1. Attack On Titan
Attack on Titan is incredible! It’s set in a dystopian future where the human population has been driven to the brink of extinction by mysterious “Titans” that eat people. The last human stronghold is behind a very large wall built before the Titans showed up. The human defense system (in addition to the comically large wall) is an elite group of warriors, trained using a futuristic 3-D Maneuver Gear. This paired with super hardened swords designed for hitting the one known weak spot on the Titans is the only defense (offense?) that the humans have.
We love Attack on Titan because it’s super intense. The show doesn’t pull any punches (consider this your warning before watching: it is graphic!). It’s a very gritty story that examines how people deal with fear, their responsibility to others and feelings of guilt. We definitely recommend this series.
2. Death Note
The story revolves around a high school student in Japan named Light who stumbles across a book called “The Death Note,” a Demon’s notebook that kills whoever’s name is written in it. Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of all wrongdoers under the pseudonym “Kira.” It turns out that the world isn’t super thrilled about magical vigilante justice and they send the world's greatest detective, L, to find the identity of the person behind the Kira murders.
Death Note was one of the unanimously agreed upon series in this list. Everyone loves it. It’s dark, it’s intellectual, it’s intense! It’s the type of show that’ll have you on the edge of your seat!
3. The Animatrix
The Animatrix is is a collection of several short animated films by different writers and animators. The Animatrix gives the backstory of the war between people and robots that led to the events of The Matrix. All the stories have a different feel to them; they vary between “good” and “bad” moments expressing different emotions and feelings while the war is waging on.
We love The Animatix because of the mixing of different art styles and stories. It feels very much like a disjointed collection. The artwork is all gorgeous and the stories all evoke very strong emotions. Go watch it!
Oh man, Naruto. Naruto is the ultra popular story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young, clumsy ninja in training to become the strongest ninja in his village, which by the rules of the universe would also make him the leader of his village. The series was very, very long, and we can’t get into the specific hijinks of his quest, but there are lots of awesome fight scenes.
Its pacing is really good; you grow up with Naruto. The fun moments are super fun, and the serious moments are very down-to-earth. It’s very refreshing to see a show about kids that feels like it’s about kids. We consider Naruto an anime fan staple. Even though only one season is available on Netflix, there are over 200 episodes. We're not saying to watch them all in one sitting, but we're also not saying not to.
Look. I’m not going to explain Pokémon to you guys. Everyone knows. If you don’t know, please go to the store, buy a Nintendo 3DS, buy a Pokémon game and experience childhood.
Pokémon being on Netflix is the ultimate nostalgia bomb. Dude… Butterfree taught us how to find true love, Charizard taught us to compromise and Pikachu taught us that friendship is the most important thing in the world. Go relive your childhood. Or if you didn't get the chance to watch it as a kid, go grab a CapriSun and a sit down for a marathon. Please go watch Pokémon.