Top 19+ Longest Anime Series Ever Made – Check Your Most Fevourite Anime Is Here Or Not !


Konnichiwa! welcome to Are you an anime fan? Okay then tell me which are the Longest Anime series which are on the top list when it comes to the highest number of episodes?

Any Guess? Any idea?

No idea, okay no worry. Your Otaku Friend Jayesh is here. In this article, we are gonna look at the Longest anime series ever,

when I say Longest anime series most people probably think about One Piece, Naruto & Dragon Ball Z correct? Hahaha, but that’s not true there are other anime series also which have more episodes than One Piece, Naruto & Dragon Ball Z, so let’s talk about Longest Anime Series ever, along with that I will also share One Amazing Fact about each Anime to make it more interesting

20. Shima Shima Tora no Shimajiro

AiredDecember 13, 1993
FinishedMarch 31, 2008
Number of Episodes726
Runtime24 Minutes
Main CharacterShimajiro
Anime TypeSlice of Life, Education & Comedy

Shima Shima Tora no Shimajiro is one of the Longest anime series, it’s Japanese slice of life anime series loved by children’s, primarily aimed for preschoolers for Japanese children, This TV show is animated by Piero Plus based on the Kodomo Challenge Educational Learning Program created by Benesse in the year 1988. This TV show aired in all TV networks in Japan From December 13, 1993 to March 31, 2008

The entire series follows the life of Shimajiro Shimano the boy tiger, There is a total of 726 episodes is aired and 9 movies are also released.

Fact: Shimajiro is never translated into English language and any other language, but some Episodes are in English which is to teach Japanese people how to speak English.

19. Asa da yo! Kaishain

StartedApril 4, 2016
Number of Episodes744
Runtime1 Minute
Main CharacterShellfish
Anime TypeComedy

Asa da yo! Kaishain is another one of the Longest anime series, it’s a comedy anime series. This show started airing on April 4, 2016. The total number of episodes aired till now is 744, its comedy type anime runtime is just ONE MINUTE, yes only ONE MINUTE video this reminds me of YouTube Shorts, TikTok & Reels.

This anime series follows the lives of employed shellfish who exhibit selfish or odd personality traits.

Fact: This anime is for those who have worked or still working in 9 to 5 jobs, they will feel relatable.

The Opening Song is so funny, I’m attached a youtube video link just click on it and listen, You will love it.

18. Kotowaza House

18Th Longest Anime Series Kotowaza-House
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StartedApril 4, 1987
FinishedSeptember 28, 1994
Number of Episodes773
Runtime5 Minutes
Main CharacterPeter
Anime TypeSlice of Life, Comedy

The next one in the list of Longest anime series is Kotowaza House, it’s a slice of life & comedy anime, This TV show aired in Japan from April 4, 1987 to September 28, 1994.

Another Short anime after Asa Da Yo! Kaishain, of just 5 minutes only.

This anime focuses on the life of Peter the salary man who live an unhealthy lifestyle, starving then bingeing until he feels seek. Kotowaza House anime aims to encourage everyone to live healthy because Health is Wealth.

Fact: Kotowaza House Anime is a public service “proverb of the week” anime.

17. One Piece

StartedOctober 20, 1999
Number of Episodes998+
Runtime24 Minutes
Main CharacterMonkey D Luffy
Anime TypeAdventure, Fantasy

So here we have one of the Most Famous anime around all over the world i.e ONE PIECE. One Piece anime follows the adventure of Pirate Monkey D Luffy & with his crew, the Stra Hat Pirates. His dream is to become the next Pirate King and to become the Pirate King Luffy has gone through lot’s of Challenges in his way along with his crew mates.

One Piece aired in Japan on Fuji TV from October 1999 and still ongoing.

One of my friends I call him LEGEND, was telling me to watch One Piece, I told him, dude, it’s so long, more than 900 Episode it will take a lot of time, but still, he told me to watch it again and again and then after some time I gather some strength then & started watching One Piece, I was like Holy Crap this anime is Insane it’s totally on a different level and I suggest everyone watch it, it’s a roller coaster.

Fact: “One Piece Holds a Guinness book of World Records title for most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author”

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16. Sekai Monoshiri Ryoko

16Th Longest Anime Series Sekai-Monoshiri-Ryoko
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StartedOctober 1, 1971
FinishedDecember 31, 1974
Number of Episodes1006
Runtime5 Minutes
Main CharacterNA
Anime TypeComedy, Education

Sekai Monoshiri Ryoko is on the list of Longest anime series with 1,006 episodes. This Anime series is popular among those who love to watch Educational videos & shows

Sekai Monoshiri Ryoko, in English it translates to “The Instructive Trip Around the World”.

This TV show depicts a variety of real-life places around the world with its short episode.

Fact: Those who love to travel around the world as I love, but cannot travel due to some reason(For Majority Only One reason & you know that), can watch this and enjoy the trip around the world virtually.

15. Detective Conan/Case Closed

StartedJanuary 8, 1996
Number of Episodes1025
Runtime24 Minutes
Main CharacterShinichi Kudo
Anime Type 

Another Anime in Longest Anime Series is Case Closed, mostly known as Detective Conan; it is a Mystery & Thriller anime with 1025 episodes. Detective Conan is written by Gosho Aoyama, published by Shogakukan, and directed by Kenji Kodama. First Episode premiered on January 8, 1996, and is still ongoing.

Detective Conan follows the life of Shinichi Kudo; while he was on the investigation, he was attacked by Members of the black organization; they forced him to inject poison, and with the effect of that, our MC transformed into a child. He works with his childhood friend and with his father to solve the mystery.

If you love detective, mystery, & thriller anime, you must add Detective Conan to your watch list. Detective Conan got everything into it. It has senses of humor, Romance, Drama & a Slice of life. While watching detective Conan will give you thrills & chills, besides crime scenes and solving cases.

Facts: Shinichi’s looks like a child but that’s not true. He transformed into a child due to poison while investigating.

14. Crayon Shin-Chan

StartedJanuary 13, 1992
Number of Episodes1068
Runtime24 Minutes
Main CharacterShinchan
Anime TypeSlice of life, Comedy

Another Anime in Longest Anime Series is SHIN-CHAN!

Does this Anime need any info? Everybody knows about this ask any adult or children in any corner of the world.
This series follows the life of Five-Year-old Shinchan and his parents, baby sister, pet dog & best friends.

Shin Chan is a troublemaker for his parents, friends, teachers, neighbours &beveryone in series and laughter therapy for you, Shin Chan love to eat choco chips & watching Action kamen show.

Fact: The Most intelligent character is in this is not Shinchan but his Pet Shiro. Yes, he is very smart.

13. Doraemon 2005

StartedApril 15, 2005
Number of Episodes1124
Runtime12 to 45 Minutes
Main CharacterNobita
Anime TypeComedy

Here we have Doraemon in the Longest anime series with 1124 Episodes, Airs in over 50 countries over the world, Started airing from April 15, 2005 and still ongoing.

Doraemon, Everybody has grown up watching this anime series, Doraemon is on another level if you ask me. This series follows the life of Nobita Nobi, Talking about Nobita he scores very low in exams or can say score Zero and in sports.

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He is very weak but when it came to Shooting & Sleeping Nobita is Number and in terms of luck he is super unlucky because he falls while walking, dog and cat bite him, Gian beats him when he is angry for any reason, Sunio scolds him by showing off with his toys and Hawaii photos, and whenever this happens he comes home while crying and then Doraemon a cat robot who came from 22nd century help the Nobita with his gadget.

Fact: Everyone who watched the Doraemon have the dream of getting at least one gadget whether it is an Anywhere door(to go anywhere in the world in just a moment), Bamboo copter (to fly in the sky), Time Machine(to travel in future & past), Time Stopper(to stop time, When I was in school I dream of this in exam times, so that I can stop time and copy the answers from book & score full marks, haha lol,) You can share which gadget you dream of while watching anime.

12. Monoshiri Daigaku Ashita no Calendar

StartedJuly 1, 1996
FinishedAugust 2, 1970
Number of Episodes1274
Runtime5 Minutes
Main CharacterCat & Mouse
Anime TypeHistorical

Monoshiri Daigaku Ashita no Calendar is another one of the Longest anime series with 1,274 Episode with a runtime of only 5 minutes, produced by Mainichi Broadcasting System, Otogi Production,

Monoshiri Daigaku Ashita no Calendar features a cat & mouse in the show that teach the children about historical events in a stage play format. Well, there is only a few clips are available online of this anime, you can find them on youtube.

Fact: It is a partially lost anime series, producers of Monoshiri Daigaku Ashita no Calendar never aired it again.

11. Chibi Maruko Chan

StartedJanuary 8, 1995
Number of Episodes1276
Runtime24 Minutes
Main CharacterMomoko Sakura
Anime TypeComedy, Slice of Life

Another one in the Longest anime series is Chibi Maruko Chan with 1,428 episodes, produced by Fuji TV, aired from January 8, 1955 and still ongoing. This is comedy and slice of life type anime with 24 minutes of the runtime of each episode.

This anime series follows the life of Momoko Sakura an elementary school student who likes the idol Momoe Yamaguchi. Momoka Sakura is often called  “Chibi Maruko Chan” because of her tiny height.

Fact: The Author intention was to write essays in the manga form, and the majority of the stories are inspired by real incidents from her own life.

10. Hoka Hoka Kazoku

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StartedOctober 1, 1976
FinishedMarch 31, 1982
Number of Episodes1428
Runtime5 Minutes
Main CharacterYone Yamano
Anime TypeEducational, Slice of Life

Another one in the Longest anime series is Hoka Hoka Kazoku with 1,428 episodes, with a runtime of 5 minutes each episode, started airing from October 1, 1976 to March 31, 1982.

Talking about Hoka Hoka Kazoku, this anime shows a short comedy stories about day to day lives of families in Japan.

Fact: The fact is I didn’t find any relevant fact, if you find any or have any idea ping me I will put it here.

9. Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi

9Th Longest-Anime-Manga-Nippon-Mukashi-Banashi
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StartedJanuary 7, 1975
FinishedJanuary 2, 1995
Number of Episodes1494
Runtime24 Minutes
Main CharacterEtsuko Ichihara, Fujio Tokita
Anime TypeFantasy

Another anime in the list of Longest anime series is Manga Nippon Kukashi Banashi, it’s Japanese anime television series with 1494 episodes long, that adapts various traditional stories from Japan, with a runtime of 24 minutes each directed by Sugii Gisaburo. Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi is a FFantasy& Comedy type of anime.

Fact: It is a series that makes you feel the depth of Japanese Culture.

8. Kirin Ashita no Calendar

StartedJanuary 1,1980
FinishedDecember 30, 1984
Number of Episodes1498
Runtime5 Minutes
Main Character 
Anime TypeHistorical

We have Kirin Ashita no Calendar in the list of Longest anime series, with 1498 episodes with a runtime of 5 minutes each episode, started airing from January 1, 1980 to December 30, 1984. It follows a Cat & Mouse who teaches children about historical events. Kirin Ashita No Calendar is sponsored by Kirin Beer.

Fact: Since there is not much information about this online, I don’t have any Facts to share with you. Gome!

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7. Soreike! Anpanman

StartedOctober 3, 1988
Number of Episodes1525
Runtime24 Minutes
Main CharacterAnpanman
Anime TypeComedy, Superhero

Another anime in the Longest anime series is Soreke! Anpanman is also known as Anpanman Breadman in India. This is a Comedy anime with 1525 episodes written by Takashi Yanase and Directed b Akinori Nagaoka, broadcast by Nippon TV and Pogo TV (In Past not now), Anpanman started airing on October 3, 1988 and still ongoing.

Anpanman is a superhero who protect the people of the world from the germ name Baikinman. In the second world war the writer Takashi face starvation so many times, this made Takashi dream of eating an anpan and this inspired the creation of Anpanman.

Fact: Anpanman does not eat or drink anything.

6. Kirin no Monoshiri Yakata

StartedJanuary 1, 1975
FinishedDecember 31, 1979
Number of Episodes1565
Runtime5 Minutes
Main Character 
Anime Type 

Another one in Longest Anime Series is Kirin no Monoshiri Yakata with 1,565 short episodes of just 5 minutes runtime produced by Mainichi Broadcasting System. Started airing in Japan TV networks from January 1, 1975 to December 31, 1979.

Fact: I wonder how did they make 1,565 episodes in 5 years, that’s 0.8 Episodes a day.

5. Doraemon 1979

StartedApril 2, 1979
FinishedMarch 18, 2005
Number of Episodes1787
Runtime11 Minutes
Main CharacterNobita
Anime TypeComedy

5th Anime in the Longest anime series is Doraemon, you might be wondering if Doraemon is repeated, Yes it’s repeated but some difference is the Previous one was Doraemon 2005 which ongoing and 5th One is Doraemon 1979 which has stopped airing on March 18, 2005. This anime theme song is defined the anime genre. It create many of childhood.

Doraemon 2005 is a version of the 1979 series, with some little changes in the animation & a few other things.
Doraemon 1979 has stop airing on March 18, 2005
and right after one month that is April 15, 2005 Doraemon 2005 has started

Fact: It’s the Same as the Previous one of Doraemon 2005, 13th number of the list.

4. Oyako Club

Longest Anime Oyako Club
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StartedOctober 3, 1994
FinishedMarch 30, 2013
Number of Episodes1818
Runtime5 Minutes
Main CharacterRompa & Lun
Anime TypeComedy, Slice of Life

4th One in the list of Longest anime series is Oyako Club, it is a comedy & slice of life anime series with 1,818 Episodes and 5 minutes of the runtime of each episode. Oyako Club aired on Fuji TV from October 3, 1994 to March 30, 2013.

Oyako Club follows the life of two alien Rompa & Lun who joins a Human Family.

Fact: Rompa loves to eat food! (even I love to eat food)

3. Ojarumaru

3Rd Longest Anime Series Ojarumaru
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StartedOctober 5, 1988
Number of Episodes1857
Runtime10 Minutes
Main CharacterOjarumaru
Anime TypeComedy, Fantasy

3rd One in the list of the Longest Anime Series is Ojarumaru with more than 1857 episodes and still ongoing. This series has started airing on October 5, 1988 and making it 3rd Longest running anime series. Ojarumaru is written by Tatsuma Ejiri, Directed by Akitaro Daichi.

Oyako Club follows the life of a 5-year-old Heian era Prince named Ojarumaru who accidentally time warps to the modern-day and lives with Kazuma’s family. He discovers many different and new things that he has never seen before in his time period

Fact: Dog Named Dog

2. Nintama Rantoro

StartedApril 10, 1993
Number of Episodes2245
Runtime10 Minutes
Main CharacterNintama Rantoro
Anime TypeComedy

2nd Longest anime series is Nintama Rantoro, it is a comedy anime with 2245 episodes with a runtime of 10 minutes. This anime is broadcast on NHK since April 10, 1993 and still ongoing. Nintama Rantoro is written by Yoshio Urasawa, directed by Tsutomu Shibayama.

This anime series follows the life of Rantoro a ninja boy and his friends as they attend a school for budding ninjas.

Fact: Several characters were created for the anime adaption

1. Sazae-San

1St Longest Anime Series Sazae-San
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StartedOctober 5, 1969
Number of Episodes7500+
Runtime24 Minutes
Main CharacterSazae
Anime TypeComedy

Now it’s time for one of the Longest anime series ever, which holds the Guinness world record for the longest-running anime of all time, its name is Sazae-San. Sazae-San, published more than 7500 episodes, written by Machiko Hasegawa and published by Asahi Shimbun, premiered from October 5, 1969 and still ongoing.

Sazae-San air on Sunday in the evening regularly has a viewership of 10% of the entire Japan Population, it’s very famous in Japan and that is the reason why it is still ongoing.

This Anime series follows the life of Sazae Fuguta, a typical Japanese housewife who have young siblings. Sazae-San focuses on the traditional lifestyle of Japanese day to day life and their culture.

Fact: 1) No merchandise Exist for Sazae San, usually, most anime series have a wide range of merchandise. Machiko Hasegawa did not want her series to be represented in this way. For this reason, the Sazae-San is difficult for audiences outside of Japan to view.
2) Have the same opening & ending song the whole time.

My Recommandation other than those :

There are a few more anime series that are not added to the list but deserve an honourable mention those anime series are Ninja Hattori, Perman, Gintama, Bleach, Naruto & Fairy Tail with over 300+ episodes.

From the list One Piece, Doraemon & Shinchan are my Favorite Anime, you can share in the comment which Anime is your favourite from the list of Longest anime series.

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