I'm curious which manga/anime is published/aired in which country and how they are accepted.


I feel that manga popularities vary from country to country (or region to region). To mention a few impressions, I feel

  1. Outside Japan, Naruto is generally more popular than One Piece. (In Japan, by most measures, I believe One Piece is more popular). This claims now One Piece is the most popular in the US, but since Naruto is no longer active, I think the popularity of Naruto is rather confirmed by the fact that it still competes with One Piece.

  2. An anime/manga like Doraemon is significantly lesser known in Western countries. I've heard it is known in Asian countries. Just to give an idea how well-known it is Japan, meeting a person who has never seen a Ghibli movie would surprise me, but my eyes would pop out if I meet someone who has never seen at least a few episodes of Doraemon (or I would automatically conclude the person did not spend childhood in Japan).


  1. Is there a way to know which anime is published in which country, other than manually searching individual title on the web?

  2. Is there a way to know the difference of popularity across countries/regions?

Or since people can watch most things online now in some way, the questions does not make much sense?

A related question:

I'm looking more for how well-known, not necessarily how popular. (It may be the same thing since unpopularity may lead to an end soon enough abroad.)

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    For 1) AFAIK, there's no such site yet, and it's complicated with licensing and geoblocking for anime (ignoring piracy, of course).
    – Aki Tanaka
    Oct 12, 2022 at 5:03
  • is there maybe a way to filter myanimelist ratings to see like accounts from say the philippines only? or indonesia only?
    – BCLC
    Oct 12, 2022 at 5:11
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    @BCLC filtering accounts on MyAnimeList may still not be reliable because they can still watch while on overseas, or from buying DVD/BD, or well... bypassing geoblock.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Oct 12, 2022 at 5:18


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