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The Best Franchises with 50+ Episodes

List is organized with best at the top. Each franchise with more than one show has only the first show listed, with the others included in it. The count only includes OVAs and movies if they are story essential. I must have seen at least 50 episodes for a series to be included.
1 Clannad


There's really only 49 episodes, but that's close enough. I love this series a lot, and it has a lot of personal meaning to me, but it's also good. Really sad at times though, if you hadn't heard.

2 Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

It may be long and it may be slow, but it's never boring. This is the definition of an epic, and shows you how to manage characters. I can still remember them, even the secondary ones years later.

3 Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

I'm counting Brotherhood too. This franchise is iconic, but it deserves every bit of it. Shonen done right.

4 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

It may be old, but the animation still stands out among shows made today. Plus it really makes you think about the future of tech. I like it way more than the movie versions.

5 Gintama


Hands down the funniest franchise I've ever seen. Totally insane at times, with low humour, but still manages to pull out the drama when it needs to.

6 Monster


Definitely a slow burn, and probably not for everyone, but if you stick with it you'll be rewarded. It's just a shame the dub vanished.

7 Mushishi


I suppose we could call this magical realism. An anthology series at its best, where most episodes are self contained, but still engross you and make you care every time.


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There was so much love put into this series, you can feel it flowing out through every flick of the hair and fully animated dance sequence. Cinderella Girls isn't quite as good, but the animation is even better.

9 Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume's Book of Friends

The loner kid really grows on you over time, and like Mushi-shi, each episode is more or less standalone but still gets you invested in the short time it has.

10 Chihayafuru


Who would have thought competitive poetry would be good? And yet, here we are. When a sports show can make you care about a sport you shouldn't, you know it's top tier.

11 Haikyuu!!


I don't really know much about vollyball, but that doesn't matter; this is a really good show. Possibly the best sports series I've seen at building hype and getting you excited for the team. It's far more realistic than Kuroko is.

12 Baby Steps

Baby Steps

This is probably 50% of the reason that I now follow professional tennis. All the characters are super likable and easy to root for, and even if the animation suffers at times, it's still great fun to watch. And the romance aspect is a big draw too.

13 Fate/stay night

Fate/stay night

This includes the entire franchise, including Fate/Zero which is really why it's so high. The rest of the series aren't all that great, but the prequel is really good, even if there's still lots of talking.

14 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

This was basically my first exposure to Gundam, and it really worked. I got super invested in this story of child soldiers from Mars, to the point where I wanted to punch my screen whenever bad things happened to them. Which they do.

15 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

I mean, I like Pizza Hut. The Clamp designs aren't my favourite, but the series itself is so high octane exciting that I'll forgive them.

16 Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom

Eh, it's close enough to 50. A zany story of students needing to kill their alien monster teacher before graduation, it's equal parts heart warming and hilarious.

17 Log Horizon

Log Horizon

It's like the thinking man's trapped in an MMO story. Thinking about economics, that is. It's the same author as MAOYU, which is a big plus for me. And the speaches the characters give are pretty solid too.

18 Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

This is mostly for Frontier and Delta, but I love this franchise just a little more than I hate it. The songs are great and the setting fun, but the love triangles just annoy me to no end (but I love them too).

19 Kuroko's Basketball

Kuroko's Basketball

How many sports series get to be animated in full? Sure, these kids may be breaking the laws of physics like the wizards they must be, but there's something fun about seeing the former legendary teammates clash.

20 Working!!


It counts if you include the spin-off, which is basically just the same show with new characters. It's really funny, and resolves every romance (which are pretty sweet), so two thumbs up here.

21 Teekyuu


Sure, the episodes are only a couple of minutes long, but there are still a whole bunch of them. If you like absurdist humour, this is the show for you. Very little tennis in this tennis club.

22 Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists

Yeah, it can be really weak at times, but the core romance never falters. You really grow to believe in these kids. The whole second half is an anime original ending, kind of like the first Fullmetal Alchemist.

23 Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

Like all long running shonen, the filler is next to unberable, but at least the character chemistry is solid and the character designs are attractive. Plus, it has the best music of any long running shonen.

24 InuYasha


Pleagued by series pacing issues, they eventually gave up and just adapted the final almost half of the series in a handful of episodes, which really helped. The romance is frustrating at times, but I still liked it overall.

25 Little Busters!

Little Busters!

47 episodes is close enough. It's definitely not as good as the other Key adaptations, but it doesn't completely drop the ball either. It is for friendship what Clannad is for family.

26 Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

I really wish I could put this higher, but there are just too many issues (read: attempted rape) with the series. When it's good, I love it; when it's bad I just shake my head and curse the author.



My main issue with this series is that there's really no driving motivation here. No goal. Things are just happening, and for no clear purpose. But the cast is big and fun and grows all the time, so I have fun with it.

28 Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Returns

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Returns

I've only seen 48 episodes, but the franchise itself is massive, so I'll say that's close enough. These aren't the type of mysteries that are really possible for the viewer to slove along with the characters; we're really just supposed to understand when they lay out all the facts at the end of the day.

29 Hetalia: Axis Powers

Hetalia: Axis Powers

The episodes are 5 minutes, but there are also hundreds of them. It's pretty funny, especially if you like WWII history (and gay subtext). The dub is definitely the best way to watch.

30 Pokemon


This is on here purely for nostalgia reasons, but man did I ever love this back in the day. I still love the franchise as a whole.

31 Bleach


Bleach sucks. It has its moments, but overall it was not worth my time. I'm not surprised it got axed.


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firelord6667 Apr 24, 2019

bleach does not suck well maby after Aizen is killed then they just through whoever looks evil into the fray and then its just boring but before that it was pretty good