Top 10 Most Popular Anime of 2022 So Far (Globally), One Piece vs Demon Slayer

One Piece is the Most Popular Ongoing Anime of 2022 so far, according to Google Trends, leaving Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer behind. See the full list.


In 2020, Netflix stated that more than 100 million households worldwide had watched at least one anime title in the first nine months of 2020, which was a whopping 50% increase from 2019.

The premiere of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 1 in 2021 saw a never before seen hype from an anime on social media platforms. The series was trending above every other ongoing show for the entirety of its run on Twitter and completely dominated the talk of the television landscape for the first three months of the year.

Attack on Titan crashed just about every anime streaming service with the premiere of Season 4, and the series was also named the Most In-Demand TV Series Globally of 2021 in Parrot Analytics’s Global TV Demand Awards this year.

And it is not just Attack on Titan that has caught the eyes of the mainstream audience. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train became the highest-grossing anime movie in the US following its release in April 2021. Jujutsu Kaisen was also a massive hit and was even named the Most-Tweeted Scripted TV Show of 2021 around the world.

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Anime might not be mainstream just yet, but the global demand and popularity for this particular piece of media have skyrocketed ever since the pandemic. Today, we are taking a look at the list of the Top 10 Most Popular Anime of 2022 so far around the world, based on Google Trends’ search report for the first half of the year.


One Piece is the Most Popular Anime of 2022 in the World, according to Google Trends.

1. One Piece

Most Popular Anime of 2022 (Globally): One Piece

Earning an anime adaptation in 1999, within two years of its manga serialization in 1997, One Piece is one of the most established and beloved anime series ever. During the first half of the year, the series was the Most-Searched Anime on Google around the world and remained unchallenged by even the big shonen titles such as Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan.

After almost 25 years since its debut, One Piece remains one of the most esteemed works of fiction to ever exist. The manga has over 490 million copies in circulation and is the Best-Selling Manga Series of All Time worldwide. Meanwhile, the anime still continues to be insanely popular (huge credits to Toei Animation for delivering just about every week) and has kept on reeling in new fans with it.

Oda and Toei have taken millions into an adventure of a lifetime with Luffy and the gang. So many of us have grown up with the series and continue to passionately stick with the manga or the anime to see the adventures of the Straw Hats every week. 


Many new popular titles have come and gone during this time, but nothing can quite create the same magic as a long-running series as consistent as One Piece. One Piece takes you on an evergreen adventure brimming with pure wonder, and the story of the Straw Hat Pirates is one that will go down as timeless in the history books.

Demon Slayer is the Second Most Popular Anime of 2022, leaving Attack on Titan behind.

2. Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer Season 2 really pushed the boundaries of television animation this season. The series not only offered the fans of the anime some of the most spectacular and exquisite moments of the series so far but it also delivered some insane production value every single episode, featuring some of the most remarkable action scenes ever seen in a TV anime. Ufotable nailed every single frame this season to deliver these moments in all their glory.

The series is a cultural phenomenon in Japan and is also wildly popular worldwide, comfortably being ahead in searches and impressions than Attack on Titan, according to Google Trends.

3. Attack on Titan

Most Popular Anime of 2022 (Globally): Attack on Titan Season 4

Attack on Titan has been one of the biggest and most notable anime franchises of the past decade around the world and has played a pivotal role in establishing the medium in mainstream media globally.

The anime aired its first episode back in 2013 and quickly became a global phenomenon. Attack on Titan wasn’t just a huge hit among anime fans but was also insanely popular among the general TV-viewing audience, a huge chunk of whom had never even seen an anime beforehand. Attack on Titan was a gateway for many people to get into anime.

Nine years since the anime premiered, the hype surrounding the series still remains colossal. And even though the hype dwindled a bit after the conclusion of the manga, the series still remains One of the Most Popular and Impactful Anime of the Modern Era. 

4. Spy x Family

SPY x FAMILY has quickly wormed its way into the hearts of many anime fans with its interesting premise and hilariously wholesome characters. The anime perfectly balances the action and intrigue of the plot with its more lighthearted and wholesome moments, appealing to a wider demographic.


The hype and popularity of SPY x FAMILY is its peak right now. And this particular anime has taken over the anime community around the world. It doesn’t even matter if you are an anime fan or not, SPY x FAMILY has become a recognized name of 2022.


5. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is also amongst the Top 5 Most Popular Anime of 2022 for the first half of the year, which hardly comes as a surprise knowing just how popular the Naruto franchise and nostalgia is.

The series, which has been on the air for over 200 episodes now, endows the legacy of the Naruto Saga into the naive and immature palms of their offspring. While reaping the rewards of an established foundation earned from its predecessors, the show aspires to claim an imprint of its own, although it has not had much success on that regards.

While Boruto gets its fair share of criticism, the anime has also had its own moments of spectacle.

But being a weekly anime, the series has delivered more fillers than canon episodes this year. Despite that though, the series has stayed more relevant than other major ongoing anime.

You can see the full list below.

Top 10 Most-Popular Anime of 2022 so far (Globally), according to Google Trends:



  1. One Piece
  2. Demon Slayer
  3. Attack on Titan
  5. Boruto
  6. Doraemon
  7. My Dress-Up Darling
  8. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
  9. Crayon Shin-chan
  10. The Rising of the Shield Hero.

Source: Google Trends.

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