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.

 

Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!

 

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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. Fire Force
  3. Lapis Re:LiGHTs
  4. Rent-a-Girlfriend
  5. Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!
  6. Deca-Dence
  7. Japan Sinks 2020
  8. Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time
  9. EX-ARM
  10. Gekijouban Seitokai yakuindomo

 

 

Great Pretender is the most popular anime in Japan right now.

 

 

Great Pretender

 

The whole season of Great Pretender is already available on Netflix Japan. I’m also watching Great Pretender and is dope, you need to watch it!

 

Lapis Re:LiGHTs

 

 

Rent-a-Girlfriend

 

 

The complete top 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 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. Deca-Dence
  2. Gibiate
  3. Hero Mask
  4. No Guns No Life
  5. Samurai Champloo
  6. Baki
  7. Kemurikusa
  8. Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter
  9. Sadamitsu the Destroyer
  10. Dragon Ball

 

 

Deca-Dence
Deca-Dence

 

Gibiate

 

Bakki

 

(I’m very impressed that Dragon Ball and Saint Seiya are trending now in Japan.)

 

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. Detective Conan
  3. Chibi Maruko-chan
  4. The Genie Family
  5. One Piece
  6. Doraemon
  7. GeGeGe no Kitaro
  8. Crayon Shinchan
  9. Butt Detective
  10. Anpanman

 

GeGeGe no Kitaro

 

 

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. Dokyuu Hentai HxEros
  2. ULTRAMAN
  3. The Titan’s Bride
  4. Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2
  5. Yu Gi Oh! SEVENS
  6. Fruits Basket
  7. Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement-
  8. Youkai Watch
  9. Shadowverse
  10. The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants

 

Dokyuu Hentai HxEros

 

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2

 

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

 

 

The complete top 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 was:

 

  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 was:

 

  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 was:

 

  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:

 

  • Black Clover
  • Digimon (reboot)
  • Deca-Dence
  • Great Pretender
  • Re:Zero

 

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