The Best Anime Of The '80s - Looper (2022)

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ByPhil Archbold/Updated: May 3, 2022 6:48 pm EDT

The '80s are often considered the golden age of anime and for good reason. That's when Studio Ghibli, Kyoto Animation, J.C. Staff, and Daicon Films (known as Gainax today) were all formed, and producers started opening their minds to a much wider range of genres. Plus, a number of different factors led to a boom in the production and consumption of anime during the 1980s, from the introduction of VHS to the strength of the Japanese economy. As a result, anime studios were one-upping each other year after year with increasingly higher budgets, vying to create the next big hit.

Creatively speaking, this era was incredibly fruitful, giving us some of the greatest anime films and series ever made. In fact, people are still talking about 1980s anime to this day. But of this incredibly crowded decade, which offerings are the best of the best? Which movies and shows are finding new ways to influence filmmakers, gain fans, and inspire audiences all these years later? Well, from Studio Ghibli classics to cyberpunk and horror, these are the best anime of the '80s.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a Miyazaki classic

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Based onHayao Miyazaki's manga series of the same name,Nausicaä of the Valley of the Windlaid the way for Studio Ghibli. The now legendary anime house wasfounded on the back of this groundbreaking film, which was inspired bymercury pollution in Japan's Minamata Bay. The story takes place a thousand years after an apocalyptic event that left the planet in ruins. Large swathes of land are covered by toxic jungles that are full of giant, mutated insects. Nausicaä, princess of the titular valley, hopes to find a way for the surviving humans and the inhabitants of these toxic jungles to co-exist, but her quest for harmony is frustrated by the power hungry kingdom ofTolmekia.

Nausicaäis, at heart, an anti-war tale. The event that destroyed the world (referred to as the "Seven Days of Fire") was caused by bio-weapons created by humans, and the film's plot revolves around two nations fighting over an embryo that can be used to recreate these devastating weapons of mass destruction. The influence of the political climate of the day is clear to see. Miyazaki mirrors the Cold War inNausicaä, creating a stalemate between two powers and playing on mankind's fear of nuclear conflict.

The film, which was later dubbed "Hayao Miyazaki's first masterpiece" byRogerEbert.com,also marked the first collaboration between Miyazaki and music director Joe Hisaishi, who would go on to compose memorable scores for some of Miyazaki's most famous movies.

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise is a gritty, underrated anime

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In 1987,Gainax (the studio that would go on to create '90s classicNeon Genesis Evangelion) debuted with a film calledRoyal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, and it was a real statement from the new boys on the block.Written and directed by a then 24-year-old Hiroyuki Yamaga,Wings of Honnêamiseis set in an alternate future in which mankind is yet to visit space. Inspired by a girl he meets, protagonist Shiro volunteers to become the first-ever astronaut. It sounds like something Hayao Miyazaki might make, but Yamaga's film is a lotgritter than your typical Studio Ghibli fare, which was partly why it failed to make the desired impact upon release.

However, it went on to be recognized as an important work, and according toThe Quietus, it should still be considered "required viewing" for all anime fans today. As the online magazine explains, "The aerial sequences inWingsare visually remarkable: the color tones in the sky, the perspectives of the ground and the horizon, the weightless play of the 'camera' above the clouds. It's top-drawer art direction, storyboarding, editing, you name it."

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Akira is an '80s masterpiece

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Released in 1988, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira was the most expensive anime film of its time, and on top of that, it was an overnight hit.The aesthetic of the film, set in a mega city that sprung up following the destruction of Tokyo some three decades earlier, continues to inform the cyberpunk genre to this day. The neon-flooded streets of Neo Tokyo were painstakingly createdusing cel animation,and the hard work really paid off. The film has a rich quality to it, and it looks better than pretty much everything that came before it. "We didn't even use computers back then," key animatorKuni Tomitasaid (via The Japan Times). "All hand-drawn. If you think about that, it's incredible work. Lots of dedication."

Akirawas well-received across the board in Japan, and it made enough of its billion+ yen budget back to be considered a financial success. Crucially, Otomo's film (which was based on his own long-running manga series) was making waves overseas, too. "Anime had briefly entered American markets with such imports asSpeed Racer, but none had quite the effect ofAkira," Film School Rejectsrecalls."The film was distributed on bootlegged VHS tapes throughout colleges, and once American audiences witnessed the film, they were hungry for more anime than ever." Hollywood has been trying and failing to geta live-actionAkiramovie off the ground for years now, but hey, you can't improve on something that's already so awesome.

Vampire Hunter D is a brilliant blend of action, fantasy, and horror

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Based on a series of novels by horror author Hideyuki Kikuchi, 1985'sVampire Hunter Dbecame known as a cult classic in the years following its release, partly because it was among the first batch of anime films to hit the United States in the '90s.The movie was essentially a direct adaptation of the first Vampire Hunter Dnovel, which was only two years old at the time.The titular vampire hunter is hired by a blonde-haired, blue-eyed farm girl named Doris Langwho wants to kill the vampire noble that attacked and bit her. Like Marvel's Blade, Dis the half-breed child of a vampire and a human, meaning he has extraordinary vampire powers with few of the usual vulnerabilities.

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According toForbes, the first Vampire Hunter Dmovie was considered a huge success upon release. The melding of sci-fi and high fantasy settings proved popular with fans on both sides of the Pacific, and people are still raving about the film today. The blend of "cheese and gore" is nothing short of "delightful" according toBloody Disgusting, which revisited the macabre classic in 2019."From D's robotic horse, to Gothic castles, to beings with psychic abilities,Vampire Hunter D's world is truly unique," the horror site said. "The 1985 film involves a story that one can enjoy without requiring a deep knowledge of the series."

Super Dimension Fortress Macross is the best mecha show of the '80s

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A number of memorable mecha shows debuted in the 1980s. Deciding which one to invest your time in can be tricky, but in our opinion, there's one anime that stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to giant robots doing battle. Super Dimension Fortress Macross takes place in 2009, a decade after a giant extraterrestrial spacecraft crash-landed on earth. Mankind was able to reverse engineer this starship (christened the SDF-1 Macross) and make use of the advanced tech, but this comes at a cost, as war breaks out when a race of aliens identifies the Macross as a vessel that used to belong to their sworn enemies.

Super Dimension Fortress Macross delivers on the action front, but what sets it apart is its epic soundtrack and romantic elements. Creator Shoji Kawamori once described the show as "a love triangle against the backdrop of great battles," a formula that would be reverted to in several Macross sequels in the coming years. Macross wouldn't be Macross without the music, however. The franchise has always relied heavily on its soundtracks, some of which became just as famous as the show. In fact, Mari Iijima, the voice actress who played idol singer Lynn Minmay in Super Dimension Fortress Macross, launched her music career on the back of the show's success. And if you need more proof that this show is plain awesome, no matter the format,adubbed and highly edited version of Super Dimension Fortress Macross was released in the States under the name Robotech, which became a big hitin its own right.

Angel's Egg is the very best of art house anime

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Mamoru Oshii is probably best known for directing 1995'sGhost in the Shell, a film that's quite rightly considered essential viewing among anime fans the world over. LikeAkira did in the '80s,this cyberpunk epic captured the imagination of American audiences with its stunning visuals. But while the plot left a lot of viewersscratching their heads, Ghost in the Shellwas child's play compared toAngel's Egg.

Released a decade earlier, Oshii's collaboration with legendary artistYoshitaka Amano requires patience. The film only has two characters, and they don't speak very often. The first real line of dialogue comes 25 minutes into this 71 minute movie. On the surface,Angel's Egg is just a beautifully executed art house film, a "poem come to life through visual interpretation," as Classic Anime Museumputs it. It's meant to be admired for its unique style rather than fully understood, but there's a story in there, if you know where to look.

Oshii is known to have studied Christianity for a number of years, and most of his works incorporate Christian themes.Angel's Eggis rich in religious symbolism, but the message is far from positive. According to film critic Chris Stuckmann, Oshii had "a falling out with his faith" prior to makingAngel's Egg, and that much becomes clear as the film progresses. So if you're looking for a beautiful, contemplative film about the nature of faith, then this '80s classic is definitely worth a watch.

My Neighbor Totoro was a landmark movie for Studio Ghibli

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Hayao Miyazaki followed his groundbreaking hitNausicaä of the Valley of the Windwith 1986'sCastle in the Sky, a wonderfully animated film that's most definitely deserving of your time. That being said, there's way more to '80s anime than just Ghibli, so we're going to skip past the studio's first official feature(which, again, we can't recommend enough) and get right to 1988'sMy Neighbor Totoro, a landmark movie for Miyazaki.

This iconic anime revolves around two sisters who've just moved to the countryside to be closer to the hospital that's treating their sick mother, and while they're there, they meet a magical creature. Miyazaki reportedly alarmed investors when he announced that he was going to make a 1950s-set film about two little girls and a forest spirit named Totoro, but he proved the skeptics wrong as the picture (and the titular character) would come to define Studio Ghibli in the years to come.

According to Helen McCarthy, author ofHayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation(viaLittle White Lies),My Neighbor Totoro"extended the studio's positive green and social credentials by tying itself so firmly into a simpler time and a society ruled by nature." It was this simplicity that made the film so special. Plus, there's an interesting layer of ambiguity, too. The fantastical Totoro doesn't feature all that often, with the focus remaining largely on his human neighbors. The forest spirit only shows up when the girls need him, leaving some viewers convinced that he's actually a product of their imaginations.

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Grave of the Fireflies is one of the most devastating movies ever made

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Studio Ghibli'sGrave of the Firefliesshows the closing stages of World War II in Kobe, Japan, through the eyes of a young brother and sister. Their mother dies of the burns she receives during an air raid early on in the movie, and the kids later learn that their Navy captain father is most likely at the bottom of the ocean along with the majority of the Japanese fleet. Seita and his sister, Setsuko, move from place to place trying to stay alive, but at this point the audience already knows that it's hopeless. After all, the film opens with Seita dying of starvation and joining his sister's spirit before it jumps back in time.

Grave of the Firefliesisa difficult, often harrowing watch— even more so when you know that the writer-director actually lived it. Isao Takahata (whopassed awayin 2018 at 82) and his sister, aged nine and ten at the time, had to flee their home in Okayama when the city was bombed. "As I was running, more and more all around me, something would get hit, so the running would get more and more confusing,"Takahata once said."I'll go this way, I'll go that way, and then something was bursting into flames." That backstory makes a devastating film even more powerful. As a result,Grave of the Firefliesisn't the kind of film you watch on repeat, but every anime fan should see it at least once. Over 30 years have passed since its release, yet it remains asrelevant as ever.

Wicked City is messed up anime at its very best

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Legendary anime studio Madhouse was created in the early '70s by four former employees of the studio Mushi Pro, which had fallen into turmoil. One of those former employees wasYoshiaki Kawajiri, who emerged as a strong director in the 1980s and helped establish Madhouse as a central player. He made his debut with theStar Wars-esqueLensmanin 1984, a clean movie with little in the way of violence. The same can't be said of his sophomore effort, the unflinching gore fest that is 1987'sWicked City.

What started as a 35-minute short film ended up getting expanded into a feature when Kawajiri's backers saw what he was producing and sensed a hit. InWicked City,the human world secretly coexists with ademonworld. A covert police force known as the Black Guard protects the boundary between the realms, which becomes dangerously blurred as the human-demon treaty nears its renewal date. The movie opens with a particularly memorable scene involving a spider-like female demon that tries to, um, emasculate our protagonist, Taki. He escapes intact. But yeah, this messed up anime isn't exactly family friendly.

"As dark and deranged asWicked Citycan get, there is always a weight to it that also gives it heart," Project Fandom's in-depth review of the film states. "Marry that with a good plot, a dash of cyberpunk, and Madhouse's industry leading animation, and you've got yourself a classic." Fortunately, it wouldn't be Kawajiri's last classic, as he went on to make 1993's Ninja Scroll.

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Captain Tsubasa is a major work for both anime and soccer

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The Samurai Bluehave become regulars at the FIFA World Cup over the past couple of decades, but back when manga artistYōichi Takahashi started working onCaptain Tsubasa, soccer wasn't a well-known sport in Japan. In fact, the country didn't even have a professional league until the 1990s. So how did a soccer manga and its subsequent anime adaptation manage to capture the imagination of this baseball-loving nation?

Well, Takahashi fell in love with soccer during the 1978 World Cup, which took place in Argentina but was televised in Japan. He then managed to capture the essence of the beautiful gameinCaptain Tsubasa (which debuted inWeekly Shōnen Jumpin 1981), successfully selling the sport to his compatriots in the process. Many seeTakahashi's creation as being absolutely critical to the development of soccer in the Land of the Rising Sun. "I'm grateful that people say so, and it honestly pleases me to think that I may have been able to give a boost to Japanese soccer to some degree,"Takahashi said (via These Football Times).

As for the plot,Captain Tsubasafollows 11-year-old soccer fanatic Tsubasa Oozora as he progresses from student athlete to full-blown superstar, playing for some of the biggest teams in Europe. Dubbed versions of the anime proved popular on the continent, particularly in Spain."I remember when I was a kid ... everyone in school was talking about this cartoon about football, from Japan," World Cup-winner Fernando Torresonce said, going on to add, "I started playing football because of this."

Dragon Ball is an '80s gem ... and actually better than Dragon Ball Z

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Dragon Ball Z has become so popular in the West that even those who had no idea what anime is have heard of it. The show dominated in the late 1990s, establishing a middle ground between the Saturday morning-type cartoons that America was used to and the hyper-violent, adult orientated anime that occasionally arrived from Japan.DBZhad a huge impact in its country of origin, too. The positive reaction to the series led to the likes ofOne Piece, Narutoand Bleachgetting anime adaptations, and the originalDragon Ballmanga still informs the shonen genre to this day. But what a lot of people don't seem to realize is thatDBZin't the first anime based on Akira Toriyama's influential manga.

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Premiering in 1986,Dragon Ballis different to sequel seriesDBZin numerous ways. In the original series, main character Goku isn't a muscle-bound, over-powered alien. He's just an odd little boy with a monkey tail who happens to be super strong. That might sound a little boring to those who were brought up onDBZ, butDragon Ballis an undeniably brilliant show in its own right. In fact, depending on what you're looking for in an anime, it's arguably the better of the two. There's less angst and more comedy. There's less flying around and more actual martial arts. And there's way more reverence for the mystical, wish-granting orbs that the story is named after, which were utilized far too frequently inDBZ.

FAQs

What is the #1 rated anime? ›

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Did anime exist in the 80s? ›

In the 1980s, anime became mainstream in Japan, experiencing a boom in production with the rise in popularity of anime like Gundam, Macross, Dragon Ball, and genres such as real robot, space opera and cyberpunk.

What is the most watched anime? ›

Fullmetal Alchemist (TV)

What is the oldest anime still running? ›

Adapted from the manga of the same name, Sazae-san is by far the longest-running anime series of all time, with over 2500 episodes to date. Beginning in 1969, Sazae-san remains on the air each Sunday evening to this day.

What is the Big 3 anime 90s? ›

During the Golden Age of Weekly Shonen Jump, when its circulation was at its peak, according to fans a "Big 3" equivalent for early 90s would be Dragon Ball, Slam Dunk and Yu Yu Hakusho.

Who is the strongest anime? ›

1. Zeno – Dragon Ball Super – The most powerful and strongest anime character of all time. Zeno is the ruler of each of the realities in Dragon Ball Super. He has the ability to create and destroy all existence across multiple universes in a single instance.

Which anime has the best story? ›

Top 10 Anime With the Best Story
  • 1 One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. ...
  • 2 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama anime series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

What was the first true anime? ›

The first full-length anime film was Momotaro: Umi no Shinpei (Momotaro, Sacred Sailors), released in 1945. A propaganda film commissioned by the Japanese navy featuring anthropomorphic animals, its underlying message of hope for peace would move a young manga artist named Osamu Tezuka to tears.

What was the first big 3 anime? ›

The Big Three was a term used to describe the three most popular running series during their golden age in Jump - One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. All three series got their common title due to their worldwide popularity and length.

What anime has 7000 episodes? ›

Another notable monumental undertaking would be the current Guinness World Record holder for longest running animated show, Sazae-san, which is still on the air with over 7000 episodes--but don't worry, it's actually not even available in its entirety and was never licensed out for western audiences.

What anime has 9000 episodes? ›

The actual longest running anime would take quite a while longer to binge. That honor goes to Sazae-san, with over 9000 episodes (and counting!).

What are the big 5 animes? ›

Any manga reader as well as many other people could name you the names of the 5 largest names in the manga industry. Fairy Tail, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach.

Who is the big 4 of anime? ›

In the Shonen anime community, there are four main series that have helped to define the Shonen genre. Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach are known as the “Big Four.”

Why is DBZ not big 3? ›

The reason why Dragon Ball is not part of this current generation's Big 3 is because there are other hit anime that are taking off right now that have more appeal like My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, Dr. Stone, The Promised Neverland, Black Clover, Fire Force, etc.

Who is the most famous anime character? ›

Here is a list of the top 15 most popular anime characters of 2021 that you need to watch out for:
  • No. 1 Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
  • No. 2 Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
  • No. 3 Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
  • No. 4 Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)
  • No. 5 Saitama (One Punch Man)
  • No. 6 Isaac Netero (Hunter X Hunter)
  • No. 7 Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach)
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What is Japan's #1 anime? ›

What is the No 1 anime in Japan?
RankTitleJapan gross (¥ billion)
1Demon Slayer: Mugen Train40.32
2Spirited Away31.68
3Your Name25.03
4Princess Mononoke20.18
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Who is the strongest Big 3 anime? ›

  • Naruto. The man facetanked an attack that cut the moon in half.
  • Ichigo. Out here cutting mountains pretty casually.
  • Luffy. At least for now. He isn't destroying mountains with casual attacks. King Kong gun is a different story but that's his strongest attack so far. I do hope to see him at least jump Ichigo tho.
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What is the saddest story in anime? ›

1. Grave of the Fireflies. Grave of the Fireflies might just be the most heartbreaking film ever made, so there was no other choice to top our saddest anime list. Isao Takahata's 1988 masterpiece is an affecting treatise on the horrors of war, told from the perspective of a pair of siblings in Japan during World War II ...

What is the most unique anime? ›

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  • Kemonozume (2006– ) Animation, Action, Drama. ...
  • Gilgamesh (2003–2004) ...
  • FLCL (2000–2001) ...
  • Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (2004–2005) ...
  • Paranoia Agent (2004) ...
  • Texhnolyze (2003) ...
  • Serial Experiments Lain (1998) ...
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)

What is the most meaningful anime? ›

Meaningful anime series to answer your existential questions
  1. Fullmetal Alchemist. “To obtain something, something of equal importance must be lost” this is the absolute rule of equivalent exchange, what maintains balance in the world of alchemy. ...
  2. Haibane Renmei.  ...
  3. Barakamon. ...
  4. Wolf's Rain. ...
  5. Princess Tutu. ...
  6. Cowboy Bebop. ...
  7. Mushi-Shi.
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What anime is a real story? ›

Another true-to-life anime that can be compared to the likes of Welcome to the NHK is the popular anime about creating manga, Bakuman. As you may be able to tell by the artstyle, Bakuman, is created by the minds behind Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Who is the oldest anime character ever? ›

Who is the oldest anime character? Ajimu Najimi from Medaka Box is the oldest. Around 3 trillion+ years old.

Who made the 1st anime? ›

The history of anime can be traced back to the start of the 20th century, with the earliest verifiable films dating from 1917. The first generation of animators in the late 1910s included Ōten Shimokawa, Jun'ichi Kōuchi and Seitaro Kitayama, commonly referred to as the "fathers" of anime.

Why did anime become popular in the 80s? ›

In the '80s, anime started to go through a change. With new technology available, animation studios were able to increase their quality of animation and artwork significantly. Soon enough anime became more mainstream in Japan thanks to hit shows like Dragon Ball Z and the emergence of Studio Ghibli.

Who could defeat Goku? ›

10 Anime Characters Who Can Defeat Goku
  • 10/10 Anos Voldigoad (The Misfit of Demon King Academy)
  • 9/10 AntiSpiral (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
  • 8/10 Rimuru Tempest (That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime)
  • 7/10 The Truth (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • 6/10 Lain Iwakura (Serial Experiments Lian)
  • 5/10 Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto)
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What year will One Piece end? ›

If everything goes to plan, One Piece should be concluded in 2024 or 2025. Based on this statement, fans could look forward to at least the next couple of years and enjoy the series. Although Oda plans to end it by 2024-25, it might get extended depending on the situation.

What is trending in anime? ›

SPY×FAMILY. Akuyaku Reijou nano de Last Boss wo Kattemimashita. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Urusei Yatsura (2022) Lycoris Recoil.

What anime came out in the 1980s? ›

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May 8Space Runaway IdeonSunrise
June 30Space Warrior BaldiosAshi Productions
July 12Magical Girl Lalabel: the Sea Calls for a Summer VacationToei Animation
July 16Ganbare GenkiToei Animation
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Why did anime become popular in the 80s? ›

In the '80s, anime started to go through a change. With new technology available, animation studios were able to increase their quality of animation and artwork significantly. Soon enough anime became more mainstream in Japan thanks to hit shows like Dragon Ball Z and the emergence of Studio Ghibli.

Who is the old Big 3 anime? ›

What are the Big Three Anime? The Big Three was a term used to describe the three most popular running series during their golden age in Jump - One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. All three series got their common title due to their worldwide popularity and length.

What was the first true anime? ›

The first full-length anime film was Momotaro: Umi no Shinpei (Momotaro, Sacred Sailors), released in 1945. A propaganda film commissioned by the Japanese navy featuring anthropomorphic animals, its underlying message of hope for peace would move a young manga artist named Osamu Tezuka to tears.

What is the most inspired anime? ›

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  • 8/8 Fruits Basket.
  • 7/8 ReLIFE.
  • 6/8 Mob Psycho 100.
  • 5/8 Food Wars.
  • 4/8 Barakamon.
  • 3/8 Sakura Quest.
  • 2/8 Naruto.
  • 1/8 My Hero Academia.
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What is the big 4 anime? ›

Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach are known as the “Big Four.” In some fans' eyes, Dragon Ball is seen as the grandfather of Shonen while One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach are known as the “Big Three”. You can find inspiration from each of the “Big Four” in almost all Shonen anime.

What is the Gen 8 anime called? ›

Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Japanese: ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters) is the seventh series of the Pokémon anime. This anime series is based on the events of all the core series games, including the Generation VIII games Pokémon Sword and Shield.

When was the Big 3 established anime? ›

The Big Three then debuted in the 2000s. After the successes of anime titles like Slam Dunk, Pokemon, Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho & Fist of the North Star, The Big Three brought something new to the manga-anime franchise, garnering wide-scale public attention.

Who is the strongest anime character? ›

1. Zeno – Dragon Ball Super – The most powerful and strongest anime character of all time. Zeno is the ruler of each of the realities in Dragon Ball Super. He has the ability to create and destroy all existence across multiple universes in a single instance.

Who is considered the father of anime? ›

Godfather of Anime, Osamu Tezuka He'll make you an animation you can't refuse (watching) Starting in the 1950s, Tezuka created and wrote more than 700 manga series containing over 170,000 pages and he also penned over 200,000 pages of anime storyboards and scripts.

Who made the first anime? ›

The history of anime can be traced back to the start of the 20th century, with the earliest verifiable films dating from 1917. The first generation of animators in the late 1910s included Ōten Shimokawa, Jun'ichi Kōuchi and Seitaro Kitayama, commonly referred to as the "fathers" of anime.

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