A Master List: Obscure, Classic Anime To See Before You Die

A Master List: Obscure, Classic Anime To See Before You Die
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We’re living in the Golden Age of anime, but I don’t want us to neglect the anime of yesteryear. It’s growing exceptionally more difficult to go back and watch older anime with SO MANY new shows coming out every season.

You won’t see Gintama or Akira on this list; those are too well known—these anime are more on the range of old/obscure.

Note: This list requires true fandom commitment.

Bonus Miyazaki Series!

Future Boy Conan (Miyazaki’s first series)

Bonus Satoshi Kon Series!

Paranoia Agent

Bonus Isao Takahata Series!

Anne of Green Gables

Horror

Every Berserk Pre-2016
Monster
Aoi Bungaku
Deadman Wonderland
Vampire Hunter D
Mononoke
Samurai Horror Tales
Ghost Hound
Boogiepop Phantom

Action

Rainbow
No. 6
Tiger and Bunny
Gungrave

Comedy

Azumanga Daioh
Golden Boy
Ghost Stories (The Dub. Only the Dub)

Drama

Great Teacher Onizuka
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Both Seasons)
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Sunday Without God
Now and Then, Here and There
Honey and Clover
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Welcome to the NHK

SciFi

Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Planetes
Ergo Proxy
Serial Experiments Lain
Dennou Coil
Space Brothers
The Vision of Escaflowne
Aeon Flux

Music

Kids on the Slope
K-On!
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Sports

Hajime no Ippo (Boxing)
Ashita No Joe (Boxing)
Baki The Grappler (Wrestling)
One Outs (Baseball)
Cross Game (Baseball)
Major (Baseball)
Major World Series (Baseball)
Ping Pong the Animation (Ping Pong, duh)
Initial D (Racing)
Hikaru no Go (Go- Japanese Board Game)

OVAs

Samurai X Trust & Betrayal
Angel’s Egg
Video Girl AI

Films

Memories
Sword of the Stanger
Redline
Metropolis
Jin-Roh the Wolf Brigade
Blood: The Last Vampire
Fist of the North Star
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Watch after the series)
Riding Bean
Devil Man
Kite

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Well, that’s it. I tried hard to list everything I could think of and heard of, and I apologize if I left something off the list.

Please allow me one last cliché… SEE YOU SPACE COWBOY…

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