Despite what Nexflix WANTS you to believe…it is a service that allows you to watch a great deal more than just “Orange Is The New Black”. The fantastic movie and series streaming service has only just hit Australian shores and at only a day in I’m sure most Australians with a good internet connection have signed up for their one month free trial.
The first thing I did when I loaded it up on my PlayStation 4? I checked to see what Anime series’ are available to watch as a whole. The second thing I did was, once again, watch the final episode of “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”…the third thing I did was cry myself to sleep because, no matter what I do in life, it will never compare to the majesty of that series. Obviously there’s a lot more on Netflix than Anime, if anything, thew medium is greatly outnumbered by Western productions which is fine because, well, it’s only just now picking up a mainstream Western audience. It’s only natural.
A lot of what you can find Anime-wise is pretty damn awesome! As mentioned; “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is there in its entirety both in English and original Japanese, there’s also “Sword Art Online”, “Fairy Tail”, “Kill La Kill”, “Knights Of Sidonia”, “Digimon Fusion”, the original season of “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and a whole bunch more.
All it takes is a little search for your favorite series and, chances are, it will be up there. Unfortunately…not ALL the Anime is there. The niche series’ only a hand full of people have watched since its release twenty years ago probably wouldn’t be watchable, but if you feel like catching an episode of “Blue Exorcist” than you’re very much in luck.
From what I’ve seen so far, there’s no real downside to watching Anime on Netflix. While AnimeLab still absolutely dominates legal Anime streaming down here in Australia and I don’t think I’ll stop using it anytime soon, Netflix is still a viable option for those of you that want to marathon “Pokemon” or “Ouran High School Host Club”. My only hope is that the fandoms of those two series’ don’t have much overlap.
If you pick the proper plan and you’re got a suitable internet connection you can watch Anime in HD quality which, let me tell you, IS true HD. The Anime featured on the service looks good and there’s plenty of it there. Once again, I wouldn’t use the service in lieu of AnimeLab or Crunchyroll but it’s great if you’re just getting into Anime and wanting to see the best of what the world of it has to offer.