10 Popular Anime in Japan Winter 2020/2021

10 Popular Anime in Japan Winter 2020/2021


If you’re an anime lover in countries other than Japan, you’re probably curious to find out what anime is popular in Japan right now. There has been tons of amazing anime releases recently in Japan that don’t seem to be ver popular in other countries. In this article, we will be discussing the most popular anime in Japan right now (Winter 2020/2021). This should give you new anime to watch including some that you may have never heard of before. So if you need new anime recommendations, make sure to keep reading!


1. Haikyuu!! (Season 4&5)

Haikyuu!! characters

Haikyuu!! is an anime that has been popular for many years now, in both Japan and abroad. It has recently became popular again in Japan due to the release of its new season, Haikyuu!! Season 4! It has also gained popularity due to the anime’s season 5 being expected to be released very soon. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the production has been delayed but the anime is expected to release the new season very soon. The story follows Hinata Shouyo, a boy who dreams of becoming a volleyball champion but is sadly very short so finds it hard. The characters in the anime are super funny and go through a lot of development throughout the anime. If you have not seen the anime yet, this should be at the top of your list of things to watch.

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2. Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense

Bofuri anime

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense has recently gained popularity in Japan and has even been rated the number one most popular anime in Japan this winter. The story follows Kaede Honjou who joins an online game after being invited to it by her friend. The plot is about her life in the online game’s world and how she slowly developed her skills through her desire to not get hurt. The anime is similar to ‘Sword Art Online’ and so if you are a fan of that anime I would highly recommend this one.

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3. Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro Anime

Although Dorohedoro had an original run in 2018, the anime was re-released in spring 2020 and played nation wide on Japanese television. Due to its popularity in Japan, this was followed by a worldwide release on Netflix. Due to it being available on Netflix, it is easily accessible and very worth the watch. The anime takes place in a post apocalyptic world where two friends, the main characters, work together to try to bring their memories back. The world is a harsh and violent one and so they have many struggles throughout the story. If you’re someone who likes unique and different anime, this is a great one for you.

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4. Darwin’s Game

Darwin’s Game Anime

Darwin’s Game has always been a popular manga, but it has recently re-gained popularity for it’s anime adaptation that was released at the beginning of this year. Since then it has slowly gained in popularity. The story follows main character Kaname Sudōwho accepts an invitation to play a game application on his phone. He does not realize that this game is very real and leads him to trying to survive in life and death situations. A very interesting anime that you won’t be able to stop watching.

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5. 22/7

22/7 anime

22/7 is a story about a girl idol group trying to make it in Japan. This is not like other idol anime, each episode focuses on a different character showing their life struggles and reasons for wanting to become an idol. Each story is extremely heart warming and may even bring you to tears! This anime has gained popularity due to it being released to Japanese television this year. The company of the anime has also made the girls a Youtube channel for them which really gets you attached to the story. If you like heartwarming anime, this is a great one for you!

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6. Banana Fish

Ash and Eiji

Banana Fish is currently very popular in Japan and is famous for it’s deep story line and well thought out characters. The story follows gang leader Ash Lynx and Photography Assistant Eiji Okumura. The story is about the relationship of the two characters in 70s New York. The story is very deep and really captures you from the start! A great story for everyone looking for a more deep anime to watch.

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7. ID- Invaded

The main character of the anime.

ID-Invaded is another anime that is very popular in Japan right now, but may not be known widely by people from other countries! The story follows main character Narihisago, a renowned detective who has recently been imprisoned. He now faces the job of solving murder cases from his prison cell. The story is very deep and full of emotional scenes. This anime really opens up questions about society and makes you genuinely feel for the characters. If you’re someone who loves dramatic and emotional animes that get you to think deeply, you should definitely watch this one!

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8. Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen means ‘sorcery fight’ in Japanese. It has gained popularity recently due to it being released to Netflix and being played on Japanese TV. The story follows Yūji Itadori who is part of a club at high school that deals with supernatural things. His life is flipped upside down when he accidentally comes into contact with a ‘cursed’ item. The story that follows is extremely fun and unique, I would highly recommend this anime!!

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9. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Kaguyama-sama: Love is War

Kaguya-sama: Love is War is very light-hearted and funny to watch with a very simple but unique story line. The main characters, Kaguya and Miyuki both like each other but are too proud to admit it to one another. Due to this, they both partake in various tricks and mind games to try and get the other to confess. The anime is fun to watch and laugh at.

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10. Asteroid in Love

Asteroid in Love anime

Asteroid in Love was released this year and has since gained popularity. The story is about a girl who befriends a boy during her childhood. The two become very close and she promises him that she will one day find an asteroid. After becoming a high school student, she joins the science club and begins her journey to fins an asteroid. The group goes on many adventures which makes the anime super fun to watch!!

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