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The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before 

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Updated June 1, 2020 318.2k votes 43.7k voters 1.4M views 144 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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Akira is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
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Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
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Ghost in the Shell
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MWM added Kiki's Delivery Service
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InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
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MWM added Castle in the Sky
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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
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Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before
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Robotech is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before