Even though we have a lot of high-end animation studios in the industry, the craze of reading old-school black and white manga won’t fade ever as there’s a specialized audience for it. If we talk only about manga, there are lots of varieties in terms of domain and storyline. Some just run for a few months, whereas some run for decades. Here, we will rank some of the longest-running manga of all time. Make sure to read this piece till the end to learn about some good manga.
Manga is very much different from anime as they are majorly the reference material for anime. The story generally remains very much ahead of the anime, and it is written by the original creators. The story generally remains close to the originality with zero makeovers. Let’s now dive into our list of longest-running manga ever.
10. Silver Fan: Meteor Gin
This manga was one of the longest-running manga showcased between 1983 to 1987. The manga was written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Takahashi. The story of the series revolves around the dog named Gin, who sets on a journey to defeat one of his formidable enemies, a one-eyed bear named Akakabuto. This simple yet beautiful story is definitely worth giving a try.
9. Captain Tsubasa
The concept of sports anime or manga is not new, and this series proves this point quite well. This manga was written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi and serialized for nine years straight, and the story was way too much appealing and actually made fans hooked to each and every chapter of the manga. This football-based sports manga is definitely a must-read if you are into football.
8. Pokemon Adventures
Pokemon is something we all grew up with. We all witnessed Ash’s journey at least once, and we all shouted for Pikachu in some desperate situation, but can you believe that the Pokemon manga still runs with regular chapter releases? The Ash’s journey is still going on, and we actually don’t know when it will be over, but this manga is surely something that fans want to run forever.
7. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Starting back in 1987, this manga is gaining a lot of eyes across the world up till today. The manga is known to feature some of the most uniquely designed characters, and the story is also broken into several characters and distinct arcs.
Not only manga, but the anime of Jojo Bizarre Adventure is also one of the successful series with a massive anime-loving community.
6. The Prince of Tennis
This manga was written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi and featured between 1999 to 2008. This sports manga is famous for its most hyped-up story and deeply designed character visuals.
As the name suggests, the story of the manga is based on tennis and the major protagonist of the series, Ryoma Echizen, who aimed to become the best ever tennis player. Will he be able to be one? Well, you have to catch up with the manga to know more about it.
5. Golgo 13
This manga is one of the oldest manga, which started back in 1968 and has 639 chapters in total. Aired for over 53 years, this manga is based on assassins and a very focused agent who can go beyond any limits to accomplish his mission.
This manga is a little bit matched with the hitman series but with more thrill and suspense. If you love to read crime-based thrillers, you can add this manga to your read list.
4. Shin Chan
We all watched Shin Chan once in our childhood, and it is also one of the most popular anime amongst kids in many countries; however, it is interesting to know that this anime was never intended to target the young audience.
Starting back in 1990, Shin Chan earned a huge name in the manga and entertainment world. The story is based on Shin Chan and his Nohara family, who does daily household chores and crazy activities. This series is perfect for time-killing and feeling refreshed.
3. Baki The Grappler
Baki the Grappler is another example of a very long-running manga with the same excitement and hype. This manga has five parts and 137 volumes in total. The series is based on wrestling and also has an anime adaptation by Netflix.
If you are looking for something unique and filled with lots of crazy fights, then Baki The Grapper is for you.
2. Dragon Ball Series
Dragon Ball is the most popular series in the world, which was written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama Sensei. The series still continues and lies on one of the top shonen lists. The story is based on Goku and his friends who fight external and internal threats and save Planet Earth.
The story is based on power levels and the reason for the existence of each and every character. If you love power levels and extreme level fights, then Dragon Ball is for you.
1. One Piece
One Piece is one of the largest-selling manga in the world and one of the oldest manga, of course. This series is written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda and focuses on the lives of pirates who set their journey in the ocean in search of the great treasure, One Piece.
Sharing the same dream, our major protagonist also sailed through the ocean when he was 17 and recruited amazing crewmates along the way. One Piece is not just the series but the endless journey of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew.