15 best anime on Netflix to kickstart your obsession

B: The Beginning - Credit: Netflix
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Best Anime on Netflix: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun

Alright, time to take out the tissues once again, because this anime is going to make you laugh until you cry. So many of our recommended best anime on Netflix so far have been of the serious, emotional variety, so now it’s time for some fun, good-natured, honest laughter.

What is so charming about Mitsue Yamazaki’s Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun is that it takes pride in poking fun at the ridiculous and unrealistic mannerisms and expectations often portrayed in manga. The anime focuses on high school student Chiyo Sakura, who has a hopeless crush on her fellow classmate Umetarou Nozaki. In a seemingly stereotypical end-scene confession shot, which is the opening shot for this anime, Chiyo nervously musters up the courage to confess her feelings to the tall and brooding Nozaki. Red-faced and flustered, Chiyo eagerly awaits for her beloved’s reply.

Unfortunately, Nozaki, being the hopelessly dense person he is, mistakes Chiyo for simply being a fan of his manga, Monthly Girls, and gives her an autograph. Alarmed and only slightly annoyed, Chiyo takes it a step further, explaining that she wants to be with him. In reply, still not getting hit, Nozaki invites her to his house to help on some manga drawings. In a weird and unexplainable turn of events, Chiyo becomes a sort of assistant to Nozaki, helping him with his manga volumes, drawing inspiration from other classmates for characters and steering Nozaki away from scenes that are far too cheesy and lame. All the while, Chiyo still sets her sights on showing Nozaki just how much she likes him, even if it takes a whole anime season.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun is part of another anime genre called Parody Anime on our list of the best anime on Netflix, where the show spends most of its time making fun of all the things even the most devoted anime fans can’t help but make fun of. Though in this case, the anime pokes most of its fun at manga, don’t be discouraged if you’re not a manga reader. You will still understand most of the jokes. In fact, one of the reasons this is the best anime on Netflix for newbies to watch is that it’s so easy to follow along with, since it’s entirely drawing from anticipated viewer reactions.