+15 Best Netflix Original Anime Series to Watch in 2021

Netflix has become the second most popular streaming service provider for anime. Netflix has obtained exclusive international distribution for some great anime selections.  Netflix has one of the strongest anime collections around the world. Crunchyroll is still the king but Netflix has been slowly picking up lots of various series and movies to bolster their original lineup. There are different and quality based anime series to watch on Netflix that are popular among both Japanese and foreign countries.

Today, I’ll be showing you the best Netflix original anime series. however, you may think about which anime you should watch on Netflix. This category is for anime series marked as Netflix originals. These shows are streaming exclusively on Netflix worldwide.

 

1. Violet Evergarden

Best Netflix Original Anime

 

  • Released year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy

 

Violet Evergarden is a light novel produced by Kyoto Animation composed of 13 episodes and two OVAs. In fact, the second movie Violet Evergarden The Movie has been released in Japan on 18 September 2020. The series has been awarded as the best animation at the 2019 Crunchyroll Anime Awards.

Summary: The story follows Violet Evergarden’s journey of reintegrating back into society after the war is over. She joins an Auto-Memory Doll company to search for her life’s purpose, and that she is no longer a soldier in order to understand the last words her mentor and guardian, Major Gilbert, had told her: “I love you.” – she starts writing letters and convey feelings for other people.

 


2. Beastars

Beastars

  • Released year: 2019
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Shounen, Psychological

 

Beastars is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It was serialized in Akita Shoten‘s Weekly Shōnen Champion from September 2016 to October 2020. An anime television series adaptation by Orange aired from October to December 2019 on Fuji TV‘s +Ultra programming block. A second season aired from January to March 2021. The anime series is licensed by Netflix.

Summary: The story takes place in a world of modern, civilized, anthropomorphic animals with a cultural divide between carnivores and herbivores. There exist two groups: carnivores and herbivores. While many species have come together to form an advanced society, they do so in a careful balance. The consumption of meat is illegal and carnivores are prohibited from attacking herbivores, but laws can be broken.

 


3. Hi Score Girl

Hi Score Girl

  • Released year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance

 

Hi Score Girl is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rensuke Oshikiri, running from October 25, 2010, to September 25, 2018. An anime television series adaptation by  J.C.Staff and SMDE aired from July to September 2018. A second season aired from October to December 2019.

Summary: The story revolves around the life of gamer Haruo Yaguchi, A young man who is dismal in various facets of life: He’s not academic, not athletic, and not very attractive. The only thing he’s got going for him is an insane amount of mad gamer skills. One day, his fellow classmate Akira Oono easily defeats him in Street Fighter 2 and he loses his confidence and pride.

 


4. Baki

baki

  • Released year: 2018-2020
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7
  • Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Shounen

 

Baki is the third anime series, right after the Baki the Grappler (TV) and Baki the Grappler: Maximum Tournament. The story is based on the manga series of Baki. The series is an ONA (Original Net Animation). The 26 episode series is directed by Toshiki Hirano at TMS Entertainment with character designs handled by Fujio Suzuki and scripts overseen by Tatsuhiko Urahata.

Summary: The protagonist, Baki Hanma, trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world. Five of the world’s most violent and brutal death row inmates are gathering to face Baki. Their objective is to taste defeat — their unmatched strength and skill have led them to grow bored of life itself, and they now seek out Baki in the hopes that he can overwhelm and utterly crush them.

 


5. Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro

  • Released year: 2020
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Fantasy

 

Dorohedoro is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Q Hayashida. The manga was first serialized in Shogakukan‘s seinen magazine Monthly Ikki from November 2000 until September 2014, when the magazine ceased publication. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation produced by MAPPA was broadcast in Japan on Tokyo MX from January to March 2020. It was followed by a worldwide streaming release on Netflix in May 2020.

Summary: The story revolves around Kaiman, who does not remember who he was before he was transfigured by a Magic-user. This transformation left him with a reptile’s head, and a desire to find out the truth about who he really is. Accompanied by Nikaido, his female companion, he tracks down Magic Users in “The Hole” and unceremoniously chomps down on their head, hoping to find out who it was that put him in this state.

Dorohedoro manages a healthy blend of comedy and lightheartedness with death and carnage. Taking plenty of twists and turns while following the lives of Hole’s residents, it weaves a unique world of unearthly origin and dreary appearance not for the squeamish or easily disturbed.

 


6. Great Pretender

Great Pretender

  • Released year: 2020
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0
  • Genre: Action, Adventure

 

Great Pretender is an original Japanese crime comedy anime television series produced by Wit Studio, directed by Hiro Kaburagi, and written by Ryōta Kosawa. It aired from July to December 2020 on Fuji TV‘s +Ultra anime programming block.

Summary: The Great Pretender follows the story of Makoto Edamura a very confident young Japanese guy who survives by cheating other people and he is supposedly Japan’s greatest swindler. Together with his partner Kudo, they try to trick a Frenchman in Asakusa but unexpectedly get tricked instead. The Frenchman, whom they tried to swindle, turns out to be Laurent Thierry—a much higher-level “confidence man,” in control of the mafia. Edamura is yet to find out what fate awaits him, after having engaged in the Frenchman’s dirty jobs…!

 


7. Kakeguru: Compulsive Gambler

Kakeguru: Compulsive Gambler

  • Released year: 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, School, Psychological, Shounen

 

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler is a Japanese manga series written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Tōru Naomura. It began serialization in Square Enix‘s Gangan Joker in March 2014. An anime television adaptation by MAPPA aired in Japan from July to September 2017. A second season, titled Kakegurui ××, aired from January to March 2019. The anime series has been licensed and streamed by Netflix outside of Japan.

Summary: The story of Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler takes place at Hyakkaou Private Academy, one of Japan’s most prestigious schools where, unlike normal schools, the hierarchy is determined by gambling. The main protagonist Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.

 


8. Children of the Whales

Children of the Whales

  • Released year: 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi

 

Children of the Whales is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media. An anime television series adaptation by J.C. Staff aired in Japan from October to December 2017 and was released globally on Netflix in March 2018.

Summary: The story focuses on a boy called Chakuro, who lives on a giant vessel called a Mud Whale that drifts over the sea of sand. In the Mud Whale, society is divided into two kinds of people: the Marked, who can move objects with their minds using a strange power called “thymia”, at the expense of shortened lifespans, people who lack thymia but enjoy longer lifespans.

Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their day yearning to explore and learn about it. In year 93 of the vessel’s exile, the Mud Whale encounters a lonely island and Chakuro finds a girl inside, starting an adventure that changes the lives of everyone.

 


9. Teasing Master Takagi San

Teasing Master Takagi San

  • Released year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, School

 

Teasing Master Takagi-san is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sōichirō Yamamoto. An anime television series by Shin-Ei Animation aired from January to March 2018. An original video animation (OVA) was released in July 2018. A second season aired from July to September 2019. In 2021, Teasing Master Takagi-san won the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category.

Summary: A very cute and wholesome anime that you can watch with your family. The story follows Takagi and Nishikita, both Middle school students sit next to each other in class. Takagi, who is in love with Nishikata, enjoys teasing him with embarrassing pranks and jokes. In response, Nishikata creates plans to get his revenge, but they always fail when she identifies his weaknesses and capitalizes on them.

 


10. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

  • Released year: 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2
  • Genre: Action, Demon, Supernatural

 

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a Japanese anime television series by Wit Studio. It was broadcast for 12 episodes on Fuji TV‘s Noitamina programming block from April to June 2016. The series was streamed on the Amazon Prime Instant Video service. An anime theatrical film that is set six months after the anime series, titled Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato premiered in May 2019. A Netflix version was released as a three-part series in 2019.

Summary: As the world is in the middle of an industrial revolution, a monster appears that cannot be defeated unless its heart, which is protected by a layer of iron, is pierced. By infecting humans with its bite, the monster can create aggressive and undead creatures known as Kabane. On the island Hinomoto, located in the far east, people have built stations to shelter themselves from these creatures. People access the station, as well as transport wares between them, with the help of a locomotive running on steam, called Hayajiro.

Ikoma, a boy who lives in the Aragane station and helps to build Hayajiro, creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu to defeat the creatures. One day, as he waits for an opportunity to use his weapon, he meets a girl named Mumei, who is excused from the mandatory Kabane inspection. During the night, Ikuma meets Mumei again as he sees Hayajiro going out of control. The staff on the locomotive has turned into the creatures. The station, now under attack by Kabane, is the opportunity Ikoma has been looking for.

 


11. Ajin- Demi Human

Ajin- Demi Human

  • Released year: 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror, Supernatural

 

Ajin: Demi-Human is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gamon Sakurai. It was serialized in Kodansha‘s seinen manga magazine Good! Afternoon from July 2012 to February 2021. It was adapted into a 3D anime film trilogy by Polygon Pictures between November 2015 and September 2016. An anime television series adaptation aired between January and April 2016, with a second season aired from October to December 2016. A live-action film adaptation was released in September 2017.

Summary: Mysterious immortal humans are known as “Ajin” first appeared 17 years ago in Africa. Upon their discovery, they were labeled as a threat to mankind, as they might use their powers for evil and were incapable of being destroyed. Since then, whenever Ajin is found within society, they are to be arrested and taken into custody immediately. Studying hard to become a doctor, Kei Nagai is a high schooler who knows very little about Ajin, only having seen them appear in the news now and then.

Students are taught that these creatures are not considered to be human, but Kei doesn’t pay much attention in class. As a result, his perilously little grasp on this subject proves to be completely irrelevant when he survives an accident that was supposed to claim his life, signaling his rebirth as an Ajin and the start of his days of torment. However, as he finds himself alone on the run from the entire world, Kei soon realizes that more of his species may be a lot closer than he thinks.

 


12. Kuromukuro

Kuromukuro

  • Released year: 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2
  • Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Mecha

 

Kuromukuro (クロムクロ) is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by P.A.Works, directed by Tensai Okamura and written by Ryō Higaki, with character designs by Yuriko Ishii and music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi. The series premiered on April 7, 2016, on Japanese TV channel AT-X while Netflix acquired exclusive rights for streaming worldwide.

Summary: It follows a student of Tateyama International High School named Yukina Shirahane and a young samurai named Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma, who was born in the Sengoku period and reawakened in the present day inside a mysterious artifact called the Cube. During the construction of the Kurobe Dam, an ancient artifact was discovered, and so the United Nations Kurobe Research Institute was established.

Intellectuals from all over the world gathered to study the object, and the children of those researchers attend Mt. Tate International Senior High School, including the institute head’s daughter, Yukina Shirahane. In the summer of 2016, a lone samurai once again awakens. As a threat approaches outer space, Yukina, along with Kennosuke, finds herself defending Earth against the invading forces. Along the way, she discovers the mystery behind Kennosuke and the reason he is determined to protect her.

 


13. Magi: Adventures of Sinbad

Magi: Adventures of Sinbad

  • Released year: 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic

 

Magi: Adventure of Sinbad is a Japanese manga series written by Shinobu Ohtaka and illustrated by Yoshifumi Ohtera. It is a spin-off and a prequel of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. A 13-episode anime television series adaptation, by the same staff from the OVA, was broadcast from April to July 2016.

Summary: In the small, impoverished Tison Village of the Parthevia Empire, a boy, Sinbad, is born to the jaded ex-soldier Badr and his kind-hearted wife Esra. His birth creates a radiant surge throughout the rukh, a declaration of a singularity to those who stand at the pinnacle of magical might: the “Child of Destiny” is here.

Despite his country being plagued by economic instability and the repercussions of war, Sinbad leads a cheerful life—until a stranger’s arrival shatters his peaceful world, and tragedy soon befalls him. Magi: Sinbad no Bouken tells the epic saga of Sinbad’s early life as he travels the world, honing his skill and influence while gathering allies and power to become the High King of the Seven Seas.

 


14. B The Beginning

B The Beginning

  • Released year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2
  • Genre: Action, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller

 

B: The Beginning is an original net animation (ONA) anime series created by Production I.G and Kazuto Nakazawa. The series premiered on March 2, 2018, worldwide on Netflix. A second season premiered on March 18, 2021.

Summary: In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic nation of Cremona. Koku, the protagonist. Keith, the legendary investigator of the royal police force RIS; and a mysterious criminal organization intertwine on the path to reach their objectives. Koku uses his superpowers to fight a group of genetically altered humans called “Reggies”.

 


15. Devilman Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby

  • Released year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Genre: Action, Demon, Horror, Supernatural

 

Devilman Crybaby is a 2018 Japanese original net animation (ONA) anime series based on Go Nagai‘s manga series Devilman. The series is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, produced by Aniplex and Dynamic Planning, animated by Science SARU, and released by Netflix.

Summary: Akira Fudo is informed by his best friend Ryou Asuka that the demons will revive and reclaim the world from the humans. As humans do not stand a chance against the supernatural power of the demons, Ryou suggests fusing with a demon. Akira becomes Devilman, with the power of a demon and the heart of a human. Though it grants him great power, this new partnership awakens an insatiable and primaeval part of Akira. Having the body of a devil but the same crybaby heart, Akira works alongside Ryou, destroying those that harm humanity and his loved ones.

 


16. Aggretsuko

Aggretsuko

  • Released year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1
  • Genre: Slice of life, Comedy

Aggretsuko, also known for its original Japanese title Aggressive Retsuko is a Japanese animated comedy streaming television series based on the eponymous character created by “Yeti” for the mascot company Sanrio. An original net animation (ONA) anime series adaptation was launched worldwide on Netflix in April 2018, followed by a second season in June 2019, and the third season in August 2020. A fourth season has been announced.

Summary: Some offices have stereotypical dynamics: the chauvinistic pig of a boss who never does any real work; the employees whose goal is to suck up to the boss; the ones whose lives seem perfect; and the individuals who have all the actual work pushed onto them. Retsuko the red panda is in the last group, as she stays late most nights to make up the work her coworkers are too lazy to do themselves.

Her relief from the stress of her everyday life comes in the form of singing death metal at a local karaoke club. Night after night, Retsuko channels her grief into a microphone and considers the place to be her own personal sanctuary. But as she moves further away from her comfort zone and the ideas people have of her, she discovers that letting others into her world of death metal may not be such a bad thing.

 


17. Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia

  • Released year: 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy

 

Little Witch Academia is a Japanese anime franchise created by Yoh Yoshinari and produced by Trigger. An anime television series aired in Japan between January and June 2017, with the first 13 episodes available on Netflix worldwide beginning in June 2017. The remaining 12 episodes of its first season were labeled as the show’s second season and were made available on the platform in August 2017.

Summary: Akko has been fascinated with magic from the moment she had seen her first magic show. Now, she is enrolling in Luna Nova Magic School, a famous school for magic in Europe. However, contrary to her expectations, she is finding that lessons are boring. Magic lessons are staid and conservative, and not at all exciting. One day, an emergency occurs threatening to destroy the school, and it is up to Akko to save the day!

 


18. Castlevania

Castlevania

  • Released year: 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Horror

 

Castlevania is an American anime-influenced adult animated streaming television series on Netflix produced by Frederator Studios. The art style is heavily influenced by Japanese animation and Ayami Kojima‘s artwork. The series premiered on Netflix on July 7, 2017, and was renewed for an expanded second season of eight episodes on the same day; the second season premiered on October 26, 2018. A ten-episode third season was greenlit by Netflix and released on March 5, 2020. The series ended with the release of its fourth season on May 13, 2021.

Summary: When Lisa Tepes, beloved wife of Vlad Tepes AKA Dracula is accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake by an overzealous bishop, Dracula declares war on the people of Wallachia and unleashes an army of murderous demonic creatures from hell. Luckily, Trevor Belmont, the last survivor of the Belmont clan, a disgraced family is known for hunting all kinds of monsters, is still in town and agrees to take the fight to the lord of vampires.

 


19. Blood of Zeus

Blood of Zeus

 

  • Released year: 2020
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Genre: Action, Fantasy

 

Blood of Zeus, formerly known as Gods & Heroes, is an American adult animated television series created by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides for Netflix. Produced by Powerhouse Animation Studios with the animation outsourced to South Korean studios Mua Film and Hanho Heung-Up, the series was released on October 27, 2020, on Netflix

Summary: The series revolves around Heron, the demigod son of Zeus, trying to save Olympus and Earth. Though Heron himself is a character created for the show, the existence of such demigods born of the union between a god and a human is implied to be common in the original myths. The show claims in its prologue to be one of the tales “lost to history” rather than passed down with our current canon of Greek myths. The show features godsgiantsautomata, and mythical mounts from the original tales.

You might have learned in your 9th grade or high school about the God of the sky called Zeus. Zeus is the god of the sky in ancient Greek mythology. As the chief Greek deity, Zeus is considered the ruler, protector, and father of all gods and humans. Zeus is often depicted as an older man with a beard and is represented by symbols such as the lightning bolt and the eagle.

 


20. Dota: Dragon’s Blood

Dota: Dragon's Blood

  • Released year: 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

 

Dota: Dragon’s Blood is an animated epic fantasy streaming television series. It is based on Dota 2, a 2013 MOBA video game developed and published by Valve. The show is produced by Studio Mir in association with Ashley Edward Miller‘s company Kaiju Boulevard and animated by Production Reve. The series premiered on Netflix on March 25, 2021.

Summary: Set in a fantasy world, the story follows a Dragon Knight, Davion who hunts dragons to make the world a safer place. In a battle between demons and dragons, an elder dragon merges his soul with Davion. Along with a moon princess Mirana, Davion pursues a journey to stop the demon Terrorblade who wants to kill dragons and collect their souls.

 


Conclusion: The Best Netflix Original Anime Series to Watch in 2021

 

This was our best Netflix original anime series list that you can watch on Netflix. you might be thinking why did I pick these 20 anime? The decision to choose this list is because of the experience that I have got in the past month. There is an anime fate franchise, that I didn’t mention in this. The purpose of not including the fate series is because it’s a bit confusable you may not know where to begin that’s why I refrained from including this type of anime.

Note: This anime series list is marked as Netflix originals. These shows are streaming exclusively on Netflix worldwide and you have to pay for the monthly subscription if ads bother you on other illegal websites.

 

Also Read: Top 10 Must Watch Anime On Netflix


 

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