Ultimate Netflix and Chill Guide: Anime

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I’m a new comer to anime. I mean, I was extremely into Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z when I was growing up but that was because they had become favorites in the West for pretty much all 90s children. It wasn’t until years later, when Netflix came onto the scene, that I really started to watch anime again. Now I love it! The genre has so many subgenres that there really is a show for everyone. This list consists of what I take to be the top 5 animes geared towards young adults that are available on Netflix. Be warned, some of these shows have very graphic content, so check out the ratings prior to viewing!

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5. Devilman

Rating: R

Genre: Action, Demon, Horror, Supernatural

Target Audience: Seinen (younger men 18-40)

Number Episodes: 10

Basic Plot: Akira Fudo is informed by his best friend, Ryou Asuka that the demons, an ancient race that once freely inhabited the Earth, will revive and reclaim Earth from the humans. Humans, being much weaker creatures than demons, will ultimately lose the battle with the demons so Ryou Asuka suggests to his longtime friend, Akira, to fuse with the powerful demon Amon. While most humans who combine with demons relinquish all control of their physical being, Akira, having a pure heart, is able to retain his humanity making him a demon-human hybrid; a devilman.

Pros:

  • I don’t want to spoil anything so I will simply say that the plot line was beautifully written. The show covered a wide range of emotions, and the philosophical underpinnings kept me questioning what it means to be evil.

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4. Your Lie in April

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, Slice of Life, School

Target Audience: Shounen (older boys 10-22)

Number of Episodes: 22

Basic Plot: Thanks to years of grueling piano lesson taught by his mother, Kosei Armia is a piano prodigy. However, after his mother’s death he loses the ability to hear the notes he plays, rendering him incapable of being the great pianist his mother wished him to be. Two years later, Kosei, living a now colorless life, meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono. With Kaori by his side, Kosei attempts to recolour his world by discovering that music is more than playing each note perfectly.

Pros:
Nothing has made me want to go practice the piano more than this show! The musical choices are outstanding, especially in episode eight where supporting character, Emi Igawa, plays Étude in A minor, Op. 25, No. 11 Winter Wind.

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3. Sword Art Online

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance

Target Audience: Shounen (older boys 10-22)

Number of Episodes: 25

Basic Plot: In the year 2022 a new fully immersive virtual reality game has hit the market which allows players to control their in game avatars using their minds. Kazuto Kirigaya, one of the lucky few who was able to get his hands on the Sword Art Online game, logs in and makes a horrifying discovery. Once logged in, players cannot log out and if they die in the game, they die in real life. Kazuto, now going by his avatar’s name Kirito, bands up with new found friends and attempts to battle his way out of the death game and release all of the surviving players back into the real world.

Pros:
The concept itself is very interesting because virtual reality and augmented reality games are pretty new to the makret and who knows how far developers could take these systems in the near future! Hopefully, one day we’ll have SAO style games, without all the die-in-the-game, die-in-real-life drama.

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2. Death Note

Rating: R

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Supernatural, Psychological Thriller

Target Audience: Shounen (older boys 10-22)

Number of Episodes: 37

Basic Plot: Star pupil, Light Yagami, happens upon a mysterious notebook while taking a walk around campus. Little does he know that what he finds is a Shinigami’s (a death gods) note-book, which bears the title Death Note. With this book Light is able to bring death to those whose names he write on the pages. However, police agencies quickly catch on to the string of strange deaths and begin looking for the culprit and the show follows ensuing the cat and mouse chase.

Pros:
This show takes you for quite a ride! For nearly every episode I was on the edge on my seat wondering what Light was going to do next to avoid capture. The story is well written, everything is tied up nicely, and you feel satisifed with its ending.

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1. Devil is a Part-Timer

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Comedy, Demons, Romance, Fantasy

Target Audience: Shounen (older boys 10-22)

Number of Episodes: 13

Basic Plot: Satan, the demon lord, attempts to conquer the world of Ente Isla, which is in a magical alternate dimension to our Earth. However, his plans are foiled by the Hero Emilia and he and his trusty advisor, Alsiel, are forced to retreat through a gate that transports them to modern day Tokyo. Now having to live in a world without magic, Satan assumes the name Sadao Maou and begins working at MgRonalds in order to survive. The Devil is a Part Timer, presents a hilarious view on the most humdrum aspects of everyday life.

Pros: This show is hilarious! Every episode is littered with double entendres, modern westernized references, awkward situations and witty dialogue. I mean, the devil himself works at ‘MgRonalds’, shows do NOT get better than this!

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Definitely check out these shows! I’m sure at least one of them will captivate your interest. Let me know what you think once you’ve seen them, or one, or some, or whatever. And if you have any recommendations for shows I should watch, feel free to share! Thanks for reading! ❤

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