The great thing about Netflix is that it is reasonably cheap, has a good selection, and it has anime! It doesn't just have a few popular bits of anime either, it has some really great series on there. The great thing about anime on Netflix is that it is all in English, so if you are not a great fan of subtitles you do not have to fret over finding dubbed anime.
Need some recommendations to what to watch from the decently sized list of anime series? Why not some of these?
Otonashi has woken up with amnesia only to find out he died. If that was not shocking enough, a rifle totting girl named Yuri immediately tries to recruit him for her organization that fights a being called Angel. Thinking this lady is crazed, he confronts Angel and tells her to prove he is dead. She kills him. After waking up from death a second time, he joins the resistance group at first to just pass the time and try and remember his past.
Angel Beats is probably the best anime that has been made in recent years. It has such a way to get you laughing hysterically one moment and crying the next. Every character has a deep and interesting past that you slowly learn about throughout the series and it truly makes you fall in love with them. While no one can really die, it has another way of snatching characters away from you which is just...so heartbreaking. The writer of this anime is also responsible for Clannad, so he really know how to force you to love characters then devastate you by taking them away.
Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession of a scroll. The prize: the annihilation of the other and the staunch support of the Tokugawa government for the winning clan for the next thousand years. What the two clans did not plan on was a Romeo and Juliet type love between two clan members.
This was the predecessor ninja anime to Naruto. It is dark, gritty, and incredibly violent unlike Naruto. Though like Naruto, it has some amazing ninjas with great and creative powers. The animation is done in the beautiful classic way, none of that new fangled CGI stuff here. The hand drawn artwork animation makes this series truly special looking since the characters are all so detailed. Basilisk is also a great reimagining, if you will, of Romeo and Juliet. You know, two lovers from opposing sides. Instead of just bickering with each other and maybe having a sword fight now and then, the families of these young lovers viciously kill each other without mercy.
Brandon Heat and Harry McDowell are two friends who ran a small street gang. After the murder of most of their friends they join the large mafia syndicate called Millennion. Brandon proves to be a loyal and skilled hit man while Harry grows colder and strive for power in the syndicate. Brandon develops affections for a young girl who is romantically involved with the leader of the syndicate, once Brandon tires of the killing she is the only thing that keeps him there. When Brandon learns of Millennions' secret plots that involve Harry, trouble begins to brew.
This has been one of my favorite animes for years. The story is quite detailed and filled with intriguing plots and betrayal. The only downside to Gun Grave is that it starts a bit slowly. Most people I recommend it to, and even myself sometimes, can be put to sleep during the first two episodes. If you can get past that, Gun Grave gets very addicting very quickly as you are introduced to a world full of crime lords and assassins. This is also based off an old PS2 game. I think that might put some people off as well, as the game was rather terrible.
The ancient kingdom of Parros has been invaded by Monguals and the king and queen have been slain. However, the prince Remus and his twin sister Rinda escaped via a mystical device. They are rescued from Mongaul soldier from a strange leopard headed man who has lost all his memories except the word Guin which he assumes to be his name.
If you are a fan of the Berserk anime or manga series, you will be interested to know that Berserk is based on the book this is based on. Guin Saga is a much newer anime than Berserk so it will have better animation. Though Guin is practically a leopard faced Gutts character. Guin Saga has a rich fantasy story the likes of Lord of the Rings and has enough action to keep the action fan entertained. A lot of people feel that Guin Saga is really just a generic fantasy story, but you have to understand that it is based on a older book. So back then, the story was not so generic.
The Diclonius are a mutated sort of human who have been selected by God to lead to the destruction of mankind. They are imbued with two horns and dangerous telekinetic abilities. Because of these dangerous powers, they are kept in laboratories by the government where they conduct horrible experiments. One powerful and psychotic Diclonius named Lucy breaks loose but is shot in the head leading to her to fall off the cliff. She survives, but has lost a majority of her memories. To the two teenagers that rescued her, Lucy seems docile and sweet at first, but her psychotic side may not be gone for long.
If you are itching for something violent but two cripples beating each other like you get in Shigurui is a step too far, Elfen Lied is the anime for you. Elfen Lied can be happy and bright at times and then at a moment's notice it will switch to dark and horrifying. There is a lot of sadness in the world of Elfen lied, only to be rivaled by the amount of violence.