Since 2020, people have been discovering new forms of entertainment more than ever. Tired of watching the same shows over and over, viewers are looking for new and immersive content to distract themselves from the pandemic stress. They are browsing different platforms in search of exciting dramas, films, and documentaries.
Anime already had a huge fan following even before 2020, and the popularity boosted to new heights over the past year. The viewership for anime shows on Netflix went up more than 100% in the US. The anime craze became worldwide, with more than 100 million households watching at least one anime series on Netflix. Many people discovered that anime is not only for the young audience and became addicted to the exciting content in a short amount of time, binging one show after the other.
Animes are inspired by the Japanese animated work known as ‘Manga.’ They are fast-paced adventure series with tons of cliffhangers with every episode, keeping the audience hooked till the very end. Each episode is 20 minutes long, which takes the viewer through a rollercoaster of emotions. Now many anime series are targeted towards an adult audience since they come with dark and serious themes that are not suitable for younger audiences.
Here are some of the best anime series available on Netflix for streaming.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
The series starts with the death of Meiko “Menma” Honma in an accident, who later appears as a ghost asking for help to fulfill her last wish. After the death, a group of six childhood best friends, the main characters, slowly drift apart until the ghost of Menma forces them to reconnect. This show is emotional and raw that shows the pain Menma’s early departure left in their lives. They confront that pain and help Menma move on to the afterlife.
Every character had a compelling back story in this show. Anohana used those backstories and artfully weaved past and present together. It beautifully portrayed their pain and showed how to heal and find freedom from old scars.
Attack On Titan
This is a long-running show that has been on-air since 2013 and still has upcoming seasons. It shows a period where humanity built a 50-meter-wall to protect themselves from humanoids, the man-eating giants known as titans. They lived peacefully for hundreds of years before the wall is destroyed, flooding the civilization with those monstrous creatures. Eren Yeager, the main character of this show, joins a military branch after witnessing the death of his mother. The special branch is built to combat those dangerous titans in order to restore peace.
Each episode is filled with action and excitement. The show will keep you hooked for the entire run of the series, and the action-filled moments will hardly give you a moment to catch a breath. The story not only revolves around survival but also gives an insight into living freely.
Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion
It shows a universe where the Holy Empire Of Britannia conquers Japan. Japan, now known as “Area 11”, has developed into a totalitarian state. The takeover gave birth to rebel forces against Britannia, who soon began to attack the state. One day Lelouch Lamperouge is swept into an attack and is saved by a girl who grants him a power called Geass. This power gave him the ability to control others, and with this power, Lelouch began his search for people responsible for his mother’s death. His long journey involves a lot of action and cliffhangers that will keep you on your toes. This show blurs the lines between right and wrong as Lelouch uses his power on anyone and everyone in order to seize obedience. It raises the question of whether one can effect change in a righteous manner.
This show features a high school student who wants to be a god. The student, Light Yagami, stumbles upon a book known as “Death Note” in the series. This book was dropped by the god of death in the human world that causes the death of people whose name is mentioned on the pages. When the high schooler learns this, he writes down names of criminals he knows, causing a string of mysterious deaths. It didn’t take long for law enforcement organizations to get on the case of these mysterious deaths. In order to catch Light, an anonymous detective that goes by ‘L’ gets on the case, and both attempt to outwit each other at every turn.
This show battles right and wrong and the meaning of Justice. Death Note will keep you hooked with its unique storyline and a distinct theme and will have you addicted to the clever schemes played by both Light and L.
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