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 (Summer 2021). And maybe even help you decide what anime to watch.


Do you want to know what’s one of the most significant terms in recent years in the anime industry? Click on the image to watch the video:





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. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc (Season 2)
  2. Kingdom (Season 3)
  3. Lupin III: Part VI
  4. Komi Can’t Communicate
  5. Restaurant to Another World 2
  6. Platinum End 🔥
  7. Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut
  8. The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window
  9. The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat
  10. Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse


Komi Can’t Communicate


Platinum End


The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window


Source (Japanese).



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. Fena: Pirate Princess
  2. Tesla Note
  3. Shuumatsu no Valkyrie (Record of Ragnarok)
  4. Shikizakura
  5. LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6
  6. Monkey Punch Manga Katsudou Dai Shashin: Crime Mate Special
  7. Kinnikuman II Sei: Ultimate Muscle
  8. Baki Hanma
  10. Kaleido Star: It’s Good! Goood!!


Fena: Pirate Princess


Tesla Note





The complete top ranks can be seen here.



My two recommendations for this season are World Trigger and Boruto!!!


Watch them, you can thank me later.


World Trigger



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. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc (Season 2)
  2. Sazae-san
  3. Detective Conan
  4. Chibi Maruko-chan
  5. One Piece
  6. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon – The Second Act
  7. Doraemon
  8. Crayon Shin-chan
  9. Lupin III: Part VI
  10. Tropical-Rouge! Precure: Yuki no Princess to Kiseki no Yubiwa!
Lupin III: Part VI


The complete ranks can be seen here.





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 Part 2
  2. The Vampire Dies in No Time
  3. Showtime!: Minami Onee-san datte H Shitai
  4. Restaurant to Another World 2
  5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc (Season 2)
  6. The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!
  7. Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter
  8. Mieruko-chan
  9. Megaton-kyuu Musashi
  10. Pop Team Epic (rebroadcast)


The Vampire Dies in No Time


Showtime!: Minami Onee-san datte H Shitai




The complete top ranks can be seen here 



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


  1. TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy-
  2. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
  3. So I’m a Spider, So What?
  4. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
  5. Drug Store in Another World – The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist
  6. The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent


Drug Store in Another World – The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist


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.





If you are looking for Manga recommendations check out:



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


I’m watching this season:


  • Boruto 🔥
  • World Trigger 🔥
  • Platinum End (by the author of Death Note)
  • Mushoku Tensei
  • The Faraway Paladin
  • Blue Period