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Long-running series have a strong potential to allow viewers to connect with the characters on a deeper level, amplifying every emotional moment they go through because we have come to learn and understand them a lot more than with typical length series. There are many popular Anime series that fans consider “long but worth it”, though it may come to a surprise to know that Anime like One Piece and Naruto are not even in the top 10 of the longest running Anime; there are some series that have spanned across thousands of episodes and are still airing new ones to this day!

Sazae-San 

Episodes: 7,500+

Currently in Production

Based on Machiko Hasegawa’s newspaper comic of the same name that started back in 1948, this series follows the day-to-day comedic activities of the extended Isono family: Fune and Namihei, their three children Sazae, Katsuo and Wakame, Sazae’s husband Masuo Fuguta, and their child Tarao.

Nintama Rantaro

Episodes: 2,245

Currently in Production

The time is Sengoku period. Rantarou, who was born in a respected ordinary ninja family; Kirimaru, who lost his parents in war; and Shinbei, who was the son of a wealthy merchant in Sakai, all study in Ninjutsu Academy everyday as Nintama, but they always fail in both exams and classes.

Ojarumaru

Episodes: 1,857

Currently in Production

The series focuses on a 5-year-old Heian-era prince named Ojarumaru Sakanoue who accidentally time-warps to modern Japan and has adventures there while dodging a trio of young oni who try to get back a sceptre that he stole from Great King Enma. The official English name of the series is Prince Mackaroo.

Oyako Club

Episodes: 1,818

Ended: 30th March 2013

Oyako Club (meaning Parent and Child Club) is a slice of life series where Rompa and Lun are two aliens who join a human family. The show details the humorous, yet heart-warming interactions between the aliens and the humans.

Doraemon

Episodes: 1,787

Ended: 18th March 2005

Doraemon, a cat robot from the 22nd century, is sent to take care of Nobita Nobi by Sewashi Nobi, Nobita’s future grandson, so that his descendants can get a better life. At present, Nobita is a man who always fails in class, and whose company goes bankrupt, causing his family and sons to face financial difficulties.

Kirin no Monoshiri Yakata

Episodes: 1,565

Kirin no Monoshiri Yakata is about a cat named Cathy and a mouse teaching children about history while trying to get along. The two quarrel constantly, usually the mouse outwitting the cat.

Soreike! Anpanman

Episodes: 1,525

The series follows the adventures of Anpanman, a superhero with an anpan (a red bean paste filled pastry) for a head, who protects the world from an evil humanlike germ named Baikinman.

Kirin Ashita no Calendar

Episodes: 1,498

Kirin Ashita No Calendar follows Cathy, a cat, and a mouse, both from the predecessor Kirin Monoshiri Kan who teach children about historical events through a stage play format.

Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi

Episodes: 1,494

A compilation of 10 minute episodes, each based on one of Japan’s children’s tales such as “Momotaro” or “The Moon Princess”.

Hoka Hoka Kazoku

Episodes: 1,428

The series doesn’t have a real plot, but is rather an educational series using both live action and animation to provide information about life in modern Japan.

Anime has been and will continue to be around for a long time, as well as rise in popularity as it is now. Several series may even surpass the current longest running Anime, but it is never too late to come back and re-watch some old favourites, such as Doraemon, which is a classic for younger children, or One Piece, which many adults enjoy; having reached 1000 episodes, you never know it might end up on the top 10 list in the future!

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