No love for the old stuff?

Anime has been around for ages and there many fans with varying backgrounds. However, I noticed a trend lately of many new fans disregarding older works and only picking up the new shows. But I think this is because they really have no gateway to the old stuff and don't feel like sifting through all the garbage to pick up the really good titles that are out there. Therefore, in an effort to enlighten today's youth. I'd like to list great anime that any fan should watch regardless of how old it is:


Ghost in the Shell (The original)

Kodomo no Omocha - A hilarious comedy about a child actress who faces the challenge of curbing a boy who is causing trouble in her class. This is probably the first Shoujo anime that appealed not only to girls but boys as well. Many of the elements in this anime were then adopted by many modern series such as Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu, and Malencholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Cowboy Bebop

Serial Experiments Lain


Record of Loddoss War - This epic fantasy series isn't afraid to surprise or twist the plot. Featuring a beautiful opening theme song and very intricate character designs, this story pits our heroes against an unknown enemy who wishes nothing but to bring death upon the lands.

Martian Successor Nadesico

These are just some titles off the top of my head. What other older shows are worth watching?

9 years, 1 month ago
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Older Stuff worth watching. Project Ako

Dominion Tank Police


Here is Greenwood

Guyver OVA

Masion ikkoku

8 man after

Devil Hunter Yoko


9 years, 1 month ago
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This is a great topic! Honestly, I have been gradually moving backwards in what anime I watch because the latest stuff seems so recycled and/or are specifically created to sell merchandise. There's also a great deal of anime that I know about from the days when I first got into it, but never had a chance to watch. So, I'll start off with seconding series that have already been mentioned:

  • Everything that The_Bug mentioned
  • Dominion Tank Police
  • Slayers
  • Devil Hunter Yoko

And now for my picks that I can recall with some cut-and-dry details:

  • Those Who Hunt Elves: A classic ragtag, comedic tale of elf hunters traveling around searching for some item that I believe is locked inside elves; lots of stripping of clothes and humorous explosions
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Probably one of the best shoujo love stories ever conceived; centered around Japanese mythology and a girl who discovered the Book of the Four Gods only to become torn between her world and the world within the book
  • Tenchi Muyo! / Tenchi Universe: An ordinary boy's peaceful life with his quirky father is interrupted by the arrival of a royal family from space, the space police, and a midget mad scientist - all of whom are chasing down an crafty, female demon fugitive. They all soon begin living together under the same roof, which is only the start of the madness and surprises that ensues.
  • Gundam Wing: The year is After Colony 195. Project Meteor has been put into play by space colonies to gain independence from the Earth's Sphere Alliance though the intervention of 5 Gundams sent from respective continents.
  • Touch: A pair of twins - one an all-star baseball player and the other a lazy bum - have known their female friend since they were all children. However, maturity soon leads to both of them forming feelings for her. Another classic, slice-of-life love story of blossoming love and the lengths one will go to achieve it.
  • Bubblegum Crisis OVA: 4 women suit up in superpowered, fit-to-body mech suits to defend the city of Megatokyo against the threat of Boomers created by a mass-controlled syndicate known as GENOM. This OVA is acclaimed to be the "classic sci-fi action series that redefined anime."
9 years, 1 month ago
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I'm not really familiar with some of the older works myself. If you get some time do you think you could make a couple of posts telling us about the older anime and why they are great? Looking forward to reading them. :)

9 years, 1 month ago
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God I loved Tenchi Muyo and I really only discovered it a few years ago.

Akira, while a little bit out there, is still fun to watch to this day and i think alot of people do still pick it up when they get a chance.

Trigun is and always will be one of my favorite anime/manga.

9 years, 1 month ago
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Cowboy Bebop and Trigun are "the old stuff" now?

9 years ago
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I personally like Neon Genesis Evangelion, The anime is better than the manga though

8 years, 11 months ago
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My brother and I love Kodomo no Omocha, and I'm planning on watching Glass Mask and Marmalade Boy when I get the time. Full Moon wo Sagashite (2002) feels old to me but I don't think it counts haha ^^ What's Akira like?

5 years ago
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