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.

 

Dr. STONE: STONE WARS

 

Dimora

 

Dimora is one of the most popular rankings in Japan.

 

According to Dimora’s ranking,

 

The most popular anime in Japan right now are:

 

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen
  2. The Promised Neverland Season 2
  3. Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
  4. Cells at Work!!
  5. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
  6. Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
  7. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 Part 2
  8. Yuru Camp△ SEASON 2
  9. Dr. STONE: STONE WARS
  10. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

 

Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season

 

Yuru Camp△ SEASON 2

 

Jujutsu Kaisen

 

 

Shingeki No Kyojin is the most popular anime in Japan right now.

 

 

Source.

 

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. Akudama Drive
  2. EX-ARM
  3. Levius
  4. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
  5. Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season
  6. Deca-Dence
  7. Hero Mask
  8. Samurai Champloo
  9. Get Ride! AMDriver
  10. Kemurikusa

 

Hero Mask

 

 

We interviewed Deca-Dence’s Director Yuzuru Tachikawa and we asked him about Season 2. Check it out:

 

 

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).

 

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. Sazae-san
  2. Chibi Maruko-chan
  3. Detective Conan
  4. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
  5. One Piece
  6. Doraemon
  7. Crayon Shinchan
  8. Curious George
  9. Butt Detective
  10. Healin’ Good Pretty Cure
Healin' Good PreCure
Healin’ Good PreCure
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

 

The complete ranks can be seen here.

 

 

Besides the Greatest Anime Of All Time (a.k.a Shingeki No Kyojin) my number one recommendation for this season is World Trigger.

 

It’s an extraordinary shonen and one of the most underrated anime ever. If you have a good taste in anime you’ll love it. Watch it!

 

 

 

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. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen
  3. Yuru Camp△ SEASON 2
  4. Cells at Work! CODE BLACK
  5. Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies moved to a starter town?
  6. Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU
  7. Non Non Biyori: Nonstop
  8. Cells at Work!!
  9. Horimiya
  10. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 Part 2

 

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

 

Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies moved to a starter town?

 

Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here 

 

 

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

 

  1. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
  2. So I’m a Spider, So What?
  3. Overlord
  4. KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 2
  5. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
  6. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season
  7. KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!

 

So I’m a Spider, So What?

 

Watch our video where we visit the real-life locations of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

 

 

The complete ranks can be seen here.

 

Anime Trending in 2020

 

 

In case you missed it, here an article showing you the most loved Anime for Japanese people in 2020.

 

 

 

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

 

 

This season is EXTRAORDINARY, I’m going to watch:

 

  • Shingeki No Kyojin 🔥
  • World Trigger 🔥
  • Black Clover 🔥
  • Yakusoku No Neverland
  • BEASTARS
  • Digimon
  • Tensura (Slime)
  • Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!
  • Nanatsu No Taizai
  • Dr.Stone
  • Re:Zero
  • Jujutsu Kaisen
  • Mushoku Tensei
  • So I’m a Spider, So What?

 

If you are looking for Manga recommendations check out:

 

 

Or you can also check:

 

 

 

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