Best Anime Movies on Netflix Right Now to Stream

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Anime is now one of the most popular genres of movies, and lots of new anime movies are released every year all over the world. The following are lists of anime films. Here we include the all-time popular anime films, This article only covers Anime Movies on Netflix.

In the United States, the first color full-length animation movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released by the American film studio Walt Disney Productions (Walt Disney Animation Studios) in 1937. 

List of the greatest anime movies you must watch now on Netflix. Let’s enjoy the countdown for the top anime movie of all time!

 

Best Anime Movies on Netflix Right Now to Stream


1. A Whisker Away

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Year: 2020

Director: Junichi Sato, Tomotaka Shibayama

Starring: Mirai Shida, Natsuki Hanae, Hiroaki Ogi

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Runtime: 104 minutes

Sweet, cute and charming”, and “a great piece of anime escapism, A Whisker Away gives plenty of people a reason to smile. In the film, A peculiar girl transforms into a cat to catch her crush’s attention. But before she realizes it, the line between human and animal starts to blur.

 


2. The Wind Rises

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Year: 2013

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Runtime: 126 minutes

Jiro Horikoshi is fascinated by aviation but unable to become a pilot due to a medical condition. He moves to Tokyo in 1923, surviving the Great Kanto Earthquake to become a highly accomplished airplane designer. As rumors of war escalate, Jiro reunites with Nahoko, a young woman he met during the earthquake years earlier. The two fall deeply in love, just as Nahoko falls ill with tuberculosis. Inspired by visions of Italian aeronaut Caproni, Jiro must confront mounting tragedies with dignity in this epic tale of love and perseverance.

 


3. A Silent Voice

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Year: 2016

Director: Naoko Yamada

Starring: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yuki

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English

Genre: Animation, Drama

Runtime: 130 minutes

As beautifully crafted as it is powerfully written, A Silent Voice looks at teen bullying from a soberingly hard-hitting perspective that’s uncommon for the animated medium. Based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima. The film follows a former bully turned social outcast who decides to reconnect and befriend the deaf girl he had victimized years prior.

 


4. Flavors of Youth

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Year: 2018

Director: Li Haoling, Jiaoshou Yi Xiaoxing, Yoshitaka Takeuchi

Starring: Taito Ban, Mariya Ise, Minako Kotobuki

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 75 minutes

The rigorous city life of China, while bustling and unforgiving, contains the everlasting memories of days past. In three stories told in three different cities, Shikioriori follows the loss of youth and the daunting realization of adulthood. Though reality may seem ever-changing, unchangeable are the short-lived moments of one’s childhood days. A plentiful bowl of noodles, the beauty of family, and the trials of first love endure the inevitable flow of time, as three different characters explore the strength of bonds and the warmth of cherished memories. Within the disorder of the present world, witness these quaint stories recognize the comfort of the past and attempt to revive the neglected flavors of youth.

 


5. Blame!

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Year: 2017

Director: Hiroyuki Seshita

Starring: Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Sora Amamiya

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 106 minutes

In the distant future, humans are declared “illegal residents” and hunted to near extinction by murderous robots. One day, a group of human scavengers comes across a strange man named Killy, who may be the key to humanity’s survival. It is one of the most conceptually entertaining anime films of late, written by Tsutomu Nihei and based on the manga series Blame!, 

 


6. Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

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Year: 2021 

Director: Kyōhei Ishiguro

Starring: Somegoro Ichikawa, Hana Sugisaki, Megumi Han

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 90 minutes

Set in a rural part of Japan with a large shopping mall, the film follows two people who have trouble communicating with others. Yui “Cherry” Sakura is a shy boy who can only speak through his writing of haikus. Yuki aka “Smile”, covers her mouth with a mask to hide her braces that try to fix her buckteeth birth defect and is an online influencer. A fateful meeting at the mall starts a romance between them.

 


7. When Marnie Was There

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Year: 2014

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Starring: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery

Runtime: 103 minutes

A sweeping story of friendship, mystery, and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Studio Ghibli can. When shy, artistic Anna travels to the seaside to stay with relatives, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.

 


8. Godzilla: The Planet Eater

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Year: 2018

Director: Kōbun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita

Starring: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 90 minutes

The 34th film in the Godzilla franchise, Godzilla: The Planet Eater concludes the narrative of the anime trilogy, taking place after the events of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle. The film follows the struggles of humanity, their extraterrestrial allies, and Godzilla as they battle to survive against King Ghidorah.

 


9. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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Year: 1984

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyoda

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 117 minutes

A thousand years after a great war, a seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind is one of the only areas that remains populated. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called ohmu, who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the Earth. Nausicaä and her brave companions, together with the people of the Valley, strive to restore the bond between humanity and the earth.

 


10. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

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Year: 2019

Director: Kenji Nagasaki

Starring: Daiki Yamashita, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ayane Sakura

Audio: Japanese

Subtitles: English

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 104 minutes

The second film based on the manga My Hero Academia by Kōhei Horikoshi, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising take place after the Meta Liberation Army arc in the My Hero Academia manga. In the film, while putting their hero skills to use on the peaceful island of Nabu, the Class 1-A kids face a sudden attack from a formidable villain known as Nine. The film has elements to its story that were once going to be used by Horikoshi as a finale to the series.

 


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11. In This Corner of the World

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Year: 2016

Director: Sunao Katabuchi

Starring: Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Inaba

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, History, War

Runtime: 129 minutes

Based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kōno, In This Corner of the World is set in the 1930s–1940s in Hiroshima and Kure in Japan, roughly 10 years before and after the atomic bomb, but mainly in 1944–45. In the film, nature and traditional culture in Japan are clearly described and contrasted with the cruel and irredeemable scenes brought by the war.

 


12. Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution

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Year: 2019

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Starring: Sarah Natochenny, Dan Green, Bill Rogers

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Action, Family, Fantasy

Runtime: 98 minutes

When researchers discover and exploit a fossil of the Mythical Pokémon Mew, they unleash a creation that goes against the very laws of nature: Mewtwo, a Legendary Pokémon intended for use as a tool of destruction. But as Mewtwo becomes aware of its own dubious origin, it begins to resent its human creators and seeks revenge—and Ash, Pikachu, and their friends find themselves at the center of its rampage! With the future of the Pokémon world at stake, will our heroes be able to overcome Mewtwo’s challenge…and will Mewtwo be able to find a new meaning for its life?

 


13. Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

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Year: 2019

Director: Taichi Ishidate, Haruka Fujita

Starring: Yui Ishikawa, Minako Kotobuki, Aoi Yuki

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family

Runtime: 93 minutes

Based on Violet Evergarden light novel series by Kana Akatsuki, Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll foloows a lonely young woman Violet Evergarden, who arrives at a private women’s academy to tutor the daughter of the York noble family named Isabella. There she feels trapped at her all girls’ school. But metal hands and heartfelt letters warm her heart when Violet becomes her tutor.

 


14. The Garden of Words

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Year: 2013

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Starring: Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano

Audio: Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 46 minutes

The film focuses on Takao Akizuki, an aspiring 15-year-old shoemaker, and Yukari Yukino, a mysterious 27-year-old woman he keeps meeting at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden on rainy mornings. While Takao is skipping his morning class to design shoes, Yukari is avoiding work due to personal problems in her professional life. Yukari tells Takao nothing about herself, including her name, while Takao opens up to her, sharing his passion for shoes by offering to make a pair for her. When Takao learns Yukari’s identity, emotions come to a head as both learn that they have been teaching each other “how to walk”. Shinkai wrote the story as a tale of “lonely sadness”, based on the meaning of the traditional Japanese word for “love”, and uses shoes as a metaphor for life. The story’s motifs include rain, Man’yōshū poetry, and the Japanese garden. The age difference between the two main characters and their character traits demonstrate how awkwardly and disjointedly people mature, where even adults sometimes feel no more mature than teenagers, according to Shinkai.

 


15. From Up on Poppy Hill

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Year: 2011

Director: Gorō Miyazaki

Starring: Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada, Keiko Takeshita

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance

Runtime: 92 minutes

Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi and Shun – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.

 


16. Altered Carbon: Resleeved

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Year: 2020

Director: Takeru Nakajima, Yoshiyuki Okada

Starring: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Rina Satou, Ayaka Asai

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 74 minutes

A spin-off of Netflix’s Altered Carbon television series, Altered Carbon: Resleeved Set 253 years before the main events of season 1, and 283 years before the events of season 2, Takeshi Kovacs, on the planet Latimar, must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.

 


17. The Cat Returns

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Year: 2002

Director: Hiroyuki Morita

Starring: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Runtime: 75 minutes

Haru is walking home after a dreary day of school when she spies a cat with a small gift box in its mouth crossing a busy street, and she jumps in front of traffic to save the cat from an oncoming truck. To her amazement, the cat gets up on its hind legs, brushes itself off, and thanks to her very politely. But things take an even stranger turn when later that night, the King of Cats shows up at her doorstep in a feline motorcade. He showers Haru with gifts, and decrees that she shall marry the Prince and come live in the Kingdom of Cats!

 


18. 5 Centimeters per Second

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Year: 2007

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Starring: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance

Runtime: 65 minutes

5 Centimeter per second is a romantic drama that focuses on the mundane and harsh reality of long-distance relationships. Stuck in the past and unable to make any new memories, Takaki and Akari cling to the hope of seeing each other again. They live their everyday lives half-heartedly, both hurting themselves and the people around them. The film consists of three segments: “Cherry Blossom”, “Cosmonaut”, and “5 Centimeters per Second”, each following a period in Takaki Tōno’s life and his relationships with the girls around him.

 


19. Dragon Quest: Your Story

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Year: 2019

Director: Takashi Yamazaki, Ryuichi Yagi, Makoto Hanafusa

Starring: Takeru Satoh, Kasumi Arimura, Haru

Audio: English, Japanese

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

Runtime: 102 minutes

Following in his father’s footsteps, Luca must find the hero who wields the zenithian sword to save his mother from Ladja. Based on Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride game’s story.

 


20. Resident Evil: Vendetta

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Year: 2017

Director: Takanori Tsujimoto

Starring: Kevin Dorman, Matthew Mercer, Erin Cahill

Audio: English

Subtitles: English

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 97 minutes 

When a fearless enemy out for revenge unleashes a brutal and deadly new virus, BSAA captain Chris Redfield enlists the help of Agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers to bring down the death merchant and save New York City.

 


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