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The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before  

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Young kids today don't know how good '80s anime and '90s anime really was. With the abundance of new anime that is available to us these days, sometimes it's nice to kick your feet back and check out some classics. Here is our list of the best old school anime of all time, consisting of anime from 1999 and before. What was anime like in the 80's and 90's? Well the animation was a lot grainier and less crisp, but the stories were just as good as today's anime. Cyberpunk animes like Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion are regarded as some of the best anime of all time, proving that memorable characters and a great plot are always superior over fancy animation. Have you seen all of the classic anime below? We want you to vote for the series you love the most, but this list is also a great guide if you're looking to find some great old school anime shows that you haven't seen before. A few of these are movies and not tv series, such as Akira and Grave of the Fireflies. If you're a fan of Dragon Ball Z, definitely check out Fist of the North Star. The series was very influential in modern day fighting anime.

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Takeshi Aono, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Hikaru Midorikawa
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Digimon: Digital Monsters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
Ouchmaster5000 added Steve Blum, Tifanie Christun, Mona Marshall
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MWM added Escaflowne
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Robotech is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
AndrewWilkerson added Robert Axelrod, Bill Capizzi, Frank Catalano
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Serial Experiments Lain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
RobWilf added Ayako Kawasumi, Shigeru Shiba, Ryūsuke Ōbayashi
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Ouchmaster5000 added Jōji Yanami, Kappei Yamaguchi, Junko Takeuchi
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Teiyū Ichiryūsai, Banjō Ginga, Daisuke Gōri
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MWM added Jack Angel, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen
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Mobile Suit Gundam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda
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MWM added My Neighbor Totoro
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Kenichi Ogata, Michael Sinterniklaas
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Magic Knight Rayearth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
kiki-lala added Hiroko Kasahara, Atsuko Takahata, Kiyoyuki Yanada
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trepan added Makio Inoue, Akira Kamiya, Ken'ichi Ogata
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alessandro-carbonin added Hideyuki Tanaka, Tôru Furuya, Ryô Horikawa
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Mitsuru Miyamoto, Steve Blum, Akiko Yajima
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Miori Takimoto, Taishi Nakagawa
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Manoel Soares added Akio Ōtsuka, Shin-ichiro Miki, Megumi Ogata
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Fushigi Yuugi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
Emily Marie Weiss added Daran Norris, Koyasu Taketo, Tomokazu Seki
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MWM added Billie Lou Watt, Ray Owens, Gilbert Mack
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Mitsuo Iwata, Doug Smith
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MWM added Porco Rosso
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Kimagure Orange Road is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
kiki-lala added Hiromi Tsuru, Kaneto Shiozawa, Tōru Furuya