Last Updated: August 5th
Netflix hosts an embarrassment of riches in almost every genre imaginable, and anime is no exception. If you’ve never watched any before, or if you’re just worried you might have missed some of the best of what the service has to offer, we’ve got you covered. Romance, action, sci-fi, history, or even all of the above — there’s something for everyone on the list of best anime on Netflix right now.
10. Ouran High School Host Club (2006)
1 season, 24 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
For anyone unfamiliar with the term, “host club” refers to an establishment where female patrons can pay to drink and chat with the male hosts. Ouran High School Host Club, adapted from the manga of the same name, centers on — you guessed it — a host club operating out of Ouran High School, and serves as equal parts a parody of the stereotypes rampant in shōjo manga (manga specifically aimed at young women) and a sort of bizarro Twelfth Night, as much of the series revolves around the fact that its female protagonist is initially mistaken for a boy. She becomes one of the club’s hosts when she turns out to be a hit with the school’s female student body, though, as is always the case with shenanigans like these, trouble quickly ensues. It’s a fun series, especially as it becomes obvious that the show is poking fun at the very tropes it seems to embody.
9. Gurren Lagann (2007)
1 season, 27 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
No list of notable anime series would be complete without at least one with giant robots, and so here we are. Brought to you by the same studio that produced Neon Genesis Evangelion and FLCL, Gurren Lagann is a mecha fever dream, starting in a subterranean village and ending up in outer space. The series is set in a future in which the human race has been relegated to living underground, and stars two teenagers who, after discovering a strange key, break through to the Earth’s surface. Even if the idea of robots duking it out doesn’t sound appealing, this series is worth a shot given how much other stuff is packed into it. The robot designs defy almost every other entry in the genre before it, and the big action set pieces are balanced by a focus on character growth that teeters into startlingly frank territory.