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Top 10 Countries where Anime is Most Popular and Why!
Have you heard of the saying “What you Watch is What you Are”? If not, then have you been told how the TV shows you’re watching says a lot about your personality?
Well, these sayings are true to a certain extent when we’re talking about individuals. But what if you’re talking about people? More specifically, what if you’re talking about a nation?
If you want to know the estimated number of people watching anime in several nations, then look no further! Using the power of analysis and strategical thinking, I have ‘generated the data below using Google Sheets’ to estimate the quantitative information we need to make this list:
Table 1: Statistical Data of the Top Ten Countries where Anime is Most Popular
The quantitative data I’ve compiled to generate the statistics on each country only uses secondary data. However, my list is not generated by robots or machines. Rather, I chose to create my top 10 countries list based on the following:
- ‘Live Data of the World’s Population per country’;
- ‘Publicly available quantitative information from Statistica.com’, ‘SocialBlade.com’, ‘ParrotAnalytics.com’,and ‘BusinessOfApps.com’;
- ‘Google Trends’ is also useful, but I’ve only utilized it as a starting point or as a base for this research.
- And finally, to add a personal touch to this discussion, I’ve added my insights, general observations, and some of my experiences.
Google Trends is a good starting point, but I don’t want to rely on it to generate the top 10 countries where anime gained massive popularity.
After all, several Google services like YouTube and Gmail are banned on certain countries: China, North Korea, Cuba, Iran (and almost all Arab countries), Crimea (located in Eastern Europe), Syria, and Sudan (a country in North-East Africa).
Why it’s in this list: It’s in this list because ‘Spanish is the fourth most spoken language worldwide’ – only after Hindi but before French.
- Spanish anime websites appear in Google searches more than any other language after English and Japanese languages.
- Most televised anime shows during the 90s were also dubbed by Spanish locals. This explains why the number of animes dubbed in this language grew exponentially.
- Spanish-dubbed animes were also distributed to Spanish-speaking countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. If different nations can watch anime in their own native tongues, then anime fans of those nations would also increase.
Table 2: Several Spanish anime comments in YouTube pop up back in 2005 to 2010. Here are some examples with their English translations.
- YouTube’s comments section during 2005 (when the social media app was introduced) was also filled with thousands of Spanish words like the table below. It only goes to show anime’s massive popularity in Spain and other Latin American countries.
Why it’s in this list: Japan is the homeland and birthplace of anime. If not for Japan, the global anime industry wouldn’t even be born!
- Other than anime originating in Japan, anime perpetuates Japanese people’s lives.
- If you are a foreigner visiting Tokyo as a tourist, you’re going to see many anime shows advertised in billboards, malls, and subway stations.
- Don’t forget how ‘Pikachu and Hello Kitty characters were also used as marketing advertisements in airplanes’!
- Japanese men even wear anime-inspired neckties when they go to job interviews or their regular place of businesses; and take note, this is an acceptable practice if you’re in Japan!
- ‘Akihabara, Ikebukuro, Nakano are anime-inspired towns or wards in Tokyo’. These places are popularly known as “Otaku Culture Centres” for anime cosplayers, electronic game hobbyists, and manga readers.
- If you go to Japan but are not familiar with its Otaku pop culture, you might feel left out for not cosplaying in social events held in anime conventions. Worst, you may be dubbed as a “normie” (another term for “pariah” or a “social outcast”).
- Even I was shocked when Japan didn’t become first place in my list!
- Japan may be the progenitor of anime, manga, and many consumer electronic play stations, but China takes the number one spot because it has the largest population density (this is why Japanese animation is heavily marketed on mainland China!).
Why it’s in this list: Anime boomed in Mexico during the Golden Age – an era that began in 1985 when the first installment of the Dragon Ball franchise made its way to the country.
- The 80s or 90s Mexican viewers living in the Golden Age don’t just stop watching anime after it’s broadcasted on TV. They also lived in an era where anime-related merchandise can be bought after school or work hours.
- These 80s or 90s Mexican viewers have now become adults and established their own families. Today, they have opportunities to reminisce about anime to their own kids via television, internet, and other forms of media.
- What contributed to a large Mexican fanbase is also because of Spanish-dubbed animes making their way to Mexico.
- The increasing number of Mexican anime fan pages during the Dot-com Bubble (1998) is also an effect of Japanese mangas and anime shows being translated to Spanish.
Why it’s in this list: ‘Otaku conventions’ play a big part in the massive popularity of anime in the Philippines, especially in the early 2010s when a famous Filipina cosplayer, ‘Alodia Gosiengfiao’, helped Filipinos augment their support for Otaku culture.
Why it’s in this list: ‘10 of the largest anime conventions are located in America’.
- US has been an awesome anime influencer for over three decades now.
- It is destined to be an active and loud influencer even when it comes to Japanese animation. Just look at where Mr. Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli Studios anime films are primarily marketed and distributed — it’ s none other than the U.S.!
- Also, the first time I’ve heard about Mr. Miyazaki is through a promotional video within a US home-released DVD of Spirited Away — not from any Japanese trailers with English subtitles.
- The videos were narrated by John Lasseter himself, the previous chief creative officer of Walt Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios, a giant company in the animation industry.
Why it’s in this list: There are ‘over 30 Russian characters featured in Japanese animation’.
- Many fictional Japanese characters use Russian names like “Anastasia” and “Rasputin”, which are also names of real-life, historical, and political Russian figures.
- Perhaps Japanese studios use popular Russian last names like “Putina”, “Petrov”, and “Romanova” so that these fictional anime characters can feel more connected with their Russian viewers.
- An alternative explanation to this is Russia has been participating in wars since the 16th century.