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Best Japanese web series

Rebooting, Shōgun, and Unnatural are some of the best Japanese web series that offer not only exciting content but also give interesting insights into their traditions. Check out the list below.

Best Japanese web series

Posters of a few Japanese dramas.

Last Updated: 04.25 PM, May 23, 2024


Japanese web series offer a diverse and enriching viewing experience with its unique storytelling and striking performances. Rebooting, Shōgun, and Unnatural are some of the top Japanese web series that offer not only exciting content but also give interesting insights into their traditions and way of life. So, if you are looking for good content that is far removed from the usual Hindi and English shows, we have curated a list of the best Japanese web series to watch on OTT now.

Top Japanese web series on OTT



Created by Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks, Shōgun is a series based on the 1975 novel by James Clavell. Starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosmo Jarvis, Anna Sawai, Tadanobu Asano, Takehiro Hira, Tommy Bastow, and Fumi Nikaido, the drama series portrays the tale of two aspiring men from different cultures. We are introduced to daring English mariner John Blackthorne, who is shipwrecked in Japan; and Lord Toronaga – a powerful feudal lord, alienated even from his dangerous political competitors. Personally speaking, Shōgun is an adaptation that outshines the original and is worth watching at least once.

OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar  

IMDb rating: 8.8/10 


It is not easy to restart your life, especially after a deadly accident. This is the essence of this series. Asami Kondo, a 33-year-old single woman who works at a local city hall, survives a deadly car accident. However, the accident hampered her ability to take risks in life. Will she ever be ready to make mistakes? Watch the series, starring Sakura Ando.

OTT platform: Netflix 

IMDb rating: 8.5/10  


Staying true to its title, this 2018 Japanese series is focused on how a forensic examiner and his colleagues unravel the puzzles behind the mysterious deaths in a city. Satomi Ishihara, Arata Iura, Masataka Kubota, Mikako Ichikawa and Yutaka Matsushige featured in the series. The visual effects and the gripping storyline make the series an intriguing watch.

OTT platform: Netflix 

IMDb rating: 8.1/10   

We Married as a Job

We Married as a Job poster.
We Married as a Job poster.

Released in 2016, the series narrates the tale of an unemployed woman as she gets a job as a housekeeper for a man. Interestingly, he proposes a marriage contract to help her keep the job. Will the two ever fall in love with each other? Though the storyline sounds ordinary, the series is well-crafted and is worth your time. Watch the series to know more.

OTT platform: Netflix 

IMDb rating: 7.8/10 

Alice in Borderland

Alice in Borderland is a science-fiction thriller TV drama directed by Shinsuke Sato, based on the comic by Haro Aso. It features Kento Yamazaki and Tao Tsuchiya as buddies entrapped in perilous games. The players in the game exchange visas. If the visas expire before the game is over, the players’ lives can be at risk. Cinematography, editing, use of graphic violence, visuals, and the performances in the series will keep you glued to the screens.

OTT platform: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

House of Ninjas

Created by Dave Boyle, the series shows a bunch of ninjas who embark on perilous missions to thwart some impending threats. The series has been well-executed, offering an engaging experience. It stars Kento Kaku as the protagonist, alongside Yōsuke Eguchi, Tae Kimura, Kengo Kora, Aju Makita, Nobuko Miyamoto, and Riho Yoshioka.

OTT platform: Netflix  

IMDb rating: 7.2/10  

Mr. Hiiragi's Homeroom

What would happen if your graduation day turned out to be your biggest nightmare? Ibuki Hiiragi (Masaki Suda) works as an art teacher. He began teaching at the high school years ago. Just 10 days before graduation, Hiiragi tells his students that they have now become his hostages. After watching this drama series, one will understand the value of trust in a relationship. The character development and the plot twists are the highlights of this must-watch series.

OTT platform: Netflix 

IMDb rating: 7.4/10

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