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Posted 3/30/14
What are some anime that are/will be, considered classics? That 30 years from now, anime fans will still be discussing, debating, and watching them?

I think Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion are definite contenders.
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...Akira?
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Sword Art Online, whether you like it or not.
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Cowboy Bebop no doubt.
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Two shows that I really love but won't say cause they aren't considered timeless classics, but I wish they were.
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Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:

Two shows that I really love but won't say cause they aren't considered timeless classics, but I wish they were.


I'll say it. Kannazuki no Miko is a timeless classic genre wise. It has pretty much everything, hahaha... Apologies if that wasn't one of your two. I just honestly believe nothing will over take that kind of yuri story.


As for a general timeless classic - I can't really pick any. Younger people care about visuals and I don't think they will care for watching things like DBZ in the future despite current pop culture hype around it. I'd go as far as to say The Rebuild of Evangelion would have a better chance to be talked about decades from now compared to the original given the creator had a few comments on why he didn't just make it an HD version (I forget the exact words and don't want to paraphrase wrong).
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SynapseC wrote:


Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:

Two shows that I really love but won't say cause they aren't considered timeless classics, but I wish they were.


I'll say it. Kannazuki no Miko is a timeless classic genre wise. It has pretty much everything, hahaha... Apologies if that wasn't one of your two. I just honestly believe nothing will over take that kind of yuri story.


As for a general timeless classic - I can't really pick any. Younger people care about visuals and I don't think they will care for watching things like DBZ in the future despite current pop culture hype around it. I'd go as far as to say The Rebuild of Evangelion would have a better chance to be talked about decades from now compared to the original given the creator had a few comments on why he didn't just make it an HD version (I forget the exact words and don't want to paraphrase wrong).



You forgot Karas!


Another series that should be considered a timeless classic.
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Macross Frontier (better than the original)
Attack on Titan
Ouran Host club (for certain fans)
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OtakuKoala wrote:

What are some anime that are/will be, considered classics? That 30 years from now, anime fans will still be discussing, debating, and watching them?

I think Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion are definite contenders.


Just make a list of the most popular anime for each block of time (letting the blocks of time get shorter and shorter as we get closer to the present).

Timeless doesn't have anything to do with anything other than how many people viewed it, especially when they're young so they get that nostalgia/baptism mojo going. Bonus points if you can push all those Freudian/Jungian buttons.

So recelty, probably SAO, AOT, and KillLaKill.
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By phrasing your statement like that - as in "still be discussing, debating, and watching" - you're already presupposing a specific type of show to be a timeless classic.

Anyway, based on your definition, I guess i'd say Serial Experiments Lain. That show's going on 16 years now and is still hotly debated and recommended.

Honestly though, i'd argue for stuff like Azumanga Daioh, Haruhi Suzumiya, and K-On. 12 years ago, 10 years ago, and 5 years ago respectively. I don't see them going out of style anytime soon. Granted, they're not on the same level as stuff like Evangalion, but bear in mind that neither is other stuff like Lain, yet its still considered a classic. That's just to show that classics don't necessarily entail "massive popularity" like Bebop and Evangelion. That's just my theory, though. Can't prove it since it can't be tested until years have past lol

Edit - Also... possibly Shugo Chara. I'm honestly not sure about that one. One the one hand, I feel like I could make a strong case for it, and on the other i'm not so sure. But I figure i'd throw it out there.
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Probably Dragon Ball (Z) and Pokemon.
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EVA...definitely. It's an old anime but it has a HUGE fanbase and avid debaters about the significance of the story and characters. It's also one of the few animes that's got a forum just to discuss it(a complete forum devoted to it only). Figurines or any material about the anime is sold like pancakes. It makes money even after many years.

Anime like that is what I consider timeless even if most people hate it.

Oh..I almost forgot, EVA also has one character who appeared in just ONE episode and this character managed to capture the interest of many people, making him one of the most popular characters in EVA: Kaworu Nagisa <3

Pokemon comes a second close. ...that anime was very popular and still is among young otakus.
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Well here are a few obvious ones:

DBZ.

One Piece.

Detective Conan (if you're in Japan/China).

Cowboy Bebop (I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard it mentioned a lot).

Steins; Gate (I thought it was pretty good, but I can see why people would like it).

Full Metal Alchemist (I haven't seen it either, but it's ridiculously popular.)

Neon Genesis Evangelion (This is probably the second most popular anime out there only second to...)

Gundam (If this doesn't stand against the test of time, nothing will.)

Clannad After Story (I think this will stand against the test of time and also...)

Angel Beats (this too).

Oh yeah...

Pokemon (if Nintendo continues surviving... )

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Posted 3/30/14 , edited 3/30/14
A few timeless classics...

- Potemayo
- Urotsukidōji
- The Star of Cottonland

- Crest of the Stars/Banner of the Stars
- Natsuki Crisis
- Pita-Ten

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Ghost In The Shell,Captain Harlock,Dragonball,Crayon Shin Chan all seem to have an ability to trancend generations and still be relavent
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