Solo Leveling and Other Popular Anime Titles Lose to a Romance Anime in Winter Rankings

MyAnimeList just shook up the anime community with an unexpected twist in its top 10 rankings for the Winter 2024 season.

Surprisingly, “The Dangers in My Heart Season 2” clinched the coveted #1 spot, surpassing heavy hitters like “Solo Leveling,” “Mashle,” “Delicious in Dungeon,” and “Ninja Kamui.”

The announcement came via X (formerly Twitter) on March 29, 2024, as MyAnimeList built anticipation for the end of the season.

At that time, “Kingdom” narrowly held onto its lead, but fast forward to April 2, 2024, and “The Dangers in My Heart Season 2” has surged ahead, overtaking not only “Kingdom” but also the popular “Solo Leveling” and others.

Jinwoo using Arise on Igris (Credits: A-1 Production)

Here’s a look at the full top 10 rankings:

1. The Dangers in My Heart Season 2 (8.92)
2. Kingdom Season 5 (8.78)
3. Solo Leveling (8.37)
4. A Sign of Affection (8.29)
5. Ninja Kamui (8.12)
6. Classroom of the Elite Season 3 (8.01)
7. Delicious in Dungeon (7.98)
8. Mashle: Magic and Muscles – The Divine Visionary Candidate Exam Arc (7.95)
9. Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy Season 2 (7.95)
10. Urusei Yatsura (2022) 2nd Season (7.76)

Jinwoo vs. Igris (Credits: A-! Pictures)

Notably, entries like “Ninja Kamui” and “Urusei Yatsura (2022)” took many by surprise. Despite “Urusei Yatsura (2022)” having a dedicated fan base, it ranked just 18th in terms of anticipation before the season began.

“Ninja Kamui,” on the other hand, faced accessibility challenges for fans, with Max ranking only fifth among the most popular anime streaming sites in the U.S. for Gen Z and Millennials, while Toonami didn’t make the list at all.

The third-place position of “Solo Leveling” may also raise eyebrows, considering it was one of the most anticipated anime of the season alongside “Classroom of the Elite.” However, its immense popularity even transcended the anime medium, securing its place among the world’s most popular TV series overall.

A Sign of Affection and My Happy Marriage (Credits: Crunchyroll)

The Dangers in My Heart Season 2

“The Dangers in My Heart Season 2” captured hearts with its charming portrayal of Ichikawa and Yamada’s evolving relationship.

A highly praised season finale propelled the series to the top spot, leaving fans eager for more. As of April 2, no third season has been announced, but if this is the end for now, many will agree that it’s a fitting conclusion.

Fans can catch “The Dangers in My Heart Season 2” on HIDIVE, where the series is described as follows: “Kyotaro fantasizes about acting on his twisted thoughts until an encounter with Anna sparks a light in his heart.”