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How Long It Would Take You To Binge The Most Popular Anime Series

How Long It Would Take You To Binge The Most Popular Anime Series

Without even looking, we know that your anime queue is long. Or, maybe you are new to anime, have heard about some of the popular series in your favorite anime Facebook group and are trying to figure out where to start. Well, either way, the “numbers nerd” in us decided to create a resource that would help you quantify just how much of your life you would be dedicating to binge watch some of the most popular anime series. We break down the stats of the most notoriously, longest running anime (which is still airing episodes…*cough cough, One Piece*), as well as some shorter popular ones that you can binge watch in a few days. Hopefully this list helps you plan out your entertainment for the next few weeks!

Notes about the list: we used My Anime List, as well as polls on our Instagram Stories to decide which anime to feature. Most of these anime series also have movies which were not included in watch time unless we thought that they were absolutely necessary for the completion of the story line. Also, our times include the full episode, including both openings and endings (so do yourself a favorite and skip to save some time). Lastly, you can assume that most of these series are either on Crunchyroll or Funimation, though we also denoted if the full series was also available on Netflix or Hulu (sometimes they only show the first few seasons).

 

Demon Slayer (Kimetsu No Yaiba)

Let’s start you off with a short one. If you have not already watched Kimetsu No Yaiba, catch up before the movie and season 2 drops. A family is attacked by demons and only two members survive – Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko, who is turning into a demon slowly. Tanjiro sets out to become a demon slayer to avenge his family and cure his sister.

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  26, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Demon Slayer: 624 mins (10.4 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 1.3 days ( you can split this up between two days)

My Hero Academia

If you are not already caught up, we are sure that Boku No Hero has been in your queue for a while….still on season 1? Now’s the time! A superhero-loving boy without any powers is determined to enroll in a prestigious hero academy and learn what it really means to be a hero. … However, after the Quirkless dreamer Izuku inherits the powers of the world’s best superhero, All Might, his hopes of becoming the top hero are now possible.

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 4 seasons

Total number of episodes:  86 (still airing), 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch My Hero Academia: 2,064 mins (34.4 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 4.3 ambitious days

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

C’mon, finally see what the #JoJoPoseChallenge is all about. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is the story of the Joestar family, starting with Jonathan, a mild mannered Englishman who strikes up a rivalry with Dio Brando, his adopted brother. Because of a cursed mask, Dio becomes a powerful vampire, and Jonathan swears to stop him. After learning a fighting move called the “Ripple,” which allows Jonathan to kill vampires by punching the sun into them, he goes on a quest to defeat Dio for good. Each arc features a new member of the Joestar family, whose name can also be shortened to “JoJo”.

Where to watch: Crunchyroll (Best option); also partially on Netflix and Hulu

Number of seasons: 5 parts (sometimes grouped as 4 seasons)

Total number of episodes:  152, 24-26 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: 3684 mins (61.4 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 7.68 ambitious days

Naruto (both Naruto and Naruto Shippūdden)

You sure you want this, chief? To give you the full experience, we are giving you the full series of both Naruto (young) and Naruto Shippūden (when they grow up). We will spare you Boruto: The Next Generation because you will already have your queue full. Naruto  tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks to gain recognition from his peers and also dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village.

Where to watch: Netflix or Hulu (Naruto), Crunchyroll (Naruto Shippūden)

Number of seasons: 9 (Naruto) and 17 (Naruto Shippūden)

Total number of episodes:  220 (Naruto) and 500 (Naruto Shippūden)= 720, 22-24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Naruto: 16,920 mins (282 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 35.25 ambitious days

Devilman Crybaby

Before we scare you off, let’s give you a short one that you can binge in a weekend. Though, this anime is crazy. Akira Fudo learns from his best friend Ryo Asuka that demons will revive and reclaim the world from humans. With humans hopeless against this threat, Ryo suggests combining with a demon. With this, Akira becomes Devilman, a being with the power of demon but with a human heart. 

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  10, 24-27 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Devilman Crybaby: 247 mins (4.11 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: less than 1 day

One Piece

Lol….all we have to say is good luck. If you finish this series, you are marriage material because you are obviously great at commitment. The series focuses on Monkey D. Luffy, a young man who, inspired by his childhood idol and powerful pirate “Red Haired” Shanks, sets off on a journey from the East Blue Sea to find the famed treasure One Piece and proclaim himself the King of the Pirates.

Where to watch: Hulu and Crunchyroll

Number of seasons: 20

Total number of episodes:  925 (surprisingly still airing), 24-25 mins each

How long it would take you to watch One Piece: 22,265 mins (370.1 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 46.26 insane days (add an additional few hours since you’d need to catch up on the newly aired episodes)

Dragon Ball Z

The classic. If there is a chance that you missed this one during the Shonen Jump days, it’s never too late to see why people are willing to risk their life for Goku. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of the adult Goku who, along with his companions, defends the earth against an assortment of villains ranging from intergalactic space fighters and conquerors, unnaturally powerful androids and near indestructible magical creatures.

Where to watch: Funimation (first 10 episodes are free w/o subscription)

Number of seasons: 9

Total number of episodes:  291, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Dragon Ball Z: 6,984 mins (116.4 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 14.55 ambitious days

Death Note

“I’ll take a potato chip….AND EAT IT!” In Death Note, a high school student discovers a supernatural notebook that has deadly powers. He can kill anyone he wishes simply by inscribing their name within its pages. Intoxicated with his new power, he begins to eliminate those he deems unworthy of life.

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  37, 23 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Death Note: 851 mins (14.18 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 1.77 days

Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is set in a world where Hunters exist to perform all manner of dangerous tasks like capturing criminals and bravely searching for lost treasures in uncharted territories. Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss is determined to become the best Hunter possible in hopes of finding his father, who was a Hunter himself and had long ago abandoned his young son. However, Gon soon realizes the path to achieving his goals is far more challenging than he could have ever imagined.

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu

Number of seasons: 6 parts

Total number of episodes:  148, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Hunter x Hunter: 3,552 mins (59.2 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 7.4 ambitious days

One Punch Man

OnePunch Man tells the story of Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch but seeks to find a worthy opponent after growing bored by a lack of challenge in his fight against evil. 

Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

Total number of episodes:  24, 24-25 mins each

How long it would take you to watch OnePunch Man: 587 mins (9.78 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 1.22 days 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The series follows the story of two alchemist brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who want to restore their bodies after a disastrous failed attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy.

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu

Number of seasons: 2

Total number of episodes:  64, 24-25 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: 1,598 mins (26.63 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 3.33 ambitious days

Attack On Titan

Attack On Titan is set in a fantasy world where humanity lives within territories surrounded by three enormous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans.

Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix

Number of seasons: 3

Total number of episodes:  59, 23-26 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Attack On Titan: 1,416 mins (23.6 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 2.95 ambitious days

Bleach

Want to catch up before the new Bleach final season drops in 2021? You better start now! Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits his parents’ destiny after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (死神, Shinigami, literally ‘Death God’)—a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki.

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu

Number of seasons: 26

Total number of episodes:  366, 24 mins each 

How long it would take you to watch Bleach: 8,784 mins (146.4 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 18.3 ambitious days

Black Butler

A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family’s death and successfully lead their influential toy manufacturing company. The demon takes the form of a loyal butler who’s always dressed in black and is required to protect, serve and arrive whenever summoned by his young master Ciel.

Where to watch: Funimation Netflix

Number of seasons: 3

Total number of episodes:  47 (available online, apparently there are 49), 23-26 mins

How long it would take you to watch Black Butler: 1,128 mins (18.8 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 2.35 days

Steins; Gate

The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara, where he indulges himself in his hobby of inventing prospective “future gadgets” with fellow lab members: Mayuri Shiina, his air-headed childhood friend, and Hashida Itaru, a perverted hacker nicknamed “Daru.”

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  24, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Steins; Gate: 576 mins (9.6 hour)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 1.2 days

Haiikyuu!

Hinata Shouyou, a short middle school student, gained a sudden love of volleyball after watching a national championship match on TV. Determined to become like the championship’s star player, a short boy nicknamed “the small giant”, Shouyou joined his school’s volleyball club.

Where to watch

Number of seasons: 4

Total number of episodes:  71, 25-26 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Haiikyuu!: 1,810 mins (30.17 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 3.77 ambitious  days

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Radical Ed: a ragtag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals.

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  26, 23-25 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Cowboy Bebop: 646 mins (10.77 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 1.35 days

Black Clover

Black Clover follows the first adventures of Asta and the Black Bulls in the fictional Clover Kingdom. After Asta receives a grimoire and joins the Black Bulls to become the new Wizard King, he explores a dungeon and meets Mars, a magic knight from the Diamond Kingdom.

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

Number of seasons: 3

Total number of episodes:  127 (still airing), 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Black Clover: 3,048 mins (50.8 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 6.35 ambitious days

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail centers around the “Fairy Tail Guild” in Magnolia. Focusing on the 4 main characters: Lucy, Natsu, Gray and Erza. Within the guild there’s a request board for jobs. Each wizard goes on jobs around the city, ranging from bizarre, to dangerous, to easy to ridiculous, and everything in between.

Where to watch: Funimation, Crunchyroll

Number of seasons: 9

Total number of episodes:  328, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Fairy Tail: 7,872 mins (131.2 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 16.4 ambitious days 

Neon Genesis Evangelion (plus End of Evangelion)

The most iconic anime opening every. The Evangelion series revolves around the organization NERV, using large mechas called Evangelions to combat monstrous beings called Angels. They are piloted by several of the main characters, including Shinji Ikari, Asuka Sohryu, and Rei Ayanami.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Number of seasons: 1 season

Total number of episodes:  26 (including End of Evangelion), 23-29 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Neon Genesis Evangelion: 591 mins (9.85 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 1.23 days

Inuyasha

The series begins with Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from modern-day Tokyo who is transported to the Sengoku period of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half dog-demon, Inuyasha. When a monster from that era tries to take the magical Shikon Jewel embodied in Kagome, she inadvertently shatters the Jewel into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan. Inuyasha and Kagome start traveling to recover it before the powerful and evil half spider-demon Naraku finds all the shards. Inuyasha and Kagome gain a number of allies during their journey, and their group is joined by Shippo, Miroku, Sango and Kirara.

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 2 (including The Final Act)

Total number of episodes:  193, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Inuyasha: 4,632 mins (77.2 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 9.65 ambitious days

Sailor Moon

Many girl’s beloved anime from the 90s. A 14-year-old underachieving young sailor-suited schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino meets a magical talking cat named Luna. Luna gives Usagi the ability to transform into her magical alter ego — Sailor Moon — tasked with locating the moon princess and battling the evil forces of the Dark Kingdom.

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 5 (not including Sailor Moon Crystal)

Total number of episodes:  200, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Sailor Moon: 4,800 mins (80 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 10 ambitious days

Tokyo Ghoul

A Tokyo college student is attacked by a ghoul, a superpowered human who feeds on human flesh. He survives, but has become part ghoul and becomes a fugitive on the run. The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious “ghouls” who are devouring humans.

Where to watch: Hulu, Funimation

Number of seasons: 3 (though some count “:re” as 2 separate seasons)

Total number of episodes:  48, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Tokyo Ghoul: 1,152 mins (19.2 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day

Code Geass (and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

Set in an alternate timeline, the series follows the exiled prince Lelouch vi Britannia, who obtains the “power of absolute obedience” from a mysterious woman named C.C. Using this supernatural power, known as Geass, he leads a rebellion against the rule of the Holy Britannian Empire, commanding a series of mecha battles.

Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix

Number of seasons: 2 (Code Geass) + 2 (LotR)

Total number of episodes:  50 (Code Geass) + 25 (LotR), 23-25 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Code Geass: 1,825 mins (30.42 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 3.8 ambitious days

Erased

Definitely a series worth watching, especially if you are new to anime and like mystery. The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a young man who somehow possesses an ability known as “Revival”, which sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident, enabling him to prevent it from happening again. When his mother is murdered by an unknown assailant in his own home, Satoru’s ability suddenly sends him back eighteen years into the past when he was still in elementary school. This gives him the opportunity to not only save his mother but also prevent a kidnapping incident that took the lives of three of his childhood friends; two classmates and one young girl studying at a different school nearby

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  12, 23 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Erased: 276 mins (4.6 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: less than 1 day

DARLING in the FRANXX

In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity is under constant threat from giant creatures known as klaxosaurs, which are sub-divided into at least four categories based on their size: “Conrad”, “Mohorovičić”, “Gutenberg” and “(Super) Lehmann”. Pushed to the brink of annihilation, the remnants of humanity are led by the mysterious organization known as APE to abandon Earth’s now desolate surface for the relative safety of mobile fortress-cities known as Plantations. To defend the Plantations, children called parasites are raised to pilot giant mecha known as Franxx in boy-girl pairs.

Where to watch: Hulu

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  24, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch DARLING in the FRANXX: 576 mins (9.6 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 1.2 days

Gurren Lagann

Gurren Lagann takes place in a fictional future where Earth is ruled by the Spiral King, Lordgenome, who forces mankind to live in isolated subterranean villages. The plot focuses on two teenagers, Simon and Kamina, who live in a subterranean village and wish to go to the surface.

Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  27 episodes, 25 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Gurren Lagann: 675 mins (11.25 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 1.4 days

Sword Art Online

The story of the first season follows the adventures of Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki, two players who are trapped in the virtual world of “Sword Art Online” (SAO). They are tasked to clear all 100 Floors and defeat the final boss in order to be freed from the game.

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

Number of seasons: 4 parts

Total number of episodes:  85, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Sword Art Online: 2,040 mins (34 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: 4.25 ambitious days

Yuri!!! On Ice

Another short and cute series. The series revolves around the relationships between Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki; his idol, Russian figure-skating champion Victor Nikiforov, and up-and-coming Russian skater Yuri Plisetsky; as Yuri K. and Yuri P. take part in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, with Victor acting as coach to Yuri K.

Where to watch: Crunchyroll

Number of seasons: 1

Total number of episodes:  12, 24 mins each

How long it would take you to watch Yuri On Ice: 288 mins (4.8 hours)

How long if you watched it 8 hours/day: less than a day

 

Alright, #QuirkFam, now you know what it’s going to take to get through these. Which one are you taking on first? Want some new friends to talk to about anime? Download the Quirktastic app.

 

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