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Top 20 Highest Rated Japanese Shows on Netflix

January 1, 2023

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Bookmark this page as we celebrate and list what is considered the Top 20 Highest Rated and Rated Japanese Shows on Netflix.

There are many Japanese shows available to stream on netflix, and you can get everything from drama to comedy to animation and more. Unlike their American counterparts, Japanese seasons can be shorter and more concise with their storytelling, making them very binge-worthy and approachable, but with so much to explore it can be hard to know where to start, we So we’ve attempted, somewhat foolishly, to try to bring you the top twenty rated Japanese shows currently available to stream on Netflix. To help narrow the search, we have only listed live broadcasts.

Also, if you are interested in Korean drama, check out our list of top 40 Korean dramas of all time.

Top 20 Highest Rated Japanese Shows on Netflix

1. Death Note (2006-2007)

A morality tale that offers moments of horror and thought, this anime from Tetsuro Araki is iconic and much loved by fans of the genre. Light Yagami finds the magic notebook that you can use to sentence people to death and sets the story’s series of events in motion. It would eventually become a live-action movie, but it seems like some anime should be left in their original, pure and perfect form.

IMDB rating 9.0/10

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)

26 episodes of classic anime that is often cited as one of the greatest series of all time, directed by Anno Hideaki. The thrilling, violent and gripping story is overlaid with a deeper meaning that adds depth and substance to its narrative. Set in 2015, the Angel Invasion must be fought off by 14-year-old Shinji, the only person who can use technology that can fight off the attack. Often referenced and revered by fans, this is a must-have for fans.

IMDB rating 8.5/10

3. Erased (2017)

Based on the manga of the same name, this touching and sometimes disturbing story follows 18-year-old Saturo, who discovers that his mother has died and he now has the power to time travel. Going back in time, he has the power to alter the timeline, but what are the consequences? Exciting, gripping, and packed with twists and turns, this 12-episode series is also applauded for staying true to its roots, honoring the source material, and pleasing fans.

IMDB rating 8.5/10

4. Midnight Dinner: Tokyo Stories (2016-2019)

Almost like a traditional anthology series, this show has a different character, visit the restaurant manned by a mysterious chef with weird cooking skills. Slightly sinister but ultimately satisfying and heartwarming, this incredibly popular show is a must-watch.

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IMDB rating 8.4/10

5. Terrace House (2016-present)

This reality show has three men and three women all living together in the same house. If you think this looks like a Big brother knockoff, there is, of course, a twist. There is no purpose in being in the house, no prize money or end goal, as guests are free to leave whenever they wish.

So, in essence, they’re only there because they want to be. The housemates get to know each other, become friends and hang out together often, and the show has become a dormant hit, amassing what can only be considered a cult following. Tragedy would end the show, with one of the contestants committing suicide.

Other controversies would also arise, including allegations of manipulation of those involved. We could probably do an entire article on this show, but if you’re intrigued, you can check it out for yourself.

IMDB rating 8.1/10

6. Samurai Gourmet (2017)

This is a twelve-part series that again puts the focus on food. It follows the story of a retired Takeshi who wonders how to occupy his time. While exploring the neighborhood, he finds a restaurant he has never seen before. He discovers a passion for food that awakens his inner samurai. This slice of life series is hypnotic and delightful.

IMDB rating 8.1/10

7. Liar’s Game (2007)

This gripping and twisted show was a huge hit when it was released in 2007. The show follows Nao, a young nurse who finds herself playing the liar game. She receives a crate filled with 100 million yen and instructions on the rules of the game. The game is made up of rounds whose difficulty increases each time and lands Nao in a dangerous and twisted game where nobody is what it seems. The last episode of the season was an incredible three hour finale, something that had never been done before. The show was a success and received praise from viewers and critics.

IMDB rating 8.0/10

8. Giri/Haji (2021)

It is a gripping crime drama in eight episodes and unusual in that it features many English-speaking characters. A detective from Tokyo finds himself in London in search of his brother, presumed dead. Mixing the London and Tokyo settings makes for an enjoyable show to watch and perhaps more accessible to Western viewers. Girl/Haji was co-produced with the BBC but unfortunately did not receive a second season.

IMDB rating 7.8/10

9. The Naked Director (2019–present)

There are two seasons of The Naked Directorwith sixteen episodes to go, and it follows the Japanese adult film director’s over-the-top story Totu Muranishi. Drama and comedy combine to give the viewer a candid look at the Japanese p**n industry of the 1980s.

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IMDB rating 7.7/10

10. Alice in Borderlands (2020)

Based on a manga of the same title, this show is a fantasy-based adventure story that finds three players trapped in a strange parallel Tokyo, trying to survive against games bad guys. Season 1 and Season 2 have eight episodes each. This popular show has been praised for its visuals and cinematography and features scenes of graphic violence.

IMDB rating 7.6/10

11. Good Morning Call (2026 – 2017)

It is a romantic comedy, Japanese style, and follows the story of Nao and Hisashi, two college students who end up having to share an apartment together. However, in the best romantic comedy tradition, the two begin to fall for each other. This is a light watch, but one of the longest running shows with 17 episodes in the first season.

IMDB rating 7.5/10

12. Million Yen Women (2017)

Based on the popular manga of the same name, this is a mystery box in a series that has a unique and original premise at its heart. Five mysterious women all arrive at the home of Shin, a struggling novelist, and in exchange for running the house for them, they pay him a million yen in rent. There are no questions to ask, and slowly the truth of the arrangement is revealed. The show featured Yojiro Noda, who is the lead singer of the rock band RADWIMPSin his first television show.

IMDB rating 7.5/10

13. Workshop (2015)

The world of high fashion, glamor and lingerie are explored in this funny and insightful look at Japanese work culture. When Mayuko is nominated by Emotion, a lingerie manufacturer, we follow her journey through the high-pressure corporate world. With plenty of shine and sparkle, this coming-of-age story has plenty of drama and focuses on the relationships between the main protagonists.

IMDB rating 7.3/10

14. The Reporter (2021)

This gripping drama follows a journalist who uncovers a story involving corrupt officials and government scandals. But his interest has caught the attention of the powers that be and they want his reporting to stop. The journalist is a well-told story that, sadly, resonates no matter where you look. The show adds to the intensity as you realize the events portrayed may be based on real incidents.

IMDB rating 7.1/10

15. Switched (2018)

This fantastic series in six episodes of 2018, Switched, follows the story of two college students who discover they have changed bodies. When Zenko commits suicide, Ayumi witnesses the event and passes out. When she wakes up, the change has taken place. With themes of depression and anxiety, it’s an intense and disturbing story.

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IMDB rating 7.1/10

16. Japan Sinks: People of Hope (2021)

This slice of science fiction is made more relevant by the subject matter it addresses. According to a book by Sakyo Komatsu, Japan sinks follows the protests of the Japanese people against a terrifying government practice of liquefying pollutants. This technique will inevitably end in disaster, and a brave journalist tries to warn them of the dangers, but the powers that be have other ideas.

IMDB 6.5/10

17. Subscribers (2021)

In Tokyo, two lives intertwine against the backdrop of the city. A fashion photographer and an aspiring actress are brought together, and the lives of several Tokyo women are explored in a social media landscape. Fame, media, awards and shopping come together in this nine-episode season.

IMDB rating 6.4/10

18. Fishbowl Wives (2022)

This is another show based on a famous manga and is a drama that follows six different wives who all live in a tower. Unhappy in their marriages, Fishbowl Wives follows women as they wander into infidelity. With the controversy over the steamy intimate scenes, the show has raised some eyebrows as it’s unusual for Japanese shows to be so explicit. Social media was also pervasive on this show, with many people criticizing themes of violence against women. If you are not easily shocked, check this out.

IMDB rating 6.2/10

19. Ju-On Origins (2020)

Here is another scary series that fans of the ring might want to take a look. This is a six episode series filled with all the terror we’ve experienced in movies like The Grudge. The story sees a paranormal investigator exploring a haunted house that has a dark and terrible secret hidden in its past. It’s everything you imagine, with plenty of disturbing images and themes to contend with. Ju-On Origins is not for the faint hearted.

IMDB rating 6.1/10

20. Remember (2017-2018)

This tense 13-episode thriller has a high concept that is chilling and intriguing. Eleven high school classmates find themselves in a chamber of horrors, trapped in a dining hall and fearing for their lives. As they try to piece together the details, they begin to deduce that this might be revenge for something that happened in their past. Truths and secrets are slowly revealed in this dark and tense 13-episode thriller.

IMDB rating 4.9/10

And so here we are in the Top 20 Highest Rated and Highest Rated Japanese Shows on Netflix. What do you think should be on this list? Comments below.

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