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The Best Old School Anime From 1999 And Before

Updated July 1, 2021 276.4k votes 50.7k voters 1.7m views139 items

List RulesOnly anime that premiered before 2000.

Young kids today don't know how good '80s anime and '90s anime really were. With the abundance of new anime that is available these days, sometimes it's nice to kick your feet back and check out some nostalgic 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 1980s and 1990s? Although the animation was a lot grainier and less crisp, series like Cowboy Bebop and Yu Yu Hakusho evoke that retro anime aesthetic and style that everyone loves. Plus, the stories were just as good as today's anime. Cyberpunk anime like Ghost in the Shell 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 these early classics below? We want you to vote for the top series you love the most, but this list is also a great guide if you're looking to find some great vintage anime shows to watch. 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. You should also check out classics like Astro Boy which is considered one of the oldest anime series in the industry.

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