The 20 Most Popular Anime All Around The World

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Anime, a magical world to me and many of you all around the world. The Japanese animation has captured the hearts of young to adults.

In the recent years the world anime has started to gain a lot of popularity but even before that you may have watched an anime but didn’t knew it was one.

This popularity could be seen through so many comic con and anime con happening all around world. People in the cosplay of favourite anime character.

So today we will list down the most popular anime all around the world. This list will contain those anime which you already know about.

And if you are someone new to anime, the Japanese animation these ones are the classics or the widely known ones and has been approved by all anime otaku.

Most Popular Anime Around the World

  1. Pokemon
  2. Dragon ball Z
  3. Naruto
  4. Digimon
  5. Doraemon
  6. Shinchan
  7. Death Note
  8. One piece
  9. One punch man
  10. Bleach
  11. Detective Conan
  12. Kimetsu No Yaiba
  13. Inuyasha
  14. Attack on titan
  15. Jojo bizarre Adventure
  16. Cowboy Bebop
  17. Fullmetal alchemist
  18. Yu Yu Hakusho
  19. Fruit Basket
  20. Hunter X Hunter

1. Pokemon

If we talk about an anime which all the kids, all teen and even adults know about is pokemon. Even if they haven’t watched they all know about pokemon.

This is how much popular pokemon is all around the world. From USA, Russia , china, India and everywhere you will find it’s friend.

Many people even don’t know that it’s actually an anime and refer to it as cartoon but it is actually made out of a Japanese video game known as pocket monsters.

It first became popular in Japan as a gameboy game who main character name was red. And there are many a time in anime where his name was used.

But in anime a new character was created as we know him as Ash Ketchum and after this a gameboy game was again made by name of pokemon yellow.

Pokemon now has became a brand rather than just a game or anime.

It has many merchandise from stuff toys, game, physical card game, available in all platform from tv, Nintendo, gameboy, PlayStation and and many more.

The popularity is the reason why pokemon is still being produced with new season every year from pokemon, pokemon orange island, pokemon masters, pokemon sun and moon, pokemon sword and shield and many more to still come.

2. Dragon Ball Z

Dragon ball and dragon ball Z both are the most loved and seen anime around the world with a huge fan following in Japan as well in the Western countries.

Goku’s kamehameha is an action which is a must to know for all anime cosplayer. The amount of goku’s drawing in the internet shows his popularity.

Goku is a character who is always at the top of his game and then here we also have Vegeta who is always hard working and climbing his way to defeat him.

There fight among each other, their competitive rivalry is also what the viewers love in the show other than the fights.

I had watched DBZ first when I was about 7years old at that time I didn’t knew what was anime and to me it was just like any other cartoon and so mistaken I was.

Well DBZ is actually made keeping children as their main audience but still I love it even now.

DBZ has more than 12 arcs from dragon ball, DBZ, DBZ gt, dragon ball super it’s manga has been running for 20years and anime for 15-18years now.

Dragon ball started as the story of a child based on sun wukong from journey to the West which is Goku.

And from their to it getting turned into an multi universal was never in the mind of the author in the start but the audience supported that turn of event and that made dbz what it is today.

We have grew up with him that’s why it has so much popularity.

3. Naruto

Naruto has always been a character which always attracted fans as many teenagers, kids and even adults can connect with him.

Naruto is very famous amongst teen all around the world, as teen can feel Naruto as in that age we all think we don’t have any kind of talent and seeing Naruto we feel we can be successful in life even without talent with our hardworking.

It had been among the top 3 manga sold worldwide but well manga sold is mostly showing it’s popularity in Japan but the number of people playing those naruto tsunade cosplay in anime con show how much is it’s reach all round the world.

Naruto has also given us so many characters with whom many people connect from a shy and lonely Naruto, a rebel Sasuke , a pretty looking but scary if you are close Sakura and many more for everyone to find character which appeal to them.

Naruto was in first meant to be a cooking manga as was said by the author in an interview as the name Naruto is actually a food ingredient in ramen.

4. Digimon

Another childhood memory of a anime that I have watched to my heart and thought all those creatures are real is of digimon.

Digimon was based on the idea in the 90’s with the idea that all the data that we used goes in an another universe and takes the form of monster.

These monsters were known as digimon digital monsters. It connected with people in the 90s and got it’s attraction there.

It’s has all the things that we see in pokemon like monsters, evolution and a new universe where these monsters fight.

Many people think that digimon was based on pokemon but it’s not true it was made even before pokemon game but got it’s popularity as an anime like pokemon after pokemon popularity.

5. Doraemon

Now the most popular anime which is made keeping in mind the children is doraemon.

This blue round cat racoon was a dream of all of us as a child to have which will give us gadgets in all kind of conditions, using helicopter hat will go to school, using the ward door thing to travel around the world.

The story of doraemon was like a raccoon dog like robot was sent back in past in order to help Nobita in his day to day difficulties so that in the future he becomes world best scientist.

But friends do you know their is a conspiracy theory on doraemon if you like you can click the link to read it.

It has been a sci fi anime and I remeber watching many more anime like doraemon which was also very close to my heart but not as popular like kiteretsu, kochikame and perman.

6. Shinchan

Shinchan is also one of the most watched kids anime. Even when we watch any episode of it we still get addicted to it. I’m 23 but still it’s still a show which I will still love to watch even after 20 years.

Shinchan is a very naugty kindergarten boy and just like any other 4-5 year old boy he make many thing which will melt anyones heart.

It’s not an anime which had any story just it’s a fun anime to watch which anyone will love to watch in free time.

And a special thing there is a very sad conspiracy theory regarding shinchan which will make anyone sad who knows this kid and his sister which you can check out from this link.

7. Death Note

Now if we talk about a anime which every beginner to anime should watch then death note will surely be on that list.

And why not it is an anime where there is so much suspense and mystery which we can’t even find in Sherlock Holmes.

Death note revolve around a note book where if you write down the name of a person he dies.

And guys did you know death note is banned in many countries as it spread the rumour among children that if they write name of their teachers they will become free.

But we all know that doesn’t happen so easily.

And that is also one of the reason why death note is so popular and the other reason is the story of it.

The reason why it’s not higher on this list is cause it’s among those anime which is not made for kids and so it’s not aired on TV and only after we get to know the difference between anime and cartoon will we see it.

We watched naruto as a cartoon , we watched dbz as a cartoon but never can we watch death note as a cartoon its against the law of the nature.

8. One piece

One piece which is the only manga that I know having a Guinness World Records in its name by the most sold manga sold worldwide.

It’s one of the best manga with one of the longest running manga having the stroy around pirates and war of the waters.

One piece started 20years ago in the search of the pirate treasure left by the king of pirates Gol D. Roger and in the present our protagonist Luffy starts his journey to find that travel around the world.

On his journey he finds his crew from all around the world a swordsman, a chef, a navigator, doctor, a mechanic, drummer and spy.

One piece has been made with putting all kinds of stories from all around the world from mythology to technology.

One piece has beast, monsters, seaman, mermaids. It has Zeus ,Poseidon ,Neptune from India’s indra to China’s dragon it has all.

And well this all is one of those reason why it has popularity in all countries and in all age groups.

Well the start of one piece is great but the best part of it start from the timeskip but it is one of the longest so it will take some time if you new to this one.

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9. One punch man

One punch man is only 3years old as an anime but bro what kind of popularity it has reached in this short amount of time.

It is on every top 10 anime list, every list of anime for beginners and well it deserves all that.

It started from the manga made by one to be adapted into an manga and anime by Murata and becoming a gem among animes.

It is made as a parody to Goku and Superman who are the two characters who no one can defeat they are always powerful.

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But what if they actually were so powerful that there single punch kills all the villians and as time passed they can’t find an worthy opponent who can make there adrenaline flow in there body.

And that is what one punch man saitama is made to show.

This is full of other parody characters who name there powers and even villians all come to give a humor hidden in the context.

And the story actually doesn’t only revolve around saitama the protagonist but on all the characters it just end with his single punch.

And this twist is also who it has became so popular worldwide.

It has some really great scenes with so much details and madhouse has done a really great job in making one punch man a masterpiece.

It’s popularity is all around the world and every person who has watched any anime will definitely love OPM.

10. Bleach

Bleach had been a really popular anime through out it’s running time but now it’s completed and the finale has been concluded 5years ago and after that it has been in a way forgotten.

But when it was running it was a must watch for all anime fan.

It follows the life of Ichigo kurosaki who was just like your normal everyday teenager.

But one day he saw a person die and his soul turning into a ghoul and also a soul reaper coming to kill that ghoul so it doesn’t disturb the balance of the world.

And with many turn of event he himself became a soul reaper.

From there he got to know about soul society, the hueco mundo, ghoul , and the balance of the world which created that universe.

And in have to say bleach has one of the best anime villian out there Aizen who is a character no one could hate and at the very same time who everyone despise.

The Cruelsest and most evil character ever created who only dreams about the destruction of the world and their is no reason behind it.

You will find fans of bleach all over the world in every anime con therefore I had to put bleach on this top 10 most popular anime around the world list.

And guys if you haven’t read bleach I beg younto read it just for my favourite villian Aizen.

11. Detective Conan

Detective conan

Now here we have a story inspired from the Sherlock Holmes and guys if you love Arthur Conan Doyle you will surely love detective Conan.

As from the name you could guess that it’s a detective anime which has more than 1000episodes revolving around how our Conan who looks like a kindergartener solving murder mysteries.

Conan is actually an 18years old boy whose body was turned like that as a cause of an drug given to him by an criminal organization.

This this long running anime you will find romance, adventure and suspense which anyone will surely love.

12. Kimetsu No Yaiba

Kimetsu no yaiba or popularly known among the Western audience by Demon Slayer became one of the most popular and watched anime in 2020 .

And it turned from a shonen manga into an anime and getting an movie which took the box office by a shock.

This anime is based on the taisho period of Japan where ghosts and yokai roams everywhere and kills human for their food.

Our protagonist was also a victim of those ghost in which he lost all his family his mother, all sibling only her younger sister remained alive who had became an yokai herself.

So in order to save his sister he became a demon slayer and made his mind to kill the progenitors of all demon to eradicate the earth from demons.

This story is a very simple shonen anime but what made it so special was the animation with the CGI realistic scenes which gave it justice.

And this year it has got an sequel film demon slayer the movie :mugen train which follows the story from the anime .

The story is not completed yet but has for sure turned to become one of the most popular anime around the world.

13. Inuyasha

One of the classics which will make anyone become an anime fan.

Inuyasha takes place in 600years ago Japan . Our protagonist goes back in time to meet his lost lover who is a yokai nine tails fox Inuyasha.

They were seperated by a demon named Naraku to get the shikon jewel inside our heroine which can fulfill any wish.

And in the anime our hero Inuyasha and Kagome at the end of the series also get married and their daughter become the protagonist of a seperate anime.

Well guys I also have made a list of the 10 anime character who finally gets married and Inuyasha and kagome are also a part.

14. Attack on Titan

The last ending manga chapter of this giant fish in anime industry was released this year which have gotten much attention cause of its unsatisfied ending among many fans.

The anime is still on air and will take some time to reach the manga ending.

The story begins in a world where the remains of humanity live inside three concentric cities, each protected by enormous walls against attacks by Titans, gigantic humanoid beings who devour humans without any apparent reason.

It follows the adventures of Eren Jaeger, his friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, whose lives are changed forever after a Colossal Titan breaches the wall of their home town.

Vowing revenge and to reclaim the world from the Titans, Eren and his friends join the Scout Regiment, an elite group of soldiers who fight against Titans.

15 Jojo Bizarre Adventure

The popular manga and anime franchise JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure started to be published from 1987, from Phantom Blood (ファントムブラッド) to Jojolion (ジョジョリオン) so far (as of 2020).

Jojo bizarre Adventure is an anime which is not actually for any anime beginner it’s full of action and fights.

What make Jojo stand out among any other anime is it’s art style full of exageration and those looks.

The story revolves around the Joestarts. It has a vampire ,an odd ball , a pervert and all those which will make you love this show.

Well I will accept I’m not a really big fan of Jojo but still it’s a good read and os very popular.

16 Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is an anime which has received great popularity in Japan and western audiences when it was released in that time.

It has many anime related awards in its name and was praised for its anime, art style, voice dubbing and all.

It’s was animated by madhouse studio which is a big name in anime industry having made many great animation one of which is one punch man.

The twenty-six episodes (“sessions”) of the series are set in the year 2071, and follow the lives of a bounty hunter crew traveling in their spaceship called the Bebop.

Although it covers a wide range of genres throughout its run, Cowboy Bebop draws most heavily from science fiction, western and noir films

17 Fullmetal Alchemist :Brotheehood

Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric are raised by their mother Trisha Elric in the remote village of Resembool in the country of Amestris. Their father Hohenheim, a noted and very gifted alchemist, abandoned his family while the boys were still young, and while in Trisha’s care they began to show an affinity for alchemy and became curious about its secrets.

18 Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu yu hakusho was the popular manga but the same author of Hunter x hunter Yoshiro Togashi who is also the husband of the mangaka of sailor Moon also a popular anime.

Togashi is a lover of occult and horror who came up with yu yu hakusho which is the story of Usuke Urameshi who is a college delinquet who dies and was chosen as an underworld detective by the Japanese version of Yama the God of Death.

He was given the responsibility of taking care of incident involving dead and monsters and as the story progress the story takes place in the underworld where many secret about Yusuke get revealed.

Yusuke uses a energy gun which is on his fingers Rei gun with which he defeats the demon and keeps them on check.

19 Fruit Basket

Fruits Basket tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma, learns that twelve members of the Soma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and are cursed to turn into their animal forms when they are weak, stressed, or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a spirit of the zodiac.

As the series progresses, Tohru learns of the hardships and pain faced by the afflicted members of the Soma family, and through her own generous and loving nature, helps heal their emotional wounds.

As she learns more about Yuki, Kyo, and the rest of the mysterious Soma family, Tohru also learns more about herself and how much others care for her.

20 Hunter X Hunter

This is an action adventure anime based on a world where certain people gives an exam to become a qualified hunter adventurer who looks this world for unknown and dangerous things.

Here people learn to use the hidden powers inside their bodies through learning about Nen (chakra as called in India) which gives them different abilities.

Hunter x hunter became very popular 10years ago with its manga and anime both for their art style and story.

It has some very great characters from Hisoka to Meruem which are one of the best written villian.

Well it is also a work of Togashi whose anime has been completed but the manga after the story from anime is still in hiatus and seeing the condition of Togashi health there is a large chance we will never see it’s ending.

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