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 (Winter 2022). And maybe even help you decide what anime to watch.

 

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. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Season 2)
  2. Shingeki No Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2 (Editor’s pick 🔥) ⬆️
  3. Lupin III: Part VI ⬆️
  4. Ranking of Kings  (Editor’s pick🔥) ⬆️
  5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN ⬆️
  6. World Trigger (Season 3)
  7. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon – The Second Act
  8. Life With an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated Into a Total Fantasy Knockout
  9. The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt
  10. Platinum End
World Trigger

 

Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2

 

Life With an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated Into a Total Fantasy Knockout

 

 

Source (Japanese).

 

 

Check out the real-life locations of Demon Slayer 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. ORIENT
  2. Attack On Titan The Final Season Part 2 (Editor’s pick 🔥)
  3. Fena: Pirate Princess
  4. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN
  5. Baki Hanma
  6. Tesla Note
  7. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
  8. Shuumatsu no Valkyrie (Record of Ragnarok)
  9. Akuma Drive
  10. Ninjala

 

Orient

 

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here.

 

 

My two recommendations for this season are Shingeki No Kyojin and Ranking of Kings!!!

 

Watch them, you can thank me later.

 

Ranking of Kings

 

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 Entertainment District Arc (Season 2) ⬆️
  2. Doraemon
  3. Earwig and the Witch
  4. Gigantosaurus
  5. Shaun the Sheep

 

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Season 2)

 

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. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment  Arc (Season 2)
  2. My Dress-Up Darling
  3. Akebi’s Sailor Uniform
  4. Miss KUROITSU from the Monster Development Department
  5. Teasing Master Takagi-san
  6. Irodorimidori
  7. CUE!
  8. Tokyo 24th Ward
  9. Lupin III: Part VI
  10. Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2

 

My Dress-Up Darling

 

Miss KUROITSU from the Monster Development Department
Tokyo 24th Ward

 

 

The complete top ranks can be seen here 

 

 

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

 

  1. Restaurant to Another World 2 ⬆️
  2. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation ⬆️
  3. TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- ⬇️
  4. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 ⬆️
  5. So I’m a Spider, So What?  ⬆️

 

Restaurant to Another World 2

 

The complete ranks can be seen here.

 

 

Anime Trending in 2021

 

 

If you want to know what was the most-watched anime for Japanese people in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 check out:

 

 

 

 

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 this season:

 

  • Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2 🔥
  • World’s End Harem
  • Police in a Pod
  • Ranking of Kings
  • Platinum End (by the author of Death Note)
  • Shaman King