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Guinness Certifies Sazae-san as Longest Running Animated Show

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
2,250-episode anime of Machiko Hasegawa's strip manga marks 45th anniversary this year

The Guinness World Records committee recognized the anime adaptation of Machiko Hasegawa's Sazae-san manga as the longest-running animated television series in the world on Thursday. On the same day, a ceremony was held to commemorate the event, with Midori Katō (voice of the title heroine Sazae) accepting the award.

Katou commented on the event, saying, “This is such a famous award throughout the world, so I'm excited. I've been doing this for 45 years, so when I see this award knowing that people all over Japan have been watching and that Fuji TV has watched over this work, my heart is full of emotions.”

The anime adaptation of Machiko Hasegawa's Sazae-san manga began airing in 1969, and the show celebrated its 45th anniversary of airing this year. The anime has had over 2,250 episodes (with about 7,000 short stories) as of September 1, and constantly ranks high on the Japanese TV rankings.

In addition, a live-action drama special adapting author Machiko Hasegawa's life is scheduled to air in November. A special retrospective on the past 7,000 stories will also air this fall, along with the fourth live-action special starring Arisa Mizuki as Sazae.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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