Post Reply What is Anime "Popular" Category based on?
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Is it based on star rating/reviews? or Overall most viewers that particular anime gets?
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It's based on views, I'm pretty sure. Seeing as how Naruto: Shippuden, which is currently most popular has 4.5ish stars while Agame ga Kill which is about 3rd or 4th in popularity has closer to a 5 star rating.
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Mfpluna wrote:

Is it based on star rating/reviews? or Overall most viewers that particular anime gets?


I believe it's based on number of views in a certain time period. That's why on days that Hunter x Hunter or Sword Art Online are simulcast you'll usually see Naruto get bumped from top slot. You'll also see some other shows that aren't usually very close to the top temporarily rise closer to the top within the day or so after they are simulcast.

(BTW, this is more a site-related "Minor Question" than "General Discussion" so I've moved over to Site Support/Minor Questions forum, so anyone who is able to supply a more definitive answer or guess may answer it.)
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I'll also add to the guesses that it is based on web browser views only, not any of the devices (game boxes, Roku, Apple TV, etc), since the achievements on your profile that are awarded based on viewing (completed series within a given month, and quick on the draw) are only triggered if you do the required watching in a browser. But of course, I could be wrong. CR isn't likely to officially say so in any case, as there are probably non-disclosure agreements with the suppliers about actual counts, and/or they may not want their competition to know real numbers, either. (again, speculation, but it's not unreasonable.)
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