Looking for the best animated movies on Netflix? We have created a list.
- A quick glance at anime on netflix reveals a well-organized and thoughtful collection of series in several genres.
- While its selection of movies isn’t quite as extensive, there are still enough solid choices to offer a list of the best animated movies on Netflix.
The best animated movies on Netflix
Tsutomu Nihei, the genius behind Knights of Sidonia, created this dark science fiction tale of automation gone bad. In the distant future, self-replicating robots have taken over on a deadly quest to eliminate all human life. A village’s only hope is the mysterious traveler Killy, whose search for a lost gene merges with the search for food. Well-constructed characters give this post-apocalyptic thriller a sense of the real stakes.
GANTZ: O (2016)
Fans yearning for the hyper-violent days of exploding bodies during monster fights should write Netflix a thank you note for picking up GANTZ: O.
In this CGI adaptation of the classic manga, a group of recently deceased people find themselves in a strange afterlife. Armed and battle gear by an unknown force, our heroes find themselves in a brutal battle against monsters whose afterlife is on the line.
Miss Hokusai (2015)
If the action bothers you, the reflection Miss Hokusai will be in your alley. Using a series of vignettes, this historical drama details the relationship between painter Katsushaika O-Ei and her more famous father, Hokusai. See the birth of classical art from the Edo period and the woman who lived in her shadow despite her talent.
Expelled from paradise (2014)
Angela Balzac is an advocate for people who do not have a physical body. In the future, most of humanity will live in a virtual reality environment with their digitized mind removed from their body. Balzac receives a body and is sent to the surface to find a hackerho infiltrates the VR environment on an abandoned Earth. Expelled from paradise was directed by Seiji Mizushima of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Fame.
In this corner of the world (2016)
It is often forgotten that in times of war life still goes on for people living in war zones. In 1944, 18-year-old Suzu moved 15 miles from her family to the city of Hiroshima to marry a man in Kure. As she settles into her new life, war slowly envelops their existence, bringing food reserves and horrors that humanity had not yet faced.
In this corner of the world is a captivating war film, recreating pre-war Hiroshima with historical photos, told from the perspective of average people just trying to survive.
Berserk: The Arc of the Golden Age, Part I, Part 2, and Part 3 (2012-2013)
Berserk debuted as a manga in 1988, but it didn’t hit TV screens until its first series in 1997. Legendary for its brutality and graphic violence, Berserk follows a wandering mercenary named Guts as he travels the country in search of people who need his sword.
The arc of the golden age sees him reluctantly joining a group of mercenaries called the Band of the Hawk, following our hero from his first introduction to the group until his eventual exit.
If you’re dreaming of a mature, violent story, Berserk offers a level of gore and obscurity that would make even Game Of Thrones nauseous fans.
A silent voice (2016)
So widely populated list of action and explosions, A silent voice is a change of pace. This critically acclaimed drama centers on the relationship between Shoya Ishida, a bully at school, and Shoko Nishimiya, a hard of hearing classmate.
Following the duo to school and beyond, the story offers a candid examination of the enduring trauma of childhood cruelty. Bright and colorful animation helps show how bullying can tarnish even the best moments.
Evangelion: death (True) ² (1998)
I don’t have time to watch the 24 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion? Take a look at this 67 minute reissue of the series. Combining original animation with new footage not seen in the original episodes, Evangelion: death (True) ² is the fastest way to experience the series.
The cinema center on a war between human-piloted biomechanical robots called Evangelion and a terrifying race of giant aliens called Angels. This removes much of the psychological content from the show for a more action-oriented experience. Netflix’s high-definition transfer shows why this anime is still very popular 25 years after its debut.
Cagliostro Castle (1979)
Cagliostro Castle is somewhat different from the more famous works of Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli. While he continued to make other adaptations like Howl’s moving castle, Cagliostro is actually part of a larger franchise. He belongs to the anime / manga series about Lupine III, a master thief inspired by the literary character of the early 20th century Arsène Lupin.
His adventures fall somewhere between Sherlock Holmes and comedic heists. Cagliostro Castle following Lupine as he tracks down the origin of counterfeit money. (The money he stole, of course.) –Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
Mary and the witch’s flower (2018)
This film is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 book The little broom. This follows a young girl who discovers a rare plantflowering once every seven years. The plant to givees his magic pers for a short period of time.
She is transported to Endor College, a prestigious academy for witches, wwith an expressive black cat by his side. Mary and the witch’s flower is a colorful and visually stunning spectacle. It contains a lot of detail in its frames. The films doesn’t always capture the magic it tries to display. Still this‘s carried by the charm and the heart of its characters. –Michelle jaworski
Sturgill Simpson: Sound & Fury (2019)
We’re puzzled that one of the best animated films on Netflix is a visual album for a country music star turned alt-rocker.
But hey, here we are with Sturgill Simpson’s Sound & Fury, a kinetic love letter to ’80s anime with a modern twist.
Simpson’s last record mark this post-apocalyptic bloodbath, adding fierce rock and roll energy to each track. The story is largely left to interpretation, but just like angel egg and Robot Carnival, that’s part of the charm.
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* First published: Sep 9, 2020, 7:23 p.m. CDT
John-Michael Bond is a technical journalist and cultural writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord cutter and early adopter, he is an expert in streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and cartoons. Former editor of TUAW, he knows everything about Apple and Android. You can also find him regularly performing stand-up comedies in Los Angeles.