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5 Netflix Originals All Anime Fans Should Binge Watch

I've been spending more time than I would like to admit binging Netflix Originals. This is a surprising task for myself considering I usually binge anime and manga. 

However, Netflix sucked me into a endless pit of dark, edgelord plots that I often craved from the anime I watched.

These series captivated my attention and destroyed the little social life I had for the past 2 months. Are you ready to go on this adventure?

5. House of Cards

What's the series about?  Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and the House Majority Whip, who, after getting passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him.

What's It Similar To? Have you ever wondered what would happen if Lelouch was teleported to the White House in our world? Well turn him into a middle-aged guy named Frank Underwood and lose the eye powers and that's basically the main protagonist of House of Cards. It gives off such a Code Geass meets Death Note vibe that it's pretty eriee. 

Why should I watch it? If you like anti-hero, charismatic main characters rooted with solid plot twist at every corner, House of Cards is the perfect series for you.  

House of Cards - Netflix Original Anime Fans Should Watch

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4. Hemlock Grove

What's the Series About? The show examines the strange happenings in Hemlock Grove, a fictional, supernatural town in Pennsylvania. Roman Godfrey, heir to the town's wealthy Godfrey family, befriends the town's newcomer, Peter Rumancek. Recent brutal murders in the town have stirred up rumors, and the two work together to shed light on the case while also hiding their own dark secrets.

What's It Similar To? Imagine a darker, mature and more confusing version of the Monogatari series and that's what you get with Hemlock Grove.

The amount of supernatural people and creatures you bump into with Hemlock Grove oddly parallels the amount of aparations and deities you run into with Monogatari. 

Why Should I Watch It? If you're ready to go down the same rabbit hole you fell into with Monogatari and love supernatural thrillers, you probably will get a kick out of Hemlock Grove. But be warned, it does get overwhelmingly confusing at some point. 

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3. Daredevil

What's the Series About? Daredevil focuses on the lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock, using his heightened senses from being blinded as a young boy to fight crime at night on the streets of New York City's Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood as Daredevil, while uncovering a conspiracy of the criminal underworld being led by Wilson Fisk.

What's It Similar To? This one is a bit tough, but I would say it's similar to a darker version of My Hero Academia or Tiger and Bunny in the sense that the cinematic world is filled with superheroes and villains within the marvel universe, that you often will run into in person or see in the media. Also throw in a hint of Trigun purely off of being an 'edgy' vigilante.


Why Should I Watch It? If you love anime based in superhero worlds with awesome vigilantes, than Daredevil would be an awesome watch. 

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2. Black Mirror

What's the Series About? Black Mirror is an anthology series that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. While it didn't began as a Netflix original, Netflix commissioned a third season of 12 episodes.

The show creator noted "each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they're all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy."

What's It Similar To? OverallBlack Mirror exhibits numerous traits from the psychological elements of Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue to the anthological feel of the cult classic Memories by Katsuhiro Otomo, acclaimed creator of Akira. 

Why Should I Watch It? If you like to watch mind-screw anime and do not mind the episodic format, Black Mirror is worth giving a try. 

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1. Stranger Things

What's the Series About? The series is set in 1983 following the disappearance of a young boy, a strange girl with mysterious powers, blood-crazed creatures and the monstrous chain of events it launches in the small town of Indiana.

What's It Similar To? The anime ingredients for creating Stranger Things? Akira, Elfen Lied, Another, and Serial Lain Experiments

Why Should I Watch It? If you love sci-fi mysterious packed with conspiracies and suspense, Stranger Things is the series for you to watch! 

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Netflix has become a powerhouse player in content breaking conventional barriers of how the creation of a TV series. Fans of anime can appreciate the complex, well executed stories Netflix brings to life that are often reminiscent of the plot lines of anime series. 

Tsubaki loves mixing her passion for food, fashion and Tumblr to write about interesting topics in the anime community. When she's not obsessing over her OTPs and fandoms, she likes traveling the world and meeting other anime fans within different cultures. I'm glad to be back from university with my favorite anime community! Current Season Favorites: Haikyu!!, Natsume Yuujinchou, and DAYS!  

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