Best 50 Josei TV Anime You Should Watch

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Shuudengo, Capsule Hotel de, Joushi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru., Jingai-san no Yome, Kantoku Fuyuki Todoki, and more!

50: Shuudengo, Capsule Hotel de, Joushi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru.

Japanese: 終電後、カプセルホテルで、上司に微熱伝わる夜。
MAL Score: 5.54
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

The anime centers on Minori, an office worker, and her boss Hadano, who are constantly arguing with each other. One night, after a company drinking party, Minori and Hadano are having their usual argument, when Minori realizes that she has missed the last train. They decide to spend the night at a nearby capsule hotel, but an incident forces them to share the same unit.

(Source: ANN)

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49: Jingai-san no Yome

English: Jingai-san no Yome
Japanese: 人外さんの嫁
MAL Score: 5.69
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

High schooler Tomori Hinowa is called to the principal’s office one day to hear some shocking news: he’s getting married! A mysterious fluffy creature called Kanenogi has chosen him as their wife, and despite Tomori’s initial misgivings, he decides to accept. What follows are a series of delightful tales from this new couple’s monstrous married life.

Adorable and absurd, Jingai-san no Yome is a story that will leave audiences equally charmed and bemused after each short episode.

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48: Kantoku Fuyuki Todoki

English: Insufficient Direction
Japanese: 監督不行届
MAL Score: 5.94
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

This is the anime adaptation of Kantoku Fuyuki Todoki (Insufficient Direction), the first essay manga by the “queen of the manga world,” Moyoco Anno. The comedic and heartwarming autobiographical story follows her everyday married “otaku lifestyle” with Hideaki Anno, “the founder of the otaku cult.”

(Source: ANN)

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47: Strange+

Japanese: ストレンジ プラス
MAL Score: 5.99
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Kou comes to a slum neighborhood in search of his elder brother Takumi and finds him to have become the head of a private detective firm. Kou is drafted by Takumi to do errands and chores in the detective firm, and they come to meet various interesting people…

(Source: MAL News)

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46: XL Joushi.

Japanese: XL上司。
MAL Score: 6.13
Type: TV
Episodes: 8

Synopsis

With the hopes of making a bit of extra cash, office worker Saki Watase registers for a product review program. But when the first product her new part-time job sends her is a huge box of XL condoms, Saki decides to put the task to the side.

Later on, while at a drinking party with her coworkers—including her competent but infuriating “demon boss” Keisuke Sudou—Saki ends up drunk out of her mind, so Keisuke offers to escort her home. Upon their arrival at Saki’s apartment, however, Keisuke immediately takes notice of his subordinate’s substantial amount of XL condoms. When she explains the circumstances of her part time job, Keisuke offers to help out with the testing—revealing himself to be XL-sized!

Note: The standard TV version of the anime debuted on October 7 at 1:00 a.m. on Tokyo MX, as well as YouTube and Niconico. A complete version began streaming the same day on the ComicFesta Anime website.

This entry reflects standard TV version of the anime.

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45: Shin Strange+

Japanese: 真 ストレンジ プラス
MAL Score: 6.23
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Second season of Strange+.

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44: Kiko-chan Smile

Japanese: きこちゃんすまいる
MAL Score: 6.37
Type: TV
Episodes: 51

Synopsis

Kiko-chan’s Smile is an anime and manga series about a kindergarten student who has many of the features of a child prodigy but at the same time has many bizarre habits and an odd personailty.

43: Massugu ni Ikou.

Japanese: まっすぐにいこう。
MAL Score: 6.46
Type: TV
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

A talking dog is a beautiful story that you should have dreamt of as a child. But if you have forgotten about it, this is a reminder of that fable story. This is the story of a dog that talks, but ordinary people cannot hear his voice.

The main character, Mametaro, is an adventurous crossbreed dog. He loves his owner, Iku-chan and his girlfriend Hanako-chan very much. However, he just cannot stand Iku-chan’s friend, Akiyoshi.
During this story, which will be told from Mametaro’s point of view, the warm days of spring are finally here. The school and the riverbank, which is actually just an ordinary neighborhood for people, seems like a mysterious world that extends infinitely to little Mametaro and his friends.

(Source: AniDB)

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42: Norn9: Norn+Nonet

English: Norn9
Japanese: NORN9 ノルン+ノネット
MAL Score: 6.56
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In a futuristic era, “The World” is a peace-bringing entity. Though no one knows its location, it has watched over Earth for so long that war has become merely a fable. The airship Norn’s task is to deliver nine ability users to The World.

After collecting the last person, Norn takes off. Included onboard are eight men and three women—Koharu, who has finally escaped her loneliness and detests her destructive power; Mikoto Kuga, born to a noble family, who uses her barrier skill to protect the Norn and those it carries; and Nanami Shiranui, whose ability only brings pain, and who wishes to die for a past sin she has committed. While en route, suspicions arise amongst the passengers when they realize there are too many people onboard.

As they try to determine who has snuck aboard, the ship is attacked by an unknown assailant aiming to stop the Norn’s progress at all costs. From this chaos arises questions: why were they granted powers, and what must they do once they reach The World?

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41: Massugu ni Ikou. 2nd Season

Japanese: まっすぐにいこう。第2期
MAL Score: 6.60
Type: TV
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

Mametarou is a Crossbreed and this is about his daily activities and the friends he makes with his girlfriend, Hanako.

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40: Hakuouki: Otogisoushi

Japanese: 薄桜鬼~御伽草子~
MAL Score: 6.60
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Features the characters from the games in chibi form with a completely new story with the theme: “A normal everyday that might have existed.”

39: Nil Admirari no Tenbin

English: Libra of Nil Admirari
Japanese: ニル アドミラリの天秤
MAL Score: 6.63
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

The Taishou era didn’t end in 15 years, but went on for another 25. In order to protect her waning family, a girl resolves to marry a man she doesn’t even know the name of. However, just before the marriage was to take place, the girl’s younger brother mysteriously committed suicide by self-immolation and was found holding an old book in his hands. Appearing before the bewildered young girl was the “Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau,” more commonly referred to as “Fukurou.” According to these men, there exists “Maremono,” which are books that greatly affect their readers. On top of that, ever since the incident involving the girl’s younger brother, she unwittingly gains the ability to see “Auras” (the sentiments of the Maremono which manifest as bright lights and are usually invisible to humans). It was as though fate were trying to drag the young girl in its flames. And then, even though apprehensive, the girl chooses to venture outside her bird cage. Jealousy, hatred, scorn, compassion, and love. What awaited the girl was the darkness of betrayal that had already begun to bewitchingly inlay the imperial capital. Toyed by and swayed within that darkness, will the young girl finally reach the truth after her struggles, or…?

(Source: MAL News)

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38: Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan

Japanese: おこしやす、ちとせちゃん
MAL Score: 6.64
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Chitose-chan is a penguin who lives in Kyoto. Getting in touch with people and getting fed delicious food as she curiously walks around Kyoto streets is her favourite thing to do. The story features popular places in Kyoto like Kiyomizu Temple, Ginkaku Temple, and Gion from the Penguin’s point of view. This is a short story about a penguin that is nostalgic and warm, curing and relieving the heart.

(Source: MAL News)

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37: Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi

English: Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
Japanese: Code:Realize ~創世の姫君~
MAL Score: 6.65
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Within Cardia Beckford’s hazy memories, she can recall her father Isaac and the home where she lives alone, feared as a monster by the townsfolk—for in her body, she carries a deadly substance. Embedded in her chest by her father, the eternally beating heart—also known as Horologium—has the capability to produce infinite power. However, it also makes her skin destroy anything it touches.

Many in London seek the Horologium, including the terrorist organization Twilight, with whom Isaac is rumored to have close ties. To obtain the Horologium’s power, the British military forces Cardia to leave her home as their prisoner. But on the road, she is whisked away by the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, who says he will steal her heart. Joining Lupin and his companions, Cardia begins a journey to discover the truth behind Isaac’s connection with Twilight, her missing memories, and the Horologium within her chest.

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36: Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu.

Japanese: ぼくのとなりに暗黒破壊神がいます。
MAL Score: 6.66
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In the distant past, Miguel, the God of Destruction, was sealed inside the knight who ruled over light and darkness, Sturmhurt. Alongside the knight was Gest?ber, who accompanied him through countless battles. In the present day, destiny causes them to reincarnate as Kabuto Hanadori and Seri Koyuki, two classmates.

Their reunion should be a joyous moment, if not for the fact that these fantasied heroes are just products of Kabuto’s delusions. As the fictional “Gest?ber,” Seri finds himself in various embarrassing situations due to Kabuto’s antics that sometimes grow out of his control. Moreover, his classmate Utsugi Tsukimiya joins the fray with his absurdly accurate mind-reading abilities, slowly destroying Seri’s social life.

Seri tries hard to stay away from them, refusing to acknowledge their shenanigans, however with Kabuto’s chuunibyou and Utsugi’s unpredictability, he is only bound to be swept by the craziness coming his way.

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35: Super Seisyun Brothers

Japanese: Super Seisyun Brothers -超青春姉弟s-
MAL Score: 6.75
Type: TV
Episodes: 14

Synopsis

The story involves two pairs of teenage elder sister and younger brother, the Shinmoto’s who are a bit narcissistic and the Saitou’s who look a bit mysterious. It follows their everyday life in school and at home.

(Source: MAL News)

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34: Loveless

English: Loveless
Japanese: LOVELESS
MAL Score: 6.81
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In the world of Loveless, each person is born with cat ears and a tail, which disappear only if that person engages in a sexual intercourse. Because of this, they have come to symbolize virginity and innocence. Additionally, fighting is only done by “fighting pairs” or couples, where one is known as the Sacrifice and the other as the Fighter. The first receives the damage while the latter attacks.

Ritsuka Aoyagi is a 12-year-old boy, who for some unknown reason suffers from amnesia. His brother got killed recently, and as if his life has not been hard enough lately, on his first day at the new school he gets approached by a stranger called Agatsuma Soubi, who claims to have known his late brother. Ritsuka finds out that Agatsuma and his brother used to be a fighting pair, and that Agatsuma has inherited Ritsuga now that his brother is gone. Together, they try to find the truth behind his brother’s death and the organization known as the “Seven Moons,” which may have been responsible for it. All the while, it seems that Ritsuka and Agatsuma are becoming closer than they intended to be…

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33: Akkun to Kanojo

English: My Sweet Tyrant
Japanese: あっくんとカノジョ
MAL Score: 6.84
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Despite his incredible bashfulness, Atsuhiro “Akkun” Kagari has landed the girl of his dreams: the sweet and loveable Non Katagiri. However, his embarrassment for affectionate acts—from giving compliments to exchanging a kiss—causes him to act harsh and downright mean to Katagiri in their day-to-day lives. But Akkun is still very much a boy in love; and he shows his admiration for Katagiri in his own way. From tailing her in order to take her picture to eavesdropping in on her conversations, he ends up stalking his own girlfriend.

Luckily enough, Katagiri finds Akkun’s actions cute and endearing, and knows he doesn’t really mean any of his insults. Even if their close friend, Masago Matsuo, finds their dynamic a little odd, Katagiri loves her sweet tyrant just the way he is.

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32: Servamp

English: SERVAMP
Japanese: SERVAMP(サーヴァンプ)
MAL Score: 6.91
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Mahiru Shirota firmly believes that simple is best and troublesome things should be avoided at all costs. It is troublesome to do nothing and regret it later—and this ideology has led the 15-year-old to pick up a stray cat on his way home from school. As he affectionately names the feline Kuro, little does he know that this chance meeting will spark an extraordinary change in his everyday life.

One day, Mahiru returns home to find something quite strange: a mysterious young man he has never seen before. His subsequent panic results in the uninvited guest being exposed to sunlight and—much to Mahiru’s shock—transforming into Kuro! Upon revealing himself as a mere lazy shut-in vampire, Kuro promises to leave once night falls. However, one disaster after another leads to Mahiru accidentally forming a contract with his new freeloader, dragging him into a life-threatening battle of supernatural servants and bloodthirsty beings that is anything but simple.

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31: Orenchi no Furo Jijou

Japanese: オレん家のフロ事情
MAL Score: 6.99
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

On his way home from school, Tatsumi sees a man collapsed near a lake. When he approaches him, Tatsumi notices something strange: the person in need of help is actually a beautiful merman named Wakasa! Because Wakasa’s home has become too polluted to live in, Tatsumi graciously offers his bathtub as a refuge.

With a boisterous merman as his new roommate, Tatsumi’s normal life won’t be returning anytime soon, not to mention Wakasa’s aquatic friends—Takasu, Mikuni, and Maki—often show up uninvited, making them all quite a handful for the high school student. As he humors their curiosity for human life, Tatsumi sometimes finds himself enjoying their childish antics, but he will have to keep his cool if he intends to keep up with his daily life and newfound friendship.

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30: Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist

English: Devils and Realist
Japanese: 魔界王子 devils and realist
MAL Score: 7.04
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

The story revolves around William, an aristocratic family’s progeny with rare intellect. One day, his uncle lost his possessions after his business failed. Fearing that his family’s name has been tarnished, William returns home and searches with his family’s butler for anything that can be converted into cash. A search of the premises yields an underground room left by an ancestor. In the room is a magical seal, and William unintentionally summons a devil. The summoned devil tells William his name Dantalion, and reveals that William is the designator who can choose the acting ruler of the demon world.

(Source: ANN)

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29: Karneval (TV)

English: Karneval
Japanese: カーニヴァル
MAL Score: 7.12
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

While in search of his precious friend, a young boy named Nai falls captive to a beautiful woman, whose looks are matched only by her taste for human flesh. Meanwhile Gareki, a clever thief, is in the midst of robbing her luxurious home. After causing a distraction, Gareki agrees to help Nai escape, but they are discovered upon the woman’s return. As she transforms into a ghoulish monster, the boys flee.

On the run, Nai and Gareki are found by “Circus,” a government defense agency that deals with criminal activity too difficult for the police to handle and protects civilians from “varuga”—terrible monsters that devour humans for sustenance. In the hope that it will lead Nai to his missing friend, he and Gareki decide to join Circus. On their perilous journey, they face dangerous varuga and begin to uncover the secrets behind a shadowy organization known as Kafka.

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28: Hatenkou Yuugi

English: Hatenkou Yugi
Japanese: 破天荒遊戯
MAL Score: 7.14
Type: TV
Episodes: 10

Synopsis

“See the world”

With these words, Rahzel, the daughter of a rich family, is kicked out of her house and sent on her journey. Along the way she meets up with Heat and Alzeid, two men with very different personalities but very similar journeys. Rahzel is a clever, stubborn, and confident girl, who, with the powers of her magic and mind helps the people she runs into on her journey to discover the world.

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27: Saiyuuki Reload Blast

English: Saiyuki Reload Blast
Japanese: 最遊記RELOAD BLAST
MAL Score: 7.21
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

At last, the Sanzou Party has arrived in India. In this foreign land, where the anomaly’s influence runs rampant, their battles only heighten in their violence.

And also awaiting them is their tragic fate from 500 years ago—

What will they find at the end of their long and treacherous journey?

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26: 07-Ghost

English: 07-Ghost
Japanese: セブンゴースト
MAL Score: 7.22
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Barsburg Empire’s Military Academy is known for training elites who bring victory to the empire. Students of the academy freely utilize an ability called “Zaiphon” to fight, while the types of Zaiphon usable depends on the nature of the soldier.

Teito Klein, a student at the academy, is one of the most promising soldiers produced. Although ridiculed by everyone for being a sklave (German for slave) with no memories of his past, he is befriended by a fellow student called Mikage. While preparing for the final exam, Teito uncovers a dark secret related to his past. When an attempt to assassinate Ayanami, a high-ranking official who killed his father, fails, Teito is locked away awaiting punishment.

Only wanting the best for Teito, Mikage helps him escape. Teito ends up at the 7th District Church where he is taken in by the bishops. It is here that Teito attempts to evade the grasp of Ayanami and the Military, so he can rediscover his memories and learn why he is the person that can change the fate of the world.

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25: Petshop of Horrors

English: Pet Shop of Horrors
Japanese: Pet Shop of Horrors (ペットショップ オブ ホラーズ)
MAL Score: 7.26
Type: TV
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

Count D, a quite interesting pet shop owner from an area called Chinatown, sells rare and hard to come by pets to people longing for something special, but with each sale comes a contract. If the rules of the contract are followed, everything goes fine, but if someone should break the rules of the contract, the pet shop cannot be held responsible for anything unfortunate that might happen. Leon Orcot, a homicide detective, has linked many odd and unexplainable deaths together; they all were customers of Count D’s pet shop, and he intends to find out why.

(Source: ANN)

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24: Natsuyuki Rendezvous

English: Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Japanese: 夏雪ランデブー
MAL Score: 7.28
Type: TV
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

Ryousuke Hazuki is a young man whose heart has been stolen away, stopping by the local floral shop daily in order to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Rokka Shimao, the shop’s owner. In hopes of getting close to her, he decides to get a part-time job at the shop, but before he is able to make his move, he runs into a major roadblock: in her apartment dwells a ghost who claims to be Rokka’s deceased husband.

Atsushi Shimao has quietly watched over his widowed wife ever since he passed three years ago. However, Hazuki is the first person to ever notice him, and the two quickly find themselves at odds: the jealous Shimao attempts to thwart the suitor’s advances and possess his body, while Hazuki simply wants the ghost to pass on for good, allowing Rokka to move on from the past and him to be with the one he loves. As both men refuse to let go of their desires, an unusual relationship forms between a troubled woman, an unrelenting ghost, and a stubborn man in love.

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23: Ristorante Paradiso

English: Ristorante Paradiso
Japanese: リストランテパラディーゾ
MAL Score: 7.35
Type: TV
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

When Nicoletta was a little girl, her mother, Olga, abandoned her and ran off to Rome to remarry. Now, 15 years later and a young woman, she travels to Rome with the intention of ruining her mother’s life. She tracks Olga down to a restaurant called Casetta dell’Orso, but the second Nicoletta steps through its door, everything changes. It’s a peculiar place staffed entirely by mature gentlemen wearing spectacles, and like their clientele, she is helpless against their wise smiles and warm voices. Before Nicoletta realizes it, her plans for vengeance start to fade, and she’s swept up in the sweet romance of everyday Italian life.

(Source: Right Stuf)

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22: Hakuouki

English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~
Japanese: 薄桜鬼
MAL Score: 7.39
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In 1864 Japan, a young woman named Chizuru Yukimura is searching for her missing father, Koudou, a doctor by trade whose work often takes him far from home. But with no word from him in months, Chizuru disguises herself as a man and heads to Kyoto in search of him. Attracting the attention of ronin, she tries to hide and ends up witnessing a horrifying sight: the ronin being brutally murdered by crazed white-haired men. In a startling turn of events, members of the Shinsengumi arrive to dispatch the creatures. But Chizuru’s safety doesn’t last long, as this group of men tie her up and take her back to their headquarters, unsure of whether to let her live or silence her permanently.

However, once she reveals the name of her father, the Shinsengumi decide to keep her safe, as they too have been searching for him. But Koudou is more connected to the Shinsengumi than they let on, and soon Chizuru finds herself embroiled in a conflict between the Shinsengumi and their enemies, as well as political tension in Kyoto.

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21: Saiyuuki Reload

English: Saiyuki Reload
Japanese: 最遊記RELOAD
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Priest Genjo Sanzo and companions Cho Hakkai, Sha Gojyo, and Son Goku maintain their westward journey to stop the resurrection of the demon Gyoumao. As the reputation of the Sanzo Ikkou precedes them, they continue to fight demon assassins at every turn, but they must also deal with increasing tensions within their group in order to defeat a powerful enemy.

(Source: ANN)

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20: Saiyuuki Reload Gunlock

English: Saiyuki Gunlock
Japanese: 最遊記RELOAD GUNLOCK
MAL Score: 7.41
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

The Sanzo Ikkou continues its westward journey, on a mission to prevent a demonic resurrection. As Genjo Sanzo, Cho Hakkai, Sha Gojyo, and Son Goku fight their way to their goal, their path is fraught with internal strife. When they encounter a formidable pair of adversaries from the west, the cohesion of the group — and the fate of the mission — may be at stake.

(Source: ANN)

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19: Gokusen

English: The Gokusen
Japanese: ごくせん
MAL Score: 7.42
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Kumiko Yamaguchi is smart, enthusiastic, and ready to start her dream job as a math teacher at Shirokin Academy. But as her first day opens on atrocious students and cowering teachers, Kumiko realizes that the all-boys high school is a cesspool of delinquents with no intention of improving themselves.

However, what her rowdy students don’t know is that behind her dorky facade, Kumiko is the acting head of a powerful yakuza clan, and she has the skills to prove it! Capable of overpowering even the strongest of gangsters in seconds, Kumiko must keep her incredible strength and criminal influence a secret in order to keep her job. Unfortunately, with the vice principal constantly trying to get her fired and Shin Sawada, the leader of her class of delinquents, suspecting she’s stronger than she lets on, Kumiko has a difficult teaching career ahead of her.

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18: Hakuouki Reimeiroku

English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ Dawn of the Shinsengumi
Japanese: 薄桜鬼 黎明録
MAL Score: 7.46
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

The year is 1863 and as Japan’s long festering wounds of political discord erupt into violent waves of street clashes and murder, the Tokugawa Shogunate sends a new force of masterless samurai called the Roshigumi to the aid of the Aizu forces in Kyoto. However the new “police” are anything but a cohesive force and assassination has already split them into two opposing factions. The stronger is led by the brutal Serizawa Kamo and the lesser by the more honorable but less assertive Isami Kondo. It is into this pack of wolves that Ryunosuke Ibuki is dragged by the rabid Serizawa. Forced to be a virtual slave by blood debt, he hates the samurai and everything they stand for. But as he sees how the other half of the samurai live, he begins to believe that there may still be a chance, for both himself and Japan, if only Kondo will step up and take down the mad dog Serizawa!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

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17: Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.

English: Utakoi
Japanese: 超訳百人一首 うた恋い。
MAL Score: 7.47
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Uta Koi tells the “super-liberal interpretation” of the Hyakuninisshu anthology compiled during Japan’s Heian period of 100 romantic poems from 100 different poets such as The Tale of Genji’s Murasaki Shikibu.

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16: Hakuouki Hekketsuroku

English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ Record of the Jade Blood
Japanese: 薄桜鬼 碧血録
MAL Score: 7.59
Type: TV
Episodes: 10

Synopsis

After the conclusion of Hakuouki, Chizuru Yukimura and the Shinsengumi are forced to flee Kyoto and set sail for Edo. In their commander Isami Kondou’s absence, vice-commander Toshizou Hijikata steps in as acting commander. However, Hijikata is not only struggling with the extra leadership duties—which worries everyone around him—but also a newfound uncontrollable bloodlust. To make matters worse, the urge does not affect him alone, and it is even beginning to drive some of his subordinates mad.

Finally, Kondou returns with orders from the emperor to defend the castle, and a new name for their squad: the Kouyou Chinbutai. But in war, the balance of power can shift suddenly and allegiances can waver. In Hakuouki Hekketsuroku, Chizuru follows the Shinsengumi into the heart of war and continues the search for her missing father, all while the bond between her and Hijikata grows ever stronger.

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15: Paradise Kiss

English: Paradise Kiss
Japanese: Paradise kiss
MAL Score: 7.84
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

On her way home from school, Yukari Hayasaka is approached by a weird-looking guy who starts looking at her body intently. He’s got blond spiky hair, a spiked choker, and multiple piercings on his ears and face. She wants nothing to do with him, and runs away, only to bump into a very tall and beautiful purple-haired woman with a flower pattern around her eye. Yukari faints from shock and wakes up later in a strange place called the Atelier. It turns out that these strangers are fashion designers who attend the most famous art school around, Yazawa Art Academy, and their group wants Yukari to model for their brand in Yazawa Academy’s upcoming show.

Yukari turns down their offer and escapes the Atelier, but unknowingly leaves her school ID behind. George Koizumi, the head designer, later sees it and immediately knows she would be the perfect model for them and will not stop until he gets what he wants—and he wants her. Yukari had never considered something as frivolous as modeling before, but could life among these eccentric designers actually prove to be fun? Or will Yukari lose herself in this world of art and passion?

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14: Shirokuma Cafe

English: Polar Bear Cafe
Japanese: しろくまカフェ
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

Situated near the local zoo and owned by the charismatic polar bear Shirokuma, Shirokuma Cafe is a popular spot for animals and humans alike, allowing them to sit back and relax after a hard day of work. Whether it’s a cold beverage or the latest item on his menu, Shirokuma finds joy in being able to serve his customers, often striking up conversations about various subjects.

Together with the sarcastic Penguin and the clumsy Panda, they form an odd trio who get themselves caught up in all sorts of misadventures with their other friends such as Grizzly, a bar owner, and Sasako, a human who works at the cafe. From dealing with unrequited love, outdoor camping trips, karaoke sessions, and even the secret to brewing delicious coffee, there’s always something bound to be happening in Shirokuma Cafe!

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13: Hachimitsu to Clover

English: Honey and Clover
Japanese: ハチミツとクローバー
MAL Score: 8.04
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Yuuta Takemoto, a sophomore at an arts college, shares a cheap apartment with two seniors—the eccentric Shinobu Morita, who keeps failing to graduate due to his absenteeism, and the sensible Takumi Mayama, who acts as a proper senior to Takemoto, often looking out for him.

Takemoto had not given much thought to his future until one fine spring day, when he meets the endearing Hagumi Hanamoto and falls in love at first sight. Incredibly gifted in the arts, Hagumi enrolls in Takemoto’s university and soon befriends the popular pottery student Ayumi Yamada. Ayumi is already well acquainted with the three flatmates and secretly harbors deep feelings for one of them.

Hachimitsu to Clover is a heartwarming tale of youth, love, soul-searching, and self-discovery, intricately woven through the complex relationships between five dear friends.

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12: Kuragehime

English: Princess Jellyfish
Japanese: 海月姫
MAL Score: 8.12
Type: TV
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

Ever since her late mother took her to an aquarium when she was young, Tsukimi Kurashita has been obsessed with jellyfish, comparing their flowing tentacles to a princess’s white dress. Now living with five other unemployed otaku women, 19-year-old Tsukimi spends her days as a social outcast dreaming of becoming an illustrator.

However, her life changes forever when one day, a beautiful woman unexpectedly helps her save a jellyfish in a local pet store. From then on, the stranger—confident, fashionable, and the complete opposite of Tsukimi and her roommates—begins to regularly visit the girls’ building. This trendy hipster, though appearing shallow at first, harbors some secrets of her own, starting with the fact that “she” isn’t really a girl at all, but a wealthy male college student named Kuranosuke Koibuchi!

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11: Nodame Cantabile: Paris-hen

Japanese: のだめカンタービレ 巴里編
MAL Score: 8.16
Type: TV
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

Shinichi Chiaki conquers his fear of flying, and Megumi “Nodame” Noda’s exceptional performance at a piano competition earns her an invitation to study at the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris. The pair go to Paris together to take the next step in their careers: Chiaki as a new rising conductor under the wing of the great maestro Franz von Stresemann, and Nodame as a pupil of the esteemed piano professor Charles Auclair.

But, of course, the music world is much bigger than the two of them could have ever imagined. Chiaki and Nodame, alongside old friends and new rivals, must fight and persevere to reach the dazzling musical heights that await them while never losing sight of what matters most.

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10: Chihayafuru

English: Chihayafuru
Japanese: ちはやふる
MAL Score: 8.21
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed and tomboyish girl, grows up under the shadow of her older sister. With no dreams of her own, she is contented with her share in life till she meets Arata Wataya. The quiet transfer student in her elementary class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets. Captivated by Arata’s passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta. Along with the prodigy Arata and her haughty but hard-working friend Taichi Mashima, she joins the local Shiranami Society. The trio spends their idyllic childhood days playing together, until circumstances split them up.

Now in high school, Chihaya has grown into a karuta freak. She aims to establish the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club, setting her sights on the national championship at Omi Jingu. Reunited with the now indifferent Taichi, Chihaya’s dream of establishing a karuta team is only one step away from becoming true: she must bring together members with a passion for the game that matches her own.

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9: Hachimitsu to Clover II

English: Honey and Clover II
Japanese: ハチミツとクローバー II
MAL Score: 8.24
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Back from his journey across Japan, Yuuta Takemoto reminisces about his college life so far. He has matured significantly since his second year and is motivated to move forward.

Feeling more confident than ever before, he finally confesses to Hagumi Hanamoto, the girl he has been in love with since their first encounter. However, Hagumi has been confused by her attempts to understand the mysterious Shinobu Morita. Hiding behind a playful demeanor, Morita may be the most burdened by his own potential. Meanwhile, Takumi Mayama has become a full-fledged working adult and has landed Ayumi Yamada several pottery orders through his company in an act of friendship.

The five youths continue to face individual hardships in academics, work, love, and friendship as they push each other toward the paths that they are destined to walk.

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8: Nodame Cantabile: Finale

Japanese: のだめカンタービレ フィナーレ
MAL Score: 8.25
Type: TV
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

Shinichi Chiaki is quickly making a name for himself as the principal conductor of the revitalized Roux-Marlet Orchestra, and Megumi “Nodame” Noda has made leaps and bounds as a pianist at the Conservatoire de Paris. However, tensions mount between the two as Nodame feels left behind by Chiaki’s growing success and his close friendship with legendary piano prodigy Rui Son. Disregarding her teacher Professor Charles Auclair’s advice, Nodame enters another piano competition in an attempt to jumpstart her own performance career.

Meanwhile, those around Chiaki and Nodame are at their own crossroads. Rui begins to doubt herself after hearing Nodame’s playing and being denied tutelage from Auclair; Maestro Franz von Stresemann faces the reality of his mortality; pianists Yunlong Li and Tatiana Vishneva feverishly prepare for a competition, while the latter also struggles with her growing feelings for oboist and fellow student Yasunori Kuroki.

As Chiaki, Nodame, and their friends continue on their respective journeys, they must not only strive to stay true to themselves, but also remember where it all started.

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7: Nodame Cantabile

English: Nodame Cantabile
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ
MAL Score: 8.30
Type: TV
Episodes: 23

Synopsis

Shinichi Chiaki is a first class musician whose dream is to play among the elites in Europe. Coming from a distinguished family, he is an infamous perfectionist—not only is he highly critical of himself, but of others as well. The only thing stopping Shinichi from leaving for Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he’s grounded in Japan.

During his fourth year at Japan’s top music university, Shinichi happens to meet Megumi Noda or, as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life. However, when Shinichi hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe of the kind of music she creates. Nevertheless, Shinichi is dismayed to discover that Nodame is his neighbor, and worse, she ends up falling head over heels in love with him.

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6: Sakamichi no Apollon

English: Kids on the Slope
Japanese: 坂道のアポロン
MAL Score: 8.34
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Introverted classical pianist and top student Kaoru Nishimi has just arrived in Kyushu for his first year of high school. Having constantly moved from place to place since his childhood, he abandons all hope of fitting in, preparing himself for another lonely, meaningless year. That is, until he encounters the notorious delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi.

Sentarou’s immeasurable love for jazz music inspires Kaoru to learn more about the genre, and as a result, he slowly starts to break out of his shell, making his very first friend. Kaoru begins playing the piano at after-school jazz sessions, located in the basement of fellow student Ritsuko Mukae’s family-owned record shop. As he discovers the immense joy of using his musical talents to bring enjoyment to himself and others, Kaoru’s summer might just crescendo into one that he will remember forever.

Sakamichi no Apollon is a heartwarming story of friendship, music, and love that follows three unique individuals brought together by their mutual appreciation for jazz.

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5: Usagi Drop

English: Bunny Drop
Japanese: うさぎドロップ
MAL Score: 8.40
Type: TV
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

Daikichi Kawachi is a 30-year-old bachelor working a respectable job but otherwise wandering aimlessly through life. When his grandfather suddenly passes away, he returns to the family home to pay his respects. Upon arriving at the house, he meets a mysterious young girl named Rin who, to Daikichi’s astonishment, is his grandfather’s illegitimate daughter!

The shy and unapproachable girl is deemed an embarrassment to the family, and finds herself ostracized by her father’s relatives, all of them refusing to take care of her in the wake of his death. Daikichi, angered by their coldness towards Rin, announces that he will take her in—despite the fact that he is a young, single man with no prior childcare experience.

Usagi Drop is the story of Daikichi’s journey through fatherhood as he raises Rin with his gentle and affectionate nature, as well as an exploration of the warmth and interdependence that are at the heart of a happy, close-knit family.

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4: Chihayafuru 2

Japanese: ちはやふる 2
MAL Score: 8.41
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Chihaya Ayase is obsessed with developing her school’s competitive karuta club, nursing daunting ambitions like winning the national team championship at the Omi Jingu and becoming the Queen, the best female karuta player in Japan—and in extension, the world. As their second year of high school rolls around, Chihaya and her fellow teammates must recruit new members, train their minds and bodies alike, and battle the formidable opponents that stand in their way to the championship title. Meanwhile, Chihaya’s childhood friend, Arata Wataya, the prodigy who introduced her to karuta, rediscovers his lost love for the old card game.

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3: Chihayafuru 3

Japanese: ちはやふる 3
MAL Score: 8.49
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Winning the high school team tournament was a great accomplishment for the Mizusawa members. Each of them has made great strides in improving themselves, and the victory symbolizes how far they’ve come. But after accomplishing one goal, their individual aims are within reach. Chihaya Ayase has her sights set on Wakamiya Shinobu and the title of Queen, and now that Taichi Mashima has made it into Class A, he can finally compete against Arata Wataya. Everyone in Mizusawa wants to get better, and there’s no telling what the future holds if they keep trying.

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2: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

English: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中
MAL Score: 8.59
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Yotarou is a former yakuza member fresh out of prison and fixated on just one thing: rather than return to a life of crime, the young man aspires to take to the stage of rakugo, a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling. Inspired during his incarceration by the performance of distinguished practitioner Yakumo Yuurakutei, he sets his mind on meeting the man who changed his life. After hearing Yotarou’s desperate appeal for his mentorship, Yakumo is left with no choice but to accept his very first apprentice.

As he eagerly begins his training, Yotarou meets Konatsu, an abrasive young woman who has been under Yakumo’s care ever since her beloved father Sukeroku Yuurakutei, another prolific rakugo performer, passed away. Through her hidden passion, Yotarou is drawn to Sukeroku’s unique style of rakugo despite learning under contrasting techniques. Upon seeing this, old memories and feelings return to Yakumo who reminisces about a much earlier time when he made a promise with his greatest rival.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a story set in both the past and present, depicting the art of rakugo, the relationships it creates, and the lives and hearts of those dedicated to keeping the unique form of storytelling alive.

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1: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

English: Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中~助六再び篇~
MAL Score: 8.76
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Even after having risen to the utmost rank of shun’ichi, Yotarou struggles to find his own identity in the world of rakugo. Caught between his master’s teachings and the late Sukeroku’s unique style, his performance lacks an important ingredient—ego. And while his popularity packs the theaters, he is but one of the few; rakugo is under threat of being eclipsed.

Meanwhile Yakumo, regarded by many as the last bastion of preserving the popularity of rakugo, struggles to cope with his elderly state. Even though his performances are still stellar, he fears that he is nearing his limits. His doubts grow stronger as an old friend creeps ever closer. Konatsu, for her part, attempts to raise her son as a single mother, which Yotarou is heavily opposed to. Instead, he seeks to persuade her to marry him and in turn raise her son as his own.

In Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen, the curtains fall on Yotarou and Yakumo’s story, tasked with restoring the near-obsolete art form as well as overcoming their internal conflicts.

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
2. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
3. Chihayafuru 3
4. Chihayafuru 2
5. Usagi Drop
6. Sakamichi no Apollon
7. Nodame Cantabile
8. Nodame Cantabile: Finale
9. Hachimitsu to Clover II
10. Chihayafuru
11. Nodame Cantabile: Paris-hen
12. Kuragehime
13. Hachimitsu to Clover
14. Shirokuma Cafe
15. Paradise Kiss
16. Hakuouki Hekketsuroku
17. Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.
18. Hakuouki Reimeiroku
19. Gokusen
20. Saiyuuki Reload Gunlock
21. Saiyuuki Reload
22. Hakuouki
23. Ristorante Paradiso
24. Natsuyuki Rendezvous
25. Petshop of Horrors
26. 07-Ghost
27. Saiyuuki Reload Blast
28. Hatenkou Yuugi
29. Karneval (TV)
30. Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
31. Orenchi no Furo Jijou
32. Servamp
33. Akkun to Kanojo
34. Loveless
35. Super Seisyun Brothers
36. Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu.
37. Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi
38. Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan
39. Nil Admirari no Tenbin
40. Massugu ni Ikou. 2nd Season
41. Hakuouki: Otogisoushi
42. Norn9: Norn+Nonet
43. Massugu ni Ikou.
44. Kiko-chan Smile
45. Shin Strange+
46. XL Joushi.
47. Strange+
48. Kantoku Fuyuki Todoki
49. Jingai-san no Yome
50. Shuudengo, Capsule Hotel de, Joushi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru.

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