This list covers sales surveyed from December 11, 2017 to December 9, 2018. It includes the raw yen totals of Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, music CDs, novels in print, and manga in print, but not games, film tickets, digital downloads, and other forms of media sales.
The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa Media Factory‘s book and manga news magazine Da Vinci unveiled its 18th annual “Book of the Year” list on Thursday. The rankings are not based solely on sales. Instead, a group of 4,275 voters including book reviewers, writers, and bookstore employees selected this year’s lists. To be eligible, a manga had to have a new volume published between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.
The magazine’s comic rankings of the top 50 titles are:
Detective Conan (Volumes 1-95) – Gosho Aoyama
Oya-san to Boku – Tarō Yabe
One Piece (Volumes 1-91) – Eiichiro Oda
Haikyu!! (Volumes 1-35 – Haruichi Furudate
Chihayafuru (Volumes 1-40) – Yuki Suetsugu
Golden Kamuy (Volumes 1-15) – Satoru Noda
Kingdom (Volumes 1-51) – Yasuhisa Hara
Attack on Titan (Volumes 1-26) – Hajime Isayama
Gintama (Volumes 1-75) – Hideaki Sorachi
Yotsuba&! (Volumes 1-14) – Kiyohiko Azuma
Space Brothers (Volumes 1-34) – Chūya Koyama
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers (Volumes 1-16) – Fumi Yoshinaga
One-Punch Man (Volumes 1-18) – ONE, Yuusuke Murata
Oji-sama to Neko (Volumes 1-2) – Umi Sakurai
Tokyo Ghoul:re (Volumes 1-16) – Sui Ishida
My Hero Academia (Volumes 1-21) – Kōhei Horikoshi
Kimi ni Todoke – From Me to You (Volumes 1-30) – Karuho Shiina
Black Butler (Volumes 1-27) – Yana Toboso
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Volumes 1-6) – Fujita
Chika Umeno’s March comes in like a lion topped the list in the previous three years, but did not appear on this year’s list (the manga’s 13th volume shipped on September 29, 2017, and the 14th volume will ship on December 21). One Piece and Detective Conan were also in the top five last year.
Sources: Da Vinci January 2019 issue, Comic Natalie
There are hundreds, if not thousands of anime series out there. With so many titles, it’s really easy for some to be overshadowed in different areas. Let’s take a look at popularity differences in Japan and overseas!
Anime is a very successful source of entertainment. It has tons of fans in both Japan and overseas. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that quite a few anime fans live on the other side of the ocean. We may think we’ve seen it all, but there are plenty of anime series that are virtually unheard of overseas, and at the same time, are almost all anyone is talking about in Japan! I know, I know, it’s a big shocker isn’t it? Let’s take a look at some of the series that are almost non-existent overseas, and why that might be.
Ever heard of Sazae-San? Maybe? No? Sazae-San, what the heck are you talking about? Well, Sazae-San is a show exploring the daily life of Sazae, a young woman living with her husband, children, siblings, and parents. It has been airing since 1969. You could classify it as a member of the ‘slice of life’ genre. But wait! There are tons of slice of life anime out there that are amazingly popular overseas, like Clannad. What makes this Sazae-San show so different? Well, Sazae-San is one of those shows that explores ‘daily misadventures’ like getting lost at the mall, shopping, your car breaking down, whatever. It doesn’t have as deep a plot, or characters development and back story as Clannad. People in Japan love this series, because it is a perfect, family friendly, show. It does not contain violence, swearing, or sexual content. However, this doesn’t seem to attract audiences who live in other countries. Why? Because all countries across the ocean already have their own examples of family friendly, slice of life shows. Unfortunately, this makes Sazae-San seem boring to most overseas viewers. At the same time, it is a nostalgia classic for viewers in Japan.
Doraemon is another show that ran into the same fate as Sazae-San. Including comedy, adventure, and time travel, Doraemon is another show aimed at children and families. It didn’t have a fighting chance overseas. It was weighted down compared to all the similar shows that children and families overseas already had access to. Just take a look at SpongeBob SquarePants. However, fate also had a role in the unpopularity of Doraemon. The show has not been preserved well, and after an accidental fire, very little footage of the original series still remains. Now, even in Japan, it is almost impossible for viewers to access full episodes with uninterrupted audio and visuals. Although, newer more recent versions have been made, they have still not been deemed popular overseas for previous reasons.
Case Closed (Detective Conan) and Urusei Yatsura are two anime series that are a bit of a step up in popularity from Sazae-San and Doraemon. In fact, I am positive that some of you have watched, or at least heard of, these titles. Unlike the last two shows, these anime series contain deeper themes, more ‘intense’ moments, consistent plots, developing characters and even some sexual content. Yet, these shows are not all that popular overseas. Why? Well, part of it is the era when they first premiered. Both shows were stuck in the shadow of other series. Urusei Yatsura came out in the 80’s, a time when everyone was distracted by Dragonball, and Dragonball Z (especially in the West.) Not to mention, everyone was super excited about the rising director, Hayao Miyazaki. Detective Conan came out around the same time as Neon Genesis Evangelion. It just didn’t stand a chance. Not to mention, by this point, the anime industry had not yet become steadfast in other locations other than Japan. The people who were watching anime were too busy with shows like Evangelion. If Detective Conan and Urusei Yatsura had come out in different times, and gotten a little more exposure, there is a small chance that they would’ve had a larger fan base overseas.
With all that being said, there are some scenarios where certain anime are more popular overseas than in Japan. You should all know about Cowboy Bebop. Cowboy Bebop is one of the most popular and influential anime series ever. Some people even consider it to be a crime to have not seen it! It is one of those shows that is worth watching, even for non anime fans. You’d think it would be just as popular, if not even more popular, in Japan. Well, think again. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely has lots of hype in Japan. People do love it. It is an extremely successful series, throughout the entire world. It sold immensely in Japan, but now people just kind of have this ‘been there, done that’ sort of attitude towards it. Although it is still a huge inspiration behind most anime series to this date, people in Japan are just ‘moving on’ from it.
The long running shounen series, One Piece, is the exact opposite. Let’s be honest, all members of the anime community have at least heard the name One Piece. People love it, and it is considered one of the best, if not the best, long running series out there. People overseas love it, but the hype is nothing compared to praise it is given in Japan. In America casual greetings include sayings like: “Hi, how are you today? The weather sure is nice, wouldn’t you agree?”. In Japan, this also applies, but it’s also like: “Hey, have you seen the new episode of One Piece, or read the latest manga chapter? What episode of One Piece are you on?” Okay, okay, that was an exaggeration. But honestly, Japan loves One Piece much, much more then places overseas in comparison. So if you’re a One Piece fan, I highly recommend you spend some time in Japan.
Businesses are always competing with each other, and the anime industry is no different. Different series are always competing with each other for the attention of the target audience. Countries overseas (especially the West,) already have their classics, like ‘The Simpsons’ or ‘Modern Family’ so when it comes to target audiences, the anime industry is trying to sell shows like Clannad, Elfen Lied, Your Lie in April and Attack on Titan. Or, the shows that people overseas don’t already have. Those are the anime series most people across the ocean want to watch. That means shows like Sazae-San aren’t able to hold their own overseas They become beloved in Japan, but unheard of anywhere else. Anime has been able to weave itself into pop culture, as with Cowboy Bebop, or Attack on Titan. Countries overseas doesn’t need shows like Sazae-San when they already have shows like ‘The Partridge Family.’
Anime is still growing overseas and not many people have had a very rich exposure to it. The ‘hard core’ fans watch shows like Evangelion. But, some people who live somewhere other then Japan are not as lucky to be exposed to the same kind of series. Everyone overseas (especially in North America) knows what Pokémon is, and from there, they are introduced to different mainstream shows like, Dragonball Z, One Piece, Naruto, Fairy Tail, or even just Death Note. Therefore, they aren’t able to have a deep and rich experience as an anime fan. This is not a bad thing. These shows are great. It is just a shame because other shows, like Detective Conan, are not receiving all of the credit and recognition they deserve. This is another reason why some anime series are so unnoticed overseas.
There are so many incredible anime series out there, making it impossible to watch them all. This means that different respective shows are going to be more popular than others. This is simply a fact. However, that doesn’t stop us from getting introduced to more and more anime series! Do research, listen to others opinions, make recommendations. Help the anime community grow. It will only further your knowledge and experience as an anime fan. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover an amazing, unheard of series, show it to your friends, and have bragging rights for being the first to find it… one of the best feelings in the world!
One Piece is a grand adventure on the high seas about a boy who wants to become the Pirate King. It has emotional highs. It has emotional lows. But along the way are moments that make you laugh. Here are a few GIFs that capture the silliness of the series!
One Piece is an epic story about Monkey D. Luffy, a boy who dreams of becoming the Pirate King, and the quest he embarks upon to attain that goal. Along the way, he gathers a loyal crew of people who have dreams of their own. But despite being a formidable crew that constantly hits headlines with their infamous adventures, they’re a little ridiculous as you can see through the following GIFs!
The Start of a Beautiful Friendship
Can a pirate and a marine be friends? Who knows! But can you blame Coby for liking Luffy when meeting him like this?
Questionable First Aid
Chopper is the Strawhat Pirates’ doctor. But who takes care of the doctor when the doctor is sick? Definitely not Zoro.
Off to a Friend’s House
Sometimes you don’t want to visit that strange family friend you barely know. Unfortunately, sometimes your grandfather is going to make you go regardless.
An Awe-Inspiring Sight
Sometimes Chopper just can’t contain himself when he sees something cool. Too bad no one else seems to share his opinion.
When You Need Cheering Up
When you’re sick, you feel gross and your body hurts. If you’re really sick, you might not even be able to get out of bed! Thankfully, Luffy’s a great friend who’ll come and cheer you up.
Some people run when they see zombies. Luffy assumes they’re lost and tries to guide them back to where they came from. Isn’t that nice of him?
Don’t Feed the Wild Animals
If there’s one thing Luffy loves as much as his straw hat, it’s meat. He’ll never pass up the chance to eat his favorite food.
Where Are You Going?
Everyone has a friend who rushes into things without thinking or starts fights without learning all the details. Luffy is that friend.
Sanji Can’t Catch a Break
Sanji loves beautiful women. He treats them well and showers them with his charm. So why do they always pay more attention to Luffy?
Chopper may be a talented doctor but he’s so cute! Don’t you just want to hug him like a teddy bear?
Do you have a smile on your face? Luffy and his friends are a ridiculous bunch, aren’t they? One Piece is guaranteed to send you on a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s a good thing there are silly moments with the Strawhat Pirate crew to lighten the mood. Sometimes you need it!
FUNimation stood out in 2015 thanks to their anime streams and theater releases, and unfortunate and questionable business decisions. Let’s find out how they can improve by documenting what’s happened this year, and what they can do in 2016.
The word that might describe the 2015 edition of the Texas based FUNimation is “in-between”.
On one hand, FUNimation revamped their site and streamed more titles this year than ever before. On the other, they still get complaints that their streaming player is hard to use and never works. FUNimation released Dragonball Z: Fukkatsu no F which broke records despite its limited theater release. They also released the Attack on Titan Live Action movies, which stand out negatively both review-wise and for its infamous “I’ve been waiting for this day” moniker. Initiatives such as Broadcast Dubs and partnerships with Viewster for back-catalog titles have expanded where and how anime can be watched, but Dragon Ball Super is somehow still not being streamed.
So where does FUNimation’s future lie? Well, unless they make major mistakes on par or somehow worse than what happened with Prison School, they will still be relevant in the industry.
“FUNimation is like the Microsoft of anime right now.” This was one of the things former About.com anime writer and Ganriki founder Serdar Yegulalp said when asked about FUNimation’s track record in the past few months, with the Attack on Titan issue and former FUNimation Marketing Director Lance Heiskell tweeting about the company selling the Dragon Ball Z Dragon Boxes with marked up prices at Dallas Comic Con. “We all have to deal with them, few of us truly enjoy it, and the things they get right hardly seem like things worth praising them for.” As they’ve established their base since bringing over titles like Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, and One Piece, it’s hard to see them taking much of a step back. And in 2016, they won’t be resting on their laurels when they finally roll out a streaming plan outside of North America, release Speed Racer, and bring the Psycho Pass movie & Bakemono no Ko to theaters.
When that outside streaming plan surfaces, will their streaming service improve? This has been an issue for a while with the company, dating back to their partnership with Nico Nico. Ink, writer for Ani-Gamers and Otaku USA, does note its improvement from those days, saying he has zero issues streaming anime. “It took a long time to stabilize, and there’s more they could do to make it more reviewer friendly, but overall the site has improved ten-fold from its old issues.” You do have to wonder what they can do to make it easier for everyone else.
“On a front-facing level,” said Mike Ferriera, the founder of Anime Herald, “they maintain a very friendly public face – both for consumers and folks in the press.” He touched on how they’ve quickly expanded their digital presence and their interactions on social media. And as someone in the media industry, Mike appreciates FUNimation’s help. “Their team is motivated and friendly, and they’re a great group to work with overall.” This was said before Gia Manry announced her departure. She would be the third FUNimation employee long-time anime fans will know at the company to leave, as Lance Heiskell, who wanted to devote his time to his BBQ dry rub project, and Adam Sheehan, who moved to Crunchyroll, both left earlier in the year.
So what is FUNimation’s direction without them in 2016? Lauren Moore, FUNimation’s Social Media Coordinator, answered that question at AX:
“We’re doing a lot going forward. We’re bringing a huge amount of new shows, we’re doing a lot of new initiatives…there’s a lot to be excited about, and, we love those guys, they’re our friends, we’re always excited about for they’re doing next, and we’re excited about what we’re doing next too.”
So what can FUNimation improve upon for the upcoming year? Here’s a few:
Streaming outside North America
One of FUNimation’s big issues has been streaming their works only in North America. That actively prevents those who might want to watch a show from actually watching it. As mentioned this year and in their ANNcast spot, next year more details will emerge on streaming anime elsewhere. Let’s count on a viable streaming plan that will work for fans and for the company.
Finally releasing those Bandai Titles
A reminder that since announcing the re-release of Bandai titles at Otakon 2013, the only title released was Cowboy Bebop. They haven’t been mentioned since…until that ANNcast. Code Geass, Crest of The Stars, and Escaflowne still sit around, waiting to be released. Maybe 2016 will be the year they come out.
Nothing like what happened at Dallas Comic Con
Not a lot of people were happy about that, from fans to writers, and with good reason. For FUNimation to do that shows poor judgement — let’s hope they learned from that sales tactic.
There’s still stuff FUNimation can improve on, but there’s stuff to look forward to next year. We’ll have to see whether they’ve learned some new tricks because of their mistakes, or find a way to lose the audience that they’ve built up for a long time due to not learning from them.
Everyone has their own favorite anime opening, but is the one you cherish featured on this best of list? Let’s take a look at 25 of the best and most famous anime openings in anime history!
We’re all guilty of skipping through the opening songs of animes every now and again. Some of us may be serial offenders. But even those who have no patience to sit through roughly a minute and a half of jpop/jrock tunes have to admit that some anime legacies are defined by their choice of opening song. Here are our list of 25 of the best anime opening songs of all time.
All ranking information was taken on the date of publication
In this case, the opening song reflects the dynamics of the anime perfectly – it is fast, crazy and catchy. The transition from a choral beginning to a powerful, fast melody is just as surprising as the many mysteries in the anime itself!
The soundtracks for InuYasha have always been packed with beautiful songs from influential artists. But this outstanding opening is one of the most well known and is praised amongst fans as one of the most iconic.
If you haven’t heard of “Butter-Fly” then you’re either too young or you have lived under a rock your whole life. Just like the insert song Brave Heart, this opening theme is one of the most famous anime openings ever.
What makes an anime ‘cool’? Though the answer is different for everyone, most would agree that a ‘cool’ anime is one that won’t leave the viewer’s thoughts, even long after the series or film has ended. With that in mind, and in no particular order, here are the 20 best cool anime.
What makes a cool anime?
Even anime fans have anime shows they determine to be “cool” and and “uncool”! But what makes a cool anime? We think that anime need to be memorable enough to watch even after the season has passed. Cool anime should be at the forefront of their genre, either exemplifying everything that genre does well, or push new boundaries. Cool anime should also have a dark side, or explore deeper themes. They should be fun to watch, but not afraid to make viewers think or feel.
Here are 20 of the best cool anime that you should check out!
Over twenty years since its initial release, Shinseiki Evangelion remains one of the most highly influential anime of all time. In addition to a gripping plot and excellent fight scenes between the Evangelion and the mysterious ‘Angels,’ Evangelion was one of the first anime series to incorporate complex religious and psychological themes into its plot. Featuring cool robots, cool characters, cool fights, and cool stories, this classic gets all the cool points.
For the main characters of Planetes, collecting space trash is far from glorious. Their coworkers look down on them. The pay stinks, too. Yet for the crew of the ‘Toy Box,’ the work is a stepping stone to greater dreams and aspirations. After only a few episodes of this beautiful anime, science and space exploration otaku will put Planetes on their personal 20 best cool anime list.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is exactly what happens when brilliant high school student Light Yagami is given the ability to take life at will by using the Death Note, a notebook imbibed with the power of a shinigami, a god of death. A brilliant use of both dark humor and dramatic irony, Death Note keeps viewers enthralled in the battle between Light and those who wish to stop him. This anime is so cool it’s chilling.
It’s difficult for a full-body cyborg to believe in a soul. Rather, those in Ghost in the Shell whose only original parts are a just bit of brain tissue listen to their ‘ghost,’ a whisper that hints that they are more than circuitry and polymer. If the viewer has ever wondered what it actually means to be alive, Ghost in the Shell will definitely influence one’s thinking. Action shows that make you think are always cool.
You might not even be able to understand this anime. It’s fun. It’s wild. It’s Fooly Cooly. Evil robots are appearing from the strangest places. The only thing that can defeat them is a Vespa riding, guitar wielding young woman. In short, the sure weirdness of FLCL’s six episodes is nothing less than a surreal, but awesome, dream. It’s name literally has “cool” in it. That’s how cool it is.
An attacker is on the loose－a young boy with yellow skates and a dented baseball bat. Yet all is not what it seems in Mousou Dairinin, a psychological and supernatural thriller that effortlessly ties together the stories of characters of multiple backgrounds. With the setting modern Tokyo, the twists and turns are all the more joyfully unsettling.
The title character of cult favorite Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu is not the first high school girl to obtain god-like powers. But there’s a twist: she doesn’t realize she has them. With the continued existence of reality on the line, Haruhi’s friends have to go to extreme, and always hilarious lengths to keep her happy. This cool anime is not nearly as dark as some of the others on this list, but it’s no simple light-hearted romp.
A love letter to anime if there ever was one, Otaku No Video puts the viewer in the shoes of two old friends who hope to convert the world to otakudom. Spliced with live action segments exploring the various subcultures in the otaku world, the film will remind any viewer why he or she started to love anime. Newcomers to anime will enjoy the cool cinematography and animation direction.
All aboard! It’s a pirate’s life at sea for Monkey D. Luffy, a young man who will stop at nothing until he acquires the ‘One Piece’ and becomes the King of the Pirates. Even after 700+ episodes, One Piece’s humor and copious but memorable characters earn it its rightful spot as one of the 20 best cool anime.
This film about the power of dreams may cause the viewer to have a few weird ones. Filled with fantastic visuals and a compelling plot, Paprika invites the viewer on a wild ride through the Japanese subconscious. The screenwriter for Inception clearly thought Paprika was cool, as much of the hit Hollywood film was inspired by concepts presented in Satoshi Kon’s Paprika.
Science, even fake science, is cool! In a familiar looking world where where alchemy is a highly-regarded science, the Elric brothers have played with forces they do not fully understand, and paid the price. Gripping to lovers of fantasy and/or stories about the power of family, Fullmetal Alchemist will make the viewer wonder how far he or she would be willing to go to make up for past mistakes.
No list of the 20 coolest anime would be complete without Cowboy Bebop. Its place on this list is guaranteed due to the series’ groundbreaking (and just plain awesome) soundtrack and intricate world building. Yet the spacecraft and off-world colonies are only a backdrop to a moving and surprisingly traditional story about lost love, redemption, and revenge.
Simply put, Mind Game is all over the place. Though its central plot is a love story between childhood friends, the journey involves everything from being eaten by a whale, coming back from the dead, and a psychedelic dance routine. At the very least, the film is a feast for the senses that the viewer will not soon forget.
Everyone always seems to be on their cell phones, but for the characters in Mirai Nikki, it’s a matter of life and death. There’s an opening for the position of God of Time and Space, and getting the job means a fight to the death with the other candidates. Part slasher, part mystery, Mirai Nikki does an excellent job of keeping the viewer guessing each character’s motivations, fate, and sanity. Horror and gore fans will find this anime super cool.
A pirate’s life isn’t easy for the characters of Black Lagoon. Trying to etch out a living as mercenaries in Southeast Asia, the crew of the title ship butt heads with just about every criminal organization known to man. Though sometimes portraying gleefully impossible action sequences, the characters’ detailed and realistic backgrounds give emotional weight to what would otherwise be a classic shoot-em-up series. This anime is cool because it is one of the few to be set outside of Japan (or an alternate world), and is inspired by the very real Southeast Asian pirates.
Shingeki no Kyojin is brutal in the best possible way. Though the main characters are fighting ‘titans’, giant humanoids bent of the destruction (or in this case the gobbling up) of humanity, the feel of the show is more like a realistic, gritty war movie. The battle against the titans is messy, and not everyone survives the ordeal. Though ‘dread’ can best describe some of its most chilling scenes, they make the characters’ ordeal all the most real and poignant. Not everyone thinks it’s cool, but the author of the original story is really not afraid to harm his characters. Sadist.
It is a battle for survival for the Sidonia, the last human colony in existence since beings known as the Gauna destroyed Earth 1,000 year prior. In addition to the excellent production quality, Sidonia no Kishi’s place on the 20 best cool anime list derives from its wide-ranging appeal. Knights of Sidonia also makes a mark as one of the few fully CGI anime that actually manages to make it look pretty cool. Admirers of action, romance, high drama, and, yes, fan service will all find reasons to keep watching.
For the characters of Bleach, a complicated and violent supernatural world is just behind reality’s thin veil. Though the action is more than enough to keep viewers enthralled, one of Bleach’s unique strengths is how it incorporates various Japanese religious beliefs into its story lines. Fair warning: most people consider the first few arcs to be vastly superior to the later ones.
Once you see him, it’s too late. But you probably won’t see him before he kills you. A professional assassin whose past is unknown, the title character of Golgo 13 doesn’t care who he kills, as long as the price is right. A serialized manga since 1969, the cool 2008 series hooks another generation to Golgo 13’s mastery of weapons, espionage, and seduction.
The characters of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann need a bigger giant robot. How big? 100 feet? A mile? Try light years. With stakes and battles ratcheting up in intensity every episode, this series is one of the most addictive to come out of Gainax in the studio’s thirty years of producing anime. Out of the 20 best cool anime, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is unique in that the artists and writers’ passion bleeds from nearly every scene. When it comes to cool, the more the better.
I bet many anime fans think that One Piece has been airing forever. But it isn’t anything compared to the classics on this list! Come learn about the 15 longest running anime series in Japan, very few of which have been released overseas!
What do you think is the longest running anime?
Anime series tend to come in two varieties: rather short and extremely long. Some of the most popular anime overseas come with intimidating episode counts. But even if you’ve watched over 400 episodes of Naruto Shippuden or over 700 episodes of One Piece, that’s nothing compared to the longest running anime listed in this article! Ready for some intense binge-watching material?
All ranking information was taken on the date of publication.
Here are 15 of the longest running anime in existence!
FUNimation released the first 104 episodes of this mystery-of-the-week series about a genius detective trapped in the body of a child, while Crunchyroll’s been streaming it since episode 754. As the popularity of this classic anime doesn’t seem to be cooling off any time soon, Conan will surely make its way up this list of the longest running anime in the future, so please stay tuned!
Only 78 episodes of this crude family sitcom were dubbed by FUNimation. Language barriers seem to have been difficult to overcome, especially since a reoccurring scene in this anime seems to be a closeup shot of a mischievous, young boy’s bosom. How did such a goofy masterpiece make it on this list of the longest running anime in Japan? The same way that The Simpsons and South Park have overseas – with tons and tons of laughter! Don’t underestimate the power of a good dirty joke.
This series of educational 5-minute shorts only aired for four years, but with a release amount 6 episodes per week, it racked up a pretty high episode count, making it one of the longest running anime ever.
The second adaptation of the Chibi Maruko-Chan kids slice-of-life manga, this series has been airing for over 20 years and is still running strong. Its relatable storyline is easy to understand, making it popular with young children, as well as adults who want something simple to watch that will ease the stress of their everyday lives. As with Conan, this long-running anime may also evolve into something more amazing in the years to come, hopefully making its way into the top 10, at least, longest running anime.
Monoshiri Daigaku Ashita no Calendar is a collection of historical shorts, sponsored by Kirin beer, which aired daily through 1970. This series seems to come back over and over again throughout the history of Japan, each time reborn with a new title. And yet, it just about always seems to make it on this list of the longest running anime in Japan. When it comes to longevity in the entertainment industry, maybe simple is best.
The ongoing adventures of these superheros (made from bread) is one of the most popular series in Japan. Having aired for over 20 years, it is beloved by viewers of all ages. Along with being one of the longest running anime in history, Anpanman is also part of one of the largest franchises in Japan, flourishing in the entertainment, leisure, food, anime, and gaming industries.
Literally translated to ‘Warm Warm Family’ in English, this series, which ran through 1982, is about a nice family and their everyday lives. Again with these short stories! And just if you were wondering, yes, more are to come!
This anthology series adapting Japanese folk tales ran through 1994. It depicts some of the most renowned folk tales in the history of Japan, from the story of a child born from a peach, Momotarou, to that of Urashima Taro, a man who rescued a turtle and was thanked with a trip under the sea. Other than its historical aspects, the variety of stories included may also be another reason why this series became one of the longest running anime in history.
Once again, the Kirin-funded daily history shorts returned for five years in the ’80s, this time with a long run of a whopping 1498 episodes! It seems that history not only repeats itself, it also surpasses itself.
This comedy series is extremely famous throughout Europe and Asia, though it has not been released in America yet. Featuring an absolutely adorable protagonist, it is a must-watch for kids (and adults) of all ages, making it one of the longest running anime in the world as well as one of the most beloved.
I know, I know, Kirin again. However, with very few English summaries available, this series of Kirin shorts seems to be the most obscure on this list. It does however have the highest episode count of all, making it the longest running anime of the lot!
If we were to include the current follow-up series, airing in America on Disney, in the episode count, this blue cat’s adventures would be the longest running anime of all. The fun adventures of Doraemon and his goofy friends, with a perfect combination comedy and simple life lessons, are a true joy to watch!
Family sitcoms with short episodes seem to be a safe bet for longevity. Oyako Club, which literally translates to Parent and Child Club, is a heart-warming series that portrays the crazy, but loving, relationships between family members. Having a family-friendly theme is probably one huge factor in ranking as one of the longest running anime.
This wacky action-comedy about child ninjas in training has run for 23 seasons and the count continues to rise to this day. The mild plot and cute characters are a perfect match, making this series a great Sunday watch for families.
I know what you’re thinking: Almost 2000 episodes and still only 2nd place? Well, my friend, read on because the best is yet to come.
Meet the longest running anime in history! Though not the most appealing to Western anime fans, this old-fashioned family show has been a prominent figure in Japanese television for decades and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running animated series in the world! From the strict parents to the clumsy big sister and her husband (who she married through an arranged marriage) and their young baby boy (who is pretty much the same age as his aunt)… this family most certainly has its quirks! But as do most families in real life, this disfunctionality is easy to relate with for tons of viewers. Wouldn’t you rather watch an episode of King of the Hill than sit through the showcase of “perfect-ness” in the Brady Brunch? I know I would.
Sazae-san‘s longevity is also probably partially due to its catchy opening (video below), which has grown to become one of the most renowned songs in anime history!
One Piece follows the many adventures of The Straw Hat Pirates, filled with a good share of danger and despair. But where One Piece really shines is in its comedic atmosphere, which fans worldwide have “tweaked” for your enjoyment! Here are 20 of the funniest One Piece memes available!
Aside from being known for its great story, unique art, great humor, as well as fun and interesting characters, this best-selling adventure series is also known for its collection of weird, fun and wacky scenes. So much so that some scenes and quotes have run wild through the internet, evolving into a whole new breed of humor – One Piece memes!
Here are the pick of the litter: 20 of the absolute funniest One Piece memes on the web!
Who would have guessed it, huh? Robin may have had a rough childhood and be a tad on the gloomy side, but apparently she still has a soft spot for furry little animals, as we can see in one of the cutest One Piece memes ever.
Winter snow is cold, calm, and sad… but it’s also breathtakingly beautiful! The most stunning anime snow scenes can chill you to the bone and warm your heart, all at the same time. Let’s take a closer look at these animated winter wonderlands!
Drifting sakura petals, sunny beach fun, and fall foliage are all nice in their own way, but winter has its own brand of beauty. It’s hard to match the tranquil feeling of watching falling snowflakes, or seeing a white blanket descend over the world. Winter can mean sorrow and death, or it can bring tranquility and closeness. Many anime feature winter, with characters bundled up and their breath coming out in puffs when they speak.
While most anime snow scenes are beautiful, these 10 are the most breathtakingly gorgeous!
All ranking information was taken on the date of publication.
Kyoukai no Kanata is a moody, dark anime, and the wintery setting in parts of it only serve to make it more so. The snow is thick and atmospheric, perfect for brooding and contemplating what actions to take next against your enemy. Trapped in this winter world, the main female protagonist must figure out how to return home. But would you really want to leave a place as tranquil as this?
A scene in the snow is nice, but how about an entire movie? The first Naruto movie takes place primarily in the Land of Snow, where a neverending winter has descended on the country. The winter is both literal and symbolic: the nation is covered in snow, but it’s also in the grips of a tyrant.
The winter landscape makes for some spectacular fight scenes between everyone’s favorite ninjas, and fighters that have learned to manipulate the ice. Thanks to puffs of snow flaring up around everyone and some creative techniques, the winter land transforms into a part of the experience in the most dramatic way.
The world of Nagi No Asakura is torn between the sea and the surface, and is already a vibrant environment. Following a timeskip into the future, the once-flourishing underwater village becomes a ghost town, covered in snow.
The entire village is covered in this ash-like snow, as though frozen in time. The event is ominous, but despite its negativity, it’s hard not to be dazzled by the beauty of the white-covered underwater streets. It looks like the whole town is encased inside a snow globe that someone shook vigorously; it is both chilling and magical.
It’s animal versus nature in Wolf’s Rain, where winter is more than just pretty scenery. It can also mean freezing temperatures and a test of survival. Here, winter is a dangerous beauty that can rob you of your breath if you let your guard down.
Wolf’s Rain likes to play with the colors of the snow. White wolves running across white snow is a striking image, and splashes of color are used to make a big impact on the viewer. You can almost feel the cold of the weather and the situations.
Snow in Clannad and the sequel Clannad: After Story symbolizes moments of melancholy. A number of scenes in Clannad and its sequel take place in the snow, and one scene from a Clannad Special is set in a field of bare, snow-laden cherry trees. Without delving into spoilers, many of these winter moments deal with loss and “what could have been.”
A melancholy meeting in a field of cherry blossoms might work, but the magic of a snowy landscape paired with sad piano music turns the moments from sad to tear-jerking. Cherry blossoms symbolize a new season, a new hope – but snow symbolizes the end of growth. Clannad understands that, which you can see it in its beautiful anime snow scenes.
Although winter and cherry blossoms might seem like an unusual combination, winter and nighttime are a perfect match. The white of winter turns into shades of blue, changing the scene into a quiet, contemplative one.
That’s what happens in the snowy park scene in Nisekoi. We see a glowing blue and white park, a bench with a boy and a girl, and a splash of color from their shared red scarf. It’s a perfectly sweet snowy moment.
Can love survive a great distance? Two close friends are about to be separated, but they see each other one last time in a train station in the middle of the night. The nighttime snow backdrop sets a melancholy mood as the two protagonists of 5 Centimeters Per Second take a walk together from a train station.
Standing under the cherry tree in the snow, the two share a moment that will stay with them forever, no matter how far they are. It’s a sad but heartwarming scene that contradicts the cold falling snow with the warmth of the couples’ souls.
The anime movie Wolf Children has a fairly simple art style, and it’s this simplicity that makes it a charming and lovable film about parenting and unconditional love. But it’s also this simplicity that makes the anime snow scene really stand out.
The scene (which you can watch on YouTube in full) shows the two wolf children running through the snow in pure joy. Simple art is replaced with a detailed snowy environment as the cubs frolic and tumble through it, as though the drawings were dumped into a traditional painting.
At times, the scene switches to the kids’ point of view so you can feel what it’s like to run full speed through a landscape covered in snow. The music completes the scene, allowing viewers to experience a euphoric rush of emotions.
The pirate gang of One Piece explore lots of fantastic places on their adventures, and it’s on such adventure that they come across another beautiful anime snow scene – Drum Island! It’s winter all year round on Drum Island, with perpetual snow covering the drum-shaped mountains.
Seeing the icy flat peaks as the crew sails up to the island is quite a sight, but even more amazing is the view that the crew get as they’re leaving: cherry blossoms falling like snow onto the frosty land. Two words: absolutely gorgeous!
Mushi-Shi is a beautiful anime in general, and the environment here is almost as important as the characters and the events. Mushi-Shi features spirits of nature, which swirl around unseen to the naked eye and mingle with the natural lights and shadows of the forests, mountains, and the shining sun.
So it’s no surprise that the anime features some amazing snow scenes. Forests and mountains transform into lush worlds of glimmering white, straight out of a fairy tale. This anime makes the most of the beauty of winter: footprints in the snow, sweeping landscape scenes, bare trees with snow piling upon their branches. You want to watch the snowy episodes over and over just to take in all the serene visuals.