In addition to its sci-fi, murder mystery, and horror choices on Netflix, the company’s anime offers are diversified and abundant. This is a lot of content for one individual to take in, despite the platform’s expanding focus on Japanese and Japanese-style animation franchises. So we’ve done the dirty work of sorting through its dozens of titles to determine which episodes are and aren’t enjoyable while on drugs.
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There aren’t many rules in anime, and the ones that do exist are routinely flouted. “What if your clothes were alive?” and “What if the fate of the world was in the hands of a bunch of youngsters playing a mystical card game devised by ancient Egyptians” are more open to the baked brain’s innovative thinking. The funniest and most visually arresting anime series tackle complex ideas like these.
Keeping this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of anime series to watch when you’re feeling a little fried up in the head.
1. Aggretsuko (2018)
Watching Aggretsuko get high will make you feel better if you’ve ever had a job you loathed. Titled “Aggression” and “Retsuko,” who is an ideal lovely and hardworking office girl—until her boss gets too much of a hornet’s nest and she screams out “Aggressive” at him. Every time Retsuko goes all Office Space on the mic, the adorable style and her incessant daydreaming make for an enjoyable binge. Sadistic bosses and society’s urge to marry are two of the greatest antagonists in this list of titles. However, it’s the most frightful because, despite its cartoonish appearance, it feels all too genuine.
2. Neo Yokio (2017)
Jaden Smith’s Netflix show about a wizard who prefers fashion and taste than shooting lightning out of his fingers is a strange one. As Smith’s Kaz Khan explores a semi-dystopian parallel future New York dubbed Neo Yokio, the lifestyles of the affluent and famous are given a supernatural, technophilic remix. Manhattan is submerged, yet the Soviet Union still exists, and magic and robotics are common status symbols in this alternate reality. Those seeking an elevated high will find it in Neo Yokio’s veritable charcuterie of celebrity cameos, along with its increasingly startling narrative and beautiful animation style. Serve with a pricey e-cig or French food loaded with weed.
3. Yu-Gi-Oh! (2000)
The first season of this ’00s anime is sure to bring back memories if you were a fan of the cards or the show as a child. A mania that rivaled Pokemon and led to trading cards being banned from primary schools across America was created by the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. As nerdier and weirder as Nintendo’s Pocket Monsters have become, the first season of this show is still a wild ride. Yugi’s grandfather was kidnapped by a spooky one percenter with magic powers, who kidnapped Yugi’s grandfather in order to steal his cards, or his soul, or something? Toward the end, it becomes a little crazy, but you’ll be so high that it makes sense.
4. The Devil Is a Part-Timer (2013)
Think of the Lord of Darkness as a teenager in modern-day Tokyo, deprived of his supernatural abilities. What is it that he would do? What’s the point of killing puppies? Become a member of the Yakuza? To achieve dominion, the Devil takes a part-time job at a fast food restaurant, where—surprise!—Satan thrives in The Devil Is a Part-Timer. For some reason, this program manages to make the terrifying concept of a disgruntled young guy fitting in with society while covertly preparing mass catastrophe seem charmingly silly. In order to sympathize with the devil, you need a lot of CBD in your system.
5. Sword Art Online (2012)
Virtual reality fantasy game with lethal stakes is either every gamer’s dream or greatest nightmare. A small group of beta testers is caught in the first episode of Sword Art Online. It’s a choice: risk your life to win the game and release everyone or stay in the game and live there for the rest of your life. People who grew up playing games like Final Fantasy to get away from reality will like this thought experiment. Could it be that the Final Fantasy…*bangs blunt*… was the Final Reality?
6. One Punch Man (2015)
Anti-anime satire on invincible heroes who vanquish super-powered foes with bizarre, artificial power-ups is the basis for this film. In Dragon Ball Z, Goku’s “power level” increases as he removes weights from under his shirt. Saitama, an eccentric hero known as One Punch Man for his ability to defeat any foe with a single blow, is the focus of the story. To put it another way: In the season on Netflix, the character defeating the cyborg chimpanzees, genetically engineered super beasts, a sea of monsters from the deep, all while obsessed with things like the department store sale or being loved by his neighbors. Prepare for some killer boss bouts mixed with hilariously awkward stuff to laugh at because the satire wouldn’t function without good action.
7. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (2013)
Dystopian gigantic robot anime Gundam meets Waterworld in this unique take on the classic series. aliens from outer space in the form of aquatic plants and crustaceans have been discovered, and it appears that the only way to defeat them is to use psychoactive laser weapons as well as multidimensional chess-style strategy. A robot pilot named Ledo crashes while fighting the enemy aliens and settles on an Earth devastated by climate change in Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. Some fascinating ethical questions arise as the astronaut learns to deal with Earth’s less technologically sophisticated culture using the overwhelming strength of his mecha. Amazing lasers, on the other hand, are the real prize here.
8. Gurren Lagann (2007)
Gurren Lagann, an anime about post-apocalyptic robots, is a fan favorite on Toonami and one of Netflix’s most critically acclaimed shows. Part of the reason it’s so enjoyable to smoke to is the fact that it’s a fantastic piece of work, but also because the robots and alien creatures fighting Earth’s human survivors are just plain odd.
9. Kill la Kill (2013)
This anime, which has a strong resemblance to 1984, is completely out of control. Snoop Dogg is a big part of the Kill la Kill universe, so some fans re-animated the entrance to feature the rapper. Using talking school uniforms, teens can get through school and battle for humanity’s destiny. A huge sewing shears sword is the ideal weapon for defeating super-clothes. Wearing clothing has a profound effect on our evolutionary trajectory, according to a fascinating new idea.
10. Death Note (2006)
Unless you’re a fan of dabbing and Pepe Sylvia-style org charts, Death Note is probably too difficult to enjoy Oh, unless you’re a fan of Death Note. Light Yagami, a top student at his high school, discovers a mysterious tome called the Death Note. Newfound powers allow Light to “repair” society by killing anybody who has their name in the book. Immediately, “L,” a modern-day Sherlock Holmes-type character, begins to pursue Light, and a deathly duel of intellect ensues. Honestly, if you’ve never watched it, I’d recommend watching it sober. It’s exhilarating, well-written, and mind-boggling all at the same time.
11. Devilman Crybaby (2018)
Devilman Crybaby, by legendary mind-bending director Masaaki Yuasa, is an exception to the rule. If you can get over the gratuitous violence and goofy humor, you’ll find Yuasa’s program worth your time. If you’re brave enough.