Best Japanese TV shows

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Best Japanese TV shows
Best Japanese TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015), Attack on Titan (2013), Jujutsu Kaisen (2020), Death Note (2006), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019), ERASED (2016), Animaniacs (1993), Your Lie in April (2014), Haikyu!! (2014), Violet Evergarden (2018), Parasyte: The Maxim (2014), ThunderCats (2011), Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection (2001), Afro Samurai (2007), Dr. Stone (2019), Shogun (1980), Steven Universe (2013), The Amazing World of Gumball (2011), Iron Chef (1993), Shinchan (2006).

List of Best TV Shows

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
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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 ...
Is relevant ?
 9.0
 242K
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, tense, disturbing, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: giant, life turned upside down, friendship, transformation, friends, attack, danger, survival, army, monster, future dystopia, desperation ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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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 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 ?
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, stylized, serious, absurd, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alchemy, imaginary, siblings relations, curses spells and rituals, escapades, rivals, evil, rivalry, heroes, supernatural, brother brother relationship, adventure ...
Is relevant ?
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 ?
 8.5
 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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 7.9
 22K
Animaniacs (1993)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 21 min.
TV show
Story: The two Warner Brothers Yakko and Wakko and their Warner sister Dot had been (supposedly) created in the 1930's, but their cartoons were too screwy for the general public to handle. The three Warners were locked up in the studio water tower ...
Style: parody, not serious, humorous, witty, absurd ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, family outing
Plot: talking animals, family relations, world domination, farce, showbiz, siblings relations, cult, media satire, artists and showbiz, family, music, media ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, usa
Is relevant ?
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: pianist, friendship, contests and competitions, depression, romance, love and romance, music, boy genius, loss of parent, school, parent child relationship, tragedy ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 15K
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, realistic, disturbing, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: volleyball, sport, rivalry, follow your dream, youth, friendship, friends, prodigy, athlete's life, contests and competitions, against the odds, sport team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
Is relevant ?
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: touching, melancholic, serious, reflective, harsh ...
Plot: love, female protagonist, loss of loved one, typewriter, war, letter, romance, slice of life, travel, weapons, orphan, self fulfillment ...
Is relevant ?
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 ?
 7.8
 7K
ThunderCats (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
TV show
Story: ThunderCats is an American/Japanese animated television series, produced by Ethan Spaulding and Michael Jelenic. A reboot of the original 1980s TV series of the same name, ThunderCats was developed by Warner Bros. Animation and Studio 4°C, and ...
Style: serious, exciting, reboot
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, leader, danger, superhero, transformation, escapades, imaginary, heroes, cat, supernatural ability, space wars ...
Time: 2010s
Is relevant ?
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
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 16K
Afro Samurai (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 26 min.
TV show
Story: A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan.In the Afro Samurai world there are many headbands and they signify the best fighters in the world. If a person should hold number 1, they are ...
Style: suspenseful, futuristic, serious, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, death, danger, african american, vengeance, deadly, adventure, killings, master warrior, escapades, imaginary, martial arts ...
Time: future
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 13K
Dr. Stone (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 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, futuristic, intellectual, funny, educational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: science, teamwork, apocalypse, friendship, survival, mad scientist, heroic mission, environmentalism, romance, post apocalypse, society, scientist ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 26 min.
TV show
Story: Plot is unknown at this time.
Style: bloody, disturbing, futuristic, scary, macabre ...
Plot: zombie, supernatural, virus, zombie apocalypse, gory, mutant, infected, survival, survival horror, infection, bio weapon, experiment gone awry ...
Time: future
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 8.1
 12K
Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 547 min.
TV show
Story: An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
Style: epic, atmospheric, stylized, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, battles, intrigue, leadership, interracial relations, military, betrayal, adventure, danger, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, portugal
Is relevant ?
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 ...
Is relevant ?
The Amazing World of Gumball (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, Ireland, USA, Germany, Japan, France
Duration: 11 min.
TV show
Story: The life of Gumball Watterson, a 12-year old cat who attends middle school in Elmore. Accompanied by his pet, adoptive brother, and best friend Darwin Watterson, he frequently finds himself involved in various shenanigans around the city, during ...
Style: not serious, offbeat, humorous, odd, mad ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: talking animals, eccentric family, family, family life, friends, anthropomorphic animal, teenage life, social relations, cat, family relations, suburban life, youth ...
Time: 2010s
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 1K
Iron Chef (1993)
Genre:
Country: Japan
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Iron Chef is a Japanese television cooking show produced by Fuji Television. The series, which premiered on October 10, 1993, is a stylized cook-off featuring guest chefs challenging one of the show's resident "Iron Chefs" in a timed ...
Style: stylized, offbeat, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: competition, cooking, cookery, palaces castles and temples, rules and policies, multiple contestants, stadium, tv show, game show, chef, rivalry, race against time ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 5K
Shinchan (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Follows the misadventures of a 5 year old kid named Shin Chan. This is the Adult Swim run of Shin Chan.
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting
Plot: brat, mischievous children, spoiled brat, friends, misfit, youth, small town, dysfunctional family, teachers and students, grownups, parents and children, young heroes ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
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 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
Is relevant ?
Masters of Horror (2005)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada, Japan, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Masters of Horror is an informal social group of international film writers and directors specializing in horror movies and an American television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.
Style: scary, serious, stylized, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: insanity, fear, nightmare, murder, ghost, disfigurement, supernatural, evil force, danger, deadly, mysterious place, self destructing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 5K
G.I. Joe (1985)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the successful toy series by Hasbro, GI Joe is the code name for an elite strike force comprising of personnel from all branches of the United States military. Their primary purpose is be a counterforce to the huge terrorist organization ...
Style: exciting, serious
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: swat team, soldier, military, heroes, terrorism, world domination, heroic mission, rivalry, adventure, danger, escapades, chases and races ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
Shaun the Sheep (2007)
Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy, Family
Country: UK, Finland, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 7 min.
TV show
Story: Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated children's television series produced by Aardman Animations, and commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Westdeutscher Rundfunk, a constituent member of the consortium of German ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, captivating, light ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: countryside, animal life, farm, friendship, animals, dog, sheep, pets, security guard, friends, partners, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Is relevant ?
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: A team of teenagers with attitude are recruited to save Angel Grove from the evil witch, Rita Repulsa, and later, Lord Zedd, Emperor of all he sees, and their horde of monsters.
Style: semi serious, humorous, light, feel good, mecha ...
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens
Plot: teenage superhero, superhero, martial arts, young heroes, superhero team, good versus evil, superhuman powers, adventure, giant, heroic mission, youth, partners ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: california
Is relevant ?
Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984)
Genre: Animation, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Voltron is the name of a giant robot in an anime television series that features a team of space explorers known as the Voltron Force. The space explorers pilot robot lions who join together to form the giant robot with which they defend their ...
Style: semi serious, exciting
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: androids and robots, good versus evil, robot, evil alien, adventure, save the world, battles, computer animation, heroic mission, outer space, imaginary, rivalry ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends is a British animated television series based on the works of Beatrix Potter, featuring Peter Rabbit and other anthropomorphic animal characters created by Potter. It was originally shown in the U.K. on BBC ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, stylized
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: mouse, escapades, solace, friends, disorder, animal life, youth, family, mischievous children, family life, rabbit, spanking ...
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