With the global hype and success of returning titles such as Jujutsu Kaisen, Bleach and Demon Slayer alongside new titles such as Oshi no Ko, it’s been another great year for the anime industry. We have even got probably the first proper globally recognized and well-received live-action adaptation of an anime in a long while with Netflix’s One Piece, which has gone on to become one of this year’s biggest hits for the streaming giants.
Anime has been gaining much more of a hold in the mainstream media day by day and is only getting more popular and more mainstream. Today, we are taking a look at the list of the Top 20 Most Popular Anime Worldwide on the popular television tracking platform, TV Time.
TV Time is the world’s premier tracking platform for Movies and TV Shows. The app has over 26 Million users on its platform, and millions of people track television and engage in its community every day. Let’s get started.
Attack on Titan is the Most Popular Anime on TV Time Globally, with over 2.2 Million Followers.
1. Attack on Titan: 2.21 Million Followers
Ever since the premiere of the anime back in 2013, Attack on Titan has been one of the most prominent names from the medium around the world.
Attack on Titan has been one of the most mainstream anime titles in every sense. When the first season of the anime aired, people in Survey Corps uniforms took over comic conventions, memes related to the series were flooding the internet and Guren no Yumiya was practically a weeb anthem.
At the time, it even garnered comparisons to “Game of Thrones.” There was never a single-season anime title that had garnered the hype quite like Attack on Titan before.
Attack on Titan has played a pivotal role in establishing the medium in the mainstream forefront, especially modern and seasonal anime in mainstream media globally and as it prepares to bid farewell for one last time this month, there’s no shred of doubt that its impact will be long lasting, and there is no surprise how this series has come on top of this list.
2. ONE PIECE: 2.13 Million Followers
It’s been over 25 years since the One Piece manga debuted, and the anime adaptation has been entertaining audiences for 23 years, spanning over a thousand episodes. Astoundingly, its popularity has only surged with time. What could speak more to the show’s popularity than its longevity.
Even after all these years, a non-canonical movie which saw the return of the fan-favourite Shanks went on to gross well over $100 million just in Japan. And the anime’s recent Gear 5 episodes sent the internet into a frenzy. Even the live-action Netflix series became humangously popular, which doesn’t happen so often.
One Piece is second on the list, with over 2.1 million followers.
3. My Hero Academia: 1.65 Million Followers
My Hero Academia arrived at a time when the superhero genre was at its peak. The series capitalized on the genre’s allure to carve its own niche as a wildly beloved anime, both in Japan and the Western world.
The series appealed to people of various demographics globally due to the well-mashed blend of its lighthearted superhero high school setting and traditional shonen tropes. It quickly became a fan favourite among the fans with its attractive and likeable cast of characters.
The anime is third on the list, with 1.65 million followers.
4. Demon Slayer: 1.27 Million Followers
Known for its loveable characters, breathtaking animation and stellar action sequences, Demon Slayer has risen to become a cultural phenomenon in Japan and a global anime sensation. Its Swordsmith Village Arc, which aired earlier this year, might not have been as well received as its predecessors, but there’s no denying what kind of a juggernaut the series is and how huge of a hype it continues to create.
5. One-Punch Man: 1.24 Million Followers
The very first season of One-Punch Man by Madhouse was a pure spectacle. The action was insane, the comedy was on point, and the story was simple to follow. The show’s loveable main character, Saitama, coupled with its hype-inducing opening theme, One-Punch Man, fired at all cylinders and was just utterly entertaining and one of the most remarkable pieces of television to come out in 2015.
6. Death Note: 1.08 Million Followers
Death Note has served as the gateway to anime for many who grew up in the late 2000s or early 2010s.
Within just 37 episodes, Death Note offers a gripping and intellectual mystery thriller, establishing itself as one of the best and most extravagant cat-and-mouse affairs not just within the medium but in all of television. Death Note is a remarkable TV Show and has had a huge impact on the growth of the medium as a whole.
7. Naruto Shippuden: 1.05 Million Followers
Naruto Shippuden was the apex of Naruto’s story, amping up the intensity to eleven. Over the course of its 500 episodes, the anime delivers some of the most beloved story arcs within the anime community, such as The Fourth Great Shinobi War, Pain’sPain’s Assault, and The Fated Battle between the Brothers.
What a memorable experience this anime was. Long-running anime are indeed something else.
8. Boruto: 1.01 Million Followers
Boruto has faced its share of criticism and may not quite match the stature of its predecessor, but its status as a spinoff of Naruto endears it to the legions of fans who remain attached to the Naruto universe.
The Naruto fandom still remains truly alive, and Boruto, of course, is one of the most popular titles from the medium.
9. Jujutsu Kaisen: 953,000 Followers
Jujutsu Kaisen has become one of the Most Popular Anime around the Globe ever since its premiere in 2020. With its likeable and charming cast of characters and MAPPA’s groundbreaking work with the animation and the production, the series has become a sensation. Jujutsu Kaisen has become a gateway to anime for new fans, and everybody in the anime community right now cannot stop talking about its action-packed and exhilarating Season 2.
10. Pokemon: 927,000 Followers
Many of us, be it from the ’90s, 2000s or even the 2010s, have grown up with Pokemon in one way or another, whether it was through Saturday Morning Cartoons back in the days or syndicated broadcasts in your local TV stations as the years have gone by. Pokemon was an important part of many of our childhoods growing up. And its impact not just on the anime world but on pop culture as a whole is indescribable in words, as it remains one of the biggest IPs around the world.
You can see the complete list below.
TV Time’s Top 20 Most Popular Anime Worldwide:
- Attack on Titan: 2,210,000
- One Piece; 2,130,000
- My Hero Academia; 1,650,000
- Demon Slayer; 1,270,000
- One-Punch Man; 1,240,000
- Death Note; 1,080,000
- Naruto Shippuden; 1,050,000
- Boruto; 1,010,000
- Jujutsu Kaisen; 953,000
- Pokemon; 927,000
- Naruto; 908,000
- The Seven Deadly Sins; 856,000
- Tokyo Ghoul; 771,000
- Sword Art Online; 757,000
- Dragon Ball Super; 734,000
- Haikyuu; 713,000
- Fairy Tail; 674,000
- Hunter x Hunter;633,000
- Black Clover; 624,000
- Dr Stone: 595,000.
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