Without a doubt, 2021 was a pretty amazing year for Netflix anime.
Not only did we receive plenty of new seasons from our favorite anime series like Seven Deadly Sins, Scissor Sevenand Castlevania, but we were also introduced to some fantastic new releases, such as Komi Can’t Communicate, Words Bubble Up Like Soda Popand Super Crooksthat are now forever in our hearts.
There were tons of great anime releases, there’s no question about it, but which ones in particular stand above the rest?
Best Netflix anime 2021
Brace yourselves because all of the anime on this list are wickedly-entertaining series, meaning if your anime must-watch list is already rather lengthy, it’s about to get a whole lot longer!
Without further ado, here are the seven best Netflix anime of 2021.
Record of Ragnarok
Record of Ragnarok‘s manga series is already widely popular amongst readers across the world, so it certainly doesn’t come as a shock that its anime adaptation was one that was on everyone’s mind for a pretty long time.
From seeing some of our favorite characters finally animated to watching epic showdowns that we’ve been waiting to see for what feels like forever, this anime was in many ways well worth the anticipation. Sure, the anime still has some ways to go before it solidifies itself as one of the greatest of all time, but with a season 2 already on its way, we’re sure that it won’t be long until everyone is a major fan of Record of Ragnarok.
High Rise Invasion
Premiering in the early half of the year, High Rise Invasion is still amongst our favorite action-packed anime series of the year, especially since every single episode managed to keep us at the edge of our seats.
Seeing masked killers chase after innocent individuals is, of course, terrifying, and this anime was able to capture that heart-pumping feeling relatively well. But our ever-elusive Sniper Mask is what truly made us fans as his unknown identity and face his were more than enough to pique our interest. His seemingly kind-hearted nature his was a breath of fresh air during this thrilling anime series, and we ca n’t wait to know more about how his involvement his in our main characters ‘fight to stay alive in the second season — if we ever receive one. (Season 2 when, Netflix?!)
Switching gears from action and adventure, we have one of our favorite coming-of-age series of the year, Blue Period.
Yatora Yaguchi’s journey of self-discovery inspired us all in ways we didn’t expect it to. Seeing him take that huge, scary step toward being a renowned painter as opposed to continuing his life as a dead-end high school delinquent let us know that one’s past doesn’t define them and that there is always a much better life in store so long as you work hard for it.
Blue Period may not always be as feel-good as the next anime on our list, but it is certainly delicious food for the soul.
The Way of the Househusband
no lie, The Way of the Househusband had us laughing every single minute. Who would’ve thought that a former yakuza boss would turn out to be one of the most wholesome househusbands that we ever met once he’s given an apron, a phone, and an adorable dog to watch after?
Tatsu’s difficulty with reintegrating back to the mundane is quite the wild ride since ghosts of his past keep trying to bring out the sleeping Immortal Dragon within him, but as long as he has his amazing wife, Miku, by his side, it’s safe to say that we won’t ever see him return to his previous life of crime and will continue to receive more moments of this pure soul.
Edenour hidden gem of the year, is a fantastic sci-fi anime series that exceeded our expectations, leaving us awe-struck by its stellar animation and heartwarming story.
The 2021 anime is about a young girl named Sara, who is raised by robots in a society void of human life. As a kid, she was fascinated by everything and had little to no concerns about anything, but as she grew older, she began to have tons of questions about where she came from and where everyone else like her went. Her journey her to find the answers to these questions and more is what we hold dear as it serves as a testament to the beauty that is often discovered in adventure and found families.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean
It would absolutely be beside us to not include this anime series on our list, especially since the Stone Ocean Arc is the moment that all Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure fans have been waiting on ever since being published back in 2000.
This arc was everything and more than we ever imagined it to be! You got the perfect portrayal of our first female JoJo, Jolyne Cujoh; you got mind-blowing fights between seriously dope Stand Users; you got cameos from some of your favorite characters from prior seasons; and who could forget that you got the introduction of the one and only, Enrico Pucci! (We know he’s the bad guy, but hear us out.)
All in all, you got a great new season of this beloved anime series and it would be beside you to not binge-watch every episode of Stone Ocean as soon as possible.
We definitely had to save the best for last: Arcane.
This cyber-punk masterpiece left us floored from start to finish. The way that each unique character and their respective beliefs intertwine was already extraordinary as is, but when all of these aspects crescendoed into a magnificent cliffhanger that no one saw coming, we knew that this series was our 2021 favorite.
Oh, and the best part of this animated series is whether you’re a League of Legends fan or not, the series can be watched by all, meaning that everyone can experience one of the greatest Netflix releases of the year and also become a die-hard fan of our champions Vi and Jinx.
Arcane, Blue Period, Stone Ocean… our list is pretty stacked as is, but our honorable mentions list is equally impressive. Check out the anime that were great runner-ups, below.
- Dota: Dragon’s Blood
- Baki: Hanma
And there you have it, the best Netflix anime of 2021! Of course, all anime that Netflix releases are outstanding, but if you haven’t watched any of the aforementioned titles as of yet, then let’s just say you’re in for a good streaming session.
Did some of your anime make the list? Which ones would you have liked to see? Let us know your recommendations in the comments below!