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24 Best Animes on Netflix Canada

24 Best Animes on Netflix Canada

Searching for the best anime shows and movies on Netflix Canada to watch?

Adam got me into anime in the last few years, and now we both really enjoy watching them together!

I used to think animes were just “cartoons”, but I’ve realized that it’s really just an art form, and there are so many different types and genres of animes.

I prefer the darker and more horror stuff, but I also love the wholesome, slice-of-life romance animes!

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Since anime originated in Japan, most are Japanese, but there are animes on Netflix from other countries like China and Korea as well.

Here are some of the best anime series and movies to watch on Netflix Canada right now!

You can watch these animes in Japanese or dubbed in English – we personally prefer the original Japanese voice actors, and I’m also trying to learn Japanese myself.

If you’re looking for even more anime shows and movies, you can watch tons of them for free on Crunchyroll – it’s basically the Netflix of anime.

Be sure to also follow me on Instagram and TikTok – I share a lot more content on those platforms that don’t make it to the blog!

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Best anime shows on Netflix Canada

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Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (2023)

A 24-year-old office worker feels trapped in a routine and meaningless life until a zombie apocalypse completely flips his life upside down and gives him new meaning.

Zom 100 is a really fun and feel-good anime, despite the fact that it is about flesh-eating monsters.

Netflix actually released a live action movie around the same time the show came out – it’s pretty good, but I definitely enjoy the show more!

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Great Pretender (2020)

Makoto Edamura, supposedly Japan’s best swindler, gets more than he bargained for when he tries to con an international con artist.

Great Pretender is a fun watch, and it takes place all over the world!

I personally don’t love the art style as much as I do other animes, but it is very unique.

2 seasons available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Thriller & horror

Death Note (2006-2007)

High school student Light Yagami discovers a mysterious notebook called the Death Note that grants him the ability to kill.

This psychological thriller really keeps you on your toes, and it’s known as one of the best anime series of all-time.

Oh, and don’t watch the Netflix live action movie version – they Americanize it completely and it’s awful.

If you live in the GTA, there’s actually a Death Note escape room in Markham that’s super fun!

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Monster (2004)

Kenzo Tenma is a Japanese neurosurgeon living in Germany, and his life enters turmoil when he tries to solve a series of murders involving a patient whose life he once saved.

Monster was one of the first animes Adam and I watched together, and it’s a really good one!

It’s a crime thriller, and it ain’t a feel-good series at all if you’re looking for something happy to watch.

There’s one season with 30 episodes, so it’s also quite a long one!

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Castlevania (2017-2021)

If you’re into vampires, you’ll definitely enjoy Castlevania.

It’s a dark medieval fantasy about the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, Trevor Belmont, who tries to save Eastern Europe from Dracula and his vampires.

4 seasons available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (2022)

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is an awesome cyberpunk/dystopian series about a street kid who becomes an edgerunner.

It’s set in Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk universe, and serves as a prequel to the popular game.

I love that romance is an underlying theme in the series, and the soundtrack is also v good!

Oh, and it’s definitely not family-friendly at all, so don’t watch this with yo’ family.

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Erased (2016)

Satoru Fujinuma is a 29-year-old aspiring manga artist who has the ability to travel back in time, but not by choice.

When he gets sent back in time to his childhood, he tries to stop a fatal incident from happening.

Erased is a pretty dark anime, but it’s a really good one to watch.

If you’re into the butterfly effect, you’ll definitely enjoy watching this!

Netflix also created a live action version of the series, and it’s pretty much a play-by-play of the anime.

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Cowboy Bebop (1998-1999)

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Cowboy Bebop is about a group of bounty hunters who travel between planets to capture wanted fugitives.

It was made in the ’90s and feels very ’90s, but it’s still a great show!

There’s also a live-action TV series on Netflix starring John Cho and Mustafa Shakir, but I definitely preferred the anime.

1 season available on Netflix

Japan Sinks: 2020 (2020)

Japan Sinks: 2020 is a tragic series based on the novel Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu, which was written back in the 70s.

In the anime, a series of natural disasters threatens the existence of Japan, and survivors try to find a safe place to go.

It’s definitely not a feel-good series, and it’s actually quite emotional.

I think this was actually the first anime Adam and I watched together!

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Hunter x Hunter (1999-2001)

I’ve listed a lot of darker anime shows on this list, so here’s a more light-hearted one for ya.

A young boy named Gon Freecs embarks on an adventure to become a hunter while in search of his father.

Hunter x Hunter is a fun and wholesome anime series, but only the first few seasons are available to stream on Netflix Canada.

I love the soundtrack of the show – there are so many good and catchy songs!

6 seasons available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Naruto (2002-2007)

Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja with a goal of becoming Hokage, the leader of his village.

I actually watched Hunter x Hunter before watching Naruto, and I immediately noticed a lot of similarities between the two shows.

For one thing, the same voice actress plays Gon and Naruto, the leads in their respective shows!

The Hunter x Hunter manga actually came out a year before Naruto, so it’s Naruto that took inspiration from Hunter x Hunter.

Anyway, both are great shows, but I definitely have to say Hunter x Hunter is my favourite of the two!

9 seasons of Naruto and 10 seasons of Naruto Shippuden are available to stream on Netflix Canada, as well as 8 different Naruto movies.

19 seasons available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Demon Slayer (2016-2020)

After his family is slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko is turned into a demon, Tanjiro Kamado becomes a demon slayer.

It’s a pretty gory anime, but there are some wholesome parts as well.

The movie is also really good, though it’s not on Netflix Canada.

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

One Piece (1998-2023)

Luffy, a young adventurer, sets off from his small village on a journey to find the legendary fabled treasure, One Piece, to become King of the Pirates.

There are 20 seasons of One Piece, but only 15 are available to stream on Netflix!

There’s also a live-action TV series that Netflix released just this year.

15 seasons available on Netflix

Vinland Saga (2019-2023)

After his father is killed, young Thorfinn goes on a journey with his father’s killer to get revenge and establish himself as an honourable warrior.

Vinland Saga is a historical fiction anime set in Iceland, and it’s all about vikings.

Watching this series was even cooler because we’ve been to Iceland twice and we love it there!

And if you’re into the whole viking thing, you’ll love the shows Vikings and Vikings: Valhalla on Netflix.

2 seasons available on Netflix


Devilman Crybaby (2018)

In a world where demons seek to destroy humanity, Ryo convinces his friend Akira to unite with a demon and become a Devilman, a being with demon powers but a human soul.

There’s an excessive amount of fan service and nudity and quite a bit of gore, so this one definitely ain’t for everyone.

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

The Seven Deadly Sins (2014-2020)

A princess sets out to find a disbanded group of knights called the Seven Deadly Sins, in hopes of saving the Kingdom of Liones.

There’s quite a bit of fan service, but it’s at least tolerable lol (I hated it in High Rise Invasion – also on Netflix).

If you don’t know what fan service is, it’s basically when an anime includes scenes that heavily focus on certain parts of scantily-clad women.

It’s pretty common in anime, but sometimes it’s just too much lol (also hated it in Dr. Stone, but that at least had a good storyline).

You can watch all 5 seasons and two movies of Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix Canada, and there’s also a new movie that’ll be coming out this year in 2022!

5 seasons + 2 films available on Netflix, watch the trailer


Violet Evergarden (2018)

After the war, Violet Evergarden’s arms are replaced with prosthetic steel arms, and she slowly settles into post-war life.

She becomes an Auto Memory Doll, writing letters for other people, to try to understand what her former major’s last words meant.

It’s a very emotional show with beautiful artwork – probably one of my favourite artwork styles from any anime.

You can watch one season of the romance series on Netflix, and there are also three films and one special that are kinda like extended episodes.

In Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll, Violet gets sent to a prestigious girls’ boarding school to help a young and reluctant girl become a debutante.

In Violet Evergarden: The Movie, Violet still thinks of the commander and his last words to her.

The newest film from 2020 wraps up the entire story perfectly!

1 season, 3 films, & 1 special available on Netflix

My Happy Marriage (2018)

In an alternate 19th century where magic is real, Miyo Saimori, who is born without supernatural talent, is forced into being a servant by her abusive family.

When she becomes engaged to the cold and cruel Kiyoka Kudou, she discovers her husband-to-be is anything but the monster she expected.

They slowly open up their hearts to each other, realizing the other may be their chance at finding true love and happiness.

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Ōoku: The Inner Chambers (2023)

In an alternate Edo period, a devastating plague sweeps across Japan and nearly decimates the male population.

In this new world, eligible men serve as concubines to the female shogun behind the walls of the Ōoku.

1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Best anime movies on Netflix Canada

Netflix Canada movies

Bubble (2022)

After gravity-defying bubbles rain down on Tokyo, the city becomes a playground for young people to compete in parkour team battles.

Quiet Hibiki keeps to himself until he’s saved after falling in the sea by a young girl with mysterious powers.

The artwork in Bubble is gorgeous, and the parkour scenes are so cool to watch.

The soundtrack is also a lot of fun as well!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (2021)

Kind of similar to the slice-of-life vibes of Your Name and A Silent Voice, Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is an adorable teen romance.

A shy boy who expresses himself through haikus meets a bubbly but self-conscious girl, and they spend a magical summer together.

It’s very wholesome and feel-good, and I teared up a little at the end.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

A Whisker Away (2020)

A Whisker Away is a super wholesome fantasy/romance anime about a young girl who transforms into a cat to spend time with the boy she loves.

As time goes on, the line between human and cat starts to blur.

If you love animals, you’ll definitely enjoy this anime film – the lead character’s cat version is sooo cute lol.

The soundtrack of the film is also on point!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Flavors of Youth (2018)

Flavors of Youth tells the stories of 3 completely different people living in China: a man and his fond memories behind bowls of noodles, an aging model trying to find her way, and a bittersweet first love.

It’s a wholesome, feel-good show if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

It’s also by the same creators behind Your Name!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Spirited Away - anime film by Studio Ghibli
© 2001 Studio Ghibli – NDDTM

Spirited Away (2001)

A young girl and her parents stumble across a seemingly abandoned amusement park, and after her parents are turned into giant pigs, she works together with a young boy to free her family from the supernatural beings living there.

Spirited Away is a classic anime film by Studio Ghibli, known for their animated feature films for kids.

Fun fact: Spirited Away is one of the highest grossing anime films of all-time!

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

My Neighbor Totoro - anime film by Studio Ghibli
© 1988 Studio Ghibli

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Two young sisters move with their dad to a new house to be closer to their mother who’s in the hospital, and they become friends with a spirit named Totoro, a giant rabbit-like creature.

The funny thing about animations is that you can’t always tell exactly what era they’re from, and My Neighbour Totoro was made in the 80s!

It’s also by Studio Ghibli, and you can tell by their iconic art style.

1 film available on Netflix, watch the trailer

Best animes on Netflix Canada

Best anime shows and movies on Netflix Canada:

  1. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
  2. Great Pretender
  3. Death Note
  4. Monster
  5. Castlevania
  6. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
  7. Erased
  8. Cowboy Bebop
  9. Japan Sinks: 2020
  10. Hunter x Hunter
  11. Naruto
  12. Demon Slayer
  13. Vinland Saga
  14. Devilman Crybaby
  15. The Seven Deadly Sins
  16. Violet Evergarden
  17. My Happy Marriage
  18. Ōoku: The Inner Chambers
  19. Bubble
  20. Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop
  21. A Whisker Away
  22. Flavors of Youth
  23. Spirited Away
  24. My Neighbour Totoro

These were some of the best anime shows and movies to watch on Netflix Canada!

If you’ve never watched anime before, I highly recommend you give it a chance.

It’s not just cartoons and it’s not just for kids – you can find all kinds of genres of anime, no matter what types of shows you’re interested in watching!

Some other honourable mentions of animes that I loved but aren’t available on Netflix (but most of which are on Crunchyroll):

  • Your Name (teen romance film)
  • Steins;Gate (sci-fi series)
  • Dr. Stone (sci-fi dystopian series)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen (supernatural adventure series)
  • Mob Psycho 100 (supernatural comedy series)
  • A Place Further Than the Universe (slice-of-life adventure series)

Also a fun fact: your local library might have a good selection of anime movies and shows on DVD that you can borrow!

Your Name anime movie DVD from Aaniin Library in Markham
I found a DVD copy of Your Name at the Markham Library.

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Frequently asked questions

What is fan service?

Fan service is when an anime includes scenes which heavily focus on a woman’s body parts. It’s usually used for comedic purposes.

What is slice-of-life?

Slice-of-life is a genre of anime that shows a realistic representation of everyday life, whether it’s a character going through school or living their everyday lives.

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