Top Best 10 Animation Series on Netflix
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The phrase “best-animated movie” means different things to different people. Some will automatically think of classic Disney movies or similar family-friendly feature-length cartoons from their childhood, while others will automatically gravitate toward adaptations of their favorite comic-book stories. Others still may consider the exotic appeal of anime or the avant-garde style of artists outside of the mainstream as the “best” animation has to offer. The only thing these disparate features have in common is that they’re devoid of live-action components; anything else goes.
With this broad range of animated movies in mind, we’ve combed through the available features streaming on Netflix to bring you the best of the best. There’s something here for everyone, including Disney features, Oscar-nominated animations, classics and contemporary movies alike, all representing a stunning variety of animation styles. Whether you’re a casual fan or a longtime devotee of animation, you're guaranteed to find something worth your time.
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Even if there weren’t a montage in this movie set to the song “Sunshine and Lollipops”, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs would still put a gigantic smile on your face. It has all of the anarchic silliness of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (I still have no idea how they got away with the snowball scene), but it’s also got a lot of heart to go along with the story of food raining down from the sky. There’s a nice father-son bonding subplot, there’s a good love story, and there’s a talking monkey who rips the heart out of a sentient gummi bear. It’s also the only film in cinema history with a Welcome to Mooseport joke, Collider reported.
2. Dragon Ball Z
The highlight of the classic Japanese anime and manga series Dragon Ball is Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZ). The story is based on the time when the main character Goku fas grown up following the first series “Dragon Ball”. Dragon Ball Z is the first anime that made the establishment of the anime genre of action by using unique techniques like Kamehameha, Webmagazine cited.
For many, Brotherhood is the essential anime experience, and it’s easy to see why. A more faithful adaptation to Hiromu Arakawa’s mega-popular manga series, Brotherhood contends with loss, grief, war, racism and ethics in mature and unique ways, ahead of its time in nearly every aspect. What’s more, the show is paced perfectly, with neatly wrapped arcs that lead into each other and bolster a greater global narrative on selected themes. Brotherhood is just the right length, never overstaying its welcome and proving how versatile and malleable the conventions of shounen anime can be.
Brotherhood has a sizeable cast of characters all of different nationalities and ideologies, with motivations that often oppose one another—the show manages to use these moving forces to form factions, alliances and foils that flow in multiple directions, paralleling the often messy, always chaotic nature of human relationships during wartime. The show’s emotional core revolves around the plight of the Elric brothers, Ed and Alphonse, two alchemists sponsored by the authoritarian Amestris military. It’s not your classic military drama, though, as Ed and Alphonse quickly learn how far Amestris’ authoritarianism stretches.
4. Avatar: The Last Airbender
Originally from Nickelodeon, this animated series follows the story of Aang, a young boy who has been trapped in ice for over a hundred years. The world has fallen into chaos in his absence, and as the Avatar, he is the only one who can restore the balance between the 4 elements of earth, fire, air, and water. He has many challenges to overcome to do so, but he finds strength with the help of those who believe in him. Though it may look and feel like anime, Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American cartoon.
As a psychological thriller anime, Erased will draw you in and keep you watching. The plot follows a 29-year-old man named Satoru who has an uncontrollable power to go back in time whenever something terrible happens in his immediate vicinity. This ability has helped him stop a lot of terrible things from happening in his life, but it’s never taken him more than a few seconds or minutes back in time. But when an encounter with a serial killer brings up old memories and ends in death, Satoru finds he must go back 18 years to his 5th-grade body to try to stop the killer, The manual noted.
That Netflix’s animated comedy manages to pinpoint the character of the zeitgeist and map a few of the ways through it is at the heart of its profound genius, always slipping, almost imperceptibly, from silver-tongued satire to pathos and back. The series doesn’t forgive the cruelties of washed-up, alcoholic actor BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett)—or anyone else’s—so much as suggest that cruelties are now our dominant form of currency, the payola that secures the White House for the wicked and Wall Street for the damned, the surest path to fame and fortune for the tiny few and destitution for the many. In BoJack, the backdrop to the characters’ familiar foibles—their unthinking insults, their unspoken apologies, their selfish choices, self-doubt, self-flagellation—is the even more familiar crassness of lobbyists, donors and campaign managers; of studio heads, ambitious agents, stars on the make; of cable news anchors, dimwitted columnists, “Ryan Seacrest types”; of social order so inured to insincerity, whataboutism, political profiteering, the environmental collapse that being kicked in the stomach starts to feel like a gift. In short, BoJack Horseman is the defining series of our time, and also a handbook for surviving it, Paste Magazine cited.
7. Attack on Titan
For a hundred years, humanity lived peacefully inside a 50-meter wall (around 165 feet) that protected against humanoid, man-eating giants known as “titans.” That peace is entirely destroyed when an abnormally large titan suddenly appears and breaches the wall, opening the way for the monstrous creatures to flood into civilization. After witnessing his mother’s death, Eren Yeager joins the Scout Regiment—the military branch tasked with battling the titans. Each arc in Attack on Titan moves at full throttle, with hardly a moment to catch your breath. It’s a story of holding onto the will not just to survive, but to live freely. The series also introduces Captain Levi Ackerman, the calm and collected ace of the Scout Regiment who is easily one of the most stan-worthy figures in anime, according to Time.
8. Big Mouth
Name a more stacked line-up in comedy than the cast and writer’s room of Big Mouth. Voiced by the likes Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, and Jenny Slate, the series is penned by an equally wonderful blend of seasoned vets and up-and-comers. It’s no wonder that Big Mouth has had a quick road to three seasons (and more to come!). The sitcom is a wonderfully anxious, imaginative, and arousing exploration of puberty in suburbia, Esquire wrote.
9. Monster House
While a haunted house is a classic setting for many horror films over the years, rarely is this seen in the medium of animation. Enter Monster House, a computer-generated scare-fest that has some truly disturbing ghost stories haunting its foundation…
Without getting into spoiler territory, Monster House sees a crabby old man as caretaker of a creaky old house, but when health issues take him away, the house itself is revealed to be a source of terror for the neighborhood. A trio of kids risk their necks to explore the abandoned home and the secrets that lie buried within it. There’s enough comedy to keep the kids from getting too scared, but this is one haunted house story that actually improves with age.
10. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
In this universe, Japan has been conquered by the Holy Empire of Britannia and is now a totalitarian state known as “Area 11.” The rebel forces against Britannia remain active, and one day Lelouch Lamperouge is unexpectedly swept into a terrorist attack. He is saved by a girl who grants him an enigmatic power called “Geass” that allows him to control others. With this new ability, Lelouch—who is an exiled Brittanian prince—begins to search for those responsible for his mother’s death and battles the government that has long oppressed Area 11. A nail-biter from its first episode, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion quickly starts to blur the lines between right and wrong as Lelouch uses his ability to seize obedience from anyone and everyone. The show grippingly raises the question: Is there a righteous way to effect change?
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