The latest data from television and tracking social network TV Time revealed that One Piece is the platform’s most-watched show in 2022. The hit anime series surpasses several popular and well-known live-action series, including the all new HBO series House of the Dragon, set in the Game of Thrones universe.
Previous reports from TV Time revealed that One Piece protagonist Monkey D. Luffy beat out many notable characters in their top TV character data roundup. What’s particularly interesting about this latest report is that it seems to confirm the popular belief that an increasing number of people have become familiar with anime in recent years.
Follow this article which analyzes the latest news regarding One Piece in detail, and speculate on what this recent data could indicate.
As mentioned above, One Piece beat out several notable series on its way to the top of TV Time’s Most-Watched Shows of 2022 list. Behind the world-famous animated series, starting in second place, are Netflix’s Stranger Things, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s The Office, HBO’s House of the Dragon and AMC’s The Walking Dead.
One Piece protagonist Luffy also came out ahead of several well-known characters in a recent poll by the data-gathering platform. Luffy came third, edging out (in order) The Office’s Michael Scott (Steve Carell), Peaky Blinders’ Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy), and Moon Knight’s Steven Grant/Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac).
Luffy was edged out by Eleven (Milliy Bobby Brown) from Stranger Things and Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) from Wednesday, both characters being from Netflix original series. With both of these series and characters being some of the biggest and most hyped of the year, Luffy’s third place finish behind them is incredibly respectable.
Taking these two data points together, it seems that watching anime is becoming more acceptable and more common among the general population. While they were previously and widely stigmatized, especially in Western cultures, this recent popularity indicates that these opinions are fading, which can only be positive for the anime and manga industries.
Fans will likely see these industries expand over the next few years, especially as more and more people try out the series at the behest of who or whatever convinces them to do so. Series such as Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan, and Chainsaw Man are certainly helping to break the mold of previous expectations of what anime and manga are like in Western cultures.
While other series, like Luffy’s, undoubtedly play an important role, the three aforementioned series are tried and true ways to get your feet wet.