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20 Best Anime Shows Currently on Netflix to Discover Fantastical Worlds

If you miss the strange and fantastic worlds that we encountered when watching cartoons as kids, fear not, anime is a bona fide adult genre. Creators of anime use the licence the medium gives to create worlds that are unexpected and fantastical. When the characters are strong and the storytelling is good, this combines to make some of the best watching available.

Indulge in some quality anime now with these anime series currently available on Netflix.

B: The Beginning (2018)

IMDB Score 7.3/10

Set in Cremona, a future nation in a world powered by advanced technology, the city is subject to a reign of terror as crime sweeps through the island nation, including a particularly prolific serial killer. We follow a legendary investigator from the Royal Investigation Service as he sometimes pursues and sometimes collaborates with a mysterious and elaborate criminal organisation.

Baki (2018)

IMDB Score 6.7/10

A classic concept anima series, it follows a teenager, named Baki, as he trains to fight and takes on different opponents in deadly hand to hand combat with no rules. Based on the original magazine strip and film from the early 90s, this Netflix original introduces a new generation to Baki.

Black Butler (2008)

IMDB Score 7.8/10

A young boy decides to sell his soul to a demon in order to be able to avenge the death of his family and his own brutal treatment, and restore his family’s legacy. The demon takes the form of a loyal butler, always dressed in black, always available to serve his young master. But who is the master and who is the servant?

Bleach (2006)

IMDB Score 8.2/10

High school student Kurosaki Ichigo is anything but ordinary – he can see ghosts. Receiving his ‘gift’ after an accident, he finds that he has become a Soul Reaper, and must start training to take on the responsibility which includes both guiding spirits to the afterlife, and defending humanity from evil spirits.

Blue Exorcist (2011)

IMDB Score 7.6/10

Discovering that he is the son of Satan, a young man joins the special True Cross Academy to learn how to use his abilities to fight against evil, including his father. This involves entering the parallel demon dimension that exists alongside the dimension of men, and exist as a mirror and its reflection.

Castlevania (2017)

IMDB Score 8.1/10

Based on the 1989 video game, this series follows an outcast monster hunter named Trevor who is trying to protect the world from Dracula, who has declared war on mankind after his wife was falsely accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake. Trevor teams up with a group of misfits to take on Dracula and his forces.

Children of the Whales (2017)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

Set in a postapocalyptic world thanks to an ecological disaster, the planet had a global desert, rather than a global ocean. The people who have survived, the majority of which have developed psychokinetic abilities, live in a giant floating city called the Mud Whale. Their lives are turned upside down when they encounter another survivor island, the inhabitants of which have a very different outlook on life.

Death Note (2006)

IMDB Score 9/10

This show is about the sinister villain Light Yagami, who kills countless people by writing their names in the titular Death Book. On his quest for power and to create his own Utopia over which he will rule, as the god of death, there is no line that he will not cross. But there is someone out there who might just be able to stop him.

Devilman Crybaby (2018)

IMDB Score 7.6/10

An adolescent, Akiro Fudo struggling to know his place in the world, is possessed by a demon, leading to more mayhem and depravity that we could probably imagine. But can he harness his diabolical powers to keep his family, friends and humanity at large safe?

Diabolik Lovers (2013)

IMDB Score 5.5/10

A young girl arrives at a mystical old house which will be her new home. As she explores the house, she learns that the six brothers who already inhabit the house are in fact vampires, and she has been brought there to be their bridal slave. But more resourceful than she might appear, she’s not going down without a fight!

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K (2018)

IMDB Score 8.3/10

Saiki is a pink-haired teenage boy with psychic power that just wants to be left alone as he gets on with his mundane life, but keeping his secret means that he always finds himself in the most absurd of situations. His ever-present internal dialogue drives this compelling comedy of errors.

The Dragon Prince (2019)

IMDB Score 8.3/10

A classic fantasy story, a human prince forms an unlikely friendship with an elfin assassin that has been sent to kill him. The two decide to band together and undertake an epic quest to try and bring their two warring lands to peace.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2010)

IMDB Score 9/10

A follow up to the original series, in this iteration two brothers are searching out the Philosopher’s stone in order to be able to revive their dead mother. Things go wrong and they fond themselves with damaged physical forms. In their new incarnations, they try and forge a future for themselves as alchemists.

The Irregular at Magic High School (2014)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

This story is set in an alternative world where magic exists, and is harnessed using modern technology. The story follows two siblings, which are part of a notorious Yotsuba clan, but who secretly enrol in magic high school. They must attempt to keep their secret while developing their magic abilities.

Kakegurui (2017)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

Set in an elite school for the children of Japan’s most wealthy and influential people, the way to succeed here is not with academic ability or sporting prowess. The student hierarchy is determined by gambling. Winning earns popularity, prestige and connection, while losers fall into debt and become slaves to their classmates.

Naruto (2008)

IMDB Score 8.3/10

Teenager Naruto Uzumaki is a ninja who is struggling for recognition in his village as the strongest ninja and for the opportunity to avenge the death of his father. Little does he know, but the essence of the beast that killed his father has been sealed inside of him!

One Punch Man (2015)

IMDB Score 8.9/10

One Punch Man is a superhero so powerful that defeating his enemies and saving the world is just boring. Yet, when he learns that he still does not have the recognition that he deserves, he joins a hero association with a young sidekick, and is forced to face things he has never imagined.

The Seven Deadly Sins (2018)

IMDB Score 8.2/10

Set in a world that looks a lot like medieval England, a group of powerful knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins save the world from another group of knights who have supposedly betrayed the nation. But as the Seven become the tyrannical leaders of the land, the truth of this history is thrown into question.

Sirius the Jaeger (2018)

IMDB Score 6.9/10

Vampires have infiltrated 1930s Tokyo and are feasting upon the city. The authorities hire a group of Jaegers, strange specialists, to hunt down the vampires. But what is the true motivation of the Jaegers in helping, and will this help mankind, or just unleash more trouble?

Sword Art Online (2012)

IMDB Score 7.7/10

In the new future virtual reality has progressed so far that user can control their avatars wimple with their minds. A few enthusiastic gamers use the technology to enter a new game space with fantastic monsters to fight, but they soon find that there is no way out. They must now work together to save themselves.

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