The One Piece anime adaptation will reach 1000 episodes this weekend, but how many other series have also reached this landmark broadcast?

If you are new to the One Piece series and need to catch up, or if you are crazy enough to re-watch the entire series…you’ll need about 49 full days of non-stop binging to reach the current broadcast.

This weekend, the global-mega series reaches a landmark milestone in its production, the airing of episode 1000!

The release of season 21 episode 109 is a point of celebration for fans around the world, but how many other anime series have also reached 1000 episodes?

One Piece: Episode 1000 | Official Teaser Trailer

One Piece: Episode 1000 | Official Teaser Trailer

One Piece reaches 1000th episodes

This weekend, the iconic One Piece franchise will reach an impressive milestone; broadcasting 1000 individual episodes.

One Piece’s anime adaptation is arguably one of the most recognisable series’ in the world, originally making its television debut on October 20th, 1999.

President and CEO of Toei Animation Masayuki Endo explained via Anime News Network the importance of this milestone. She stated that this “is truly a history-making moment not only for the franchise, but also for the millions of fans around the world that have supported the series over the last 22 years.”

Episode 1000 of One Piece will launch at 2 AM GMT on Sunday, November 21st – you can find a detailed breakdown of the international release time here.

“It isn’t every day you get to celebrate such a respected series hit such a grand milestone like this. ‘One Piece’ has been a huge part of the Funimation family over time and we’re so proud to be a part of the ongoing journey Toei Animation continues to produce.” – Asa Suehiro, via Anime News Network.

One Piece: Episode 1000 | Official Teaser | Funimation

One Piece: Episode 1000 | Official Teaser | Funimation

Anime with 1000 episodes

Whilst the 1K-club is a prestigious group to be a part of, One Piece is by no means there alone with 16 anime series broadcasting over 1000 episodes.

However, One Piece is the first non-family orientated anime to reach this milestone i.e., a series not specifically designed for children.

Topping the charts is the infamous Japanese children’s series ‘Sazae-san’, which debuted in 1969 and at the time of writing, has broadcast more than 7,500 episodes – that’s more than 37 days of content!

  1. Sazae-san
  2. Nintama Rantaro
  3. Ojarumaru
  4. Oyako Club
  5. Doraemon
  6. Kirin no Monoshiri Yakata
  7. Soreike Anpanman
  8. Kirin Ashita no Calendar
  9. Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi
  10. Hoka Hoka Kazoku
  11. Chibi Maruko-chan
  12. Monoshiri Daigaku Ashita no Calendar
  13. Doraemon (2005)
  14. Crayon Shin-chan
  15. Detective Conan (Case Closed)
  16. Sekai Monoshiri Ryoko.
  17. One Piece

TV series with 1000 episodes

Broadening out our criteria to non-anime and non-animated content, there are a host of long-running television series that outpace One Piece.

The title of the longest-running programmes is held by German children’s series ‘Sandmannchen’, which debuted in 1959 and has an outstanding 22,000 broadcasted episodes across 61 seasons!

The next four longest-running shows are dominated by the American soap operas, ‘Guiding Light’, ‘General Hospital’, ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘As the World Turns’.

Further down the list, we have the Filipino variety show ‘Eat Beluga’, US soap series ‘The Young and the Restless’ and French game show ‘Des chiffres et des lettres’.

Remember that fans can celebrate the 1000th episode of One Piece by joining in with the livestream event on the Funimation and Toei Animation YouTube channels – more information here.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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