There are some anime out there that seem like they’ve been running forever—and in many cases, we’d happily watch every single episode. But what series would fans most be willing to stick by for the rest of their lives?
goo Ranking polled more than 5,000 anime fans in Japan, asking which anime they would watch for the rest of their lives if it stayed on the air. Several enduring titles made the list, including a few that have been on for literal decades. So, which shows made the top three?
3: Hidamari Sketch
The art school comedy, based on the manga by Ume Aoki (known to many as the character designer for Puella Magi Madoka Magica), ran on and off for several years. It seems a good portion of the voter base would be more than happy to see it come back permanently!
2: Dragon Ball
From the original 1986 series to the more recent Dragon Ball Super, we’ve followed Goku basically all his life (and in some cases, all our lives)! Coming in at #2, it looks like a lot of anime fans would be more than happy for that arrangement to continue.
#1: Lupin the 3rd
Fortunately for voters, their #1 pick is also the #1 most likely to deliver! Lupin the 3rd has been turning out regular movies and specials for decades, not to mention its multiple TV series. Going by the numbers, fans are just fine with that.
Long-running action sci-fi comedy Gintama came in fourth, with Natsume Yujin-cho in fifth. Rounding out the top ten are the Gundam franchise, Haikyu!!, City Hunter, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and My Hero Academia.
What shows would you watch for the long haul?
Source: Anime! Anime!