Best new Japanese TV Shows in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & TV List)

The Vore's TV staff selects the top best Japanese TV series of 2019 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Yasuharu Ishii, Hiroaki Matsuyama & TBS Television Japan's best creators?

‘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.

New Japanese TV series in 2018

Top series up for release in 2018

Best Japanese TV series of 2017

Top rated 2017 Japanese TV series

Best Japanese TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2019

2010's best rated Japanese TV series out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Liar Game

    CREATOR: Hiroaki Matsuyama
    CAST: Erika Toda Shôta Matsuda Michiko Kichise

    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. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 14th, 2007

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  • Tiger & Dragon

    CREATOR: TBS Television
    CAST: Gen Hoshino Jun'ichi Kômoto Arata Furuta

    The paths of a debt-collector and a comedian cross through a gril named Megumi. Read more

    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. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 21st, 2005

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  • Karei-naru ichizoku

    CAST: Takuya Kimura Kyôka Suzuk Kazue Fukiishi

    A close-up of the power struggles within the very rich Manpyo family. Read more

    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

    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. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 12th, 2008

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