Anime the Most Popular Content on Japanese Streaming Services in 2021

 Anime has shown to be the most popular content in Japan in 2021 as fans can’t seem to get enough of Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan, and more popular anime shows. Across all streaming services that are popular in Japan, it turns out that anime shows make up for the most popular content among different audiences between ages 15 and 69. Anime had also become an international phenomenon as more people are turning into fans.

GEM Partners is a service that publishes reports on the most popular content across streaming services in Japan. GEM Partners polled 7,000 people following up with streaming services every week for a year, about content that they prefer, which resulted in a conclusion that anime is among the most popular content in Japan, beating some of the most popular series that rose to prominence in 2021, like Squid Game.

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While Squid Game certainly broke multiple records in 2021 with a major viewership across the world and being one of the top series on Netflix, the popular series is not among the top 10 list in Japan, according to GEM Partners. Here is the list of the most popular entertainment content in Japan in 2021, among an audience between 15 and 69.

  1. Kingdom
  2. One Piece
  3. Evangelion
  4. My Hero Academia
  5. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  6. Case Closed
  7. Attack on Titan
  8. Tokyo Revengers
  9. Jujutsu Kaisen
  10. Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba

As you can see on the top 10 list compiled by GEM Partners, the number one popular show is a live-action Netflix series, while the rest of the list is taken by anime shows, including some of the most popular series of all time, like One Piece, Attack on Titan, and Jujutsu Kaisen. The popularity of Jujutsu Kaisen is also reflected in the feature film screenings that have been going on in Japan for almost a month now. During that time, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 has become the #75th top-grossing movie in Japan in the history of the Japanese box office.

  • Robert is the co-owner of Fiction Horizon and a lifelong fan of movies, TV shows, comics, and video games. Especially fascinated by Marvel, he enjoys every aspect of the franchise.