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Top 5 Netflix Original Anime that Give Famous Animes a Run for Their Money

Here are five Netflix original anime so engaging that these are an absolutely must-watch!

Top 5 Netflix Original Anime that Give Famous Animes a Run for Their Money


  • Violet Evergarden is a must watch series as it addresses several important topics like how war affects life and the actual meaning of love.
  • Pluto and Blue Period are excellent series and must not be missed since they delve into a nuanced take on life.
  • Devilman Crybaby and Cyberpunk: Edgrunners are more of a retro-themed series that revolve around much darker plot.

When an anime is said to be Netflix Original, it means that the anime series or film is either produced, co-produced, or exclusively distributed by Netflix. Animation studios and creators from Japan and other countries produce these series. Netflix plays a crucial role in their funding, production, or distribution. There have been several Netflix original anime that are on par with famous titles from the industry.

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Violet Evergarden

A Key Visual for Violet Evergarden
A Key Visual for Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden is a heartfelt and emotional series based on Kana Akatsuki’s light novel. The anime does a great job portraying issues like war and love with a hint of sci-fi. This series is well suited for audiences from a wide range of demographics.

The story revolves around our protagonist, Violet Evergarden. She lives her life severely affected by the aftermath of a great war. She decides to get a job at a writers’ agency. She wanted to create letters and convey the emotions of people who the war had destroyed.

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Pluto is an excellent anime adaptation of a classic Manga
Pluto is an excellent anime adaptation of a classic Manga

Recently, there has been a plethora of series addressing both the fear and excitement surrounding advances in artificial intelligence (AI). However, not a lot of shows can compare to Pluto.

Pluto is based on Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki’s manga series of the same title. The manga was considered an excellent piece of work with beautiful art and a sophisticated storyline. Several elements from Osamu Tezuka’s celebrated manga series Astro Boy could be seen in Pluto.

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Blue Period

Blue Period Cover Image from Netflix
Blue Period Cover Image from Netflix

Netflix’s Blue Period is more of an underrated teen drama as the story revolves around a sensitive young man who spends a lot of time contemplating how his future self would handle a given situation.

Blue Period is adapted from Tsubasa Yamaguchi’s manga. The anime’s first episode is relatively slow, and nothing interesting happens in the first 24 minutes. With that being said, we must keep in mind that it isn’t particularly action-packed but rather depends on a character-driven plot.

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Devilman Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby Poster
Devilman Crybaby Poster

Directed by Masaaki Yuasa, Devilman Crybaby is an anime series that spans ten episodes. The series is mainly known for its surreal and striking animation style. Masaaki has worked on renowned projects like The Tatami Galaxy, Kaiba, and Ping Pong the Animation.

The series delves into great action with psychedelic visuals and a pounding electronic soundtrack that complements its retro-themed aesthetics. The story follows Akira Fudou, a sensitive teenager who becomes a heroic Devilman by merging with a demon. The series gets very gory and explicit, earning its TV-MA rating.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

A still from Cyberpunk Edgerunners Episode 2
A still from Cyberpunk Edgerunners Episode 2

It doesn’t matter if you’ve played Cyberpunk 2077 or not. Cyberpunk: Edgrunners is one of those series that you must not miss! The characters are engaging, the plot is immersive, and the fine animation is just the cherry on top.

The story revolves around our protagonist, David Martinez. He is stuck in a position where he finds himself in dire need of money. To make ends meet, he falls among the wrong kind of people. We follow his journey into a blurred world of crime, capitalism, and technology. The plot is well written as we see David slowly succumbing to the madness of such a life.

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Written by Archak

Despite holding a degree in Chemistry Majors, Archak found himself as a Journalist. His love for anime and choccy milk is unmatched! When not writing, Archak can be found indulging with motorcycles. After all, four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul!