10 Old School Anime You Must Watch In 2021

Old School Anime

New anime come and go all the time, but some legendary old school anime are here to stay and worth watching.

And as we all know there are too many awesome old anime to watch and new anime don’t stand any chance in front of these all time awesome anime. Lets see some of the old school anime which are worth re-watching.

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10. Trigun – 1998

Trigun – 1998

Vash the Stampede is a gunman on the run with a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head which has made it difficult for him to go anywhere without being chased and shot at.

Every town he ever visits ends up being destroyed because of his pursuers, but miraculously no one ever gets killed. Meryl and Milly are two insurance agents that have been sent to find Vash the Stampede and keep him under surveillance so no more damage is caused.

Meryl, who leads the pair, refuses to believe that the man they have met can possibly be the legendary gunman. This spikey haired, gangly, young man is extremely friendly, a pacifist, hates blood and suicide, absolutely loves donuts, and is a dork and a crybaby (far from a notorious outlaw).

But there is more to Vash and his past than meets the eye.

Trigun is another one of my “must see in your anime career” shows. The easiest way to explain why I believe this can be summed up by one name: Vash.

Vash the Stampede is arguably one of the coolest, toughest, and funniest characters ever created. He’s everyone’s favorite superhero (even though he demolishes everything he gets close to).

Vash brings forth something that I think everyone has a little in themselves, compassion. If Vash had a middle name, it would be Compassion.

As if Vash wasn’t enough for this show, they thought it might be a good idea to throw in a fantastic music score too. Tsuneo Imahori really hit the nail on the head with his work here.

Great opening, great ending, and great background music throughout the show. I like some tracks in this old school anime so much that I often listen to them while exercising.

Wolfwood, Meril, and Milly are great supporting characters. The constant bickering between them will trigger plenty of laughter. Not a ton of detail goes into their pasts, but enough is presented to satisfy the viewer.

Animation is from the late 90’s, so it’s nothing crazy. It’s great for the time period though.

Overall, one of my favorite old school anime. Worth a watch no matter what type of series interests you.

Genre: Action, comedy, drama, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, space western, Western, old school anime, vintage anime

9. Rurouni Kenshin – 1996

Rurouni Kenshin – 1996

Himura Kenshin is a vagabond with a dark anime past and sunny disposition. Not a ronin but a rurouni, he was never a samurai, but an assassin of utmost skill in the Meiji restoration, who in the turning point of the war simply walked away.

His travels lead him to Tokyo in the 11th year of the Meiji era, where he befriends a female Kendo master, a former thief, a brawler and a doctor all with their own secrets. Together they fight off the enemies surfacing from the dark past that Kenshin cannot escape. 

Your deeds of the past is something you won’t be able to evade, neither ignore in any way: it will always come back gnawing at you.

This is the tale of Himura Kenshin, who once was a ruthless assassin in the past, in his quest of finding redemption from his previous actions.

Rorouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan is a magnificent, well crafted samurai based anime with fantastic characterization and story, which is so rare to find these days.

However, it is profoundly clear that this old school anime falls apart in the last third of its duration, due to fillers.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Romance, Samurai, old school anime

8. Yu Yu Hakusho – 1992

Yu Yu Hakusho – 1992

One day, 14 year old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic.

Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World was caught by surpise that he would sacrifice himself. Yusuke soon finds out he wasn’t supposed to die and has a chance for resurrection and bringing his body back to life.

After being resurrected, Yusuke becomes a Spirit Detective, along with his comrades, and one adventure after another happens, whether it be an investigation or a fighting tournament.

I was pleasantly surprised when I first watched this show, as I was expecting another typical DBZ clone that was heavy on action but light on the plot and character development.

Amazingly what I discovered was the first shounen action anime that was ever able to hold my attention for over 100 episodes.

Despite the length of the series and the now-familiar superpowered junior high school student cliché, Yu Yu Hakusho manages to deliver original material for each episode.

Genre: Action, comedy, drama, supernatural, tournament, old school anime

7. Berserk – 1997

Berserk – 1997

Guts, a man who calls himself “The Black Swordsman” looks upon his days serving as a member of a group of mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk, nicknamed “the Grim Reaper of the Battlefield.”

Led by an ambitious, ruthless, and intelligent man named Griffith, together they battle their way into the royal court, and are forced into a fate that may chang… more Guts, a man who calls himself “The Black Swordsman”

Looks upon his days serving as a member of a group of mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk, nicknamed “the Grim Reaper of the Battlefield.”

Led by an ambitious, ruthless, and intelligent man named Griffith, together they battle their way into the royal court, and are forced into a fate that may change their entire lives.

Berserk is an amazing anime. Although I heavily disagree with starting the first episode in a time line after the last episode in the series as it has discouraged more then a few people who I have had to set strait.

After you get to the meat of the story, and the relationships between Guts, and the other members of The Band of the Hawk you will find yourself in a late night cram session feeding your brain with episode after episode of Berserk. All in all this anime has everything I wanted.

Genre : Action, Adventure, Demons, Fantasy, Horror, Military, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural, old school anime

6. Outlaw Star – 1998

Outlaw Star – 1998

Outlaw Star is a space opera | Space Western set in the fictional “Towards Stars Era” universe.  

Gene Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking run a small business on the backwater planet of Centinel 3.

But all that changes the day that Hilda hires them for a bodyguard job. Now, thrust into a mystery they don’t fully understand, they’re on the run from the cops, the pirates, an angry alien, and a mysterious assassin.

But they’ve got one thing going in their favor – they have the galaxy’s most advanced ship, the Outlaw Star.

First off I’d say, right away, Outlaw Star does a fantastic job of painting a beautiful world of good vs. evil and those inbetween, the outlaws. The characters are all solid, but I particularly love that the main character is so… human.

He’s morally complex (and sexually deviant). I find something about his character so… believable, if not relatable. I hate it when characters, main ones in particular, are so pristine or so caught up in idyllic optimism that they just come across as naively romantic.

Genre : Comedy, Fantasy, Parody, old school anime

5. Fist of The North Star – 1984

Fist of The North Star – 1984

In the post-nuclear apocalyptic future in 199X, the human race has regressed. Weak villagers are reduced to slavery, while genetically enhanced giants rule the world.

Gunpowder seems only a distant memory, and the martial arts is the only weapon a man can count on.Two schools face one another in the battle for dominion: Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken.

The series begins when the Hokuto successor, Kenshiro, travels the desert to confront Shin, a member of the Nanto Roku Seiken, their six ruling stars, who has taken his fiancee Yulia. 

When I first started Hokuto no Ken, I did not know a thing about Fist of the North Star. I had heard the name before, and I knew it was a popular franchise with bloody exploding heads. When I started watching the series, it looked so incredibly 80s.

In fact, the Shin arc made me stop watching it for a while. The endless mooks in poorly drawn 80s style really turned me off. A few weeks later, I decided to try it again. I am so absolutely glad I did. Hokuto no Ken is a post-apocolyptic epic, and I don’t use that term lightly.

Genre : Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Shounen, old school anime

4. Robotech – 1985

Robotech – 1985

Made in America from three unrelated anime. The first part tells of humanity’s first contact that ends in a war.

Rick Hunter is a pilot who gets dragged along with the SDF-1 and joins with them to stop the invaders.

Lyn Minmei is a singer who Rick rescues and falls for. Together they try to save the Earth and end the war without fighting, but with love.

The second part deals with children of the first, the rebuilding complete; we send the SDF-3 to attack the masters.

While it travels out in hyperspace to their worlds, the masters crawl into our solar system.

The Earth must fight a devesting second war for a secret prize. Someone else wants the prize, the Invid. The third part gives us a world controlled by the Invid.

The SDF-3 sends a probing force that is destroyed upon exiting hyperspace. A single survivor remains, a man taught to fight, with the will to free Earth.

He forms a resistance with the goal of destroying the Invid hive at Reflux Point, aka New York.

Genre : Action, Mecha, Military, old school anime

3. Mobile Suit Gundam – 1980

Mobile Suit Gundam – 1980

Their best hope of making it through the conflict is the Gundam, a giant humanoid robot, and its gifted teenage pilot.

It is the year 0079 of the Universal Century. A war has broken out between the Principality of Zeon, a space colony that wants independence, and the Earth Federation.

Mobile Suit Gundam is a televised anime series, produced and animated by Sunrise. Created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, it premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations on April 7, 1979, and lasted until January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes.

Genre : Action, Mecha, Military, Shounen, Space, old school anime

2. Urusei Yatsura – 1981

Urusei Yatsura – 1981

Urusei Yatsura is the story of the unluckiest and most lecherous young man alive, Ataru Moroboshi.

When aliens decide to invade Earth, Ataru is randomly selected to defend his planet by playing a game of the aliens national sport, tag. Should he win, the world shall be saved.

However, Ataru is motivated for far less noble reasons, as the one he plays against is revealed to be the curvaceous alien princess, Lum.

The game goes for 10 days, and on the last day, Ataru, motivated by his girlfriend assuring him marriage (and consequently, a marriage night one can assume) should he win, finally catches Lum.

However, with his victory he gives a cry of joy for his coming marriage, which is misinterpreted by Lum to be a marriage proposal. She promptly agrees, beginning the two’s “marriage” together.

Genre : Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller Anime , Sci-Fi, old school anime

1. Slam Dunk – 1993

Sakuragi Hanamichi is a junior high punk used to getting into fights and being rejected by girls but upon entering high school he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko Akagi.

He will do anything in order to win her heart including joining the school basketball team that is aiming to conquer the nation lead by Haruko’s brother.

The problem is that Sakuragi has never played basketball before and a freshman sensation is stealing the spotlight and Haruko’s affection from him.

Slam Dunk is one of those classics of sports anime. You always hear about it and wonder if it actually is the best thing since sliced bread.

Well, it isn’t. But it is funny and entertaining and worthwhile if you have the patience for it.

Imagine GTO in high school and determined to learn how to play basketball to get closer to the girl he has a crush on — tah-dah, Slam Dunk!

Genre : Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen, Slice of Life, Sports, old school anime

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