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), Jujutsu Kaisen (2020), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), Classroom of the Elite (2017), Death Note (2006), Kaguya-sama: Love is War (2019), Aeon Flux (1991), Spy x Family (2022), Bleach (2004), Chainsaw Man (2022), The Promised Neverland (2019), ERASED (2016), Hellsing Ultimate (2006), Alice in Borderland (2020), Tokyo Ghoul (2014), Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995), Parasyte: The Maxim (2014), Death Parade (2015), Blue Lock (2022).

List of Best TV Shows

Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015)
Genre: Animation, Short, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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, captivating, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, teens
Plot: princess, adventure, friendship, teenage life, good versus evil, family relations, magic wand, youth, magical girl, high school life, portal, family ...
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 60K
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: disturbing, captivating, suspense, stylized, dark fantasy ...
Plot: exorcism, tragedy, teamwork, friendship, paranormal, murder, magic, secret organization, adventure, society, supernatural, curse ...
Is relevant ?
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 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, humorous, dark fantasy, manga ...
Audience: kids
Plot: demon, friendship, adventure, supernatural, sword, murder, death, vengeance, mentor, destiny, magic, death of family ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, semi serious, stylized, retro ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, mutant, martial arts, turtle, invasion, mutant animal, good versus evil, master warrior, friends, adventure, crimes, partners ...
Time: year 1987, 80s, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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Classroom of the Elite (2017)
Genre: Animation, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, humorous, light
Audience: teens
Plot: school, teenager, rivalry, society, youth, education, dishonesty, teenage life, teenage boy, friendship, high school life, schoolboy ...
Time: 21st century
Is relevant ?
 9.0
 321K
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: suspenseful, serious, exciting, adult animation, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: mind game, intelligence, secret identity, crimes, battle of wits, law enforcement, supernatural ability, supernatural, rivals, vigilante, heart attack, serial killer ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
Kaguya-sama: Love is War (2019)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Considered a genius due to having the highest grades in the country, Miyuki Shirogane leads the prestigious Shuchiin Academy's student council as its president, working alongside the beautiful and wealthy vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The ...
Style: romantic, humorous, feel good, captivating, light ...
Plot: high school, teenager, high school life, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, romantic relationship, love affair, romance, mind game, couple relations, relationships, teenage love, love and romance ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 6K
Aeon Flux (1991)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, adult animation, psychedelic, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: secret agents, cyberpunk, cloning, agent, distopia, spy, superhero, surrealism, post apocalypse, apocalypse, rebelliousness, dictator ...
Time: future
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 8.6
 23K
Spy x Family (2022)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, satirical, entertaining, sitcom
Plot: spy, family, secret organization, espionage, telepath, agent, supernatural power, supernatural, secret, satire, husband wife relationship, supernatural ability ...
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 56K
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: exciting, heroic, stylized, serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: youth, adventure, rivalry, evil force, good versus evil, heroic mission, master warrior, teenage life, escapades, supernatural ability, martial arts, monster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 8.9
 10K
Chainsaw Man (2022)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Denji has a simple dream—to live a happy and peaceful life, spending time with a girl he likes. This is a far cry from reality, however, as Denji is forced by the yakuza into killing devils in order to pay off his crushing debts. Using his pet ...
Style: ecchi, dark fantasy, brutal
Plot: chainsaw, cruelty, combat, terror, supernatural, secret organization, demon, teenager, murder, violence, hunter, violent ...
Time: 90s, year 1997
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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: rough, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic, manga ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: rebellion, mind control, civil rights, rebelliousness, youth, resistance, leader, peril, rivalry, military, battles, young heroes ...
Time: future
Place: japan, kyoto japan, asia
Is relevant ?
The Promised Neverland (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, 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: touching, captivating, tense, suspenseful, dark fantasy ...
Plot: adventure, murder, friendship, hopes, death, survival, betrayal, family, farming, chase, scheming, dishonesty ...
Time: future
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 47K
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: psychological, tense, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, serial killer, childhood, child abuse, murder, dysfunctional family, friendship, death, disappearance, abusive mother, kidnapping, mystery killer ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006, year 1988
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, stylized, dark fantasy, intense ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: vampire, immortality, supernatural, monster, vampire hunter, gunfight, dark humor, superhuman powers, creature, master and servant, death, warrior ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, tokyo, england
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Alice in Borderland (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, 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: suspense, witty, psychotronic, philosophical, light ...
Plot: survival, game, supernatural, quest, psychology, mercilessness, mission, fight, game of death, violence, team, video game ...
Place: tokyo, japan
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 54K
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: exciting, dark fantasy, suspenseful, bloody, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: supernatural, murder, supernatural ability, secret identity, deadly creature, youth, friends, survival, graphic violence, genetically altered, heroes, crimes ...
Place: tokyo, japan, east asia, asia
Is relevant ?
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen ...
Style: mecha, psychological, serious, exciting, twist ending ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: loneliness, self doubt, father son relationship, loss, chaos, psychological trauma, young heroes, depression, suffering, post apocalypse, piloted giant robot, existentialism ...
Time: year 2015, 2010s, 2000s, 21st century, future
Place: japan
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Parasyte: The Maxim (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, 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, psychological, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, alien, murder, fight scenes, body horror, tragedy, violence, survival, parasite, humanity, high school, supernatural power ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 16K
Death Parade (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: There is a place after death that’s neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling ...
Style: psychological, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: memory loss, death, regret, morality, gambling, afterlife, heaven and hell, pain, unhappiness, fear, game, game of death ...
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 2K
Blue Lock (2022)
Genre: Animation, Action, Mystery, Sport, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: After a disastrous defeat at the 2018 World Cup, Japan's team struggles to regroup. But what's missing? An absolute Ace Striker, who can guide them to the win. The Japan Football Union is hell-bent on creating a striker who hungers for ...
Plot: soccer, world cup, tournament, high school, football team, school, football player, football, ball
Is relevant ?
 8.9
 119K
Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident with a hyperspace gateway made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. Amid a rising crime rate, the Inter Solar System Police ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: bounty hunter, friendship, future dystopia, jazz, adventure, unlikely partners, partners, space travel, fighting crime, hacker, buddies, escapades ...
Time: future, 21st century
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 62K
Steins;Gate (2011)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, 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: mind bending, touching, exciting, serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, time loop, changing the past or future, experiment, hopes, student, youth, sent to the past, memory loss, father daughter relationship, parallel world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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 8.7
 31K
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: psychological, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: mastermind, moral dilemma, murder, false accusation, doctor, track down, protagonist as suspect, guilt, life is a bitch, choice, hospital, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 80s, 90s ...
Place: germany, europe, czech republic
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 1K
Kakegurui (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Children from influential families in politics and businesses attend the Hyakkaou Private Academy. There, the hierarchy of the students are classified by a series of games. Students that win the games are on the ruling side and the students who lose ...
Style: social, serious, thought provoking, stylized, suspense
Plot: gambling, gambler, one last chance, direction and purpose, high school, wealth, class system, fighting the system, love and romance, luxury, life philosophy, academy ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, 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, tense, entertaining, brutal, homoerotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, super strength, friendship between men, martial arts, vampire, violence, rivalry, combat, gang, fight, murder, boy ...
Time: year 1999, year 2001, 90s, 2000s
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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, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: death, magic, alternate world, tragedy, murder, adventure, parallel world, destiny, angst, time loop, time travel, rescue ...
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 80K
Dragon Ball Z (1989)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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, epic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: dragon, friendship, alien, martial arts, alien encounter, magical, sacrifice, transformation, good versus evil, heroes, save the world, apocalypse ...
Time: future
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 3K
Kaiji (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Kaiji Itou is a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps-that is, until he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker. Unable to suddenly repay his friend's huge debt all by himself, Kaiji is offered a ...
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, suspense, adult animation ...
Plot: gambling, risk, quest, survival, rivalry, mind game, loan shark, contests and competitions, rich and poor, social decay, intrigue, deathtrap ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 19K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that takes place in the future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Plot: cyberpunk, partners against crime, human nature, graphic violence, future dystopia, mastermind, master criminal, police investigation, crimes, society, psychopath, distopia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
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