Namaste, anime enthusiasts! We’re back with an exciting update to our much-loved 2019 article – ‘Top 15 Most Popular Anime in India’. As the anime craze continues to sweep across the nation, it’s high time we expanded our list. So hold onto your hats because we’re stepping things up a notch and bringing you ‘The Top 21 Most Popular Anime in India’! Yes, you read that right, 21!
Anime’s popularity in India has been growing exponentially since our original piece was published. With fans from every nook and cranny of our diverse country tuning in, the love for these remarkable Japanese animations is undeniable. Our 2019 list triggered a lively dialogue among fans and newcomers alike, and we’ve loved every minute of this animated journey. So, we thought it’s about time we update that list based on new data, new shows, and the evolving preferences of our Indian otaku community.
We’ve combined insights from surveys, forum analysis, merchandise sales, and, of course, the passionate debates from our readers in the comments section. This list promises to be a fun, informative, and definitely otaku-friendly voyage into the world of anime – from an Indian perspective!
So, whether you’re a seasoned anime aficionado or a newbie starting your voyage into this fascinating world, this list is your treasure map. Let’s embark on this exciting journey to uncover the 21 most popular anime shows that have captivated Indian fans’ hearts and minds in recent years!”
21. Parasyte: The Maxim (Kiseijū: Sei no Kakuritsu)
Starting our countdown is a series that will make your skin crawl, literally. Parasitic aliens, body horror, and existential questions – what’s not to love? Parasyte: The Maxim has managed to worm its way into the hearts of Indian anime fans, proving that we have a stomach for the creepy and the thought-provoking.
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Sword-fights, soul-reapers, and spooky hollows. Despite concluding in 2012, Bleach continues to enjoy a significant fanbase in India. Perhaps it’s the thrill of watching Ichigo take on increasingly powerful foes, or maybe it’s the endless debates about which captain of the Gotei 13 is the coolest. Either way, Bleach refuses to fade away from the Indian anime scene.
19. Sword Art Online (SAO)
An anime series where characters are trapped in an MMORPG world, Sword Art Online cuts a swath through the hearts of Indian gamers and anime fans alike. With its blend of action, romance, and philosophical musings on the nature of reality and identity, SAO is a series that resonates with many here in India.
18. Code Geass
The strategic chess-like battles, political machinations, and an anti-hero protagonist that rivals the likes of Light Yagami, Code Geass continues to hold a strong grip on its Indian fanbase. Plus, who can forget that finale? Let’s just say it left many of us speechless and a little teary-eyed.
17. Black Clover
At number 17, we have Black Clover. Asta’s adventures in a world where magic is everything has struck a chord with Indian fans, much like Naruto did in his time. Black Clover’s rise in popularity is undoubtedly due to its underdog story, intense battles, and an enchanting world that leaves viewers spellbound.
Indian anime fans are no strangers to complex narratives, and Fate/Zero delivers this in droves. A battle royale for the Holy Grail that involves historical figures battling it out? It’s like a history lesson on steroids and has been winning over fans ever since its introduction.
15. Mob Psycho 100
From the creator of One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100 brings a quirky mix of comedy, action, and heartwarming life lessons that are impossible to resist. Indian fans have embraced Mob and his journey towards self-understanding, reminding us that there’s more to life than just power.
14. My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia)
Taking inspiration from Western superhero stories, My Hero Academia’s universal appeal has caught on with Indian fans. The show’s tales of overcoming personal trials and tribulations resonates with many, making it one of India’s most beloved series. Plus, who can resist All Might’s infectious “Plus Ultra” spirit?
13. Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
Next up, we have a classic. This 1993 anime adaptation of the epic Ramayana is not just an anime – it’s a nostalgic piece of childhood for many Indians. The beautiful animation and mesmerizing storytelling has given a new dimension to the epic, making it a favorite among both the old and young.
12. Detective Conan (Case Closed)
Murder mysteries, secret identities, and a high-school detective trapped in a kid’s body – Detective Conan never fails to impress. Its unique episodic mysteries mixed with overarching storylines have made it a staple in the Indian anime scene.
11. Hunter x Hunter
Here’s a series that’s all about the journey rather than the destination. Despite its deceptively innocent beginning, it doesn’t take long for Hunter x Hunter to show its true colours, providing Indian fans with intense action, deeply emotional arcs, and some of the best character development in anime.
10. One Punch Man
Cracking into our top ten is the hero who’s a hero for fun. One Punch Man isn’t just about a man who can defeat enemies in one punch. It’s also a clever parody of the superhero genre, tickling our funny bones and winning Indian hearts with its outrageous humour and over-the-top battles.
9. One Piece
Following the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat crew as they explore the Grand Line in search of the ultimate treasure, One Piece has captured the imaginations of Indian fans. It’s an epic adventure with loveable characters, tear-jerking moments, and life lessons that inspire many.
8. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Breathtaking animation, compelling storyline, and stunning fight sequences – Demon Slayer has it all. This relatively recent sensation has swept across India, with fans eagerly discussing the adventures of Tanjiro and Nezuko.
7. Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
The anime that has sent shockwaves across the globe, Attack on Titan, has firmly entrenched itself in the hearts of Indian fans. Its dark, gripping narrative and complex characters keep us on the edge of our seats, and conversations about Titans and Paradis Island have become a regular occurrence.
6. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, with its rich narrative and deeply human themes, has a special place in the hearts of Indian fans. The adventures of the Elric brothers strike a chord with many, showing that anime can go beyond simple entertainment to explore profound philosophical themes.
5. Death Note
Light Yagami’s battle of wits with detective L has been a staple of Indian anime culture. It’s a testament to Death Note’s enduring appeal, even years after its conclusion. Many Indian fans can fondly remember debating the ethics of Light’s actions, and it seems like we’re far from reaching a verdict.
Nostalgia hits hard with this one. A robotic cat from the future who’s here to make our lives easier with his gadgets – Doraemon was likely the first anime experience for many Indians. Despite its seemingly childish nature, Doraemon often dives into surprisingly deep and emotional territory, making it a cherished part of our anime culture.
3. Shin Chan
Mischievous, funny, and absolutely unpredictable – Shin Chan has been a beloved fixture in Indian households for years. The innocent antics of the irrepressible Shinnosuke “Shin-chan” Nohara have made us laugh, occasionally cry, and always kept us entertained.
2. Naruto: Shippuden
Hailed as a classic worldwide, Naruto’s journey from a mischievous prankster to the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village has resonated with Indian fans. The series’ themes of friendship, perseverance, and self-sacrifice have touched our hearts, making Naruto an iconic figure in the Indian anime landscape.
1. Dragon Ball Z
And finally, at number 1, we have the anime that has been an integral part of countless Indian childhoods. From shouting “Kamehameha” in the playground to trying to go Super Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z has left an indelible mark on the Indian anime scene. It has defined what anime means for many Indian fans, making it the most popular anime in India.
And that wraps up our countdown of the top 21 most popular anime in India. These shows have not only entertained us but have also shaped the landscape of anime culture in India. They’ve sparked discussions, fueled fan theories, and united us in our shared love for these amazing stories. It’s a testament to the power of anime – its ability to cross borders and bring people together, no matter where they’re from.