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The 20 Best Anime About Yokai  

Anna Lindwasser
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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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Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 20 Best Anime About Yokai
Photo:  Studio Deen

Rikuo Nura might be a descendent of a mighty yokai clan, but he doesn't want anything to do with yokai - and he certainly doesn't want to take over as head of the clan. But no matter how hard he tries to outrun his yokai heritage, Rikuo can't escape it - especially not with malevolent yokai constantly harassing him and his friends. 

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 20 Best Anime About Yokai
Photo:  Studio Ghibli

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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Kamisama Kiss is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Best Anime About Yokai
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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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InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 20 Best Anime About Yokai
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After Kagome is transported to the Sengoku period through a well on her family's property, she's tasked with finding the shards of the Shikon Jewel, which was reborn inside her and then destroyed. She gets help from several yokai, including a half-human half-yokai named Inuyasha who she'll ultimately fall in love with. 

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