Anime refers to a specific type of animation style that is popular in Japan. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Japan is the country in which anime is the most popular. Approximately three-quarters of everyone in Japan either watches anime regularly or reports having seen anime recently. There are a number of popular anime shows that have come out of Japan, and many of them have large followings across the globe.
In the United States, approximately 72 percent of people watch anime regularly. This means that the United States has a greater number of total people who watch anime shows than Japan, but Japan has a higher percentage of its population that watches anime overall.
There are a number of ways that the total number of anime fans can be calculated. For example, there are some metrics that use Google searches to figure out how many people in the country are looking for anime content and how many people watch it regularly. In the past, TV show ratings would be used to calculate the number of people in the country watching anime. Given that there are a lot of people who now stream anime and do not use cable, internet numbers are considered to be more accurate when it comes to calculating the number of people who watch anime in a given country.
Anime shows come in many shapes and forms, and a lot of people think of shows such as Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, and Yu Yu Hakusho as being incredibly popular anime shows. At the same time, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh are also considered anime shows. Even though they might not be considered classic anime shows in line with some of the others mentioned above, they do have a larger mainstream following than some other anime shows. Shows such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh are largely credited with introducing people all over the world to anime itself.
Movies are also largely responsible for introducing anime to people all over the globe. Without a doubt, the most popular anime movie studio is Studio Ghibli, which was founded by Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli is largely considered the Disney of anime movies, meaning that it has produced a tremendous number of movies that have large fanbases all over the world.
There are several incredibly popular movies that have been produced by Studio Ghibli, but the most popular is Spirited Away. It was released in the early 2000s, and an English dub version of the movie introduced Studio Ghibli to many people who have never heard of it before. Some of the other popular movies produced by Studio Ghibli include Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, and Castle in the Sky. Studio Ghibli continues to produce anime movies to this day, introducing a new generation of viewers to the popular genre.
Japan has the highest percentage of its population that watches anime, 75.87%. The United States comes in a close second at 71.86%.
Anime is popular in Europe with a significant percentage of France, 62.5%, reporting recently or regularly watching it.