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

 

Click on the image below to watch the video right now:

 

 

 

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. The Slime Diaries
  2. Boku No Hero Academia (Season 5)
  3. Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
  4. Kingdom  (Season 3)
  5. To Your Eternity
  6. I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
  7. Shaman King
  8. Tokyo Revengers 🔥
  9. Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway
  10. Yo-Kai Watch

 

To Your Eternity

 

Tokyo Revengers

 

Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway

 

 

Source.

 

Check out the real-life locations of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime in Tokyo.

 

 

 

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. SSSS.DYNAZENON
  2. JORAN THE PRINCESS OF SNOW AND BLOOD
  3. Akudama Drive
  4. The World Ends With You: The Animation
  5. Shaman King
  6. Cestvs: The Roman Fighter
  7. B: The Beginning: Succession
  8. Dragon Ball
  9. Samurai Champloo
  10. Boku no Hero Academia (Season 5)

 

SSSS.DYNAZENON

 

The World Ends With You: The Animation

 

B: The Beginning: Succession
B: The Beginning: Succession

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here.

 

My number one recommendation for this season is Moriarty the Patriot!!!

 

Watch it, you can thank me later.

 

Moriarty the Patriot

 

 

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)
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. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω
  2. I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
  3. Super Cub
  4. Shaman King
  5. Shadows House
  6. Hetalia: World Stars
  7. The Slime Diaries
  8. Dragon Goes House-Hunting
  9. Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song 🔥
  10. Kuro Gal ni Natta kara Shinyuu to Shitemita.

 

Super Cub

 

Shadows House

 

Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song

 

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here 

 

 

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

 

  1. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
  2. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2nd Season Part 1)
  3. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season
  4. So I’m a Spider, So What?
  5. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2nd Season Part 2)

 

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

 

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, I’m watching:

 

  • Moriarty the Patriot 🔥
  • 86 🔥
  • Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song (by the author of Re:Zero) 🔥
  • Tokyo Revengers
  • Boku No Hero Academia
  • Shaman King
  • Nanatsu No Taizai (2nd cour)
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? (2nd cour)

 

If you are looking for Manga recommendations check out:

 

 

Or you can also check:

 

 

 

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