Top 20 Most Popular Anime in Japan (May 2022); Spy x Family Remains Triumphant

The hype for 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 by a considerable margin, even though the likes of Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 3 and The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 are airing right now.

Most Popular Anime of May 2022: SPY x FAMILY continues to dominate Japanese Streaming.

Spy x Family: Most Popular Anime Japan 2022

SPY x FAMILY has now become the Most-Watched TV Show on Japanese Streaming and VOD Services and is leading amongst both the male and female demographics by a pretty significant margin.

The demographic breakdown confirms that SPY x FAMILY is currently not only the Most Popular Anime in Japan but also the Most-Watched TV Show amongst teenagers and adults aged 15-69. 

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The series has also been the Most-Watched Anime broadcast every week since its premiere, drawing an average more than 7 million viewers for its first seven episodes with Live+7 DVR figures. According to Video Research Ltd., more than 4.5 million households have been tuning into SPY x FAMILY every week, and the anime has also consistently managed to be among the Top 5 Most-Viewed TV Show on DVR in Japan every week.

Most Popular Anime of May 2022: One Piece and Demon Slayer both continue to be in the Top 5.

After spending close to a month at the top with the release of the latest film in the franchise,  Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween, and with all the previous 23 movies becoming exclusively available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, Detective Conan is currently still going strong and is at the second spot.

Kingdom has also entered the Top 3 with the broadcast of Season 4 of the anime. While not really being a generous adaptation to what is considered one of the greatest seinen manga of all time, the Kingdom anime still remains immensely popular in Japan.

Most Popular Anime in Japan 2022; Demon Slayer Season 2

Demon Slayer, which concluded Season 2 of the anime with the climax of its Entertainment District Arc in February, has remained amongst the Top 5 Most Popular Anime and TV Shows on Streaming in Japan.

Demon Slayer was previously at the top of the Monthly Charts for six consecutive months prior to April, ever since the premiere of the TV Version of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train. The series was also on top of the Weekly Charts for 21 consecutive weeks prior to the second week of March and has not left the Top 5 for almost over a year and a half now.

Meanwhile, One Piece has been putting out insanely good episodes since its return from the hiatus and has instantly climbed up even further to the fourth spot for May. The anime was in the sixth spot in March following its hiatus after the unfortunate hacking incident at Toei Animation. One Piece then moved up to the Top 5 when the anime returned in April.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War is enjoying another consistently great and successful season this year. The anime has risen up two places since the last week of April and is currently at the sixth spot. 

Ya Boy Kongming, which initially debuted in the 35th place has jumped up to the 7th place, as the anime continues to garner a massive amount of positive reaction and buzz on the social media around Japan and among the global anime community as well.

Attack on Titan has now fallen to the 10th spot following the conclusion of the broadcast of the second part of the anime’s fourth and final season.

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

Rising of the Shield Hero is finally in the Top 10 as it takes the last spot on the first half of the list. 

Doraemon also continues to be con. The series has gotten a big boost ever since 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 in March. The movie has already made more than 2.85 Billion Yen at the Japanese Box Office and is the 7th Highest-Grossing Film of 2022 in Japan right now.

Doraemon is currently in the 11th spot on the list.

While the Shin-chan anime series has also been amongst the bottom half of the list, the beloved anime was the 12th Most Popular Anime and TV Series of May 2022 in Japan following the theatrical debut of Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden on April 22.



With nothing new on the horizon, Jujutsu Kaisen has fallen to the 16th spot on the list. After more than four months at the Japanese Box Office,  Jujutsu Kaisen 0 has grossed over $106.5 million at the domestic box office and is the 9th highest-grossing Japanese film ever domestically. You can see the full list below.

Meanwhile, Golden Kamuy has entered the Top 20 for the first time this year following the conclusion of the manga recently and is currently 15th on the list.

Top 20 Most Popular Anime/TV Shows & Films on Japanese SVOD services (May 2022):

  2. Detective Conan
  3. Kingdom
  4. One Piece
  5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  6. Ya Boy Kongming!
  7. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
  8. Attack on Titan
  9. 007: No Time to Die
  10. The Rising of Shield Hero
  11. Doraemon
  12. Shinchan
  13. Fast and Furious
  14. Dragon Ball
  15. Solitary Gourmet
  16. Jujutsu Kaisen
  17. Golden Kamuy
  18. Aiseki Shokudo
  19. Ao Ashi
  20. Haikyuu!!.

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.

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