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Ah! My Goddess manga has run from september 1988 to june 2014, and that is 25 years, 9 months.

Of the manga series that have already ended by this posting (before september 2016), what is the longest-running one?

Is it Ah! My Goddess? Or is there an even longer one?

I'm more interested in the time between the first and the last chapter, but if you can in addition to make a point for the one with more chapters, that is also acceptable

  • I thought for sure this was a duplicate or at least related to a question that was already asked, but I looked around and didn't find anything, so +1 and I'm interested to see the answers. – Torisuda Aug 27 '16 at 4:21
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    Off the top of my head, Sazae-san already beats it out at 28 years (1946-1974). I'm sure there's other old stuff out there that ran even longer. From this ja.wikipedia page, there's apparently a baseball manga called "Abu-san" that ran for 41 years (1973-2014). – senshin Aug 27 '16 at 4:49
  • Longest running as in longest continuous running or what? Please clarify. – 絢瀬絵里 Aug 30 '16 at 18:52
  • @AyaseEri time between first and last chapter. It is assumed that some series might have some long hiatus. – Mindwin Aug 30 '16 at 19:38
  • Kochikame is ending this month (September 2016) and is usually given as the manga series with the most chapters/volumes (its final volume will be Volume 200). Chiisana Koi no Monogatari still wins for span of years, though; Kochikame started in 1976, so it's been going for a mere 40 years. – Torisuda Sep 10 '16 at 17:55
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The series mentioned by senshin in the comments are hard to beat. But here is a new record:

Chiisana Koi no Monogatari (小さな恋のものがたり) ran for 52 years, from 1962 to 2014.

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It was created by Chikako Mitsuhashi and published by Manga Time. A total of 43 were published.

Sources: wikipedia and myanimelist.

According to the same wikipedia article, the record to most chapters seem to go to Sazae-san, with 6477, and the one for more volumes published to Nijitte Monogatari with 111.

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    Good find (but note that Kochikame is still ongoing, and so probably not what OP is looking for). It's important to keep in mind, though, that the amount of content in "one chapter" or "one volume" can vary a lot, both by genre and over time. Page count is probably a better measure of "which series has the most content" (though, again, the amount of content in a page varies, too, albeit less so). – senshin Aug 28 '16 at 1:46
  • @senshin You are right. Sazae-san actually has more chapters, and ended in 1994. I've edited accordingly. I also agree that page count is a better measure for amount of content. – David Aug 28 '16 at 2:45
  • @senshin that is why i worded the question to mention time lapse between episodes. And I put a stop at the month of posting, to exclude ongoing series. It somehow breaks SE timelessness requirements, but it can remain as a research reference. – Mindwin Aug 29 '16 at 12:32

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