Guide to Child Friendly Anime on Netflix in 2018

You’d be surprised to learn that most of the anime on Netflix isn’t child-friendly. Just because a show or a movie is animated, it doesn’t mean it will be suitable to show a child. So with that, we have specially selected the best child-friendly anime currently available to stream on Netflix.

Please Note: The anime titles below are from the Netflix US library. This list below has also been ordered from A-Z and not by its quality.


Beyblade Burst / Burst Evolution / Metal Fusion

Number of Seasons & Episodes: 3 (51/26/51 Episodes)
Cast: Matt Hill, Sabrina Pitre, Adrian Petriw, Zach LeBlanc, Richard Ian Cox
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

The original Beyblade was immensely popular back in the early 2000’s. Over the years there have been a few new iterations of Beyblade anime. The latest of which has found a home on Netflix.

The series is centered on young Beyblader Valt Aoi and his fellow classmates. As they fight their way through numerous opponents the ultimate goal is to enter a tournament to determine the best Beyblader in the world.


Digimon Fusion

Number of Seasons & Episodes: 2 Seasons (54 Episodes)
Cast: Nicolas Rye, Melissa Fahn, Colleen O’Shaugnessey, Derek Stephen Prince, Cindy Robinson
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

In the 90’s Digimon was the biggest rival to Pokemon. Originally starting out as a Tamagotchi style virtual pet toy, it wasn’t long before the franchise developed into an anime. Over the years Digimon has released numerous series and video games to keep the franchise fresh.

After receiving the ‘fusion loader’ Mikey Kudo creates his own team of fusion fighters from the Digiworld. After learning the evil Lord Bagroman scheme to conquer the world, Mikey enlists the help of his friends both Human and Digi to save both worlds.


Dinosaur King

Number of Seasons & Episodes: 2 Seasons (79 Episodes)
Cast: Veronica Taylor, Sebastian Arcelus, Kether Donohue, David Wills, Rachael Lillis, Veronica Taylor
IMDB Rating: 5.4/10

Dinosaur King is akin to the style of both Pokemon and Digimon. While the franchise never equated to the same popularity as the former 2 franchises, the series is still enjoyed by children.

Max Taylor and his friends take on the villainous Alpha Gang for the possession of the Dinosaur Cards.


Glitter Force / Glitter Force: Doki Doki

Number of Seasons & Episodes: 4 (40/30 Episodes)
Cast: Laura Bailey, Colleen O’Shaugnessey, Alex Cazares, Danielle Judovits, Kate Higgins
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Taking inspiration from the popularity of the Sailor Moon franchise, cure girls have been immensely popular characters for young children and girls. The Pretty Cure franchise as its known has been ongoing since the mid-2000’s.

The Kingdom of Jubiland is attacked by the evil Emperor Nogo. Using the last of her power Queen Euphoria seals the Emperor away. After the minions of Nogo attempt to break the seal by using the negative emotions of people, a team of 5 magical girls is brought together to combat this threat. By collecting the glitter charms and upgrading their powers, one day they’ll be able to revive Queen Euphoria.


Naruto

Number of Seasons & Episodes: 5 Seasons (135 Episodes)
Cast: Maile Flanagan, Kate Higgins, Yuri Lowenthal, Dave Wittenburg, Colleen O’Shaugnessey
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

Naruto is a massively popular franchise that has been around for 2 decades now. The Naruto manga is officially the 3rd best selling franchise of all time. With that, it comes as no surprise that the popularity of Naruto skyrocketed during the 2000’s.

On the day of Naruto Uzamaki’s birth, the village of Konoha was attacked by the 9-tailed fox demon. In order to protect the village Naruto’s father, the 4th Hokage sacrificed his like and sealed the demon in his newborn son. 13 years later Naruto graduates the ninja academy and becomes a shinobi with the goal to be the Hokage of the village.


Pokemon: Indigo League / XY / XYZ / Sun & Moon

Number of Seasons & Episodes: 5 Seasons (53/93/48/43 Episodes)
Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Bill Rogers
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

It could be argued that Pokemon is one of the most popular franchises of all time. The franchise has dominated numerous markets for the past 2 decades and that won’t be stopping anytime soon.

The series follows the journey of rookie Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum. With his trusty Pikachu, Ash has set his goal to become the greatest Pokemon trainer of all time.


Voltron Legendary Defender

Number of Seasons & Episodes: 1 Season (65 Episodes)
Cast: Jeremy Shada, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tyler Labine, Kimberly Brooks, Josh Keaton
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

Voltron is the oldest franchise to appear on this list. Inspired by the Japanese anime Beast King GoLion, Voltron joined the growing list of Mecha robots in fiction. There have been a few attempts to revitalize the franchise, but it wouldn’t be until Legendary Defender before the franchise would become popular again.

After an intergalactic war, most of the known universe is now under the tyranny of Emperor Zarkon. The only hope the universe has of defeating Zarkon is in the form of Voltron, the 100-meter tall robot mecha warrior. King Alfor of the planet Altea separates the giant mecha and bonds the five energies of Voltron with his daughter Allura and her life force. Zarkon seeks to posses Voltron but he is thwarted by Allura as she encounters five space pilots on the planet Earth and they become the new Paladins. Reuniting the five pieces of Voltron they take the fight to Zarkon and his empire.


Yu-Gi-Oh! / Arc-V

Number of Seasons & Episodes: 7 (236/99 Episodes)
Cast: Dan Green, Amy Birnbaum, Wayne Grayson, Eric Stuart, Gregory Abbey
IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

Time for a game of spot the protag. The card game was immensely popular during the early 2000’s. Yugioh became so popular it even beat Pokemon for trading card sales. Many young fans were introduced to the card game through its titular anime.

The story is centered around high-schooler Yami Yugi. After his grandfather is kidnapped Yugi has no choice but to compete in a tournament to save him. Through the heart of the cards Yugi will duel his way to victory

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Jacob Robinson

Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 and specialises in anime on Netflix. He's producing most of the previews of the upcoming shows and movies coming to Netflix. Resides in Norwich in the UK.