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The 26 Best Indie Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now

HBO Max may be putting out all of Warner Bros’ blockbuster films throughout 2022, but now is a great time to kick back and watch some independent classics. The streaming wars may be in full effect, but Netflix is still the undisputed king at the moment and is chock-full of quality films that everyone should watch.

The phrase “independent film” may conjure up artsy images for some, but these films can range in any genre or budget range. Some of the best films of all time were distributed by independent studios, and some of the most acclaimed directors started their careers cutting their teeth with independent filmmaking, so mining the indie classics is definitely a must for any film buffs. Check out our rundown of the 26 best indie movies currently available to watch on Netflix.

1. ‘Phantom Thread’ (2017)

In Daniel Day-Lewis’ first film appearance since his iconic role as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012), he takes on the role of Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Lewis is a couture dress designer who uses Vicky Krieps’ character, Alma Elson, as the main inspiration for his designs. As a whole, the film was extremely well-received, earning six nominations at the Academy Awards.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Notable Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville

Runtime: 2h 11m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80195447
2. ‘The Lost Daughter’ (2021)

Olivia Colman portrays Leda in The Lost Daughter, a psychological drama about a professor who comes face-to-face with her tumultuous past after encountering a mother-daughter pair while on vacation. While critically the film received fairly high marks, quite a few people were left a bit puzzled and unhappy with the ending, which could possibly be why it didn’t receive a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Despite that, Colman was widely praised for her performance, earning herself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Notable Actors: Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Jessie Buckley, Paul Mescal

Runtime: 2h 1m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81478910
3. ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ (2018)

At her Staten Island elementary school, Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal)—a kindergarten teacher—comes to the realization that one of her students, Jimmy (Parker Sevak), is a child genius after hearing him read a poem he wrote. Because of this, she decides to devote all of her time to nurturing his talent as she’s fairly unhappy with how her life is going otherwise.

Director: Sara Colangelo

Notable Actors: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar

Runtime: 1h 36m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80240972
4. ‘Roma’ (2018)

It may be odd to consider the Netflix original an independent film. Still, before the streaming giant purchased the film’s distribution rights, it was conceived and shot as an independent feature. Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Roma is based on his childhood experiences growing up in Mexico City and the intense bond his family develops with Cleo Gutiérrez (Yalitza Aparicio), one of the family’s live-in housekeepers.

An extremely emotional and raw look at the need for connection, loneliness, and indigenous rights, the film is beautifully shot, and it takes its time, making sure the audience connects with the lead characters to understand their pain. Touching and heartbreaking simultaneously, the 2019 best picture Oscar winner is a must-watch for anyone ready to feel some emotions separate from the despair associated with the pandemic.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Notable Actors: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Jorge Antonio Guerrero

Runtime: 2h 15m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80240715
5. ‘Private Life’ (2018)

This Netflix original dramedy hones in on Richard (Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) who are struggling to conceive a child, having tried basically every option to no avail. However, when their step-niece comes to stay with them in New York City, Sadie (Kayli Carter), she offers to donate her eggs, which gets things into motion very quickly for the couple.

Director: Tamara Jenkins

Notable Actors: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon

Runtime: 2h 7m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80168222
6. ‘Nightcrawler’ (2014)

Being a local news pundit may look like a flashy job, but Nightcrawler shines a light on the hidden darkness inherent in the broadcast news industry. Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a petty thief termed “stringer,” the term for someone who collects footage of terrible occurrences on a freelance basis and sells it to local news outlets.

In order to constantly chase his next paycheck and fulfill his sick need for adrenaline, Bloom starts to manipulate situations and people to create even more juicy footage and produce a name for himself in the business.  Featuring a stellar supporting performance by Riz Ahmed, among other talented actors, Nightcrawler is a fast-paced romp that perfectly breaks down the horrors behind why local news is so addictive and manipulative.

Director: Dan Gilroy

Notable Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed

Runtime: 1h 57m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70295182
7. ‘The Grizzlies’ (2018)

Based on a true story, The Grizzlies tracks a group of prep school kids in a cold, small Canadian town who are introduced to the sport of lacrosse. After a string of suicides occurs in the area, a new teacher, Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer), decides to form a lacrosse team at the school in order to give students purpose and bond as a team.

Director: Miranda de Pencier

Notable Actors: Will Sasso, Ben Schnetzer, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Schweig, Natar Ungalaaq, Booboo Stewart

Runtime: 1h 42m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81019033#:~:text=2018%20%7C%20R%20%7C%201h%2046m%20%7C,Schnetzer%2C%20Emerald%20MacDonald%2C%20Booboo%20Stewart
8. ‘Paddleton’ (2019)

Paddleton finds two neighbors and best friends, Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano), in a bit of a conflict as Michael is diagnosed with terminal cancer and wants to end his own life. Eventually, Andy comes around to the idea and agrees to help Michael, though on their journey to make this happen, they go on a number of smaller adventures.

Director: Alexandre Lehmann

Notable Actors: Mark Duplass, Ray Romano

Runtime: 1h 29m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80224060
9. ‘Hunt for the Wilder People’ (2016)

Before Thor: Ragnarok and JoJo Rabbit turned Taika Waititi into one of the hottest directors currently working, he put out an equally fantastic film called Hunt for the Wilder People.

Adapted from a novel, the film is an adventure-comedy of the highest degree. Wilder People sees youngster Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) and his quasi-foster parent Hec (Sam Neill) depart into the New Zealand wilderness to avoid their problems, and eventually the law, as a national manhunt starts for the child. Full of sharp dialogue, likable characters, and heart-touching moments, this is a must-watch for anyone needing a dose of positivity in their day.

Director: Taika Waititi

Notable Actors: Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Julian Dennison

Runtime: 1h 41m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80096995
10. ‘Everything Must Go’ (2010)

Will Ferrell stars as Nick Halsey, an alcoholic who has just had his entire life upended after being fired from his job of almost 20 years due to his alcohol abuse. Upon returning home, he finds that his wife has abandoned him, his credit cards have been cut off, and his car is taken away. Left with basically nothing, Halsey decides to sell all of his belongings over the course of three days at a yard sale.

Director: Dan Rush

Notable Actors: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Peña

Runtime: 1h 37m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70140909
11. ‘Sorry To Bother You’ (2018)

Sorry to Bother You takes place in an alternate reality of Oakland, California, with Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) finding this new place after discovering a secret key. While in reality he’s having a tough time paying rent, his new reality is one where everyone values and celebrates him, leading him into a spell of success that he becomes absorbed in.

Director: Boots Riley

Notable Actors: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thomspon, Steven Yeun, Danny Glover

Runtime: 1h 52m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80240589
12. ‘Tallulah’ (2016)

While Tallulah is technically labeled as a dramedy, it’s definitely more so a drama as it deals with some pretty heavy stuff. Elliot Page plays the eponymous Tallulah, a struggling, homeless teenager who ends up becoming the caretaker of Maddy, a random toddler whom she meets at a hotel. As the child’s mother is clearly unfit, Tallulah takes the child and heads out on a new journey.

Director: Sian Heder

Notable Actors: Elliot Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Uzo Aduba

Runtime: 1h 51m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80093198
13. ‘Wind River’ (2017)

A classic Taylor Sheridan western, Wind River brings an FBI Agent (Elizabeth Olsen) and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent (Jeremy Renner) together to solve a murder mystery on a reservation in Wyoming involving an 18-year-old girl. An important story to tell, Sheridan wanted to shine a light on the fact that many indigenous women suffer crimes of sexual assault and murder.

Director: Taylor Sheridan

Notable Actors: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Wilson, Gil Birmingham

Runtime: 1h 47m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80173524#:~:text=2017%20%7C%20R%20%7C%201h%2046m%20%7C,Watch%20all%20you%20want.
14. ‘Friends With Money’ (2006)

Friends With Money follows a friend group where almost all of the women have extreme amounts of wealth, except for Olivia (Jennifer Aniston), who works as a house cleaner in Los Angeles. Though her friends lead successful lives and marriages, not everything is as good as it seems on paper; the bulk of the film focuses on the group as they travel on through their various different struggles.

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Notable Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener

Runtime: 1h 28m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70043945
15. ‘Hell or High Water’ (2016)

It’s no surprise that this western was written by Taylor Sheridan; Hell or High Water is about two brothers (Ben Foster and Chris Pine) whose main goal is to save their family’s ranch as they’re out of money to keep it going. In an effort to save it, they rob multiple banks, all the while being tracked by Texas Rangers portrayed by Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham.

Director: David Mackenzie

Notable Actors: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham

Runtime: 1h 42m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80108616
16. ‘Our Souls at Night’ (2017)

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford pair up for one last film in Our Souls at Night, which is about two neighborhood widows who get to know each other over their shared bond of loss. After deciding to sleep together each night (platonically), they realize that they have more in common than just loss—and that something more might actually be there.

Director: Ritesh Batra

Notable Actors: Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Bruce Dern, Judy Greer

Runtime: 2017

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80104068
17. ‘St. Vincent’ (2014)

Bill Murray portrays the eponymous character of this film, Vincent MacKenna, who lives a particularly interesting life, posing as a doctor to visit his wife with Alzheimer’s, befriending a Russian sex worker, and fostering a new friendship with his neighbor, Melissa McCarthy, and her son, Oliver. After a branch from his neighbor’s tree ruins his car, the two get to know each other a little better, with Vincent striking up a close bond with Oliver, who struggles in school.

Director: Theodore Melfi

Notable Actors: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Martell

Runtime: 1h 43m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70295665
18. ‘Big Eyes’ (2014)

Based on the life of Margaret Keane and her husband, Walter, Amy Adams and Christopher Waltz portray the couple, respectively, in Big Eyes, a historical drama based on their life. The entire premise revolves around the fact that Walter has taken full credit for the paintings that she has made, which affects their relationship and shifts the overall dynamic of things.

Director: Tim Burton

Notable Actors: Amy Adams, Christopher Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Danny Huston

Runtime: 1h 46m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70095129
19. ‘Begin Again’ (2013)

This musical dramedy pairs up Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo who play Gretta and Dan, respectively, a singer-songwriter and down-on-his-luck record label executive. The two work together to produce an album that’s recorded throughout various parts of New York City. The director, John Carney, is well-known for Once, which follows a slightly similar story, though in different regards.

Director: John Carney

Notable Actors: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld

Runtime: 1h 44m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70307852
20. ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (1998)

A true coming-of-age film, Edge of Seventeen stars Chris Stafford as Eric Hunter, a high school teenager who is trying to figure out his sexual identity in the mid-1980s. He and his best friend, Maggie (Tina Holmes), take on senior year together, though their friendship becomes more muddled as Maggie develops feelings for Eric at the same time as he’s getting involved in the local gay club scene and is trying to understand himself more.

Director: David Moreton

Notable Actors: Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych

Runtime: 1h 43m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/60001737
21. ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ (1986)

Spike Lee’s first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It is a hilarious film about the confinements relationships put on people. The notorious she, Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns), is living her best life in Brooklyn, dating three very different men who all adore her. Rather than treat the sex-positive Nola as a slut, the film positions her as a free-thinker who is trying to enjoy herself and her time as much as possible. The film was adapted by Netflix and Lee into an equally entertaining, modernized TV series with the same name that lasted two seasons.

Director: Spike Lee

Notable Actors: Tracy Camilla Johns, Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Raye Dowell

Runtime: 1h 24m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/60034929
22. ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ (2017)

Though this film has remained relatively under the radar, The Meyerowitz Stories has earned itself respect from critics and has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, to boot. The movie revolves around a slew of siblings who have varied relationships with each other and with their father, Harold (Dustin Hoffman). As Danny (Adam Sandler) ends up moving in with Harold after separating from his wife, the entire movie tracks the changing relationships that occur as a result of that.

Director: Noah Baumbach

Notable Actors: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Grace Van Patten, Emma Thompson, Elizabeth Marvel, Dustin Hoffman

Runtime: 1h 52m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80174434
23. ‘The Land of Steady Habits’ (2018)

With quite a stacked cast of headliners, The Land of Steady Habits is a Netflix original film that centers around Anders Harris (Ben Mendelsohn), who is struggling to figure out who he is now that he’s alone and newly retired. We see him through a number of trials and tribulations with his drug-addicted son and rough family, though he has one glimmer of hope in Barbara (Connie Britton), a woman he met at a strip club.

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Notable Actors: Connie Britton, Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, Thomas Mann

Runtime: 1h 38m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80164779
24. ‘Fast Color’ (2018)

A new foray into the Sci-fi genre, Fast Color takes on the future while melding with superhero and thriller genres as it tracks Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) as the seizures that she experiences causes earthquakes to occur. On top of that more supernatural aspect of things, we get a look into her home life, as well, as Ruth reconnects with her mother and daughter. Apparently, there’s also a series being developed based on the film for Prime Video—so stay tuned.

Director: Julia Hart

Notable Actors: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney

Runtime: 1h 41m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80242008
25. ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ (2019)

Another Netflix original, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind follows 13-year-old William (Maxwell Simba) after he’s forced to leave a school that he genuinely loves because the cost is too high for his family to pay. Despite not being able to attend, he sneaks into the library and teaches himself how to build a windmill in order to save his entire village.

Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Notable Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Lily Banda, Aïssa Maïga

Runtime: 1h 53m

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80200047
26. ‘What Did Jack Do” (2017)

David Lynch is likely best known for his TV series, Twin Peaks, and strange movies like Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive, but he is also a prolific creator of short films. What Did Jack Do, a 16-minute short, is hypnotic, witty, and strange to the core. If a tuxedo-clad Lynch smoking a cigarette and interrogating a monkey sounds interesting to you, do yourself a favor and go check this one out immediately.

Director: David Lynch

Notable Actors: David Lynch, Toototabon, Emily Stofle

Runtime: 16 minutes

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81226955
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A Definitive List Of All 24 ‘Pokémon’ Movies In Order

Pokémon is such a powerhouse that it’s not bound to just a few kinds of media. Though it originally started as a video game, it has since grown to become the highest-grossing media franchise, including books, films, comic books, animation, and more. Pokémon has grossed an estimated $110 billion in revenue, which is more than the MCU and Star Wars put together and Pokémon movies are a big reason why.

Approximately $1.85 billion of that number comes from the box office. The first Pokémon movie dropped in the summer of 1998 in Japan and November of 1999 in North America and ever since they’ve been dropping steadily for nearly a quarter of a century.

Below, we’ve outlined what all of the Pokémon movies are and what order to watch them.

How Many ‘Pokémon’ Movies are There?

In terms of actual Pokémon movies, there have been 23 animated ones and 1 live-action movie. There are also television specials and Pikachu shorts, but while they’re more than TV episodes, they don’t quite count as movies either.

What Order Should I Watch the ‘Pokémon’ Movies In?

For all but one series of movies, the release order for the Pokémon movies is actually also the chronological order, so that’s the order we’ve got for you. The first two movies released in the Sun & Moon series are actually set in an alternate continuity and the first is a CGI remake of a previous film, but this order’s great because you’re watching in release order and by the time you get to 2017’s I Choose You, it just feels like a prequel.

Where Can I Watch the ‘Pokémon’ Movies?

There isn’t one spot where you can stream all of the Pokémon movies, but for the most part, they’re easily accessible with platforms like Hulu and Prime Video.

1. ‘Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back’
– Release Date: November 10, 1999

In the first movie, Ash, Brock, Misty, and many other Pokémon trainers travel to an island where they think they’ll be battling another Pokémon trainer. Instead, they’re met by Mewtwo, one of the most powerful Pokémon ever. He’s genetically engineered and plans to take over the world with other cloned Pokémon. When released in Japan, this film grossed ¥7.6 billion at the box office in Japan.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-First-Movie-Kunihiko-Yuyama/dp/B01AQIJHO0
2. ‘Pokémon: The Movie 2000 – The Power of One’
– Release Date: July 21, 2000

In this movie, the legendary Pokémon Lugia is the focus. At a festival honoring Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, Lawrence III plans to capture them and Lugia. Ash, Misty, and Tracey find themselves there and must try to stop him. This film did slightly less than its predecessor at the box office in Japan, grossing ¥6.4 billion.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Movie-2000-Kunihiko-Yuyama/dp/B01AQPBOP8/ref=sr_1_16?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1453217808&sr=1-16&keywords=pokemon
3. ‘Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell of the Unown’
– Release Date: April 6, 2001

A girl called Molly Hale is left alone after her father Professor Spencer Hale is sucked into the dimension of the Unown after doing research on it. Delia Ketchum, Ash’s mother, is one of the people who go into the dimension to help. Ash and his friends do their best to try to retrieve everyone. This film grossed ¥4.85 billion at Japan’s box office.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/0H7HKTS2NRCM0LU468P2BQJFPD/ref=atv_dl_rdr?tag=justus1ktp-20
4. ‘Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest’
– Release Date: October 11, 2002

The Pokémon at the focus of the fourth Pokémon movie is Celebi, a Mythical Pokémon. Celebi is being hunted down by the evil Iron-Masked Marauder of Team Rocket. Ash, Misty, and Brock meet up with Celebi and Sam, a boy from 40 years in the past. In terms of the box office, this film followed the downward trend since the first movie, doing just ¥3.9 billion at the box office.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-4Ever-Kunihiko-Yuyama/dp/B01AQM58N0
5. ‘Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias’
– Release Date: May 16, 2003

Ash, Misty, and Brock are on their way to Alto Mare when Annie and Oakley try to steal the Soul Dew, a crystal that will give them access to the legendary Pokémon Latios and Latias. Without the crystal, the city cannot stay safe, so Ash, Misty, and Brock must keep it safe. This film did ¥2.67 billion at Japan’s box office.

Watch Now on Manga TV
https://www.roku.com/whats-on/movies/pokmon-heroes?id=cfbaf88d25f2de1fa4c89bf368c136cb
6. ‘Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker’
– Release Date: June 1, 2004

Jirachi – The Wish Maker marks the start of the Ruby and Sapphire series for Pokémon. The Millennium Comet appears once in the sky every thousand years. This coincides with the awakening of Jirachi, a Mythical Pokémon. Jirachi grants a wish every time it awakens and this powerful capability makes it the target of former Team Magma member Butler. This film broke the descending box office numbers for Pokémon, pulling in ¥4.5 billion.

Watch Now on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DTZ01YpWaY
7. ‘Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys’
– Release Date: January 22, 2005

A meteorite that crashes into earth reveals Deoxys, who is eventually destroyed by the sky guardian Rayquaza. Four years later when Ash, May, Max, and Brock are visiting LaRousse City, they meet a boy named Tory whose parents are testing the egg from which Deoxys came in a lab. They end up having to protect the city. This film grossed ¥4.38 billion at Japan’s box office.

Watch Now on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlIKTgKNhk
8. ‘Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew’
– Release Date: September 19, 2006

In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Ash, May, Max, and Brock must help Lucario trace the events that led to his abandonment. They must also save Mew, Pikachu, and Meowth from the Tree of Beginning. The eighth Pokémon film did ¥4.3 billion at the box office.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Lucario-Mystery-Ikue-Ohtani/dp/B014F4KF3S
9. ‘Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea’
– Release Date: March 23, 2007

The egg of Mythical Pokémon Manaphy falls into the hands of a pirate. A Pokémon Ranger gives the egg to May, telling her, Ash, Brock, and Max to keep it safe until it hatches. When it does hatch, the Manaphy must not fall into the hands of the Phantom, or it will lose its home forever. This film managed to gross ¥3.4 billion at the box office.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Ranger-Temple-Ikue-Ohtani/dp/B014F646Z4
10. ‘Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai’
– Release Date: February 24, 2008

This film marks the start of the Diamond and Pearl series for Pokémon. Dialga and Palkia are battling in their dimension before the Space-Time Towers pull into Alamos Town. Ash and his friends must not only try to save the town before it gets destroyed but also clear the name of the Darkrai that people blamed for it. This film grossed ¥5.02 billion at Japan’s box office.

Watch Now on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/pokemon-the-rise-of-darkrai-b696b004-60f5-4d03-b120-fa03094c83ef
11. ‘Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior’
– Release Date: February 13, 2009

When dark clouds form in the Reverse World, Giratina goes after the cause of the storm, Dialga and Palkia. Giratina and Dialga battle in the Pokémon world and Giratina’s realm. Meanwhile, Ash, Dawn, and Brock help out Shaymin. Giratina & the Sky Warrior managed to gross ¥4.8 billion.

Watch Now on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/pokemon-giratina-and-the-sky-warrior-88673de7-17f4-4b53-b575-d444846dcfe8
12. ‘Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life’
– Release Date: November 20, 2009

Michina Town is an ancient area that is surrounded by legendary Pokémon. When Dialga and Giratina continue fighting, a woman called Sheena who guards the town stops their battle and brings them peace. At this point, Arceus returns and wants revenge for the fact that the town betrayed him long ago. Ash and his friends must travel back in time to stop this betrayal from happening.

Watch Now on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/pokemon-arceus-and-the-jewel-of-life-bd26295f-ed1b-4673-8308-ed51bd0d4d7f
13. ‘Pokémon – Zoroark: Master of Illusions’
– Release Date: February 5, 2011

This time, the Pokémon Baccer World Cup should be the focus, and Ash, Dawn, and Brock arrive ready for the tournament but instead find themselves faced with Raikou, Entei, and Suicune who are destroying the city. It turns out that a villain is behind it all and they must stop him. This film did ¥4.16 billion at the box office.

Watch Now on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/pokemon-zoroark-master-of-illusions-1493c0af-32cd-4073-921d-3eebf29b132e
14. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram, White – Victini and Zekrom’
– Release Date: July 16, 2011

As you might be able to tell from the name, this movie kicks off the Black & White series of the anime. In this movie, Ash, Iris, and Cilan arrive in Eindoak Town for a battle tournament. They meet the Victory Pokémon Victini, but not long afterward, he is captured by Damon who plans to destroy the world. This film did ¥4.33 billion at the box office.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Movie-Black-Victini-Kunihiko-Yuyama/dp/B01ASC2UC0
15. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice’
– Release Date: December 8, 2012

Here, Ash, Iris, and Cilan must help the Mythical Pokémon Keldeo escape from the Legendary Pokémon Kyurem after it challenged it and failed to beat it. This film celebrates the 90th anniversary of Shogakukan, one of Pokémon’s main publishers. It did ¥3.61 billion at the box office.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Movie-Kyurem-Sword-Justice/dp/B01ASDFEFY/ref=sr_1_11?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1453217808&sr=1-11&keywords=pokemon
16. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and The Legend Awakened’
– Release Date: October 19, 2003

To close off the Black & White series comes Genesect and The Legend Awakened. While Ash, Iris, and Cilan are visiting New Tork City while the Genesect Army is attacking it. Ash is protected by Mewtwo, who surprisingly sides with the city despite sympathizing with the Genesect Army. Mewtwo and Red Genesect end up battling.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Movie-Genesect-Legend-Awakened/dp/B01ASC2P4S
17. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction’
– Release Date: November 8, 2014

Diamond Domain is a land that is given power by the Heart Diamond, which can only be created by the princess, Diancie. Unfortunately, she does not have the power to do this and the land is aging. Ash and his friends must help her on her journey.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Movie-Diancie-Cocoon-Destruction/dp/B017YESD12
18. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages’
– Release Date: December 19, 2015

Ash, Pikachu, and friends meet Mythical Pokémon Hoopa who tells them the tale of a hero who stopped a scary Pokémon from taking over some time ago. It has been bottled up for a long time but is in danger of coming back once more. Ask and his friends must help stop it.

Watch Now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Movie-Hoopa-Clash-Ages/dp/B01ASBKAA0
19. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel’
– Release Date: December 5, 2016

Closing out the XY series of Pokémon is Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. When Ash and his friends see a bunch of smoke in the sky, they come across Volcanion. Ash becomes bonded to it, despite the Pokémon hating humans. Ash must go with Volcanion as it tries to rescue Magearna.

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https://www.amazon.com/Pokémon-Movie-Volcanion-Mechanical-Marvel/dp/B06WWDXK49
20. ‘Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!’
– Release Date: November 5, 2017

Kicking off the Sun & Moon series is I Choose You!, which is actually set in an alternate continuity. We go to Pallet Town where it’s Ash’s tenth birthday and his goal is to become a Pokémon trainer with Pikachu by his side. This film grossed  ¥3.55 billion at the box office.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81046846
21. ‘Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us’
– Release Date: November 24, 2018

The Wind Festival in Fula City celebrates the Legendary Pokémon Lugia. A danger threatens not only the festival but the city and Ash and Pikachu must help to save it. The Power of Us grossed ¥3.09 billion at the box office.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81085364
22. ‘Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution’
– Release Date: February 27, 2020

This is a CGI remake of Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back. Despite this, it still did ¥2.98 billion at the box office in Japan. 

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81223075
23. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle’
– Release Date: October 8, 2021

Interestingly, this movie is set in the alternate continuity that is first introduced in 2017’s I Choose You! movie. Ash and Pikachu meet Koko, a young man who is certainly a human but believes himself to be a Pokémon because that’s how he was raised. They help him realize his past, which eventually unearths a plot that could destroy the young boy’s home. This film did ¥2.02 billion at Japan’s box office, the lowest of any movie yet.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81346307
24. ‘Detective Pikachu’
– Release Date: May 10, 2019

Detective Pikachu was the 2019 offering and is the only live-action Pokémon movie. It’s a mystery film directed by Rob Letterman and it’s a loose adaptation of the 2016 game of the same name. Tim Goodman’s father Harry Goodman goes missing, which prompts Tim to find out what happened with Detective Pikachu by his side. Tim is the only human that can talk to Pikachu, making for some interesting moments. The movie grossed an incredible $433,514,834 worldwide.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81037695
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The 25 Best Anime Theme Songs of All Time

When it comes to anime theme songs, there are positively far too many bangers of tunes to keep track of. Whether you vibe to Bleach’s “Asterisk” or you can’t stop humming Dragon Ball Z’s “Cha-La Head Cha-La”, we’ve all got that one favorite song that we’ll always bust out when it’s time to break out the anime music playlists.

But which ones are set to go down in history as the best of the best? Which anime openings are cemented in everyone’s minds as exemplary tunes that no fan would ever be able to forget? Obviously, there’s no one correct answer here, but we were able to round up 25 of our favorites that represent the cream of the crop, the absolute masterpieces of the genre.

Check out this list of the 25 best anime theme songs of all time. And be ready to let us know if we missed your faves.

1. ‘Sailor Moon’ – “Moonlight Densetsu”

“Fighting evil by moonlight! Winning love by daylight!” Whether you know the Sailor Moon theme song by its English dub lyrics or the original Japanese, you have to admit it’s one ridiculously catchy tune. It holds all the wonder and romance the legendary magical girl series has featured since its debut in the ’90s and remains the best song in the game (aside from Sailor Stars’ “Sailor Star Song”). If you’re a Sailor Moon fan, you know you’ve had this one as your ringtone more than once. This is one for the Moonies, and it’ll always be a favorite that everyone and their brother knows.

2. ‘Cowboy Bebop’ – “Tank!”

“I think it’s time we blow this scene…get everybody and their stuff together…okay, 3, 2, 1, let’s jam!” One of the best anime series of all time gets one of the best opening songs of all time. Cowboy Bebop is a rare, near-perfect anime series, and its jazzy “Tank!” is a tune that gets you hyped every single time. You just don’t skip this song. You don’t. And it’s always worth listening in because you can’t help but jump up out of your seat.

3. ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ – “A Cruel’s Angel’s Thesis”

If you’re an anime fan, chances are you know all about Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s one of the most popular mecha series of all time, and chances are you know all about the “Shinji, get in the robot!” meme. The opening song, however, is all about rising and becoming a legend, which we all know the cursed children ended up being after fighting off the Angels and saving humanity…well, kind of. At any rate, this is a true-blue karaoke classic and one of the best songs you’ll hear in the anime world.

4. ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ – “Sono Chi no Sadame”

You thought this was a list of some of the best anime theme songs of all time, but it was Dio! There are plenty of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure songs to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with the original. It has no business pumping you up this much and prepping you for a long, amazing anime journey, but it goes so hard you won’t even believe it.

5. ‘Dragon Ball Z’ – “Cha La Head Cha La”

The most famous fighting anime of all time has to have an equally famous theme song, and this first-season banger is it by a long shot. It may not always make sense, but “Cha La Head Cha La” is a bona fide bop, as are all the rest of the Dragon Ball songs. Sparking! And don’t forget the English version, which is just as good.

6. ‘Lucky Star’ – “Motteke! Sailor Fuku”

The moe anime that launched a thousand memes, this ridiculously gleeful opening even has a dance you can shake it along to. If you’re a Lucky Star fan, you’ve probably sung this yourself over and over again in the shower, as well as everywhere else, too. You’ve probably cosplayed as Konata while eating a chocolate cornet and humming this song. And to think, it’s all about a sailor uniform. Yep. Bet you didn’t know that.

7. ‘Gundam Wing’ – “Just Communication”

The Gundam series is known for many things, and excellent music is just one of them. Two-Mix’s “Just Communication” is the first theme for Gundam Wing, and it does a perfect job of getting you hype for figuring out the weird attraction between Relena and Heero, and the secrets behind the Peacecraft family…and everyone else, for that matter. “Just wild beat communication!”

8. ‘The Promised Neverland’ – “Touch Off”

Okay, look. Everything about the first season of The Promised Neverland was hype. It was close to perfect, including this theme song. We can just pretend the second season didn’t happen so we can think about how amazing this song is. The “na na na” chorus? Spare a chef’s kiss for that part of the tune, because it plants an earworm in your head that’ll never go away. Just don’t think about the second set of episodes. They may as well not exist.

9. ‘Dororo’ – “Kaen”

Dororo may ultimately be a somewhat depressing anime, but its opening is anything but. It’s an inspirational tune that’s inspired by the flames of ambition, and it stirs something wild in you every time you listen. If you need to prepare for something, this is the song to get you going. Light it up, and dive into this series while you’re at it. It’s criminally underrated.

10. ‘Berserk’ – “Tell Me Why”

Berserk is hardly an upbeat show, yet this is one of the most radio-friendly rockers you’ll ever hear from an anime. It has a nostalgic, alt-rock vibe to it that just feels good. While the anime is filled with carnage, this is a song that just ignites something inside of you — perhaps the desire to start your own Band of the Hawk and live your own dream?

11. ‘FLCL’ – “Ride On Shooting Star”

The Pillows wrote one of the most iconic songs they’d ever craft when they put pen to paper for FLCL’s opening “Ride On Shooting Star”. It’s a crunchy, garage-rock tune with one of the most recognizable riffs in anime. And though the anime is short, it’s oh-so-sweet. So you’d better not skip this song when it comes on, even though it’s more of an ending than an opening.

12. ‘Paradise Kiss’ – “Lonely in Gorgeous”

No one understands the longing of Paradise Kiss heroine Yukari better than Tommy february6, the pop project alter ego of The Brilliant Green’s Tomoko Kawase. As a result, this high-fashion pop track has the gloss of new love written all over it, but it’s also bittersweet, too. A true, delectable banger that prepares you for what’s to come.

13. ‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ – “Inner Universe”

The late Origa put her all into this Russian theme song for the excellent Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. From the chorus to the haunting introspective bridge, this song embodies everything appealing about this series, from Major Motoko Kusanagi to the adorable Tachikoma robots.

14. ‘Serial Experiments Lain’ – “Duvet”

This all-English opening wouldn’t have been out of place on ’90s alternative radio, and that alone makes it worthy of being added to any anime playlist. Serial Experiments Lain can be difficult to parse, that’s for sure, but this tune makes it feel a little easier to relate to since it feels like the late ’90s embodied in one catchy track. “And you don’t seem to understand…” — you got that right, this show is confusing.

15. ‘Devilman Crybaby’ – “Man Human”

Devilman Crybaby is a masterpiece of an anime as it is, but the anime’s trippy, dark opening is right up there with the best of the best. It’s a pulsating, thumping beat with repetitious lyrics, but it feels just like the rave that Akira went to and transformed into the Devilman during the show. And it gets you pumped and ready to see what’s to come. You won’t be ready, really, but you’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting for it.

16. ‘Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni’ – “Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni”

This self-titled theme song for one of the spookiest, most disturbing, heart-wrenching series you’ll find this side of Another will prepare you for the trippy, time-looping storytelling of Higurashi. There’s nothing quite like your first time viewing the series, and this first song will get you in the mood quickly.

17. ‘Dirty Pair’ – “Ru-Ru-Ru-Russian Roulette”

Let’s face it: the older the anime series, the more dramatic and city pop-like tunes you get. And Dirty Pair certainly skews toward the classic J-Pop idol and city pop genre, all for the better. From the first crunchy notes of guitar and “Ru-Ru-Ru-Ru-shi-an” of the song’s opening, you’ll be hooked. Try and find a better ’80s theme or two cooler female protagonists. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.

18. ‘Urusei Yatsura’ – “Lum no Love Song”

Lum is gorgeous, but she has a very sweet side to her as well. That comes out in this very catchy, very cute opening to the long-running slapstick comedy Urusei Yatsura. It’s all about Lum being in love with the guy she cares about, but it’s also a song you won’t be able to stop humming. And you’ll want to sing it again and again, too.

19. ‘Card Captor Sakura’ – “Catch You Catch Me”

Sailor Moon’s “Moonlight Densetsu” may be the crown queen of magical girl music, but Card Captor Sakura’s “Catch You Catch Me” is a whole other world of sweetness and poppiness that feels just like going out hunting for cards with Sakura herself. And if you listen to it long enough, you might start feeling a little like Kero-chan, bopping around in Sakura’s bedroom.

20. ‘Elfen Lied’ – “Lilium”

Elfen Lied tells a very bleak story, but its theme song is a pious, respectful anthem. It isn’t something you’ll want to listen to on your daily commute or anything, but it’s a nice, reverent hymn that focuses on Lucy’s plight and the kindness she was eventually shown. O, lily of purity! What possessed you to make such a banger?

21. ‘Samurai Champloo’ – “Battlecry”

Just like Cowboy Bebop’s “Tank!” is iconic in all the right ways, its spiritual counterpart Samurai Champloo is known by its theme, “Battlecry”. A hip-hop gem like no other, this song flows with the best of ’em and feels like the best companion to Mugen and the rest of the gang in the show. Plus, it’s still one of the best opening songs in the anime world by far. Rest in peace, Nujabes.

22. ‘Bleach’ – “Asterisk”

Bleach came out at a time when the shonen anime scene was positively exploding again. And if you jumped on it from the beginning, you know how hype “Asterisk” got you as soon as the show began. It was the first of what would be many, many excellent opening songs, but it was one of the best ways to kick off a series ever, period, and Orange Range took the cake with this unforgettable tune.

23. ‘Hellsing’ – “A World Without Logos”

Hellsing’s Alucard has a certain groove to him, in the way he moves, speaks, fights, and eliminates other vampires. So it makes sense that this jazzy, Beatles-esque Britpop tune sways along just like he does. It might not feel like what you’re probably expecting from such a violent and grisly anime, but it’s a deeply dark, mysterious bop that’ll make you feel as cool as a new recruit for the Hellsing Organization.

24. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ – “Ready Steady Go”

“Let’s get started, ready steady go!” Just try to get this song out of your head once you think about it. L’arc~en~ciel (French for “rainbow”) understood the assignment when providing this song for Fullmetal Alchemist. Not only did it seem to capture the Elric brothers’ plight and adventure perfectly, but it became the perfect “road” song. Listen to it and you’ll see what I mean.

25. ‘Gunslinger Girl’ – “Light Before We Land”

I’ll go ahead and say it: Gunslinger Girl is deeply depressing. So you need a little bit of hope to balance out the bleakness. The Delgados’ “Light Before We Land” offers just that. It’s a ray of sunshine peeking through the clouds, and a reason not to skip the animation with each episode. It’s also strangely comforting, so you’ll want to come back to it again and again.

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45 Hidden Gems on Netflix You Should Watch Immediately

At this point in the pandemic, we’ve probably all exhausted our Netflix watch lists a few times over.  It gets dark early, nights are long, and there’s nothing to do but be bored in the house. How many rewatches of Stranger Things can one person truly handle?

Luckily, Netflix’s expansive offerings go beyond reruns of mediocre sitcoms: the streaming service actually seems to have a near-endless amount of content despite much of it being hidden by the company’s algorithm.

We’ve picked out 40 films and TV shows that might not pop up on your “Recommended” list if you haven’t been searching specifically for them. From unexpected reality competitions to obscure anime to underground LGBTQ+ cinema, here’s our (unranked!) list of Netflix’s best-hidden gems.

1. ‘Ip Man’ (2008)

An impeccably-choreographed martial arts tetralogy that traces the legendary career of Bruce Lee’s master as he defeats Westerners and Japanese foes alike. Sure, the whole series is not-so-subtle Chinese propaganda, but it’s worth watching for the exciting action sequences.

Who’s in It: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Dennis To

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70118799
2. ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ (2019)

Forget Game of Thrones. Dark Crystal is the high fantasy series worth watching. The Jim Henson Company’s high-concept puppet show is a dazzling example of a dying medium. The content is more adult than you’d expect from literal muppets, and the Tolkienesque world’s lore is both dense and allegorical.

Who’s in It: Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sigourney Weaver, Anya Taylor-Joy

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80148535
3. ‘Love, Death + Robots’ (2019)

Black Mirror became a viral hit with its prescient predictions about the panoptic power of social media. The short animated film collection Love, Death + Robots covers a lot of the same territory as Charlie Booker’s infamous sci-fi series, but with a bit more humor. Although it’s occasionally juvenile and sometimes overtly sexist, each episode takes on a different aspect of our nightmarish future with a totally different visual aesthetic.

Who’s in It: Madeleine Knight, Topher Grace, Emily O’Brien

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80174608
4. ‘Lady Dynamite’ (2016)

Comedian Maria Bamford uses surreal humor to explore a recent nervous breakdown in this honest, creative, and self-reflexive series about living with bipolar disorder. Your average comedy aficionado might find Bamford’s aesthetic too off-beat, but there’s a lot of smart commentaries and earnest emotionality in this show.

Who’s in It: Maria Bamford, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place, Ana Gasteyer

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80046193
5. ‘Cuties’ (2020)

Cuties faced a bizarre media cycle after receiving backlash from American conservative critics who objected to the sexual content of the film, and then it faded into semi-obscurity. That being said, it’s easily one of the best films of 2020—dealing with the complex emotional lives of teenage girls navigating a deeply misogynistic world.

Who’s in It: Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Maïmouna Gueye

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81111198
6. ‘Little Miss Sumo’ (2018)

A beautifully shot short documentary film about female Sumo wrestlers and their commitment to their sport. It’s only about 20 minutes long, but it’s impossible not to form an immediate attachment to the impossibly strong and impossibly adorable protagonist.

Who’s in It: Hiyori Kon

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81110394
7. ‘Shot in the Dark’ (2017)

Although the content is extremely disturbing, Shot in the Dark is a fascinating delve into the lives of stringers: videographers who capture footage of car crashes and violent crimes to sell to news stations at frighteningly high prices. The rogues gallery of people featured are patently deplorable, yet absurdly compelling.

Who’s in It: Zak Holman, Howard Raishbrook, Austin Raishbrook

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80171561
8. ‘Disclosure’ (2020)

Laverne Cox is a heavily featured talking head in this exhaustive and insightful exploration of the history of transgender people in Western cinema. The movie traces specific tropes of anti-trans violence and how they developed within a culture that is largely intolerant of sexual difference—but it also shows how there’s hope for the future as more trans people take to the big screen.

Who’s in It: Laverne Cox, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, Chaz Bono

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81284247
9. ‘The Platform’ (2019)

This ultra-violent, dystopian thriller serves as a poignant metaphor for the inhumanity of capitalism. A student voluntarily enters a near-future disciplinary complex, but it seems likely he won’t survive the impossible cruelty of this system. It’s a frightening allegory and a warning about the power of unchecked greed.

Who’s in It: Iván Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81128579
10. ‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’

Directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold focuses on the eponymous journalist and author in her decades-long career in writing. It weaves together her early days in Sacramento with her ultimate breakthrough in journalism at Vogue, while also having Didion candidly speak about specific moments and read through passages of her work.

Who’s in It: Joan Didion, Griffin Dunne

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80117454
11. ‘Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado’ (2020)

The ebullient and colorful Walter Mercado was the most beloved astrologer in Latin America before disappearing from the public eye. This earnest documentary traces his career with deep love and respect, positioning the fortune-teller as a queer legend and a beacon of kindness.

Who’s in It: Walter Mercado

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81200204
12. ‘Circus of Books’ (2019)

How, exactly, did a married heterosexual couple come to own one of the most infamous gay porn shops in the entire United States? Circus of Books tells the story of unlikely homosexual icons, Barry and Karen Mason, at the final moments of the eponymous adult shop’s closing. The story shows the conflicted morality of the Masons and is directed by the duo’s daughter as she explores the psychology of her parents who stunningly rejected their own gay child before seeing the error of their ways.

Who’s in It: Jeff Stryker, Larry Flynt

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81011569
13. ‘Blown Away’ (2019)

It would be easy to dismiss glass sculpture as a kind of decorative kitsch but Blown Away, a competition reality show about glass blowing, showcases the artistry, talent, and intellectual thought put into this misunderstood art form.

Who’s in It: Katherine Gray, Nick Uhas

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80215147
14. ‘Friends From College’

While it only ended up getting two seasons, Friends From College might be one of the most slept-on series to ever hit Netflix. The show tracks a friend group who reunites in New York City after having been apart for many years after graduating from Harvard.

Who’s in It: Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Billy Eichner, Jae Suh Park, Nat Faxon

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80117485
15. ‘What Did Jack Do?’ (2017)

David Lynch interviews a very creepy monkey in this 17 minute, black and white, non-narrative short. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the beloved auteur, whose noir-influenced surreal works have spawned a cult following amongst arthouse cinephiles. Don’t expect a coherent story, just spooky vibes.

Who’s in It: David Lynch

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81226955
16. ‘The Perfection’ (2018)

A twist-filled horror-thriller, The Perfection is a very strange revenge story filled with deeply unexpected moments and extremely bizarre celebrations of bloodshed. It somehow feels like eight movies are packed tightly into this 90-minute nightmare, and the ending is sure to leave you both nauseated and satisfied.

Who’s in It: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80211638
17. ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ (2019)

What begins as an extremely caustic critique of the high art world devolves into an unsettling supernatural thriller. Starring an inexplicably buff Jake Gyllenhaal as a bisexual art dealer haunted by murderous painting, Velvet Buzzsaw combines smart satire with campy thrills.

Who’s in It: Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, Natalia Dyer, Rene Russo

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80199689
18. ‘Hollywood’

Tracking the nature of show business from quite a few different angles in the late 1940s, Hollywood is a limited series that ended up flying a bit under the radar when it first premiered in 2020. In one sense, we’re following an aspiring actor, Jack Castello (Corenswet), an aspiring Black screenwriter, Archie Coleman (Pope), and a veteran studio executive, Ellen Kincaid (Taylor). On top of that, we see the more gritty side of things and how actors have to both support themselves and hide who they really are.

Who’s in It: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Dylan McDermott, Holland Taylor, Jeremy Pope, Jim Parsons, Laura Harrier, Rob Reiner, Maude Apatow

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81088617
19. ‘Food Wars!’ (2015)

Shonen anime (Japanese cartoons meant for teenage boys about plucky fighters learning new skills to defeat outsized foes) can be somewhat predictable — Food Wars! switches up the formula by using cooking battles instead of samurai sword fights as its main set piece. Many scenes are absurdly sexual (sometimes misogynistically so) but the culinary combat is both exciting and mouth-watering.

Who’s in It: Risa Taneda, Shizuka Ishigami

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80182054
20. ‘A Secret Love’

Directed by Chris Bolan and produced by Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum, A Secret Love is an in-depth documentary about Terry Donahue, who was a player in the All-American Girls Professional League, and her relationship with Pat Henschel that she was forced to keep a secret from their families and friends.

Who’s in It: Terry Donahue, Pat Henschel

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80209024
21. ‘Cam’ (2018)

A young sex worker’s life begins to unravel when she spots her doppelganger gaining popularity on cam shows. Is she losing or mind, or is someone trying to destroy her life? Both erotic and extremely frightening, Cam is intelligent feminist horror for the 21st century.

Who’s in It: Madeline Brewer, Melora Walters

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80177400
22. ‘Derry Girls’

Derry Girls has been a bit of a sleeper hit among fans, following a group teenage girls in Derry, Ireland during the Troubles in the mid-late 1990s. The show plays into the overall political conflict while mixing in absolutely hilarious dialogue and situations for the group of girls attending Catholic school.

Who’s in It: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80238565
23. ‘Ares’ (2020)

When a struggling student accidentally finds herself accepted into a secret society, she begins unfurling a series of mysteries about the cult’s practices and her own lineage. This Dutch horror series is masterfully suspenseful and beautifully shot. You don’t need to pick up on the social criticism pertaining to the villainies of colonialism to be enthralled by the show’s dark story.

Who’s in It: Jade Olieberg, Tobias Kersloot, Lisa Smit and Robin Boissevain

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80995039
24. ‘The Politician’

The Politician takes big stakes to the small stage of an affluent high school in California as Payton Hobart (Platt) is running for class president against the more popular favorite, River Barkley. However, the running mates they choose end up becoming major conflicts of the entire story.

Who’s in It: Jessica Lange, Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judith Light, Theo Germaine, Zoey Deutch, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Rahne Jones

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80241248
25. ‘The Big Flower Fight’ (2020)

It’s hard to imagine that the frivolous world of flower arranging could be even remotely exciting, but The Big Flower Fight uses the formula of The Great British Baking Show to display the immense skills and aesthetic power of landscaping and floristry. The diverse cast are imminently lovable and you’ll absolutely have a favorite by the finale—even if you don’t care about plants at all.

Who’s in It: Natasia Demetriou, Vic Reeves, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81046153
26. ‘Gerald’s Game’ (2017)

One of Stephen King’s lesser-known works was transformed into a deeply eerie horror movie by director Mike Flanagan in 2017. In it, a married couple’s experiments in BDSM are interrupted when the husband suddenly dies, leaving the wife handcuffed to her bed. As she struggles to escape, she is visited in the night by wolves and giants: Is she going insane or is she being stalked?

Who’s in It: Carla Gugino, Chiara Aurelia, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80128722
27. ‘The Great British Baking Show: Holidays’ (2018)

The Great British Baking Show became a viral sensation in the USA: the kind and gentle approach to reality competition was so starkly different from the bitchy, drama-filled spectacles we have on this side of the pond. Beloved contestants return for one-off Holiday-themed episodes in this spinoff showcase. Even viewers who vehemently oppose Christmas cheer can’t help but be charmed.

Who’s in It: Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81013505
28. ‘Casting JonBenet’ (2017)

The true crime genre is often mind-numbingly violent and thoughtlessly sensationalist, but Casting JonBenet provides a sensitive and intelligent, postmodern twist on the standard formula. This documentary about the actors who play victims and murderers in true crime reenactments hits on the human element of crime stories in ways few other movies really can manage.

Who’s in It: John and Patsy Ramsey, Burke Ramsey, John Mark Karr

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80142316
29. ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ (2016)

We all remember the cultural shunning of Paul Reubens following a series of overblown non-scandals, but Pee-Wee gets the last laugh with this triumphant return. The wacky world of perpetual childhood remains heartwarmingly innocent even decades after the eponymous hero’s Big Adventure.

Who’s in It: Paul Reubens

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80031800
30. ‘I Am Not Okay With This’

Blending supernatural themes, comedy, and coming-of-age, I Am Not Okay With This follows Sydney Novak (Lillis), who has started to notice something a little different about herself: she has telekinetic powers. Equally weighing on her brain is the confusing relationships she has with her neighbor, Stan (Oleff), and her best friend, Dina (Bryant).

Who’s in It: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant, Richard Ellis

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80244781
31. ‘Pretend It’s a City’

Basically, the entire premise of Pretend It’s a City is just listening to Fran Lebowitz go off on anything and everything that she perceives is wrong with the world and New York City. We follow alongside her as she struts around the city, answers audience questions at live events, and is interviewed by people including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Olivia Wilde.

Who’s in It: Fran Lebowitz, Martin Scorsese

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81078137
32. ‘Tallulah’

Starring Elliot Page in the namesake role of Tallulah, the film revolves around Tallulah as she finds herself as a slightly-accidental mother when she takes the child of a random woman, Carolyn, from a local hotel as she had irresponsibly passed out. The rest of the film follows Tallulah and the child as they head over to Margo, Tallulah’s mother’s, place.

Who’s in It: Elliot Page, Allison Janney, Uzo Aduba, Tammy Blanchard

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80093198
33. ‘The River Runner’

In Tibet’s Mount Kailash, Scott Lindgren kayaks away in the hopes of becoming the first person to make it through the four major rivers that flow from the mountain. The River Runner is not only a profile of the man behind this massive mission, but always shines a spotlight on the trials and tribulations that come along with the sport.

Who’s in It: Scott Lindgren

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81457001
34. ‘The Chair’

In The Chair, Ji-Yoon Kim (Oh) portrays a younger professor who has just been promoted to chair of the English Department at a fairly prestigious fictionalized college, Pembroke University. While there, she faces a slew of ups-and-downs stemming from a publicized scandal involving one of the professors at the college.

Who’s in It: Sandra Oh, Holland Taylor, Jay Duplass, Bob Balaban

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81206259
35. ‘The Babysitter’ (2017)

In this wild horror-comedy, a sexy babysitter is revealed as the leader of a Satan-worshipping crew of ghouls. The only hope for their defeat is a pre-teen boy who must outsmart the demonic gang — but can he overcome his crush on his governess to thwart the devil? Director McG’s penchant for eye-popping visuals and Tarantino-esque hyper-stylization help uplift the movie’s extremely silly story.

Who’s in It: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80164456
36. ‘Ainori: Love Wagon’ (2017)

Japanese reality dating shows are far quirkier than the endless slog of Western romantic travesties like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. In Love Wagon, singles have their phones taken away during weeks of international travel. The socially awkward men and women navigate competing crushes while visiting tourist attractions, complete with over-the-top narration and absurd commentary.

Who’s in It: Becky, Mayuko Kawakita, Toshiaki Kasuga

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80174280
37. ‘Fantastic Fungi’

This documentary is probably exactly what it sounds like in your head: it’s about fantastic fungi. Zooming in close to various mushrooms and other types of fungi, Fantastic Fungi paints an extraordinary picture of a fairly overlooked eukaryotic organism.

Who’s in It: Brie Larson, Andrew Weil, Giuliana Furci

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81183477
38. ‘The Alpinist’

We’ve all heard of climbers like Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell, but the more introverted Canadian climber and alpinist, Marc-André Leclerc, made incredible first ascents and solos without practically anyone realizing it. The Alpinist is the first (and last) time we get to see Leclerc up close, often times not letting producers and directors know what he has planned until the climb is over, taking a more purist approach to the sport.

Who’s in It: Marc-André Leclerc, Brette Harrington

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81500204
39. ‘Dorohedoro’ (2020)

Anime purists might balk at the 3D CG animation of this science fantasy series but the fight scenes and endearing characters make a few questionable stylistic decisions forgivable. It’d be impossible to explain the show’s absurd and whimsical story in this summary. Suffice it to say, the main plot point is a magical battle between high-class sorcerers and the slums.

Who’s in It: Wataru Takagi, Reina Kondou

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80991903#:~:text=2020%20%7C%20TV%2DMA%20%7C%201,Takagi%2C%20Reina%20Kondo%2C%20Kenyu%20Horiuchi
40. ‘The Speed Cubers’

These guys can beat a Rubik’s Cube—and fast. The Speed Cubers documents the people behind the cube who make the sport what it is, from deep rivalries and complicated friendships to the championships in Australia.

Who’s in It: Max Park, Feliks Zemdegs, Schwan Park, Philipp Weyer

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81092143
41. ‘Chasing Coral’

Documenting the beauty and sadness that comes with coral reefs, Chasing Coral is raw look into the real dangers that our coral reefs face due to climate change. We track a large group of scientists, photographers, and divers whose goal is to both shed a light on what’s happening and deliver a breathtaking snapshot of coral reefs.

Who’s in It: Andrew Ackerman, Neal Cantin, Pim Bongaerts

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80168188
42. ‘GLOW’

Having had a nice three-season run, GLOW is a dramedy that is a fictionalized take on women’s professional wrestling in the 1980s. Specifically, we hone in on the Goregous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), and the various tactics used in the promotion of the wrestling circuit.

Who’s in It: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80114988
43. ‘Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event’

In classic Oprah-sit-down-interview-fashion, Oprah Winfrey interviews Viola Davis about her memoir, Finding Me. Davis talks in depth about her childhood and growing up, the trauma she went through and the shame that has still stuck with her today.

Who’s in It: Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81592429
44. ‘The Kominsky Method’

With three seasons under its belt, The Kominsky Method pairs up Michael Douglas with Alan Arkin as two aging best friends; Douglas is Sandy Kominsky, a semi-successful actor who owns and teaches at his own acting school, and Arkin plays Norman Newlander, who serves as Kominsky’s agent. The two get into various conflicts and antics both between one another and separately with their respective family and friends.

Who’s in It: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, Paul Reiser, Lisa Edelstein

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80201680
45. ‘Keith Richards: Under the Influence’

Mick Jagger might be the frontman of The Rolling Stones, but Keith Richards is not to be forgotten. Getting into the psyche of Richards, Keith Richards: Under the Influence unveils a much-different man than the one we’ve heard about and seen on stage. Sure, he’s got all the grittiness that we’ve seen, but there’s a much softer side to him than he leads on.

Who’s in It: Keith Richards

Watch on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80066798
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The 21 Best Anime Like ‘Horimiya’

When it comes to romance anime, Horimiya really is a crowd-pleaser. It’s got everything: a girl with a shiny, popular veneer at school who comes home and reveals a totally different personality, a soft boy who’s got tattoos and piercings in high school who everyone misunderstands, and plenty of romantic interludes. It’s really one of the best out there, and it’s a shame it’s so short. Luckily, it isn’t the only series of its kind. Horimiya isn’t the blueprint, thankfully, so if you’ve just finished the show and you’re looking for more, there is a long list of similar shows you can tap into and enjoy. To make things easier for you, we’ve collected them all here. If you’re ready to check out the best anime like Horimiya, be sure and add these picks to your streaming queues.

Anime Like ‘Horimiya’
Funimation

1. ‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’

A young man named Sakuta Azusagawa lives his life and minds his own business. Until the fateful day he meets classmate and idol Mai Sakurajima, dressed in a bunny outfit, parading around at the library. No one can see her except for Sakuta, which opens up into a bizarre investigation into a phenomenon called “Adolescence Syndrome,” a mysterious illness that’s been plaguing Mai, Sakuta, and a number of others. The two continually become closer and closer while the world is unable to see Mai, and the series revolves around unraveling why Mai has disappeared from the world, and why Sakuta is the only special person fated to continue to see her after her “disappearance.” This selection is the top candidate for anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/rascal-does-not-dream-of-bunny-girl-senpai/
2. ‘Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku’

If you tend to hide parts of yourself (like the hobbies you enjoy) from others, you’ll vibe with Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashi, also known as Wotakoi. It follows office worker Narumi, who never lets anyone know she loves anime and video games. The ironic part is that her friend, Hirotaka Nifuji, is just like her in nearly every respect. They’re boyfriend and girlfriend, and they bond over being an otaku. But as the title of the anime suggests, love is hard for otaku, as we see that philosophy play out time and time again throughout the series. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so frustrating for both of them. The “anime like Horimya” vibes are very strong here.

Watch Now, Amazon prime
https://www.amazon.com/Wotakoi-Love-Hard-Otaku/dp/B07C3WL3VP?ots=1
3. ‘Kimi no Todoke: From Me to You’

Sometimes, all you really want to watch is a sweet romance, and that’s what Kimi no Todoke: From Me to You delivers. It centers on the love growing between high school freshman Sawako Kuronuma (nicknamed Sadako after the Ring movies) and popular student Shota Kazehaya. Sawako looks unapproachable and terrifying, which nets her the reputation of being a ghost and cursing people. But she’s actually very kind and unassuming and just wants to help people. When she meets Kazehaya, he opens her eyes again to the idea of having friends and even being in a relationship. And slowly but surely, the two fall in love. There’s a lot to appreciate here from this quality anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/kimi-ni-todoke-from-me-to-you-f502ae87-e71c-4526-ba2e-f2abce04315e
4. ‘Maid-Sama!’

Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, or Maid Sama!, centers on high school student Misaki Ayuzawa, who’s the only female student at the formerly all-boys school Seika High. Now that it’s co-ed, Mizaki is doing her best to whip the boys into shape so the girls filtering in can feel safe and supported. She’s an uptight, boy-hating force who acts as a sign of hope for the girls, and as such has something of an ominous reputation at school. That’s why, when it’s discovered she has a sweeter, softer side to her while working at a maid cafe, she has to fight to keep classmate Takumi Usui from spreading her secret all around the school. It’d be mortifying if everyone knew the tough-as-nails Misaki was actually working as a maid!

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/maid-sama-6fb8e98f-1792-4179-877b-98f8fe019aaa
5. ‘Toradora!’

Ryuji Takasu is a high school student who tries to look friendly and approachable, but his eyes always make him look like a delinquent. That makes his love life a bit of a non-starter. One day, he runs into the school’s “most dangerous” girl, Taiga Aisaka, who’s the best friend of the girl he’s got a crush on. Taiga is volatile and angry, with the nickname “Tiger,” and she dislikes Ryuji. But she has a crush on Ryuji’s best friend. With this knowledge, the two try to navigate relationships with the other’s best friend, arranging to help with their respective crushes. Of course, this devolves into a relationship between the two, and if you’ve seen any romance anime, you can probably guess where this all goes.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80049275
6. ‘My Dress-Up Darling’

My Dress-Up Darling might sound strange on paper, but it’s an addictive and wholesome series that any romance fan will love to the moon and back. The lovably clueless Wakana Gojo and the gorgeous and kind Kitagawa Marin are memorable characters who aren’t afraid to be their authentic selves, and the romance that blossoms between them are unlike you’ve seen before in the anime realm. Gojo wants to be a professional doll creator, while Marin is a model and aspiring cosplayer who needs help creating her costumes. An adorable partnership is formed between the two that turns into one of the cutest relationships you’ve ever seen. And Marin is the best waifu of the past anime season. Period.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/my-dress-up-darling
7. ‘Fruits Basket’

Fruits Basket is a shoujo classic, and for good reason. Tohru Honda is a high school student who lives with the Sohma family. It’s anything but a normal life, however, as a collision or even a hug results in family members Yuki and Shigure turning into a mouse and a dog, respectively. They’re still their same charming selves (good news for the Prince Yuki Fan Club!) but they’re adorable little critters you want to scoop up and hug. The rest of the Sohma family is a menagerie, too. The volatile Kyo shifts into a cat, and living in a house with this trio can feel like a real circus. Can love grow in this circus of a family? Of course it can, but you’ll have to wait and see what happens. Fruits Basket embodies what you’re looking for in an anime like Horimiya.

8. ‘After the Rain’

Akira Tachibana is a high school student who works part-time at a family restaurant. Little by little, she starts to fall in love with the manager, Masami, who’s a 45-year-old single father. Akira has difficulty figuring out why she feels the way she does about her manager and grapples with the potentially problematic aftermath of falling in love with her senior. But the story is a poignant and romantic one that anyone who enjoys anime like Horimiya will find charming in all the right ways.

Watch Now, Amazon Prime
https://www.amazon.com/After-the-Rain/dp/B078X16ZLT
9. ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’

High schooler Futaro Uesugi is down on his luck and needs some cash. When the opportunity to tutor the rich Nakano family presents itself, he jumps on it. As their tutor, he has to make sure five different sisters, each with their own personality, end up graduating from high school. They all view him as an annoyance and a stranger, but somehow Uesugi must work through their icy exteriors to get them to learn, improve their grades, and maybe even form friendships…if a relationship doesn’t come of it first. Which quintuplet will Uesugi match with in the end? You’ll have to watch and find out.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/the-quintessential-quintuplets/
10. ‘ReLife’

Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old NEET who stays at home, lies about having a full-time job, and only manages to work short shifts at the convenience store. He’s offered a job one day by the mysterious Ryo Yoake, but he has to participate in an experiment called “ReLIFE”, which will make him look 10 years younger and have him live out his high school days again as a regular student. This is in an effort to “fix” Arata, and everything that’s gone wrong with his life, but of course, as is usually the case with anime like these, that only starts to cause more problems than it fixes as he falls in love with student Chizuru Hishiro and plenty of awkward situations ensue. Prepare to elicit a whole lot of laughs from this highly energetic anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/relife
11. ‘Bloom Into You’

Yuu Koito is a first-year high school student, but she doesn’t really know what love is like – yet. Like many of us, she thinks it’s all about finding someone absolutely perfect for you, then the dates that follow. She wants to be left breathless by it all. So when she finally gets her first confession from a childhood friend, she’s a little shocked. She tries to figure out how to respond, and in the middle of it all, she finds someone she can fall in love with — and maybe confide in. The girl she finds herself catching feelings for may not be the person who confessed to her, but she’s certainly not about to give up on the love that can bloom between the two.

Watch Now, HIDIVE
https://www.hidive.com/tv/bloom-into-you
12. ‘Kaguya-sama: Love is War’

Student council members Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya attend Shuchiin Academy together, and they look fabulous when out and about. As such, people think they’re the perfect couple. The pair love to deny this and have mixed feelings about their true thoughts about one another. Neither one of them is willing to confess their love, as that would show signs of weakness. Instead, they just start trying to push each other by any means necessary to be the first to confess. The result? A hilarious time filled with zany antics. The abundant humor in this anime like Horimiya will put you in a very happy place.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/kaguya-sama-love-is-war-da69fc06-cdea-42dc-8827-52cee194db54
13. ‘Yuri!!! on Ice’

Yuri!!! on Ice follows Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki as he develops his career while watching his idol, Russian skater Victor Nikiforov facing off against a talented Russian skater named Yuri Plisetsky. Yuri is in a bit of a depression after he’s defeated in a series of skating competitions and decides to put his career on hold. However, when he mimics an advanced routine performed by his idol Victor, Victor ends up seeing it and comes to help breathe some life into his new protege’s skating life. With Victor as his coach, Yuri is able to jump back into the skating circuit – and the pair become closer and closer with each passing day. The end result? A beautiful relationship that shimmers just like the ice the pair skate upon.

14. ‘Kamisama Kiss’

Nanami Momozono is a high school student who has nowhere to live. Thanks to her father’s gambling debts, she’s lost the apartment she lived in and needs to find a home. Still reeling from the turn of events, she meets a man named Mikage, who’s being chased by a dog. She saves Mikage and he takes her to his home as a token of his gratitude. Once there, she realizes it’s a shrine, and Mikage is the past Earth Deity of the shrine. He’s marked her with the sign of his successor, which means she’ll have to take on the role of a god while as a homeless human. And you know what? She may just find some romance while doing it all.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/kamisama-kiss/
15. ‘Orange’

A delectable slice of life pie like Orange is always a treat, especially when it’s coupled with a premise like this one. Naho Takamiya receives a letter addressed to herself from ten years into the future. She’s quick to write it off as a prank — that is until the things written in the letter begin coming true. Takamiya, currently a second-year high school student, finds the letter urging her to kickstart certain chains of events in order to alter the past for her future self. While she’s stuck trying to figure out who this letter came from and whether it contains the truth, she’ll discover hidden truths that lead to relationships she may have never explored without this catalyst. Get out the tissues, because this series is a real tearjerker.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/orange
16. ‘Your Lie in April’

Kosei Arima is a piano prodigy whose mother suddenly dies in a tragic accident. When he does, he has a mental breakdown while performing on stage during a recital. After that, he can no longer hear the sound of a piano, despite his hearing being perfectly fine otherwise. He meets the free-spirited Kaori Miyazono, who plays the violin and helps Kosei get back to playing the piano the way he used to before losing his mother. As Kosei falls in love with Kaori, he realizes that her health is deteriorating. We won’t spoil what’s left from here, but this is a powerful story about love, grief, and acceptance that’ll certainly tug at the heartstrings. As an anime like Horimiya, Your Lie in April sticks out as one of the more emotional picks on this list.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/your-lie-in-april-8156b6d6-46ae-4576-877e-022657255de6
17. ‘Given’

A shy student named Mafuyu Sato is often seen carrying around a guitar at school. There’s just one problem: he doesn’t know how to play it. He’s apparently on the search for someone to help him, and one day he finds Ritsuka Uenoyama, who’s trying to get some rest in his favorite spot to nap in the entire school. All Ritsuka wants to do is sleep, but Mafuyu has other plans – like begging Ritsuka, the guitarist in a band with two other guys, Akihiko Kaji and Haruki Nakayama, to help him learn how to play guitar. Ritsuka has to worry about his reputation, but he cares for Mafuyu. Given turns in a slow-burning love triangle that’ll delight and entice viewers looking for a rock-and-roll romance that’s quite unlike most of the other series out there. This pick is one of the more unique variations of an anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/given
18. ‘Ouran High School Host Club’

Haruhi Fujioka is a student attending the prestigious Ouran Academy on a scholarship. She doesn’t quite fit in with all the rich kids, given her background, which makes her anxious. On her first day, while looking for a place to study, she finds the Third Music Room, where the Ouran High School Host Club, with six male students dressed to the nines, entertains female students with tea, sweets, and a good time. Haruhi accidentally destroys an $80,000 vase while there and ends up having to work off her mistake disguised as a male host club worker. Of course, that doesn’t stop some of the club hosts from falling in love with her. With all that being said, it earns its placing here as a great anime like Horimiya.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70205014
19. ‘Nisekoi: False Love’

Raku Ichijo is the son of a Yakuza faction leader. Chitoge Kirisaki is the daughter of a boss in a rival gang. When the pair meet, Chitoge accidentally knees Raku in the face. In the aftermath, Raku loses the locket his childhood friend gave him. When it turns out Chitoge is a new transfer student in his class, he forces her to help her look for the locket. They grow to hate each other, only to find that the gangs their families belong to want to marry their children off — so Raku and Chitoge must pretend to be in a relationship together. This doesn’t go well, as you’d expect, but it’s extremely entertaining.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/nisekoi
20. ‘Rent-A-Girlfriend’

Kazuya Kinoshita is down on his luck when it comes to romance. His very first girlfriend dumped him. But he didn’t give up. He turned to an online dating app in a bid to “rent” a girlfriend instead. True, it’s hardly the same as finding a real partner, but in Kazuya’s case, he needed something to fill the void. Enter Chizuru Mizuhara, Kazuya’s date. Sweet, kind, and attractive, Kazuya is smitten with her, even as he forks over cash to benefit from her services. Kazuya’s falling hard for his new rental girlfriend, and Chizuru is keeping it professional. Someone’s undoubtedly going to catch feelings, however, and things are going to spiral out of control. Welcome to Rent-A-Girlfriend, where the feelings are real, but the dates are not.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/rent-a-girlfriend
21. ‘Citrus’

Yuzu Aihara breaks all the rules, while schoolmate Mei is a stickler who won’t tolerate disobedience. What happens next when they clash at school? In this situation, opposites attract. The two begin living together as sisters (a surprise that comes out of nowhere), but they still have to grapple with their feelings for each other, and that’s easier said than done. In this case, the series featuring a lesbian relationship isn’t the part that’s hard to decipher, but how in the world it could potentially play out. That’s going to be one puzzle you won’t figure out anytime soon — but you’ll know one thing for sure: these girls are falling in love with each other, and fast. And there’s nothing that can stand in the way of true love, after all.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/citrus

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How Many Avengers Movies Are There? Your Complete List

If there was ever a time to dip your toe into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the time is now—and there’s no better series to immerse yourself in than that of the Avengers movies. The harrowing series delves between the fan-favorite one-offs like Iron Man (2008) and Thor (2011) connecting each through a melding of stories and timelines when the gang gets together for The Avengers (2011) and their several other star-studded sequels. 

Now that the Avengers have saved the day for the last time and quarantined has saved you from maybe ever going back into an office, bring these two forces together for good and jump right into this comprehensive list of Avengers movies, presented in the correct chronological order for your viewing pleasure.

1. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (2011)

Start things off at the true genesis of the series, Captain America: The First Avenger, a 2011 release that was the penultimate film of the first phase of the Avengers. In classic Marvel fashion, Captain America is actually introduced right before the first Avengers movie, tying up a bunch of loose ends and easter eggs from the previous four films which included Iron Man, The Hulk, and Thor setting the stage for the epic superhero mashup that dominated summer screens during 2012. Kick off the series with the first true film of the series and enjoy Chris Evans’ journey of self-discovery as the genetically mutated savior of the United States.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Director: Joe Johnston

Starring: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-captain-america-the-first-avenger/6xvB6xZ4r95O
2. ‘Captain Marvel’ (2019)

The true second movie of the series released only last year in 2019 when Brie Larson graced the big screen as Captain Marvel, the series’ first female superhero to be featured in her own film. The plot revolves around Larson’s character, who is stuck between a fight for her own homeland and Earth in 1995. The flick gives great insight into the start of the Avengers initiative and her relationship with Nick Fury, one of Marvel’s most mysterious and elusive characters, not to mention the subtle, vintage nostalgia that the film features from the mid-90s.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%  

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Jude Law

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/91cc3496-ee90-4414-93c6-2faba95e1f2e?pid=AssistantSearch
3. ‘Iron Man’ (2008)

Arguably the best single film of the entire series, Iron Man, was the Marvel movie that made me fall in love with the franchise. The smart talking-rebel-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist with a John Favreau sidekick was apparently the perfect recipe to bring me into the cinematic universe of Marvel’s superheroes. As the third movie in the correct order, Iron Man was actually the first movie released from the series when Robert Downey Jr. first appeared as the “too reckless to lead the Avengers” superhero that won our hearts in 2008. The star-studded film not only opened the door to two more sequels but signaled the success of the forthcoming generation of Marvel’s Avengers movies.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun Toub

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/8eaccf77-9e46-47f5-9b7a-fdc1e65cd1b4?pid=AssistantSearch
4. ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010)

Keep the train rolling with everyone’s favorite avenger and jump right into the sequel, Iron Man 2. Despite releasing two years after its predecessor the film picks up right where the original left off. RDJ faces more conflict with himself, falling in line with Fury, and some of his own allies. In general, the sequel is never as good as the first, and Iron Man 2 is no exception, however, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell play a villainous duo that brings the picture home and leave viewers quoting Rourke’s part about getting his “bourd” shipped to him from Russia. The movie also introduces us to Natasha AKA Black Widow, played by Scarlet Johansson.

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/a085c66c-3c1e-451e-85b8-cf7474823501?pid=AssistantSearch
5. ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (2008)

The Incredible Hulk dropped just about a month after the OG Iron Man in June of 2008 and featured Edward Norton as the good vs. evil super-scientist, Dr. Bruce Banner. The ‘08 rendition of the classic Marvel superhero saw all of the Jekyll and Hyde themes of the classic tale and featured Liv Tyler as Norton’s love interest. The film by itself isn’t bad and makes for a nice break in the Avengers universe as Norton’s Hulk is so different from Mark Ruffalo, who went on to replace him for The Avengers in 2012.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

Director: Louis Letterier

Starring: Edward Norton, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler, William Hurt

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Incredible-Hulk-Edward-Norton/dp/B001IAME78
6. ‘Thor’ (2011)

Thor, the might hammer-wielding demi-God from Norse mythology, makes his debut in 2011 played by Chris Hemsworth. The film focuses on his complicated relationship with the Earthlings he meets after crash landing in the American Southwest as a banishing punishment from his homeworld of Asgard. The mighty hero dodges the American government, meddling from the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency, on his way to return and defeat his trickster brother, Loki, portrayed expertly by Tom Hiddleston.

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-thor/1p4vdKzTuhzr
7. ‘The Avengers’ (2012)

As seamlessly as possible, The Avengers premiered in 2012, picking up where Thor left off, rejoined by Stark, Banner, and other characters to bring down Loki, who’s in possession of the Tesseract to do the world-ending bidding of Thanos (we’ll get to him later). The star-studded cast brought the previous films to fruition with single-minded origin stories intertwining to kick off the epic assembly of the Avengers for the first time. As usual, the first Avengers movie takes the cake and is inarguably the best of three movies where the team comes together.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

​​​​​​​Director: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/the-avengers/2h6PcHFDbsPy
8. ‘Iron Man 3’ (2013)

We follow Tony Stark through his journey as the leader of the Avengers and pick things back up with the MCU at his doorstep in Iron Man 3. Reeling from the past events, the threat of future violence, and a new “man behind the curtain” villain who threatens Stark as well as his girlfriend, Pepper Potts. The future of Stark industries hangs in the balance in this one, a proper start to phase 2 of the infinity saga.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-iron-man-3/3s4Ihq7P2c6e
9. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (2013)

Similar to how we check back in on Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, so do we with Thor on The Dark World, a 2013 release that takes another look at Thor’s complicated relationship with his allies on Earth, his untrustworthy brother Loki, and his universal duty to protect the world from destruction. The second iteration of everyone’s favorite demigod gets us to learn more about Thor and brings us closer to the wide expanse of the MCU as a whole. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

Director: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Eccleston

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-thor-the-dark-world/ZHk7aM5xTbW7
10. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014)

The secondary leader of the Avengers squad, Captain America is the nicer Tony Stark as some might say. The proper leader relies on his strict militaristic upbringing and classic 1940s manner to bring some old fashioned levity to the group, but things aren’t as calm as they seem. Still, waters run deep for Cap and his relationship with the Winter Soldier, his old ally Bucky, comes to life in the 2014 release that takes place after the disaster in New York and before the Avengers take up arms against their sentient robot nemesis, Ultron. This one explores some more characters like Black Widow and Falcon as the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who assist Captain America in this film which continues to expand the MCU past the original characters.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/68e3448b-845b-4c9a-8666-559d25a01c52?pid=AssistantSearch
11. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014)

Taking a break from our traditional heroes in the second phase of the infinity saga, the MCU took a left turn in the galaxy and introduced us to the incredibly funny and charismatic Guardians of the Galaxy. The hilarious mashup of different characters was led by Chris Pratt, an intergalactic bounty hunter named Starlord and Bradley Cooper, his genetically engineered talking Raccoon sidekick. The duo was joined by the true hero of the entire MCU, Groot, who only needs one word to communicate how he feels about the movie. Pratt leads us on a winning odyssey through the universe underscored by a sensational soundtrack filled with ’80s hits (the good ones).

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

​​​​​​​Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-guardians-of-the-galaxy/1S4WM9h3KRR6
12. ‘Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (2017)

At this point in the watching schedule, viewers are satisfied with the backstories and tribulations of the main characters, leaving ample room to double down with the Guardians of the Galaxy and get right into Vol. 2—an excellent sequel that made up for its lack of action with its intricate storyline of Starlord’s lineage, his white whale. Vol. 2 is a sleeper hit of the series and the only thing more entertaining than the sci-fi action and tear-jerking realizations is the nostalgia-filled soundtrack of the film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Chris Sullivan

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2/ZdRX4mMbp1gM
13. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015)

With the Guardians introduced and the stage finally set, the team rejoins their ranks to battle Ultron, the gang’s sentient science project gone wrong. He’s voiced by the incomparable James Spader and makes for one hell of a villain. The second Avengers movie features everyone’s favorites including a depleted Tony Stark, Bruce Banner almost completely uncontrollable, and two new characters, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, a pair of twins with a serious vendetta.

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%

Director: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, James Spader

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/fad87483-5b6e-4fa1-8b1b-886e60523fc3?pid=AssistantSearch
14. ‘Ant-Man’ (2015)

When Ant-Man was first released, I honestly didn’t even know he was a real superhero. Turns out the low key hero would come to be one of the more relatable heroes. Instead of the playboy millionaire of demi-god we met, Scott Lang is an out of work cat burglar with a degree in electrical engineering. What transpires is fairly funny – Lang meets Dr. Pym as Michael Douglas, a genius who created the suit to shrink down and battle the bad guys. The film works well as it finishes off the second phase of the Avengers with a solo story, priming us for the third and final chapter of the Avengers.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

​​​​​​​Director: Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Corey Stoll, Anthony Mackie, Michael Douglas

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/9ab26054-feb7-464f-b5e0-ac6e34bdf510?pid=AssistantSearch
15. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)

We check back in with old Captain America and things are not going well! In Civil War, we see Cap face off in a literal civil war against supposed pal, Iron Man. The conflict? Cap’s old buddy Bucky of course. Has he become too much of a threat (you’re team Stark if you think so) or is there still time for a second chance? (Team Cap obviously for this one). Find out in Captain America: Civil War, the third Captain America-focused flick, and the premier of phase three of the Infinity saga. The movie helps to set the stage for what another huge battle might look like (foreshadowing) and features the first appearance of Black Panther and NYC’s favorite web-slinger, as well.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-captain-america-civil-war/4ovfyKnnIBCg
16. ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ (2017)

Everyone’s favorite neighborhood superhero stole the show (and Cap’s shield) in Civil War, so it only makes sense to keep the momentum going with Spider-Man: Homecoming, a reboot of the character featuring Tom Holland as the masked web-slinger. The movie helps to introduce a new character to the MCU but also introduces the most heartfelt relationship of the series, that of Parker and Tony Stark who’s original mentorship of young Parker grows throughout the movie as well as the other films where Spidey and Iron Man team-up. The film hits all the high notes, Holland as the perfectly clueless and naive hero facing off against Vulture, portrayed by grizzled superhero veteran Michael Keaton.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

​​​​​​Director: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Robert Downey Dr., Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/spider-man-homecoming-d285316b-e1ea-4b50-933a-bb5fd13549c1
17. ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016)

In phase three of the infinity series, we see the lineup of heroes expand greatly. No doubt padding the roster for their next go at saving the world, the Avengers introduces Doctor (never Dr.) Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to the team with a mythical origin story set in NYC. Cumberbatch plays the cocky, yet expert doctor who is left crippled after a devastating car wreck. Hardly able to stand, Strange, reclaims his body, and his soul with new magical powers and a new cape that restores his status as the country’s best surgeon and much much more. Strange reminds us of why we love Tony Stark—best at what he does and knows it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Director: Scott Derrickson

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/bbacb0b8-f726-47db-837c-6fe925401562?pid=AssistantSearch
18. ‘Black Panther’ (2018)

Wakanda forever! 2018 was a big year for Marvel movies—three films were released, but none of them were nearly as popular or impactful as Black Panther. The origin story of our clawed hero, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), begins with his homeland, Wakanda, under pressure to find a new leader. The secret society is cut off from the world, their superior technological advancements keep them from ever having to interact, yet their peaceful society debates whether to act and use their power to even the score for people of color across the world. T’Challa’s throne is challenged by his “thought you were dead” cousin, Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) who takes over in a classic Shakespearean family-oriented power struggle. The result is an epic struggle that sees T’Challa and “uses this power for good” strategy atop the throne.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Director: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-black-panther/1GuXuYPj99Ke
19. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok picks things back up with Thor, in his rightful place as the leader of Asgard…except that’s not the case and in fact, Thor’s sister, Hela, is back to try and take things over (even Loki is scared of her). Not only does Thor lose his hammer, but he’s forced to team up with Loki again to protect their homeworld from sure destruction. Ragnarok is a real story of self-discovery and even features an epic one-on-one battle with the Hulk that you’re not going to want to miss.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Director: Taika Waititi

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/2ed86631-1d9a-4517-b73b-776cd91fd1f5?pid=AssistantSearch
20. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)

With side stories wrapped up and feuding friends reconciled, it’s time to wave the rally flag and assemble the Avengers. With the stage set, Marvel revealed their epic villain Thanos to the world for the first time in Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos is dead set on his goal of finding all of the infinity stones and there isn’t much that’s going to get in his way, despite peak cooperation amongst our heroes. The battles are epic, and the character development, a must watch, all around Infinity War was not only the movie of the summer but also has a proper standing as that year’s most important film release.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Benedict Wong, Idris Elba, Josh Brolin

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-avengers-infinity-war/1WEuZ7H6y39v
21. ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ (2018)

Despite beginning to pull the curtain on the third phase of the Avengers series, producers and creators have made it clear that the MCU is far from over. With fans frothing at the mouth for Endgame, they had to wait just a little longer, but to get them geared up for the true future of the franchise, Ant-Man and the Wasp premiered in 2018 and picked back up with our hero on house arrest. Obviously, it doesn’t leave him chained for that long as he joins forces with his female counterpart, the Wasp (Hayley Lovitt), to bring the film to its conclusion.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Director: Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Hannah John-Kamen, Bobby Cannavale, Michelle Pfeiffer

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-ant-man-and-the-wasp/5D7wkVHmlCKU
22. ‘Avengers: End Game’ (2019)

With Avengers fans still stuck to their theater chairs from the original screening of Infinity War (the quote, “I don’t feel so good Mr. Stark,” still kills me), Endgame made a swift appearance on the big screen, arriving just one year after Infinity War. The flick featured everyone’s band of heroes for one final showdown; the gang struggles against Thanos, his army, and his incredible ability to collect infinity stones but prevail in the end—one major sacrifice later.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Letitia Wright, Idris Elba, Josh Brolin

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/aa2c93d5-6e09-4e2b-84ae-9f0773cc0238?pid=AssistantSearch
23. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019)

With Endgame settled and a new future laid out for our heroes, the third phase of the infinity saga comes to a close with Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker must now fly on his own without the tutelage of Tony Stark. Parker decides to take a break and enjoy a class trip to Europe, but obviously, fate and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) have other plans. Parker does his best, but Mysterio is one step ahead of his own defeat, ensuring mutually assured destruction by revealing Spider-Man’s true identity to the world. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Director: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Far-Home-Tom-Holland/dp/B07TKZQFJC
24. ‘Black Widow’ (2021)

Delayed time and time again, Black Widow finally hit theaters in July of 2021, making it the first Marvel movie to premiere post-March of 2020. The film follows our newly-departed hero from Endgame, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), in a bit of a look back into her past along with her sister, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). While we first focus on a specific mission back in 1995, we also zoom to the more recent past in 2016, tracking Black Widow as she’s a fugitive on the loose.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Director: Cate Shortland

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, O- T Fagbenle, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/black-widow/3VfTap90rwZC
25. ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ (2021)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings combines Shang-Chi’s traumatic past with his calmer present, though that doesn’t last too long. His father, Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung) created the Ten Rings organization before he was born, which refers to the ten rings that he found, which have insane mystical powers that allow people to be immortal. However, after the death of his mother, Shang-Chi decided to abandon the organization that he was born into, starting a new life for himself. The only catch? He can’t escape the Ten Rings forever.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung Chiu-wai

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/shang-chi-and-the-legend-of-the-ten-rings/5GyV9sf9Y041?
26. ‘Eternals’ (2021)

With a stacked cast and a director just coming off a major win of Best Director at the Academy Awards, Eternals is a Marvel film that was receiving quite a bit of hype regardless of the fact that the even more-hyped Spider-Man: No Way Home was just around the corner. We’re introduced to a ton of new superheroes in Eternals who are all part of the eponymous group being sent on a mission to eliminate the Deviants, all in the hope that they’ll be able to gear up for the Emergence.

Rotten Tomatoes: 47%

Director: Chloé Zhao

Starring: Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Lia McHugh, Kumail Nanjiani

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/eternals/5cmhJAtkt6Jk
27. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)

Aside from Avengers: Endgame, I don’t think we’ve ever seen a more hyped-up movie than Spider-Man: No Way Home. Maybe it was the fact that we just hadn’t had a good Spider-Man flick in a while because of COVID-19, but regardless of the reasoning, the need for this movie was palpable. Thankfully, the film lived up to and exceeded those expectations with a cast comprised of old friends and foes. Oh, and we all got the much-needed return of our good old buddy, the Green Goblin.

The Multiverse is basically the main antagonist of this film, as all of the current Spider-Man’s enemies are brought back from his past, along with all of the old Spider-Men who fought them. Aside from some minor aches and pains, the Spider-Men of the past are more than capable of returning the unleashed adversaries (The Green Goblin, Doc Ock, The Lizard, Electro, and Sandman) to their own universes, though there’s a major catch at the end for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Director: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Rhys Ifans, Thomas Haden Church

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Way-Home-Tom-Holland/dp/B09NMDWYDL
28. ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ (2021)

Released in May of 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange—and the two films couldn’t be more different. For one, we’ve got a completely new character thrown into the mix, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenage girl who has the power to travel the Multiverse. Chavez becomes the person being yanked back and forth throughout the course of the film, as the Scarlet Witch is desperate to take her away and claim possession of her powers in order to be a mother to her two sons. Because of this, Dr. Strange attempts to keep Chavez safe from the Scarlet Witch, though it proves to be much more difficult than anticipated.

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams

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The 26 Best Anime Like ‘High School DxD’

What do you get when you cross a perverted high school student with a gorgeous devil princess? You get the hilarious (and cheeky) High School DxD. This light novel series turned anime is one of the raunchiest out there, but that’s part of what makes it so memorable, too. Unfortunately, the anime adaptation isn’t very long and spans just 25 episodes with a few spinoffs and manga to take in. Which is why you’ll eventually embark upon a search for the best anime like High School DxD.

What do you do if you’re looking for something equally exciting in the anime realm? Where do you go from here? If you’re struggling to find a show that strikes your fancy as much as High School DxD, worry not. We’ve compiled a handy list of 26 different shows you can watch when you finish out this laugh-out-loud adult series.

Sound like a plan? Get ready to check out some of the lewdest anime series out there this side of hentai in the vein of High School DxD. We’ve got you covered, even if the characters in these shows aren’t. Consider these the very best anime like High School DxD.

Anime Like High School DxD
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1. ‘High School of the Dead’

When the zombie apocalypse strikes, a group of high school students find themselves right in the middle of it all. While they work to navigate it the best they can, they soon find society has fallen into a state of collapse. Takashi Komuro, childhood friend Rei Miyamoto and Komuro’s best friend Hisashi Igo, regroup to find a way to escape their school, which has been overrun with the undead. But while fighting off all the zombies, there’s still plenty of time for see-through school uniforms, short skirts, and exposed skin. If you’re in the market for an anime like High School DxD, you’re in luck with this one.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/high-school-of-the-dead-333e890d-7e4a-4227-aaf9-7a6d13faa586
2. ‘So, I Can’t Play H!’

Lecherous high schooler Ryosuke Kaga loves playing sexy games. One day, he meets a strange girl called Lisara Restall, who’s actually a grim reaper. He makes a contract with Lisara, who’s searching around the world for a special man known as the One. When he gives up some of his lecherous energy for Lisara to remain in the world, that seals it: she’s to use his sexual energy to stay in the world and remain on her search. That leads to plenty of very sexual, high-energy situations where lewd is the order of the day. You’ve never seen a shinigami like this.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/maturity_wall?next=%2Fso-i-cant-play-h%3Fskip_wall%3D1
3. ‘Rosario + Vampire’

Tsukune Aono is a young man who accidentally finds himself enrolled in a boarding school for monsters. Despite the culture shock, he decides to stay and makes friends with vampire Moka Akashiya. She becomes obsessed with his blood in a big way, and so do a variety of other monsters, who can’t get enough of Tsukune. Especially bad is Moka, who wears a rosary around her neck to suppress her power. Once that’s removed, she transforms into a bloodthirsty, lewd vampire who Tsukune has to watch out for. Between her and the rest of the monsters learning to coexist with humans at Yokai Academy, he’s got his work cut out for him.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/rosario-vampire-bcfc2267-e917-423b-b920-afbe3d42cf5e
4. ‘Maken-Ki! Battling Venus’

Takeru Ooyama is a student at the private school Tenbi Academy. Formerly an all-girls school, it’s now a co-ed school where he meets up with his old childhood friend Haruko Amaya. As the two reunite, Takeru realizes the school is meant for students with magical abilities and energies called Elements. They use weapons called Makens, and the students there fight each other in sanctioned matches that show off how powerful they are. Soon Takeru is surrounded by girls who claim to be his fiancee and others who want to kill him. There’s no shortage of drama, and plenty of skin to be seen here. So you’ll have yet another anime like High School DxD that meets your criteria with this pick.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/maken-ki-battling-venus-61293ec1-8dcf-435e-8dec-3bb1185bb7ac
5. ‘Samurai Harem’

Yoichi Karasuma has trained in the mountains to sharpen his martial arts skills for nearly 20 years. When his father sends him to continue his training in the city, Youchi heads there and meets with the Ikaruga family to get started with his training. Of course, conveniently, the family is full of beautiful girls. While staying at the Ukiha Divine Wind Style Swordplay school of martial arts, Yoichi learns to better himself as a ninja…and finds love with the many girls in the Ikaruga family.

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https://www.hulu.com/watch/5eceb15d-eb02-42b1-aac4-b7feaaabd410
6. ‘Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid’

Mamori Tokonome is a young girl who’s been infected with something known as the Armed Virus. Girls affected with this virus are one of two classes: Extars, who can transform into weapons when sexually excited, and Liberators, who can wield Extars when in weapon form through a process known as Drive. These girls live on islands to keep away from the rest of the world until they’re ready to come back into society. Mamori forms a partnership with a Liberator named Mirei Shikishima, and together, the pair navigate the challenges of being paired together as weapon and weapon user.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/valkyrie-drive-mermaid-/
7. ‘To-Love-Ru’

Rito Yuuki is a high school student who still hasn’t been able to confess to the love of his life, Haruna Sairenji. One day, while Rito is sitting in the bathtub, he’s met by a strange, naked girl with a devil’s tail. She turns out to be Lala Satalin Deviluke, the crown princess of the planet Deviluke. When forced to marry one of the marriage candidates from her home kingdom of Deviluke, she refuses, saying she’ll marry Rito if she can stay on Earth. Things only spiral out of control from there, as Lala’s alien suitors come calling in an effort to force Rito, who wanted no part of this, into submission. Oh, and everyone’s half-naked, too. So that shouldn’t be too of for folks searching high and low for anime like High School DxD.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/to-love-ru-42d7c399-d01a-4742-9a54-9c5d9c13787b
8. ‘Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?’

This peculiarly-named series follows one Bell Cranel, a 14-year-old adventurer who’s a part of the Goddess Hestia’s Familia, or a group of Adventurers grouped together below a God or Goddess. Bell lusts after Aiz Wallenstein, a powerful swordswoman who actually saved his life one day, and from that day forward he fell in love with her. Of course, while he’s busy looking Aiz’s way, many of the female companions he meets along the way are looking at him in a lovestruck manner. As so many clueless harem heads do, he remains totally unaware of all this. Goddesses and mortals alike, he’s a real ladykiller but he has no real idea how or why, or even that it’s happening. When goddess Hestia is at his side lusting after him, Bell has to figure out how to make ends meet as an adventurer while all the ladies are coming at him from all sides. Just hot boy things.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/is-it-wrong-to-try-to-pick-up-girls-in-a-dungeon
9. ‘Bikini Warriors’

Bikini Warriors follows four buxom adventurers living in a fantasy world: Fighter, Paladin, Mage, and Dark Elf. They all wear revealing bikini armor and set off on regular vignettes and short stories while working to perform their unique jobs, making money to cover their lifestyles, and otherwise defeating monsters and enemies as a traveling party. It’s pretty simplistic, but if you like classic RPGs or fantasy worlds, there’s plenty to enjoy here, as well as a great view.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/bikini-warriors/
10. ‘Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends’

Kodaka Hasegawa is a transfer student to St. Chronica’s Academy. He has difficulty making friends because of his odd-colored hair, which makes people think he’s a delinquent. Upon meeting the solitary Yozora Mikazuki, the pair realize they don’t have very many friends or a social life beyond an imaginary friend and each other. As a solution, they form the Neighbors’ Club, an after-school club for people with no friends. Of course, those who join are a motley crew of perverts and weirdos. That’s better than no friends at all though, right?

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/haganai-fe75ec56-6fe6-4a6e-af69-c45ce9a43348
11. ‘Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls’

Kimihito Kurusu is just your average guy who’s somehow found himself part of the new Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act program. That means a lamia girl named Miia lives at his home, despite the fact that she was actually meant to go elsewhere. Kimihito doesn’t have the heart to send her away, so she lives with him and, seemingly day after day, more monster girls start settling in as well. And here’s the kicker: just about every one of those girls has the hots for Kimihito. But no matter how much they love him or want him, they’re not allowed to make love. What’s a guy to do?

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/monster-musume-everyday-life-with-monster-girls-50de926a-9749-4736-a6a8-b8df49bcba71
12. ‘Prison School’

Kiyoshi Fujino has just begun attending the formerly all-girls school Hachimitsu Academy. Unfortunately, after he and his friends commit some of the most minor infractions ever, they’re punished by being forced to stay in the school’s prison. This leads to some humiliating and dehumanizing conditions for the boys, including being forced to do labor, spend time in cells, and capitulate to their beautiful yet abusive “wardens” (all women, of course) on the off chance they may soon be freed.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/prison-school/
13. ‘Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!’

Based on the best-selling video game franchise, Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! follows five young women who are training to become official ninjas at Hanzou Academy. All the while, they must stave off the dark ninja of Hiritsu Hebi Girl’s Academy. Asuka, Katsuragi, Ikaruga, Yagyu, and Hibari train under their mentor Kiriya to take care of the girl’s academy delinquents, all the while striving to become the best ninja possible. Did we mention that when they get into fights, their clothes are soon torn off? Yeah, that’s kind of a thing, but you’ll love it if you’re into anime like High School DxD.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/senran-kagura/?qid=
14. ‘Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s cute?’

Keiki Kiryu is (surprise!) another average high school student who finds an anonymous love letter one day that comes with a very special surprise: a pair of panties. In an effort to find his special “Cinderall,” Keiki has a chat with some of the girls in his school. Each of them, however, has its own special type of perversion. And they all want to try out their specific fetishes with Keiki. That makes it difficult, of course, to find the suitor who left the panties, but Keiki has plenty of girls who are interested in him, which is sort of a plus — even if he’s not able to find the original girl who tried to get in touch with him.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/hensuki-are-you-willing-to-fall-in-love-with-a-pervert-as-long-as-shes-a-cutie/?qid=
15. ‘Girls Bravo’

Don’t look now, but we’ve got another regular high school student with Yukinari Sasaki. He’s been made fun of so many times that he’s become allergic to the girls who do it. In fact, it’s so bad that he breaks out in hives whenever he gets near a girl. One day, when his neighbor Kirie Kojima kicks him into his bathtub (long story), he finds himself transported to a world with mostly women. There, he meets a young woman named Miharu Sena Kanaka, who he does break out into hives when he’s near. Miharu comes along with Yukinari back to Earth, and the pair go on plenty of adventures back and forth between their new mystery world. Oh, and Miharu wears a lot of bikinis while conveniently falling in love with Yukinari.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/girls-bravo/?qid=
16. ‘Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist’

It’s the year 2030, and for Japanese citizens, dirty jokes are no longer allowed. Everyone must wear a “Peace Maker” device that keeps them from saying anything untoward so they don’t break the law. When Tanukichi Okuma meets the perverted terrorist Blue Snow, who wears panties over her face and disables Peace Maker collars, he comes face to face with a new world of sexual jokes and perversion. Together the pair take on this draconian new world while laughing and enjoying the raunchier side of life.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/shimoneta-a-boring-world-where-the-concept-of-dirty-jokes-doesnt-exist/?qid=
17. ‘Unbreakable Machine Doll’

In an alternate version of the United Kingdom in the 20th century, a puppeteer named Raishin Akabane lives and studies at Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machinart. Along with his automaton Yaya, the pair work to enter the four-year competition Night Party, where automatons battle each other in order to earn the title of Wiseman. But there’s more to Raishin’s desire to win the competition. While there, he also wants to take revenge on a bizarre genius who killed off several members of his family. Oh, and Yaya is absolutely head over heels in love with Raishin. Like, ridiculously so.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/unbreakable-machine-doll/?qid=
18. ‘Keijo!!!!!!’

In the world of Keijo!!!!!!, women compete in a sport named “keijo”, which is held atop floating platforms in swimming pool stadiums. Players work to defeat their opponents and push them into the water using their chests or butts. Nozomi Kaminashi wants to be the richest keijo player in the world, and she has a ridiculously powerful move known as the “Vacuum Butt Cannon,” which she uses to defeat just about anyone in her way. As you can imagine, with all the pools, swimsuits, and hip whipping, there’s a lot to see here if you’re looking for eye candy. But it’s also a fantastic sports anime that you won’t want to stop watching, and that’s what makes it so fun.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/keijo/
19. ‘Super HxEros’

In an alternate version of our world, a bizarre alien threat known as the “Censor Bug” has invaded Earth. They steal “H-energy” to try and drive mankind to extinction. In a bid to try and save humanity from biting the dust, high school student Retto Enjo joins the “HxEros” team. Along with four gorgeous high school students, including childhood friend Kirara Hoshino, the team must work together to take the fight to the Censor Bugs and save humanity from complete destruction. There’s also plenty of raunchiness involved if that’s what you’re looking for. And that’s par for the course when it comes to anime like High School DxD.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/super-hxeros/
20. ‘Heaven’s Lost Property’

Perverted teen Tomoki Sakurai wants to meet an angel. He lives in a world of chaos with loud next-door neighbors, a sadistic student council president, and others causing trouble in his life. When he uncovers a bizarre item in the sky called an Unidentified Mysterious Animal (UMA), he investigates a nearby crash. From there, he meets a winged humanoid who declares herself to be Tomoki’s servant. Her name: Ikaros. She’s from the world of Synapse and she calls Tomoki “Master.” Looks like he’s finally found his angel and one that’ll even indulge in his perverted shenanigans.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/heavens-lost-property/
21. ‘Shuffle!’

Shuffle! takes place in an alternate universe where demi-gods live among humans. A young man named Rin Tsuchimi is enjoying breakfast with childhood friend Kaede Fuyou ahead of their trip to Verbena Academy. They learn of the arrival of two transfer students: a red-haired girl named Lisianthus and a blue-haired girl named Nerine. Rin learns he’s been selected to choose which girl he eventually wants to marry, as well as the fact that both are now his next-door neighbors. No pressure about choosing which girl to marry, y’know. None at all.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/shuffle-b507ccb1-3ff1-425a-a3f5-704a656a921b
22. ‘Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest’

Hajime Nagumo is another average high school student who’s dating class idol Kaori. He’s relentlessly bullied for their bond. One day, he and the rest of his class find themselves in a fantasy world. All of his classmates receive powerful abilities, while Hajime is stuck with simple alchemical transmutation magic. But when he’s faced with a dungeon raid that tests his skills, he realizes he can use his transmutation to create weapons and escape the dungeon, become stronger, and recruit party members to help his cause. The result? He becomes one of the strongest students out of his class, and plenty of beautiful women are out to join him, too, like a centuries-old vampire and a perverted dragon who insists she’s Hajime’s slave.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/arifureta-from-commonplace-to-worlds-strongest-f3ebfa6a-c651-4e2b-b939-6c46dec8a66a
23. ‘Oreshura’

Eita Kido wants to graduate high school with grades good enough to get him a scholarship to medical school. He doesn’t care about romance or love, just focusing on his goal. One day, the most beautiful girl in his school, Masuzu Natsukawa, asks him to walk home with her. Masuzu suggests to Eita that the pair become a fake couple because she’s tired of receiving so much attention from everyone in school. When Eita says no, Masuzu blackmails him into doing so anyway. When the news of their “relationship” hits Eita’s childhood friend Chiwa Harusaki, a veritable war breaks out between the two girls. And Eita, of course, is caught in the middle of it.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/oreshura-c0a1fd1d-ec1a-4676-b3cf-8377bffa7bf0
24. ‘Is This a Zombie?’

Ayumu Aikawa is a former high school student who’s now a zombie. He’s resurrected by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe after he falls to a murderer. While adjusting to his new life as a zombie, he meets “Maso-Shojo” Haruna, a “Magical Garment Girl.” Somehow he manages to take her powers, which transforms him into a dress-wearing young zombie who has to help slay demons and figure out all of the details surrounding his own death to the aforementioned serial killer. There’s no way you’ll be able to guess all the twists and turns in store with this series, but if you like demon-slaying, pretty girls, and confusing transformations, this show has it in droves.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/is-this-a-zombie-b5a9ae08-ea77-413a-8061-0882d5641621
25. ‘Date A Live’

High school student Shidou Itsuka lives in a world devastated by a supermassive quake. After killing over 150 million people, the quakes have continued. Shidou lives with his sister Kotori, and when a quake threatens his home in Tengu City, he rushes to save Kotori, while aught in the quakes that occur afterward. He meets a young woman who appears to be the source of the quake. He becomes entrenched within a series of secrets that stem from the girl and “Spirits” and the “Anti-Spirit Team” meant to destroy them. But how does Shidou kill off the demons? Oh, by making them fall in love with him, of course!

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/date-a-live-bf768a08-8de5-4a03-94eb-01855e59bc7d
26. ‘Kakegurui’

Yumeko Jabami is a compulsive gambler who attends Hyakkaou Private Academy. She gambles things away, including her life, for the sheer thrill. As she attends the academy, she befriends multiple students while disrupting everything it’s apparent the school stands for, all while shaking up the status quo. Ryota Suzui is one of Yumeko’s closest friends, having become a “Pet” to other students in the academy after losing all of his money to the best gambler in his class, Mary Saotome. It’s a dizzying amount of gambling and high stakes as Yumeko and her friends bet it all…just for fun. Oh, and their entire lives being planned out, too. But thinking about that might be too much pressure. This pick certainly earns its selection on this list of the best anime like High School DxD.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80175351
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The 20 Best Anime You Should Be Watching Right Now

There’s a mind-boggling amount of anime in the world. For that reason alone, it can be hard to figure out exactly what you want to watch next. Do you want to stick to the same genre you usually watch, or do you want to try something new? Is that hot new show really all it’s cracked up to be? And how long of a time commitment are you going to have to put into a show before you feel like you’ve really gotten something out of it?

We get it. Seriously. Some series just aren’t worth putting all that time into, but when you find one that just clicks, you’ll spend hours diving in and getting immersed in a fantasy world that feels all your own. So to help you summon that feeling (and to save you some time), we’ve rounded up some of the best anime you should be watching right now, 20 at that, to jumpstart your next anime watch party.

From Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba to Jujutsu Kaisen, these shows will keep you on the edge of your seat. And you’ll finally be able to catch up with all your friends who have seen all the best of the best already. Here we go!

1. ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’

A young man named Tanjiro Kamado makes his way out of the village where he lives with his family to sell charcoal in a nearby town. When he returns, he finds his mother and siblings have been slaughtered, with his remaining surviving sister, Nezuko, having been turned into a demon. Tanjiro vows to find a way to take revenge on the demon that destroyed his family and return Nezuko back to her original human form. To do that, he must train as a Demon Slayer and find the cure, all the while battling powerful demons and delving deep into the world of the Demon Slayer Corps. It’s an action-packed thrill ride that’ll tug at your heartstrings when you least expect it, especially since you’ll also want sweet Nezuko to go back to normal.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/demon-slayer-kimetsu-no-yaiba/
2. ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’

The Seven Deadly Sins may be one of the most addictive anime series out there at the moment. Every time one episode ends, you’re ready to fire up another one. Following a group of knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins in the land of Britannia, this series focuses on their leader, Meliodas. The group has since been disbanded after being accused of plotting a coup to take over the Liones Kingdom, but Meliodas is looking to get the group back together and work to clear their name before liberating Liones from the Holy Knights, those in charge of the kingdom at present. Along with Liones’s princess Elizabeth, Meliodas works with the Knights to restore peace to the kingdom while working to defeat the demon named Fraudrin, who’s trying to unseal the Demon Race from their prison. No pressure!

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80050063
3. ‘Darling in the Franxx’

In the future, humanity is constantly under threat by massive creatures called “klaxosaurs.” In the post-apocalyptic world where there are only a few humans, mostly children, left to fight against them, kids have to pilot mecha called “Franxx” in male and female pairs. A team of ten, Squad 13 of Plantation 13, includes Hiro, a former pilot who can no longer sync with his partner. He ends up meeting a mysterious young Franxx pilot named Zero Two, who has klaxosaur blood flowing through her veins. Known as the “Partner Killer,” she has a reputation for killing those she pilots with. She and Hiro get along beautifully, however, and sync perfectly. They have to team up and slay the klaxosaurs, but can Hiro survive?

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/darling-in-the-franxx/
4. ‘Spy X Family’

Though it hasn’t been airing its anime adaptation long, Spy X Family is one of the hottest shows going right now, and you’ll want to get in on the ground floor. It follows a conflict between the rival nations of Westalis and Ostania, namely a Westalis agent, codenamed Twilight. He’s assigned to spy on the tumultuous leader of an Ostanian political part, and Twilight must get crafty about getting close to him. So he adopts a young girl named Anya and marries a woman named Yor Briar to create the “perfect” family. Yor is an assassin on her own, however, and knows nothing of Twilight’s plans, nor his secret identity. “Daughter” Anya is a mind reader and knows both their identities. Chaos ensues as the trio pretends to make the “perfect” family while carrying out their missions.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/spy-family-65d158d4-443f-44c7-bd2c-eae39f6c60e9
5. ‘Attack on Titan’

Large naked men with almost no intelligence have nearly exterminated humanity, which now hides in small enclaves behind three huge walls. Attack on Titan starts with the humans feeling fairly comfortable that the walls would hold. However, the appearance of a bigger titan that isn’t so dumb proves that’s not the case. Things get progressively weirder from there, as we come to understand the horrifying truth beyond the massive monsters. For one, they don’t need to eat. They also have no qualms about simply stuffing themselves full of humans just because. And humans? They have very little recourse beyond coordinated attacks to bring them to their knees. It’s full of twists and turns, and you can even binge-watch almost the whole thing since it’s reaching its end. Just beware if you’re squeamish because it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/attack-on-titan
6. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

High school student Yuji Itadori lives a fairly normal life, until one day his dying grandfather passes on two messages to him: “always help others” and “die surrounded by people”. When his friend Megumi Fushiguro and the members of the Occult Club fall under the curse of an entity named Ryomen Sukuna, Yuji swallows Sukuna’s rotten finger to protect them. As a result, Yuji becomes host to Sukuna, which is all but an assured death sentence, all the while collecting all of Sukuna’s fingers to dispel the curse. Yuji meets up with Megumi’s jujutsu teacher Satoru Gojo and heads to Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School with a solution: his death can be postponed until he consumes all the fingers. Cue Yuji training as hard as possible while trying to keep Sukuna suppressed. It’s not easy, but that’s what he’s got to do if he wants to live.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/jujutsu-kaisen
7. ‘My Dress Up Darling’

My Dress Up Darling may be one of the most precious stories around, even if you’re not typically into romance anime. High schooler Wakana Gojo dreams of becoming a professional hina doll craftsman. One day, while in his school craft room, he runs into the extroverted, beautiful, and popular student Marin Kitagawa. Surprisingly, she’s hanging out in the craft room in a bid to salvage her secret cosplay. As it turns out, she’s a major otaku and loves Gojo’s craftsmanship on the doll costumes he’s working on. Marin asks him for help putting her outfit together, which sparks a maelstrom of surprising closeness between the two. They slowly bond over the similarities neither knew the other had, until love blossoms unexpectedly between this mismatched pair. It just goes to show, that you can never judge a book by its cover.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/my-dress-up-darling
8. ‘Dorohedoro’

Caiman seems like a regular guy clad in a black gas mask and a spiked head. The problem is just when he takes off his mask. Underneath, he looks more like a dinosaur than a man. His whole body is human except for the scaly, reptilian nature of his head. But he wasn’t born that way. As Dorohedoro begins, we find that Caiman was actually the victim of a wayward sorcerer.
With that in mind, Caiman was attacked with some sort of magic that left him with no memories and the bizarre head he finds himself with. But rather than totally give up on life as he knows it, he opts to work alongside his best friend Nikaido to track down the sorcerer who disfigured him. The mystery behind who transformed Caiman into this new being is part of what propels you forward through the series, but its colorful cast and intriguing setting are other pieces of the equation as well. Believe it or not, Caiman is only one piece of the puzzle that comprises the gritty, magical world of Dorohedoro. You’ll never see another show like this one!

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80991903
9. ‘Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World’

When NEET Subaru Natsuki suddenly finds himself in a fantasy world, he’s taken aback by how different things are. When he meets a young half-elf named Emilia, he ends up getting killed in an effort to keep her from har. To his surprise, instead of dying for good, or returning to his world, he ends up coming back to life, with time having been turned back to before his death. This means he has a second chance at things and can approach scenarios with a different mindset. When he successfully helps Emilia, life changes dramatically. He falls in love with her and uses his ability to keep Emilia from harm, all while trying to help her become the next queen of the Kingdom of Lugunica. But as it turns out, the power he possesses isn’t quite what he thought it was. He has no idea when it’ll stop working, what he’ll be able to accomplish before it does, or why he even has it. That’s part of the wild ride of Re:Zero, and a great reason to jump on the bandwagon, even if the second season tends to take one of the best characters from us.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/rezero-starting-life-in-another-world-/
10. ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’

Widely considered one of the greatest anime series of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion may technically be a mecha story, but it’s so much more than that. It follows teenager Shinji Ikari, a regular boy scooped up by his mysterious father Gendo Ikari to pilot a massive bio-mechanical machine called Evangelion to fight off the terrifying, alien-like creatures called Angels. Shinji is joined by two other pilots, Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Shikinami, and the flirtatious Misato as they work with a shadowy organization named NERV to stop the destruction of humanity. It’s about a lot more than that, but if all those stories beats intrigue you, you’re in for a wild ride that’ll have you second-guessing life and existence.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81033445
11. ‘Beastars’

Beastars takes place in a modern society where anthropomorphic animals live and work together as well as attend school, from wolves to chickens to dogs and everything in between. Legoshi is a wolf who attends Cherryton Academy, where he lives in a dorm alongside other carnivorous students. When he meets a young rabbit named Haru, his world is turned upside down. He must struggle with his instinct to eat Haru while also falling in love with her. Meanwhile, there are killings going on all throughout Cherryton Academy. Who’s behind them, and will the rest of the animals continue to villainize animals like Legoshi for being carnivores, or can all the animals continue to live in peace without distrust and fear among them?

12. ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’

Need a swift deconstruction of the magical girl genre? Puella Magi Madoka Magica is just what the doctor ordered. Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki meet a strange creature one day named Kyubey, whose impossibly adorable, but is hiding a terrifying secret. He offers a contract for the girls to gain magical powers so they may fight against terrifying creatures known as witches in return for one special wish, anything they desire. There are several magical girls recruited by Kyubey to go out on witch hunts, and while they’re dangerous and treacherous affairs, they don’t seem too bad…until the bitter truth comes out. This isn’t the sugary sweet Sailor Moon-like story that thrives on love and justice. It’s a complete 180, and that’s why it’s such a must-watch.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70302572
13. ‘Cowboy Bebop’

The legendary Cowboy Bebop is a mandatory watch, especially if you’ve never seen it before. Hailed as one of the greatest animated series of all time, it’s a fantastic example of how a work can transcend genres and go down in history as such a memorable property. Set in a future where people can register as bounty hunters (Cowboys) and take to the stars to chase down criminals, Cowboy Bebop follows bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they track down bounties, all the while Spike deals with his rivalry with the criminal Vicious, head of the Red Dragon Syndicate. Spike and Jet meet up with the amnesiac and beautiful Faye Valentine, child hacker Edward, and corgi Ein along their travels, which finds them all mixed up in a variety of intergalactic adventures. Just trust us on this one. Go watch it now.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/cowboy-bebop-af54be93-ee11-475c-b786-3543a9a7d4ba
14. ‘Devilman Crybaby’

This reimagining of a Go Nagai classic is one of the best modern reinventions for an anime series yet. Akira Fudo is the titular “crybaby” — his kind heart makes him an easy target for bullies, but his best friend Ryo Asuka helps him move away from this persona, just not in a healthy way at all. Ryo has a secret: he knows demons are real, and he can prove it. He uses a special power to draw the demons out of humans and plunges poor Akira into the center of it all. As a result, Akira becomes a “Devilman,” or a demon that can retain its human nature while gaining immense power from a demonic form. Ryo’s actions were hardly altruistic, as he plans to rule the world with Akira as a tool by his side. The result? An unforgettable bloody ballet of violence, gore, sex, and psychedelic visuals.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80174974
15. ‘Mob Psycho 100’

Shigeo Kageyama is just a regular middle school student. He goes by the name of Mob, but he doesn’t really stand out. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but he has unimaginable psychic power. He’s got to keep himself at bay and learn to control his abilities, and to do this, he works with con artist Reigen Arataka, who says he’s a spirit medium. Mob must learn to tussle with his powers and his ability as an esper by helping Reigen exorcise spirits for his wide variety of clients, all the while with his powerful abilities breaking through to the surface and having Mob explode with insane amounts of power. It’s chock-full of amazing animation, crazy anime breakouts, and hilarious scenes you won’t soon forget.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/mob-psycho-100/
16. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’

Fullmetal Alchemist, at its core, is a story about brotherly love and family bonds, just like Demon Slayer. It follows the young Elric brothers, who desperately look for a way to bring their mother back to life using the power of alchemy while making some stark realizations along the way. While we like both the original series and Brotherhood, most fans prefer the latter due to it being much more faithful to the manga. It’s a series that’s consistently ranked one of the best anime ever made and is a must-watch for any aficionado.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/
17. ‘Hunter X Hunter’

Hunter x Hunter is another huge shonen title that follows a young boy named Gon who goes on a journey to find his father. To do so, he aims to become a Hunter, which is a kind of treasure/bounty hunter. There have been two anime series (so far), and the manga series is still ongoing (despite author Toshihiro Togashi being on hiatus since 2018). Tackling the manga is a significant undertaking, but the second anime (which most people recommend) is a scant 148 episodes.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/hunter-x-hunter
18. ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’

JoJo is one of the best anime series ever created. That’s a fact. But you have to think about which part is your favorite if you’re going to start shouting it from the rooftops. Part of what makes it so good is that each season has a clearly defined objective and a hero with unwavering resolve, which is similar to Demon Slayer. JoJo drips with style and is as cool as it is silly. If you haven’t seen it, go introduce yourself to the Joestar family ASAP.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80179831
19. ‘Akame ga Kill!’

In Akame ga Kill!, a young man trying to raise money for his poor village travels to the corrupt Imperial Capital and is thrust into the middle of an insurgency when the assassin ground Night Raid finds him. This is a series that doesn’t pull any punches, and no character is safe from death. However, do yourself a favor if you’re watching it and read the last part of the manga to get the canon ending since the anime wrapped before it was completed.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/akame-ga-kill
20. ‘My Hero Academia’

My Hero Academia is basically like Harry Potter with superheroes instead of wizards, and that’s better than it sounds. The anime has been tremendously possible and actually releases on a reliable schedule. After five years on the air, we’ve gotten five seasons, and a movie is on the way. So, if you’re looking for something less supernatural but with some of the same shonen vibes as some of the more contemporary action series, be sure to check this one out.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/my-hero-academia/
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10 Anime to Fill the Void After ‘My Dress Up Darling’

One of the most enjoyable, heartwarming, and romantic anime series of 2022 so far follows a teenage dollmaker who dreams of perfecting his craft and a girl who loves anime and cosplay but has no idea how to create her own costumes.

My Dress Up Darling might sound strange on paper, but it’s an addictive and wholesome series that’s taken the anime world by storm. The lovably clueless Wakana Gojo and the gorgeous and kind Kitagawa Marin are memorable characters who aren’t afraid to be their authentic selves, and the romance that blossoms between them are unlike you’ve seen before in the anime realm.

Unfortunately, the anime’s first season ended earlier in the year without an official confirmation on the horizon that a second season is on the way. It’s likely to happen based on the show’s massive popularity, but anime fans know not to count their chickens before they hatch. So while you’re waiting for more episodes, you could read the manga, or watch a little something to tide you over. Here are 10 anime series to watch to fill the void after the end of My Dress Up Darling.

1. ‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’

Sakuta Azusagawa lives a seemingly normal life, right up until the day he sees idol Mai Sakurajima, dressed in a bunny outfit, in a local library. No one can see her except for Sakuta, which opens up into a bizarre investigation into a phenomenon called “Adolescence Syndrome,” a mysterious illness that’s been plaguing Mai, Sakuta, and a number of others. The two continually become closer and closer while the world is unable to see Mai, and the series revolves around unraveling why Mai has disappeared from the world, and why Sakuta is the only special person fated to continue to see her after her “disappearance.”

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/rascal-does-not-dream-of-bunny-girl-senpai/
2. ‘Horimiya’

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, known as Horimiya, follows high schoolers Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura, a couple who unite from two opposite ends of the social spectrum. Hori is a bubbly and popular kid who looks after her younger brother Souta, while Miyamura is a tattooed, piercing-laden student who’s always quiet and shy. The pair recognize each other for their true selves one day, seeing through the show they put on at school, and begin to grow closer. They’re completely different people after school, and this becomes the basis of a very close relationship that blossoms into a romantic one. It’s everyday life seen through the lens of two very lucky lovebirds who end up finding each other.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/horimiya/
3. ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’

High schooler Futaro Uesugi is down on his luck and needs some cash. When the opportunity to tutor the rich Nakano family presents itself, he jumps on it. As their tutor, he has to make sure five different sisters, each with their own personality, end up graduating from high school. They all view him as an annoyance and a stranger, but somehow Uesugi must work through their icy exteriors to get them to learn, improve their grades, and maybe even form friendships…if a relationship doesn’t come of it first. Which quintuplet will Uesugi match with in the end? You’ll have to watch and find out.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/the-quintessential-quintuplets/
4. ‘Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku’

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashi, also known as Wotakoi, centers on office worker Narumi, who hides her status as an anime and video game lover from her friends at work. Her childhood friend, Hirotaka Nifuji, is just like her in nearly every respect, as he also enjoys similar hobbies and denounces the advances of just about every woman who’s interested in him. They ebb and flow as boyfriend and girlfriend and otaku who can’t stop obsessing over their hobbies, but as the title of the anime suggests, love is hard for otaku, as we see that philosophy play out time and time again throughout the series. Don’t worry, though. They’re still absolutely perfect for each other.

Watch Now, Amazon Prime
https://www.amazon.com/Wotakoi-Love-Hard-Otaku/dp/B07C3WL3VP
5. ‘Kimi no Todoke: From Me to You’

Kimi no Todoke: From Me to You is a sweet romance that follows the chemistry blossoming between creepy high school freshman Sawako Kuronuma (nicknamed Sadako after the Ring movies by her classmates) and popular student Shota Kazehaya. Sawako looks unapproachable and terrifying, which nets her the reputation of being a ghost and cursing people. But she’s actually very kind and unassuming and just wants to help people. When she meets Kazehaya, he opens her eyes again to the idea of having friends and even being in a relationship. And slowly but surely, the two fall in love.

Watch Now: Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/kimi-ni-todoke-from-me-to-you-f502ae87-e71c-4526-ba2e-f2abce04315e
6. ‘Maid Sama!’

Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, or Maid Sama!, centers on high school student Misaki Ayuzawa, who’s the only female student at the formerly all-boys school Seika High. Now that it’s co-ed, Mizaki is doing her best to whip the boys into shape so the girls filtering in can feel safe and supported. She’s an uptight, boy-hating force who acts as a sign of hope for the girls, and as such has something of an ominous reputation at school. That’s why, when it’s discovered she has a sweeter, softer side to her while working at a maid cafe, she has to fight to keep classmate Takumi Usui from spreading her secret all around the school. It’d be mortifying if everyone knew the tough-as-nails Misaki was actually working as a maid!

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/maid-sama-6fb8e98f-1792-4179-877b-98f8fe019aaa
7. ‘Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro!’

Naoto Hachioji is a quiet high school student who only wants to be left alone so he can work on his manga in his free time. That all changes one day when a younger student, Hayase Nagatoro, finds and reads his manga, and takes a perverse liking to him. Calling him “Senpai”, Nagatoro teases Naoto relentlessly, sometimes in an overtly sexual manner, as he cowers and shies away. This teasing escalates into a full-on crush, with Nagatoro continually forcing Naoto out of his comfort zone. What starts as Nagatoro being an annoying force who can’t leave Naoto alone blossoms into a romance that you can’t get enough of, which is a sweet twist for what could have been a frustrating story about unrequited love.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/dont-toy-with-me-miss-nagatoro
8. ‘Toradora!’

Ryuji Takasu is a high school student who tries to look friendly and approachable, but his eyes always make him look like a delinquent. That makes his love life a bit of a non-starter. One day, he runs into the school’s “most dangerous” girl, Taiga Aisaka, who’s the best friend of the girl he’s got a crush on. Taiga is volatile and angry, with the nickname “Tiger”, and she dislikes Ryuji. But she has a crush on Ryuji’s best friend. With this knowledge, the two try to navigate relationships with the other’s best friend, arranging to help with their respective crushes. Of course, this devolves into a relationship between the two, and if you’ve seen any romance anime, you can probably guess where this all goes.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80049275
9. ‘My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU’

Two loners, Hachiman Hikigaya and Yukino Yukinoshita, are very different people. Still, they come together to offer advice as part of their school’s Service Club. The pair work together to make a difference in other students’ lives. But they aren’t exactly approachable or “helpful” in the eyes of the populace. Hachiman has “dead fish” eyes and he can barely interact with people. Yukino is a rich girl who has little empathy or kindness. Eventually, the two warm up to each other, but not before becoming entangled in a hilarious series of adventures that find them trying to help others and their efforts backfiring on them.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/my-teen-romantic-comedy-snafu
10. ‘ReLIFE’

Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old NEET who stays at home, lies about having a full-time job, and only manages to work short shifts at the convenience store. He’s offered a job one day by the mysterious Ryo Yoake, but he has to participate in an experiment called “ReLIFE”, which will make him look 10 years younger and have him live out his high school days again as a regular student. This is in an effort to “fix” Arata, and everything that’s gone wrong with his life, but of course, as is usually the case with anime like these, that only starts to cause more problems than it fixes as he falls in love with student Chizuru Hishiro and plenty of awkward situations ensue.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/relife
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The 25 Best Anime Like ‘Demon Slayer’

There’s no two ways about it: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is one of the most popular anime series around right now, and for good reason. It’s an addictive, intoxicating mixture of excellent characterization, exciting storylines, and great animation that just keeps you coming back for more. Whether you’re a fan of the sweet Nezuko or you’re rooting for brother Tanjiro, there’s plenty to love about the series.

But there’s only so much of it, and if you’ve already seen the entirety of the anime, watched the movie, and read all the manga so far, you’re probably looking for something else to keep you entertained. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered. Here are the 25 best anime series like Demon Slayer.

1. ‘Dragon Ball Z’

If one series could be credited for spreading anime outside of Japan, it would be Dragon Ball Z. It hit its stride in the West in the late 90s and introduced a young audience to a serialized story spanning time and space like no other animated work they’d seen before. Dragon Ball Z is a series that requires no introduction, but if you like Demon Slayer, you’ll appreciate the same shonen tropes in this series. And if you need a favorite character to root for, they’re here in full force as well.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/dragon-ball-z/
2. ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’

JoJo is one of the best anime series ever created. Part of what makes it so good is that each season has a clearly defined objective and a hero with unwavering resolve, which is similar to Demon Slayer. JoJo drips with style and is as cool as it is silly. If you haven’t seen it, go introduce yourself to the Joestar family ASAP.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80179831
3. ‘Hunter X Hunter’

Hunter x Hunter is another huge shonen title that follows a young boy named Gon who goes on a journey to find his father. To do so, he aims to become a Hunter, which is a kind of treasure/bounty hunter. There have been two anime series (so far), and the manga series is still ongoing (despite author Toshihiro Togashi being on hiatus since 2018). Tackling the manga is a significant undertaking, but the second anime (which most people recommend) is a scant 148 episodes.

Watch Now, Netflix
4. Jujutsu Kaisen

This is another anime that draws heavily on Japanese folklore, albeit in a contemporary setting. Jujutsu Kaisen is extremely popular, and that’s for good reason. It has excellent pacing and very little fluff, making for a lean viewing experience.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/jujutsu-kaisen
5. ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’

Yu Yu Hakusho is another shonen title from Toshihiro Togashi, but this one is actually finished! This series draws on Japanese Folklore and centers around Yusuke, a teen that was hit by a car and killed when trying to save a kid’s life. Fortunately, the son of the lord of the Underworld allows him to prove himself, and he’s revived as an Underworld Detective. After that, he spends the series investigating supernatural activity in the human world.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/yu-yu-hakusho/
6. ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’

A group of knights with supernatural powers become outlaws as a once-great kingdom falls from grace in The Seven Deadly Sins. However, circumstances force them back together, and they have to face off against their former allies in a bid to save their homeland. It turns into a sprawling adventure with the fate of the world at stake, and it’s one worth watching.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80050063
7. ‘My Hero Academia’

My Hero Academia is basically like Harry Potter with superheroes instead of wizards, and that’s better than it sounds. The anime has been tremendously possible and actually releases on a reliable schedule. After five years on the air, we’ve gotten five seasons, and a movie is on the way. So, if you’re looking for something less supernatural but with some of the same shonen vibes as Demon Slayer, check this one out.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/my-hero-academia/
8. ‘Inuyasha’

Inuyasha was one of the first popular isekai series and centers around a high school girl that falls into a well at her family shrine and is transported into Sengoku period Japan. There she meets the half-demon, half-human Inuyasha, and they end up journeying to find the shards of a jewel that falls out of her body and shatters. The premise is a bit cheesy, but it gives viewers an interesting interpretation of Japanese folklore and deals with some heady topics like self-acceptance.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70204995
9. ‘Fairy Tail’

Fairy Tail is a series that combines magical realism with a colorful cast of characters that you’ll fall in love with at first sight. It follows a young man named Natsu Dragneel, a Dragon Slayer wizard from the Fairy Tail guild, who’s looking for his adoptive father, Igneel. On his journey, he meets a celestial wizard named Lucy Heartfilia and the pair work together as part of the Fairy Tail guild, and the pair continue off on some exciting adventures you won’t soon forget. The author of Rave Master knows exactly how to capivate an audience.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/fairy-tail/
10. ‘Bleach’

Teenager Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see spirits ever since he was a kid. One day, his ability to see spirits makes him a prime candidate to become a shinigami-in-training. With the help of a mysterious woman named Rukia, he must learn to fight lost souls called Hollows as he uncovers an entirely new side to life as he knows it. There’s a whole society of those who shepherd the dead, and Ichigo’s going to have to get up to speed quick if he wants to make it without succumbing to an evil Hollow himself. Bleach is chock-full of the same kind of action you can expect from Demon Slayer, and there’s even additional episodes being made.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/bleach
11. ‘Black Clover’

Black Clover is a magical series in which everyone has a special set of abilities, but not all have the same level of magic as others. Young Asta was apparently born without any magical power at all. Luckily, he has his friends of the Black Bulls, all of whom have their own magic power, as he plans to become the next Wizard King. Asta has powerful physical strength in lieu of magic, but he’s working to do what he can to become the Wizard King he’s always wanted to. The journey is similar to that of Tanjiro looking to turn sister Nezuko back to normal, and that’s one reason you’ll want to give Black Clover a chance.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/black-clover/
12. ‘Fire Force’

Pyrokinetic Shinra Kusakabe can ignite his feet at will, which earned him the nickname “Devil’s Footprints”. Unfortunately, his ability caused him to be ostracized as a young man, as everyone believed he killed his mother and young brother. He joins Special Fire Force Company 8, where he works with other pyrokinetics who work to destroy evil demons called Infernals. It’s a little complicated, but hey — there are demons involved, and that’s about all you need here.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/fire-force/
13. ‘Berserk’

Berserk is one of the best entries on this list, yet it’s one of the hardest to recommend. It’s an unfinished masterpiece by the late Kentaro Miura, and its anime adaptations haven’t always been stellar. The 1997 anime is the best of the lot and does an excellent job of adapting most of the first two arcs of the manga. Three movies were made as well, and they were decent, though the use of CG was sometimes jarring. The films retell the second arc and extends past where the 1997 anime stopped in the third film. 

Then we have the 2016 anime, which ran for two seasons and covered the third and part of the fourth arcs of the manga. The source material is really what makes these worth watching because they are hideous. Much of the action is done with stiff ugly CG that has an awful-looking crosshatching filter over it in an attempt to make it look like traditional animation. Unfortunately, since Miura has passed away, the future of the series is up in the air, and it’s possible we may never see another anime adaptation. Despite this, the story is good enough to struggle through the uneven quality of the anime adaptations (but read the manga too).

Watch Now, Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/The-Dragonslayer/dp/B078TPBT38/ref=sr_1_1?crid=304D1D1IL1L9S
14. ‘Dororo’

Yet another anime that draws on Yokai is Dororo. It centers around a warrior named Hyakkimaru and his quest to regain his missing body parts which his feudal lord father sacrificed to ensure the prosperity of his realm. It’s also a journey that sees Hyakkimaru attempting to regain his humanity as most of his life was spent in almost total sensory deprivation. The legendary Osamu Tezuka created the series, but the original 1969 anime feels a bit dated these days. We recommend the 2019 remake for its high production value and excellent pacing.

Watch Now, Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Dororo/dp/B07MBT8FBF
15. ‘Claymore’

This dark fantasy anime channels a bit of Berserk but has closer ties to Japanese folklore with its “Yoki” abilities. Another similarity it shares with Berserk is that the anime, while good, only covers around the first third or so of the manga. However, it’s worth a watch for its bevy of strong female protagonists and fantastic fight sequences.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/claymore/
16. ‘Goblin Slayer’

Goblin Slayer had one of the most controversial anime premieres of 2018 due to the graphic content in its first episode. However, subsequent episodes were much tamer, and the series settled down into an excellent adventure. It plays on western fantasy and tabletop RPG tropes, and strangely, everyone uses their progression or job class as their name. The first season was a great watch, and a movie and second season are in the works, so now is a great time to get into it.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/goblin-slayer
17. ‘Attack on Titan’

Large naked men with almost no intelligence have nearly exterminated humanity, which now hides in small enclaves behind three huge walls. Attack on Titan starts with the humans feeling fairly comfortable that the walls would hold. However, the appearance of a bigger titan that isn’t so dumb proves that’s not the case. Things get progressively weirder from there. It’s full of twists and turns, and you can even binge-watch almost the whole thing since it’s reaching its end. That is if they don’t split season four into yet another part.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/attack-on-titan/
18. ‘Akame ga Kill!’

In Akame ga Kill!, a young man trying to raise money for his poor village travels to the corrupt Imperial Capital and is thrust into the middle of an insurgency when the assassin ground Night Raid finds him. This is a series that doesn’t pull many punches, and no character is safe from death. However, do yourself a favor if you’re watching it and read the last part of the manga to get the canon ending since the anime wrapped before it was completed.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/akame-ga-kill-b6141bb5-8cd4-47dd-941c-711898814242
19. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’

Fullmetal Alchemist, at its core, is a story about brotherly love and family bonds, just like Demon Slayer. While we like both the original series and Brotherhood, most fans prefer the latter due to it being much more faithful to the manga. It’s a series that’s consistently ranked one of the best anime ever made and is a must-watch for any aficionado.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/
20. ‘Samurai Champloo’

From the mind of Shinichiro Watanabe, the director who brought us the classic Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo is set in the Edo period of Japan, as it follows outlaw Mugen, ronin Jin, and waitress Fuu as Fuu asks Mugen and Jin to find a samurai who smells of sunflowers. Much like a road movie, the series focuses on the relationships between all three characters, the life of a samurai, redemption, and tolerance. Heavy with hip hop motifs and themes of friendship and family, it’s an effortlessly cool saga that you won’t want to miss.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/samurai-champloo/
21. ‘Noragami’

Hiyori Iki was a middle schooler living a normal life until one day, she found herself involved in a bus accident. Though she survived, she learned of parallel worlds called the Near Shore and the Far Shore, home to human and demon souls, as her soul leaves her body and slips into one or the other occasionally. During one of these episodes, she meets a god without a shrine there, Yato, who’s working to make wishes come true for just 5 yen, including Hiyori’s wish to just go back to normal. Together, the pair navigates life, death, and the confusion stemming from Hiyori’s newfound predicament. In the same way Nezuko deals with becoming a demon, Hiyori must figure out how to cope with slipping in and out of her body.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/noragami/
22. ‘Sword Art Online’

One day, Sword Art Online VRMMORPG player Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya is enjoying his time in-game, befriending and playing with a young girl named Asuna Yuuki and meeting a variety of comrades along the way. Soon after, he realizes that in the real world, over 10,0000 players are trapped in controllers called NerveGear, which they log into the game with. If they ever want to log out, they must beat all 100 floors of a steel castle caled Aincrad. If they die in-game or if someone removes the NerveGear from them in real life, they’ll die. Gaming tropes abound and Kirito becomes a legendary player as he works to save Asuna and ascend past the role of regular player while saving thousands of players whose lives hang in the balance.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70302573
23. ‘Made in Abyss’

Made in Abyss follows a young girl named Riko who ends up befriending a humanoid robot who goes by the name of Reg. Riko is only 12 years old and she’s looking for her mother, who disappeared into an enormous hole that’s been torn open right in the city. It’s called the Abyss — yes, the titular Abyss — and it’s an enormous pit in the middle of the earth that runs even deeper than most of the city’s inhabitants could ever imagine. While explorers were able to create something of a partial map of the hole, there’s still too many unknown dangers for anyone but Cave Rangers to encounter. Riko and Reg delve into the Abyss carefully and slowly, but the sixth level is so terrifying, the watch can be a difficult one as you wonder what’s going to happen.

Watch Now, Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/MADE-IN-ABYSS-Season-1/dp/B073S1Y7BZ
24. ‘Yona of the Dawn’

Yona is the only princess of the land of Kouka, which is ruled by her father, King II of the Sky Tribe. She’s a sheltered princess who has a crush on Soo-won, the son of King II’s brother Yoo-hon. As Yona grows up, Kouka becomes entrenched in a war. On the night of her 16th birthday, she discovers that Soo-won has been planning a coup d’etat of the kingdom for some time to become the kingdom’s next rule. Yona and her bodyguard Hak become fugitives as Soo-won kills King II, and they much flee to regroup at Fuuga, the capital of the Wind Tribe, while gathering warriors to fight back against the injustice committed against them.

Watch Now, Funimation
25. ‘Mob Psycho 100’

Shigeo Kageyama, also known as Mob, is an everyday middle schooler who doesn’t really stand out. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but he has unimaginable psychic power. He’s got to keep himself at bay and learn to control his abilities, and to do this, he works with con artist Reigen Arataka, who says he’s a spirit medium. Mob must learn to tussle with his powers and his ability as an esper by helping Reigen exorcise spirits for his wide variety of clients, all the while with his powerful abilities breaking through to the surface and having Mob explode with insane amounts of power. It’s chock-full of amazing animation, crazy anime breakouts, and hilarious scenes you won’t soon forget.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/mob-psycho-100/