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 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. Levius
  • 2. The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.
  • 3. Somali and the Forest Spirit
  • 4. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
  • 5. Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • 6. In/Spectre
  • 7. Drifting Dragons
  • 8. Koisuru Asteroid
  • 9. Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu
  • 10. Isekai Quartet


The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K  is the best anime of this season (Winter 2019).



Disastrous Life Of Saiki K


The complete top here.



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


  • 1. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • 2. Arifureta: From Commonplace to the World’s Strongest
  • 3. Demon Lord, Retry!
  • 4. Isekai Cheat Magician
  • 5. High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World


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. Darwin’s Game
  • 2. Kengan Ashura
  • 3. Levius
  • 4. Kemurikusa
  • 5. No Guns Life
  • 4. Val × Love
  • 7. Special Crime Investigation Unit – Special 7
  • 8. Blood Blockade Battlefront
  • 9. SSS Gridman
  • 10. Kemono Michi





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. Gegege no Kitaro
  • 5. One Piece
  • 6. Doraemon
  • 7. Crayon Shinchan
  • 8. Boku No Hero Academia
  • 9. Star Twinkle Precure
  • 10. Oshiri Tantei



Boku No Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)


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. Kiratto Pri Chan
  • 2. Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
  • 3. Case File nº221: Kabukicho
  • 5. Zoids Zero
  • 6. Yokai Watch
  • 7. Pikachin Kit
  • 8. Boku No Hero Academia
  • 9. Duel Masters
  • 10. Pokémon


Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia





The complete top here.



Fall 2019


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


  1. Psycho Pass
  2. Babylon
  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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