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Locke the Superman Tops List of Longest-Running Manga

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

The April issue of Nikkei Business Publications' Nikkei Entertainment! magazine, which shipped on March 2, published an article that listed the top 30 longest-running manga. The Nikkei Style website posted the list online on Tuesday.

The listed manga have been running for a minimum of 20 years, and seinen manga published by Shogakukan dominate the list. Locke the Superman and Golgo 13, both series that have been running for about 50 years, ranked at #1 and #2, respectively. Shojo manga that concentrate around the mid 1970s also have a strong presence on the list.

Here is the full top 30 list of longest-running manga series, according to Nikkei Entertainment!:

1. Locke the Superman (1967)
2. Golgo 13 (1968)
3. Akabee (1972)
4. San-chōme no Yūhi (1974)
5. Wankorobe (1975)
5. Glass Mask (1975)
7. Ōke no Monshō (1976)
7. From Eroica with Love (1976)
9. Patalliro! (1978)
10. Tsuri Baka Nisshi (1979)
11. Kimagure Concept (1981)
11. Captain Tsubasa* (1981)
13. Oishinbo (1983)
13. Shima Kōsaku series* (1983)
15. Kamakura Monogatari (1984)
16. Cooking Papa (1985)
17. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure* (1987)
18. Hajime no Ippo (1989)
18. Berserk (1989)
20. Kaze no Daichi (1990)
21. Naniwa Kinyūden Minami no Teiō (1992)
21. Akagi (1992)
23. Onihei Crime Reports in Edo (1993)
24. Detective Conan (1994)
24. Sake no Hosomichi (1994)
26. Tasogare Ryūseigun (1995)
27. Kaiji* (1996)
28. Futari H (1997)
28. One Piece (1997)
30. Hunter x Hunter (1998)

The list excluded works from newspapers, general weekly magazines, and four-panel manga magazines. The list includes works (marked with an asterisk above) that have had name changes partway through publication. It appears that the list ranked series only by year of initial publication rather than exact launch date.

Source: Nikkei Style (高宮哲, Yurino Hirayama)


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