Anime refers to any hand-drawn of computer animation that originates from Japan. This medium is very diverse and possesses different production methods that have grown and advanced with the technology.
It combines graphic art, characterization, cinematography, and other imaginative and individualistic techniques. Compared to western animation, anime production generally focuses on panning, zooming, and angle shots.
Currently, the anime industry consists of over 430 production companies, including major studios like Studio Ghibli, Sunrise, and Toei Animation. Japanese anime accounts for 60% of the world’s animated television shows and movies.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that anime has also seen a lot of international acceptance, recognition, and even appreciation.
So many people in the west like this medium that many popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus, and others have specifically created a whole category of anime in their content libraries.
On Netflix alone, you can find 580 anime movies/ TV shows, and there are a total of 181 anime movies/ TV shows on US Netflix.
With so many anime movies available on Netflix at any given time, you can easily miss out on the best ones.
So today, we will be sharing with you some of the best anime movies on Netflix. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
The End of Evangelion
Genre: Mecha, Action, Fantasy
Director: Hideaki Anno/Kazuya Tsurumaki
MyAnimeList Rating: 8.54/10
You can not call yourself an anime fan unless you have experienced this anime. We can understand the charm of Dragon Ball FighterZ but this anime is out of this world.
The End of Evangelion anime movie was released in 1997, and it was a remake of the final two episodes of the Neon Genesis EVANGELION anime series that aired in 1995-1996.
The movie starts with Shinji Ikari being left emotionally lethargic after the death of a dear friend. At the same time, his father, Gendou Ikari’s NERV, works against the organization SEELE to see who can enact their ultimate plan first.
This movie beautifully depicts the battle between two sides that believe in doing the right thing. As the battle rages on, and a depressed Shinji hides deep within NERV’s headquarters. Captain Misato Katsuragi hunts for the teenage boy as society crumbles around them.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
MyAnimeList Rating: 8.38/10
The show that’s going to be a whole genre in itself. This statement is only true for non-other than Cowboy Bebop. You can not become a part of anime culture without seeing Cowboy Bebop (TV series) and Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.
The anime movie sees our beloved Bebop crew chasing a supposed perpetrator responsible for spreading disease through the smoke.
The Bebop crew decides to get in on the action with their lives at stake (obviously) and a hefty bounty insight. We see Spike, Jet, Faye, and Edward and Ein split up to pursue different leads across Alba City.
A little into the case, they discover a controversial cover-up scheme involving a pharmaceutical company and a plot that could be much greater than what our favorite bounty hunters could handle.
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
MyAnimeList Rating: 8.70/10
Akira is one of the best classic anime movies ever made. This classic anime movie is based on a manga created by the popular anime director Katsuhiro Otomo in 1982-1990.
The story starts with the 1988 World War III era, and Toky is destroyed by a mysterious black explosion, unmatched in magnitude.
Fast forward 31 years, we see Tetsuo Shima and Shoutarou Kaneda living in Neo-Tokyo. Despite being affiliated with the same gang, these two bikers are the best friends and the fiercest of rivals.
Determined to prove himself as Kaneda’s equal, Tetsuo unwittingly pulls a stunt that pinnacles in the awakening of an existence that threatens to change both the face of Neo-Tokyo and the people that call it their home—the awakening of a government secret simply known as Akira.
Ghost in the Shell
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Mamoru Oshii
MyAnimeList Rating: 8.28/10
Being the first anime movie adaption of the franchise and directed by non-other than Mamoru Oshii, Ghost in the Shell (1995) holds a special place in many anime fans worldwide.
The movie is set in 2029 and in Niihama, a city that has surpassed technological limits and become an advanced metropolis. The world is now more connected, and the city’s Public Security Section 9 is accountable for fighting various threats.
The story follows Motoko Kusanagi as she leads a case concerning a hacker known only as of the “Puppet Master”. Like many in this futuristic world, the Puppet Master’s body is almost entirely robotic.
So come aboard as Motoko tries to figure out the identity of this Puppet Master while being forced to confront various philosophical questions.
A Whisker Away
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Director: Junichi Sato/Tomotaka Shibayama
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.35/10
We decided to end our list with a lighthearted and wholesome romantic movie that everyone on Netflix should watch at least once.
This story is about Miyo Sasaki, who has a secret crush on her classmate Kento Hinode. Unfortunately, no matter how hard she tries, she can’t get his attention.
To get close to Kento Hinode, she deals with a cat spirit and turns into a white cat. While in her cat form, Miyo realizes that she can not help Kento with his problems, and now she is struggling to choose between two different choices.
Will she continue to be a cat, or will she reveal her identity and risk everything they have right now?
So, what do you think about our list? If you are interested in knowing what else Netflix has to offer with anime, check out the best anime on Netflix in 2021.