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Classic Anime Every Fan Needs to Watch

The Game Fanatics: Anime has been around for a long time now, and because of that, many anime fans have missed out on some classic gems from the past.

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Stringerbell1840d ago

Nice list- the usual suspects are all there.

DragoonsScaleLegends1840d ago

I would say Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and a few others I can't think of at the moment. I would even say Dragon Ball too but it's long and if you like Dragon Ball move on to Z and GT. Yu Yu Hakusho is another one of my older favorites. There are so many great Anime to watch that came out in the 90s and early 2000s I couldn't even list them all.

miyamoto1840d ago

Ninja Scroll and Berserk and MS Gundam Stardust Memories

blitzburns41839d ago (Edited 1839d ago )

The included anime are from the 1990s to the Early 2000s. (All are 10+ years old.) I purposely excluded listed anime from the article.

- The Twelve Kingdoms (2003)
- Wolf's Rain (2003)
- Ninja Scroll (1993)
- Beserk TV Series (1998)
- Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal (1999)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1993)
- Yu Yu Hakusho (1995)
- Visions of Escaflowne (1996)
- Great Teacher Onizuka (2000)
- FLCL (2001)
- Armitage III (2002)
- Blue Gender (Debatable. 2000)
- Record of the Lodoss War (Wiki states 1991, but I distinctly recall thinking it came out in the year 1994 for some reason.)
- Outlaw Star (1998)

I personally hold the turning point from classic anime to "modern"-type action anime that we know today to be Samurai Champloo in 2005. It's from there that any contemporary fan of anime will start to see recognizable characteristics, tropes, and animation we are familiar with presently. Black Lagoon, Hellsing Ultimate & Code Geass all come out in 2006. Death Note, Rebuild of Evangelion, and Baccanno come in 2007, and the rest is history. Still, personal tastes vary. I did not include Serial Experiments Lain because, to be completely honest, I think anyone remotely interested in the concepts behind Serial Experiments Lain should just go ahead and read Neuromancer-- but that's just me. I don't really like Neon Genesis Evangelion the original TV Series much either. Not necessarily due to the fact the show itself is bad, per se, but being lauded as a revolutionary piece of art? Sorry but I'm going to have to disagree.


Bottom link summarizes my major issues. The top link is to a script of the final episode of Evangelion's TV Series. A quick read through shows any objective person the true level of writing that viewers are dealing with, and what has been so highly regarded by vocal fans. (**Hint: Within the context of the story itself this dialogue makes very little to no sense.**)