Ajin” first appeared, they have been feared by the public and rounded up by the government for study. Kei Nagai has never cared about anything in his life except getting ahead, but when he discovers that he is an Ajin, he will need every friend he can find… Where will Kei stand when the Ajin decide to fight back against humanity?
Ajin is a supernatural anime with much more depth than expected upon first glance. Some people might be deterred by the CGI animation, but it lends itself quite well to the style of the anime, along with the moving soundtrack. Ajin also boasts one of the best villains in the unnerving Satou! This unusual show is definitely worth your time if you haven’t already given it a chance.
Ajin: Demi-Human Trailer
Netflix has a great many anime options for us to watch and they are growing every month. We hope that our brief article helped you find some anime you might not have considered watching before!