The One Piece anime adaptation will hit 1,000 episodes this weekend, but how many other series have reached that historic release as well?
If you’re new to the One Piece series and need to catch up, or if you’re crazy enough to watch the whole series again… you will need around 49 full movies. days non-stop binging to reach the current program.
This weekend, the global mega-series takes an important step in its production, the broadcast of episode 1000!
The release of Season 21 Episode 109 is a celebration for fans around the world, but how many other animated series have hit 1,000 episodes as well?
One Piece reaches 1000e episodes
This weekend, the iconic One Piece franchise will reach an impressive milestone; broadcast of 1000 individual episodes.
The One Piece anime adaptation is arguably one of the most recognizable series around, originally making its television debut on October 20.e, 1999.
Toei Animation Chairman and CEO Masayuki Endo explained via Anime news network the importance of this milestone. She said it was “a historic moment not only for the franchise, but also for the millions of fans around the world who have supported the series over the past 22 years.”
One Piece Episode 1000 launches at 02:00 GMT on Sunday, November 21st – you can find a detailed breakdown of the international release time here.
“It’s not everyday that we celebrate such a well-respected series that reaches such an important milestone like this. ‘One Piece’ has been an integral part of the Funimation family over time and we are very proud to be part of the ongoing journey that Toei Animation continues to produce. ”- Asa Suehiro, via Anime news network.
Anime with 1000 episodes
While the 1K-club is a prestigious group to be a part of, One Piece is by no means there alone with 16 animated series showing more than 1000 episodes.
However, One Piece is the first non-family-oriented anime to reach this milestone, meaning a series not specifically designed for children.
Topping the charts is the infamous Japanese children’s series “Sazae-san”, which debuted in 1969 and, at the time of writing, has broadcast over 7,500 episodes – that’s over 37 days of content!
- Nintama Rantaro
- Oyako Club
- Kirin no Monoshiri Yakata
- Soreike Anpanman
- Kirin Ashita no calendar
- Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi
- Hoka Hoka Kazoku
- Chibi maruko-chan
- Monoshiri Daigaku Ashita no calendar
- Doraemon (2005)
- Shin-chan pencil
- Detective Conan (Case closed)
- Sekai Monoshiri Ryoko.
- A piece
1000-episode TV series
Expanding our criteria to both non-animated and non-animated content, there is a plethora of long-running TV series that surpass One Piece.
The title of the oldest programs is held by the German children’s series “Sandmannchen”, which debuted in 1959 and has 22,000 outstanding aired episodes over 61 seasons!
The next four oldest shows are dominated by the American soap operas, “Guiding Light”, “General Hospital”, “Days of Our Lives” and “As the World Turns”.
Further down the list we have the Filipino variety show “Eat Beluga”, the American television series “The Young and the Restless” and the French television game show “Numbers and Letters”.
Remember, fans can celebrate 1000e episode of One Piece by attending the event live on Funimation and Toei Animation YouTube channels – more info here.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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