One Piece gains ahead of Film: Red’s release
Even though it's been nearly a month since the SPY x FAMILY TV anime ended its run, the series is still topping the Japanese streaming ranks as complied by leading Japanese data agency GEM Partners. The agency has complied the information for July 2022, confirming that not only do people love spies, but they continue to love detectives and falling in love again with pirates once again.
GEM Partners, which collects data from 7,000 Japanese people aged between 16 and 69 per week, have tallied up the most popular works watched on Japanese streaming service (not just anime) and have quantified what is the most popular franchises in Japan right now. The streaming services looked at include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, U-NEXT, Hulu Japan, Disney+, docomo anime store, dTV, ABEMA Premium and Paravi.
Here are the top 10 most watched franchises on Japanese streaming services as of the last week of July:
10. Extraordinary Attorney Woo (Netflix exclusive K-drama)
9. Uncle from Another World
6. Case Closed / Detective Conan
5. Moonfall (Amazon exclusive live-action film)
4. The Bachelorette Japan (Amazon exclusive reality series)
2. One Piece
1. SPY x FAMILY
It’s interesting to see the rise of live-action works on the list when anime usually dominates, likely indicating that the massive advertising campaign surrounding Bachelorette Japan translating into views for the series that only streams on one platform, compared to One Piece and SPY x FAMILY that stream on multiple platforms in Japan.
GEM notes that the rise in One Piece viewership coincides with One Piece Film: Red premiering in Japanese theaters on August 6. As seen in these lists in the past, films that are currently in theaters or about to hit theaters usually see a huge bump, such as Dragon Ball and the original Top Gun film last month.
Source: Press Release
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.