It’s no secret that 2022 was an epic year for anime enthusiasts. Not only were some of the best manga series adapted into anime, but lesser-known shows like Ranking of Kings also gained a dedicated following. The power of social media, particularly Twitter, played a crucial role in introducing anime to new viewers and fostering a sense of community among fans.
But what was the most talked-about anime on Twitter? According to data collected by the Japanese website, TrendAward, the top anime and manga hashtags used on Twitter in 2022 are as follows.
Here are the top 3 most popular anime characters on Twitter according to “Twitter Trend Awards 2022.”
3. “Suisei no Majo” (Witch of Mercury)
- Anime Title: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch of Mercury
- Anime Character: Ericht Samaya
Mobile Suit Gundam returned this year after so many years, and this Gundam featured a female protagonist, Ericht Samaya, which is why this anime’s tag was the 3rd most Tweeted hashtag on Twitter. Ericht Mercury is a police girl who is a transfer student from Mercury. She is the driver of Gundam Unit Aerial, also developed on Mercury.
2. “Shanks no Musume” (Shanks’ Daughter)
- Anime Title: One Piece Film Red
- Anime Character: Uta
One of the biggest events for the One Piece franchise in 2022 was the release of the blockbuster movie “One Piece Film Red,” which focused on the story of Shanks’ daughter, Uta. Uta ranked as the second most popular anime character on Twitter this year, as she seeks to overthrow the world after being abandoned by her adoptive father, Shanks. While the film itself generated a lot of buzz, it received mixed reviews.
- Anime Title: Spy x Family
- Anime Character: Anya Forger
It’s no surprise that Anya Forger emerged as the top anime character on Twitter in 2022. As the adopted daughter of the show’s protagonist, Loid Forger, Anya is a mischievous young girl with the ability to read minds. Her popularity knows no bounds, with her influence even spilling over into other manga series. Fans can look forward to more of Anya’s adventures in 2023 with the upcoming release of the Spy x Family movie and season 2.
Most Popular Manga Tags
In the manga category, the third spot was taken by “Tokyo Manji Revengers,” a reference to the popular series “Tokyo Revengers” by Wakui Ken, which ended this year with a highly controversial finale. Coming in at second place was “Tacopee,” a nod to the psychological horror manga “Takopi’s Original Sin.” But the top spot went to “Togashi-sensei,” the creator of Hunter x Hunter, who returned this year to end the series’ hiatus and became the most followed mangaka on Twitter.
We want to know: what was your favorite anime of the year? Share your thoughts in the comments below. The Anime Senpai team is excited to hear your responses!