The BEST WOWOW Shows

The top 42 shows on WOWOW

Vatican Miracle Examiner

#1 - Vatican Miracle Examiner

Vatican City—Holy Land of the Catholics. Amidst the land, there is an organization that conducts rigorous investigations on "claims of miracles" from all over the world to ascertain their credibility. The organization is referred to as "Seito no Za" (Assembly of Saints) and the priests that belong there are called miracle investigators. Robert Nicholas, an ancient archive and cryptanalysis expert is partnered and good friends with Hiraga Josef Kou, a genius scientist. Together, the brilliant duo investigates the "miracles" and uncovers the incidents and conspiracies hidden behind them.

star 10.00
29 votes
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Crest of the Stars

#2 - Crest of the Stars

Jinto Lin's life changes forever when the Humankind Empire Abh takes over his home planet of Martine without firing a single shot. He is soon sent off to study the Abh language and culture and to prepare himself for his future as a nobleman - a future he never dreamed of. Or wanted. Now, Jinto is entering the next phase of his training, and he is about to meet his first Abh, the lovely Lafiel. But Jinto is about to learn that she is more than she appears to be. And together they will have to fight for their very lives.

star 9.63
253 votes
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Kaiba

#3 - Kaiba

Imagine a world where the digitization of memory has made physical death obsolete, where memories can be replaced in a new human body. This is the type of world Kaiba awakens to, without knowing who he is with a strange picture of a woman he does not know on a pendant around his neck.

star 8.94
598 votes
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Hand Maid May

#4 - Hand Maid May

Saotome Kazuya is a computer whiz. One day his friend Nanbara, threatens him with a computer virus. Trying to stop the virus, Kazuya ends up making a special order. May is a cyberdoll that arrives at his door a few minutes later and she is 1/6th the size of a normal person, which makes for many awkward situations. Not to mention the fact Kazuya can't even afford to keep May. Cyberdyne is not satisfied with Kazuya's non-payments and will do anything to retrieve CBD May.

star 8.87
137 votes
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Kino's Journey

#5 - Kino's Journey

The story follows the travels of Kino, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. They explore the people and cultures of different places throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location.

star 8.56
582 votes
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Now and Then, Here and There

#6 - Now and Then, Here and There

Shu is a typical Japanese boy, but has an unbeatable, optimistic and determined attitude. However, when he sees a mysterious girl with strange eyes named Lala-Ru up on a smokestack, he is soon pulled into a strange desert world. Shu soon discovers the true terrors of war, which includes genocide, brutal torture, hunger, thirst, and child exploitation. Now Shu is trying to save Lala-Ru, as well as his hard earned, and often reluctant, new friends from the insane dictator, Hamdo. Whether Shu can possibly accomplish saving those he cares about while still holding up to his values remains to be seen.

star 8.54
256 votes
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Shuffle

#7 - Shuffle

When two doors are discovered in an ancient ruin, the gateways to shinkai, the realm of the shinzoku (Gods) and makai, the realm of the mazoku (Demons) are irreversably opened. The races of human, shinzoku, and mazoku come together in the mortal world and nothing will ever be the same. One day, two new families move next door to a boy who had previously been living a very peaceful life. In one house lived the family of the King of the Gods, and in the other lived the family of the King of the Demons. Both families had one daughter whose single wish to live next to the boy they had fallen in love with years ago has just been fulfilled. Also living with the boy is his childhood friend. With these three girls vying for his affections, the boy finds that his new life filled with despair, jealousy, and just a little hope is beginning.

star 8.43
448 votes
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Baccano!

#8 - Baccano!

"Baccano", which light novelist Narita translates as "stupid commotion", is Italian for "ruckus". Each of the stories in the series involves several unrelated plots intersecting and crossing each other as events spiral further and further out of control. Immortal alchemists, mafia operated speakeasies, and many other elements of pulp fiction are mashed together for a world straight out of the movies.

star 8.40
3,085 votes
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Paranoia Agent

#9 - Paranoia Agent

A baseball bat-wielding adolescent randomly attacks five people in Tokyo, each of whom is grappling with a serious problem. Toy designer Tsukiko endures tremendous pressure to repeat her previous success; bottom-feeding journalist Kawazu desperately needs money. Popular sixth grader Yuuichi feels threatened by the new kid in his class, the dumpy nerd Usshi. Yuuichi's tutor Harumi is a compassionate scholar by day; at night, she becomes Maria, a sleazy hooker. The seemingly purposeless violence of Lil' Slugger (originally Shounen Bat, literally "Bat Boy"), also disrupts the lives of police detectives Maniwa and Karino, and their corrupt boss Hirukawa. As he did in Perfect Blue, Kon deliberately blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy: Does Tsukikio's stuffed toy really talk to her? Which is Harumi's true personality?

star 8.31
1,963 votes
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Ergo Proxy

#10 - Ergo Proxy

In the utopian city, Romdeau, where humans and their android servants live, the landscape is broken by a series of murders. Real Mayar, a female inspector from the Citizen Information Bureau, along with her android partner Iggy, are tasked to solve the cases. Mayar is soon attacked by a creature which is neither human nor android, and learns about the mysterious phenomena called "Awakening."

star 8.31
5,606 votes
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The Big O

#11 - The Big O

Forty years ago, a mysterious worldwide event happened that eliminated all memories from prior to that point. From this completely blank start, man began to rebuild. With no knowledge of even how to operate machinery or use electricity, the process was slow. Eventually man did regain this knowledge and elements of society such as industry and agriculture began to resume. However, the common hole in all of mankind's thoughts remained, the world that had existed before the memories were lost was nothing more than a vague figure in the shadows.

star 8.16
277 votes
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Bungo Stray Dogs

#12 - Bungo Stray Dogs

Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage, and now he has no place to go and no food. While he is standing by a river, on the brink of starvation, he rescues a man whimsically attempting suicide. That man is Dazai Osamu, and he and his partner Kunikida are members of a very special detective agency. They have supernatural powers and deal with cases that are too dangerous for the police or the military. They're tracking down a tiger that has appeared in the area recently, around the time Atsushi came to the area. The tiger seems to have a connection to Atsushi, and by the time the case is solved, it is clear that Atsushi's future will involve much more of Dazai and the rest of the detectives!

star 8.10
802 votes
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Fuuka

#13 - Fuuka

Yuu Haruna just moved into town and loves to use Twitter. Out on his way to buy dinner, he bumps into a mysterious girl, Fuuka Akitsuki, who breaks his phone thinking he was trying to take a picture of her panties. How will his new life change now?

star 8.06
222 votes
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X

#14 - X

His destiny has finally arrived as the young Shirou Kamui returns to Tokyo after 6 years. A powerful psychic, Kamui vows to protect the happiness of his childhood friends Fuuma and Kotori, even if it means avoiding them. But fate is cruel, whether or not Kamui wants to be involved; he holds the future of the world in his hands, given the choice of becoming a Dragon of Heaven or a Dragon of Earth. The Seven Seals gather, and so do the Seven Angels; all individuals who have their destiny carved out as one who would battle for the fate of the world. What future will Kamui choose to become reality?

star 8.01
304 votes
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Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor

#15 - Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor

While walking in the forest with his best friend Segawa Tetsuro, Fukamachi Sho, a Japanese student, accidentally discovers an ancient alien weapon known as a 'Guyver Unit.' The Guyver Unit consists of a symbiotic bio-boosted armor, created by aliens that visited earth centuries ago. The insidious biotech corporation known as Chronos has kept it secret for years. Now that Sho has found it, he and his friends are hunted by Chronos' monstrous creatures as the corporation seeks the return of the Guyver for their twisted experiments.

star 8.00
252 votes
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Kemonozume

#16 - Kemonozume

A race of cannibal monsters called the Shokujinki exists and it is the job of the Kifuuken, an elite group of beast-hunters, to stop them. Toshihiko Momota, an expert swordsman and son of the Kifuuken organization's leader, unexpectedly falls in love at first sight with a beautiful girl named Yuka. However, the couple's relationship is much more complicated than it seems at first glance, for Yuka is a Shokujinki.

star 7.96
141 votes
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Ghost Hound

#17 - Ghost Hound

Reality is a dream, the dreams of the night are real. In the world of Utsushiyo (reality), the development of an electronic brain far far away and long ago allows two different worlds to overlap. Within the last vestiges of Japan's raw landscape, lies a small coastal town. In it live three middle school students: Komori Tarou, Ogami Makoto, and Nakajima Masayuki. Each holds within them a unique past that cannot be erased. Once more, but by different causes, three people learn that by the extraction of one's soul, the coming and going between Utsushiyo and Kakuriyo (hidden world) is possible. Amidst the boys' adventure in Kakuriyo, they come to understand where it is is connected to. An eternal spiritual story is offered to the adults who possess the minds of boys. At last, this fall, the curtain will rise!

star 7.95
278 votes
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Ah! My Goddess

#18 - Ah! My Goddess

Keiichi was looking forward to university life. But in reality, he had no luck in clubs, love, and life in general. The truth is that he had an unlucky star above his head. One day, Keiichi was stuck watching the dorm while his senpai left, and they had left him a mountain of chores to do, too. Keiichi was a good-natured person, and set about doing his duties. His final chore was to make a phone call. The responce he got from his misdialed number was, "Goddess Assistance Agency." Out of nowhere appears Belldandy, a Goddess with her own business card, and offers him one wish to change his life. ONE wish. Thinking it all a joke, his wish goes "I want a Goddess like you to stay with me forever." His wish granted begins his new life.

star 7.89
1,264 votes
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Please Twins!

#19 - Please Twins!

The second installment from the popular series Onegai Teacher. The main character of the story is Kamishiro Maiku, a high school student who is recently lost his parents and is living alone. He eventually meets Miyafuji Miina and Onodera Karen, whom are both claiming that they are his twin. However, these two girls have completely different personalities, and in fact are opposite to each other. This onegai/please is a romantic drama between three people so please expect elements of the like. This is a modern day twist on a classic US TV show, Three's Company. This being the second installment, you may want to consider getting a copy of Onegai Sensai for full enjoyment of the series.

star 7.77
335 votes
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Trinity Blood

#20 - Trinity Blood

The story takes place in the distant future after the destruction brought about by Armageddon. And the war between the vampires and the humans persists. In order to protect the humans from the vampires, the Vatican has to rely on unusual allies to control the situation. The main protagonist, a priest called Peter Abel Nightroad, travels through the countries as a representative of the Vatican. However, he is also part of AX, a special operations group controlled by Cardinal Caterina Sforza. His encounter with a young girl named Esther Blanchett will determine the struggle between the human race and the vampires.

star 7.61
548 votes
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Karin

#21 - Karin

Maaka Karin comes from a family of vampires living in Japan, but she is not a normal vampire. Vampires are normally supposed to drink the blood of their victims...but Karin suffers from a condition that causes her body to produce excessive amounts of blood. About once a month, she has to get rid of the excess blood by giving it to her "victims." But she somehow manages...she goes to school like everyone else her age. Well, things are about to get more complicated. When a new student, Usui Kenta transfers into Karin`s class, she starts producing unusually huge amounts of blood, almost as if in reaction to him. Worse, he happens upon Karin`s...true nature...

star 7.59
308 votes
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Please Teacher!

#22 - Please Teacher!

Kei Kusanagi is an average high-school student living with his aunt and uncle. One night while he is sitting by a lake, he becomes "stuck". When he is stuck he goes into a coma like state for a moment. After he awakens from being "stuck" he sees a weird disturbance on the water. After the disturbance disappears he sees a woman appear from a ray of light right. It's an alien. The next day he learns that the mysterious woman is his new homeroom teacher and his neighbor. Later, he is forced to marry her to keep her secret. Thus, a romantic comedy is born.

star 7.56
440 votes
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Shigurui: Death Frenzy

#23 - Shigurui: Death Frenzy

The story begins in 1629 Kanagawa during Tokugawa Tadanaga's rule. The daimyo staged a tournament where the participants fought with traditional weapons rather than bokken ("wooden sword"). The story revolves around the first match between the one-armed swordsman Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind samurai Irako Seigen and deals with the circumstances that led the two to participate in Tokugawa's tournament.

star 7.54
618 votes
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Berserk (2016)

#24 - Berserk (2016)

Now branded for death and destined to be hunted by demons until the day he dies, Guts embarks on a journey to defy such a gruesome fate, as waves of beasts relentlessly pursue him. Steeling his resolve, he takes up the monstrous blade Dragonslayer and vows to exact vengeance on the one responsible, hunting down the very man he once looked up to and considered a friend. Along the way, he encounters some unlikely allies, such as a small elf named Puck, and Isidro, a young thief looking to learn swordsmanship from the former mercenary. As the ragtag group slowly comes together after having decided to join Guts in his quest, they will face incredible danger unlike anything they have ever experienced before.

star 7.51
787 votes
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Le Chevalier D'Eon

#25 - Le Chevalier D'Eon

It's 1742 in Paris, France. Louis XV is still king of France. A woman was found dead in a coffin floating in the Seine River. The brother of the deceased woman is D'Eon, who is determined to find the murderer of his sister: Lia. But as D'Eon investigates and tracks down the killer. He soon discovers that strange and supernatural things are involved with this series of killings. And only he can avenge Lia's death. As evil lurks in the palaces of the royal and the dark side of Europe.

star 7.50
54 votes
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NieA Under 7

#26 - NieA Under 7

In the near future, space aliens settle on earth and get along well with humans. Mayuko tries to concentrate on summer school classes while the alien NieA pesters her for lunch.

star 7.50
56 votes
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Scrapped Princess

#27 - Scrapped Princess

Pacifica Casull is the most feared and hated person by the followers of the God Mauser. Known as the Scrapped Princess, she is the poison that will destroy the world. To avoid being killed by the zealots of Mauser, Pacifica and her adoptive brother and sister leave the village of Manhurin. Her brother, Shannon, is an expert with the sword while Racquel is proficient with magic. At every step of the way, however, someone is constantly trying to kill Pacifica, hoping to somehow avert the catastrophe that is supposed to befall the world on her 16th birthday.

star 7.49
336 votes
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Devil May Cry

#28 - Devil May Cry

The series is based on the manga and novel volumes, and sees the return of series regulars, Trish and Lady. In the show, Dante runs his devil-hunting business, Devil May Cry, while struggling under constant financial debt. There are also two new regular characters—Dante's agent Morrison who visits frequently, and Patty Lowell, a young orphan girl he saved in the first episode, who also visits frequently and shares a sisterly relationship with Dante. While the show's stories were mostly self-contained, a season-long plot was introduced in the first episode and came to the forefront in episodes 10-12.

star 7.40
945 votes
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VanDread

#29 - VanDread

In a distant future where men and women live on separate planets, a lowly mechanic named Hibiki has his eyes on piloting a Vanguard, a mecha fighting machine built by the male military. He sneaks his way onto a military space ship at a time when female pirates attack with their ships called Dreads. In the middle of the battle, the male ship and female ship accidentally collide and merge into a new ship, later called the Nirvana, leaving Hibiki and two other men stranded with a crew full of women far off in the depths of space. Now, men and women must learn to live with one another just to survive against a new threat to all of humankind.

star 7.31
1,323 votes
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Looking Up At The Half-Moon

#30 - Looking Up At The Half-Moon

During the winter, Yuichi was hospitalized due to hepatitis. Randomly he would try to escape from the hospital but would get beat up by the nurse. One day, he happened to meet Rika, a girl of his age, in the next building. He was fascinated by her beauty, but she was very selfish girl. Although she led him by the nose, he began to be attracted by her. However, when Rika told him about her illness, he knew why she acted so selfish; she didn't have long to live.

star 7.29
203 votes
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Ninja Scroll: The Series

#31 - Ninja Scroll: The Series

The story takes place in feudal Japan and follows the adventures of Jubei Kibagami, a mercenary ninja who is given a duty to guard the Dragon Stone and to protect the Priestess of Light (Shigure) from the Hiruko Clan and the Kimon Shu. He is aided by the government spy Dakuan and the thief Tsubute.

star 7.22
186 votes
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Ceres: Celestial Legend

#32 - Ceres: Celestial Legend

Ceres: Celestial Legend, or Ayashi No Ceres in Japan, is a series surrounding the teenage twins Aya and Aki Mikage. On their sixteenth birthday, the two are invited to their grandfather's home for what appears to be a party. When they arrive, a test brings out something in Aya that frightens her and threatens the existance of the Mikage clan. This series depicts the events that occur when this being begins her search for what rightfully belongs to her, her Hagoromo. The Episode Guide contains many spoilers. This show has never been aired in the United States.

star 7.17
115 votes
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SSSS.Gridman

#33 - SSSS.Gridman

You're not alone. On any day, anywhere. Yūta Hibiki, who is a first-year high school student living in Tsutsujidai, one day wakes up to find he has lost his memories. And he meets the "Hyper Agent Gridman" on his old computer Gridman says that Yūta has a mission he must fulfill, and Yūta sets out to find the meaning to those words and his memory loss. Yūta's friends — Shō Utsumi, Rikka Takarada, and Akane Shinjō — would always help him and spend their days with him. But, their tranquil days are suddenly and easily crushed with the appearance of kaijū.

star 7.03
155 votes
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Maburaho

#34 - Maburaho

Maburaho is a romantic comedy of magical proportions, about a high school magician who suddenly becomes the target of three beautiful girls. The main character is a somewhat depressed seventeen-year-old high school student, Kazuki Shikimori. He attends, rather reluctantly, the elite Aoi Academy, a school for training people in the intricacies of powerful magic. In this world, where the ability to use magic is paramount, each magician is limited in the number of times he or she can use magic spells, and performing more spells than the limit allows will cause the user to die and turn into dust. In this regard, unlike the average enrolled magician whose limit is typically in the thousands, Kazuki is considered an underachiever, since he can only wield magic a mere eight times during his entire life.

star 7.01
211 votes
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Prétear

#35 - Prétear

Prétear is the story of a girl, Himeno Awayuki, who must overcome her fears to become the White Prétear and protect the life essence on Earth called Leafe, with the help of the Leafe Knights, Hayate (wind), Sasame (sound), Kei (light), Go (fire), Mannen (ice), Hajime (water), and Shin (grass). In order for Himeno to fight off the Princess of Disaster and the demon larva, she must become one with one of the Leafe Knights in order for her to become Prétear. Will Himeno be confident enough in order to fulfill her destiny when the time comes?

star 6.65
89 votes
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Tokko

#36 - Tokko

Because of the grand sinking, there appeared a big "hole" near the apartment complex in Machida. Therewith, 185 families, almost all the inhabitants there, were killed miserably. The Police couldn't find any clue of this ferocious mass murder. However, an old man and a disgusting relic from the Middle Age called "Durj Box" were related to this case. 5 years have passed since then. It is near future. Tokyo has two faces; the one is a prospered megalopolise, the other one is a criminal city. Shindo Ranmaru, one of the survivors of the tragedy occurred in Machida, has become a policeman to solve the mass murder case. One day, he is informed that a drug habitue is rampaging around Shibuya. However, what he sees there is not so easy. The monsters that apparently don’t look like human are assaulting people. It is the members of Tokko, or the Special Mobile Squad Public Branch, including Rokujo Sakura, that save helpless policemen. To be surprised, they fight against monsters not with guns or nightsticks, but with swords. Then, Shindo learns the surprising fact that Japan will be demolished within two years, and he has to face the tragedic fate to fight against monsters that come from the "hole".

star 6.65
241 votes
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Grenadier

#37 - Grenadier

In an era where guns are replacing swords, samurai are desperately trying to keep their ideals alive, though many become honorless mercenaries in desperation. Yajiro Kojima is one such mercenary who led an average life until running across the beautiful Rushyuna Tendo, an expert gun wielder (known as a senshi, or Enlightened One) who upholds one ideal above all others: never kill, simply destroy one's will to fight. Together, the duo travel the world encountering dangerous enemies and bathhouses galore, all while removing their adversaries' "armor" with a smile!

star 6.61
291 votes
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Descendants of Darkness

#38 - Descendants of Darkness

The Shinigami are the gods of death, the beings who guide the souls who have been recorded into the Register of Souls to Hades the world of the dead. They are the employees of the Summons Division, which is an office directly under the control of Enma, the Emperor of the Underworld. The series focuses on one of these Shinigami named Asato Tsuzuki the most powerful, but loveable, laid-back and troubled of them all. Many stories chronicle the mysterious cases they are called upon to deal with, when souls who have appeared on the Register have for some reason not yet died and are often serious and sad. Other stories deal with their off-time play, and these are sweet and funny. A strong focus of the story are the characters themselves and their feelings about work, and about each other.

star 6.50
26 votes
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Junji Ito Collection

#39 - Junji Ito Collection

TV anime based on internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Junji Ito (Gyo, Uzumaki, Tomie)'s horror manga stories.

star 5.98
107 votes
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The Price of Smiles

#40 - The Price of Smiles

On a planet far, far away from Earth, there reigns a kingdom overflowing with smiles. Princess Yuki is twelve years old and beginning to ride the roller coaster of emotions that comes with adolescence. Each day brings with it tears, laughter, and even a little romance. The palace is full of fun, and the vassals who serve her there add color to her life. There's Layla the tutor, Izana the political adviser, Harold the Grand Master, and of course Joshua, her childhood friend and close aide. "Yuki! As long as you have the will and passion, you can do anything!" says Joshua. "Ugh. That again?! Joshua, you need to act more dignified!" she replies. Seventeen-year-old Stella is a brilliant warrior. Even though she is cool as a cucumber, she never fails to smile. That's because smiling is essential to life. This is a story about two girls born on a distant planet.

star 5.27
26 votes
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xxxHOLiC (2013)

#41 - xxxHOLiC (2013)

High school student Kimihiro Watanuki not only has the ability to see spirits and monsters but is actually plagued with them. Coming home from school one day he's assaulted by evil apparitions but his feet lead him to a strange shop. There he encounters Yuuko Ichihara, the mysterious owner who offers to grant Watanuki's wish to be rid of the spirits. But the price must be of equal value, so Watanuki has to temporarily work for her in her shop that grant wishes. Thus begins his adventures in an world full of supernatural experiences. This is a Live Action Drama (TV) Adoption Of CLAMP's Manga Series xxxHolic. The Show Is Slated For Eight 50-Minute Episodes, With Actress And Model Anne As Dimensional Witch Yuuko, And Shota Sometani As Watanuki, A Put-Upon Teen Who Can See Spirits. Other Casting Includes Masahiro Higashide As Rival/Friend Doumeki Shizuka And Karen Miyazaki As Crush Kunogi Himawari.

star 5.24
141 votes
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The Lost Village

#42 - The Lost Village

30 young men and women who came together on a shady bus tour. The tour's destination: an elusive, and possibly non-existent village called Nanakimura. In Nanakimura, one can lead a utopian existence, free of the world's obstacles... or so it was rumored. The bus headed deep into the mountains, carrying 30 people each harboring their own expectations and wounds in their hearts... What they had arrived to was an uninhabited village with the lingering faint scents of life, even though it was falling apart. Just what is the truth of Nanakimura?

star 5.05
324 votes
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