The “twelvers,” a.k.a. seasonal anime, have taken over the anime community in recent years, disappearing before your eyes.
Animes, especially shounen, used to survive longer than most marriages in the “good old days.”
In this section, we’re going to take a look at some of the longest-running anime, as well as how much time it would take you to finish it.
15. Black Clover
This was a program that got off to a rough start, with the entire fandom groaning in unison at the mere mention of Asta’s name.
It, on the other hand, persisted on moving forward. The screams subsided, the community got to see Yami and Luck, some decent villains, and before you know it, Black Clover became good.
And the 10 or so frustrating episodes pale in comparison to the 130 episodes the show has already shown, with another 20 slated to run this season. In terms of new-age shounen, I’d say Black Clover is a great choice because it’s both good and safe.
14. The Monogatari Series
It’s safe to say I was taken aback when I realized how many episodes were in this list when I was writing it.
There are 100 episodes in total, not including the three feature films. However, it doesn’t take as long as it appears to be.
This is due to the fact that there are a total of twelve seasons, each with a distinct tale but all taking place in the same fictional universe.
It’s a simple matter to get carried away. If you want to get into the show, you’ll have to pick if you want to follow the story’s narrative, or the timeline of how the seasons were released….
Whatever decision you make will be a mistake in some way.
As you might expect, the three most popular anime characters are all in attendance. From here on out, we’ll be introduced to Bleach.
It’s the shortest of the three, clocking in at a mere 366 installments total.
However, a reorganization may be on the way, and as a result, the figures may rise.
As far as style and feel go, it’s an edge lord’s dream come true.
The battles and power-ups in this game are really well thought out. Also, Aizen is a god. someone I can’t stop looking at.
The nostalgia factor alone is enough to keep anyone born in the 1990s entertained.
12. Boku no Hero Academia
This show has gotten a lot of attention.
Just looking at it makes you want to get a cape and rush around your room punching a wall.
It was pure genius to combine anime and superheroes in this way. As a result of the show’s success, it has spawned 90 episodes, two feature films, and a manga spin-off.
This isn’t a particularly engrossing story, but Bakugo’s transition into a loveable tsundere makes up for it. However, the high-octane action moments more than compensate.
11. Code Geass
Okay, so this one is a little out there.
There are a little more than 50 episodes in the main Code Geass series. For this list, that seems to be a little short.
However, the fifty episodes are some of the best storytelling you’ll find in the modern world. And the fact that the show comes to a satisfying conclusion further enhances the overall experience.
Look at how many spin-offs and other setting shows Code Geass has if you don’t believe that’s a good enough cause to be here.
Definitely a solid bet if you’re looking to spend some time with an anime.
10. Sword Art Online
You must approach this one with an open mind.
There is a lot of negativity around the series but, if you’re looking for a good time, you’ll find it.
The show has four seasons, because they split the third season and will run up to 100 episodes when current season ends..
Also, Gun Gail’s version of the series is better than the original.
It’s a lot of fun to watch the fights. Kirito, on the other hand, although being a wet blanket, is perfect for all of the vicarious flexing you, the observer, will undoubtedly engage in while watching.
9. The Fate Series
I’m not exactly sure how to watch this show, to be honest.
As a result, the “main” fate series has three distinct narratives, each based on the character you select as your waifu or whatever.
Then there is a prelude to all of that. However, there is also the story recounted by other characters within the novel. Some are released as one-offs, while others are released over the course of multiple seasons.
Stories set in Fate’s universe can be found here and here. I’m not sure how to count this one, but there’s a lot to see.
It’s also well-liked by the locals, and the fight scenes are spectacular, not to mention the fact that King Arthur is a lady.
8. Dragon Ball Z
I can’t even begin to keep track of how many episodes each of the many Dragon Ball series has. Even more so, given that Dragon Ball Z has 291 episodes.
What further can be said about the series at this point? We’ve heard it all before: Goku being a terrible parent, how yelling gives you power, Krillin dying.
These traditions are only going to be strengthened in the coming years, thanks to shows like Dragon Ball Super!
7. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
An extremely dear song to me, this one. Because, in my opinion, the tale features one of the best arcs in anime history. That’s the Chimera Ant Arc, for those who’re unaware.
It’s also worth noting that the 60-episode arc qualifies for this list on its own, even if there are another 80 episodes added on top of it.
In terms of the overall plot, HxH fails to deliver a satisfying conclusion. However, the show ends at a nice point, never veering into monotony or repetition.
Wonderful villains, great action sequences, and even a few tears were shed while watching it.
6. Hajime no Ippo
Now you may relive the wonderful Rocky experience, but in much richer detail, thanks to this iconic 2000s show.
You get a lot of bang for your buck with the original season coming in at 76 episodes, two features, and the subsequent two seasons clocking in at 26 and 25 episodes, respectively.
This is a cult classic among sports anime fans. In addition to the “background” of the program where we get to actually bond with our key characters, you have those great bouts packed with inner monologues and big music.
5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Embracing JoJo is akin to embracing a new faith. A religion based on manliness, memes, and even more memes..
In contrast to the other series on this list, every season (or portion of a season) except the first two features a completely new cast, with only a few familiar characters.
Anyone who has been spending time online and has come across Dio or someone yelling “muda punch” would recognize the name. yeah. Let’s pretend you’d like to participate in the prank.
Definitely check out JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure if you haven’t already.
Between the five sections of the anime, there are more than 100 episodes to get immersed in the property.
Okay, I’ll explain. So that you’re not left with nothing but cute men punching things, I’d like to add Nana to this list.
At just 47 episodes, it’s the shortest show on this list. If you’ve ever had a romantic connection, that’s a good amount of time to examine everything you’ve ever done.
There’s a lot going on in this novel, with well-developed characters and an engaging plot. As well as believable and dramatic situations.
By the end of the series, you could construct a complete personality test based on whatever character a person selects as their favorite.
Although the ending is a little jarring, I think it’s still worth a look.
3. Sailor Moon
Just to be on the safe side, I’ll watch one more shoujo.
Sailor Moon is anime’s queen for young girls, with over 200 episodes and a few movies that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s.
Since the magic girl myth has long since faded from popular culture, it’s a treat to revisit the film that popularized the genre in the first place.
The animation has held up well over the years. In addition, if you don’t watch it all at once, it’ll probably make for a relaxing way to wind down at the end of the day.
Any anime diet worth its salt must include episodes of Naruto.
Of course, there’s the 220-episode original Naruto to choose from. The Sand Boi vs. The Flying Bowlcut, how a haircut isn’t character advancement, and the stranger danger snake man story are just some of the memorable moments in this collection.
Shippuden, on the other hand, clocks in at 500 episodes. There will be more combat sequences and antagonists that make more sense than the protagonist in this episode.
You could also watch Boruto if you’re that desperate. Right now it’s at the 159-point threshold, but that’s not something you should pursue.
1. One Piece
You know this was going to be the best, right?
For goodness sakes, the sitcom just celebrated its 21st birthday this year. It’s time for the funny pirates in the anime to drink like pirates!
The show is also getting close to its 1,000th episode. The fact that this show can literally get you through years of college can be both a selling point and a hindrance when it comes to it. However, it can be intimidating to begin.
As far as the “goofy pirate” picture goes, all I can say is that if that picture is keeping you from getting started, just know that it may and does get dark. And when I say dark, I mean very dark.