Whether you were born in the 80’s, 90’s or whatever generation you belong to, the anime universe has consumed you from the wide variety of titles it vastly offers. Old anime series aren’t run of the mill in today’s anime industry though many anime fans are completely hooked up with the titles they used to see in various sites while being dependent on good reviews and high ratings, and you can name the overrated ones. Despite the reality that modern fandoms have skyrocketed the anime community, there are still anime titles that deserve wide attention as they already had many years ago. Though these old series will consume a large amount of time with their lengthy episodes, they will definitely not make you feel tired and lethargic.
So, here are recommendable old long-running anime series that will get you hyped over and over again.
Note: Titles are listed in no particular order.
Dragon Ball Z (1989)
Everyone knows that the Dragon Ball franchise has one of the largest fandoms in the anime community whether you are just starting as an anime fan or just a youngster who typically watches anime, or a grown-up adult who has a nostalgic feeling and gets overly hyped whenever you watch Goku screaming insanely as he goes Super Saiyan. The legendary title has never been forgotten and is still one of the most well-appreciated shounen series not to mention that Dragon Ball Super is dynamically on the go with its newly released movie.
Yuyu Hakusho (1992)
The nostalgic show among 90s kids shouldn’t be missed out. Yuyu Hakusho is your perfect anime of choice if you would want to taste some bittersweet longing back from the days when you used to watch anime after school hours. You wouldn’t easily forget how Yusuke Urameshi and his gang made your childhood life extra special. Their teamwork and strong bond was absolutely admirable, and you just wanted to join their adventures and fighting scenes.
Rurouni Kenshin (1996)
It was Kenshin Himura who stole the hearts of many fangirls, and you can’t just deny the fact that he is extremely alluring with his long red hair tied in a thick ponytail. Better known as Samurai X, the anime is one of the highly viewed series in various TV networks, and it is a perfect gateway to Japanese ancient times.
Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s and Go!! (1996)
If you had crossed the late 90’s and early 2000’s timeline, then you might have played one of the most interesting hobbies among kids in the said era. The mini 4WD racing was such an addiction as watching the anime series focusing on the miniature car racing and the adventurous life of Seiba brothers towards racing to victory. It is absolutely enjoyable to be young at heart.
Slam Dunk (1993)
The infamous yet energetic Hanamichi Sakuragi made you roll over the floor laughing with his dumb ass and comical disposition. Slam Dunk is one of the well-recognized sports anime in the 90’s era, and kids during that time had always experienced joy and satisfaction from watching the series after school hours. One thing is for sure, nothing could beat the charm of Kaede Rukawa, and modern anime fans might have no idea how he made every fangirl’s heart a total buzzer beat.
Hunter X Hunter (1999)
Despite the mega hit new series that was released in 2011, the old Hunter X Hunter brings an ultimate nostalgia with its very famous opening theme “Ohayou” and you couldn’t just simply skip it, could you? Although with notable differences as to the 2011 version such as the quality of animation, the old HxH will never be forgotten as it played a huge part of your childhood life.
The fantastic romance of Inuyasha and Kagome is such a delight for someone who is into the other side of the real world. Their breathtaking quests while dealing with some deadly threats were some of their moments you couldn’t just simply forget as they made you so hyped up and beyond thrilled of their adventurous pursuits to collect the Shikon shards scattered around Japan’s Sengoku Period, and of course, to defeat the main antagonist, Naraku.
Prince of Tennis (2001)
The arrogance of our young prodigy is still on top when it comes to the world of tennis. The iconic boy in the name of Ryoma Echizen is worth idolizing as he possesses unbelievable strength and intensive tenacity on court. The anime is one of the most popular sports shounen back in the early 2000’s. It has numerous character troupes with different sets of skills and capabilities as tennis players. The famous anime isn’t just about the fundamentals of tennis, but it also explores such significant themes such as teamwork, family and friendship.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988)
The classical military space opera, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, has never failed to stun the audience with its realistic image of humanity under two different powerful nations towards achieving freedom. With the never-ending war between the Free Planets Alliance and the Galactic Empire, the anime depicts various government ideals and leadership practices, and how they influence the citizens to follow the rightest path leading to peaceful nation. The well-executed roles of the characters are notably outstanding and they give the best emotional core from the politically-oriented narrative.
Detective Conan (1996)
One of the highlights of your childhood was watching the adorable and brilliant Conan in solving difficult cases and dark mysteries. The anime makes you squeeze your mind, think critically, analyze and gather all the fragments to solve such cases. It was enjoyable to watch the show in the old generation and surprisingly one of the longest running anime of all times.
Most of you must have encountered these legendary titles, and you can still remember how they made every little thing so special. Do you have any plans to rewatch them? Do you have something on your mind you would also like to recommend? Let Kurumi know your thoughts!