The best anime on Netflix right now

Globally recognized, anime has migrated from its Japanese roots to a much-lauded international presence. Popular movies, shows, and other entertainment mediums are the loving homes of this treasured art style, an animation approach that shows no signs of stopping. In fact, anime has found another branch-off in streaming media, which is the focus of this very roundup. As Netflix experts, we’ve scoured the king of all streaming platforms to bring you this roundup of the best anime on Netflix right now.

Netflix isn’t the only streaming service with anime on demand. To help you make the most of your subscriptions, we’ve also rounded up the best anime on Hulu.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage

Adapted from the Kachō Hashimoto manga series of the same name, Cagaster is set in a post-apocalyptic universe plagued with a horrendous insect problem — specifically, giant mechanical ones that wreak havoc on society. When an exterminator and teenage girl join forces to help the latter find her mother in the dangerous wasteland, their search-and-rescue mission becomes a brutal fight for survival. Catch the entire first season on Netflix.

Created by: Thomas Astruc
Cast: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kana Hanazawa, Natsuki Hanae
Number of seasons: 1

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One Piece

One Piece follows the story of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy gifted with the ability to morph his body every which way, a skillset akin to the bending and morphing of rubber. The gang of misfits that Monkey belongs to is referred to as the Straw Haw Pirates, a batch of friends that sail the Grand Line in their journey for pirate infamy. Enjoy the first four seasons on Netflix.

Created by: Konosuke Uda
Cast: Mayumi Tanaka, Akemi Okamura, Kazuya Nakai
Number of seasons: 4

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been one of the recent anime sensations on Netflix. This adaptation of the wildly popular manga chronicles the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a young man who narrowly survives a demon attack that claims the lives of most of his family. Tanjiro’s sister, Nezuko, also survives the attack, but she is transformed into a demon herself. To save his sister and avenge his family, Tanjiro joins the Demon Slayer Corps and trains for the final showdown. But if Tanjiro hopes to triumph over evil then he may have to give up more than just his life.

Created by: Ufotable
Cast: Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kitō, Hiro Shimono
Number of seasons: 1

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Wolverine

Over a decade ago, Marvel farmed a few of its signature characters out to a Japanese animation studio called Madhouse for some genuine anime series. The second Marvel anime, Wolverine, was a loose adaptation of the hero’s first-ever solo story. Logan/Wolverine, as voiced by This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia, travels to Japan to save his lover, Mariko Yashida (Gwendoline Yeo), from her crime-lord father, Shingen Yashida (Fred Tatasciore). To get Mariko back, Wolverine will have to get past several formidable foes, and his claws will definitely have to come out.

Created by: Kengo Kaji
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Gwendoline Yeo, Fred Tatasciore
Number of seasons: 1

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X-Men

The third Marvel anime series featured the X-Men, in a story inspired by both The Dark Phoenix Saga and Astonishing X-Men. After the death of Jean Grey (Jennifer Hale), the X-Men go their separate ways. But when Armor (Stephanie Sheh) and other young mutants are abducted and taken to Japan, Professor X (Cam Clarke) reassembles Cyclops (Scott Porter), Wolverine (Steve Blum), Storm (Danielle Nicolet), and the rest to do what they do best. You’re probably never going to see this series on Disney+, so enjoy it while you can.

Created by: Mitsutaka Hirota, Warren Ellis
Cast: Scott Porter, Steve Blum, Danielle Nicolet, Cam Clarke, Ali Hillis
Number of seasons: 1

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The Seven Deadly Sins

The titular stars of The Seven Deadly Sins aren’t just the embodiment of humanity’s famous vices. They were once respected knights in the fantasy land of Britannia … at least until they were framed for trying to overthrow the kingdom and forced to disband. A decade later, Princess Elizabeth Liones is deposed from the throne by the Holy Knights, which sends her on the run. She finds an ally in Meliodas, the leader of the Seven, and he agrees to bring his team back together. But Meliodas also has a secret connection to Elizabeth that may come back to doom them all.

Created by: A-1 Pictures
Cast: Yūki Kaji, Sora Amamiya, Misaki Kuno
Number of seasons: 4

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The Idhun Chronicles

The Idhun Chronicles has the distinction of being the only Spanish original anime series on this list. Author Laura Gallego co-adapted her own novel series The Idhún’s Memories to bring her fantasy story to a new medium. The story focuses on Jack, a seemingly ordinary teenager on Earth who loses his family to an attack ordered by Ashran, a necromancer who has seized power in the realm of Idhun. From there, Jack joins the resistance to Ashran’s rule, and his story is told through the series’ lush animation.

Created by: Laura Gallego
Cast: Itzan Escamilla, Michelle Jenner, Nico Romero
Number of seasons: 2

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Last Hope

Within the near-future world of Last Hope, a young scientist, Leon Lau, attempted to solve the problem of dwindling resources with a Quantum Reactor. However, the reactor’s destruction had severe unintended consequences, which created a new race of artificially intelligent beings who have pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Now a pariah to his own kind, Leon must make his way through the new world and make new allies as he tries to find some way to undo the damage he helped cause.

Created by: Shōji Kawamori, Hidekazu Sato, Toshizo Nemoto
Cast: Tomoaki Maeno, Nao Tōyama, Kenjiro Tsuda
Number of seasons: 2

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Castlevania

One of Netflix’s breakout anime series is based on the hit video games by Konami. Castlevania re-envisions Dracula (Graham McTavish) by giving him a legitimate grievance against humanity after his wife, Lisa, is executed by the church on trumped-up charges of heresy. Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), the last of a long line of vampire hunters, and Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso), a talented sorceress, may be all that stands in the way of humanity’s extinction. Surprisingly, their most valuable ally is Alucard (James Callis), the estranged son of Dracula and Lisa. This unlikely trio is ridiculously entertaining, and Castlevania finds its drama and action in unexpected ways.

Created by: Warren Ellis
Cast: Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish, Alejandra Reynoso
Number of seasons: 3

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Blood of Zeus

Netflix’s latest original anime, Blood of Zeus, has already found a sizable audience in the months since its debut. It offers a fresh take on Greek mythology by introducing a new hero, Heron (Derek Phillips). Heron is quite literally the son of Zeus (Jason O’Mara), which makes him a demigod. Heron also has the destiny to save the world from demonic threats, even as Zeus’ wife, Hera (Claudia Christian), wants Heron’s head because of Zeus’ infidelity. Heron’s got his work cut out for him, and we’ve got a new favorite anime.

Created by: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
Cast: Derek Phillips, Jason O’Mara, Claudia Christian
Number of seasons: 1

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Ultraman

Ultraman is one of the original heroes of anime who dates back to 1966, so much so that he’s essentially the equivalent of Superman. Netflix’s Ultraman is not a reboot of the franchise. Instead, it’s a direct con

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