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The 25 most watched anime in the world

Who better to reveal the most watched anime in the world than Crunchyroll, streaming with the biggest anime community on the planet? And that’s exactly what the platform did!

Without revealing numbers and exact placement in this ranking, the streaming service released the most watched anime in the last decade in each region of the globe. And in another result, the 20 most watched anime in the world in the last half of 2019, which also guarantees us an insight into current trends.

1. Naruto Shippuden

Naruto Shippuden

A sequel to the Naruto anime , Naruto Shippuden debuted on Japanese television in 2007. Since then, the adventures of the young ninja who dreams of becoming the next Hokage, the ultimate leader of his village, have only grown in fan numbers.

When Naruto was just a baby, his village was attacked by the powerful monster New-Tails Fox. His father, the Fourth Hokage, sealed the monster inside Naruto to save the village.

The second part of the warrior’s story, Naruto Shippuden , follows the young man’s saga in his training and missions, alongside other ninjas in training, against the most dangerous enemies, as he follows his path to one day becoming a hokage.

With breathtaking battles and more than 500 episodes, the Naruto saga won movies, OVAs, video games, card games, artbooks, among other products.

2. Shingeki no Kyojin (Ataque dos Titãs)

Shingeki no Kyojin

The plot of Attack on the Titans takes place at a time when humanity is secluded in cities surrounded by great walls. The sudden appearance of Titans – giant beings with deformed humanoid forms – threatens everyone’s survival.

Young Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert become cadets and join the battle against the titans. In one of the confrontations, Eren is devoured by one of the opponents, but mysteriously he also manages to transform into a titan and saves everyone.

Much more than an anime only with scenes of violence (although it is very violent and shocking!), Attack on the Titans has an extremely complex plot, full of breathtaking twists, secrets and revelations that no one can expect.

3. Black Clover

Black Clover

The plot of this anime introduces us to Asta, a young man apparently born without any magical power in a world where everyone has magical abilities. Yuno, his childhood friend, is a magic prodigy, with great powers and talents.

Orphaned, the boys grow up together on the outskirts of Clover Kingdom, where they compete with each other to become the Wizard King. And Asta’s path towards his great goal changes when the boy acquires a mysterious “anti-magic” power, capable of destroying any magic.

Black Cover ‘s manga and anime were well praised by critics, who even indicated Asta’s saga to fans of Naruto, Fairy tail, and Bleach .

4. Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super

Think of a well-made Genkidama that still works today! Ah, this kakarot does not stop being successful all over the world. Dragon Ball Super marked the return of Goku, being the first new storyline in 18 years after the original Dragon Ball manga and Dragon Ball Z anime series .

The anime follows the Saiyan’s adventures after defeating Majin Buu and saving Earth. Now, to defend the planet from powerful deities, Goku must attain the power of a god himself.

This anime was composed of some of the most acclaimed sagas by fans such as the Golden Frieza Saga, the “Future” Trunks Saga, the Universe Survival Saga and the Broly Saga .

5. Boruto – Naruto Next Generation

Boruto – Naruto Next Generation

Boruto – Naruto Next Generation follows the path of Boruto, son of Naruto, and his friends to become ninjas. The plot alternates between moments of the present and scenes in the past more than 12 years after the Fourth Great Ninja War, when young Boruto, son of Hokage Naruto and Hinata, begins his path as a warrior.

The anime shows us a Boruto with problems with his father, and who can make wrong choices in his attempt to become a warrior and be trained by Sasuke. But the young ninja’s path was just beginning, and unexpected events cause him to acquire divine powers after defeating a villain who predicts that Boruto will still face great adversity and suffering in his life.

6. One Piece

One Piece

Luffy would be happy to know that he has truly become a pirate of the Caribbean, being the most watched anime in places like Jamaica, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic.

The anime follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young man who sees his life change completely after acquiring rubber properties by accidentally ingesting a Demon Fruit. Having as his childhood idol the famous pirate Shanks the Red, Luffy gathers a crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, and sets out on a journey in search of the most wanted treasure in the world, the One Piece.

One Piece received high praise from critics, who pointed to the characters, humor, characterization and art as the production’s strengths. Several of the manga that gave rise to the anime even broke publishing records.

7. My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

Izuku Midoriya lives in a world where everyone is born with what they call “individuality”, a different power or ability that can be used to become a superhero. However, Izuku – or Deku, as he is better known – was born without Quirk. Despite this, the young man is brave, dreams of becoming a hero and risks his own life to help the world’s greatest hero capture a villain.

Seeing that Deku has the heart of a true hero, the mighty All-Might shares his powers with him, making the boy his successor as a symbol of peace. But there is still a long way to go for Izuku to fulfill his dream. Now it’s time to train! To do so, he goes to the school of heroes in the making.

8. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Several members of the Joestar family are destined to fight supernatural creatures using powers that are passed down from generation to generation. Each of the anime’s eight arcs tells the story of one of the family members, whose name can always be shortened to “JoJo”.

A mysterious stone mask with incalculable powers, vampires, Nazis, ancestral beings, evil spirits, apocalyptic prophecies are some of the challenges that JoJos from generations separated by years have to face in the series.

9. RWBY

RWBY

Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long form the RWBY team, joining forces and their skills as students and would-be hunters of supernatural creatures.

The plot of this animated web series takes place in a world called Remnant, once completely shaken by supernatural forces and dark creatures. At one point, however, humanity discovered the power of a mysterious element known as Dust, which allowed humans to gain an advantage over creatures.

In the present day, Dust is used to develop magical abilities and weapons, used by Hunters and Huntresses to combat the supernatural forces that still exist.

A viral success since its release, RWBY became the first American anime to be “brought” to Japan, with distribution from Warner Bros.

10. Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

Originally aired in 1999, Hunter x Hunter is one of those animes that stand the test of time, conquering new generations of fans over the years. The plot follows Gon, a young man raised by his aunt, after his father leaves him with her for some mysterious reason.

After discovering that his father is still alive, Gon decides to go on a journey to find him and, to do so, trains to become a Hunter, individuals licensed to track secret treasures, fugitives and other things or people.

During the Hunter Exam, a series of challenges he’ll need to overcome to become a hunter, Gon befriends three other would-be Hunters. Each with their own reasons for following this risky path, the young people unite and face the most unexpected adventures.

11. Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney

Based on the first three games in the acclaimed video game series of the same name, Ace Attorney , this anime is set in a reality where the justice system requires the courts to reach a verdict within three days.

We are introduced to Phoenix Wright, a rookie defense attorney who is mentored by veteran Mia Fey. After the grisly murder of his mentor, Phoenix grows closer to Mia’s younger sister, Maya.

The young woman is a medium-in-training who can contact spirits. With Maya’s help, Phoenix goes through trials and tries to defend his clients, taking on some other great lawyers like his childhood friend Miles Edgeworth.

12. Bladedance of Elementalers

Bladedance of Elementalers

In a world where spirits exist, only pure girls – who study at the Areishia Spirit Academy – are able to make contracts with them. Surprising everyone, a young man named Kazehaya Kamito is able to contact spirits, which grants him the potential to become the first male “elementalist”.

On the way to school, Kamito tries to help an elemental girl named Claire Rouge, who ends up losing control of a spirit she was trying to make a contract with. The young man ends up signing a contract with the spirit to save her.

Outraged and accusing him of stealing her spirit, Claire demands, in return, that Kamito become her indentured spirit.

13. Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100

Mob is a young man with psychic powers who tries to lead a normal life as his powers grow. However, he needs to control his emotional capacity, which can cause him to explode if he reaches 100%. To do so, he avoids using his incredible powers.

What he didn’t expect is having to face the Claw, a criminal organization of paranormals who want to dominate the world. In addition, the young man has to deal with an evil spirit who claims to be his spiritual advisor.

And the great champion of the decade was…

And the great champion is: Naruto Shippuden ! Yes, according to Crunchyroll data, the Seventh Hokage owns the most watched anime around the planet in the last decade! Naruto Shippuden topped views in North America, Central America, the Middle East, Asia and countries like Spain, Switzerland, Slovenia and of course Brazil.

Other animes that did well were Black Cover , which conquered the audience in Africa (with Naruto Shippuden there, soon in second place on the continent); My Hero Academia , which also has its space in Europe; and Dragon Ball Super , leader in Latin American countries.

Another 12 most watched current trends around the world

If it’s to talk about the most watched anime, we also need to mention the most watched at the moment, do you agree? And Crunchyroll also released this list! To be more exact, the platform released the 20 most watched anime in the world (this time without specifying region) in the last quarter of 2019.

From what we have already described above, Naruto Shippuden, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Black Cover, Attack on the Titans, Hunter x Hunter, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, My Hero Academy and One Piece also appear in this ranking. But there are still 12 other productions!

14. Naruto

Naruto

The Naruto franchise is still going strong. As if Naruto Shippuden and Boruto: Naturo Next Generations were not enough among the highlights, the hokage’s first anime (long before he was hokage!) is also among the most watched.

The plot follows the young Naruto and his development as a ninja. In this path, we see him learning to deal with the nine-tailed fox spirit that is sealed within him, as well as strengthening his fighting skills and his powers against unexpected enemies.

The beginning of the series focuses on the challenges of Team 7, formed by Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura. But, as the episodes go by, we see Naruto getting ready to face Sasuke, who betrays his village and goes to train with the villain Orochimaru.

15. Assassins Pride

Assassins Pride

In a period when humanity was driven almost to extinction and there is only one city-state, society continues to organize itself by social class. Nobles are able to manifest so-called mana, something that gives them superhuman abilities, which they can use against the lycanthropes that inhabit the outside of the glass domes they dwell in.

Daughter of a noble father with a common mother, Melida Angel never manifested mana. Her grandfather (noble) orders the assassin Kufa Vampir to tutor his granddaughter, to find out if she is a true member of the Angel family.

Kufa ends up confirming that Melida is not noble, but ignores this and helps the young girl manifest mana in another way. Now the two must hide the truth from everyone.

16. Bleach

Bleach

Young student Ichigo Kurosaki has always had the uncanny ability to communicate with the spirits of people who have died. Although the fact has always marked his path, it is when he meets a shinigami (Reaper of souls) that his life changes completely.

In the midst of an unpredictable battle, the shinigami transfers their powers to Ishigo, who now has to face the Hollow – a kind of evil spirit entity – and ensure they don’t attack the other spirits.

Also, Ishigo needs to help Rukia, the former Shinigami, arrested and judged by Soul Society for having passed her powers on to a human. To do so, the young man will count on the help of his friends, who end up developing spiritual powers as well.

17. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba

Tanjirō Kamado led a simple life alongside his family, until a demon kills his mother and brothers and turns his younger sister into a demon. Determined to make his sister human again and protect other families from a tragedy like the one he lived through, the young man decides to become a demon hunter.

To do so, Tanjirō faces heavy training for about two years, until he is allowed to participate in the Final Selection of the Demon Slayer Corps, an organization not recognized by the government of Japan, which does not even recognize the existence of demons.

At the Corporation, Tanjirō will face unimaginable challenges, while protecting his sister, Nezuko, and trying to find the one responsible for creating all demons, the feared Muzan Kibutsuji, original demon and leader of the Twelve Moon Demons.

18. Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone

On the day that he would finally have the courage to reveal his feelings to the young Yuzuriha, the student Taiju sees a light falling from the sky and tries to protect his beloved. The light petrifies all humanity, but Taiju’s act of courage keeps him conscious, while the others gradually lose their humanity.

When Taiju finally manages to free himself from the stone, he discovers that the year is already 5738. But he also discovers that his best friend, Senku, is also alive and free from petrification. Together they develop a solvent that can free people from the stone, called nital.

When trying to use it on Yuzuriha, they accidentally free student Tsukasa Shishio. Due to the traumas of his childhood, the newly released youth thinks that only “people with a pure and young heart” should be revived, which makes him try to destroy the petrified adults.

19. Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

This anime follows Lucy Heartfilia, a traveling sorceress who finds even more adventures on her way than she could have imagined; and Natsu Dragneel, a powerful mage and one of the five remaining dragon hunters.

Together, they team up with other mages guided by Natsu, traveling to earn money and hone their skills.

But the group will need to unite even more to face the feared villain Acnologia. Also known as the Black Dragon or Dragon King, he is a dragon hunter who can transform into a dragon by bathing in the blood of dragons he has slain.

20. Fire Forces

Fire Forces

In a future whose date has not been specified, many countries disappeared after the sea level rose considerably. The fire brigades, the Fire Force, try to fight incidents of spontaneous human combustion.

The so-called first-generation infernals are mindless beings that just burn. The second generation are people with the ability to pyrokinesis, but who manage to maintain their human form and control of fire. The third generation, meanwhile, is capable of emitting flames.

The plot follows the young Shinra Kusakabe. A third generation, he is known as the “Devil’s Footprints” for his ability to emit fire from his feet. After feeling guilty about the death of his mother and younger brother in a house fire, he joins the 8th Special Fire Company to save more people.

21. Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

Sōma Yukihira dreams of becoming a full-time chef at her father’s restaurant. When the young man graduates from school, however, his father closes the restaurant and decides to go to work in America. But the patriarch proposes a challenge: to graduate from the Tōtsuki Culinary Academy.

Why is this a challenge? Because only 1% of students at this elite cooking school graduate! In addition, disputes between students, for whatever reason, are resolved in cooking duels.

And the recipes seen in the anime are real! Since chapter 5 of the manga that inspired the animation, model and culinary chef Yuki Morisaki has collaborated by providing real recipes.

22. Radiant

Radiant

Based on the first French manga to be published in Japan, this anime takes place in a world in which part of the population is made up of sorcerers, people capable of making magic from an energy they call “fantasy”.

Only sorcerers are able to fight the so-called Nemesis, species of giant monsters that also use this power. However, direct contact with opponents can cause what they call a curse, a kind of side effect on the sorcerer’s behavior or physical form. For this reason, the others are somewhat prejudiced against sorcerers, for fear that they will transmit this curse or attract new nemesis.

In this context, we meet Seth, a boy sorcerer who holds great powers yet to be developed. He sets out on a journey to find Radiant, the place where he was supposed to be the nemesis’ nest. The anime’s story gains complexity through the mysteries of each character and relationships to combat prejudice.

23. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

In 2022, young Kirito is one of the lucky 10,000 selected to test the closed beta phase of the virtual reality game Sword Art Online . To play, participants wear a helmet that stimulates the five senses through their brain, giving them the feeling of being truly inside the game.

What players find, however, is that it is no longer possible to exit the game. To free themselves, they need to beat the 100 levels of the medieval and fantasy fighting game. But you have to be very careful, because if they die in the game, they die in real life too.

There, Kirito will form alliances to try to survive and discover the origin of this whole situation, in an attempt to free all players without risking their lives.

24. The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero

Young Naofumi Iwatani’s life changes completely after being summoned by mages from a kingdom in a parallel world to become a hero and help them save that universe from the attack of monsters.

While three other youths are given offensive weapons such as spears and swords, Naofumi is given a defensive one, a shield. If that already draws the kingdom’s scorn for him, the situation only gets worse after the new warrior is falsely accused of rape by the princess.

Scorned, Naofumi starts training alone. One day, he buys a girl from a slave trader to save her. The two start training together, so she is able to wield weapons, while he is responsible for defense.

25. Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun

Iruma Suzuki is a boy who, at age 14, is sold by his parents to a demon known as Sullivan. Unexpectedly, Sullivan decides to adopt the boy as his grandson and takes him to the Demon World.

There, Iruma is enrolled in the Babyls Demon School, where he ends up befriending the demons Alice Asmodeus and Clara Valac. Advised by Sullivan, Iruma must never reveal that he is a human, to avoid the risk of being eaten if anyone finds out.

Although he always tries to blend in, some situations and adventures that await him may jeopardize his attempts to hide his identity.

 

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