The anime industry has one of the largest, most-die-hard fanbases in the world. In spite of the fact that anime emerges explicitly from Japan, there are millions of fans internationally that consume and take part in its content. Anime fandoms are hard to critique, judge, or measure. It’s not simple as looking at viewership or gauging sales. Below we have tried to list the Top 10 Anime series with the Most Fans.

But before we head over to the list, we need to consider the fame and publicity of the anime, not as numbers, but as emotions.

What marks a large fanbase?

A fanbase consists of people that love and engage with the series. Not simply realize that it exists or watch it since it’s on TV. There are many shows that are popular across the globe (such as DBZ, Pokemon) but I won’t say they have the biggest fanbase. People everywhere know Pikachu, but they aren’t a fan of the series.

Anime with huge fanbases have at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Are consistently viewed on streaming sites/DVDs
  • Are long-running
  • Have numerous Multimedia adaptations
  • Have equally loved source materials
  • Are frequently discussed on community forums
  • Have peculiar, unique, or lovable characters
  • Have a growing consumption of content

Alright then, enough with the rants. Let’s head on to our list of the Top 10 Anime series with the most fans. But before that, here’s a quick overview of the series that we’ll be talking about:

Anime Genre Seasons Episodes Status
Demon Slayer Shonen 2 44 Season 3 in 2023
My Hero Academia Shonen 6 113 Ongoing
Death Note Shonen 1 37 Finished
Bleach Shonen 16 366 Ongoing
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Shonen 1 64 Finished
Attack on Titan Shonen 4 87 Ongoing
Pokemon Adventure 24 1199 Ongoing
Naruto Shippuden Shonen 21 500 Finished
Dragon Ball Z Shonen 9 291 Finished
One Piece Shonen 20 1042 Ongoing

 

10. Demon Slayer

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 2
  • Episodes: 44
  • Status: Ongoing

Kimetsu no Yaiba hails one of the most famous anime series in the world. This is mainly because of its insane animation and amazingly depicted plot and characters. It was also the best-selling manga in 2019 and 2020.

  • The franchise is also one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
  • This show is famous globally because it catches the attention of all kinds of audiences despite being a shonen.

9. My Hero Academia

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 6
  • Episodes: 113
  • Status: Ongoing

If you’re an otaku, you must have heard of MHA. Its manga and anime keep on getting a staggering reaction. Ironically, it likewise is an anime fandom with a wide number of haters that consider it a cliché and a drag.

  • It is also known for having one of the most toxic fandoms among all anime series fanbases.
  • Even Eiichiro Oda, creator of One Piece, praise the series.

8. Death Note

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 37
  • Status: Finished

Whether you enjoyed Death Note ending, you need to admit that the series is astonishing. When Death Note first came out, it overwhelmed everybody. It turned into an instant sensation. The plot was convincing to such an extent that it hooked even non-anime lovers.

  • Sadly, it only has a single season. The amazing characters and great story helped it to go into worldwide charts and win several awards.
  • It has gained a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has overwhelming support from critics as well.

7. Bleach

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 16
  • Episodes: 366
  • Status: Ongoing

Bleach is one of the Big Three – one of the three longest and most popular series in Shonen Jump’s 2000s period. The anime, first aired in 2004, and has figured out how to remain significant for such an extremely long time. But also madly famous.

  • It has continuously remained one of the top 10 Japanese TV series, won awards for Best Anime, Best Manga, and even Best Actor.
  • In our list of Top 10 Anime Series with the most fans, the Bleach anime fandom is always looking for a deeper understanding of how the Bleach universe works.

6. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 64
  • Status: Finished

FMAB frequently beat the rundown as the best anime series ever. There are not many people who haven’t seen the series. If you’ve watched FMAB, you’ve probably seen FMA.

  • The fanbase remains more or less the same with respect to the two anime adaptations, because of the same characters and personalities.
  • The connection between the siblings Ed and Al Elric is what carries the show.

5. Attack on Titan

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 4
  • Episodes: 87
  • Status: Ongoing

Attack on Titan quite recently overwhelmed the world. Who doesn’t like watching giant man-eating humanoids annihilate the world? This critical and amazing wonder has won many awards and is one of the best-selling manga of all time.

  • This fanbase sort of fluctuates between beating the animation and adoring it, however eventually, they’re all die-hard fans.
  • I don’t there is a single fan who hasn’t watched AoT. AoT fans rule all over and proceed to watch and rewatch the series.

4. Pokemon

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  • Genre: Adventure
  • Seasons: 24
  • Episodes: 1199
  • Status: Ongoing

Bet you were hanging tight for this one. Some of you could have anticipated that Pokemon should be higher on the list. But like I said earlier, popularity doesn’t always entail fans.

  • Pokemon has a huge fanbase that we can’t even count. It is undoubtedly one of the most well-known series in the world. Kids and adults from all countries recognize Ash and Pikachu.
  • Despite the fact that Pokemon is mainly for kids, it’s one of the emperors that rule the anime kingdom.

3. Naruto Shippuden

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 21
  • Episodes: 500
  • Status: Finished

Say hello to another Big Three in the list of Top 10 Anime series with the most fans. Naruto is something the whole world is grateful for. No one cannot be a fan after watching Naruto – it has everything from martial arts to crazy humor.

  • Also giving us one of the best rivals in the history of anime – Naruto and Sasuke.
  • In 2020, it became the third top-watched show in the whole of America.

2. Dragon Ball Z

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 9
  • Episodes: 291
  • Status: Finished

For a lot of us, Dragon Ball, was our childhood, like Pokemon. This is one reason that, in spite of finishing quite a long ago, people have a soft spot for it. The reason why it’s higher than Pokemon is that one can stop liking Pokemon after they are grown up. But they never stop being Dragon Ball fans.

  • The anime ended in 1996, but even in 2022, it is considered one of the greatest anime series the world has ever seen.
  • DBZ has an undying heritage and a significantly more undying fanbase.

1. One Piece

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  • Genre: Shonen
  • Seasons: 20
  • Episodes: 1042
  • Status: Ongoing

In our list of Top 10 Anime series with the most fans, at no. 1 we have One Piece. It possibly has the biggest fanbase currently in the entire world. This fandom keeps on growing due to the fact that the series is ongoing and the anime is just behind the latest manga chapter.

  • All the films, light novels, OVAs, video games, live-action, music, and other media share the glory of the series.
  • One Piece is the number one best-selling manga in the world. It broke all records when it ranked #1 for 14 years of Oricon’s Manga Sales Ranking. The fanbase is undeniably passionate about the series, making it the biggest show right now.

Conclusion

 

Which one of the following anime fandoms are you a part of? Feel free to comment down your thoughts and make sure to recommend some other popular fanbases like the ones listed above.

Also, make sure to share this article with your fellow otaku friends!

Sources: IMDb, Crunchyroll 

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Madhumoy is a high school understudy at Don Bosco High School, Tinsukia, Assam. He doesn't like to claim himself as a writer, but you can always find him somewhere jotting down his thoughts and turning them into art in their own right. When Madhumoy isn't writing, he's most likely watching other TV shows, watching anime, reading non-fiction or experiencing other paths and systems. Madhumoy lives with his grandparents and parents and a little hope.