The fine line between reality and cartoon-level abstraction is a very delicate matter, one that could do well to be more meticulously experimented with and utilized, not as interpreted or enforced by capitalism and commercialization and monopoly. Corporate manipulation, that is.
“Eventually, every long running series loses it's charm...” says a friend of mine. Not if it was intended in the first place to be long in length according to the weight of the not-so-easily-condensed-or-limited entity the story and lore represented and the endless possibilities that couldn’t be easily squeezed into just 3 or 4 seasons, as in the epics or the myths. Five works of media I hold in high esteem for such accomplishments: Cerebus the Aardvark, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Usagi Yojimbo, One Piece and Adventure Time.