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Need something to watch while all the shows in my queue wait for their weekly half-hour episode.

Preferably something with like 50 episodes or more, but I'll take what I can get. There is no upper limit. I'm the kind of person who gets overjoyed to find shows like One Piece with its seventeen-season backlog.

I'm not terribly fond of "shonen" shows as a whole genre, but I'll watch them if there's something behind the action and powers. Using One Piece again, it's got a lot of heart, surprisingly deep characters, and some solid world-building for such a whimsical fantasy setting. But I typically watch the big climactic fights of shonen anime and think things like "Is Frieza seriously not dead yet...?"

I'm also not fond of the "blank-slate audience-projection" protagonist. Give me someone with an actual personality...

I have no aversion to violence/nudity/psychological horror/etc. I don't particularly seek it out either, I just don't care one way or the other. Elfen Lied was one of my favorite shows.

I also want to start at the very beginning. Like I heard "Fuuka" is supposed to be pretty good, but I can't find the original show that it's a sequel to anywhere... (Shizuna? Shizuka? I can't remember its name now...) I don't care how easy it is for newcomers to start with, if a show takes place in the same world as another that came before it, I want to watch the first show first, so I'll get all the references. I seriously bought Tron and Chicken Little on DVD and watched them just because they were going to be in Kingdom Hearts II. Like I thought about giving all those shows that start with "Fate/" a try, but I can't figure out where it all starts...

If there's actually anything left in Crunchyroll's database (or Netflix's or Hulu's or Youtube's...) after narrowing it down that far, then please let me know, so that I can fill out my ever-shrinking queue.
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Well... Gintama might be good.

Its super fun to binge and its quite hilarious.

Its mostly comedy at first however it is a shonen but its really good.

Thats all I really know in terms of really long anime.
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I'm not terribly fond of "shonen" shows as a whole genre, but I'll watch them if there's something behind the action and powers. Using One Piece again, it's got a lot of heart, surprisingly deep characters, and some solid world-building for such a whimsical fantasy setting. But I typically watch the big climactic fights of shonen anime and think things like "Is Frieza seriously not dead yet...?"


Based on this paragraph, I would definitely recommend /gintama. It takes a while to really get started, the first great arc (Benizakura) doesn't start until episode 58, and lasts 4-5 episodes, which is typical for the majority of Gintama's "serious" arcs until recently. The show takes place in late 19th century Japan, after aliens have forcefully invaded the Earth (mirroring the real world history of the United States forcing Japan to open their borders at the same time), and follows a former samurai with a sweet tooth, who runs an odd jobs service.

And I see Luna's post as I was writing this one.

Also, /chihayafuru, which is a sports anime about a competitive card game (not collectible), and is better than I could possibly describe.
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I really don't know where you could find it but I'm going to mention "Cross Game" cause it's 50 episodes which I watched in a weekend, the longest show I've marathoned in such a short time. Gintama and Chihayafuru are definitely good as well.

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If you like sports anime then Haikyu!! and Ace of Diamond are both over 50 episodes.
Sword Art Online is 50 episodes but has divided audiences - some think it is brilliant while others are disapointed with the path it took halfway through season 1.
Shugo Chara is well over 50 episodes and certainly not shonen but is perhaps aimed at a younger audience.
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Death Note is an easy show to binge.

Also Hunter x Hunter & Gintama. Both take some time to get rolling but when they do you will be hooked.

Space Brothers & Bakuman are two shows I couldn't put down once I started.
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I am currently watching World Trigger has 73 episodes on CR
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I second the suggestions for Chihayafuru (describing it cannot convey how completely engrossing this is and how one couldn't believe that 23ish minutes had already passed each week and how much you just wanted to watch the next episode right now), Haikyuu, Hunter x Hunter and, possibly, Shugo Chara. I'm still not completely sure how I liked Shugo Chara so much but I did (and I do have some ideas why (but be warned that the third season, "Party," is pretty lame, especially the live action segments and the short segments featuring the guardian characters).
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I tried Gintama once, and got a couple episodes in, but it seemed to be starting in the middle, like there were a bunch of characters that the protagonists just knew with no introduction. It almost felt like the writers just decided to skip past all the introductory stuff so they could use all the characters right away... Was I interpreting it wrong? I read the first chapter or two as a preview in Shonen Jump, and I don't remember it being nearly so abrupt in the beginning... But if I'm wrong, I'll definitely give it another try.

It wouldn't be the first time I let a poor first impression delay a cool show for months or years... I saw the first episode of RWBY and thought "...wow, this looks like some guy convinced some people off the street to voice some stuff he threw together in a 3d modeling program..." but I gave it another try a while later, and actually watched past the first episode or two, and now, with every new episode I think "OH MY GOD HOW CAN THIS SHOW BE SO GOOD, AND STILL GETTING BETTER EVERY SEASON?!" I also watched the first episode of School-Live, and wrote it off as one of those "cute girls doing cute things" shows with no real promise of any major plot or character development. I felt this way about it because I literally stopped watching less than a minute before the big reveal at the end of the first episode...

Chihayafuru looks interesting. Added to queue. Why is that such a weird word to spell?

As for Cross Game, Is it basically just a sports anime? or is there more to it? The description I found wasn't very... descriptive.

Ditto Haikyu and Ace of Diamond.

Shugo Chara sounds... interesting. At 100+ episodes, I'll give it a try. Though I'm a little scared of how people keep saying the newer season went downhill...

Sword Art Online; seen it. I won't deny that it had some flaws, but it wasn't nearly as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. I actually liked the direction they took partway through. If you ask me, it would feel a bit contrived if they always spent the whole show inside the game, being doomed to fail to get out until the end just because that's the show's premise. I'm the kind of person who got frustrated every time Gilligan failed to get off the Island, or every time Brain failed to take over the world...

I only see the Death Note drama on Crunchyroll. Is it any good, or should I find the anime instead? Also, I read the manga about 80-90% of the way through. Is it pretty close to the manga, or does it take it in a different direction?

Hunter x Hunter; read some reviews; sold; added to kyuu.

Space Brothers; For some reason I was under the impression this was a movie instead of a show... Added to 9.

Bakuman; Not on Crunchyroll. Might give it a try if I find it somewhere else. Side note: the two main characters remind me of Light and L. The fact that one is holding a pen dramatically in some of the google search results isn't helping...

World Trigger: seen it. Terribly dissapointed in its blatant "our show got canned" ending. I really liked the characters and setting. I love how they developed the characters. Especially Osamu. I don't think I've seen anyone pull a "weakling main character" off the way they did with him. Also props to that show for giving the "quiet shy girl" character a legit reason to use a giant laser sniper rifle without busting up the "quiet shy girl" vibe...

Well, I think I've got enough to last me a while, but they'll run out eventually, so keep the suggestions coming.
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chimera245 wrote:

I tried Gintama once, and got a couple episodes in, but it seemed to be starting in the middle, like there were a bunch of characters that the protagonists just knew with no introduction. It almost felt like the writers just decided to skip past all the introductory stuff so they could use all the characters right away... Was I interpreting it wrong? I read the first chapter or two as a preview in Shonen Jump, and I don't remember it being nearly so abrupt in the beginning... But if I'm wrong, I'll definitely give it another try.


The first two episodes were actually an hour long special that just shows some random hijinks. After that, they show how Gintoki (the main character) meets Shinpachi (the glasses guy), Kagura (the red-headed girl), and most of the other characters that aren't properly introduced at first. You still won't see Gin's whole backstory, but it will come up in due time.

Oh, and "chihayafuru" is the first line from one of the cards, but can also be read as "Chihaya-full," a reference to the main character.
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As others have posted:

Chihayafuru Season 1& 2 are a good series. There is more to this show than the card play. Pretty intense at times. Mentoring plays an important role throughout as it is a participatory sport. It's nice to see a series where it's not focused on the ego-centrism of just 1 or 2 main characters.
Space Brothers: also a good series about perserverence, sibling rivalry with NASA and Japan space program. Also intense.

Hunter X Hunter: 148 episodes. It's a good show. Starts out with main character Gon emulating his (estranged) father during his journey toward an ultimate goal. Along the way he meets up with 3 other traveling companions and together it becomes a transformation process for all. Three of the four characters get character development while the 4th, Leorio, does not. Supposedly this crusade is an ongoing story but the author has been on hiatus (back pain from too much story boarding over time) long enough that Leorio's development may never materialize. I found the Chimera Ant arc in the series to be both captivating, moving. No regrets watching it.
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If that's the case, I'll definitely add Gintama to the 九.

Chihayafuru: started yesterday and already to episode 19.
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Need something to watch while all the shows in my queue wait for their weekly half-hour episode.

Preferably something with like 50 episodes or more, but I'll take what I can get. There is no upper limit. I'm the kind of person who gets overjoyed to find shows like One Piece with its seventeen-season backlog.

I'm not terribly fond of "shonen" shows as a whole genre, but I'll watch them if there's something behind the action and powers. Using One Piece again, it's got a lot of heart, surprisingly deep characters, and some solid world-building for such a whimsical fantasy setting. But I typically watch the big climactic fights of shonen anime and think things like "Is Frieza seriously not dead yet...?"

I'm also not fond of the "blank-slate audience-projection" protagonist. Give me someone with an actual personality...

I have no aversion to violence/nudity/psychological horror/etc. I don't particularly seek it out either, I just don't care one way or the other. Elfen Lied was one of my favorite shows.

I also want to start at the very beginning. Like I heard "Fuuka" is supposed to be pretty good, but I can't find the original show that it's a sequel to anywhere... (Shizuna? Shizuka? I can't remember its name now...) I don't care how easy it is for newcomers to start with, if a show takes place in the same world as another that came before it, I want to watch the first show first, so I'll get all the references. I seriously bought Tron and Chicken Little on DVD and watched them just because they were going to be in Kingdom Hearts II. Like I thought about giving all those shows that start with "Fate/" a try, but I can't figure out where it all starts...

If there's actually anything left in Crunchyroll's database (or Netflix's or Hulu's or Youtube's...) after narrowing it down that far, then please let me know, so that I can fill out my ever-shrinking queue.


Suzuka is actually on Funimation and A Town Where You Live (aka "Kimi no Iru Machi" , the semi-sequel series also containing Fuuka Akitsuki) is on Youtube last I looked).

As for suggestions of longer anime ...
Captain Earth
Twin Star Exorcists (which is at episode 40-something and still playing weekly)
The Grisaia Series (Fruit of, Labyrinth of, Eden of)
The World God Only Knows
A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun
The Fate series
The Monogatari series
Valerian and Laureline (Actually French Animation and found here on Crunchyroll)
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Chihayafuru: started yesterday and already to episode 19.


It's amazing, isn't it?

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Hunter X Hunter, it's amazing and this is coming from someone who typically doesn't care for long running shounens.
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