I think you’ll agree with me when I say:


I want to start up a great new anime but having thousands of different shows and upwards of 50 new shows a season, I don’t know which one to watch.


Or am I wrong?


What you might do is either ask a friend, or you might just head to Google and search “popular anime in Japan” or “trending anime in Japan.”


I noticed that the second method isn’t all that efficient. The results you’ll get from search engines are not entirely accurate.


Well, in this post, I will talk about four rankings that Japanese people use.


Those rankings will help you find what anime is popular in Japan right now. And decide yourself what anime to watch.


Video Research



One of the ways to know what anime has the best rankings is through the company Video Research.


Founded in 1962, Video Research is a company that measures Japanese TV Rankings.


Every week they publish Japanese Anime TV Rankings within Japan’s Kanto region (this includes Tokyo).


The website is in Japanese, so Google Translate will be your friend here.



However, this ranking has two issues:


  • Data is only taken from the Kanto region
  • Includes long-running anime for kids like Chibi Maruko-chan or Anpanman


According to Video Research, the most watched anime in the Kanto region are:


  1. Sazae
  2. Chibi Maruko-chan
  3. Crayon Shin-chan
  4. Detective Conan
  5. Doraemon
  6. Gegege no Kitaro
  7. One Piece
  8. Mix
  9. Star Twinkle PreCure
  10. Oshiri Tantei


The complete top here.





AniKore is a website that measures Anime Ratings specifically in Japan. Their mission is to help you find anime that’s worth watching so you’ll waste less time on shows you won’t like.


Their website is quite intuitive. You can see the most popular anime in Japan in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.


You can also filter by TV Anime, Anime Movies and OVAs.



The most popular anime in Japan right now are:


  1. Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack On Titan)
  2. Carole & Tuesday
  3. One Punch Man
  4. Kimetsu No Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
  5. MIX
  6. The Helpful Fox Senko-san
  7. Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life
  8. Isekai Quartet
  9. Sarazanmai
  10. Fruits Basket



The complete top here.


Also, the most popular Isekai (different world) right now in Japan are:


  1. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  2. Endro!
  3. Wise Man’s Grandchild
  4. Isekai Quartet
  5. Cop Craft


If you want to watch an Isekai Anime, The Rising of the Shield Hero is my recommendation.


The Rising of the Shield Hero
The Rising of the Shield Hero



If you can’t read Japanese, don’t worry, as I’ll give you a translation of the menu.


すべてのアニメ= All anime

テレビアニメ= Anime TV

アニメ動画 = Anime Movie

その他Ovaなど = Others (Ova, etc.)




The complete top here.


Akiba Souken



Another excellent anime ranking is Akiba Souken.


What I like about this page is that you can filter according to the genre. For example, action, comedy, fantasy, etc.


For example, the highest rated action anime currently airing in Japan are:


  1. Kengan Ashura
  2. Vinland Saga
  3. Cop Craft
  4. One Punch Man
  5. Kemurikusa
  6. Knights of the Zodiac (Saint Seiya)
  7. Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack On Titan)
  8. Unbreakable Machine-Doll
  9. Bungo Stray Dogs
  10. The Asterisk War


Shingeki No Kyojin


The complete top is here.




Nicovideo is the Japanese youtube. They also have a great anime ranking.


If you didn’t know, most Japanese watch anime late at night. The “primetime” for anime is between 00:00 and 02:00.


In my opinion, this ranking is the most accurate. It shows you the most popular anime that are airing specifically during anime’s primetime.


The highest rated late night anime are:


  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
  2. YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World
  3. Pirikarako chan
  4. O Maidens in Your Savage Season
  5. Duel Masters
  6. Fire Force
  7. Kiratto Pri Chan
  8. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
  9. Granbelm
  10. Dr.Stone




The complete top here.



Winter 2019


During the past season (January to March 2019), the trending anime in Japan was:

  1. The Promised Neverland
  2. Mob Psycho 100
  3. Dororo
  4. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 
  5. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
  6. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  7. Sword Art Online


Mob Psycho


That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime


Kirito Alice Eugeo
Sword Art Online season 3


Which Anime are you watching now?  Let me know in the comments below.


I’m watching now:

  • Kimetsu No Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
  • Dr.Stone
  • Fire Force
  • Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files
  • The Irregular At Magic High School
  • Bungo Stray Dogs


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