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The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before

Updated January 16, 2021 311.6k votes 47.1k voters 1.6m views144 items

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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  • Yu Yu Hakusho1
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    2,613

    Yu Yu Hakusho

    Action, Comedy

    Year1992

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  • Akira2
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  • Rurouni Kenshin3
    9,834
    2,501

    Rurouni Kenshin

    Action, Adventure

    Year1996

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  • My Neighbor Totoro4
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  • Ghost in the Shell6
    7,014
    1,779

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  • InuYasha7
    8,747
    1,968

    InuYasha

    Action, Adventure

    Year2000

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  • Dragon Ball Z8
    14,632
    3,690

    Dragon Ball Z

    Adventure, Comedy

    Year1989

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  • Cowboy Bebop9
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    Action, Adventure

    Year1998

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    4,413
    1,597

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    7,902
    3,103

    Year1995

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  • Berserk12
    6,488
    2,272

    Berserk

    Action, Adventure

    Year1997

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    4,131
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    7,330
    3,126
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  • Castle in the Sky15
    3,349
    897

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  • Dragon Ball16
    12,545
    5,471

    Dragon Ball

    Adventure, Comedy

    Year1986

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    5,576
    2,351

    Pokémon

    Action, Adventure

    Year1997

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  • Tenchi Muyo18
    3,105
    1,384
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  • Trigun20
    8,789
    4,414

    Trigun

    Action, Sci-Fi

    Year1998

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  • Yu-Gi-Oh!22
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