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The Best Old School Manga

Updated October 4, 2020 2.3k votes 331 voters 8.3k views31 items

List RulesVote 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.