If you just finished bingeing One Piece and want to delve into the big ol’ world of anime, we’ve got you covered. Fortunately, Netflix offers a treasure trove of anime series for both seasoned fans and newcomers to explore.
Look no further if you’re wondering where to start your anime journey or searching for your next binge-worthy series. We’ve curated a list of anime series for you to watch in our ongoing essential binges series.
However, don’t be fooled by their animations; most of these shows are not kid-friendly. The world of Boss Baby and CoCoMelon are more well-suited if you only want your little one to be babysat by cartoons for a while.
Here is a list of five essential anime series available on Netflix that you can dive into this weekend.
Five essential series to binge this weekend on Netflix:
Cowboy Bebop is an anime classic that effortlessly style, swagger, and an engaging narrative. This space-western masterpiece follows a group of bounty hunters and an adorable Welsh corgi named Ein aboard the spaceship Bebop.
While Cowboy Bebop lacks a linear overarching plot, its episodic adventures are filled with nods to film noir, cyberpunk, Westerns, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and more. The Netflix adaptation failed to capture the anime’s brilliance. But this series is often recommended as a perfect entry point into the world of anime due to its universal appeal and influences that have permeated pop culture.
One Piece is a long-running anime that has enamoured millions worldwide. The story follows Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat pirates searching for the ultimate treasure, the One Piece. With its astounding world-building, unforgettable characters and sea-faring adventures, One Piece is a unique experience.
Thanks to the live-action adaptation, several anime series episodes based on Eiichiro Oda’s best-selling manga, are now available to stream on Netflix.
Attack on Titan
Despite its dark undertones, the anime is a gripping exploration of human resilience and the messy ways in which people respond to violence.
For those seeking a thrilling anime experience, Attack on Titan is a must-watch, though it’s not for the faint of heart. In a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction due to monstrous humanoid Titans, the story revolves around young warriors who confront gruesome challenges and uncover dark truths about their totalitarian society.
Blue Period offers a refreshing change of pace as it focuses on the transformative power of art in a young person’s life. The series centres on Yatora Yaguchi, a high school student who discovers his passion for painting.
This sensitive and intelligent anime explores themes of identity, sexuality, and societal pressures, providing a heartfelt and relatable journey for those who want to enjoy anime without gore and violence.
In Death Note, Light Yagami, a brilliantly sinister character, gains control of a magical notebook that allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it. As he attempts to create a utopia under his rule, a genius investigator named L embarks on a journey to unmask the mysterious killer.
Death Note’s gripping psychological battle between Light and L makes it a must-watch for fans of intense mind games and moral dilemmas.