Anime has been around for a long time.
There are some series that have such a detailed story which goes in depth with the theme, genre, or characters in the series.
Here is a selection of the top 10 longest running anime series that are still ongoing,
10. Naruto: Shippuden
Aired: Feb. 15, 2007 – Ongoing
Naruto: Shippuden continues the story from the 28th volume of the manga Naruto.
The series is about a young boy who becomes the host of a great power known as the Nine-Tails of the Tailed Beasts.
Not knowing of this power inside him, he is treated like an outcast by the village until he can gain their trust and fulfill his dream of becoming the next Hokage.
Finding out he’s not the only one playing host to these Tailed Beasts, a dangerous group sets out to gather all nine of the Tailed Beast to unleash the powerful Ten-Tailed beast and bring about the destruction of mankind.
9. Doraemon (2005)
Aired: Apr. 15th, 2005 – Ongoing
The 2005 version of Doraemon is the most recent series which is based on the Fujiko Fujio manga under the same name.
This anime is about a cat-like robot who suddenly appears in the present to guides a young boy towards the right path in his life in order to secure his future.
Follow the young boy and his friends through an experience of life events surrounded by dumb and naive decisions.
8. One Piece
Aired: Oct. 20th, 1999 – Ongoing
One Piece is the adaptation of the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.
The anime follows the action pack adventure of a young man whose body develops the abilities of rubber after consuming a Devil Fruit.
Learn about him and his crew of pirates as they explore the vast ocean in search of the ultimate treasure, sought out by every pirate, called One Piece.
Obtaining this treasure, will make the young man the next Pirate King!
7. Detective Conan
Aired: Jan. 8th, 1996 – Ongoing
Detective Conan is the based on the detective manga series written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama.
This anime follows a young man who is transformed into a child after some members of a crime syndicate force him to ingest an experimental poison in order to kill him without leaving any kind of evidence.
Going under a different alias, the young man continues his life as a detective while investigating the syndicate and looking for a cure to his transformation.
6. Crayon Shin-chan
Aired: Apr. 13th, 1992 – Ongoing
Crayon Shin-chan is the adaptation of the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui.
The series follows a five-year-old boy and his parents, as well as, his baby sister, dog, neighbors, and friends.
The creator Usui, actually died a few years back and since then, the manga had formally ended on Feb. 5th, 2010.
Although, a few months before it ended, a new manga was announced to continue with the help of the members from Usui’s team called, New Crayon Shin-chan.
5. Chibi Maruko-chan
Aired: Jan. 8th, 1995 – Ongoing
This series shows simple and everyday life of a little girl living in Japan during 1974.
The show actually is a depiction of the author, Momoko Sakura, in the former city of Shimizu, now known as Shizuoka City which is her birthplace.
The author’s intentions for the manga was to write essays in the style of manga which were inspired by family, friends, and incidents in her life.
This began the development of the anime when the manga gained a huge following.
4. Sore Ike! Anpanman
Aired: Oct. 3rd, 1988 – Ongoing
This anime is an adaptation of the Japanese picture book series written by Takashi Yanase, who is now deceased.
The show holds the Guinness World Record for highest number of characters in the animated franchise, a total of 1,768.
The series is pretty much about Anpanman fighting with Baikinman and helping the citizens of the town.
Always on patrol around the house of Uncle Jam, Anpanman is a symbol of justice which he fights for everyday.
3. Prince Mackaroo (Ojarumaru (japanese))
Aired: Oct. 5th, 1998 – Ongoing
This Japanese manga series created by Rin Inumaru, is one of the longest running anime series of all time.
The series follows and focuses on the adventures of a five-year-old prince who has a weakness for creme caramel.
After becoming bored in his kingdom, he is lured into another world by a sound coming from a ukulele played by the king of said world.
Once he arrived, he steals the king’s scepter and falls into a hole and time-warped to the present time.
2. Nintama Rantarou
Aired: Apr. 10th, 1993 – Ongoing
This anime is the adaptation of the manga series Rakudai Ninja Rantaro, written and illustrated by Sobe Amako.
The series has an extensive amount of misplaced references of history specifically for comedic use, centering on a nominal character and his friends while attending school to become an elite ninja.
In a secret location, the students go through grades 1 through 6, which are divided in three classes known as I-gumi, Ro-gumi and Ha-gumi.
There are several situations of comedy where the characters break the fourth wall, such as interacting with the author or interrupting scenes in the series.
Aired: Oct. 5th, 1969 – Ongoing
Sazae-san was a Japanese comic, known as Japan’s most beloved comic strip, holding the Guinness World Record for longest running anime series in history.
First starting out as a typical comic, the main character showed interest in herself by dressing up in kimonos and makeup in hopes of meet the man of her dreams.
It then became about herself bossing her husband around, confrontations with the neighbors and even becoming a feminist.
With the stories revolving around the dynamics of a large family, it also show appreciation to the little things that life can bring.
To be honest, it’s hard to believe some of these series are still going on!