10 Best Anime Series We’re Glad Aren’t Over

Ongoing anime that either started a few years ago or even decades before the 2000s are fairly common. What’s rare among these long-running titles, though, are the ones that are worth sticking with for years, or starting right now. Though these anime’s episode counts are intimidating, they’re definitely worth investing time in.

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Regardless of length, an anime can only get acclaim and longevity through the perfect combination of animation, writing, voice acting, and more. Thankfully, these long-running anime excelled in just about every department. These anime won’t be ending any time soon, and fans couldn’t be more thankful for that reality.

10 Attack On Titan’s Coming Final Will Be A Global Event

Attack On Titan first aired in 2013 and while its blockbuster success was well-earned, nobody was ready for what came next. Besides catapulting anime into the global mainstream, the Survey Corps’ war against the Titans unfolded into one of the most surprisingly complex and politically charged anime of recent memory.

In its final stretch, Attack On Titan revealed itself to be Eren Yeager’s villainous origin story, and now his former friends have to stop him from ending the world. Attack On Titan will end when the final season’s last part airs next year, making it one of the most hotly anticipated anime seasons of all time and an epic conclusion worth waiting for.

9 Spy X Family’s Runaway Success Is Something For The History Books

to say that Spy X Family was one of 2022’s most anticipated anime would be an understatement. While Loid, Yor, and Anya’s odd but genuine family life was always going to be popular given how big a deal Tatsuya Endo’s manga is, nobody expected the anime to meet fans’ high expectations and then exceed them in every possible way.

Thanks to the combined talents and efforts of Wit Studio and CloverWorks, Spy X Family expertly blended action-packed espionage and fun family comedy into a strong contender for 2022’s anime of the year. Spy X Family only just begun and, by the look of things, the Forger family’s life and missions will only get better with each new season.

8 Vinland Saga Is A Dark Period Drama Like No Other

on paper, Vinland Saga seemed primed to become a cult favorite, not a blockbuster. Unlike almost every other anime set in the ancient past, Vinland Saga was a gritty and realistic period drama about bloody revenge in the Viking Age. Against all odds and thanks to positive word of mouth, Thorfinn’s life story became one of the breakout hits of 2019.

Vinland Saga wasn’t only considered one of its year’s best titles, but one of the best anime of the 2010s. Even better, the anime’s finale revealed that it was only the first chapter of Thorfinn’s life. Vinland Sagas upcoming second season will follow an older Thorfinn’s quest for purpose, and fans can’t wait to see what battles he’ll fight next.

7 Mob Psycho 100 Is An Achievement In Writing & Animation

When it comes to anime about teenagers with superpowers from studio Bones, Mob Psycho 100 tends to get overshadowed by My Hero Academia. This doesn’t diminish the fact that Mob and Reigen’s time together is one of the most compelling coming-of-age anime of the 2010s, and the anime is amazingly animated as well.

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Mob Psycho 100s seasons tend to have long gaps of time between their releases, but they’re always worth the wait. Whether it’s through Mob and Reigen’s growing bond or the absolutely wild and psychedelic visuals that Mob and other psychic characters’ powers unleash, Mob pyscho 100 never fails to give fans more than they expected.

6 My Hero Academia Is The Best That The Superhero Genre Has To Offer

There’s no better time to be a fan of superhero fiction, and the genre’s renaissance couldn’t have happened without the successes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and My Hero Academia. Deku’s origin story may have started around the time the MCU began Phase 3, but some consider his heroics to be superior to his inspirations.

My Hero Academia is shonen anime’s version of superheroes, but it retold this familiar story in such a new and amazingly animated way that it’s often credited for revitalizing superhero fiction. The next season is just around the corner, and it’s building up to an all-out clash between the heroes and villains that fans can’t wait to see.

5 haikyuu!! Is The Most Loved Sports Anime Today

No recent sports anime has been as popular and beloved as haikyuu!!, so much so that fans stayed faithful to it when it went on a long and silent four-year hiatus. Fans’ patience paid off when Karasuno High’s volleyball team returned in 2020, and it’s only a matter of time before the highly anticipated fifth season is officially announced.

haikyuu!! doesn’t do much to change the sports anime’s formula, but it doesn’t have to given how great Production IG’s execution of an otherwise familiar story is. haikyuu!! doesn’t just boast amazingly animated volleyball games, but it also has a team of characters who are so lovable that their fans will wait literal years just to see what they do next.

4 Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War Is An Endlessly Creative Rom-Com

Romantic-comedy anime have always been popular, but few titles reached even a fraction of Kaguya-Samas success and creativity in their entire runs. Besides using intense mind games and sharp comedic writing to flirt, what sets Kaguya and Miyuki’s story apart from their contemporaries is how much their anime embraces the animated medium.

Despite the rom-com’s simple nature, A-1 Pictures went out of their way to turn Kaguya-Sama into one of the most visually exciting and creative romance anime ever seen. From Kaguya and Miyuki’s evolving relationship to the anime’s fun mix of styles and madcap visuals, there’s a lot to enjoy and look forward to in Kaguya-Sama.

3 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Generational Story Never Stops Being Fun

Though it could be argued that JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure really took off with its third season, Stardust Crusaders, the Joestar family’s saga has always been consistently exciting and well-animated. Every season escalated and improved on what came before, and David Production shows no signs of slowing down.

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from Phantom Blood to the ongoing Stone Ocean, the Joestars always gave fans more than they bargained for in terms of entertainment, plus some of the most bizarrely amazing uses of shonen anime conventions possible. every JoJo’s season is practically an event, and the fun won’t stop with Stone Ocean’s return in September 2022.

2 Lupine III Always Finds A Fun Way To Keep Up With The Times

Lupine III has been on the air since 1971, and it earned every bit of its longevity and lasting popularity. Aside from the fact that Lupine and the gang are beloved icons whose heists never cease to be fun, the anime always found a way to reinvent itself and keep things fresh. As a result, Lupine and friends effectively became timeless.

It isn’t hyperbolic to say that every generation of anime viewers has its definitive Lupine III anime and/or movie. Part of the fun of watching Lupine III is seeing just how far the franchise has come in terms of animation and storytelling, and it will always be exciting to see how Lupine and friends adapt to the next decade.

1 One Piece Just Keeps Getting Bigger & Better

Of the Shonen Jump Big Three, One Piece is undoubtedly the most successful, not just in terms of sales and ratings, but writing as well. What started out as anime’s colorful and super-powered take on pirate fiction, grew up into one of the most socially relevant battle anime ever seen, with the Straw Hats now fighting for freedom against tyranny.

Toei Animation complimented Monkey D. Luffy’s growth through their impressive animation, which only got better with each passing major war and arc. One Piece’s manga just started its final arc, and it won’t be long until this grand finale gets animated, but Luffy and mangaka Eiichiro Oda already secured their pop culture immortality.

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