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.

 

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

 

 

Anikore

 

 

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. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
  2. If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die
  3. Dorohedoro
  4. Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It
  5. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
  6. Drifting Dragons
  7. BanG Dream!
  8. Smile Down the Runway
  9. Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  10. Re: Zero Director’s Cut

 

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

 

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

 

The complete top here.

 

 

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

 

  1. Ascendance of a Bookworm
  2. High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World
  3. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  4. Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious
  5. Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!
  6. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

 

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

 

Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious

 

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

 

 

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. Darwin’s Game
  2. Sadamitsu the Destroyer
  3. Kemurikusa
  4. Samurai Champloo
  5. Kengan Ashura
  6. No Guns No Life
  7. ULTRAMAN
  8. Dragon Ball
  9. Lupin the Third
  10. Hunter X Hunter

 

Darwin’s game

 

No Guns No Life

 

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. Chibi Maruko-chan
  3. Detective Conan
  4. Boku No Hero Academia
  5. Doraemon
  6. Star Twinkle Precure
  7. Gegege no Kitaro
  8. Doraemon
  9. Crayon Shinchan
  10. Oshiri Tantei

 

Boku No Hero Academia

 

Detective Conan

 

The complete top here.

 

 

Nicovideo

 

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. Darwin’s Game
  2. Isekai Quartet
  3. BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense
  4. In/Spectre
  5. Interspecies Reviewers
  6. Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  7. Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga
  8. Toilet-bound Hanako-kun
  9. Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikk
  10. Overflow

 

BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense

 

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun

 

 

The complete top here.

 

 

Fall 2019

 

During the past season (October-December), the trending anime in Japan was:

 

      1. Psycho-Pass
      2. Babylon
      3. BEASTARS
      4. We Never Learn (Bokuben)
      5. High Score Girl Il

 

Psycho Pass season 3

 

 

Summer 2019

 

In July-September, the trending anime in Japan was:

 

      1. Kimetsu No Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
      2. Vinland Saga
      3. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
      4. How Many Kilograms are the Dumbbells You Lift?
      5. O Maidens in Your Savage Season

 

Note: Dr.Stone and Nanatsu No Taizai (Seven Deadly Sins) are not as popular as you think in Japan.

 

Spring 2019

 

In 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:

 

      • Black Clover
      • Babylon
      • Boku No Hero Academia
      • Nanatsu No Taizai
      • pet
      • Darwin’s game
      • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

 

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