There’s a small issue with the anime category on Netflix: they have a plethora of dubbed series on the site, but when it comes to anime features, the numbers aren’t there. Pretty sad, especially given the enormous amount of diversity in the genre just under the category of “anime films.”
Hopefully, Netflix will expand their Anime Features in the future, but for now, enjoy the selection of the Top 10 Anime Features that are presently on Netflix, by rating.
Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse
Released in 2010 under the Japanese title Bleach: The Hell Verse, this feature currently has the honor of being the highest rated anime film on Netflix, with almost a full five stars. It’s the fourth and last feature film based on the anime and manga series. Hell Verse follows Ichigo and the gang as they quite literally descend into hell, raising many questions about the overall mythos of the Bleach universe. Watch as Ichigo slaughters enemy after enemy in order to save his sister, Yuzu, and yes, it is a trap! Don’t worry: there’s plenty of Hollow Ichigo for everyone.
Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King
This one’s for all of you out there that are looking for an anime film that takes on a more Western theme. Berserk was released in 2012 in Japan, as part one of a 3-part film series. Only part one is available on Netflix, which is majorly disappointing given the series of questions and cliffhangers left by the first film. If you’re interested in a Japanese take on knights and the middle ages, plus some major fantasy elements, then Berserk is worth a watch.
Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black
Released in 2008 in Japan as the third Bleach film, Fade to Black is like that one episode where everyone gets amnesia — except instead of hilarious hijinks, there’s a lot of sword fighting. The film primarily focuses on Ichigo’s relationship with Rukia, and is also known as the film that gave fans of the Ichigo x Rukia pairing no less than three consecutive heart attacks. Every fan. Three heart attacks. For a movie that was created pretty much to be an angst-fest with yelling and slicing action, Fade to Black is actually pretty excellent. It’s worth noting that out of the four Bleach films, only Fade to Black and Hell Verse are available on Netflix.