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.

 

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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. Boku no Hero Academia (Season 5)
  2. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Season 2 Part 2)
  3. Tokyo Revengers ?
  4. Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
  5. To Your Eternity
  6. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X
  7. Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
  8. The Honor at Magic High School (Mahouka)
  9. The Detective Is Already Dead
  10. Girlfriend, Girlfriend

 

The Honor at Magic High School (Mahouka)

 

Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan

 

Girlfriend, Girlfriend

 

 

Source.

 

 

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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. SCARLET NEXUS
  2. Shuumatsu no Valkyrie (Record of Ragnarok)
  3. Battle Game in 5 Seconds
  4. SSSS.DYNAZENON
  5. Akudama Drive
  6. Kinnikuman II Sei: Ultimate Muscle
  7. Dragon Ball
  8. Samurai Champloo
  9. DECA-DENCE
  10. Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Sanctuary

 

SCARLET NEXUS

 

Battle Game in 5 Seconds

 

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie (Record of Ragnarok)

 

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here.

 

 

My number one recommendation for this season is Tokyo Revengers!!!

 

Watch it, you can thank me later.

 

 

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. One Piece
  5. Doraemon
  6. Healin’ Good Pretty Cure
  7. Crayon Shinchan
  8. Boku no Hero Academia (Season 5)
  9. Butt Detective

 

Boku no Hero Academia (Season 5)

 

The complete ranks can be seen here.

 

 

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. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S
  2. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X
  3. Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU
  4. The Detective Is Already Dead
  5. Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
  6. Kageki Shojo!!
  7. Peach Boy Riverside
  8. The Honor at Magic High School (Mahouka)
  9. Getter Robo Arc
  10. Tokyo Revengers ?

 

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S

 

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

 

Peach Boy Riverside

 

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here 

 

 

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

 

  1. So I’m a Spider, So What?
  2. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
  3. I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
  4. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (2nd Season Part 1)
  5. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2nd Season Part 2)
  6. Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table

 

I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level

 

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:

 

 

Or you can also check:

 

 

 

 

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

 

I’m watching:

 

  • The Honor at Magic High School (Mahouka)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 (Tensura)
  • Tokyo Revengers ?
  • Shaman King
  • Edens Zero
  • Boku No Hero Academia

 

 

I usually watch at least 10-12 shows per season but this season I’m watching only 6.

 

Honestly, after Spring 2020 I think that this will be the second-worst anime season ever.

 

If it weren’t for the leftovers (which are incredible, especially Tokyo Revengers), I think that this season would be even worse.

 

 

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