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A Breakdown Of Anime’s Growing Popularity Since 2004 (Statistics)

Anime’s been growing since the boom in the 90’s. But it really started before that.

Pushing all the technical bullsh*t to the side, the 2000’s is what I’ll focus on this post. Especially from a digital point of view.

The internet can’t be ignored in pushing anime to the next level and getting it to the level it’s at today. Without it, it wouldn’t have caught on worldwide to this degree.

Not without censorship of some kind anyway (the internet makes everything available regardless).


First we’ll start with manga‘s growing popularity since 2004

You can view the graph and interact with it on mobile/desktop.

From the perspective of Google and the internet, which let’s face it – both are connected, Manga has been growing nicely over the years.

Google has trillions of searches so you know it’s reliable.

Around the 2010 mark Manga had a bit of a peak. I can only wonder what released that year in particular.

manga google trends since 2004 statistics | https://animemotivation.com/anime-growing-popularity/

From there it had many more peaks in 2013, 2014, and kept growing in general to where it was in 2004.

It dropped a bit in 2017, and rose like mad from 2019.

This can be explained by:

  • The internet’s growth in general.
  • And people falling in love with Manga worldwide, year by year.

Not to mention social media‘s eventual role in promoting manga, and of course – piracy.


Anime’s growth in popularity since 2004

If you look at manga in one obvious way. And that’s the PEAKS it has.

This is more about digital growth in particular (trends in this case).

From 2004 up until 2011-2012, anime was cruising. It didn’t “pop” during this time at all, from an internet and trends perspective. And searches on Google.

Worldwide searches by the way.

anime google trends since 2004 | https://animemotivation.com/anime-growing-popularity/

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, there was some spikes.

Attack On Titan, Akame Ga Kill, Hibike Euphonium, Kill La Kill, and other anime I can’t name right now came out during that time.

I’d say at least 3 of those anime played a role in the spikes, but it’s hard to say since so much more was happening and DOES happen on the internet as far as anime.


manga popularity since 2004

anime vs manga statistics trends | https://animemotivation.com/anime-growing-popularity/

As you can see, in 2010 manga and anime was pretty close. Almost the exact same in growing popularity.

After that they split off and have both been growing, with the biggest growth coming around 2017+ onwards.

It makes sense why anime is more poplar than manga worldwide (more pirate sites as well), but for what it’s worth it’s a good look.


anime vs manga map statistics | https://animemotivation.com/anime-growing-popularity/

And the map shows how prevalent anime is in comparison to manga (when compared, not individually).

Anime is blue, manga is red.

The grey areas (literally) are missing data though. Must be a censorship issue in those countries.

And that’s pretty much it. A digital breakdown of anime and manga from a trends, searches and popularity point of view.

That graph line is only bound to spike again and keep going. Anime is still packing as far as potential.


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