Netflix has a killer line-up of anime series to watch at your leisure. From popular entries such as FMA: Brotherhood, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, to less well-known masterpieces such as Dragon Pilot, and Baki! Leaving out the popular ones, I’ll be narrowing down your choices of 7 of my favourite Netflix anime that you can enjoy (in no particular order).
Sirius the Jaegar
Produced by P.A.Works, Sirius the Jaegar is directed by Masahiro Andō and premiered during the Summer chart of 2018’s seasonal anime list. In imperial Tokyo, Japan, a group of vampire hunters calling themselves the “Jaegers” secretly hunt vampires under the cover of the “V Shipping company.” Among them is young werewolf named Yuliy with a tragic past and a hunger for revenge. This action-driven historical fantasy combines terrific fight scenes with a serviceable plot that makes it a great ‘kick-back’ anime to enjoy!
Five violent death row inmates from around the world escape maximum security prisons and all head for Tokyo with the desire to find and kill the “strongest martial artists on the world.” There, 17-year old Baki encounters one of these escapees, who pays a visit to the young champion to assess his abilities. The designs are reminiscent of sheer power, which goes well with the kind of story it animates and the characters it explores. If you love love action, martial arts, and bizarre fight scenes, this is great gateway anime to show you all the best that the medium has to offer!
Carole and Tuesday
Small town girl, Tuesday leaves home in the middle of the night in pursuit of the dreams. Taking the midnight train to Alba City with a companion, she arrives and meets city girl Carole singing on a bridge, and from there, a journey truly begins that will change the course of their lives forever. To be honest, I never got through the first half of the show, because of life throwing me curve balls here and there. I put it on hold and never got around to continuing the story, but for the fact that I have it listed even without finishing it is a testament to the impact it left on me in those early episodes!
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
Centering around powerful psychic Kusuo Saiki, this is a nutty and hilarious comedy about my favourite titular cynic. Seeking a quiet and ordinary life, his psychic powers grant him the ability to hear the dumb thoughts of the idiots who populate his school life. The jokes are frequently Laugh Out Loud hilarious, mostly resulting from all the bizarre antics of the secondary characters, as well as Saiki’s cynical and deadpan commentary. The sheer variety and consistent sense of humour hits hard and the delivery leaves much to be desired!
Your Lie in April
After his mother’s death, a piano prodigy leaves his life as a musician behind in pursuit of some degree of normalcy. An encounter with a free-spirited girl, who also happens to be a superb violinist turns his life around in more ways than he could have possibly imagined. Featuring a layered cast of characters with their own dreams and pitfalls, this is both a painful anime to watch as it is a necessary one if you like a break from the action-packed shounen battle stuff. The feeling I had watching YLIA is deep and too personal to describe, but it was one of metaphoric catharsis, in which the parallels to my own experiences were blatant, if not exaggerated for universal effect.
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
When young Banager Links meets the mysterious Audrey Burne, he inherits the Unicorn Gundam. This chance encounter embroils him into the battle for space colony independence. This is a gateway Gundam show that stands as a perfect jumping on point to the entire franchise. It plays well with the history of the timeline without being dedicated to it, making a great jumping on point into what makes the franchise do appealing. Exploring the philosophical consequences of war which lay at the heart of Gundam as a whole, it encapsulates everything that Gundam is in one series. Together with the gorgeous animation by studio Sunrise, this is a definitive entry into the series and a great new obsession!
Air Self-Defense Force rookie Hisone Amakasu is chosen by a dragon concealed within Gifu Air Base to be his pilot. Boasting a unique and simplistic art style which oozes personality, the animation gives way to a fun and exaggerated character animation. The soundtrack enhances the experience and features off-beat storytelling sensibilities. Dragon pilot explores down-to-earth themes, with a relatable sense of atmosphere. Heartfelt and imaginative, if you love non-apologetic storytelling, then you’ll have a blast with this one!