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The 20 Best Anime About Yokai

Updated June 23, 2019 13.6k votes 3.2k voters 82.7k views20 items

Yokai is a Japanese term that refers to spirits, demons, and other supernatural beings from Japanese folklore. Some of them are malevolent, some of them are good, but all of them have a chance of showing up in supernatural anime. Let's take a look at some of the best yokai anime out there.

The latest work by legendary director Kunihiko Ikuhara features a yokai story aimed at adults because according to Ikuhara, the genre was almost exclusively aimed at children. If the kappa themed anime is a little too bizarre for your tastes, you can check out Natsume's Book of Friends, a gentle and relaxing story about a teenage boy dedicated to giving yokai their freedom. Looking for something with a little more action? Try Yu Yu Hakusho, an anime that features countless battles between humans and yokai. 

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    Natsume's Book of Friends

    After Natsume inherits a book filled with the names of yokai, he decides to dedicate his life to returning those names - and therefore the yokais' freedom. 

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  • After Nanami Momozono finds herself homeless as a result of her father's debts, she ends up staying at a shrine. She isn't just staying there as a guest, however - she's going to be its caretaker and its god. Tomoe, the familiar belonging to the previous shrine deity, is less than thrilled by this - will the two ever be able to get along?

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  • When her parents are transformed into pigs, Chihiro travels from the human world to the spirit world in the hopes of finding a way to restore them to their former selves. There, she'll work at a bathhouse, meet yokai of all kinds, and learn about who she is and her place in the world. 

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  • In the forest near her relative's house, Hotaru meets a yokai named Gin. Over the years, the two of them grow close, and eventually fall in love - but because Gin will disappear if he ever touches a human, their love will be forever limited. 

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