If you’re always finding yourself running out too fast on content to consume despite the well of TV shows every network has to offer, then you might want to check out some anime titles that have proven too lengthy even for the best binge-watchers out there.
There are actually some shows that are so long that some people have joked about dying even before experiencing these titles' endings (we’re looking at you One Piece). Case in point: Eiichiro Oda, creator of One Piece, has reportedly revealed the ending of his popular battle-themed shounen series to a lucky cancer patient in critical condition. The ending was apparently so beautiful that it moved the fan to tears. He’s not spoiling anything for other fans though, so we’ll have to wait another decade or so before we finally get to see Luffy become Pirate King.
To help you with your binge-watching tendencies, we’ve compiled some of the anime we’re pretty sure you can’t finish in one sitting. Check these out:
1) Dragon Ball Z - 291 episodes (done but with additional titles)
This show about how an extraterrestrial lifeform lands on Earth and grows into our universe’s strongest warrior is easily one of the most popular anime on the list. Dragon Ball Z chronicles Son Goku’s life as a child until he grows into a man who eventually falls in love and settles down with an Earthling. Now, he is challenging the gods themselves in the latest installment of the long-running franchise.
2) Naruto Shippuden - 500 episodes (done but with additional titles)
Like Dragon Ball, this show’s story also revolves around the whole life of its main character, Naruto, who seeks to fulfill his dream of one day becoming the strongest ninja in the shinobi world. Its prequel, simply titled Naruto, has 220 episodes, which easily makes the whole franchise over 700 episodes long. Naruto apparently aired its last episode last March but there’s already a new series called Boruto, which as you can probably guess, focuses on the life of Naruto’s son.
3) One Piece - 812 episodes (ongoing)
Eiichiro Oda’s manga-anime masterpiece that romanticizes the story of a pirate crew and their young but ambitious captain started back in 1997 and has spawned over 80 manga volumes, 800 anime episodes, and around 13 films, making it one of the most popular anime of today. So far, Oda has previously stated that the whole series is around 65 percent done, which means we (and our kids) roughly have a decade of One Piece left to enjoy.
4) Detective Conan - 877 episodes (ongoing)
This crime-centric shounen series started back in 1994 and has shown no signs of stopping. Despite being titled Case Closed, the show, which is more popularly known as Detective Conan, doesn’t seem to have a shortage of crimes to solve for the brilliant protagonist, who happens to be stuck in the body of a young boy.
5) Crayon Shin-chan - 940 episodes (ongoing)
Could anyone forget this naughty kid who loves to shake his privates? It might be a simple anime about how Shin chan annoys his mother with his inappropriate antics, but it already has 25 movies under the franchise and has sold over 100 million manga copies worldwide. Not bad for your naughty neighborhood rascal (who occasionally drops some nuggets of wisdom).
6) Doraemon – 1,787 episodes (done but with additional titles)
The first-ever installment for Doraemon started in 1973 and only had 26 episodes, which pales in comparison to the massive amount of content that the show’s second installment would bring in. The second series aired about six years after the initial run and aired from April 2, 1979 to March 18, 2005 totaling to 1,787 episodes. At that point, we all thought the blue cat with an extremely handy front pocket finally bid us all farewell, until a third season started in 2005 and is still running up to this day.
7) Sazae-san – 2,500 episodes (ongoing)
This is an anime you’ve probably never heard of, but this show that started way back in 1969 already has over 2,500 episodes and isn’t done yet. That’s almost five decades of Sazae san for you to binge on—if you can. So what’s the longest running anime all about? It apparently tells the life story of Sazae Fuguta, a liberated woman whose mom was too worried that her daughter would never get hitched. Fortunately for Sazae, she had hundreds of episodes to find her perfect match in Masuo, a typical Japanese salaryman.