SPY x FAMILY is the Most Popular Anime in Japan Right Now

With the commencement of the broadcast of the anime earlier this month, the hype for the SPY x FAMILY has never been bigger, the series has taken over the anime community around the world and is undoubtedly the Most Popular Anime of Spring 2022.

SPY x FAMILY debuted as the Second-Most Watched TV Show in Japanese Streaming.

Spy x Family: Most-Watched Anime World 2022


SPY x FAMILY debuted as the Second Most-Watched TV Show on Japanese Streaming Services and is expected to get to the top spot by the end of this month. With just three episodes, the series is also currently the Most Popular Anime on Netflix Japan and has been particularly a huge hit amongst teenagers and young adults.

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According to Video Research Ltd., the series debuted as the Most-Watched Anime broadcast in the week of its premiere with Live+7 DVR figures and scored a viewership of 6.919 million viewers with an individual rating of 5.5% amongst 4.468 million households. SPY x FAMILY was the 4th Most-Viewed TV Show on DVR in the week of its debut and was also the only anime broadcast to rank among the Top 10 TV Shows on DVR for the week.

Now with the second episode, the anime has even seen an increase in the viewership, with the Live+7 DVR viewing figures going up to 6.981 million viewers among 4.725 million households.

SPY x FAMILY is the fourth highest-rated anime ever on MAL right now.

The series is seeing a lot of love and hype globally as well as the anime is currently the fourth highest-rated anime on MyAnimeList with a rating of 9.08 and is the Most Popular Seasonal Anime on both MyAnimeList and IMDb right now.

SPY x FAMILY has also been bossing the anime twitter community both in Japan and around the world as it has been trending for hours on end every week following the broadcast of the anime and has already made the list for AniTwt’s 3×3 list of Most Overrated Anime of All Time. SPY x FAMILY also saw the highest upvotes for a new non-sequel anime ever in Reddit’s anime community garnering more upvotes than the final episode of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 and the premiere episode of Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 3.

SPY x FAMILY has surpassed Demon Slayer on Yearly Manga Sales for 2022.

With the anime off to a flying start and the release of Volume 9 of the manga series this month as well, SPY x FAMILY has now become the 4th Best-Selling Manga in Japan and has surpassed Demon Slayer in Oricon’s Yearly Manga Sales for 2022 as of April 24, selling a whopping 2.8 million copies already.

The manga series has sold over 1.7 million copies since the start of the anime.

All the previous volumes of SPY x FAMILY have ranked in Oricon Top 50 Weekly Manga Sales Chart for the last three weeks, with the very first volume now having sold more than 1.77 million copies. The series has over 17 million copies in circulation in Japan and is already one of the Most Popular Manga Series in the country right now. SPY x FAMILY also ranked 8th in last year’s Oricon Charts for Best-Selling Manga of 2021 selling over 4.9 million copies, so it certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the series is well on its way to crossing 10 million copies in sales for 2022 by the end of this fiscal year.

SPY x FAMILY is currently the 4th Most-Read Manga on Shonen Jump’s International app, Manga Plus.


Most Popular Anime in Japanese Streaming: Kaguya-sama debuts at the 8th spot. 

GEM Partners’ have recently released their Weekly Streaming Popularity Rankings. And, Detective Conan is currently at the first spot after the release of the latest film in the frang, which concluded Season 2 of the anime with the climax of its Entertainment District Arc in February has remained the Most Popular Anime and TV Show in Japan as it just narrowly edges out Attack on Titan Season 4 to conquer the first spot in the streaming charts for a sixth consecutive month.

Demon Slayer has been at the top of the Monthly Charts ever since the premiere of the TV Version of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train in October. The series was also on top of the Weekly Charts for 21 consecutive weeks prior to the second week of March in almost every single streaming and SVOD service before Attack on Titan managed to dethrone the cultural sensation. 

Despite Attack on Titan being the Most Popular Anime and TV Series for three consecutive weeks, Demon Slayer has edged out the colossal giant by a narrow margin in overall viewership for March.

Attack on Titan was the second most popular title on Japanese streaming services in March and was also the Most Popular TV Show amongst the male demographic. While the anime’s position and popularity don’t come as a surprise knowing the insane hype that has surrounded the series ever since the premiere of Part 1 of Attack on Titan Season 4 in December 2020 and the anime living up to all the hype and delivering some of the best episodes of television you’ll ever see, the anime has not yet topped the Monthly Streaming Charts in the past two years.

Part 2 of Attack on Titan Season 4 came to an end on April 3 with the 87th episode of the series as the anime is set to wrap up its run with a third and final part next year that will cover the remaining 9 chapters of the manga series.

The demographic breakdown confirms that Attack on Titan was the Most Popular Anime of March 2022 in Japan amongst teenagers and adults aged 18-49 while Demon Slayer was favoured amongst the elderly and the female demographic.

WIT Studio’s passionate and enchanting adaptation of Ranking of Kings remained in the third spot for March as well. Ranking of Kings has slowly developed a huge following in Japan and has left several big titles behind despite the fact that it is only available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Despite the second cour of the anime having been met with its fair share of criticism after a remarkable first half, the series has simply been phenomenal and has delivered some truly stellar episodes of television within the last six months.


Doraemon saw a humongous rise as it rose from the 170th spot to claim the 4th place in the list following the inclusion of all 40 Doraemon movies in Amazon Prime Video’s library with the theatrical release of the new Doraemon Movie, Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 last month. The movie has already made more than 2.38 Billion Yen at the Japanese Box Office and is the 5th Highest-Grossing Film of 2022 in Japan.

Meanwhile, Detective Conan and One Piece remain as consistent as ever as they take the next two spots on the list respectively. 

One Piece was on hiatus for the majority of March following an unfortunate hacking incident at Toei Animation where the culprits accessed the studio’s network and main website long enough to shut down several of its systems, which resulted in the studio delaying several of its big titles such as One Piece and Digimon indefinitely. 

The anime is finally scheduled to be back from hiatus this week and will air Episode 1014 in its regular broadcasting slot.


Volume 9 of the series, which was released last month sold over a whopping 127,089 copies in its first three days even surpassing the latest volume of Kaguya-sama: Love is War, which sold over 85,000 copies in the same time frame.

Meanwhile, with nothing new on the horizon, Jujutsu Kaisen has fallen to the 8th place. The movie still continues to do decent business though, after more than three months at the Japanese Box Office, and remains amongst the Top 10 Weekly Movies Domestically. The movie has grossed over $180 million worldwide.


Pokemon has also fallen down even further and to the 14th spot but the Pokemon Legends: Arceus Special Anime Episodes, which are exclusively available on Amazon Prime Video still continue to be one of the Most-Watched Anime Titles in Japan this year.

Meanwhile, Teasing Master Takagi-san entered the Top 20 for the first time this season following the broadcast of the final episodes of Season 3 in March. You can see the full list below.

Top 15 Most Popular Anime on Japanese SVOD services Right Now:

  1. Detective Conan
  3. Attack on Titan
  4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  5. One Piece
  6. Doraemon
  7. Kingdom
  8. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
  9. Dragon Ball
  10. Pokemon
  11. Jujutsu Kaisen
  12. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  13. My Dress-Up Darling
  14. Ranking of Kings
  15. The Rising of Shield Hero.

Source: GEM Partners

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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.

SPY x FAMILY is based on the Shueisha-published manga by Tatsuya Endou, which began its serialization in 2019 on the Shonen Jump+ app and has been collected into nine tankobon volumes as of April 2022.

The anime follows a spy named “Twilight” aka Loid Forger, on an undercover mission where he must investigate Ostanian politician Donovan Desmond by infiltrating his son’s school: the prestigious Eden Academy. In order to do that, Loid must take cover with a wife and a child, so he quickly adopts the unassuming orphan Anya to play the role of a six-year-old daughter and prospective Eden Academy student. For a wife, he comes across Yor Briar, an absent-minded office worker who needs a pretend partner of her own to impress her friends. Little does he know, his wife and daughter have secrets of their own, and under the guise of “The Forgers,” the spy, the assassin, and the esper must act as a family while carrying out their own agendas.

The anime is being done in collaboration by WIT Studio (Attack on Titan) and Cloverworks (My Dress-Up Darling) and also sees Saori Hayami and Takuya Eguchi reunite once again after Oregairu (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected).

The series has been licensed in the US by VIZ Media with the latest English volume set to be released sometime in the Summer of this year. You can stream the anime on Crunchyroll, and on Netflix and Muse Asia (Free) in Southeast Asia.

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