Recently, the Big Three in My Hero Academia became quite a trendy topic for anime fans. However, a lot of them don’t know that there used to be the three most path-breaking shows that changed the entire history of anime. That’s right, the Big Three are the top three Shonen anime that are up and running since the 90s. These three names include Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach. Moreover, they happen to be the longest-running anime of all time. With One Piece still up and running, the legacy of the Big Three is still intact.
Not only in running period, but these shows are still on the top charts of viewership. The One Piece manga is also one of the most read texts of all time. Moreover, even though the original sources material of Bleach and Naruto are no longer running, the readership is still significantly high on digital platforms. So let us tell you all in detail about the Big Three!
The Bleach anime series was the first one to opt-out of the Big Three in 2012. The shonen anime ran for a good eight years with more than fifteen seasons. Well, it first came out in 2015, and Studio Pierrot was behind the production of all the three hundred episodes. Moreover, Viz Media has the international distributing rights of the anime.
So, the story of Bleach follows the story of a soul reaper who believes that his life is worthless as a man who devours souls for a living, but this is his familial duty, so he cannot give up upon his destiny either. However, Ichigo does take up the life of a warrior by helping the common folk and competing in championships. Will the heavenly guilds let him become the opposite of what he was made for? The answer lies in watching Bleach.
The reason why this is the second name in the league of the Big Three is that it was the second one that ended the course. Naruto first came out in the year 2002 and ran for more than fifteen years. The series mainly came out in two parts, namely Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. On the other hand, the original manga by Masashi Kishimoto came out in 1999, and 2014 was the last year for the publishing of the manga. All of the seasons and spin-offs are a production of Studio Pierrot and Aniplex.
The story essentially follows that titular character Naruto Uzumaki who wishes to become the greatest master of the art of ninja and martial arts. Moreover, being an orphan, his physical strength is his only resource to find power and name. Thus, the young boy reaches out to several ninja masters and learns to hold a grip over his art. The show is full of action sequences and battles that will keep you on the edge of your seat. So, if you are up for a show that is more than five hundred episodes long, Naruto is a perfect choice.
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By record, One Piece is the longest-running anime of all time. The show has been punctually airing from the year 1999, making it a part of the Big Three. The original manga by Eiichiro Oda first came out in July 1997. Two years later, Toei Animation took up the anime project. Since then, the manga has recently completed a thousand chapters and ninety-nine volumes. Moreover, at the time of writing this article, the anime will soon mark the thousandth episode as well.
One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D Luffy and his pirate friends on a ship. The team of mismatched outcasts is looking for the treasure called the One Piece. This treasure can make anyone the king of all Pirates, which Luffy wants to become. Thus, their adventurous voyage begins. However, many evil men are also looking for the same jewel. The back and forth between the Straw Hat pirates and the rest of the villains of the sea make up for the plot of One Piece.
So, these were the Big Three Shonen anime that are known to the anime world. We hope that you will also gather the courage and time to finish off all these shows one day. Do share your personal reviews of these shows with us in the comment box below. And if you want more latest updates about the classic Big Three, then don’t hesitate to come back to The Anime Daily.