Do you ever feel like an anime is too short or that there should be another season? And have you ever waited for months to years for that new season to be released?
Then it might finally be the time to give watching a longer anime series a try and dive into a whole new world. Maybe that one you kept pushing back from your list because it had too many episodes. Actually, the more episodes a show has, the more you come to love and understand the characters and their agonies. And you find yourself wishing for them to accomplish their goals and make their dreams finally come true, but also that you could be a part of it too.
So, here are 7 long anime shows that I would highly recommend checking out when you’re looking for a long lasting adventure!
1. One Piece
“I will become the pirate King!”
One Piece—the greatest treasure in the world. Left behind by the “Pirate King”, Gol D. Roger, the only man who sailed all the seas of Grand Line. At his execution by the World Government he shook up the whole world and started the Great Pirate Era by encouraging people to search for his treasure. Men searching for romance now sailed to the sea to find One Piece and claim the legendary title of the new Pirate King!
The story follows Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who has gained the properties of rubber after eating a Devil Fruit. Luffy dreams of living freely, finding One Piece, the treasure of the man who lived without any regrets, and acquiring his eligible title of Pirate King.
His childhood hero gives him not only his straw hat that later gave him the name of the “Straw Hat Pirate”, but also the inspiration of sailing the sea. Years later, he sets to the Grand Line and along his journey he meets his loyal crew members and faces strong enemies fighting for his beliefs ans dreams in order to find One Piece.
One Piece will change your view of pirates. It’s an anime that will make you laugh, cry and wish that you were a part of the Straw Hat Pirates.
Number of episodes: 925
Genres: Shounen, Adventure, Action, Super Power, Fantasy, Comedy, Drama
“No matter what happens I’ll keep on moving. Until this life runs out of me I’ll keep on walking.”
D. Gray Man focuses on Black Order, an organization of exorcists that was created to protect the world from “Akuma” that are created by the mysterious Millenium Earl by taking advantage of people’s pain of loss. By wishing for their loved ones back they gave him the chance to use the souls of the dead and trap them forever in an “Akuma”. The only way to save such souls is to exorcise them with “Innocence”, a holy artifact used by the exorcists.
The Millenium Earl and his family, the Noah family that consists of Noah and his twelve apostles, want to obtain the “master Innocence” to win the war against humanity.
Allen Walker has a cursed eye that can see what the souls inside the “Akuma” are like and their suffering. He is sent to Black Order is order to become an official exorcist and stop the Millenium Earl and his evil plan.
Number of episodes: 116
Status: Completed (currently has 2 seasons)
Genres: Shounen, Action, Demons, Super Power, Adventure, Comedy
3. Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
“I don’t know how to give up!”
Tsunayoshi Sawada is an average 14-year old student that is considered to be useless by his classmates. He leads a normal life and he’s definitely not the popular type. His life is bound to change forever when Reborn! comes in to his life as a tutor for extra classes. In reality, Reborn is a hitman sent from the strongest Mafia family in Italy, assigned to train Tsuna and prepare him for fis duties as the heir of the Vongola family.
Tsuna now has to decide on taking on this task and face what the future holds for him and his “family”, his great teammates. Will Tsuna that was called a loser by everyone make it?
Number of episodes: 203
Genres: Shounen, Action, Super Power, Comedy
4. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
“Nice watch. Too bad you won’t be able to tell the time after I break it. Break your face that is.”
It all started in 1868 in England when a tragic car accident occurred. Archaeologist Nobleman George’s Joestar’s wife died protecting their baby, Jonathan Joestar. George Joestar mistakenly believes that Dario Brando saved his life. A few years later, after Dario Brando’s death, George Joestar takes in Dario’s son, Dio in order to repay his debt to him.
Dio is the same age as Jonathan but they are complete opposites. Jonathan is a kind-hearted soft gentleman just like his father while Dio is greedy, ambitious and incredibly selfish but pretends to be a faithful son to George to manipulate him and gain his heritage.
Jonathan studying archaeology is intrigued by an Aztec stone mask his father had discovered around the day of his mother’s accident. But when it falls into Dio’s hands he gains supernatural abilities and decides to destroy Jonathan. The story continues to unfold for many years after these events along with the mystery behind the mask.
Number of episodes: 152
Status: Completed. JoJo has 5 different parts of its story animated so far.
Genres: Shounen, Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Comedy, Drama
5. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
“If you’re willing to do whatever it takes, I won’t hold back.”
Hunter x Hunter revolves around Gon Freecss, a 12-year old boy who aspires to become as great a Hunter as possible. Hunters complete all kinds of missions like fighting dangerous monsters, defeating and capturing criminals and searching for great treasures.
Gon sets on a journey to find his lost father that was a Hunter himself. He has yet to realize that this task may be harder than he actually thought.
On his way of becoming a Hunter in order to find information concerning his father’s whereabouts he meets up with Killua, Kurapika and Leorio. The 4 of them form a team and take the Hunter exam, an exam known to be extremely dangerous and life-risky, to accomplish their own goals. On their adventure they meet very intriguing and strong characters and will have to face many battles with monsters and humans.
Number of episodes: 148
Genres: Shounen, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Super Power
6.Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
“I am Sailor Moon, the champion of justice. In the name of the moon, I will right wrong and triumph over evil… and that means you!”
Usagi Tsukino is a 14-year old middle school girl. She loves sleep, is a klutz and get bad scores on her test.
A fateful encounter though will change her life forever. On her way to school she saves a cat with a crescent moon mark on its head. When she is back to her room the cat appears to her again and starts talking to her in the human language. Usagi then will learn that she is destined to become Sailor Moon, a Sailor of Justice in order to protect the Earth. Luna, the cat, hands her a special brooch that gives her the power to transform. She will learn how to use her powers when the city faces any danger caused by the Dark Kingdom that has been stealing the energy of human beings.
Usagi’s task is to find the other Sailor Guardians and the lost princess of the Moon Kingdom in order to save the planet. As Sailor Moon fights evil by moonlight she has an other fateful encounter with a mysterious masked man in tuxedo that will change her life.
Number of episodes: 200
Status: Completed. It consists of 5 seasons.
Genres: Shoujo, Magic, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Comedy, Demons
7. Black Clover
“Never giving up is my magic.”
Two little boys were found abandoned the exact same day on the same church, though they do not seem related. Asta and Yuno are like different sides of the same coin. Yuno turned into a wonderful mage but it seemed like Asta was immune to magic. But the 2 of them have something in common and share a promise with each other. As they were growing up, they came across the legend of the “Wizard King”, the strongest mage in the kingdom. They promised to attend the Grimoire Acceptance Ceremony and that one of them would succeed the Wizard King.
It all started after everyone is bestowed a Grimoire except Asta, who still continues training hard physically. However, Yuno is targeted by a man called Lebuty who’s goal is to steal his 4-leaf clover Grimoire. Asta interrupts their fight and tries to protect Yuno but fails miserably. That’s when something triggers his Grimoire’s appearance, 5-leaf Gimoire, a Black Clover! And that’s where their adventure on achieving their dream begins!
Number of episodes: 126
Genres: Shounen, Magic, Fantasy, Action, Comedy