Netflix is simply the most popular streaming services of our times. Many of the best series and movies are available on it. Netflix has now even ventured into producing anime acknowledging its immense popularity. With that said, today we are going to look at the best anime for adults that are available on the streaming service. Please keep in mind that we have restricted ourselves to just anime that are r-rated and mature. These are not Hentai. Let’s also be clear that just because these movies on this list have sexual content and sometimes graphic nudity doesn’t necessarily mean they are not good. Here is a list of some of the best adult anime series on Netflix.
10. Baki (2018)
Look, I have seen the earlier ‘Baki‘ arcs and they were entertaining. It is a typical shounen manga about a teenager by the name of Baki Hanma who wants to be the best fighter in the entire world But to get that title he needs to work extra hard since the one who currently holds the title is his dad Yujiro Hanma. Though I am not such a fan of the latest arc of the franchise it is the only one on Netflix. After watching it I think it is entertaining enough to be on this list but if you are a fan of ‘Baki: The Grappler’ and other stuff from over two decades ago then you will feel that this is a downgrade. The animation is better than the previous arcs though.
There are a total of 26 episodes in this Original Net Animation (yes, it does not follow the manga), with each episode being 24 minutes in length. In this series too we see Baki training tirelessly to become a better version of himself to become the strongest fighter in the world. But his fame brings in some unwanted visitors who want to test his skills. These are five of the most dangerous criminals in the world who find their life boring because no one can defeat them. So, they come to fight Baki. Get ready for an action-filled anime where Baki and his friends fight against the most dangerous criminals on Earth. Watch it here.
9. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-)
With strikingly colorful imagery and the most mesmerizing sci-fi concepts, ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion‘ is one evergreen classic which, even after all these years, is a roaring success. Its basic premise revolves around a boy named Shinji who starts working for an organization called N.E.R.V. The world, as we know it, is on the brink of absolute destruction and N.E.R.V aims to the save the world from monsters known as “Angels”. Shinji’s father, who had abandoned him as a child, makes him operate a huge robotic machine that is capable of destroying the Angels. For the first half of the show, the plot is all about high-graphic mecha battles but as it further progresses, it gets more dense with unexpected twists and turns and a whole lot of character exploration. One of the best things about this anime is, of course, its amazing attention-grabbing animation style which is way ahead of its time and also its deep characters who evoke feelings of sympathy and sorrow in the minds of a viewer. But another aspect of this anime that not only makes it popular but rather controversial, is its involvement of some bold fan service.
Fan service, as the name suggests, is more of a fantasized escape presented by anime shows which only pleases young men and boys. But when it comes to ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’, that is certainly not the case. As the series moves further, all of its adult visuals are a wake-up call that portrays the contrasting dualism of the anime. If you’ve seen it, you’ll probably be aware of how Rei, one of the main female characters, is directly related to Shinji’s mother. More often than not, her nudity is a symbolism of one’s origins, nourishment and the source of life. Furthermore, there’s another character named Asuka whose fanservice moments are more of a metaphor for her underlying insecurities and her need for acceptance in a society that often belittles her by calling her a child. Fanservice, in shows like ‘Kakegurui‘, can be used for representing the intensity of the anime but ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion‘ just takes it to a whole new level by presenting it as a complex puzzle. Watch it here.
8. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014-)
Every regular anime viewer is probably very familiar with the ‘Fate’ series by now, which has been around for almost a decade. Adapted from the renowned Type-moon visual novel, the series presents an array of ideas related to magecraft and the Holy Grails Wars which is something most viewers will already be familiar with. Centering Rin Toosaka, a strong mage who will be competing in the Fifth Holy Grail War, ‘Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works’ tells the story of an unexpected alliance between two characters who together challenge all of their opponents and try to win the omnipotent Holy Grail.
The series has an amazing storyline and even its characters have been developed in the best way possible. But along with all of this, it also has a few fan service moments that are not at all necessary in context with its themes. Even then, if you compare its adult content with its original material, you’ll be surprised about how Ufotable Studio has held itself back just to make sure that this anime is suitable for most viewers. Fan service, at times, can be a bit of a turn-off but in this case, you can certainly tolerate it as it comes with other amazing aspects of the series. Watch it here.
7. B: The Beginning (2018)
If you want to see a crime mystery thriller then ‘B: The Beginning‘ is going to be an entertaining watch. Just don’t start comparing it with ‘Death Note‘ or ‘Tokyo Ghoul‘ or especially ‘Psycho-Pass‘. The story is really fun and will, for the most part, keep you tuned in. Also, it is not too long and has a total of 12 episodes with each being 23 minutes in length. The art and animation are quite good and I enjoyed the character designs. If you love detective-styled anime then you will find it engrossing since one of the main characters is a genius detective.
The story takes place in Cremona which is an archipelagic nation. It is set at a time when technology has become quite advanced. But crime and chaos have been increasing in Cremona especially the threat of a serial killer by the name of Killer B. Koku is one of the main characters in this anime. He works at a violin shop and though he is not able to play the instrument he can make one or fix a defective piece. But he holds a dark secret. The other main character is Keith who is a genius detective whose nickname is genie which in German means genius. He is quite good at his work and gets on the trail of the serial killer. As the story progresses the path of all these three individuals meet. Watch it here.
6. Kakegurui (2017)
If you have been wanting to watch an anime about gambling then ‘Kakegurui‘ might just be the thing. It is currently on Netflix and has a total of 12 episodes in its entirety and each episode is about 24 minutes in length. Though the story is good enough the place where the anime truly excels is for the visuals. The animation is quite stunning and the character designs and their expressions during gambling are pretty decent. But yeah if the creators gave the audience much more chance to be involved in the game rather than making the protagonist blatantly expose everything after the game is over then it could have been more interesting. Also, including a bit of tension would have been great. Nonetheless, the anime is entertaining enough to make you watch it till the end.
If you have already seen the first season then the second season is out too and is currently airing so you might wanna check that out. The story takes place in Hyakkaou Private Academy which is a place for rich kids. The school is quite different from other schools. It is a normal school during the day but at night it is a full-blown gambling den where rich kids gamble and learn about the power of money and how to manipulate people. Yumeko Jabami is the protagonist of this anime. She is a transfer student who gambles not for money but rather because she enjoys the thrill and man is she good at it. But her winning games is disrupting the hierarchy at the academy and some people will stop at nothing to take her down. Watch it here.
5. Kuroshitsuji (2008)
‘Kuroshitsuji‘ is a supernatural, action anime. It includes demons and stuff so if you are into it then you will surely enjoy this anime. Also, if one is a lover of mystery drama then this is an entertaining series for them too. But if you are not much of a fan of either then you are better off looking somewhere else on this list. The anime, like most of the others on this list, has violence and profanity in it. There are a total of 24 episodes in this anime series with each episode being around 24 minutes in length.
If you are a fan of the manga and have been wanting to watch the show then let me tell you that the series does not exactly follow the manga. Only the first half sort of does but the rest is exclusive stuff just for the anime. The story is set in a Victorian-styled era complete with the landscape, attire, and cities. Ciel Phantomhive is a young boy who is 12 years old. He is the current head of the Phantomhive household and his family business. A few years ago certain people wronged him, humiliated him, and killed his parents. To exact his revenge on them he sells his soul to a demon who starts working as his butler, Sebastian Michaelis. Sebastian not only does certain bidding’s for Ceil but is also his bodyguard. Ceil works as a detective for the Queen and each episode sees him solving a certain mystery.
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4. Kill la Kill (2013)
‘Kill la Kill‘ is one of the most popular action, comedy anime. It is really fun and entertaining to watch. Also, if you love watching hot female characters wear skimpy outfits then you will find this anime interesting. This anime is sort of a parody of similar types of anime. Here, more the power level of the female characters increase skimpier their clothing becomes. It is to the extent that there is almost next to nothing on them. There are a total of 24 episodes in this anime and each of them is around 24 minutes in length. Ryuuko Matoi, the protagonist of the anime is out to avenge the murder of her father. But her only clue is one-half of a scissor-like weapon which is an invention of her father.
Her search leads her to Honnouji Academy. It is an academy which is under the command of the student council headed by Satsuki Kiryuuin. She has four underlings, the Elite Four, working beneath her and to whom she bestows the God Cloth which gives them superhuman abilities. Ryuuko clashes with them and loses. She retreats to her now destroyed home and stumbles upon a god cloth known as Senketsu. Senketsu activates after coming in contact with Ryuuko’s blood and latches onto her. Now, armed with better abilities she comes back to face the Elite Four and Satsuki hoping to find the answers she is looking for. Watch it here.
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3. Devilman: Crybaby (2018)
‘Devilman: Crybaby‘ is a Netflix original anime. Though there is an old version of this same franchise the new one is much better. It has better animation and character design. This anime is filled with violence, gore, and sex to the brim. You can easily binge this anime. There are a total of 10 episodes in it with each episode being 25 minutes in length. Devilman is a person who has a strong will and can control the devil which possessed them. Thus, making the devil’s power their own.
Akira Fudou is kind and is always willing to help anyone in need. So, he doesn’t hesitate when his friend asks him to accompany him to a party where he plans to get evidence about devils. But soon things take a wrong turn as devils start possessing humans and butchering people. To save his friend, Akira lets devil Amon possess him and then uses his power to defeat the other devils. Now, Akira is a devilman and along with his friend, he is going to neutralize the supernatural threats to humanity. Watch it here.
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2. Death Note (2006)
When it comes to psychological thriller with crime, mystery, and drama then ‘Death Note‘ is probably one of the best anime in that genre. If you have not seen it yet then be sure to check it out since you are missing out on a lot. The entire series has a total of 37 episodes in it and each episode is around 23 minutes in length. ‘Death Note’ follows the story of Light Yagami a bright student who stumbles upon a notebook of the Shinigami.
The power of the notebook is such that if one writes the name of any person in it then that person will die. Though at first, he does not believe it after he puts it to test he learns that it is, in fact, a Death Note. At first, he starts killing criminals all over the world but when the world becomes suspicious and the law enforcement chase after him he starts killing everyone in his path. Trying to stop him is the best detective in the world known as L. It is entertaining and hair-raising to see two intelligent people trying to outsmart each other in this cat and mouse chase. Watch it here.
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1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‘ is one of the best anime I have seen to this date. It is one of those anime which makes me remember why I love anime so much. This series is really good and even if you don’t prefer this genre of anime you should watch it. It is the best anime on Netflix right now along with ‘Steins; Gate‘.
‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ is a story about two brothers Edward and Alphonse. They are alchemists and are in the search of the philosopher’s stone. The stone will allow them to bypass the law of equivalent exchange and get their bodies back. When they were young the brothers tried the forbidden alchemy of human transmutation to bring back their dead mother. But things ended up wrong. Alphonse lost his body and Edward lost his right arm and left leg. The intensity of drama and the engrossing storyline is one of the best features of this anime along with some of the best characters. Watch it here.
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