Longest Running Anime Series
Japanese animation has taken the world by storm when these animated shows hit the small screen around the early 1970s. The sudden resurgence of Voltes V and other early anime became an instant hit with the people all over the world. There is a charm with all the animes that have hit the small screen. Most of the time, they have a distinct way of portraying each characters. Most animes incorporate both a unique style of writing as well as a brand of comedy within them. Seldom do you see an anime series that do not have any comical characters or events. With that, most anime series run for a long time. Some anime series have gone on to run for more than 10 years like One Piece and Naruto while others are instantly cancelled after their initial run. Others are also postponed or are currently in production.
So, which is the longest running anime of all time? Find out which one is it and how long it has been on air.
The longest runnning anime is Sazae-san. Sazae-san tells the story of a liberated woman named Sazae who showed a new and modernized take on the Japanese society in a time when Japan was still secluded from the world. The anime was not yet aired in television but it already had a published manga/comic. It started on April 22, 1946 and ended on February 21, 1974. Although the manga of Sazae-san ended by 1974, the anime on the other hand started on October 5, 1969 and is still going on up until today. Sazae-san had a total of 7,071 episodes and counting.
Sazae-san initially had plotlines revolving around her dominance in the household which took the Japanese society to controversy knowing that the society has always been conservative. But, as time went by, the titular character soon became a feminist and became involved in the change of views of the society. The anime itself slowly changed the way the Japanese society viewed women in general. Around 1974 when the manga ended, Sazae’s storyline involved around the time when she was able to crack an egg that had a double yolk in it. It portrayed a happy household life and learning how to love the simple and little things in life.
Sazae-san dealt with the contemporary situations in living in Tokyo hence the long storylines. Aside from the record of being the longest running anime in the world, it has also won many accolades including the 8th Bungeishunju Manga Award in 1962 and is also the record holder of the Guinness World Record for the longest running animated television series of all time.
Other long running animated series are Doraemon which had 1,787 episodes in its total run, Nintama Rantaro with 1,738 episodes and is still currently in production. Other popular titles include Naruto Shippuuden that already has 347 episodes, Detective Conan which has 732 episodes, One Piece with 629 episodes and all of which have episodes still in production.