If you think soap operas have a long running time, then you should check out some of the most popular anime shows. They’ll blow some of the longest American shows out of the water. Some even have over a 1,000 episodes.
What Exactly Is Anime?
Basically, it’s a quick way to say a Japanese cartoon or animated series that comes from Japan.
The word anime is the Japanese word for cartoon. They don’t see a difference in what they create and what Disney does.
However, just because it’s animated doesn’t mean that they’re okay for kids. You should use discretion before showing a child any sort of anime. They can be very violent and extremely graphic.
5 Of The Longest Running Anime Series
Japan takes its anime very seriously. As stated before, they’re not all for kids, in fact, there are many that are geared specifically towards adults.
This anime holds the world record for the longest running anime - with over 7,000 episodes. Now you might be wondering what kind of show this is. Is it filled with action and drama?
Actually, no. It’s about an average Japanese mom named Sazae-san. It’s a show for all ages and has a heavy emphasis on Japanese culture. Many people who are studying Japanese use it as a study tool.
It’s not a flashy show, rather people describe it as relaxing and wholesome. It explores the everyday life of Sazae-san. It may seem slow to those who are used to more Western-styled shows, but it has kept a large audience since 1969 when it debuted.
2. Nintama Rantarou
This show is about three young ninjas, Rantarou, Shinbei, and Kirimauru. They’re at the beginning of their ninja career and have a lot training ahead of them. Though sometimes training is the last thing on their mind. Like regular kids, they want to mess around and eat rather than do the work.
Their antics have delighted audiences for years. Having almost 2,000 episodes under their belt. The three young ninjas don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
3. Ojarumaru (Prince Mackaroo)
This show has a fairy tale touch to it. It’s set in a time where magic and princes rule the land. The story follows one young bored prince, Ojarumaru. Because of his boredom, he gets into all sorts of trouble. He goes to another world to steal a powerful magic scepter.
While running from the true owner, he ends up traveling farther and farther from home. In fact, he actually time travels to present day. Little does he know, that three of the children of the rightful owner of the scepter have followed him through time.
The whole series is about Ojarumaru’s adventures in the present and dodging those three other children. It has over 1,500 episodes and has outlived its original creator. It has entertained people of all ages and is considered a classic kid’s show.
4. Crayon Shin-chan (Shin Chan)
This show is one of those shows that aren’t suited for kids despite it’s fun style of animation. Shin Chan is more in the style of The Simpsons and South Park.
It’s about Shin Chan, Shinnosuke, growing up. But his attitude and little-to-no filter gets him into allkinds of trouble. He’s also surrounded by a colorful cast of characters that usually get involved with his adventures.
It has continued to run for over 900 episodes, despite the original creator passing away a few years ago.
5. Detective Conan (Case Closed)
This show has been running for 20 years and its plot is more familiar to those who are used to Western shows. Shinichi Kudou is a budding detective. He has made a name for himself, despite only being 17. Even though he has an almost supernatural ability to solve cases, one case goes wrong. He ends up taking an experimental drug that leaves him in the body of a 7-year-old. He decides to keep solving cases and creates the new identity of Conan Edogawa.
While being a simple plot, the writers of this show always seem to come up with ideas to capture the audience’s attention. It has over 800 episodes and we expect more soon.
How To Watch These Anime Series
If you’re curious about these titles and others, there are a few ways you can watch them.
Streaming services like Crunchyroll, Funimation, and AnimeLab that offer a large selection of anime. Other streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have some titles along with their own original creations.
Anime can come in both subbed (meaning they use subtitles), or dubbed (meaning actors speak English over the original Japanese). Whatever you choose to watch, we hope this list has helped you!