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The Best Old School Manga  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest manga that came out before 1999.

If you're a manga fan, it's important to be well-versed in the classics - but with so much awesome old-school manga available to you, it can be difficult to figure out what's worth your time, and what isn't. This list of the best old school manga can help guide you to your next great read.

Some manga from before 1999, like Akira, are a great way to learn way more about the world it presents than you possibly could from the anime alone. Others have a completely different feel to them - you don't truly know Yu-Gi-Oh! until you've seen the sadistic monster that is manga!Yugi. There are also a few old school manga that have recently exploded into the public consciousness after getting modern day adaptations - Banana Fish and Dororo were published decades before debuting as an anime. 

Each of these classic manga has something great to offer its readers. Vote up your favorites to let the world know which are truly the best of the best.

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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Berserk Kentaro Miura
2
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Dragon Ball Akira Toriyama
3
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Yu Yu Hakusho Yoshihiro Togashi
4
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Dragon Ball Z Akira Toriyama
5
Akira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Akira Katsuhiro Otomo
6
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Rurouni Kenshin Nobuhiro Watsuki
7
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Cowboy Bebop Cain Kuga
8
Fist of the North Star is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Fist of the North Star Buronson
9
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Trigun Yasuhiro Nightow
10
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Old School Manga
InuYasha Rumiko Takahashi
11
Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi
12
Ranma ½ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Ranma ½ Rumiko Takahashi
13
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Neon Genesis Evangelion Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
14
Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Ghost in the Shell Masamune Shirow
15
Revolutionary Girl Utena is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Revolutionary Girl Utena Be-Papas, Chiho Saitou
16
Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Lupin III Monkey Punch
17
Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Princess Mononoke Hayao Miyazaki
18
Banana Fish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Banana Fish Akimi Yoshida
19
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Case Closed Gosho Aoyama
20
Astro Boy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Astro Boy Osamu Tezuka
21
Fushigi Yugi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Fushigi Yugi Yuu Watase
22
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Kōichi Tokita
23
Yu-Gi-Oh! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Yu-Gi-Oh! Kazuki Takahashi
24
The All-New Tenchi Muyo! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Old School Manga
The All-New Tenchi Muyo! Hitoshi Okuda
25
Pokémon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Old School Manga
Pokémon Adventures Hidenori Kusaka