Whether you are an established anime fan or you are just trying to get into the genre that you have heard so much about, Netflix is a great place to start. There is a comprehensive and diverse collection available, with something for every taste.
If you aren’t ready to commit the many hours required to get through the excellent anime series that are available on Netflix, such as Attack of the Titan or One Punch Man, get a quick fix with an anime film.
There are many to choose from, but we think that these are the ten best and a great place to start.
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc (2012)
This is a dark fantasy story inspired by the knights and battles of Medieval Europe. The movie stands out for having a more elaborate and consistent underlying mythology than most movies offer. If you enjoy this movie, there are two sequels that are also available on Netflix to keep you going.
This is a feature-length movie based on a popular series – so if you like it, there is plenty more to watch. Set in a distant, technologically advanced future, people lose control of their city as the self-replicating structure takes on a life of its own. Now they must fight their own technology or face extinction.
Flavors of Youth (2018)
This film has a unique flavor as a Japanese-Chinese collaboration. The movie is actually three short stories set in different parts of China: The Rice Noodles set in Beijing, A Little Fashion Show set in Guangzhou, and Love in Shanghai set in Shanghai. Excellent background art brings each city to life.
In This Corner of the World (2020)
This anime film sits alongside some of the best period dramas. It is set in Hiroshima during World War II and looks at how the normal people lived in hunger and anxiety due to the world events unfolding around them. We see the events through the eyes of Suzu, an outsider who marries into a local family.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017)
This is the first animated feature from Studio Ponoc, one of the Studio Ghibli spin-offs. An adaptation of the Mary Stewart novel The Little Broomstick, we follow a young girl Mary who is alone and bored in a world of adults. She discovers a flower that lets her become a witch at night, and get into a lot of trouble.
Miss Hokusai (2015)
This artistic, Edo period biographical piece follows the life of Oei Katsushika, the daughter of one of the most famous Asian artists in the west, Katsushika Hokusai. Delivered as a series of vignettes, we watch as she tries to find her own voice and escape the shadow of her famous father.
A high schooler and his friend are forced to move between two parallel worlds, the real world and NiNoKuni, in order to save a childhood friend. The similarity between the two worlds is disconcerting, while the differences provide opportunities.
A Silent Voice (2016)
The movie focuses on a young deaf girl who is bullied mercilessly for being different. Years later, her primary tormenter reaches out to her to make amends. But what are his motives and can she forgive him? This film is so detailed that it is worth watching more than once.
Spirited Away (2001)
Go back to the film responsible for popularizing anime in the west, created by Studio Ghibli. We follow a young girl who is dragged into the world of Kami, the Japanese spirit world, after her parents are turned into pigs by a witch. She takes a job in the witch’s bathhouse in order to find a way to save her parents.
A Whisker Away (2020)
A Netflix original and a new release for 2020, this is a story of young love. A junior high school girl called Muge falls in love with a young man named Kento. She doesn’t know how to get close to him as a person, so she uses her ability to transform into a cat to create a connection.