Anime has always been a part of modern Japanese culture. Its appeal has reached all demographics, from men and women to the young and old.

Shueisha, publisher of Weekly Shounen Jump, Margaret, Bessatsu Margaret, Weekly Young Jump, Jump SQ and Super Jump, has recently conducted a survey on which anime is popular among the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s demographics. They asked about 1000 men over the internet and here are the results;

Top 5 anime among young men in their 20’s


1 One Piece (73 people)

2 Dragon Ball (50 people)

3 Neon Genesis Evangelion (43 people)

4 Mobile Suit Gundam (33 people)

5 Detective Conan (20 people)

Top 5 anime among men in their 30’s


1 Dragon Ball (83 people)

2 Mobile Suit Gundam (70 people)

3 Neon Genesis Evangelion (37 people)

4 One Piece (33 people)

5 Detective Conan (23 people)

Top 5 anime among men in their 40’s


1 Mobile Suit Gundam (80 people)

2 Lupin III (50 people)

3 One Piece (47 people)

4 Dragon Ball (40 people)

5 Doraemon (27 people)

 Certainly every single title mentioned in the top 5 can be considered a masterpiece. Classics like ‘Mobile Suit Gundam‘ and ‘Dragon Ball’ have reached out to all ages and is even popular among the younger generations and are still popular even after ending years ago. ‘One Piece‘ on the other hand has proven that it can also reel in the older crowd and prove it is worthy of also being called a classic by reaching out to all demographics.

Meanwhile, Shueisha also asked its readers where they usually watch anime. They also asked men in their 40’s, 30’s and 20’s over the internet.

Over the TV (Live broadcast/ Recorded)

40’s – 200 people

30’s – 163 people

20’s – 147 people

Over the Internet

40’s – 77 people

30’s – 140 people

20’s – 143 people

Rental Video

40’s – 60 people

30’s – 103 people

20’s – 97 people

Source: Shueisha


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