From sushi, ramen, kimono to bento – these are Japanese words many of us are familiar with. But there’s one Japanese export that’s been on popular attention over the years and one that is closer to our hearts — anime.
Anime is a Japanese term for the word animation. Indeed, anime has come a long way from simple chalk drawings on film way back 1906 to the ones we’re familiar with back in the 90s and those with 3D animations we now see and enjoy.
Before becoming a full pledged KDrama fan, we were first anime enthusiast. We remember watching shows like Dragon Ball from the then RPN 9 channel. To GMA 7 favorites like Flame of Recca (saulo ko pa ang pangalan ng mga dragon bes), Slam Dunk (aminin mo, tumatakbo ka pauwi dahil dito), Voltes V (pinangarap mo din bang maging si Jaime? Kasi ako, oo bes.) and Daimos (Hay, Richard and Erika, my forever ship). Then to heart wrenching shows from ABS CBN like Princess Sarah, Cedie: Ang Munting Prinsipe and Marco.
We have to admit that before our KDrama oppas, we first fell in love with anime characters like Chichiri from Fushigi Yuugi and Kurama/Dennis from Ghost Fighter and that we are not afraid to shed some tears and be pensive during the outro of Voltes V. ‘Oya ni hagureta hinadori mo~” (Good times, good times.)
Nowadays, the steady buzz and growth in anime fans all over the world has proven that it is here to stay like our beloved KDramas. With that, We’ve compiled ten (10) anime shows that would work well for newcomers and for veterans alike. With easy and legal access provided by subscriptions like Netflix, you can now fully dive in to fulfill your “Netflix and chill” dream while keeping yourself safe amidst this crisis.
Before we proceed with the said list, please note that this is not a top 10 list but merely a compilation, a safe haven, perhaps of shows that almost anyone could enjoy. Now that its clear, let’s move on to the ten anime shows you can watch on Netflix.
Let’s start with something light with Tsure-dere Children, if you like romantic comedies and are looking for a light watch, this series would be the best choice for you. The episodes may only run for 12 minutes but will surely able to give you sweet and comedic scenes as it follows the story of young people experiencing their first love which will definitely pull one’s heartstrings.
Teasing Master Takagi-san
Next up would be a Netflix Original about the story that focuses on a young couple with the main girl (Takagi) teasing the main protagonist (Nishikata) of the show, given heavily by the title. Teasing Master Takagi-san follows the antics of these two just to tease each other but always ends up with Takagi winning. There is no definite plot but it gives you a glimpse into a mundane yet fun school and everyday life between two close friends. You can check this out if you want a sweet slice of life series.
Kaguya Sama: Love is War
This show can be summed up with the question “if a tsundere likes another tsundere, would they ever know?” This anime follows the story of Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane as they expend so much of their brain power, more than shounen villains and protagonists, to see if they could get the other party to confess before them.
Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-Kun
A recently popular title in the slice of life and romance anime genre, “Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun” follows the awkward relationship between a girl (Chiyo Sakura) and a guy that starts off somewhat weird. Sakura confesses her feelings to the guy (Umetarou Nozaki) but he gives her an autograph in return. It turns out that Nozaki is a well-known shoujo manga artist under the pen name ‘Yumeno Sakiko’. So when Sakura confessed to him, he immediately thought that she was a fan of his.
Cells at Work
Cells at Work or Hataraku Saibou is a cute and educational show that shows how your body works to close a wound, fight a flu or fend off a virus. This show follows the adventures of a disoriented newbie Sekkekkyū AE-3803 and how Hakkekkyū U-1146 helps her out in her quest to navigate the circulatory system without getting lost while trying not to be killed by viruses, bacteria, and even cancer. (Dibs on Macrophage, you’ll know what I mean.)
Fans of shows like Cooking Master Boy and Yakitate! Japan are in for a treat with Shokugeki No Soma also known as Food Wars. This anime series based on a manga of the same title follows the story of a teenager named Yukihira Soma as he enrolls in an elite culinary school named Totsuki Saryo Culinary School. Here, he will meet friends and rivals who will go through numerous Shokugeki (food wars) with him in order to hone their skills and passion for cooking.
It’s probably one of those shows that had the most humane characters despite being a cartoon and having non-human characters. You’ll follow the life of a single office lady, a red panda named Retsuko, who tries her hardest to cope (by raging through heavy metal songs in a karaoke) and at the same time enjoy life, balance work, and navigate the dating world despite life itself giving her a lot of lemons – lots and lots of lemons.
What if your teacher allegedly blew up the moon? Would you believe them? Now, think of what you would do? Well, the kids in Kunugigaoka Junior High chose to trudge on a path to kill their teacher, given that they’re the last chance for Earth to be saved Follow the students of Class 3-E in their journey towards uncovering his connections and finding out ways to successfully kill their teacher before the school year ends.
Breaking the tradition of characters wanting to be the strongest in the world comes a show about a guy who could literally punch his problems away. If you want to watch a funny show where you could just sit back and not think about the chances of a problem not getting resolved, then you should give this a try.
Following Aggretsuko would be another anime featuring non-human characters, but instead of just life throwing people lemons, it’s the world itself being cruel. A clear divide in a society of animals between herbivores and carnivores is strongly portrayed in this anime as well as the dilemma of a young wolf named Legosi who is in love with a rabbit.
That’s just 10 of what you can find on Netflix so if you’re into watching some animes, then choose one of these ten shows that strikes you the most. With that, just sit down, chill and let the show take you to another world.