LINE Yahoo announced the list of winners of its annual ‘Yahoo! Japan Search Awards’ 2023 on Dec 5, and in the anime category, Oshi No Ko tops the list with the highest amount of searches on the search engine.
(Oshi No Ko Season 1 Key Visual)
The key reason for Oshi No Ko to win the award is due to its immensely popular Season 1 anime adaptation, which aired in 2023. The shocking development of the first episode attracted a lot of attention.
The hit opening theme ‘Idol’ by YOASOBI also boosted the popularity of the work, leading to an increase in the number of searches. This is followed by the fact that Idol became the most streamed song in Japan (2023) on Spotify and topped the Billboard Global charts.
There were a total of 5 anime that were included in the awards, and the entire list is as follows:
- Oshi No Ko
- Blue Lock
- Hell’s Paradise
- Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba—Swordsmith Village Arc
Blue Lock occupied 2nd place in response to the large number of searches for its characters. Hell’s Paradise and Demon Slayer were also in the list due to its setting in ancient Japan. Frieren also became a hot topic for the two-hour broadcast of its first four episodes.
The Yahoo! Search Awards was launched in 2002 and is now in its tenth year. The selection criteria for the awards are based on data from Yahoo! Search, one of the largest search services in Japan, and therefore reflect the interests and concerns of users, making the awards “the people’s choice.”
The first place in each category is displayed at the top of the search results when searching for the ‘Search Awards’ on Yahoo!
About Oshi No Ko:
Oshi no Ko is a Japanese manga series written by Aka Akasaka and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump since April 2020, with its chapters collected in thirteen tankōbon volumes as of November 2023.
Between April and June 2023, Doga Kobo produced the first season, consisting of eleven episodes. In 2024, a second season is scheduled to premiere.
Mangaplus describes the overall plot of Oshi No Ko as follows: