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

 

“I want to start a great new anime, but having thousands of different shows and upwards of 50 new shows a season, I just don’t know where to start!

 

Or am I wrong?

 

First things first, you might either ask a friend, or just head to Google and search “popular anime in Japan” or “trending anime in Japan.”

 

However, I noticed that the second method isn’t always 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.

 

These rankings will help you find what anime is popular in Japan right now. And maybe even help you decide what anime to watch.

 

 

Find the complete ranking below (click the image below to watch it):

 

 

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Deca-dence is Mipon’s recommendation for this season.

 

 

Nicovideo

 

Nicovideo is like 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. Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!
  2. The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants
  3. Dokyuu Hentai HxEros
  4. Re:Zero
  5. Kanojo, Okarishimasu (Rent-a-girlfriend)
  6. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T
  7. Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2
  8. Deca-dence
  9. Monster Girl Doctor
  10. Kyojinzoku no Hanayome (The Titan’s Bride)

 

 

Rent-a-girlfriend and Deca-dence are the most popular anime in Japan right now.

 

 

The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants

 

Kyojinzoku no Hanayome (The Titan's Bride)
Kyojinzoku no Hanayome (The Titan’s Bride)

 

My favorite of the season is definitely Rent-a-girlfriend.

 

Rent-a-Girlfriend

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here.

 

 

Akiba Souken

 

 

Another excellent anime ranking site is Akiba Souken.

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Deca-Dence
  2. Gibiate
  3. Hero Mask
  4. No Guns No Life
  5. Baki
  6. Samurai Champloo
  7. Kemurikusa
  8. Devil May Cry
  9. Sadamitsu the Destroyer
  10. Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle (Movie)

 

 

Deca-Dence
Deca-Dence

 

Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle

 

Gibiate

 

The complete top ranks can be seen 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

So take these rankings with a grain of salt, as they are for a limited region and include shows many will either already know about and be watching (One Piece) or are not interested in.

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

 

  1. Detective Conan
  2. Sazae-san
  3. Doraemon
  4. Chibi Maruko-chan
  5. One Piece
  6. Crayon Shinchan
  7. Healin’ Good PreCure
  8. Anpanman
  9. Osaru No George
  10. Butt Detective

 

Detective Conan
Healin' Good PreCure
Healin’ Good PreCure

 

The complete ranks can be seen here.

 

 

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.

 

You can find the most popular anime in Japan in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

 

The most popular anime in Japan right now are:

 

  1. Great Pretender
  2. Deca-dence
  3. The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants
  4. Fire Force
  5. Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time
  6. Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!
  7. Dokyuu Hentai HxEros
  8. UMAYON
  9. Kyojinzoku no Hanayome (The Titan’s Bride)
  10. Lapis Re:LiGHTs

 

 

Enen no Shouboutai: Fire Force

 

The first 14 episodes of Great Pretender are already available on Netflix. The Episode 15 release date on Netflix Japan is scheduled for September 21, 2020.

 

Great Pretender

 

Umayon

 

The complete ranks can be seen here.

 

 

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

 

  1. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  2. Isekai Quartet 2
  3. Arifureta
  4. Kenja No Mago
  5. GATE

 

Isekai Quartet 2

 

Don’t forget to check out our video about That Time I Got Reincarnated as Slime’s real-life locations:

 

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

 

 

The complete ranks can be seen here.

 

 

No, Tower Of God and God of High School are NOT popular in Japan. TOG and GOHS is a “Crunchyroll original.” Both authors are NOT Japanese. Tons of people don’t consider it anime and I think they might be right. Will you consider it “Anime”? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Spring 2020

 

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

 

  1. Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector (movie)
  2. Kaguya-sama
  3. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
  4. Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition
  5. BNA

 

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

 

Winter 2020

 

During  January-March, the most popular anime in Japan were:

 

  1. Haikyu!!
  2. A Certain Scientific Railgun T
  3. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
  4. BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense
  5. Darwin’s Game

 

Haikyu!!

 

 

Fall 2019

 

In October-December 2019, the trending anime in Japan were:

 

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

 

Psycho Pass season 3

 

 

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

 

I’m currently watching:

 

  • Fire Force (my favorite of the season)
  • Rent-a-girlfriend (surprisingly good!)
  • Black Clover
  • Digimon (reboot)
  • Deca-Dence
  • Great Pretender
  • Re:Zero

 

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