Top 10 Best Old School Anime Series List [Recommendations]

Anime are great entertainment content for passing time, and they are becoming increasingly popular thanks to websites such as Crunchyroll, which are dedicated to streaming anime movies and shows. While there are lots of new anime that are available for watching these days, sometimes it is nice to go back to the classics. Below is a list of some of the best old school anime that were produced before 2000s.

Anime "Best of" Genre List

MangaHarem/EcchiSamuraiComedySlice of Life
HorrorActionSportsSchool LifeGundam
RomanceCouplesShoujoMagical GirlSeinen
PsychologicalSci-fiGun ActionNinjaAdventure
Sword FightingTwinsGender BenderFan ServiceZombie
Pretty/Cute GirlsNetflixOld AnimeFantasyMartial Arts
Awesome FemalesSadCyberpunkTragedyCool
WitchLoli GirlsReverse HaremOppaiOtaku
CrossdressingLoliconFunny CharactersPlot TwistDetective
Crazy VilliansKemonomimi GirlsNeko AnimeBlackMoe
Eye-Patched GirlsMaidBoysKnightVideo Game

10. Pokémon


Pokémon is one of the most popular TV series, which propelled animes into the 21st century. It follows the story of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu, alongside a group of their friends on their adventure around the world of Pokémon where they solve crimes while training to become Pokémon masters. It has an interesting storyline, and features a great list of characters who have amazing interactions with each other.

9. Cowboy Bepop

Cowboy Bebop

CowboyBepop is an anime series set in the future, which follows the adventure of a group of bounty hunters as they chase criminals, capture them alive, and bring them in to receive an award. It has a decent plot, great characters who have several interesting interactions, and is one of the most stylish and coolest anime series.

8. Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin is a great anime series that follows the story of Himura Kenshin, the main protagonist who is a legend from a war that occurred a decade before. Kenshin is troubled by his past, which consisted of several killings, and thus makes a vow never to kill again. To fulfil his vow, he travels around with a reversed blade sword, which he uses to fight evil and save as many people as possible without killing anyone. It is a great anime that features really great fight scenes, and it has plenty of great drama and humor.

7. Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series that follows the story of Lain, withdrawn a teenage girl living in suburban Japan. After being introduced into the Wired, a communications network similar to the internet, Lain becomes obsessed with it and stats experiencing strange events. Serial Experiments Lain is a great anime TV show for Sci-Fi lovers, which features an interesting storyline and great character development.

6. Slayers


Slayers is a popular anime series that follows the story of Lina and her partner Gourry, in their adventure as they seek fame, fortune, food, and all the while fighting monsters. What’s most interesting about The slayers is Lina, who you can’t help falling in love with despite her hot temper and height issues. It is a popular show among many anime watchers due to its great cast, character development, and numerous adventures.

5. Video Girl AI

Video Girl Ai

Video Girl AI is a manga anime series released in 1989, and it continued airing until 1992. It follows the story of Yota Moteuchi, whose heart is broken when the girl he likes, Moemi, tells him she is in love with his best friend. To get over the heartbreak, he decides to rent a video containing “video girls”, and while watching it, one of them comes to life and starts helping him to win the love of Moemi. However, the VCR he was using to watch the video starts malfunctioning, and as a result, the video girl AI starts having feelings for him. Yota must therefore choose between the girl he thought was the love of his life, and a girl whose sole purpose was to help him find love.

4. Berserk


If you are into medieval anime with a lot of action and fighting scenes, Berserk is the anime to go for. The TV show follows the story of Guts, a skilled swordsman who joins a mercenary group and helps their leader Griffith, in various adventures as they fight their way into the royal court with a dream of ruling the world. Berserk is a great anime with an awesome atmosphere that will keep you glued to the screen. It also has great visuals and soundtracks, interesting dialogue, and great character development.

3. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is an anime series set in the future (2015 – released 1995), which follows the story of Shinji Ikari, a gifted person who is drafted into a United Nation special agency known as Nerv. The agency is the last line of defense for humanity, which is tasked with fighting a threat from unknown beings referred to as Angels. Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most controversial anime series due to its graphic violence scenes, sexual themes and nudity. Despite this, it achieved a lot of popularity, mainly due to its bold storytelling and great character development, which pushed anime production to new heights.

2. Trigun


Trigun is a popular western anime that follows the story of Vash Stampede, a legendary gunman on the run with a $60 billion bounty on his head. Despite being a badass gunman who can kill anyone he faces, Stampede appears to everyone as a normal clumsy guy, who teaches about peace and love. This makes him one of the most amazing anime characters of all times. Trigun is a great anime series with a lot of action, comedy and drama.

1. Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball is one of the greatest anime of all times, which follows the story of Bulma as she searches for 7 dragon balls, which legend has it that they can grant the person who bears all of them any wish. During her adventure, Bulma meets Son Goku, a young martial artist who helps her in her search while he gets stronger in his fighting skills. One of the most interesting things about dragon balls is the character Son Goku, who is portrayed as a skilled fighter, and yet humble and kind to everyone – the perfect role model for young teens growing up.