Best Korean Anime You Should Not Miss


Korean anime, known as “Aeni,” has been around for quite some time, but it’s recently gained worldwide attention, thanks to the growing popularity of Manhwa and the influence of Korean culture. Unlike traditional Japanese anime, Korean animation has its own unique style that has captivated global audiences. However, it’s interesting to note that these anime are not as well-received in Japan due to historical and geographical rivalries.

The surge in Manhwa’s popularity has led to more Korean anime adaptations in the pipeline. The recent announcement of the Solo Levelling web novel’s anime adaptation has reignited interest in these captivating creations.

One Korean anime that’s made its mark on Netflix is “Lookism,” offering a slightly different storytelling experience compared to its Japanese counterparts. To keep fans excited, Korea needs to produce more of these original gems in the future.

Now, let’s dive into a list of 17 top Korean anime that you absolutely shouldn’t miss:


The Fake – A Mind-Bending Thriller

Korean Title: Saibi Number Of Episodes: 1 Number Of Seasons: 1 (Movie)

“The Fake” is a gripping Korean thriller anime that keeps viewers guessing between good and evil. Min-Chul, a local troublemaker, stumbles upon the sinister plans of two church organizers, Choi Gyeong-Seok and Reverend Sung, who aim to deceive the villagers. However, Min-Chul’s notorious reputation makes it hard for anyone to believe him. Things take a dramatic turn when Choi Gyeong-Seok and Reverend Sung seek revenge against Min-Chul.

Notable Characters: Min-Chul, Choi Gyeong-Seok, Reverend Sung


When I Woke Up I Became a Bagel Girl – A Gender-Swapping Adventure

Korean Title: Eoneu Nal Jameseo Kkaeeoboni Bagelyeoga Doeeo Isseotda Number Of Episodes: 15 (ONA) Number Of Seasons: 1

This anime’s plot is reminiscent of a gender-swap story. “When I Woke Up I Became a Bagel Girl” is a delightful and ecchi-filled adventure. Bong Gi, a lazy boy, suddenly finds himself transformed into a hot girl. This sets the stage for Bong Gi’s humorous journey of self-discovery as he navigates life as a girl.

Notable Characters: Gi Bong, Jeong Ah Reum, Seong Min, Sang Woo


3. Seoul Station – A Zombie Outbreak

Korean Title: Seoul-yeok Number Of Episodes: 1 Number Of Seasons: 1 (Movie)

Inspired by the hit zombie film “Train to Busan,” “Seoul Station” is a Korean anime that plunges viewers into a zombie apocalypse. The story revolves around a group of survivors, including Hye-sun, Ki-Woong, and Suk-Gyu, who must do whatever it takes to stay alive. Who can resist the suspense of an apocalyptic thriller?

Notable Characters: Hye-sun, Ki-Woong, Suk-Gyu


4. The King of Pigs – A Psychological Thriller

Korean Title: Dwaeji-ui Wang Number Of Episodes: 1 Number Of Seasons: 1 (Movie)

“The King of Pigs” is a Korean animated psychological thriller that explores the theme of a hierarchical social structure that’s difficult to break. Kyung-Min and Jong-Suk, both labeled as “pigs” due to their low social status, find themselves unable to resist the torment. However, when Kim Chul, the “king of pigs,” enters the picture, they rely on him to set things right.

Notable Characters: Hwang Kyung-Min, Jung Jong-Suk, Kim Chul


5. Noblesse – The Korean Version of Bleach

Korean Title: Nobeulleseu Number Of Episodes: 13 + 2 Special Episodes Number Of Seasons: 1

“Noblesse” is a Korean anime based on a Manhwa of the same name and can be likened to the Korean version of “Bleach.” Cadis Etrama di Raizel, known as the “Noblesse,” awakens after an 820-year slumber. He is the most powerful among vampires and is tasked with maintaining order within the Vampire clan. The unique chemistry between Raizel and Frankenstein adds an extraordinary touch to the story.

Notable Characters: Cadis Etrama di Raizel, Frankenstein, M-21


6. Blade of the Phantom Master – An Action-Packed Fantasy

Korean Title: Shin Angyo Onshi Number Of Episodes: 1 Number Of Seasons: 1 (Movie)

“Blade of the Phantom Master” is an action-packed fantasy anime that follows the journey of a warrior, Munsu, as he vows to fulfill a promise to a departed loved one. The anime is filled with intense battle scenes and features an animation style reminiscent of traditional Japanese anime.

Notable Characters: Munsu, Chun Hyang, Jyun, Mon-Ryon


7. Wonderful Days – A Dystopian Tale of Survival

Korean Title: Sky Blue Number Of Episodes: 1 Number Of Seasons: 1 (Movie)

Set in the year 2142, “Wonderful Days” presents a story of survival with romantic elements. Humans fight to survive on Earth, with only a few managing to survive in the city of Escoban, home to the elite. However, pollution from Escoban threatens this dystopian world. Shua, the protagonist, comes from outside Escoban, and the story revolves around his shattered love for his childhood friend, Jay.

Notable Characters: Shua, Jay, Cade


8. A Day Before Us – Heartwarming Teenage Romance

Korean Title: Yeon-ae Halujeon Number Of Episodes: 44 (ONA) Number Of Seasons: 3

“A Day Before Us” is a heartwarming romantic series featuring four different characters. With ultra-short episodes, this series quickly unfolds tales of teenage love in South Korea.

Notable Characters: Ha Eun, Yeo Reum, Yeon Woo, Wook Kim


9. Oseam – An Innocent Fairy Tale

Korean Title: Oseam Number Of Episodes: 1 Number Of Seasons: 1 (Movie)

Based on a local fairy tale, “Oseam” tells the heartwarming story of two orphans, Gilson and his blind sister Gami, who seek refuge in a temple after a tragic fire. Gilson embarks on a journey to find a cure for his sister’s blindness, setting the stage for a heartwarming and touching adventure.

Korean anime has a lot to offer, from mind-bending thrillers to heartwarming tales. These 17 must-watch Korean anime are sure to keep you entertained and immersed in their unique worlds. So, give them a try and discover the captivating storytelling that Korea has to offer.