Best Japanese Fantasy Movies On Netflix

There’s so much that can be said about fantasy movies, specially when mixed with the magic of Japanese culture. Netflix knows this, which is why they are streaming a wonderful collection of it. Find here the best Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix and sit back & enjoy.

A Whisker Away

A romantic movie and one of the best Japanese fantasy movies directed by Jun’ichi Satô and Tomotaka Shibayama, and starring Mirai Shida, Natsuki Hanae, and Johnny Yong Bosch.

Movie Plot

A one-sided love story happens for Miyo Sasaki, who is a junior high school student and Kento Hinode her classmate, who never notices her or feel anything about her.

One day Miyo found a cat mask that can turn her into a cat and she thought that this may be a a way to get closer to Kento, but there’s always a risk. In this case, the person who uses this mask for a long time could turn into a cat forever.

Movie Time: 1 hour and 44 minutes.

Movie type: Animation, Adventure and Drama.

Howl’s Moving Castle

Another one of the best Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and starring Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura and Tatsuya Gashûin.

Movie Plot

Sophie is a beautiful young girl, cursed by a witch, and instead of being looking like the 18-year-old girl she is, she instead looks like an old woman due to this curse.

Sophie tries to find a cure for her case for her and for her boyfriend Howl the magician. She goes to the moving castle and she meets a demon called Karishifâ. He tells her that he can end that curse and let her return to look like an 18-year-old girl, but only if she forgets her love for Howl.

Movie Time: 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Movie type: Animation, Adventure and Fantasy.


Castle in the Sky (best Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix)

One of the popular Japanese movies on Netflix directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and starring Mayumi Tanaka, Keiko Yokozawa and Kotoe HatsuiKotoe Hatsui.

Movie Plot

A boy and a girl found themselves having to face pirates, the army, governmental agents and secret agents, and all that they have on their side is magic crystal

They both visit a floating castle to find a lost civilization that might help them save their lives.

Movie Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Movie type: Animation, Adventure and Fantasy.

Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King

A new movie and one of the popular Japanese movies on Netflix directed by Ayataka Tanemura, and starring Bryn Apprill, Tia Lynn Ballard and Steve Blum.

Movie Plot

The movie is set in a world that believes in magic, where everybody can do magic things. Asta has no powers but he dreams of becoming a “Wizard King”.

On the other side Yuno, his rival, has powerful abilities and can do magical thing. He becomes an assistant to the legendary 4-leaf Grimoire, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom.

Asta and Yuno compete together to be the “Wizard King” but they had to go through some tests, and the one who will do that is Conrad Leto the predecessor of the present Wizard King, who is resurrected for this purpose.

But Conrad rebelled against them and plans to use the “Imperial Sword”  to resurrect the most powerful 3 wizards in history, Princia Funnybunny, Jester, and Edward Avalaché.

Movie Time: 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Movie type: Animation, Adventure and Fantasy.


Sailor Moon Eternal (best Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix)

Another one of the best Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix directed by Chiaki Kon, and starring Kotono Mitsuishi, Stephanie Sheh and Kate Higgins.

Movie Plot

It is the cherry blossom season in Tokyo, and The Sailor Guardians’ prepare themselves for the new adventure, it is also the day of the biggest solar eclipse in the century, because the new moon will obscure the sun’s light.

Usagi and Chibi-Uusa are trying to find the chosen maiden who can open the seal of the Golden Crystal.

Everybody is following their dreams, including “Dead Moon Circus” who wants to control the moon and earth, then eventually the whole universe.

Movie Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Movie type: Animation, Adventure and Fantasy.

Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

One of the best Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix directed by Haruka Fujita and Taichi Ishidate, and starring Yui Ishikawa, Minako Kotobuki and Aoi Yûki.

Movie Plot

The story is about a former solider named Violet Evergarden who came back from the war and joined a women’s academy. At first,  she did not like her job because she thought that all the girls in the academy are rich and spoiled, until she met a little girl and they help each others to change for the better.

Movie Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Movie type: Animation, Drama and Fantasy.

The Door Into Summer

A Sci-fi movie and one of the Japanese fantasy movies Netflix directed by Takahiro Miki and starring Kento Yamazaki, Kaya Kiyohara and Natsuna.

Movie Plot

Soichiro Takakura is a scientist living in 1996, and working in developing robots. He is very happy with his life, he loves his girlfriend and adores his pet animal, but everything changes when he learns that his girlfriend and his work partner betrayed him.

Movie Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes.

Movie type: Sci-fi and Fantasy.

Homunculus (best Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix)

A movie directed by Takashi Shimizu and one of the Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix the movie starring Gô Ayano, Amber Lee Connors and Lucien Dodge.

Movie Plot

Susumu Nokoshi is a guy who lost his brilliant job in a foreign financial company, and spends most of his day in a park in Shinjuku. One day he meets Manabu Ito the medical student who offers him 700000 yen to volunteer as a medical subject, and have a surgery done to his skull called “trepanation”.

Susumu accepts the offer to take the money, but after the surgery, and every time he closes his right eye, he sees people distorted, and he connects with people with a subconscious dark side.

 Movie Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Movie type: Drama, Mystery and Fantasy.


A horror movie that could be a nice choice if you want to find what Japanese movies are on Netflix. The movie is directed by Eiichirô Hasumi and starring Kanna Hashimoto, Gordon Maeda and Maika Yamamoto.

Movie Plot

Asuka is a high school girl that can see the ghost of another girl called Haruka. She told her about the red ghost who haunts her and where he hide her body.

The red ghost chased all the school student, Haruka told her friend that they need to find the 8 pieces of her body to stop the red ghost or he will never leave them.

Movie Time: 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Movie type: Drama, Horror and Fantasy.

My Neighbors the Yamadas

One more movie from the best Japanese fantasy movies on Netflix directed by Isao Takahata, and starring Yukiji Asaoka, Tôru Masuoka and Masako Araki.

Movie Plot

The movie puts a Japanese family called The Yamadas in the spotlight, and shows us how they deal with modern day life, and how some events make them go from laughter to tears, and vice-versa, all within the span of a few hours.

Movie Time: 1 hour and 44 minutes.

Movie type: Animation, Comedy and Fantasy.

Hanan Hikal
Hanan Hikal
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