Animelab’s Most Popular Anime In Australia And New Zealand

Animelab’s Most Popular Anime In Australia And New Zealand

Earlier this week we showed what Australians and New Zealanders were enjoying the most on Crunchyroll. Naturally, readers asked: what are people watching on Animelab? Well, today we can reveal those figures as well.

The company supplied figures to Kotaku Australia today, revealing the most popular anime, movies and “evergreen” or classic anime were on the service.

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Similar to Crunchyroll, Animelab isn’t allowed to outline the titles by order of total views due to their licensing agreements. They could, however, reveal the top trending titles in Australia and New Zealand.

There’s some common titles in there. My Hero Academia is part of the top 10. Sword Art Online features too, which I’m sure Senator Stirling Griff wouldn’t be too thrilled about.

Here’s the top 10 trending anime on Animelab in Australia and New Zealand right now:

  • Demon Slayer
  • One Punch Man S1 & 2
  • Kaguya-Sama: Love is War Season 2
  • Gleipnir
  • My Hero Academia
  • Fruits Basket
  • Sword Art Online
  • BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.

As for movies, it’s headlined by a true classic.

  • Akira
  • One Piece Film: Gold

When looking at franchises that have been on the platform for longer, it’s Dragon Ball Z and Naruto Shippuden that strike the strongest chord. Here’s the top 5 “evergreen” series on the platform in Australia and New Zealand:

  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • Attack on Titan
  • Naruto Shippuden

Animelab also stressed that the dubs for most of these titles are exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, while some titles are exclusive to the platform entirely, like Dragon Ball Z. The company mentioned that Tokyo Ghoul was exclusive to Animelab as well, although at the time of writing Netflix Australia is screening the first two seasons. (Animelab, however, has three seasons.)

I’ve reached out to Animelab for clarification on the time frame for the trending series above. I also asked if there was any stats available on older anime, series from the ’80s or ’90s and how popular those might be. I didn’t get a reply at the time of writing, but I’ll update this post if those figures come through.


  • Seems like there’s only 8 in the “top 10 trending” list?

    I haven’t been watching Animelab as much recently because they’ve been pushing dubs so hard, it seems like half their newly acquired shows are dub only, and I’m personally just not interested in that.

  • Kaguya sama, love is war season 2 only premiered last week. Seems insane if that’s the case.
    Also Gleipnir does not appeal to me at all even though they are advertising it pretty heavily.

  • I assume that’s the 2019 version of Fruits Basket as opposed to the 2001 version

    Seeing DBZ being on the list isn’t surprising, it’s one of those franchise that introduced Western audience to anime (alongside other classic franchises like Sailormoon, Gundam and NGE)

    • I guess each generation there is something that ‘introduced Western Audiences to anime’. In the 60s it was Kimba and Astroboy, 80s was Battle for the Planets, Starblazers, Voltron and Robotech (aka Macross), early 90s would have been Teknoman and Sailor Moon. Late 90s would have been Pokemon and Dragonball Z I guess? That was after my time of watching lots of anime.

      Just some titles that come to mind of course. Theres a lot more that went mainstream than that.

      • Teknoman, Sailor Moon, DBZ, Pokemon, Voltron for me.

        I wish I could find Teknoman again.

        That and Samurai Pizza Cats.

        • I picked up a set of Teknoman in the US back in the mid 2000s. It actually had the japanese version as well as the edited english release. I’d had the sequel for a while.

          What’d be neat would be to find the series that actually came first, since the Teknoman we know was actually the sequel, Tekkaman Blade.

          Samurai Pizza cats was so awesome! “Who do you call when you want some pepperoni?”

          Apparently the dub had nothing to do with the actual plot of the original, but whats new there?

      • Very much depends on the country. In mine, the early 90’s were marked by Saint Seiya, Captain Tsubasa and yes, Teknoman. Late 90’s was all about Eva, Cowboy Bebop, Dragon Ball Z, Ranma 1/2, Pokemon and Card Captor Sakura

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