To celebrate 2015 and nearly 10,000 followers, I’ve put together a list of what I consider the 100 best anime spanning the 15 year period between 1979 and 1994… my favorite era of anime production and the inspiration behind this Tumblr.

A few notes about the list:
-It’s completely subjective, and as such is limited to titles I’ve personally seen/enjoyed.
-It is also limited to titles I know have received an English translation (be it officially or non-officially).
-I’ve deliberately left out Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and Studio Ghibli films (I consider Nausicaa to be pre-Ghibli) since I feel they are already very well-known and need little introduction from me.
-Regarding the links: if a title has an official stream, I’ve linked to that. If it has a current, in-print Blu-ray or DVD release, I’ve linked to its Amazon listing. If it is no longer in-print or is unlicensed, I’ve linked to a torrent. If you’ve noticed I’ve missed an official outlet for any of the anime below, please inform me and I’ll change the link!

    1.    Ai City
    2.    Ai no Kusabi
    3.    Aim for the Ace! (1979 Film)
    4.    Akira
    5.    Angel’s Egg
    6.    Area 88
    7.    Arion
    8.    Armored Trooper Votoms
    9.    Black Jack (1992 OVA)
    10.    Black Magic M-66
    11.    Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma
    12.    Bobby’s in Deep
    13.    Bubblegum Crisis
    14.    California Crisis
    15.    Call Me Tonight
    16.    City Hunter
    17.    Creamy Mami
    18.    Cleopatra D.C.
    19.    Crusher Joe: The Movie
    20.    Cyber City Oedo 808
    21.    Daicon III & IV
    22.    Devilman (1987 OVA)
    23.    Dirty Pair (the 1985 TV Series & the 1987 Film)
    24.    Dominion Tank Police
    25.    The Door Into Summer
    26.    The Fantastic Adventures of Unico
    27.    Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
    28.    Fist of the North Star (1984 TV Series & 1986 Film)
    29.    The Five Star Stories
    30.    Future Police Urashiman
    31.    Galaxy Express 999 (1979 Film)
    32.    Gauche the Cellist
    33.    Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!
    34.    Gunbuster
    35.    Heavy Metal L-Gaim
    36.    Here is Greenwood
    37.    The Heroic Legend of Arslan (1991 Film)
    38.    Irresponsible Captain Tylor
    39.    Key the Metal Idol
    40.    Kimagure Orange Road
    41.    Kimagure Orange Road: I Want to Return to That Day
    42.    Leda: The Fantastic Adventures of Yohko
    43.    Legend of the Galactic Heroes
    44.    Lily C.A.T.
    45.    Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
    46.    Lupin the Third: The Fuma Conspiracy
    47.    Lupin the Third: The Greatest Capers
    48.    Macross: Do You Remember Love?
    49.    Macross Plus
    50.    Maison Ikkoku
    51.    Megazone 23: Parts 1 & 2
    52.    Mermaid’s Scar
    53.    Minky Momo (the 1982 TV Series & the 1985 OVA)
    54.    Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 Film Trilogy
    55.    Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
    56.    Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
    57.    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    58.    Neo Tokyo
    59.    New Cutie Honey
    60.    Ninja Scroll
    61.    Onii-sama e…
    62.    Patlabor: The Early Days
    63.    Patlabor: The Movie
    64.    Patlabor: The Movie 2
    65.    Plastic Little
    66.    Please Save My Earth
    67.    Prefectural Earth Defense Force
    68.    Project A-ko
    69.    Project A-ko: Cinderella Rhapsody
    70.    Ranma ½
    71.    Record of Lodoss War (1990 OVA)
    72.    Riding Bean
    73.    Robot Carnival
    74.    Rose of Versailles
    75.    Royal Space Force: Wings of the Honneamise
    76.    Rumik World OVAs: Fire Tripper, Laughing Target, Maris the Chojo
    77.    Sherlock Hound
    78.    Shoujo Tsubaki
    79.    Song of the Wind and Trees
    80.    Space Adventure Cobra (1982 Film & TV Series)
    81.    Space Runaway Ideon: A Contact/Be Invoked
    82.    Spirit of Wonder (1992 OVA)
    83.    The Star of Cottonland
    84.    Stop!! Hibari-kun!
    85.    Super Dimension Century Orguss 02
    86.    They Were 11
    87.    Time Stranger
    88.    Touch
    89.    To-y
    90.    Twilight of the Cockroaches
    91.    Ultimate Superhuman R
    92.    Urusei Yatsura
    93.    Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You
    94.    Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer
    95.    Vampire Hunter D
    96.    Vampire Princess Miyu (1988 OVA)
    97.    Venus Wars
    98.    Video Girl Ai
    99.    Windaria
    100.    Zillion: Burning Night

I hope this serves as a useful reference for new and old fans alike.
Thanks for sticking with me, and here’s to another great year full of classic anime!


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