The Best Japanese Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

“What are the best Japanese Science Fiction & Fantasy Books?” We looked at 167 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 32 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Japanese Sci-Fi & Fantasy” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 32 Science Fiction and Fantasy Japanese Books



32 .) Administrator by Taku Mayumura

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

Administrator, or Shiseikan in Japanese, took the Japanese SF community by storm when first published in 1974. Unlike traditional space opera, it pushed technology into the background to present a compelling portrait of colonial governors, the Administrators, trapped between the conflicting demands of Federation government, native inhabitants, and Terran colonists.This collection of four novelettes, the first volume of an extensive series of works set in the same universe, touches on key stages in the development of the Administrator system and the robots designed to support and protect it.

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31 .) Berserk, Vol. 1 (Berserk, #1) by Kentaro Miura

Lists It Appears On:

  • Reddit
  • Goodreads 2

“Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is manga mayhem to the extreme – violent, horrifying, and mercilessly funny – and the wellspring for the internationally popular anime series. Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Berserk asks for no quarter – and offers none!
His name is Guts, the Black Swordsman, a feared warrior spoken of only in whispers. Bearer of a gigantic sword, an iron hand, and the scars of countless battles and tortures, his flesh is also indelibly marked with The Brand, an unholy symbol that draws the forces of darkness to him and dooms him as their sacrifice. But Guts won’t take his fate lying down; he’ll cut a crimson swath of carnage through the ranks of the damned – and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him! Accompanied by Puck the Elf, more an annoyance than a companion, Guts relentlessly follows a dark, bloodstained path that leads only to death…or vengeance.”

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30 .) Biogenesis by Tatsuaki Ishiguro

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

Collecting four stories by the inimitable Tatsuaki Ishiguro, contemporary Japanese literature’s most closely guarded secret until now, Biogenesis puts the “science” into science fiction not only on the level of subject matter but also form. At turns taking on the shadings of mystery and horror as well, Dr. Ishiguro’s odd yarns are a rare treat for all connoisseurs of genre fiction.

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29 .) Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Reddit

“Young Wataru Mitani’s life is a mess. His father has abandoned him and his mother has been hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Desperately he searches for some way to change his life—a way to alter his fate.

To achieve his goal, he must navigate the magical world of Vision, a land filled with creatures both fierce and friendly. And to complicate matters, he must outwit a merciless rival from the real world.

Wataru’s ultimate destination is the Tower of Destiny where a goddess of fate awaits. Only when he has finished his journey and collected five elusive gemstones will he possess the Demon’s Bane—the key that will unlock his future. “

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28 .) Dawn (Legend of the Galactic Heroes #1) by Yoshiki Tanaka

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

“The Golden Brat” Reinhard von Lohengramm, a military prodigy and admiral of the Galactic Empire, has ambitions beyond protecting the borders or even defeating the Empire’s enemies. He seeks to overthrow the old order and become a truly absolute—yet benevolent—dictator. His rival, the humble Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, wishes to preserve democracy even if he must sacrifice his political ideals to defeat the Empire. Their political and military battles play out over a galactic chessboard in an epic saga fifteen centuries in the making!

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27 .) Death Sentences by Kawamata Chiaki

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

Japan, 1980s: A special police squad is tracking down one of the “afflicted” to recover the “stuff.” Although the operation seems like a drug bust, the “stuff” is actually some kind of text. Death Sentences—a work of science fiction that shares its conceit with the major motion picture The Ring—tells the story of a mysterious surrealist poem, penned in the 1940s, which, through low-tech circulation across time, kills its readers, including Arshile Gorky and Antonin Artaud, before sparking a wave of suicides after its publication in 1980s Japan. Mixing elements of Japanese hard-boiled detective story, horror, and science fiction, the novel ranges across time and space, from the Left Bank of Paris to the planet Mars.

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26 .) Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 1

“During a briefing in Washington D.C., the President is informed of a threat to national security: a three-year-old boy named Akili, who is already the smartest being on the planet. Representing the next step in human evolution, Akili can perceive patterns and predict future events better than most supercomputers, and is capable of manipulating grand-scale events like pieces on a chess board. And yet, for all that power, Akili has the emotional maturity of a child–which might make him the most dangerous threat humanity has ever faced.

An American soldier, Jonathan Yeager, leads an international team of elite operatives deep into the heart of the Congolese jungle under Presidential orders to destroy this threat to humanity before Akili’s full potential can be realized. But Yeager has a very sick child, and Akili’s advanced knowledge of all things, medicine included, may be Yeager’s only hope for saving his son’s life. Soon Yeager finds himself caught between following his orders and saving a creature with a hidden agenda, who plans to either save humanity as we know it–or destroy it.”

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25 .) Loop (Ring, #3) by Kōji Suzuki

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads 2

In this much-awaited conclusion of the Ring trilogy, everything you thought you knew about the story will have to be put aside. In Loop, the killer mimics both AIDS and cancer in a deadly new guise. Kaoru Futami, a youth mature beyond his years, must hope to find answers in the deserts of New Mexico and the Loop project, a virtual matrix created by scientists. The fate of more than just his loved ones depends on Kaoru’s success.

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24 .) Mardock Scramble by Tow Ubukata

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

Reads L to R (Western Style), for audiences. Why me? It was to be the last thought a young prostitute, Balot, would ever have…as a human anyway. Taken in by a devious gambler named Shell, she became a slave to his cruel desires and would have been killed by his hand if not for a private investigator and his self-aware Universal Tool, Oefcoque. Now a cyborg, Balot has not only physical powers, but the ability to disrupt social environments. She chases after Shell, his partner-in-crime Boiled, and faces down a variety of insane villains in this pulse-pounding cyberpunk noir adventure.

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23 .) Orbital Cloud by Taiyo Fujii

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gaijin Pot
  • Goodreads 1

In the year 2020, Kazumi Kimura, proprietor of shooting star forecast website Meteor News, notices some orbiting space debris moving suspiciously. Rumors spread online that the debris is actually an orbital weapon targeting the International Space Station. Halfway across the world, at NORAD, Staff Sergeant Darryl Freeman begins his investigation of the debris. At the same time, billionaire entrepreneur Ronnie Smark and his journalist daughter prepare to check into an orbital hotel as part of a stunt promoting private space tourism. Then Kazumi receives highly sensitive information from a source claiming to be an Iranian scientist. And so begins an unprecedented international battle against space-based terror that will soon involve the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NORAD, and the CIA.

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22 .) Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Wikipedia

When prototype models of a dream-invading device go missing at the Institute for Psychiatric Research, it transpires that someone is using them to drive people insane. Threatened both personally and professionally, brilliant psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba has to journey into the world of fantasy to fight her mysterious opponents. As she delves ever deeper into the imagination, the borderline between dream and reality becomes increasingly blurred, and nightmares begin to leak into the everyday realm. The scene is set for a final showdown between the dream detective and her enemies, with the subconscious as their battleground, and the future of the waking world at stake.

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21 .) The Ark Sakura by Kōbō Abe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Wikipedia

Tells of a fat hermit whose fears of a nuclear disaster lead him to build a shelter inside a mountain and equip it with everything necessary for the survival of a small community

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20 .) The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories by John L. Apostolou

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

Thirteen science fiction stories deal with Japan’s ability to cope with new technology, and the westernization of their culture

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19 .) The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

The “rounds” are humans with the sex organs of both genders. Artificially created to test the limits of the human body in space, they are now a minority, despised and hunted by the terrorist group Vessel of Life. Aboard Zeus I, a space station orbiting the planet Jupiter, the “rounds” have created their own society with a radically different view of gender and of life itself. Security chief Shirosaki keeps the peace between the “rounds” and the typically gendered “mono,” but when a terrorist strike hits the station, the balance of power and tolerance is at risk, and an entire people is targeted for genocide.

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18 .) The Isolator, Vol. 1 (light novel): The Biter by Reki Kawahara

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads 1

Ever since a terrible childhood tragedy, Minoru Utsugi has wished for one thing: solitude. Years later, a bizarre encounter leaves a mysterious artifact in Minoru’s body that grants his wish–but that’s far from the end of his troubles. Others have been visited and given powers like Minoru’s, but their twisted desires are not so benign. When a murderous force threatens the people Minoru holds dear, will his newfound abilities be enough to stand in its way? And can there be a future for someone who craves eternal solitude above all else? The story of the Isolator begins here!

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17 .) The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

Sixty-two years after human life on Earth was annihilated by rampaging alien invaders, the enigmatic Messenger O is sent back in time with a mission to unite humanity of past eras—during the Second World War and ancient Japan, and even back to the dawn of the species itself—to defeat the invasion before it begins. However, in a future shredded by war and genocide, love waits for O. Will O save humanity only to doom himself?

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16 .) The Sky Crawlers by Hiroshi Mori

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

Dr. MORI, Hiroshi, one of the most popular novelists in Japan, recognizes “The Sky Crawlers” as his masterpiece. This complete edition comes with Prologue, Episodes 1-5, and Epilogue. The animation movie version of the same title, directed by the masterful Mamoru Oshii, has attracted the global attention as well. “Kildren”, who live eternally in adolescence unless they are killed in combat or commit suicide, innocently crave for being released from the curse of the gravity, and continue to ascend to the end of the clear blue sky. I can fall anytime. I can die anytime. With the resistance, we cannot fly.

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15 .) Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono

Lists It Appears On:

  • Reddit
  • Stephanie Cain Online

Yoko Nakajima, a typical, obedient Japanese high school student, has a fairly ordinary life–that is until Keiki, a unicorn in the guise of a young blond-haired boy, tells her that she is his master and must return to their kingdom, but when the boy mysteriously vanishes, Yoko is left alone on a quest for survival and self-discovery.

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14 .) Usurper of the Sun by Housuke Nojiri

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

The mysterious Builders have brought humanity to the edge of extinction; can they be reasoned with, or must they be destroyed? Aki Shiraishi is a high school student working in the astronomy club and one of the few witnesses to an amazing event—someone is building a tower on the planet Mercury. Soon, the Builders have constructed a ring around the sun, threatening the ecology of Earth with an immense shadow. Aki is inspired to pursue a career in science, and the truth. She must determine the purpose of the ring and the plans of its creators, as the survival of both species—humanity and the alien Builders—hangs in the balance.

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13 .) Vampire Hunter D (Vampire Hunter D, #1) by Hideyuki Kikuchi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Reddit
  • Goodreads 2

12,090 A.D. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under three hundred years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. The war against the vampires has taken its toll; cities lie in ruin, the countryside is fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms that still struggle against nightly raids by the fallen vampires-and the remnants of their genetically manufactured demons and werewolves.

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12 .) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gaijin Pot
  • Reddit
  • Wikipedia

“The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.”

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11 .) Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gaijin Pot
  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

In a future where reality has been augmented and biology itself has been hacked, the world’s food supply is genetically modified, superior, and vulnerable. When gene mapper Hayashida discovers that his custom rice plant has experienced a dysgenic collapse, he suspects sabotage. Hayashida travels Asia to find himself in Ho Chi Minh City with hired-gun hacker Kitamura at his side—and in mortal danger—as he pushes ever nearer to the heart of the mystery.

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10 .) Harmony by Project Itoh

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gaijin Pot
  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn’t that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. It doesn’t work, but one of the girls–Tuan Kirie–grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet…from itself.

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9 .) Self-Reference Engine by Toh EnJoe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gaijin Pot
  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

This is not a novel. This is not a short story collection. This is Self-Reference ENGINE. Instructions for Use: Read chapters in order. Contemplate the dreams of twenty-two dead Freuds. Note your position in spacetime at all times (and spaces). Keep an eye out for a talking bobby sock named Bobby Socks. Beware the star-man Alpha Centauri. Remember that the chapter entitled “Japanese” is translated from the Japanese, but should be read in Japanese. Warning: if reading this book on the back of a catfish statue, the text may vanish at any moment, and you may forget that it ever existed.

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8 .) Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights by Ryu Mitsuse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2
  • SFWA

Ten billion days–that is how long it will take the philosopher Plato to determine the true systems of the world. One hundred billion nights–that is how far into the future he and Christ and Siddhartha will travel to witness the end of the world and also its fiery birth. Named the greatest Japanese science fiction novel of all time, Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights is an epic eons in the making. Originally published in 1967, the novel was revised by the author in later years and republished in 1973.

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7 .) The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2
  • Wikipedia

In a world where humans a minority and androids have created their own civilization, a wandering storyteller meets the beautiful android Ibis. She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity’s fall. The story takes place centuries in the future, where the diminished populations of humans live uncultured lives in their own colonies. They resent the androids, who have built themselves a stable and cultural society. In this brutal time, our main character travels from colony to colony as a “storyteller,” one that speaks of the stories of the past. One day, he is abducted by Ibis, an android in the form of a young girl, and told of the stories created by humans in the ancient past.

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6 .) Yukikaze (Yukikaze, #1) by Chōhei Kambayashi

Lists It Appears On:

  • SFWA
  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

More than thirty years ago, a hyper-dimensional passageway suddenly appeared over the continent of Antarctica. Fighters from the mysterious alien force known as the JAM poured through the passage, the first wave an attempted terrestrial invasion. Their ferocity was unquestionable, their aim unknown. Humanity, united by a common enemy, managed to repel the invaders, chasing them back through the passageway to the strange planet nicknamed “Fairy.”

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5 .) All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2
  • Reddit
  • Wikipedia

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally–the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

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4 .) Genocidal Organ by Project Itoh

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gaijin Pot
  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2
  • Wikipedia

The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it’s up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a genocidal organ.

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3 .) Inter Ice Age 4 by Kōbō Abe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2
  • Wikipedia
  • Gaijin Pot

This is yet another of Mr. Abe’s ominous configurations (Woman in the Dunes etc.) this time staking out its uncertain ideological imperatives in a grave new world submerged under water. In the beginning, however, Professor Katsumi who has a computer capable of making predictions, has no idea of the work undertaken in a still more dehumanized laboratory. But a double murder, an analysis of one of the bodies & some anonymous phone calls (this is all quite exciting) alert him to a traffic in human fetuses corroborated by his wife’s enforced curettage. Witnessing the works in progress–growing rooms for human submarine colonies which will make human survival possible–he is also threatened with his own extinction betrayed by his own machine & he’s made to consider various ethical conjectures & priorities: should one deny one’s self–should the present be expendable in the interest of the future?

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2 .) Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • SFWA
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads 1

A techno-thriller about a killer earthquake and an unseen force in the Japan Trench that threatens to pull the economic superpower under – literally.

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1 .) Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2
  • Reddit
  • Wikipedia

When Dr. Nagashima loses his wife in a mysterious car crash, he is overwhelmed with grief but also an eerie sense of purpose; he becomes obsessed wiht reincarnating his dead wife. Her donated kidney is transplanted into a young girl wiht a debilitating disorder, bu the doctor also feels compelled to keep a small sample of her liver in his laboratory. When these cells start mutating rapidly, a consciousness bent on determining its own fate awakens, bent on becoming the new dominant species on earth.

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The 100+ Additional Best Japanese Science Fiction Books



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
33 A Private Record of Mt. Musubi Ryo Hanmura SFWA
34 A Wild Sheep Chase Haruki Murakami Reddit
35 A Wind Named Amnesia / Invader Summer Hideyuki Kikuchi
Goodreads 2
36 Akira, Vol. 1 Katsuhiro Otomo
Goodreads 2
37 Another Yukito Ayatsuji
Goodreads 2
38 Aphrodite Masaki Yamada
Goodreads 1
39 Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo Miyuki Miyabe
Goodreads 2
40 Arata-naru Sekai Wikipedia
41 Ariel Wikipedia
42
Aruvu Rezuru: Kikaijikake no Yōseitachi
Wikipedia
43 At the End of the Endless Stream Sakyo Komatsu SFWA
44 Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1) Hajime Isayama
Goodreads 2
45 Audition Ryū Murakami
Goodreads 2
46 Battle Royale Koushun Takami
Goodreads 2
47 Beatless Wikipedia
48 Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? Hideo Furukawa
Goodreads 1
49 Birthday (Ring, #4) Kōji Suzuki
Goodreads 2
50 BRAIN VALLEY 上 Hideaki Sena
Goodreads 1
51 Children of the Sea, Volume 1 (Children of the Sea, #1) Daisuke Igarashi
Goodreads 2
52 Coin Locker Babies Ryū Murakami
Goodreads 2
53 Crest of the Stars Wikipedia
54 Crusher Joe Wikipedia
55 Crystal Silence Shingo Fujisaki
Goodreads 1
56 Dark Wars: The Tale of Meiji Dracula Hideyuki Kikuchi
Goodreads 2
57 Dark Water Kōji Suzuki
Goodreads 2
58 Darkside Blues Hideyuki Kikuchi
Goodreads 2
59 Date A Live Wikipedia
60 Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1) Tsugumi Ohba
Goodreads 2
61 Demon Hunters: Desires of the Flesh (The Psyche Diver Series #1) Baku Yumemakura
Goodreads 2
62 Devil May Cry, Volume 1 Shinya Goikeda
Goodreads 2
63 Dororo, Vol. 1 Osamu Tezuka
Goodreads 2
64 Dragon Ball, Vol. 1: The Monkey King (Dragon Ball, #1) Akira Toriyama
Goodreads 2
65 Durarara!!, Vol. 1 Ryohgo Narita
Goodreads 2
66 Edge Kōji Suzuki
Goodreads 1
67 From the New World Reddit
68 Gaia Gear Wikipedia
69 Ghost in the Shell (Ghost in the Shell, #1) Masamune Shirow
Goodreads 2
70 God Hunting Masaki Yamada SFWA
71 God’s Puzzle Wikipedia
72 Godzilla Kazuhisa Iwata
Goodreads 2
73 Gyo Junji Ito
Goodreads 2
74 Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Haruki Murakami Gaijin Pot
75 Hell Yasutaka Tsutsui
Goodreads 2
76 Hellsing, Vol. 01 (Hellsing, #1) Kohta Hirano
Goodreads 2
77 I Am a Hero Omnibus, Volume 1 (I am a Hero Omnibus, #1) Kengo Hanazawa
Goodreads 2
78 Ico: Castle in the Mist Miyuki Miyabe
Goodreads 2
79 In Light of Shadows: More Gothic Tales by Izumi Kyoka Kyōka Izumi
Goodreads 2
80 In the Miso Soup Ryū Murakami
Goodreads 2
81 Ishi no Ketsumyaku Wikipedia
82 Isle of Dreams Keizō Hino
Goodreads 1
83 Japanese Gothic Tales Kyōka Izumi
Goodreads 2
84 Japanese science fiction Wikipedia
85 Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination Edogawa Rampo
Goodreads 2
86 Jewelry Thief Masaki Yamada SFWA
87 Kaiki: Uncanny Tales From Japan, Vol. 1 Tales Of Old Edo Masao Higashi
Goodreads 2
88 Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World Keiichi Sigsawa
Goodreads 2
89 KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale NisiOisiN
Goodreads 2
90 Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet: Volume One Tara A. Devlin
Goodreads 2
91 Land of the Rising Dead: A Tokyo School Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Dai Akagane
Goodreads 2
92 Lantern: Japanese Ghost Stories Kōtarō Tanaka
Goodreads 2
93 Legend of an Enchanted Planet Ryo Hanmura SFWA
94
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Wikipedia
95 Library War Wikipedia
96 Loups-Garous Natsuhiko Kyogoku
Goodreads 2
97 March Story, Vol. 1 (March Story #1) Kim Hyung-Min
Goodreads 2
98 Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots Project Itoh
Goodreads 1
99 Minus Zero Tadashi Hirose SFWA
100 MM9 Hiroshi Yamamoto
Goodreads 1
101 Moribito Nahoko Uehashi
Stephanie Cain Online
102 Mr. Turtle Yūsaku Kitano
Goodreads 2
103 Mujigen Hunter Fandora Wikipedia
104 Museum of Terror, Vol. 1: Tomie 1 Junji Ito
Goodreads 2
105 My Humanity Satoshi Hase
Goodreads 1
106 Nijigahara Holograph Inio Asano
Goodreads 2
107 Ninja Slayer Wikipedia
108 Overlord, Vol. 1: The Undead King (Overlord Light Novels, #1) Kugane Maruyama
Goodreads 2
109 Popular Hits of the Showa Era Ryū Murakami
Goodreads 2
110 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 1 (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Renewal Edition, #1) Naoko Takeuchi
Goodreads 2
111 Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner, Vol. 1 Yu Godai
Goodreads 2
112 Queen of K’n-Yan Ken Asamatsu
Goodreads 1
113 Realm Of The Dead Hyakken Uchida
Goodreads 2
114 Revolutionary Girl Utena, Vol. 1: To Till Chiho Saitō
Goodreads 2
115 Ring (Ring, #1) Kōji Suzuki
Goodreads 2
116 Rocket Girls (Rocket Girls, #1) Housuke Nojiri
Goodreads 2
117 Rocket Girls: The Last Planet (Rocket Girls, #2) Housuke Nojiri
Goodreads 2
118 Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories Yasutaka Tsutsui
Goodreads 2
119 Sayonara Jupiter Wikipedia
120 Secret Rendezvous Kobo Abe Gaijin Pot
121 Shangri-La Wikipedia
122 Slayers – The Ruby Eye (Slayers, #1) Hajime Kanzaka
Goodreads 2
123 Solar Crisis Wikipedia
124 Speculative Japan 2: The Man Who Watched the Sea and Other Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy Yasumi Kobayashi
Goodreads 1
125 Speculative Japan 3: Silver Bullet and Other Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy Ken Asamatsu
Goodreads 1
126 Speculative Japan: Outstanding Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy Gene van Troyer
Goodreads 1
127 Spiral (Ring, #2) Kōji Suzuki
Goodreads 1
128 Star of Guidance Wikipedia
129 Stormdancer Reddit
130 Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse Otsuichi
Goodreads 2
131 tales of the otori Reddit
132 The Book of Heroes Miyuki Miyabe Reddit
133 The Crimson Labyrinth Yusuke Kishi
Goodreads 2
134 The Day of Resurrection Sakyo Komatsu SFWA
135 The Face of Another Kōbō Abe
Goodreads 2
136 The Gate of Sorrows Miyuki Miyabe
Stephanie Cain Online
137 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Yasutaka Tsutsui
Goodreads 2
138
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Wikipedia
139 The Goddess Chronicle Natsuo Kirino
Goodreads 2
140 The Graveyard Apartment Mariko Koike
Goodreads 2
141 The Kouga Ninja Scrolls Futaro Yamada
Goodreads 2
142 The Leopard Mask (The Guin Saga #1) Kaoru Kurimoto
Goodreads 2
143 The Luminous Fairies and Mothra Takehiko Fukunaga
Goodreads 1
144 The Next Continent Issui Ogawa
Goodreads 1
145 The Ouroboros Wave Jyouji Hayashi
Goodreads 1
146 The Psyche Diver Trilogy: Demon Hunters Baku Yumemakura
Goodreads 1
147 The Strange Tale of Panorama Island Suehiro Maruo
Goodreads 2
148 The Summer of the Ubume Natsuhiko Kyogoku
Goodreads 2
149 The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms, #1) Fuyumi Ono
Goodreads 2
150 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami Reddit
151 The Woman in the Dunes Kobo Abe Gaijin Pot
152 Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 1 Mizuki Sakakibara
Goodreads 2
153 Tokyo Ghoul, tome 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1) Sui Ishida
Goodreads 2
154 Tomie Junji Ito
Goodreads 2
155 Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 01 CLAMP
Goodreads 2
156 Uzumaki Junji Ito
Goodreads 2
157 Virus: The Day of Resurrection Sakyo Komatsu
Goodreads 1
158 Wicked City: Black Guard (Wicked City, #1) Hideyuki Kikuchi
Goodreads 2
159 Your Melody Kenichi Sobu
Goodreads 2
160 ZOO Otsuichi
Goodreads 2
161 コロンビア・ゼロ: 新・航空宇宙軍史 Kōshū Tani
Goodreads 1
162 チグリスとユーフラテス Motoko Arai
Goodreads 1
163 図書館戦争 (図書館戦争, #1) Hiro Arikawa
Goodreads 1
164 新世界より [Shinsekai Yori] Yusuke Kishi
Goodreads 1
165 月世界小説 牧野 修
Goodreads 1
166 機龍警察 暗黒市場 Ryoue Tsukimura
Goodreads 1
167 盤上の夜 [Banjō no yoru] 宮内 悠介
Goodreads 1


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Goodreads 1 Japanese Science Fiction
Goodreads 2 Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in English Translation
Reddit Japanese fantasy novels
SFWA Top Ten Japan All Time Best SF Novels
Stephanie Cain Online 3 JAPANESE FEMALE FANTASY WRITERS YOU SHOULD READ
Wikipedia Japanese science fiction novels

 

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