A lot of the anime I've watched are single, double or triple season anime series like Durarara!, Code Geass, Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica, and Nabari no Ou, just to name a few. But there are also shows like Bleach, Naruto, D Grey Man, and Katekyo Hitman Reborn that have 300 or more episodes.

Why is that? How is it decided that these series get to go on so long?

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    Money. Pretty much just money. Sometimes it's because there's more source material to adapt, but that only matters if adapting it will make money.
    – Torisuda
    Jan 15 '17 at 18:50
  • Sometimes a long-running, popular manga will be produced with the foreknowledge that the anime will be produced almost continuously. That is why we do not generally think of "seasons" for One Piece, Naruto, Fairy Tale, etc. As @Torisuda said this decision still boils down to money. Sometimes expectations are not met, or other factors interfere, and a long-running series will suddenly just end, even with significant manga content left. This happened with World Trigger. Its network just decided to show sports rather than anime.
    – RichF
    Jan 15 '17 at 23:41

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