Gintama: 367 EpisodesGintama: 367 Episodes

Gintama accomplishes the rare feat of being a shonen anime that never drops the ball. It follows Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura, who struggle to make ends meet as they are hired to handle “odd jobs.” Yet slowly become acclaimed warriors who save the universe.

Gintama properly sells its action and melodrama. But it’s also ridiculously funny with rapid-fire jokes that lampoon the most popular anime and pop culture.

One Piece: 1074 Episodes (Ongoing)One Piece: 1074 Episodes (Ongoing)

One Piece has become one of anime’s biggest mixed bags simply because there’s so much content to consume. One Piece is so grandiose that there are even entire arcs that are longer than 100 episodes. The adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his passionate, powerful Straw Hat Pirates crew begin with fame and fortune on their horizon.

One Piece initially struggles with its filler episodes, but soon figures out how to maximize these stories and turn them into its secret weapon. Many of One Piece’s strongest episodes come from later in its run. And it’s hardly a situation where the best material is front-loaded.

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Yu Yu Hakusho: 112 EpisodesYu Yu Hakusho: 112 Episodes

Yu Yu Hakusho is a signature ’90s shonen series that benefits from its brevity. It isn’t exactly short, but it shows a lot of restraint. Yu Yu Hakusho chronicles Yusuke Urameshi’s journey from juvenile delinquent to courageous spirit detective and demon warrior.

Curiously, it’s the introductory episodes set in the real world where Yu Yu Hakusho is at its weakest. But it doesn’t take long for it to find its footing through intimidating demonic adversaries. If nothing else, the characters’ impeccable ’90s fashion sense makes Yu Yu Hakusho a worthy adventure.