Top 15 Most Popular Anime in Japan Right Now, Jujutsu Kaisen vs Spy x Family

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 is the Most Popular Anime in Japan for the 18th consecutive week.

Jujutsu Kaisen returned with its Second Season this summer, and ever since then, the series has been the Most-Watched TV Show on Streaming in Japan, with the anime extending its run at the top for an 18th consecutive week now. 

Ever since its premiere in 2020, the series has quickly become one of the biggest anime in the world. With its likeable and charming cast of characters and MAPPA’s groundbreaking work with the animation, the series has become a sensation, and the Shibuya Incident Arc has only shot up the anime’s popularity to a whole new level.

Even apart from Streaming, the series boasts an outstanding average viewership of more than 6.3 million viewers on broadcast television in the country, which really goes to show just how popular this season of Jujutsu Kaisen has been.

The Apothecary Diaries is the Most Popular New Anime Right Now.

Most Popular Anime in Japan 2023: The Apothecary Diaries

Meanwhile, The Apothecary Diaries, the seinen anime series based on the popular novel series of the same name, is currently the Second Most Popular Anime and TV Show in Japan on Streaming, leaving behind the likes of One Piece and SPY x FAMILY. The medieval drama has already been a big name among the anime community in Japan long before its anime adaptation, with the manga series already selling over 800,000 copies this year, even before the release of the anime. 

With its refreshing premise, an exciting cast of characters, its exotic setting, and a quirky yet relatable lead at the forefront, the series has captured the imagination of many, and it seems like it is about to get humongously popular in Japan.

Attack on Titan is also among the Top 3 Most Popular Anime in Japan with its Final Episode.

Attack on Titan, which returned with its Final Episode earlier this month, is currently the Third Most Watched Anime on Streaming in Japan and is the Most-Watched TV Show on Netflix in the country. 

The globally renowned anime series has been one of the biggest TV titles of the last decade and returned one last time for its epic climax. The finale has since then been very well received and loved by viewers and critics alike around the globe.


Most Popular Anime in Japan 2023: Spy x Family

SPY x FAMILY, which sat atop the streaming charts as the Most-Watched TV Show in Japan last year for the most weeks, has been challenging Jujutsu Kaisen on both broadcast TV and streaming every week but hasn’t managed to surpass it just yet.

Madhouse’s Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End has also been constantly among the Top 5 ever since its premiere. The manga, which has been the winner of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, has gotten an adaptation that it deserved and has been thriving with every new episode. 

Frieren is charming, Frieren is calm, it is quiet, and it is mundane, and that’s what helps the series capture the essence of the fantasy genre and this beautiful post-war world. It’s largely different from fantasy shows like The Witcher and Shadow and Bone, but it is probably more impressive with its larger-than-life characters and its rich and emotionally poignant narrative, which appeals to the human in you and gives you this sense of feel-good nostalgia and this sense of appreciation for the world you see in your screen and the world you see outside of it.

READ MORE: Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Premieres with Record Viewership

The demographic breakdown shows that among men, Jujutsu Kaisen, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, and Attack on Titan are the Top 3 Most-Watched Anime on Streaming, respectively, while The Apothecary Diaries, SPY x FAMILY, and Jujutsu Kaisen are the Top 3 Most Popular Anime among women.

Meanwhile, One Piece and Detective Conan both continue to be as strong as ever in Streaming and have occupied the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. Haikyuu!! has also re-entered the Top 10, with the hype for the movie sequel slowly picking up traction. The Haikyuu!! Movie: Battle of the Garbage Dump will be released in Japanese Theatres on February 16, 2024.

READ MORE: Haikyuu!! Movies: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The ongoing Rurouni Kenshin anime and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (with the help of the latest film of the series landing on Streaming) have also been among the Top 10. You can see the full list below.

Top 15 Most Popular Anime in Japan on Streaming Right Now:

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen
  2. The Apothecary Diaries
  3. Attack on Titan
  5. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
  6. One Piece
  7. Detective Conan
  8. Haikyuu!!
  9. Rurouni Kenshin
  10. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  11. Demon Slayer
  12. Migi & Dali
  13. MF Ghost
  14. Dr. Stone
  15. The Eminence in Shadow.

Source: GEM Partners

GEM Partners is a Japanese marketing firm that is centred around the entertainment industry and gathers data by surveying thousands of people every week aged between 16 and 69 regarding what they watched that past week on Netflix, Hulu Japan, Disney+, docomo anime store, Amazon Prime Video, ABEMA Premium, Paravi U-NEXT, and dTV.

What are some of your favourite anime from this list of the Top 15 Most Popular Anime in Japan Right Now? What are your favourite anime from the Fall 2023 Anime Season? Comment below and let us know.


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