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Penguindrum

Animation Comedy Crime Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2011

Penguindrum

Animation Comedy Crime Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2011

  • Penguindrum
  • 8,9/10

1 season, 24 episodes

A terminally ill girl named Himari Takakura is miraculously saved from death by a strange spirit who resides in a penguin-shaped hat. However, in exchange for extending her life, the spirit tasks Himari's brothers, Kanba and Shōma, to seek out an elusive item known as the Penguin Drum with assistance from a trio of strange penguins.

Levius

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

Levius

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

  • Levius
  • 8,8/10

1 season, 12 episodes

With the casualties of war still haunting him, young Levius uses his prosthetic arm to take his fight into the brutal world of Mecha Boxing.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Animation Comedy Drama Japan 2019

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Animation Comedy Drama Japan 2019

  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War
  • 8,6/10

3 seasons, 25 episodes

Considered a genius due to having the highest grades in the country, Miyuki Shirogane leads the prestigious Shuchiin Academy's student council as its president, working alongside the beautiful and wealthy vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The two are often regarded as the perfect couple by students despite them not being in any sort of romantic relationship. However, the truth is that after spending so much time together, the two have developed feelings for one another; unfortunately, neither is willing to confess, as doing so would be a sign of weakness. With their pride as elite students on the line, Miyuki and Kaguya embark on a quest to do whatever is necessary to get a confession out of the other. Through their daily antics, the battle of love begins!

High Score Girl

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy Japan 2018

High Score Girl

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy Japan 2018

  • High Score Girl
  • 8,6/10

2 seasons, 21 episodes

The year is 1991 and 6th grader Yaguchi Haruo only has video games to live for. He's not popular in school and he's neither handsome, funny, nice nor even friendly. The only thing he has going for him is that he is good at video games. One day at the local arcade, he plays Oono Akira, a fellow classmate but who's popular, smart, pretty and a rich girl that absolutely destroys him at Street Fighter II. Not only does he lose to her 30 times in a row, he can’t beat her at any game. Haruo can’t seem to shake Akira off as she follows him from arcade to arcade everyday after school and beats him every time. As weird as it sounds, the odd couple begins a strange bond and friendship.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Animation Comedy Drama Japan 2019

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Animation Comedy Drama Japan 2019

  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War
  • 8,6/10

3 seasons, 25 episodes

Considered a genius due to having the highest grades in the country, Miyuki Shirogane leads the prestigious Shuchiin Academy's student council as its president, working alongside the beautiful and wealthy vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The two are often regarded as the perfect couple by students despite them not being in any sort of romantic relationship. However, the truth is that after spending so much time together, the two have developed feelings for one another; unfortunately, neither is willing to confess, as doing so would be a sign of weakness. With their pride as elite students on the line, Miyuki and Kaguya embark on a quest to do whatever is necessary to get a confession out of the other. Through their daily antics, the battle of love begins!

The Rising of the Shield Hero

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

The Rising of the Shield Hero

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • 8,6/10

3 seasons, 26 episodes

Iwatani Naofumi was summoned into a parallel world along with 3 other people to become the world's Heroes. Each of the heroes respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned, Naofumi received the Legendary Shield as his weapon. Due to Naofumi's lack of charisma and experience he's labeled as the weakest, only to end up betrayed, falsely accused, and robbed by on the third day of adventure. Shunned by everyone from the king to peasants, Naofumi's thoughts were filled with nothing but vengeance and hatred. Thus, his destiny in a parallel World begins...

Hellsing Ultimate

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2006

Hellsing Ultimate

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2006

  • Hellsing Ultimate
  • 8,5/10

1 season, 10 episodes

For over a century, the mysterious Hellsing Organization has been secretly protecting the British Empire from undead "freaks." When Sir Integra Hellsing succeeded as the head of the organization, she also inherited the ultimate weapon against these undead enemies, Alucard, a rogue vampire possessing mysterious and frightening powers.

Ping Pong the Animation

Animation Drama Japan 2014

Ping Pong the Animation

Animation Drama Japan 2014

  • Ping Pong the Animation
  • 8,5/10

1 season, 11 episodes

Despite having drastically different personalities, high school boys Peco and Smile have been friends since childhood. Now, they’re both talented members of a table tennis club—but what happens when these sports lovers have to go up against each other in tournaments?

Hellsing Ultimate

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2006

Hellsing Ultimate

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2006

  • Hellsing Ultimate
  • 8,5/10

1 season, 10 episodes

For over a century, the mysterious Hellsing Organization has been secretly protecting the British Empire from undead "freaks." When Sir Integra Hellsing succeeded as the head of the organization, she also inherited the ultimate weapon against these undead enemies, Alucard, a rogue vampire possessing mysterious and frightening powers.

Ping Pong the Animation

Animation Drama Japan 2014

Ping Pong the Animation

Animation Drama Japan 2014

  • Ping Pong the Animation
  • 8,5/10

1 season, 11 episodes

Despite having drastically different personalities, high school boys Peco and Smile have been friends since childhood. Now, they’re both talented members of a table tennis club—but what happens when these sports lovers have to go up against each other in tournaments?

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Levius

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

Levius

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

  • Levius
  • 8,8/10

1 season, 12 episodes

With the casualties of war still haunting him, young Levius uses his prosthetic arm to take his fight into the brutal world of Mecha Boxing.

Himouto! Umaru-chan

Animation Comedy Japan 2015

Himouto! Umaru-chan

Animation Comedy Japan 2015

  • Himouto! Umaru-chan
  • 8,4/10

2 seasons, 24 episodes

People are not always who they appear to be, as is the case with Umaru Doma, the perfect high school girl—that is, until she gets home! Once the front door closes, the real fun begins. When she dons her hamster hoodie, she transforms from a refined, over-achieving student into a lazy, junk food-eating otaku, leaving all the housework to her responsible older brother Taihei. Whether she's hanging out with her friends Nana Ebina and Kirie Motoba, or competing with her self-proclaimed "rival" Sylphinford Tachibana, Umaru knows how to kick back and have some fun! Himouto! Umaru-chan is a cute story that follows the daily adventures of Umaru and Taihei, as they take care of—and put up with—each other the best they can, as well as the unbreakable bonds between friends and siblings.

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan USA 2020

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan USA 2020

1 season, 12 episodes

In the year 2045, after global capitalism has defaulted, Japan's elite Section 9 begins conducting covert cyber operations.

Attack on Titan

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy War & Politics Japan 2013

Attack on Titan

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy War & Politics Japan 2013

  • Attack on Titan
  • 8,2/10

4 seasons, 76 episodes

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 small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest Titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a Titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a Colossal Titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller Titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single Titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

Dorohedoro

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2020

Dorohedoro

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2020

1 season, 12 episodes

The story revolves around Kaiman, who does not remember who he was before he was transfigured by a Magic user. This transformation left him with a reptile's head, and a desire to find out the truth about who he really is. Accompanied by Nikaido, his female companion, he tracks down Magic Users in "The Hole" and unceremoniously chomps down on their head, hoping to find out who it was that put him in this state. One by one, they witness this "second man" inside the head of Kaiman, and after pulling them back out of his mouth he asks them all a question... "What did the guy inside my head say?"

Drifting Dragons

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2020

Drifting Dragons

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2020

  • Drifting Dragons
  • 7,7/10

1 season, 12 episodes

Dragons, the rulers of the sky. To many people on the surface, they are a dire threat, but at the same time, a valuable source of medicine, oil, and food. There are those who hunt the dragons. They travel the skies in dragon-hunting airships. This is the story of one of those ships, the “Quin Zaza,” and its crew.

Record of Ragnarok

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan

Record of Ragnarok

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan

1 season, 12 episodes

The story begins when the gods call a convention to decide the whether to let humanity live or die, and settle on destroying humanity. But a lone valkyrie puts forward a suggestion to let the gods and humanity fight one last battle, as a last hope for humanity's continued survival. 13 gods will fight against 13 human champions in one-on-one battles to decide whether humanity lives or dies.

Record of Ragnarok

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan

Record of Ragnarok

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan

1 season, 12 episodes

The story begins when the gods call a convention to decide the whether to let humanity live or die, and settle on destroying humanity. But a lone valkyrie puts forward a suggestion to let the gods and humanity fight one last battle, as a last hope for humanity's continued survival. 13 gods will fight against 13 human champions in one-on-one battles to decide whether humanity lives or dies.

The Best TV Shows: seinen (2019)

Obsolete

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

Obsolete

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

1 season, 12 episodes

In 2014, aliens revealed themselves to request trade with humanity. In exchange for limestone, they would provide a consciousness-controlled general-use robot known as an "Exoframe." Cheaper than an aircraft, tank, or firearm, and easy enough for anyone to operate, the "Exoframe" spreads change throughout the world in the blink of an eye...

Levius

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

Levius

Action & Adventure Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

  • Levius
  • 8,8/10

1 season, 12 episodes

With the casualties of war still haunting him, young Levius uses his prosthetic arm to take his fight into the brutal world of Mecha Boxing.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Animation Comedy Drama Japan 2019

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Animation Comedy Drama Japan 2019

  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War
  • 8,6/10

3 seasons, 25 episodes

Considered a genius due to having the highest grades in the country, Miyuki Shirogane leads the prestigious Shuchiin Academy's student council as its president, working alongside the beautiful and wealthy vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The two are often regarded as the perfect couple by students despite them not being in any sort of romantic relationship. However, the truth is that after spending so much time together, the two have developed feelings for one another; unfortunately, neither is willing to confess, as doing so would be a sign of weakness. With their pride as elite students on the line, Miyuki and Kaguya embark on a quest to do whatever is necessary to get a confession out of the other. Through their daily antics, the battle of love begins!

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Animation Comedy Drama Japan 2019

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Animation Comedy Drama Japan 2019

  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War
  • 8,6/10

3 seasons, 25 episodes

Considered a genius due to having the highest grades in the country, Miyuki Shirogane leads the prestigious Shuchiin Academy's student council as its president, working alongside the beautiful and wealthy vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The two are often regarded as the perfect couple by students despite them not being in any sort of romantic relationship. However, the truth is that after spending so much time together, the two have developed feelings for one another; unfortunately, neither is willing to confess, as doing so would be a sign of weakness. With their pride as elite students on the line, Miyuki and Kaguya embark on a quest to do whatever is necessary to get a confession out of the other. Through their daily antics, the battle of love begins!

The Rising of the Shield Hero

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

The Rising of the Shield Hero

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2019

  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • 8,6/10

3 seasons, 26 episodes

Iwatani Naofumi was summoned into a parallel world along with 3 other people to become the world's Heroes. Each of the heroes respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned, Naofumi received the Legendary Shield as his weapon. Due to Naofumi's lack of charisma and experience he's labeled as the weakest, only to end up betrayed, falsely accused, and robbed by on the third day of adventure. Shunned by everyone from the king to peasants, Naofumi's thoughts were filled with nothing but vengeance and hatred. Thus, his destiny in a parallel World begins...

Vinland Saga

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Japan 2019

Vinland Saga

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Japan 2019

  • Vinland Saga
  • 7,9/10

2 seasons, 24 episodes

For a thousand years, the Vikings have made quite a name and reputation for themselves as the strongest families with a thirst for violence. Thorfinn, the son of one of the Vikings' greatest warriors, spends his boyhood in a battlefield enhancing his skills in his adventure to redeem his most-desired revenge after his father was murdered.

1 season, 12 episodes

Dale is a cool, composed, and highly skilled adventurer who's made quite a name for himself despite his youth. One day on a job deep in the forest, he comes across a little devil girl who's almost wasted away. Unable to just leave her there to die, Dale takes her home and becomes her adoptive father. Devil or not, Latina is beyond adorable, and the adventurer soon finds himself head over heels with being a parent. But why was she out in the forest to begin with, and why does she carry the mark of a criminal?

Boogiepop and Others

Animation Drama Mystery Japan 2019

Boogiepop and Others

Animation Drama Mystery Japan 2019

1 season, 18 episodes

There is an urban legend that tells of a shinigami that can release people from the pain they are suffering. This "Angel of Death" has a name—Boogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real. When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. Yet some students know better. Something mysterious and foul is afoot. Is it Boogiepop or something even more sinister...?

Wasteful Days of High School Girls

Animation Comedy Japan 2019

Wasteful Days of High School Girls

Animation Comedy Japan 2019

1 season, 12 episodes

One day out of boredom, Tanaka decided to give her classmates nicknames based on their quirks. Her friend Sakuchi became "Ota" for her nerdy interests, and her other friend Saginomiya became "Robo" because of her expressionless personality. In retaliation, her friends decided to name Tanaka "Baka." These are the ridiculous days of three high school friends claiming (or not) the height of their youth.

Blade of the Immortal

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Japan 2019

Blade of the Immortal

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Japan 2019

1 season, 24 episodes

Manji is a crass, violent samurai with a special ability: he cannot die. Cursed with immortality by the nun Yobikuni as punishment for his ruthless deeds, he has grown weary of his ageless life. The only way to lift the curse is to slay 1,000 evil men. So Manji wanders Japan, shedding the blood of the wicked on his quest to finally die.

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Chi's Sweet Home

Animation Comedy Kids Japan 2008

Chi's Sweet Home

Animation Comedy Kids Japan 2008

4 seasons, 284 episodes

Chi's Sweet Home is a manga series written and illustrated by Kanata Konami. It has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Morning since 2004. The manga has been licensed for North American distribution by Vertical Inc. To date, it has been collected in nine volumes, with the most recent being published in August 2012. An anime adaptation began airing on 31 March 2008 and was produced by studio Madhouse New Zealand distribution by Astro Awani.

Oishinbo

Animation Drama Japan 1988

Oishinbo

Animation Drama Japan 1988

1 season, 136 episodes

The newspaper office, Tozai Shinbun, plans to publish the Ultimate Menu to commemorate their 100th anniversary. It would not only describe foods but also pass on dietary cultures for many generations to come. Despite its importance, Shirou Yamaoka, a lazy employee, and Yuuko Kurita, a company newcomer, are selected as the editors.

Hell Girl

Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2005

Hell Girl

Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2005

  • Hell Girl
  • 8,0/10

4 seasons, 90 episodes

Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is an anime series produced by Aniplex and Studio Deen. It focuses on the existence of a supernatural system that allows people to take revenge by having other people sent to Hell via the services of the mysterious titular character and her assistants who implement this system. Revenge, injustice, hatred, and the nature of human emotions are common themes throughout the series. It premiered across Japan on numerous television stations, including Animax, Tokyo MX, MBS and others, between October 4, 2005 and April 4, 2006. Following the success of the first season, the series was followed soon after into a second, Jigoku Shōjo Futakomori, which premiered October 7, 2006 across Japan on Animax. A live-action television series adaptation started airing in Japan on Nippon Television from November 4, 2006. A third season of the anime, further continuing the series, was first announced on the mobile version of the series' official website Jigoku Tsūshin. The official title of the third season was announced to be Jigoku Shōjo Mitsuganae. and began airing on Japanese TV October 4, 2008.

Hell Girl

Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2005

Hell Girl

Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2005

  • Hell Girl
  • 8,0/10

4 seasons, 90 episodes

Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is an anime series produced by Aniplex and Studio Deen. It focuses on the existence of a supernatural system that allows people to take revenge by having other people sent to Hell via the services of the mysterious titular character and her assistants who implement this system. Revenge, injustice, hatred, and the nature of human emotions are common themes throughout the series. It premiered across Japan on numerous television stations, including Animax, Tokyo MX, MBS and others, between October 4, 2005 and April 4, 2006. Following the success of the first season, the series was followed soon after into a second, Jigoku Shōjo Futakomori, which premiered October 7, 2006 across Japan on Animax. A live-action television series adaptation started airing in Japan on Nippon Television from November 4, 2006. A third season of the anime, further continuing the series, was first announced on the mobile version of the series' official website Jigoku Tsūshin. The official title of the third season was announced to be Jigoku Shōjo Mitsuganae. and began airing on Japanese TV October 4, 2008.

Ninja Girl & Samurai Master

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy Japan 2016

Ninja Girl & Samurai Master

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy Japan 2016

3 seasons, 78 episodes

The anime centers on a young female ninja named Chidori, whose dream is to help the Warring States-era warlord Oda Nobunaga to achieve his goals.

Attack on Titan

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy War & Politics Japan 2013

Attack on Titan

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy War & Politics Japan 2013

  • Attack on Titan
  • 8,2/10

4 seasons, 76 episodes

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 small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest Titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a Titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a Colossal Titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller Titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single Titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

Monster

Animation Crime Drama Mystery Japan 2004

Monster

Animation Crime Drama Mystery Japan 2004

  • Monster
  • 7,9/10

1 season, 74 episodes

Kenzou Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon in Germany, finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.

Full Metal Panic!

Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2002

Full Metal Panic!

Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Japan 2002

  • Full Metal Panic!
  • 7,4/10

4 seasons, 60 episodes

Kaname Chidori’s one of the most popular girls at her high school – unfortunately, it’s her growing popularity off campus she should be worrying about. Unbeknownst to Kaname, terrorists are plotting her abduction, believing she possesses the rare and coveted abilities of “the Whispered.” That’s where Sousuke Sagara enters the picture. He’s a hotshot soldier from the clandestine counter-terrorist organization known as Mithril – and he’s going undercover at Kaname’s school to try and keep her safe. He may be an ace in the cockpit of an Arm Slave mech, but there’s no training in the world that could prepare him for the warzone of high school.

Encouragement of Climb

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy Japan 2013

Encouragement of Climb

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy Japan 2013

3 seasons, 49 episodes

Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they've decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?

Tokyo Ghoul

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Japan 2014

Tokyo Ghoul

Action & Adventure Animation Drama Mystery Japan 2014

  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • 7,5/10

4 seasons, 48 episodes

Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a cafe he frequents. They're the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul - a kind of monster that lives by hunting and devouring human flesh. When part of her special organ - "the red child" - is transplanted into Kaneki, he becomes a ghoul himself, trapped in a warped world where humans are not the top of the food chain.