Best anime of each decade

Asking certain rooms of people what the best anime is could spark a fight. This is a question that tends to evoke very strong emotions as anime creates strong emotional connections. For example, I already said what I think is the best anime episode. But comparing a show that’s been running for twenty-five years to a show that was only built to last twelve episodes is a bit like comparing apples to a walrus. Is it even possible to break down the best anime of each decade?

Dear reader, I tried. When the decade in question became difficult to narrow down (ie all), I found that the criteria I relied on the most were heritage. In every decade, has there been a particular popular series that left an indelible mark on the genre and/or its reception, without which the anime world wouldn’t be the same? The answer for each decade was generally yes.

1960s: Tetsuwan Atom aka Astro Boy (1963)

Image from the theme song of the Tetsuwan Atom series, also known as Astro Boy, from 1963

Atom Tetsuwan was the very first Japanese animated film produced specifically for a half-hour block on television. While there were smaller three-minute series, Japanese television used to fill its half-hour blocks of animation with imports the flints; ‘The Flintstones. As such, Atom Tetsuwan – better known to Western audiences as AstroBoy – became the first “real” anime. The series was so popular that it went overseas and established a market for anime in the West. Even a number of still-used anime tropes like big eyes and fancy hair are rooted Atom Tetsuwan. It’s quite important in the history of anime.

Recognitions: Kimba the white lion, speed racer

1970s: Ashita no Joe, aka Tomorrow’s Joe (1970)

Screenshot of Ashita no Joe, also known as Tomorrow's Joe

One of the first sports anime Ashita no Joe was an institution in Japan in the 1970s and his influence is still felt. The show’s animation also looks amazing, and their scoring rules. Looking at clips from Ashita no Joe, it’s hard to believe the show was released in 1970. You can draw a straight line where Joe is being beaten in the ring, blood spurting out of his mouth, dark lines galore to Eren Jaeger giving a somber look forty years later.

Recognitions: Lupine III, Mobile Suit Gundam, Future Boy Conan, The Rose of Versailles, Heidi daughter of the Alps

1980s: Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

I like A game. But even I know that wouldn’t happen A game – neither Narutoneither bleaching – without dragon ball. dragon ball is the grandfather of the modern shounen, and anyone who loves the Big Three or any of the series tides they inspired owes him a debt of gratitude. I saw that dragon ball? no But I owe him a debt of gratitude.

The 1980s were known as the “golden age” of anime. We’re only talking about TV series here, but nowhere has this been seen better than in animated films. Studio Ghibli was founded in the 80’s. Akira, Ghost in the Shelland an influx of classic Ghibli films—including My neighbor Totoro – all came out in the 80s.

Recognitions: Saint Seya: Knights of the Zodiac, Ranma 1/2, Captain Tsubasa

1990s: Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)

Asuka Langley in Neon Genesis Evangelion

One of Hayao Miyazaki’s best animators quit to start his own studio, got terribly depressed and gave to the world Neon Genesis Evangelion. This series and its quirky, bizarre original ending is one of my favorite things out there. evangelization Parades like it’s a mech anime, but at its core, it’s one of the most impactful investigations into depression in television history. Plus, anything that can balance biting action scenes with two teenage girls silently treating each other in an elevator is a real work of art. evangelization is so good that while it’s very odd in many ways, it’s still incredibly popular, especially in Japan. get ready for evangelization Pachinko and similar machines. And the THEME SONG! Get in the robot, Shinji, boy.

Recognitions: cowboy bebop, serial experiments lie, mf’in Pokemonand of course – A game

2000s: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009)

My boy Edward Elric gives some nerves in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

remember when I said Neon Genesis Evangelion was one of my favorite things there is? Good, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood also falls into this camp. Last time I checked, the general opinion was still that this is as close to perfect anime as you can get. fraternity follows Hiromu Arakawa’s manga much more closely than the previous one and is very bizarre Fullmetal Alchemist Series. That means it nails all of the character dynamics and the heartbreaking story about – sniff – the friendship between hardships that makes full metal such a triumph.

The characters are really what makes full metal shine so bright. Edward Elric is a treasure of a protagonist. But the supporting cast – like Izumi Curtis yelling “I AM A HOUSEWIFE!!!”. before it kicks your ass – is just as strong. And also, full metal was written by a woman, so bonus points! Whoo hoo!

Recognitions: FLCL, Death Note, Code Geass, Mononoke, Bakemonogatari, Mushishi, Samurai Champloo

2010s: Attack on Titan (2013)

attack on Titan

Listen. The 2010s can’t be topped as they were set in the second golden age of anime that we are living through right now. If I were to attribute it to personal taste I would probably crown The Tatami Galaxy here, although it’s sort of a Spiderman scoring situation with each series I put in the honorable mentions.

But when it comes to raw cultural power on an international scale, you have to give in to it a bit Attack of the Titans. Try to transport yourself to 2014 for a second. Attack of the Titans was a damn phenomenon. One could argue very convincingly that the series that catapulted the modern wave of anime popularity in the US and elsewhere, and propelled anime into the streaming age, indeed Attack of the Titans. As The Polygon suggests, it’s one of the most popular TV shows out there. World.

Even when I started looking Attack of the Titans, the impact of its incredibly strong and refreshing cast of female characters cannot be overstated. I was Mikasa for Halloween this year because—especially back then—it was so rare that (arguably) the biggest badass on a show was a woman. And the one who isn’t sexualized, too. For his various controversies in his politics, Attack of the Titans This thread has always continued with Gabi who is one of the most interesting characters of the 2020s so far.

Yes, Demon Hunter is the most popular anime of all time i know. But I would discuss Attack of the Titans helped pave the way for that popularity. Also…uh…I think that’s overrated, please don’t kill me.

Recognitions: Puella Magi Madoka Magika, Mob Psycho 100, pitchers; Gate, the Tatami Galaxy, Yuuri! On ice, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu… And lest the crowd pursue me, Hunter X Hunter and My hero academy and Demon Hunter

2020s (so far): Spy x Family

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Listen. LISTEN. I was ready to give Jujutsu Kaisen this place. The first block of Spy x family the episodes aren’t even over yet. He feels presumptuous as hell to give him first place. And yet… After every episode of this delicious show, I say out loud, “Damn, I love this show. The characters have so worked themselves into my heart that I laugh audibly at some point in every episode. The series is a master class in building stereotypes and then breaking them down and shattering your expectations. More importantly, even though the main characters outsmart each other and are forced to live in a harsh Cold War-like world, they and the show are warm and friendly. Even if one of them is an assassin. How is it possible? It’s a miracle.

Recognitions: Jujutsu Kaisen, Steer clear of Eizoken!, Odd Taxi, King Ranking

Credit: Studio Gainax

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