Best Japanese Thriller TV Shows

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Best Japanese Thriller TV Shows
Best Japanese Thriller TV Shows
TOP TV Shows: Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015), Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection (2001), The Head (2020), Yasuke (2021), Steven Universe (2013), Transformers: Armada (2002), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019), Jujutsu Kaisen (2020), Aeon Flux (1991), Death Note (2006), Godzilla: The Series (1998), Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (1994), Bleach (2004), Gigantor (1964), Parasyte: The Maxim (2014), ERASED (2016), The Promised Neverland (2019), Hellsing Ultimate (2006), Tokyo Ghoul (2014), Alice in Borderland (2020).

List of Best TV Shows

Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Intergalactic warrior Star Butterfly arrives on Earth to live with the Diaz family. She continues to battle villains throughout the universe and high school, mainly to protect her extremely powerful wand, an object that still confuses her.
Style: exciting, sincere, captivating, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, friendship, princess, teenage life, family relations, youth, good versus evil, imaginary, rivalry, disorder, teenage girl, 14 year old ...
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Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
TV show
Story: Despite his happy marriage to Kamiya Kaoru and the birth of their first child, Kenji, Himura Kenshin continues his tireless search for atonement even as illness threatens to claim his life and rob him of him of his memories.
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, starting over, haunted by the past, family problems, hopes, tragedy, family relations, righting the wronged, homecoming, parents and children, heroic mission, estrangement ...
Place: japan, asia, china
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 6.9
 5K
The Head (2020)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, Japan
TV show
Story: Ten scientists trapped in a mobile science laboratory at the South Pole realize that one among them is a killer.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, mysterious, scary ...
Plot: fear, survival, investigation, murder, search, mystery, climate change, mysterious event, danger, deadly, research laboratory, catastrophe ...
Place: antarctica, south pole, scandinavia
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 4K
Yasuke (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring ...
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, mecha, brutal
Plot: samurai, magic, legend, warrior, sword, struggle for survival, legendary hero, legends and myths, protector, ninja warrior, showdown, battles ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, africa
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Steven Universe (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Korea, Spain, Japan, Mexico
Duration: 11 min.
TV show
Story: A young boy takes his mother's place in a group of gemstone-based beings, and must learn to control his powers.
Style: stylized, captivating, touching, offbeat, witty ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: gem, save the world, goodhearted, adventure, danger, youth, supernatural ability, family, coming of age, escapades, imaginary, supernatural ...
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Transformers: Armada (2002)
Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Transformers: Armada, known in Japan as Chō Robot Seimeitai Transformers: Micron Densetsu, is a Transformers animated series, comic series and toy line which ran from 2002–2003. It was originally scheduled for 2001, however was delayed until ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: androids and robots, good versus evil, space wars, heroic mission, adventure, battles, danger, escapades, master villain, save the world, space and aliens, transforming robot ...
Time: future
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon ...
Style: exciting, captivating, manga, dark fantasy, humorous ...
Plot: demon, adventure, death, danger, friendship, murder, supernatural, violence, sword, teamwork, mentor, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 25K
Jujutsu Kaisen (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: With his days numbered, high schooler Yuji decides to hunt down and consume the remaining 19 fingers of a deadly curse so it can die with him.
Style: suspense, disturbing, dark fantasy, stylized, captivating
Plot: exorcism, paranormal, secret organization, demon, supernatural, tragedy, occult, school life, spirit, teamwork, friendship, high school life ...
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 7.8
 6K
Aeon Flux (1991)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Korea, Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Æon Flux is set in a bizarre, dystopian future world. The title character is a tall, leather-clad secret agent from the nation of Monica, skilled in assassination and acrobatics. Her mission is to infiltrate the strongholds of the neighboring ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cloning, secret agents, cyberpunk, agent, apocalypse, surrealism, bondage, jet pack, secret agent, sabotage, sniper, dictator ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
 9.0
 262K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: anti hero, mind game, anti heroes, secret identity, intelligence, vigilante, crimes, law enforcement, supernatural ability, battle of wits, artifact, supernatural ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
Godzilla: The Series (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA, Canada
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Godzilla: The Series is an American animated television series which originally aired on Fox in the United States. The show premiered on September 12, 1998, and is a direct follow-up to the American Godzilla re-imagining.
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: teens
Plot: godzilla, giant monster, race against time, good versus evil, heroes, heroic mission, chaos and mayhem, ocean or sea, battles, hunt down, save the planet, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 2000s
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Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (1994)
Genre: Animation, Family, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 20 min.
TV show
Story: Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad is an American television series. It was produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultracom and DIC Entertainment, with distribution by All American Television, and ran for one season from September 12, 1994 to April 11, 1995 ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, rivalry, partners, danger, imaginary, save the day, adventure, youth, heroes, man versus machine, heroic mission ...
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Japan has been invaded and conquered by the Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11 and its citizens known as Elevens. The Britannian Empire takes away Japan's autonomous power and imposes its rule through the use of Knightmares. The ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rebellion, imaginary, siblings relations, rebelliousness, young heroes, youth, battles, mind control, prince, supernatural ability, civil rights, military ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 46K
Bleach (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The show revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki, a good-hearted 15-year-old high school student who carries the undesired ability to see spirits. Others in his family (two sisters and his father) carry this ability to some extent as well. One evening, he ...
Style: heroic, exciting, stylized, comic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, evil force, youth, rivalry, heroic mission, supernatural ability, martial arts, death, danger, good versus evil, teenage life, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 199
Gigantor (1964)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Gigantor is an American adaptation of the anime version of Tetsujin 28-go, a manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama released in 1956. It debuted on U.S. television in 1964. As with Speed Racer, the characters' original names were altered and the original ...
Plot: giant robots, giant robot, robot, alien
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Parasyte: The Maxim (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Shinichi Izumi is a normal high school boy whose right hand has become infected with an alien parasite that names itself "Migi" ("right"). Migi is the first parasite to develop a symbiotic relationship with its host, as he and ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, fight scenes, violence, parasite, danger, massacre, body horror, murder, rivalry, humanity, survival, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 35K
ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 264 min.
TV show
Story: Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his ...
Style: captivating, psychological, psychological thriller, sentimental, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, child abuse, time travel, serial killer, murder, friendship, death, dysfunctional family, kidnapping, abuse, abusive mother, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006, year 1988
Place: japan
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The Promised Neverland (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: The one adored as the mother is not the real parent. The people living here together are not actual siblings. The Gracefield House is where orphaned children live. An irreplaceable home where 38 siblings and Mom live happy lives, even with no blood ...
Style: dark fantasy, touching, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: friendship, survival, murder, death, adventure, hopes, demon, distopia, farming, betrayal, vengeance, danger ...
Time: future
Place: japan
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Hellsing Ultimate (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Hellsing, a secret organization of the British government, have long been battling supernatural threats to keep the people safe from the creatures of the night. The current leader, Integra Wingates Hellsing, controls her own personal army to ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, dark fantasy, stylized, scary ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vampire, immortality, danger, anti heroes, gunfight, supernatural, vampire hunter, anti hero, monster, superhuman powers, good versus evil, imaginary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 42K
Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a cafe he frequents. They're the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul - a kind of monster that ...
Style: dark fantasy, exciting, suspenseful, serious, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: supernatural, murder, danger, supernatural ability, deadly creature, secret identity, youth, friends, survival, good versus evil, crimes, hunt down ...
Place: japan, tokyo, east asia, asia
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Alice in Borderland (2020)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: With his two friends, a video-game-obsessed young man finds himself in a strange version of Tokyo where they must compete in dangerous games to survive.
Style: psychological thriller, suspense, witty, psychotronic, light
Plot: survival, game, supernatural, locked room, psychology, danger, video game, wonderland, team, friendship, showdown, courage ...
Place: japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 50K
Steins;Gate (2011)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara, where he indulges himself in his hobby of inventing prospective "future gadgets" with fellow lab members: Mayuri Shiina, his ...
Style: exciting, mind bending, touching, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, changing the past or future, research, parallel world, scientist, sent to the past, hopes, experiment, youth, student, time loop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Japan, West Germany, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines, UK, Italy
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in syndication as a five-part miniseries and began its official run on October 1, ...
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, talking animals, good versus evil, master warrior, superhero, mutant, invasion, ninja, turtle, heroes, friends, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1987, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.3
 11K
Fate/Zero (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: War of the Holy Grail - Pursuing the power of the "Holy Grail" which grants a miracle, this is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete for it. In that battle whose conclusion was postponed three times, now, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, intense, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: master warrior, adventure, holy grail, king arthur, epic battle, supernatural, mortal combat, ambition, escapades, rivalry, priest, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Beginning its tale in 19th century England, young aristocrat Jonathan Joestar finds himself locked in bitter rivalry with Dio Brando, a low-born boy who Jonathan’s father took under his wing after the death of Dio’s father. Discontent with his ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, tense, comic, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, martial arts, violence, vampire, super strength, friendship between men, rivalry, save the day, death of protagonist, artifact, teenage love, death of father ...
Is relevant ?
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time... Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, she had a very magical encounter. She doesn't know if ...
Style: dark fantasy, stylized, semi serious, captivating, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: witch, young heroes, magical girl, school, magic, wizards and magicians, surrealism, desire, imaginary, youth, good versus evil, friends ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he's lost and confused in a new world where he doesn't even know left from right, the ...
Style: enigmatic, exciting, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: magic, death, tragedy, alternate world, parallel world, time loop, adventure, supernatural, butterfly effect, medieval, time travel, rescue ...
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 23K
Monster (2004)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Kenzou Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon in Germany, finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Plot: mastermind, moral dilemma, doctor, murder, hospital, protagonist as suspect, guilt, false accusation, track down, orphanage, police detective, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: germany, europe, czech republic
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 6K
Kakegurui (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you're the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it's not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. ...
Style: thought provoking, suspense, serious, social
Plot: gambling, social differences, academy, class system, direction and purpose, luxury, submission, mystery, gambler, fight for supremacy, power struggle, education ...
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 72K
Dragon Ball Z (1989)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese animated television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the last 26 volumes of the original 42 volume Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama The ...
Style: serious, humorous, semi serious, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: dragon, martial arts, friendship, alien encounter, magical, alien, transformation, sacrifice, good versus evil, heroes, save the world, obsessive quest ...
Time: future
Place: japan
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