The platform has partnered with six of Japan’s greatest anime developers to create original Netflix anime shows.
Netflix announced that the creators include Mari Yamazaki of Thermae Romae, Tow Ubukata of Mardock Scramble, Otsuichi of Goth, Shin Kibayashi of The Kindaichi Case Files, CLAMP of Cardcaptor Sakura fame, as well as Yasuo Ohtagaki who brought us Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt. This group of creatives includes filmmakers, screenwriters, novelists and manga artists who’ve played a huge role in taking anime mainstream.
Netflix’s Anime department is headed by Taiki Sakurai who expressed the platform’s excitement in collaborating with these creators and giving them an opportunity to tell authentic stories through the medium that they’re best at.
Specifics about the upcoming shows will be announced soon.
Best Animes on Netflix
Here are some of the best shows on the current Netflix anime collection:
1. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
The current Netflix anime collection wouldn’t be complete without Gargantia. This series is set in a future dystopian Earth where the worst climate change predictions have happened. Most of the Earth is underwater and so are its cultures.
The show’s lead, a young soldier named Ledo travels through a wormhole to escape a losing battle with aliens. He arrives in Earth looking like a normal human but without the ability to understand the language or the culture.
Gargantia is a coming of age story with an environmental subtext, exciting plot twists, talking robots. It’s also action-packed!
Robotech is the brainchild of Star Wars marketer for Lucasfilm Carl Macek. The late creative was also a writer for Heavy Metal magazine. He rocked the world in 1985 when he decided to create what was to be one of the most ambitious anime projects to date.
Robotech combines soap-like theatrics with transforming robots and evil aliens. It’s one of the best anime space operas of all time.
For those who’re unfamiliar with the show, suffice to say that central to its main conflict is the idea of repressed aliens’ inability to understand human needs and biology. We’ll leave you to imagine the rest!
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3. Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia is set around a mini-witch called Akko.
Although she doesn’t come from a family of witches herself, her hard work and determination see her constantly trying to improve her skills. But, things don’t always go well for Akko. Her friends often end up with animal features due to her awry spells.
But, what keeps fans coming back for more in this anime is the protagonists’ can-do attitude and its beautiful animation.
4. Children of the Whales
Children of the Whales is similar to Gargantia in the Netflix anime collection. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been severely damaged by climate disaster.
However, instead of being underwater, the world has turned into one giant desert. The show follows some of the few survivors who live in an island called Mud Whale. But what really makes this show interesting is that the inhabitants have unique psychokinetic abilities.
Throughout the show, we explore the inhabitants’ reactions when meeting others with different beliefs and ways of life. This obviously leads to some interesting conflicts that follow a slow pace, stylized animation, and watercolor backgrounds.
5. Kill La Kill
Perhaps one of the most interesting factors about this anime is the fact that its characters have AI-powered clothes that don’t always acquiesce to the user’s intention. In some cases, our superheroes have to go commando if they’re really serious about saving the world.
While this show has an undertone of gross objectification, it makes up for it by showcasing, strong and empowered female protagonists and villains. It leaves you feeling guilty for even assuming that a show with such a premise would be anything but empowering to women.
Suffice to say Kill La Kill is an action-packed treatise on mental health, body image, fashion, and other social issues. All these take place on a background of electric guitar and superb character development. You might recognize some of its fight sequence styles from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
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