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.






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. Wasteful Days of High School Girls
  • 2. How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?
  • 3. Skilled Teaser Takagi
  • 4. Maidens of the Savage Season
  • 5. Vinland Saga
  • 6. Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • 7. Cop Craft
  • 8. Re: Stage! Dream Days
  • 9. A Certain Scientific Accelerator
  • 10. Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note


So far, Vinland Saga is the best anime of this season (Summer 2019).




The complete top here.



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


  • 1. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • 2. Wise Man’s Grandchild
  • 3. Arifureta: From Commonplace to the World’s Strongest
  • 4. Isekai Quartet
  • 5. Demon Lord, Retry!


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



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. Kemurikusa
  • 4. Cop Craft
  • 5. Val x Love
  • 6. Unbreakable Machine Doll
  • 7. Special Crime Investigation Unit – Special 7
  • 8. My Hero Academia
  • 9. One Piece
  • 10. SSSS. Gridman


Kengan Ashura



The complete top is here.



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-san
  • 2. Doraemon
  • 3. Crayon Shin-Chan
  • 4. Mix
  • 5. Chibi Maruko-chan
  • 6. One Piece
  • 7. Oshiri Tantei
  • 8. Gegege no Kitaro
  • 9. Curious George
  • 10. Star Twinkle Precure




The complete top 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. Tejina Senpai
  • 2. Wasteful Days of High School Girls
  • 3. How Many Kilograms are the Dumbbells You Lift?
  • 4. Are You Lost?
  • 5. El-Melloi II Case Files Grace Note
  • 6. Machikado Mazoku
  • 7. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
  • 8. Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power, Okaasan online
  • 9. Symphogear XV
  • 10. Re:Stage! Dream Days


Tejina Senpai



Lord El-Melloi II Case Files is based on Waver Velvet from Fate:Zero! 


Waver Velvet


Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II



The complete top here.


Spring 2019


During the past season (April-June), the trending anime in Japan was:

  1. Shingeki No Kyojin : Attack On Titan
  2. One Punch Man
  3. Bungo Stray Dogs
  4. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
  6. Araiya-san! Ore to Aitsu ga Onnayu de!?
  7. Nande Koki ni Sensei ga!?
  8. Miru Tights
  9. Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san
  10. Sarazanmai




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


I’m currently watching:

  • Kimetsu No Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
  • Dr.Stone
  • Vinland Saga
  • Fire Force
  • Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files


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