Best Japanese TV shows

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Best Japanese TV shows
Best Japanese TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Jujutsu Kaisen (2020), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019), Parasyte: The Maxim (2014), Attack on Titan (2013), Death Note (2006), Naruto Shippuden (2007), Naruto (2002), Your Lie in April (2014), Haikyu!! (2014), ERASED (2016), Vinland Saga (2019), The Rising of The Shield Hero (2019), Hunter x Hunter (2011), The Quintessential Quintuplets (2019), Sword Art Online (2012), My Hero Academia (2016), One-Punch Man (2015), Spy x Family (2022), Violet Evergarden (2018), Black Clover (2017).

List of Best TV Shows

 8.6
 53K
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: captivating, disturbing, suspense, stylized, dark fantasy ...
Plot: exorcism, teamwork, tragedy, paranormal, friendship, secret organization, supernatural, murder, magic, curse, demon, society ...
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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 ...
Plot: demon, friendship, adventure, supernatural, sword, murder, death, vengeance, mentor, destiny, death of family, magic ...
Time: 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Edward and Alphonse Elric's reckless disregard for alchemy's fun­damental laws ripped half of Ed's limbs from his body and left Al's soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, humorous, manga ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: alchemy, curses spells and rituals, brother brother relationship, siblings relations, supernatural, technology, adventure, escapades, heroes, genocide, evil, alchemist ...
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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: violence, murder, alien, rivalry, fight scenes, body horror, parasite, survival, tragedy, humanity, massacre, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: "Rimuru Tempest" is the new name of a slime in a fantasy world taken by a former 37-year-old human Satou Mikami after he is killed by a passing robber. Broken free from ordinary, stale past life, his fresh adventure in a fantasy world as a ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, sincere, humorous
Plot: adventure, parallel world, reincarnation, friendship, heroes, fantasy world, death, murder, dragon, demon, society, rivalry ...
Place: japan
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 9.0
 354K
Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A ...
Style: serious, mysterious, tense, exciting, disturbing ...
Plot: giant, life turned upside down, giant monster, friendship, friends, death, future dystopia, army, transformation, survival, tragedy, threat ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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 9.0
 309K
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, exciting, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mind game, intelligence, secret identity, battle of wits, crimes, supernatural, law enforcement, supernatural ability, rivals, fighting crime, vigilante, teenage life ...
Place: japan
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Naruto Shippuden (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Naruto Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto.The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend Uchiha Sasuke from the grips of the snake-like Shinobi, ...
Style: exciting, heroic, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: master warrior, supernatural ability, friendship, young heroes, heroes, ninja, team, good versus evil, mission, adventure, villain, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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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, serious ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: rebellion, mind control, young heroes, civil rights, rebelliousness, youth, resistance, peril, leader, emperor, battles, military ...
Time: future
Place: japan, kyoto japan, asia
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 8.4
 96K
Naruto (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Many years ago, in the hidden village of Konoha, lived a great demon fox. When it swung one of it's nine tails, a tsunami occurred. The fourth hokage sealed this demon fox inside a boy in exchange for his own life. Naruto was that boy, and he ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens
Plot: determination, friends, ninja, adventure, friendship, rivalry, master warrior, good versus evil, training, teenage life, heroes, warrior ...
Place: japan
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Your Lie in April (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. Can the heartfelt sounds of ...
Style: touching, stylized, uplifting, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, pianist, romance, music, contests and competitions, love and romance, depression, violinist, death of mother, piano, classical music, school ...
Place: japan
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 8.8
 23K
Haikyu!! (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Shōyō Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio ...
Style: exciting, captivating, disturbing, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: volleyball, friends, sport, friendship, prodigy, stubbornness, rivalry, follow your dream, sport team, youth, against the odds, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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 8.5
 45K
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, sentimental, tense, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, childhood, serial killer, child abuse, friendship, murder, dysfunctional family, death, abusive mother, disappearance, kidnapping, mystery killer ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006, year 1988
Place: japan
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 8.8
 33K
Vinland Saga (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: For a thousand years, the Vikings have made quite a name and reputation for themselves as the strongest families with a thirst for violence. Thorfinn, the son of one of the Vikings' greatest warriors, spends his boyhood in a battlefield ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: norse mythology, sea battle, battles, power struggle, war, viking, intrigue, adventure, vandalism, leader, warrior, legends and myths ...
Place: scandinavia
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The Rising of The Shield Hero (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Iwatani Naofumi was summoned into a parallel world along with 3 other people to become the world's Heroes. Each of the heroes respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned, Naofumi received the Legendary Shield as his ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, feel good, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: betrayal, heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, friendship, fantasy world, society, vengeance, youth, murder, death, escapades ...
Place: japan
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: 34-year-old virgin loser is kicked out of his home by his family and realized that his life is completely over. As he regrets wasting his life, a truck runs him over and he died. When he wakes up... He’s in a world of sword and sorcery! Reborn as ...
Style: captivating, ecchi, intense, tense, seinen ...
Plot: reincarnation, magic, new life, peril, harem, starting over, impersonation, second chance, mythical creature, unlikely partners, fantasy world, obsessive quest ...
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Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss one day discovers that the father he had always been told was dead was alive and well. His Father, Ging, is a Hunter—a member of society's elite with a license to go anywhere or do almost anything. Gon, determined ...
Style: exciting, captivating, thought provoking, compassionate, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: team, friendship, mission, murder, adventure, friends, young heroes, fight, martial arts, training, violence, life is a bitch ...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets (2019)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Fuutarou Uesugi is a poor, antisocial ace student who one day meets the rich transfer student Itsuki Nakano. They argue but when Uesugi realizes he is to be her tutor, he tries to get on better terms. While trying to do so he meets four other girls.
Style: sweet, romantic, captivating, uplifting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: fall in love, couple relations, romance, sister sister relationship, high school, youth, tutor, love affair, love and romance, love, friendship, harem ...
Time: contemporary
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Sword Art Online (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The players of a virtual reality MMORPG, Sword Art Online, are trapped and fighting for their very lives. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it, Kirito—a very powerful swordsman—and his friends take on a ...
Style: exciting, stylized, touching, serious, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, virtual reality, determination, master warrior, monster, survival, trapped, sword fight, swords and armor, computers and web, struggle, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: japan, asia
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My Hero Academia (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: People are not born equal, a realization that 4-year-old Midoriya Izuku faced when bullied by his classmates who had unique special powers. Izuku was one of the rare cases where he was born with absolutely no unique powers. This did not stop Izuku ...
Style: exciting, sincere, entertaining, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: super strength, training, superhero, school, friendship, teamwork, heroism, rivalry, fight, heroes, supernatural power, super powers ...
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 8.7
 152K
One-Punch Man (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special” training, though, he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, exciting, parody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, super strength, superhero, martial arts, battles, absurd humor, supernatural, cyborgs, adventure, fight, fantasy world, karate ...
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 16K
Spy x Family (2022)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 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: captivating, satirical, disturbing, entertaining, sitcom
Plot: spy, family, secret organization, secret mission, espionage, telepath, spy hero, secret, supernatural power, mystery, supernatural, family relations ...
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Violet Evergarden (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The war is over, and Violet Evergarden needs a job. Scarred and emotionless, she takes a job as a letter writer to understand herself and her past.
Style: melancholic, touching, reflective, psychological, serious ...
Plot: female protagonist, love, war, letter, loss of loved one, weapons, travel, post war, romance, slice of life, self fulfillment, first love ...
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 8.3
 21K
Black Clover (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Asta and Yuno were abandoned together at the same church, and have been inseparable since. As children, they promised that they would compete against each other to see who would become the next Emperor Magus. However, as they grew up, some ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, captivating, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: battles, adventure, wizards, magic, direction and purpose, friendship, magical, jousting, magician, fantasy world, wizards and magicians, orphan ...
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 8.1
 8K
Horimiya (2021)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: A secret life is the one thing they have in common. At school, Hori is a prim and perfect social butterfly, but the truth is she’s a brash homebody. Meanwhile, under a gloomy facade, Miyamura hides a gentle heart, along with piercings and tattoos. ...
Style: captivating, entertaining, light
Plot: romance, couple relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage life, love, teenage girl, relationships, teenager, teen romance, high school student, first love, love affair ...
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Yuri!!! on Ice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
TV show
Story: Yūri Katsuki carried all of Japan's hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants ...
Style: yaoi, exciting, captivating, light, humorous ...
Plot: figure skating, russian, training, rivalry, friendship, skating, coach, teenager, sport, gay, rise to the top, dream ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 19K
Dr. Stone (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he's not alone! His science-loving friend Senku's been ...
Style: captivating, educational, intellectual, futuristic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: science, friendship, teamwork, survival, mad scientist, disaster, apocalypse, post apocalypse, environmentalism, heroic mission, scientist, love ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
Komi Can't Communicate (2021)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: At a high school full of unique characters, Tadano helps his shy and unsociable classmate Komi reach her goal of making friends with 100 people.
Style: psychological, entertaining, captivating, humorous, sincere
Plot: shyness, romance, self doubt, friendship, school, slice of life, friends, popular girl, childhood friend, love, teenager, teenage girl ...
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The Holy Grail War is a battle royale among seven magi who serve as Masters. Masters, through the use of the command seals they are given when they enter the war, command Heroic Spirits known as Servants to fight for them in battle. In the Fifth ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Plot: mysterious girl, battles, school, sword fight, magic, fight, fight for supremacy, adventure, wizards and magicians, magical power, orphan, teenager ...
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 38K
Berserk (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Guts, a man who calls himself "The Black Swordsman" looks upon his days serving as a member of a group of mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk, nicknamed "the Grim Reaper of the Battlefield." Led by an ambitious, ruthless, and ...
Style: exciting, dark fantasy, epic, slasher, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tragic hero, battles, vengeance, destiny, one man army, mercenary, supernatural, massacre, adventure, determination, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages, 90s
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