19 Best Anime Series You Can Watch on Netflix

Check out the best anime currently streaming on Netflix!


Anime isn't just an art form; it's a way of life.

I might enjoy watching Stranger Things, but I'd never shell out $1000+ for a Dustin vs The Mind Flayer 1:6 scale statue or a Demogorgon body pillow. Okay, that's not entirely true, I'd probably buy a Demogorgon body pillow. But if I'm going to spend $1000 on a statue, it's going to be on something like this. And no, that's not just because anime battles are cooler than battles in any other medium (and yes, I actually did buy that).

What sets anime apart from everything else is that, at its best, great anime combines action, fantasy, and humor with gorgeous art and cutting emotional impact in a way quite unlike anything else I've ever experienced. I recommend anime to anyone and everyone, and if you're seriously looking to get into the medium (legally), I'd recommend subscribing to Crunchyroll for its massive library. But for those just starting out, Netflix has a great range of anime series that are sure to show any budding anime buff what the medium has to offer:

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16 years ago, Bad Boys II impressed viewers with "everything loud, dumb, violent, sexist, racist, misogynistic, and homophobic that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay could can think of puking on screen," in the words of The Rolling Stone.

Now Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as buddy cops Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Smith), but they promise it's for "one last time." We hope so. The full trailer for Bad Boys for Life opens with a flashy car, designer sunglasses, and Will Smith's biceps. Then there are recycled quips and dead, shot up bad guys and a lot of F-bombs, because these are cool cops who talk about toughing it out "in these streets" where "I've never trusted anybody but me" in suave voice-overs.

As far as the "plot" of Bad Boys for Life, truly who knows? Haphazard car chases, exploding staircases, and, oh hell yes, an exploding helicopter with a slow motion leap to safety?! Who cares what the plot is. Also, Vanessa Hudgens (yes, the High School Musical one), Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), and Charles Melton (Riverdale) join the veteran detectives as a newly formed "elite team" of youngsters who help the duo "take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel" (again, apparently). What kind of generational differences could possibly ramp up the tension after 16 years of the boys presumably up to their same old tricks? Again, who cares⁠—did we mention an effin' helicopter explodes?

At least directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi replace the overpaid pyromaniac Michael Bay. Be sure to catch Bad Boys for Life in theaters on Jan. 17 for stellar one-liners like, "We're not just black; we're cops, too. We'll pull ourselves over later."

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE - Official Trailer