Video Distribution Service dTV Announces Viewer Rankings for First Half of 2021

04.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME

Streaming service dTVⓇ has announced its overall viewer ranking for the first half of 2021. Did your favorite shows make the cut?


Jujutsu Kaisen

Tokyo Revengers

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Attack on Titan The Final Season

Kimetsu Academy 




dTV First Half Viewer Ranking 2021

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen (Anime) 
  2. Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Anime Film)
  3. Tokyo Revengers (Anime)
  4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Anime)
  5. Attack on Titan The Final Season (Anime)
  6. Furuhata Ninzaburo Season 1 (Drama)
  7. Detective Conan (Anime)
  8. Alita: Battle Angel (Western Film)
  9. Kimetsu Academy (Anime)

The first and second seasons of Tozaburo Furuhata are no longer available. Season 3 is out now. 



Pulling in the most views between January and July was Jujutsu Kaisen, the popular anime series following high-schooler Yuji Itadori and his struggle with curses and sorcery. The show took the top spot by a huge margin, sitting at number one for four consecutive months between January and April. What makes it so popular? It could be its blend of horror and comedy, making it an attractive watch for all kinds of anime fans. 

In second place, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet. Who is Shuichi Akai, and what was his involvement in the disaster at the World Sports Games? This is the 24th Detective Conan film, and not one to miss, grossing over $20 million and holding the title of the third highest IMAX opening in Japanese history. 


Rounding out the top three, anime series Tokyo Revengers tells the story of a delinquent with the ability to travel back in time. When his lover is murdered, Takemichi Hanagaki goes back to his junior high school days, intent on saving her life. Airing on dTV beginning in April, viewership has steadily increased, reaching #3 in May and hitting the top spot in June. 


Unsurprisingly, two internationally beloved series also made the top ten. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Attack on Titan The Final Season sit in fourth and fifth place, making the top five an anime-only club. Kimetsu Academy, a junior and senior high-school spinoff of Demon Slayer sits at number nine, even though episodes are less than two minutes long on average. Never underestimate the power of animation!

The classic 1994 drama series Furuhata Ninzaburo began to climb the rankings after the death of Masakazu Tamura in April this year from heart failure. Though seasons one and two are no longer streaming on the service, season three was just added to the catalogue on August 1!


Hollywood epic Alita: Battle Angel, an adaptation of the sci-fi manga series, was the only western film to crack the top ten. BTS JAPAN OFFICIAL FANMEETING VOL.5 [MAGIC SHOP], which included footage of a special event with fans at the popular KPOP group’s last show at Kyocera Dome Osaka in 2019, finishes out the list. 


While these ten might have drawn the most views, there are plenty of other films, concerts, dramas and anime series available on dTV, so be sure to check them out!


  • Antagonist of Tokyo Revengers Performs Special Version of the Anime’s Ending Theme

    10.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Enigmatic artist Nakimushi is the artist behind the second ending theme of globally-popular anime series Tokyo Revengers. Now, a special version of the song has been released, sung by a very fitting performer: Shunichi Toki, who plays one of the show’s antagonists, Kazutora Hanemiya.


    The song, ‘Tokyo Wonder,’ has resonated with anime fans for it’s rock-meets-digital sound. The original singer, Nakimushi, has also become popular with Gen Z for his complete anonymity, keeping his face, age, and name under wraps.


    Check out the new version of the track. What do you think?


    Tokyo Revengers Ending 2, ‘Tokyo Wonder’ (Kazutora ver.)


    The stem data and instrumental version of the track is now freely available on the song’s special site. Using the stem data, creators can freely manipulate the track itself, seeing how each piece came together to make the final product. These freebies will be available until December 31, 2021. For more information on how to download the songs, visit Nakimushi’s website or Twitter page.


    The music video for Tokyo Wonder has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on YouTube, and also ranked in the Apple Music J-Pop Top 10 ranking in 28 countries. It also ranked in the iTunes Store Top 10 in 14 countries. The non-credit ending video has amassed over 6.3 million views on YouTube in the two months since it’s release.



  • Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 76 “Condemnation” to Air In January 2022

    27.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    It has been announced that the 76th and final episode of Attack on Titan: The Final Season, “Condemnation,” will be airing on NHK in January 2022. Before the broadcast, a special omnibus that reflects on the story so far will be aired, along with a new original animation (OAD) featuring Levi, Annie, Mikasa, and various other characters from the series.



    The latest broadcast information was announced on August 22 2021 at the Attack on Titan Orchestral Concert.  The director Hayashi spoke, saying “Sorry for the wait! The Final Season Part Two will be shown in January of the new year! From the huge battle in the Shiganshina District, all the way to the Titans origin story, we’re finally approaching the climax of the story. We have also been taking on new challenges on how to visualize the story; How will those certain scenes turn out..? Please look forward to it!”


    With four months still left to wait before the final episode of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part Two airs, further details will be released in the future.


    ©Iseyama Hajime, Kodansha / Attack on Titan: The Final Season Production Committee

    ©諫山創・講談社/「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会

  • Nakimushi Release Stems and Instrumental of Tokyo Revengers ED “Tokyo Wonder”

    27.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Nakimushi, who performed the ending song for the second cour of TV anime Tokyo Revengers, have opened a special website to distribute the stem data and instrumental track for their song Tokyo Wonder.


    Using the released stem data, you can listen to each individual part that makes up the song and mix them up, listening to each track on its own or with other parts. You can play with the parts, adding your own vocals, and creating your own remix of Nakimushi’s song.

    The stems and instruments will be available until December 31 2021 at 23:59. The details on how to download them are available on Nakimushi’s official homepage and Twitter account, so be sure to check it out.


    Tokyo Wonder is the ending song for the second cour of the anime Tokyo Revengers, with the Bloody Halloween Arc starting in July 2021. The song has over 1.4 million views on YouTube and has taken off in popularity both in Japan and overseas, reaching within the TOP 10 in both the Apple Music J-Pop Ranking in 28 countries and the iTunes Store J-Pop Ranking in 14 countries.


    ©Wakui Ken, Kodansha / Anime Tokyo Revengers Production Committee



  • Globally Popular Anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba To Collaborate With New Era

    25.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    NEW ERA, an international headwear brand, has released a collaborative collection with the hugely popular Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba anime, based on the manga by Gotouge Koyoharu. The collaboration will be available in NEW ERA® STORE’s nationwide and online from August 19, 2021. 

    The lineup is made up of 37 different items, with many themed around characters from the show or featuring the logo.


    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Collaboration page:


If you’re a Demon Slayer fan then make sure to check out this special collaboration!

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles Gets Second Visual

    15.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    The second visual for the upcoming fighting game Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles was released in the newest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump on August 10, 2021. 


    The second visual drawn by ufotable, the animation studio behind the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series


    Game Screenshots from Tsuzumi Mansion on Single-player Mode

    The new visual features the playable characters available in Versus Mode, with some not having been seen in the first visual. Those who preorder the game can receive a special limited-quantity ufotable A4 sized clear file, with the first visual printed on the front and the second printed on the back. 


    Along with the visual, some new screenshots from Single-player Mode in the Tsuzumi Mansion were also released, and fans were excited to see some images of store-specific purchase perks uploaded on the official website. 


    Look forward to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles, releasing on October 14, 2021!

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  • Jujutsu Kaisen x Photo Booth 97% Limited Time Collaboration Designs

    07.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    Photo booth sticker brand 97% will be collaborating with the super popular anime Jujutsu Kaisen for a limited time between August 12 and September 19, 2021. 

    With this collaboration, you can take Purikura photos using frames featuring your favourite Jujutsu Kaisen characters, including Itadori Yūji and Satoru Gojō. It’s the perfect way to show support for your favorite character!



    Frame and Sticker Design Sets (4 in total):
    Charming Itadori Yūji Set (Ft. Itadori Yūji, Fushiguro Megumi, Nanami Kento, Satoru Gojō) /
    Jujutsu High 1st Years & Gojō Set (Ft. Itadori Yūji, Fushiguro Megumi, Kugisa Nobara, Gojō Satoru) /
    Jujutsu High 2nd Years & Nanami Set (Ft. Zennin Maki, Inumaki Toge, Panda, Nanami Kento)
    Adorable Chibi Characters Set (Ft. Itadori Yūji, Fushiguro Megumi, Kugisa Nobara, Zennin Maki, Inumaki Toge, Panda, Nanami Kento, Gojō Satoru)



    The frames feature not only the protagonist Itadori Yūji, but also the 1st and 2nd year students of Jujutsu High, plus Gojō Satoru, Nanami Kento, and other super popular characters. You can also opt for something a little different with the Chibi character frame. Each set allows you to fully immerse yourself in the world of Jujutsu Kaisen!

    You can also download digital copies of your photos directly onto your smartphone using the photo service Pictlink, allowing you to easily share your photos on social media.

    With the announcement of the Jujutsu Kaisen, why not snap some themed photos with 97% to mark the occasion?


    (c) Akutami Gege / Shueisha / Jujutsu Kaisen Production Committee

    (c) 芥見下々/集英社・呪術廻戦製作委員会

  • Jujutsu Kaisen anime collaborating with Round1 Arcade

    04.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Round1 will be collaborating with Jujutsu Kaisen, an anime series adapted from the super popular manga in Weekly Shonen Jump. The campaign will be starting on August 1st, with limited freebies and projects to be rolled out nationwide.



    Round1 Limited Original Mascot | 8 Types Available

    Original Souvenir Cup (Limited to 17 locations)


    Collaboration Drink Menu ((Limited to 17 locations)

    Special Themed Video upon Striking


    Special Themed Purikura stickers



    A limited edition Round1 Jujutsu Kaisen mascot, coming in 8 popular character themed designs, will be presented to each member in groups of 4 or more who play bowling, Spo-Cha, karaoke, or use various other Round1 facilities.

    The mascot will also be offered to groups of 2 or more using the MEGA Pack.

    Their mascot design changes each month, so keep an eye out!


    During the event, you can find Jujutsu Kaisen souvenir cups available at the bowling and Spo-Cha drink bars. You will also receive a free souvenir cup if you order three or more collaboration drinks during karaoke. 

    Plus, you’ll receive a free original coaster if you order any of the special character themed beverages during the campaign.

    A themed video will play if you hit a strike while bowling and if you take part in the Moonlight Strike Game, you could win a limited Photo Coin to use in the Purikura machines, allowing you to use Jujutsu Kaisen frames in your photos.


    There’s plenty more, including crane games,  themed karaoke rooms, and even collab illustrated goods, so check it out while you can.


    Try living the Jujutsu Kaisen life at Round1!

  • Tokyo Revengers Loungewear Collection to be Released at Animate

    30.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese anime and manga merchandise chain animate is opening pre-orders for a new collection of Tokyo Revengers loungewear on September 1 as part of their Animate Limited Selection line. The clothes will be released on November 26.




    Manjiro Sano loungewear sample pictures

    The collection includes 5 different loungewear sets each inspired by a different character and their outfits from the anime. They are comfortable to wear and durable, each embroidered with gold leaf kanji characters.



  • In promotion of SCRAP’s new Detective Conan themed escape game Escape From the Scarlet Investigation (Blood Task Force), five of the company’s past escape games made in collaboration with the anime series are being revived for a temporary period.


    Escape From the Orient Express


    Escape From the Magical Castle


    Escape From the Black Assassin


    Escape From the Final Public Examination


    Escape From the Navy Blue Art Museum


    Here’s what it’s like to play..

    SCRAP’s escape games are made in collaboration with many different series and see players become a character in the story where they must solve puzzles and riddles to find a way out. They have collaborated with Detective Conan since 2013 during which over 1.3 million people have played. The newest entry to the series is Escape From the Scarlet Investigation (Blood Task Force).

    Five previous escape games make a return this year including Escape From the Orient Express (2014), Escape From the Magical Castle (2015), Escape From the Black Assassin (2016), Escape From the Final Public Examination (2018), and Escape From the Navy Blue Art Museum (2019). Each features a completely original story set in the world of Detective Conan.


    ©青山剛昌/小学館・読売テレビ・TMS 1996

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba T-Shirt Collection Releases at Animo

    19.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese anime and manga merch website Animo is selling a limited-edition collection of t-shirts based on the characters from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The line-up of six tees is available to buy until July 22.


    Tanjiro Kamado Long Sleeve T-Shirt | ¥3,900 (Before Tax)

    Zenitsu Agatsuma Long Sleeve T-Shirt | ¥3,900 (Before Tax)

    Kyojuro Rengoku Long Sleeve T-Shirt | ¥3,900 (Before Tax)

    Tanjiro Kamado Big Silhouette T-Shirt | ¥4200 (Before Tax)

    Zenitsu Agatsuma Tanjiro Kamado Big Silhouette T-Shirt | ¥4200 (Before Tax)

    Kyojuro Rengoku Tanjiro Kamado Big Silhouette T-Shirt | ¥4200 (Before Tax)


    © 吾峠呼世晴/集英社・アニプレックス・ufotable

  • VR Demon Slayer Ride to Open at Universal Studios Japan in September

    18.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan has announced the opening of a new XR ride based on the anime and manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Set to run from September 17, 2021 to February 13, 2022, the ride will incorporate the use of VR technology to make guests feel like they are onboard the Mugen Train from the series’ anime film adaptation.


    On the ride, riders will see images and voices of the series protagonist Tanjiro Kamado as well as other characters such as Kyojuro Rengoku who is a major character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train.

    Another rollercoaster at the park called “Hollywood Dream The Ride” will also feature Demon Slayer, with fans able to hear the voices of Kamado and Rengoku as if they are all experiencing the coaster together. Two stories will be told across two periods, each featuring comical dialogue.


    ©吾峠呼世晴/集英社・アニプレックス・ufotable TM & © Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s Nezuko Gets Embroidered Work Shirt Release

    14.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    The Japanese online anime and manga merchandise website Animo is now taking orders for a work shirt inspired by Nezuko Kamado from the anime and manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba until July 22.


    The front of the shirt features Nezuko’s name in Kanji and romaji while the back features a large embroidered design of the character with the words ‘PROTECT HUMANS!’