Summer has always been the best time to take a break and do things we love the most whether out of town, abroad, or simply at home.
While some people take this as the perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonders of nature through fun outdoor adventures and traveling, most people simply want to relish in the comforts of their air-conditioned home and binge-watch films and TV shows.
If you're more of an indoor type of person, you can make your summer meaningful by watching anime shows that boast over a hundred episodes. Most often than not, these Japanese-made animated shows are destined to be aesthetically pleasing and, at the same time, impactful with their characters who exude a positive attitude.
Think you can handle the challenge? Then take your pick below:
Pokémon (1,232 episodes)
In case you haven't already heard, the Pokémon series' protagonists, the perpetual 10-year-old Ash Ketchum and his electrifying partner Pikachu, have exited the show as its main leads, set to be replaced by a new set of characters.
This is a fitting conclusion to the two beloved heroes' two-decade adventure in the Pokémon world as Ash had finally achieved his lifelong dream of becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world after emerging victorious in the show's championship tournament. However, the progress wasn't easy, as it was not until over 1,000 episodes later that he managed to fulfill it.
The series follows Ash as he sets out on a journey with the goal of becoming a Pokémon master. From meeting Pikachu and making a lot of companions and rivals to training his Pokémon partners and battling skilled gym leaders, all of these result in one big adventure that will leave you inspired by the underdog story of over 20 years in the making.
Naruto (720 episodes)
Another zero to hero story, the Naruto series is what prompted imaginitive boys to run like ninjas and do complicated movements with their hands to imitate ninja techniques.
Viewers are put in the shoes of Naruto Uzumaki, a rather boisterous and outgoing young ninja. Divided into two parts, with the first one set in his pre-teen years, and the second in his teens, the series explores Naruto's desire to be accepted by his peers as he strives to fulfill his burning desire to become the next Hokage of his village.
While its 720 episodes can be daunting to watch from start to finish, your efforts will be paid off as you'll be rewarded with an immersive story that boasts thought-provoking themes of hatred and violence and how this all changes because of one optimistic and determined ninja who is willing to do whatever it takes to end the world's cycles of hatred forever. All of these make this series one of the most beloved anime of all time.
Gintama (367 episodes)
If you want to spend the rest of your summer having your funny bone tickled, the Gintama is the anime for you.
Gintama centers around Gintoki Sakata, a silver-haired man who mostly spends his time lounging around all while carrying a wooden sword as a way to maintain his stature as a samurai, despite a new law prohibiting all swords in public. He keeps himself busy through his small business called Yorozuya, where he does odd jobs to help other people together with his companions Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura.
Filled with wacky characters that each have their own unique way of making you laugh, the show has earned a reputation of being mind-blowingly hilarious due to its absurd comedic tricks, fourth wall breaks, and inventive use of cultural references and parodies. However, it's not all jokes and laughs as the series also has a handful of emotional and heartwarming moments that will leave a lasting impression on you.
Fairy Tail (328 episodes)
If you're looking for an anime that is filled with magic and wonder at its core all while telling an endearing story of camaraderie, then look no further than this 2009 series.
Fairy Tail follows Lucy Heartfilia, a budding mage who joins the Fairy Tail guild after a fateful encounter with Natsu Dragneel and his cat Happy. Together with other wizards such as the powerful knight Erza and the ice wizard Gray, they embark on numerous quests and adventures while also thwarting dark guilds from enacting their evil intentions.
With over 300 episodes of action-packed adventures and fantastic locations, Fairy Tail will have you wishing to be transported into the show's magical world and join the titular guild filled with quirky and powerful wizards.
Sailor Moon (200 episodes)
The most magical of all magical girls, Sailor Moon inspired a generation of young ladies to be tough and determined in the face of unspeakable evil. Not only that, but it also influenced the magical girl genre entirely, with other animes adopting its enchanting aesthetics. After all, who can forget the protagonists' transformation process defined by glitters, stars, pastels, hearts, and an explosion of pink colors?
Sailor Moon follows the adventures of Usagi Tsukino, a fourteen-year-old student who is known for being a crybaby and unintelligent klutz. She suddenly meets a talking black cat who tells her that she is destined to become Sailor Moon, a soldier who has the power to defend the Earth from evil forces sent by the malicious Queen Beryl of the Dark Kingdom.
However, she is not alone in her battle as fighting alongside her are her fellow Sailor Guardians, which also makes it a show that is sprinkled with valuable lessons of friendship for all genders and ages.