Monday, April 18, 2016

Manga Monday (7) Longest Running Anime Series

When many people think of long running anime series, One Piece is the anime that comes to everyone's mind. However, the title of Longest Running Anime series actually goes to Sazae-San a Yonkoma Manga (similar to Comic strips) series originally written and illustrated by Machiko Hasegawa.

Sazae-San is a story about family. The main character is a mother named Sazae-san. She lives in a house with her husband, her kids and her parents. It is a very traditional manga, a feel good tale similar to that of say The Partridge Family or The Brady Bunch. The stories are always lighthearted and the characters will always find a lesson in whatever challenge they come up against.

In 2013 Sazae-San was awarded the Guinness World Record  as the longest-running animated television series in the world. At that time the series had been on the air over 45 years and had over  2,250 full episodes not including over 7,000 short story clips.  Since the beginning of the series the opening and closing credits have remained the same. They are both sung by singer Yuko Uno.

If you'd like to learn more about Sazae-San check out the official website http://www.fujitv.co.jp/sazaesan . If you don't speak Japanese you will have to use a translator on the page but the site does give excellent background to the series and also information about upcoming episodes.


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Well I guess that's about it for this week.
Have you seen this Anime?
What Anime's are you currently watching?

Let me know in the comments below what you'd like me to cover in the next couple of weeks and also what you're reading or watching currently (if anything). I could use some recommendations!

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