When I was a kid, the only way you were getting a copy of your favorite anime was a $20 mail-away coupon for a VHS that would inevitably have bad fanscan subs. Luckily, it’s 2018 and now there are so many streaming services that we’re often completely spoiled for choice. One of the best things about the huge scope of offerings is that we can explore brilliant entertainment from around the world, often without even having to subscribe to a niche service, meaning that we can watch incredible anime with just the touch of a button. As a treat for you we’ve rounded up some of the most imaginative, fantastical, funny, and sweet series that are streaming on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon right now!
This wonderful shÅnen anime tells the story of a young man, Kokonotsu, who dreams of being a mangaka but instead is expected to take over his father’s sweet shop. His life is turned upside down when a young woman from the famed Shidare Corporation turns up trying to recruit Koko’s father Yo, and tries to convince Koko to take over the family business by sharing her love of sweets and snacks. Colorful, inventive, and downright odd, this is easily one of the best anime of the last few years.
My Hero Academia
Probably one of the most successful and popular anime of recent years,
Based on the manga series by one of the best of all time, Rumiko Takahashi, this gorgeous show weaves a time-hopping tale of love, friendship, and of course epic battles. Kagome Higurashi is just a normal 15-year-old girl from Tokyo until she falls down a well at her family shrine and ends up in feudal Japan. Teaming up with the half-demon dog Inuyasha, the pair embarks on a massive adventure to beat an evil demon who’s trying to collect the mysterious Shikon jewel shards. Gorgeously animated and full of incredible characters, this is an unmissable classic.
Another anime from the mind of Rumiko Takahashi, this hilarious and touching series begins when Ranma Saotome and his father Genma fall into cursed springs and take on the forms of a young girl and a panda who drowned there centuries before whenever they come into contact with cold water. As you can imagine this gets them into a lot of interesting situations, especially as Ranma is promised to one of the three daughters of a local doju owner, Soun Tendo. A mix of comedy, romance, slice of life, fantasy, and fighting, there’s nothing quite like
Little Witch Academia
One of the sweetest and most charming anime we’ve seen in a long time, this is a must for fans of magical stories like
Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan
There are a lot of great anime about young people piloting incredible mech, but none are quite like
Sword Art Online
This expansive and engaging offering throws us into a near future during the launch of a giant virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game. During the launch of the high tech gaming system, 10,000 of the players become trapped inside and have to battle their way out by finishing the game. It features incredible animation, a massive roster of characters to care about, and the whole thing feels like playing an immense immersive RPG with your guild.
Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter
Studio Ghibli’s first animated series might not be for everyone, as the computer animated cell shaded animation is different from their classic hand drawn style. But the cute character designs and beautiful landscapes are every bit as lovely as their classic movies. Ronja is the daughter of the leader of a clan of thieves who dwell in the lush woodlands of Early Medieval Scandinavia, and this sweet series focuses on her adventures as she explores her surroundings and discovers the magic all around her. Perfect for younger viewers or those who enjoy fairytales and strong women.