For someone who doesn't watch anime, mentioning the genre brings to mind the recent hits Attack on Titan and Haikyuu. Along with these stunning anime, people also have the impression that anime is long, sometimes unnecessarily so. Long anime like Pokémon have run for years and completely lose their charm by the time they end.
However, not all anime meet the same fate. The anime genre has some of the most exciting and driven series to offer to people from all walks of life. While some anime get canceled after a season or two, some have multiple seasons with more to come. Of these, some are worth the long watch.
10 Deku Learns How To Be A Hero (My Hero Academia)
My Hero Academia currently has 113 episodes with another season on the way. This anime follows the hero-loving Izuku "Deku" Midoriya through the hardships of being born Quirkless, blessed with One-For-All, and training to be a successful superhero.
Along with Deku's struggles, this anime also explores the stories of his friends and the major antagonist Tomura Shigaraki. With nail-biting action sequences and intricately connected storylines, My Hero Academia is a rollercoaster of emotions. This anime becomes more popular with every season.
9 Breathtaking Plot & Action Throughout (Hunter X Hunter)
Since Yoshihiro Togashi's announcement that the Hunter X Hunter manga will make a comeback, fans have been looking forward to re-entering Togashi's magnificent world. With 148 episodes, the 2011 anime follows Gon and his friends as they endeavor to achieve their personal and collective goals.
Hunter X Hunter has some of the most reasonable character development in anime. The pacing is perfect and keeps viewers engaged. While the action sequences are stunning, they don't overpower the plot, speaking volumes about the creator's talents.
8 Generations Of The Joestar Family Protect The World (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
An action-comedy series that seems like something straight out of a Bollywood movie, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure follows generations of the Joestar family. Born with supernatural abilities, each subsequent Joestar is more powerful than their predecessors. Along with a gripping plot and thrilling action scenes, this anime series also has an expressive color palette.
With 164 action-packed episodes, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure delves into the Joestar protagonists and various villains, each more menacing than the last. A unique style of animation keeps the fans completely hooked.
7 Chasing An Impossible Goal In A Cruel World (Black Clover)
Black Clover follows the orphan duo Asta and Yuno on their journey to become the next Wizard King of the Clover Kingdom. A fast-paced series with some of the most stunning action sequences in recent years, this anime has well-written characters with complex motivations for their actions.
From the Wizard King Julius Novachrono to the newest members of the Black Bull squad, each character is well-rounded and drives the story further. Black Clover currently has 170 episodes with more on the way. This series has much more to offer than cute fillers and sensational battles.
6 Memory Loss Sparks An Entire Saga (Dragon Ball)
The Dragon Ball franchise began with Goku being hit on the head and losing his memories. An invader turned protector, Goku continues to work hard and power up to protect Earth from aliens who want to dominate the planet. Of particular note in this franchise is Dragon Ball Z, which has 291 episodes.
Kakarot, a super-Saiyan who grew up on Earth, is the main protagonist of Dragon Ball Z. He goes up against several powerful enemies to protect the earth from their vicious attacks. Dragon Ball Z has some of the most exciting standoffs in anime.
5 Ichigo's Life-Changing Encounter Led To Epic Action (Bleach)
One of the Big Three anime of the 2000s, Bleach follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, who, after a chance encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, acquires soul reaper skills on top of being a ghost hunter. This life-changing event leads him to defend the world from Hollows.
Bleach is a modern classic with 367 episodes to date. Along with the anime, the manga is also popular among fans of the franchise. Apart from the epic fight scenes and attractive characters, this anime series also has a special place in many people's childhoods.
4 The Highest Rated Shonen Anime Parody (Gintama)
When aliens invade feudal Tokyo, the jobless samurai Gintoki and his band of friends try to make ends meet and survive in any way they can. A parody of shonen anime, Gintama is 367 episodes of humorous situations and serious battles that keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
Gintama features a creative storyline and deep emotional connections between the characters, which makes them more relatable to the audience. As this anime progresses, its focus shifts from comedy to combat while preserving its awe and brilliance.
3 A Little Orphan Boy Fulfills His Dream (Naruto)
Naruto, and by extension, Naruto Shippuden, is one of the Big Three anime of the 2000s. It follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a shunned orphan in the Hidden Leaf Village who aims to be the Hokage. The perfect portrayal of the power of friendship and the potential of Naruto's talk no jutsu make this anime a treat for all shonen fans.
With 720 episodes, the Naruto franchise is one of the most popular anime series of all time. Complicated, justified backstories and overpowered fights make this series a worthy watch. It's also become a modern classic of sorts.
2 Overpowered Pirates For The Win (One Piece)
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece is part of the Big Three anime of the 2000s. This anime premiered in 1999 and is still ongoing, with a whopping 1023 episodes to date. It follows Monkey D. Luffy, a pirate who accidentally consumes a Devil Fruit, on his journey to find the former Pirate King Gol D. Roger's mysterious treasure.
One Piece introduces new characters and interesting twists that keep viewers hooked on the series. Several side stories add to the main story in interesting ways. Along with cutthroat combat, humor and emotions are also a huge part of the series.
1 An Ill-Fated Detective's Episodic Saga (Case Closed)
With 1049 episodes, the most consistent anime among those in the running for the longest anime is Case Closed. Also known as Detective Conan in some locations, this 1049-episode anime follows teen detective Conan Edogawa, who gets stuck in a child's body when his age gets reversed.
Conan continues solving mysteries as a child, using his girlfriend's father as a spokesperson. While the episodic nature of the series overshadows Conan's true mission of finding his culprit and making them pay, Case Closed is an entertaining watch for viewers of all ages.