Best new Japanese TV Shows in 2021 & 2020 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & TV List)


List of the latest Japanese TV series in 2021 on tv and the best Japanese TV series of 2020 & the 2010's. Top Japanese TV series to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or on tv right now.

New Japanese TV series in 2021

Top series up for release in 2021
  • Shogun

    Based on James Clavell’s most acclaimed of novel, previously adapted into a miniseries, Shogun takes place in feudal Japan where the west collides with the east. John Blackthorne is an English sailor who finds himself shipwrecked off the Japanese coast. Unfamiliar with the land, he soon comes to know the strict daimyo of Lord Toranaga and the dedicated Lady Mariko who hopes to prove her worth. It is a stirring an exciting tale of an aging Japan ripe with political strife and questioning of culture. Watch the trailer of Shogun

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  • Shaman King

    CREATOR: Hiroyuki Takei
    CAST: Katsuyuki Konishi, Minami Takayama & Yōko Hikasa
    As the second animated adaptation of the manga by Hiroyuki Takei, Shaman King follows the adventures of Yoh Asakura seeking to prove his worth as a shaman. If he masters such skills, he will become powerful enough to win the Shaman Fight and become the greatly revered Shaman King. But the battle itself is only held once every 500 years by the most powerful of shamans, making Yoh’s journey to the top one of the toughest challenges of his entire life. Watch the trailer of Shaman King

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2020, 2019, 2018 & the 2010's best rated Japanese TV series out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime & Hulu).
  • Jujutsu Kaisen

    CREATOR: Gege Akutami
    CAST: Junya Enoki, Yuuma Uchida & Asami Seto
    Based on the manga series by Gege Akutami, the dark anime series follows the highschooler Yūji Itadori as he attends the Occult Club of his school. After the death of his grandfather, Yūji finds himself and his club thrown into a world of dark magic and curses. He’ll meet the sorcerer Megumi Fushiguro and the evil spirit of Sukuna. Packed with fantasy and horror, Jujutsu Kaisen is an action-packed series of paranormal thrills and grotesque monsters. Watch the trailer of Jujutsu Kaisen

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  • Uzumaki

    CAST: Uki Satake, &
    The citizens of Kurōzu-cho occupy an eerie city of supernatural forces. Spirals are seen all around the city that signal a horrific curse is in the air. Teenager Kirie Goshima and her boyfriend Shuichi Saito soon discover the power of the spiral that begin to affect every resident. Kirie becomes aware of how her hair seems to curl and spiral which drains her life and hypnotizes others. Any attempt to cut her hair results in it trying to strangle her. The curse becomes even more troubling when natural disasters threaten the Kurōzu-cho. Based on the iconic Japanese dark fantasy graphic novel series by Junji Ito. Watch the trailer of Uzumaki

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  • ID: INVADED

    CAST: Kenjirou Tsuda, Yoshimasa Hosoya & M·A·O
    In an alternative future, investigators now have the ability to tap directly into the psyche of killers and witness their unconscious. Sakaido is one such detective who specializes in tapping into the minds of serial killers. Though seemingly unemotional on the job, he hides a dark secret of a tragic past of murder and revenge, as well as another life he had left behind. His methods are also questionable as the killers he seek often commit suicide. Watch the trailer of ID: INVADED

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  • Kengan Ashura

    CAST: Kaiji Tang, Michael C. Pizzuto, Keith Silverstein, Erika Harlacher
    Tokita Ohma is the ultimate underground warrior who does battle for the mogul Nogi Hideki. As Nogi arranges big money deals on these matches, Tokita delivers the blows that’ll win in these literal fights for corporate rights known as Kengan Matches. Kazuo Yamashita, a middle-aged salaryman, soon learns all about this world of underground fights that decide the fate of businesses as he becomes the manager of Tokita in this intense anime based on the manga. Watch the trailer of Kengan Ashura

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  • Vinland Saga

    CREATOR: Shuuhei Yabuta
    CAST: Shizuka Ishigami, Yuuto Uemura & Akio Otsuka
    Thorfinn, son of the viking's greatest warriors of the 11th century, had his whole family murdered and his land ravaged by mercenary leader Askeladd. The vikings then raised Thorfinn to grow up as a strong and terrifying warrior of fierce strength and fury. Now out for revenge, Thorfinn finds himself challenging Askeladd to a duel and ends up in a plot involving the next King of England in this action-packed anime based on the manga. Watch the trailer of Vinland Saga

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  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

    CREATOR: Gotōge Koyoharu
    CAST: Natsuki Hanae, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka & Akari Kito
    Though the kind-hearted and intelligent Tanjirō Kamado is a young boy, he must become a man rather quickly when a demon slaughters his entire family with the exception of his sister Nezuko. Tanjirō takes on the role of a demon slayer, being trained by the experienced slayer Giyu Tomioka. Driven by more than revenge, Tanjirō seeks a means of removing the curse that has transformed his sister into a demon. Based on the best-selling manga by Koyoharu Gotōge and animated by Studio Ufotable, this Japanese animated series features bold animation and fantasy action. Watch the trailer of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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  • The Promised Neverland

    CREATOR: Kaiu Shirai
    CAST: Sumire Morohoshi, Mariya Ise & Lynn
    The TV Show based on Japanese manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu. The series is about a group of orphaned children who try to escape from a farm. Watch the trailer of The Promised Neverland

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  • Mob Psycho 100

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: 濱田 龍臣, Kazuki Namioka & Yuki Yoda
    This very popular Japanese comic book is yet again brought to live. It's about a young kid, Mob, who uses his psychic abilities to fight of evil entities. Watch the trailer of Mob Psycho 100

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    RELEASE DATE: March 4th, 2021

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  • B: The Beginning

    CREATOR: Katsuya Ishida
    CAST: Hiroaki Hirata, Hiroki Touchi & Asami Seto
    A 2018 Japanese Netflix show that premiered worldwide in march 2018. A highly technologically advanced world is swept by crime, and in particular by a serial killer called Killer B. Watch the trailer of B: The Beginning

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    RELEASE DATE: March 4th, 2021

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  • Miss Sherlock

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Yuko Takeuchi, Shihori Kanjiya & Kenichi Takito
    Miss Sherlock is the Japanese take on the old detective story by Conan O'Doyle. However, in this version, both the role of Watson and Sherlock are played by woman.... Watch the trailer of Miss Sherlock

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    RELEASE DATE: March 4th, 2021

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  • Violet Evergarden

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Yui Ishikawa, Kouki Uchiyama & Aya Endo
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    RATING: /100

    RELEASE DATE: March 4th, 2021

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  • A Life: Itoshiki Hito

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Takuya Kimura, Yuko Takeuchi & Kenichi Matsuyama
    One of the few Japanese shows coming out that is not animated. A Medical drama.

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    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 7th, 2017

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  • Liar Game

    CREATOR: Hiroaki Matsuyama
    CAST: Su-yeon Cha, Jin-ho Choi, Hyo-Seob Eom, Jae-yoon Jo
    A manga series about a girl who is dragged into 'The Liar Game Tournament', a real-life game in wich participants have cheat and lie to win other participants' money.

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    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 14th, 2007

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  • Tiger & Dragon

    CREATOR: TBS Television
    CAST: Tomoya Nagase, Junichi Okada & Yu Aoi
    The paths of a debt-collector and a comedian cross through a gril named Megumi.

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    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 9th, 2005

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  • Hana yori dango

    CREATOR: Yasuharu Ishii
    CAST: Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto & Shun Oguri
    Hana yori dango ('Boys over Flowers') follows Makino, who is repelled by her superficial classmates during high school.

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    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 21st, 2005

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  • Ao No Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rina Satô, Yûki Kaji, Kazuya Nakai
    The animated series depicts a group of boys who are after the thief who has stolen the eye of the demon and taken a child hostage; the investigation takes the group to...

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    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 1st, 2017

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  • Karei-naru ichizoku

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Takuya Kimura, Kyôka Suzuki, Kazue Fukiishi, Kyoko Hasegawa
    A close-up of the power struggles within the very rich Manpyo family.

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    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 14th, 2007

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  • Change

    CREATOR: Hiroyuki Goto, Kazuyuki Shimizu
    CAST: Takuya Kimura, Eri Fukatsu, Akira Terao, Rosa Katô
    A simple school teacher - with no particular interest in politics - becomes the Prime Minister within a few seconds. Talk about change! Fun and interesting show.

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    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 12th, 2008

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‘J Drama’ isn’t a genre for everyone. It’s soapy, kitschy, to say the least, just like its South-Korean counterpart. Still, a fun pool to dive into if you’re in for something else. Below you’ll find our selection of the best Japanese television series.