Like all good things, all great manga will come to an end … or maybe they will last until the author dies. Over the past few years, some of the biggest names in the current manga generation have officially come to an end such as “Naruto” and “Bleach”, after having been released for more than 10 years in a row. And not too long ago in September 2016, “Kochikame”, the longest running manga series in history, also ended its 40-year journey with the 200th volume.
Still, we still have a lot. Here are the top 10 longest manga series that are still releasing at the moment (not counting the longer ones but which have ended in full).
1. Ginga Densetsu Weed
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Shounen
Released: 1999 – Present
“Ginga Legend Weed” is the sequel manga “Ginga” and has the main story about a puppy named Weed on his quest to find his father, Ginga.
Genre: Comedy, History, Seinen
Released: 1973 – Present
“Haguregumo”, a humorous manga set in the history of the Edo period with the protagonist Kumo, a “mean” former samurai who spends most of his time drunk and flirting.
Genre: Drama, Life, Seinen
Released: 1983 – Present
“Oishibo” is a very unique manga as it tells the story of Shiro Yamaoka, a food critic whose mission is to try all sorts of heavenly foods under the sea and then write reports about them.
4. Hajime no Ippo
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Shounen, Sports
Released: 1989 – Present
“Hajime no Ippo” is the most successful sports manga in history revolving around boxing. Its main content tells about the journey from a shy teen to becoming a Japanese champion of Ippo boy.
5. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History, Horror, Shounen, Vampire
Volumes: 118 (as of December 2016)
Released: 1986 – Present
Manga “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” has a combination of many elements of action, adventure, and supernatural is very interesting and takes place in each major chapter. Each major chapter takes place in a different historical period with different main characters, but all have the common nickname “JoJo”.
6. Grappler Baki
Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Shounen, Sports
Released: 1991 – Present
Launched in 1991, “Grappler Baki” has content about martial arts and gives readers access to many schools of martial arts around the world, witnessing extremely satisfying and thrilling competitions through the journey of the main character Baki.
7. Cooking Papa
Volumes: 139 (as of December 2016)
Released: 1984 – Present
Another culinary manga on this list, but the difference is that “Cooking Papa” has the main character of a great chef and also a man with a happy family.
8. Minami no Teiou
Genre: Psychology, Seinen, Detective
Released: 1992 – Present
Not well known overseas, but “Minami no Teiou” is one of the hottest manga in Japan. Its main content revolves around Ginjiro Manda, a notorious debt-lender in the Minami area, Osaka Prefecture, and thereby brings many meaningful lessons about Japanese underground social culture.
9. Golgo 13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, History, Seinen
Released: 1968 – Present
“Golgo 13” is Japan’s most popular espionage action manga, which has been released since 1968 and has not shown any signs of ending. Readers will be the real professional assassin Golgo 13 or Duke Togo in countless intriguing missions that seem impossible.
Genre: School, Shounen, Sports
Released: 1972 – Present
At No. 1 and also the longest continuing to release in Japan at the moment is “Dokaben”, a manga with a theme about baseball sports. Readers will be able to follow the main characters from when they were high school students to becoming professional players in major tournaments.