In the past, Netflix simply offered you movies from the '90s and TV shows like Pretty Wild that would otherwise have been relegated to the past. Yet times change, and nothing quite illustrates the major shift in streaming services quite like Netflix-produced anime. In the same vein of Netflix originals such as Orange is the New Black or Stranger Things, anime exclusive to Netflix are series you can only get through Netflix. Though the company didn't necessarily produce all of these series, Netflix does license all of them in North America.
While the service only boasts a small handful of anime, many of them do quite well. But which is the best Netflix exclusive anime? Is it Aggretsuko, the adorable Sanrio anime about office politics and millennial life? Or is it Kakegurui, which takes place in a school for gambling? Regardless, they all offer something different for you to curl up with on your bed with nothing but your sweatpants and a bag of Hot Cheetos.
The Holy Knights once protected the land of Britannia, but now they rule over it as tyrants. A group called the Seven Deadly Sins, a renegade faction of the Knights, tries to fight them off, yet they fail and disband. To save the nation from the Holy Knights, Elizabeth must find what's left of the Seven Deadly Sins and request their help.
The Seven Deadly Sins isn't for everyone – it goes heavy on the fan service – but it has an excellent storyline and complex characters, which may make it compelling even for those who prefer a lighter touch.
Violet Evergarden, one of the most gorgeously animated shows in recent history, tells an equally beautiful story. Former child solider Violet wants to make a living in the Auto Memories Dolls industry, where young women ghostwrite letters on behalf of those who cannot express their own emotions.
Though almost totally incapable of understanding human feelings, Violet still desires to be successful in this field with the hopes of eventually understanding why her Major told her he loved her during the war.
Magi: Adventures Of Sinbad
Magi: Adventures of Sinbad tells the story of a courageous young man named Sinbad as he begins his journey to become the High King of Seven Seas. Starting from Sinbad's childhood, the series depicts his early days and the very first dungeon he ever tries to conquer. This 13-episode anime serves as a prequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, which is available on, but not exclusive to, Netflix.
If you're a millennial dealing with the harsh realities of office life and dating culture, and you like Bojack Horseman, Aggretsuko makes for a fantastic escape. The show follows an anthropomorphic red panda named Retsuko, who finds herself at her wits ends at her mundane dayjob.
While Sanrio designs the characters in a cutesy style, their struggles feel surprisingly relatable for anyone who ever hated their job or suffered from unrequited love.