In modern anime, there are a few big names that stand out in terms of popularity and runtime. Some of them include Dragon ball, A piece, Naruto, and Pokemon.
Apart from the more common names, thousands of other series have been created, some eclipsing these great properties both in terms of age and total audience. In fact, there have even been a handful of series that have remained on the air for over 50 years. And that begs the question: what is the oldest animated series?
The oldest animated series
Adapted from the manga of the same name, Sazae-san is by far the longest-running animated series of all time, with over 2,500 episodes to date.
From 1969, Sazae-san stays on the air every Sunday evening until this day. The show follows Sazae Fuguta and his family.
The series claims a vintage art style that has remained consistent throughout its long airtime and stands out among its more recent contemporaries. Sazae-san was the last TV series to use the vintage cel animation method before finally going digital in 2013.
Behind Sazae-san there are other vintage anime series that have continued to air for decades. These included Doraemon first aired in 1973, as well as several shows that started in the nineties, including the hugely popular Pokemon series. (As long as Doraemon ran, he still trails these last trails Sazae-san approximately 250 episodes.)
Manufacture for Sazae-san was interrupted during the recent COVID pandemic, resulting in reruns instead of new episodes aired. But the studio is back in action producing new content once again.
As he is so far ahead of the rest, even though Sazae-san was scheduled to cease production today, the show will likely hold those records for years to come.