Anime isn’t at the level of 500M-1B+ views on YouTube yet. If ever.
The only videos like that are music videos (Gangnam style for example). Or songs by singers like Justin Bieber.
But you’ll be surprised to see there are anime videos with over 100M views. And easily more than 10M. On multiple occasions.
Let’s focus on that. As well as how recent (or old) these most popular anime videos are.
Note: these popular anime videos were discovered by using the keyword: “anime” on YouTube. And using the “views” filter to discover videos with the most views.
Top 14 YouTube Anime Videos With 10M+ Views:
1. DAOKO x Music Video (154 Million Views)
Uploaded on Aug 9, 2017.
This music video is for the anime series: Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?
Or Uchiage Hanabi in Japanese. It’s a romance/Seinen movie created by Shaft. But unlike the anime, the music video ended up with over 154M views!
2. God Knows… The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya – Aya Hiarano (76M views)
Published on Nov 7, 2009.
The quality isn’t in full HD, but that doesn’t matter. 76 million views proves it.
Few anime songs or videos reach this many views on a regular basis. Even if they are good.
3. You Can Be King Again – Lauren Aquilina (68M views).
Published on Dec 18, 2013.
The music is taken from the anime: Hotarubi no Mori e (The Forest Of Fireflies) movie.
Like all the videos so far, anime music videos are the most popular.With the animes themselves not being comparable in terms of views and engagement.
4. Deja Vu – Dave Rodgers Super Eurobeat (56M Views)
Published on Mar 2, 2015.
Taken from the anime series: Initial D. Music seems to be one of those mediums that are incomparable when it comes to views and social shares.
It’s easy to listen to, even if you’re not a fan of anime.
5. Unravel – Tokyo Ghoul OP Piano (43M Views)
Published on Feb 11, 2015.
Everyone knows how popular Tokyo Ghoul is, but the reason this video is popular is because of how good the person is with the piano.
It’s a perfect display of talent, replicating the original Tokyo Ghoul song down to a T.
6. Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter by A-1 Pictures (33M views)
Published on Oct 18, 2016.
This video tells the story of a 17 year old girl called Rin. Who lives alone inside a virtual world.
Crunchyroll and A-1 Pictures contributed to this film. With the YouTube video gaining over 33M views in total.
7. Anime 404 Parody Music Video (29M views)
Published on Dec 1, 2014.
You can already see why this anime is on the list. It’s a silly video that will make you facepalm yourself, and burst out laughing at the same time. Because of how ridiculous it is…
Notice the K-On background?
8. What if “The Amazing World Of Gumball” was an anime? (23M views)
Published on Jan 18, 2015.
The Amazing World Of Gumball is originally a cartoon from Cartoon Network. But this YouTube channel decided to upload a “what if” video of how things would turn out if it were an anime.
So it’s no surprise that the “shock” value boosted this videos views to over 23M.
9. 1 Hour Beautiful Anime Music Mix (23M views)
Published on Mar 23, 2015.
This is a mixture of anime songs that lasts an hour. With songs from:
- Your Lie In April.
- Code Geass.
- Mirai Nikki.
- Fate Stay Night.
- One Piece.
And plenty more.
10. Anime War – Episode 1: Rise of the Evil Gods (23M views)
Published on Jan 24, 2017.
This is a fan-made anime about Goku Vs Saitama. With plenty of other twists thrown into the mix.
It’s no surprise why this is so popular, as it’s good and it combines two of the most popular anime of all time. With two of the most famous anime heroes.
11. What if “Gravity Falls” was an anime? (18M views)
Published on Oct 9, 2014.
Gravity Falls is a Disney cartoon originally, and this is an animated version of how it would look. With cliches and tropes we’re used to seeing as anime fans.
The view count is surprising, it’s only short.
12. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi OP / Opening :Re (16M views)
Published on Jan 14, 2016.
Anime opening of Erased, a psychological anime series with time leaping elements. Similar to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, but obviously darker and crueler.
13. Anime In Real Life by Nigahiga (16M views)
Published on Mar 11, 2016.
Considering the kind of channel this guy runs, it’s no surprise this video has so many views.
And it’s one of the best versions of “anime in real life” so it goes without saying…
14. Top 10 Anime Opening Theme Songs (14M views)
Published on May 3, 2014.
Some of the most famous anime opening songs are here. Like:
- Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Soul Eater.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Which video do you like the most?
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The 1st anime I watched was Dragon Ball Z. Followed by Claymore, Inuyasha, Attack On Titan, and the rest as they say is “history”.