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50 years, 50 anime.

Sep 26 2022, 12:41 AM | Updated Sep 26, 1:56 AM
50 different series from 50 different years. While most of these are my favorites from year to year, I have included some I thought should get a bit more of a spotlight on. It actually took me a lot longer to put this list together than I thought it would, some years had a lot of good picks and it was hard to pick out either a favorite or one that should be highlighted.

Note there are a few years I have not seen a show from (a few years from the 70s) so I will add some from my PTW or that were impactful.
Mach GoGoGo
TV, 1967, 52 eps Me:- Author:4
1967: Speed Racer, watched as a very little kid on Cartoon Network, honestly hated it as a kid haha.

Ashita no Joe

Tomorrow's Joe

Ashita no Joe
TV, 1970, 79 eps Me:- Author:8
1970: Amazing series with great character development, pioneer for the industry.
Lupin III
TV, 1971, 23 eps Me:- Author:6
1971: Very influential series, watched this as a kid on Adult Swim
Mazinger Z
TV, 1972, 92 eps Me:- Author:-
1972: Thee OG hotblooded mecha show, you already know its good when one of the main characters names is just "Boss".

Uchuu Senkan Yamato

Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar

Uchuu Senkan Yamato
TV, 1974, 26 eps Me:- Author:5
1974: The OG space opera.

Ginga Tetsudou 999

Galaxy Express 999

Ginga Tetsudou 999
TV, 1978, 113 eps Me:- Author:-
1978: Episodic SoL on a space railway, I plan to continue this series again one day.

Kidou Senshi Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam

Kidou Senshi Gundam
TV, 1979, 43 eps Me:- Author:9
1979: The series that started it all, seeing this on Toonami as a kid got me hooked on the franchise and really gave me a huge obsession with the action figures in my preteens.

Ashita no Joe 2

Tomorrow's Joe 2

Ashita no Joe 2
TV, 1980, 47 eps Me:- Author:-
1980: The sequel to one of the most famous series ever, might be overall even more infamous than the first season.
Uchuu Senshi Baldios (Movie)
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:3
1981: A movie adaption of a mecha series that was cancelled half way through airing. So you have a condensed movie version of an already super condensed TV series and its safe to say a lot of shit in this movie just doesn't make sense due to all the cuts.

Space Adventure Cobra

Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie

Space Adventure Cobra
Movie, 1982, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
1982: A fun, silly, and energetic movie with a likable main character and lots of funky visuals

Soukou Kihei Votoms

Armored Trooper Votoms

Soukou Kihei Votoms
TV, 1983, 52 eps Me:- Author:-
1983: Very famous mecha series, 83 is somehow the only year in the 80s I have not seen a series from.

Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
Movie, 1984, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
1984: Classic Hayao Miyazaki movie, I honestly have not seen this movie in over 20 years, but I remember loving it as a kid.

Kidou Senshi Zeta Gundam

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Kidou Senshi Zeta Gundam
TV, 1985, 50 eps Me:- Author:10
1985: The sequel to OG, slightly nonsensical at times but great characters and overall probably my favorite Gundam series.
Dragon Ball
TV, 1986, 153 eps Me:- Author:8
1986: A franchise that needs no introduction, I still love OG DB to this day.
Bubblegum Crisis
OVA, 1987, 8 eps Me:- Author:7
1987: Cute idols doing cute police work, amazing visuals.
Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
OVA, 1988, 6 eps Me:- Author:8
1988: I was going to go with Legend of the Galactic Heroes for 88, but something about Gunbuster just compelled me to go with it for 88, I love Noriko and I love this series.
Dragon Ball Z
TV, 1989, 291 eps Me:- Author:7
1989: I feel like I'm forced to go with DBZ here, its pretty much the franchise that introduced everyone from my generation to anime.

Lodoss-tou Senki

Record of Lodoss War

Lodoss-tou Senki
OVA, 1990, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
1990: Based on DnD games played by the authors, you get a classic series with knights, elves, dwarves, dragons, etc. Watched this on the international channel as a kid.

Kidou Senshi Gundam F91

Mobile Suit Gundam F91

Kidou Senshi Gundam F91
Movie, 1991, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
1991: Originally supposed to be a full series, it was eventually compressed into just a movie with decent animation but a very strange story with classic bad Tomino characters. Also as I type this I'm just now realizing that this series called F91 and it came out in 91.
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
TV, 1992, 46 eps Me:- Author:8
1992: I love this series, it is the franchise that really made me an anime fan as a kid. The filler is also pretty fun in this one.

Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor 2 the Movie

Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie

Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor 2 the Movie
Movie, 1993, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
1993: A fan favorite movie, though a pretty big departure from the TV series and OVA which was super light hearted and silly.
Key the Metal Idol
OVA, 1994, 15 eps Me:- Author:6
1994: This is a really weird one that I enjoyed for the most part. It has some big ideas about robots, souls, and ones humanity, but it goes a bit far at the end.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
TV, 1995, 26 eps Me:- Author:9
1995: Maybe the most famous TV anime series ever, nothing really much I can say that hasn't been said.
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan
TV, 1996, 94 eps Me:- Author:7
1996: Classic shounen franchise with lots of the classic tropes.

Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Shoujo Kakumei Utena
TV, 1997, 39 eps Me:- Author:8
1997: Great series with a big loss of innocence theme. Get used to stock footage in this one. Can you believe this is 25 years old already?
Cardcaptor Sakura
TV, 1998, 70 eps Me:- Author:10
1998: The perfect mahou shoujo series, it has it all, action, comedy, romance, drama, and most important for a mahou shoujo show, lots of cute costumes for our magical girl.
Di Gi Charat
TV, 1999, 16 eps Me:- Author:6
1999: The first show I ever saw about otaku culture, a true turn of the century show. Also Miyuki Sawashiro's first role ever was in this show.
Boogiepop wa Warawanai
TV, 2000, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
2000: A very weird show, with a very dementia heavy feel. When I think of this show, I think of huge shadows covering every shot.
Alien 9
OVA, 2001, 4 eps Me:- Author:6
2001: Of the many mahou shoujo deconstrution there are out there, this might be the first, or at least the first that I have seen.

Azumanga Daiou The Animation

Azumanga Daioh: The Animation

Azumanga Daiou The Animation
TV, 2002, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
2002: Classic comedy series that I was really really into in my teen years, also have to include it for the mai waifu scene. Hard to believe this series is 20 years old now.
The Animatrix
OVA, 2003, 9 eps Me:- Author:7
2003: I loved the Matrix as a teen, and I loved this anthology series with 8 distinct and unique stories.

Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG

Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
TV, 2004, 26 eps Me:- Author:9
2004: I have so much to say about the GitS franchise in general but the main thing I want to say is the complex and fleshed out characters are why I love this franchise so much.
TV, 2005, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
2005: I really love the episodic nature of this show, in fact we need more episodic anime in general. Not everything has to be a big epic overarching story.

NHK ni Youkoso!

Welcome to the N.H.K.

NHK ni Youkoso!
TV, 2006, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
2006: Depressing but also uplifting series that deals with themes and mental illness a lot of us don't like to talk about.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
TV, 2007, 27 eps Me:- Author:10
2007: This was another hard year to choose from, while TTGL is up there with my favorite series ever, there where a lot of other huge series in 2007 to choose from like Lucky Star, Seirei no Moribito etc. Can you believe this was 15 years ago?
TV, 2008, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
2008: Another very unique looking series with great characters, dystopian future, and very very strange visuals and sound.

Kuuchuu Buranko

Welcome to Irabu's Office

Kuuchuu Buranko
TV, 2009, 11 eps Me:- Author:8
2009: Psychedelic episodic show about a psychiatrist that helps a wide variety of patients. The art style in this show is very very unique.
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
TV, 2010, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
2010: Insane is how I would describe this series, probably one of the funniest series I have seen.
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
TV, 2011, 148 eps Me:- Author:10
2011: Great characters, setting, fights, villains, plotlines, and easily the best power system in any series I have seen or read.

Shinsekai yori

From the New World

Shinsekai yori
TV, 2012, 25 eps Me:- Author:9
2012: The world and setting are what really make this series special, not the characters. Can you believe this is 10 years old already?
Non Non Biyori
TV, 2013, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
2013: Just such an easy to watch show with super relaxing episodes, great stress reliever.


Sabagebu! -Survival Game Club!-

TV, 2014, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
2014: Absolute insanity, Momoka might be the best character in all of anime.
TV, 2015, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
2015: This could just be a stand in for the entire franchise, great visual, dialogue, and character as usual. Also every OP is somehow a massive banger from this franchise.
Mob Psycho 100
TV, 2016, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
2016: Great visuals and character, Body Improvement Club is always the best part.

Uchouten Kazoku 2

The Eccentric Family 2

Uchouten Kazoku 2
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
2017: I still cant believe this got a season 2, I still cant believe I liked it even more than season 1. Can you believe this was 5 years ago already?
Yuru Camp‚Ė≥
TV, 2018, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
2018: Probably my favorite cute girls doing cute things series. I love the interactions between Nadeshiko and Rin.

Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Kimetsu no Yaiba
TV, 2019, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
2019: Great animation, good fights, simple story, a really nice modern shounen.
Made in Abyss Movie 3: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei
Movie, 2020, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
2020: A great movie that is incredibly well animated. One of the very few movies I will go back and watch from start to finish easily, especially the fight scenes.
Odd Taxi
TV, 2021, 13 eps Me:- Author:9
2021: The dialogue in this series is what makes it great to me, the conversations some of the characters have feel so real and not like things you usually hear in anime. No exaggerated "ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?" for example.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
ONA, 2022, 10 eps Me:- Author:9
2022: One of my favorite series in recent memory, great characters, art style, action, and a very simple but fast paced plot that is always rolling forward. Some of the scene in this series are super memorable and I still actively think about them. Also I guess I should note I have never played the game, and knew almost nothing about the lore going in and still massively enjoyed this anime.

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