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.

 

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Abema TV

 

Abema TV is one of the most popular anime streaming platforms in Japan.

 

According to Abema TV’s ranking,

 

The most popular anime in Japan right now are:

  1. By the Grace of the Gods
  2. The Day I Became God
  3. Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
  4. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc)
  5. I’m Standing on a Million Lives
  6. Jujutsu Kaisen
  7. Kimetsu No Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Season 1)
  8. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III
  9. TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You
  10. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

 

Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen

 

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

 

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

 

Kimetsu No Yaiba and Wandering Witch are the most popular anime in Japan right now.

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here.

 

 

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. Shingeki No Kyojin (airs on December 7)
  3. Golden Camuy
  4. Deca-Dence
  5. Sadamitsu the Destroyer

 

Shingeki No Kyojin
Shingeki No Kyojin

 

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. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
  4. Lupin III: Italian Game
  5. One Piece
  6. Doraemon
  7. Crayon Shinchan
  8. Healin’ Good PreCure
  9. Butt Detective
  10. Curious George
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

 

Healin' Good PreCure
Healin’ Good PreCure

 

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. Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen
  3. Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle – Rhyme Anima
  4. Osomatsu-san 3
  5. Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
  6. The Day I Became God
  7. Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai
  8. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
  9. Is the Order a Rabbit?
  10. DOGEZA: I Tried Asking While Kowtowing.

 

Higurashi: When They Cry  (2020)
Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU

 

Osomatsu-san 3

 

DOGEZA: I Tried Asking While Kowtowing.
DOGEZA: I Tried Asking While Kowtowing.

 

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here 

 

 

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

 

  1. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season
  2. The Rising of the Shield Hero
  3. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
  4. KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 2
  5. Saga of Tanya the Evil

 

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

 

The complete ranks can be seen here.

 

 

Mahouka (The Irregular At Magic High School) and Haikyu!! are Mipon’s top recommendation for this season.

 

 

NOTE: No, Noblesse is NOT popular in Japan. Noblesse is a “Crunchyroll original.” The author is not NOT Japanese. Many 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.

 

 

Summer 2020

 

During the past anime season (July-September), the trending anime in Japan were:

 

  1. Rent-a-girlfriend
  2. Deca-Dence
  3. Re:Zero
  4. Peter Grill

 

Complete ranking here:

 

 

Spring 2020

 

During Spring 2020 (April-June), the trending anime in Japan were:

 

  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

 

Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector (movie)

 

Winter 2020

 

During  January-March, the most popular anime in Japan were:

 

  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!!

 

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

 

This season is EXTRAORDINARY, I’m currently watching:

 

  • Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc)
  • Haikyu!!
  • Jujutsu Kaisen
  • DanMachi
  • Higurashi
  • Inuyasha
  • Fire Force
  • Black Clover
  • Digimon (reboot)

 

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