Anime Underground 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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10,211 5,327
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara
2
10,954 4,673
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Hiromi Tsuru, Toshio Furukawa, Masako Nozawa
3
12,877 2,963
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris
4
9,856 2,157
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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey
5
8,357 1,980
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Kaylyn Dicksion
6
7,696 4,465
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Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki
7
5,355 2,892
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Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi
8
6,756 1,875
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Princess Mononoke
9
4,967 2,048
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Nobutoshi Canna, Unshô Ishizuka, Marc Diraison
10
5,603 2,889
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Terri Hawkes, Jill Frappier, Mary Long
11
5,793 1,505
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Ghost in the Shell
12
6,406 1,587
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
jorgecidangel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino
13
2,791 1,975
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kiki-lala added Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata
14
5,003 1,273
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
Karen Frazier added Mark Hildreth, Chris Kalhoon, Brad Swaile
15
1,223 228
Akira is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
Akira
16
3,318 1,395
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MWM added Kiki's Delivery Service
17
783 139
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My Neighbor Totoro
18
3,661 1,124
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Ayako Kawasumi, Sherry Lynn, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
19
2,820 1,234
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Takeshi Aono, Petrea Burchard, Debi Derryberry
20
2,675 1,199
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21
1,583 1,164
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nick-slade added Masami Suzuki, Megumi Hayashibara, Yumiko Kobayashi
22
1,098 1,062
Serial Experiments Lain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
RobWilf added Ayako Kawasumi, Shigeru Shiba, Ryūsuke Ōbayashi
23
2,385 1,336
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Kan'ichi Kurita, Kôichi Yamadera, Kiyoshi Kobayashi
24
4,480 2,009
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart
25
1,972 1,141
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
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