The Best Japanese TV Shows You Have to Watch Now

I thought it would be good to compile a list of all of my previous Japanese TV show recommendations. I will continue to add to this list as I find more great Japanese shows, but it is just an easy, condensed way to view all of my recommendations. Also, it is a good way to review any shows that you might have missed along the way.

If you are curious about knowing in more detail about a certain show, just click on the hyper-link to view my full recommendation.

I hope this list is useful to refer to as a guide, and I hope you find these shows as fun to watch as I did!

Amazon Prime Video:

99 Days with the Superstar (A Korean/Japanese crossover drama that is about a Japanese bodyguard who falls in love with the Korean actress he is in charge of protecting)

Happy Marriage (Starring the same lead actor as May I Blackmail You, this show is about an arranged business marriage that begins to turn into an actual marriage)

HBO:

Miss Sherlock (Sherlock Holmes with Sherlock and Watson being women)

Netflix:

Samurai Gourmet (A super entertaining show about a recently retired man and his love for food)

Midnight Diner (A show about a diner only open from midnight-7 AM and the stories within it)

Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot (A hilarious comedy about the comedian Jimmy Onishi)

Million Yen Women (Based on a manga, a fictional story about 5 women who pay 1 million yen each month to live in an author’s house)

Atelier (One of the most popular Japanese dramas about a lingerie shop)

Giri/Haji (A crossover between Japanese TV and British TV, produced by BBC and set in both London and Tokyo)

Kantaro the Sweet Tooth Salaryman (A very weird, but funny drama about a normally uptight worker who spends all of his breaks going to dessert shops throughout Tokyo)

Erased (A time travel drama based on a manga, in which the main character has to go back to his childhood to solve a murder)

Alice in Borderland (One of Netflix’s most popular recent Japanese releases; Alice in Borderland is similar to The Hunger Games)

Rakuten Viki:

Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa (Similar to Sherlock Holmes, with a slightly different plot/characters)

In Time With You (A love story based on a Taiwanese drama of the same name)

Pretty Proofreader (One of the most entertaining shows I have watched, especially considering the title)

Signal (A crime/detective drama involving time travel)

Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo (A classic love story drama about an average girl and a genius, handsome guy)

Mischievous Kiss 2 (A follow up to the previously mentioned Mischievous Kiss 2, it follows the lives of the characters once they have graduated from high school)

Caution, Hazardous Housewife (A drama about a former spy turned housewife, and how she tries to adjust to daily life)

Tokyo Tarareba Girls (A drama based on a manga, Tokyo Tarareba Girls is a relatable show about the journey through life and the challenges people go through in adulthood)

May I Blackmail You (A show about a blackmailer who uses his skills for good, very similar to Robin-hood)

Under the Miracle Cherry Tree (One of the more deep, moving dramas I have watched, this show is about a boy who dies but comes back to life to help those who lost him grieve)

Noble Boys (A series of 15 minute episodes; Noble Boys is an entertaining love story between 3 commoner girls and 4 extremely rich boys)

Movies:

Spirited Away (One of the most famous Japanese movies of all time by the iconic Studio Ghibli)

Howl’s Moving Castle (Another Ghibli classic)

Other:

Suits (A Japanese remake of the US show starring Meghan Markle)

Kiss that Kills (One of the most popular Japanese dramas, Kiss that Kills is a combination of time travel, romance, and mystery)

The Emperor’s Cook (My personal favorite Japanese drama, it is about the story of Akiyama Tokuzo; Tokuzo was a troublemaker as a kid, but worked his way up to become the Emperor’s chef by age 25)

IQ246 (Another Japanese version of the popular mystery series Sherlock Holmes, starring an all star cast)

Unnatural Death (A crime show about the forensic analysis group trying to solve murders; similar to the American show CSI)

Densha Otoko (One of the funniest Japanese shows, Densha Otoko is about an “otoko” who falls in love with an extremely pretty girl)

The Good Doctor (A Japanese take on the Korean show about an autistic doctor who is trying to become a surgeon; it is both heartwarming and very emotional)

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