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Longest Running Anime Titles Ever
The Top Ten Anime Titles with the Most Episodes
There are thousands of anime tiles out there and new shows and movies are being made every day but what are the longest running? Which titles have over a thousand episodes? The Answer, not too many anime shows ever get past one season of about 24 episodes but some do and last a very long time.
This page is a list of the Top Ten Longest Running anime. Which is the longest? The answer may be a surprise to even the most dedicated anime fan.
These numbers & titles are in flux. Also Franchises that have multiple series but are not connected by a consist narrative do not count. This list will be updated about every six months, or at least that is the aim.
(Last Updated, March 12th, 2016)
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Soreike Anpanman is one of the most popular anime for children in Japan. Th original manga started in 1973 with the anime begining in 1988 and it is still currently in production. It currently has 1299+ episodes and is still in production.
Anpanman is a superhero that is Apan which is a bean-jam filled pastry. He fights Baikinman and helps the town's people. Anpanman is also a Guinness World Record Holder for the highest number of characters in an animated franchise. There are 1,768 characters appearing in the first 980 episodes and 20 films.
Anpanman may have inspired One Punch Man as the shorten Japanese name is Wanpanman. Also the character design of Saitama is very close to Anpanman.
Hoka Hoka Kazoku
Hoka Hoka Kazoku ran from October 1st, 1976 to March 31st, 1982 and had 1428 episodes.
Hoka Hoka Kazoku means Warm, Warm Family. This anime doesn't really have a plot. It was more of an education show about life in modern Japan. It was sponsored by the National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative Associations and the office of the Prime Minister of Japan
Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi
Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi began on January 7th, 1976 and ran till September 3rd, 1994. It had 1488 episodes.
Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi is a prequel to the 1975 show of the same name. The anime retells Japanese Folk tales. The creative staff changed from episode to episode as a general rule. So there is variation of quality from episode to episode which occasion suburb episodes.
Kirin Ashita no Calendar
Kirin Ashita no Calendar ran from 1980 to 1984 and had 1498 episodes. This anime was sponsored by Kirin Brewery.
Ojarumaru has been running since October 5th, 1998 and has 1550 episodes.
Ojarumaru is about a young noble boy from the Heien period named Ojarumaru who is bored with his life. One day he finds the Power-Stick of Enma, which had been stolen by three demons. Ojarumaru uses the stick to transport to the present day. He befriends boy named Kazuma and becomes part of his family. Ojarumaru makes lots of friend and dodges the humorous attempt of the three demons who want the stick back.
Kirin Monoshiri Yakata
Kirin Monoshiri Yakata ran from january 1st, 1975 to December 31st, 1979 and had 1565 episodes. The episodes were 5 minutes in length.
It roughly means Giraffe's Sage Hall. It also seems from what I can gather, it's about a cat and mouse that chase each other.
This anime was sponsored by Kirin Brewery.
Doraemon has not been continually running since it began io April 1st, 1973. The first season ran about 5 months from April to September 1973. Then it ran from April 2nd, 1979 to March 25th, 2005. It has been running since April 15, 2006. Though the version that this list features in the one that ran from 1979-2005 which it has 1787 episodes though the 2006 is getting up there in episodes.
Doraemon is about a robotic cat sent into the past to help Nobita Nobi so that his descendent in the 22th century can have a bester life. The show is made up of Doraemon helping Nobita is his problem and Nobita messing it up.
The 1973 season is pretty much lost today as it was destroyed in accidental fire.
Oyako Club ran from October 3rd, 1994 to March 30th, 2013. It had 1818 episodes.
Oyako Club means Parent-Child Club. It is about alien learning about human life.
Nintama Rantarou has been running since April 10th, 1993 and has 1878 episodes and it's still in production. The show is made of two segmented stories in a 30 minute show.
Nintama Rantarou is about is about the everyday adventures of first grade Ninjas at a Ninja school.
Sazae-san is the longest running anime ever. It began as a anime in 1969 and has been running ever since and is still in production. It has over 7332 episodes. Sazae-san is made up of 6 minute vignettes but even as a 30 minute episode it's still the longest at 2390+ episodes.
Sazae-san was very topical at the start as Sazae was more concerned about being her own person than finding a husband. At its heart though, it is a light-hearted story about family and taking joy in the simple things of life.
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Animes that missed the list
As this list will forever be in a status flux, these are Anime that are over 500 episodes but missed the list. Some are still in production and may someday make it in the top ten list of the longest running anime.
- Monoshiri Daigaku Ashita no Calendar ran from July 1st, 1966 to August 2nd 1970 and had 1274 episodes. The episodes were 5 minutes in length. It was on the top ten list till Soreike Anpanman exceed it in total episodes.
- Sekai Monoshiri Ryoko had 1006 episodes. It is not production anymore.
- Chibi Maruko-Chan has 1010 episodes and it still in production.
- Crayon Shin-chan has 870 episodes and is still in production.
- Kotowaza House had 773 episodes. It is not production anymore.
- Detective Conan has 810 episodes and it still in production.
- Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirou had 726 episodes. It is not production anymore.
- Ninja Hattori-kun had 694 episodes. It is not production anymore.
- Doraemon the 2005 version has 753 episodes and it still in production.
- One Piece has 729 episodes and it still in production.
- Perman had 586 episodes. It is not production anymore.
- Obake no Q-tarou had 510 episodes. It is not production anymore.
Note: The next longest running anime between 229-499 episodes is Naruto: Shippuden with about 450 episodes and trailing behind is Hana Kappa with 430 episodes. Though Hana Kappa is no longer in production. The next series with the most episodes that is still in production is Gintama with 315 episodes.