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It's really hard just to know an old series that exists. I'm always hearing of this old anime series that I have never heard of before or that one classic that I apparently have to watch. I consider myself a fairly newer fan who got into anime via Attack on Titan so basically for me its the following:

1. Have I heard of it? I can't watch what I don't know.

2. Is it easily accessible? I'm a fairly casual anime fan so I'm not dropping $40-$50 on a DVD set with only half the episodes.

3. Is it actually good? Nostalgia is a powerful thing, perhaps people just don't like it?

4. How bad is the animation quality? Sometimes a story can make up for really dated animation, but this goes back to point 3.

5. Does this end with a "read the manga/source"? That will kill most of my excitement. I don't have enough money or interest to see through to an ending, especially with a series plagued by padding and pandering.


Rather interesting list over all I think, and helps give insight into it all.

For accessibility of shows it all depends really upon where in the world you live. Lots of places have been offering streaming services officially for shows. Also several websites do exist with fan-subs for other series which are Japan only, hell I even remember in the older days of anime finding shows I wanted to watch on Youtube. Another factor in accessibility is the type you want to watch, if you want Subs then it is easy to find shows for cheap online, but if you want dubs it can be pretty hard to find anything without buying the DVDs.

As for your 3rd and 4th points it really all depends upon someones personal preferences. For me what makes a good story is the characters themselves, if they can make me laugh, smile and feel connected to them and their adventures. And what is good or not good is also very subjective from person to person. Like I recently checked out an Anime from the 70s and I freaking love it, despite it being 20+ years older then I am, but if I was to show it someone else they might find flaws in the Animation style or even the cliches and such which can be found in older series. (I love cliches <3). And sometimes with "Crappy" animation styles it can be part of that series charm or on going joke. My personal taste as well is I avoid most series which are Dark and Serious, if it takes a turn like that after I am hooked then I am okay with it, but going into a series if it is Dark and serious plot I will normally end up dropping it because it was not interesting me.

And point 5... That is a fair point. Not everyone has the time to read the source material. Though, most anime are created as a way to advertise the source so finding the ones with out those types of endings or inklings that more could be done are a bit harder to find. Cause a lot of them I can tell there was more to it, still unanswered questions or things about the series not yet explained, even if the ending itself was a good ending. On a side note about this, I personally love reading the source material for shows that I enjoyed. I like seeing the story to its end and also seeing more adventures with the characters I fell in love with.
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One question; how "old" is old? Are we talking a couple of years or are we talking 1990s and older?

For me personally when I started watching anime it was all "older" (a few years old at least) shows that had been reviewed or recommended to me. It was only after I had probably 15-20 under my belt I started to look into newer stuff and later on into airing shows.

In fact the very first anime I sat down and watched from start to finish was Escaflowne on Cartoon Network when I was kid and it wasn't until years later I picked anime up properly.

Now though? Mostly new stuff. Occasionally I'll see that X or Y series is airing their newest season and if it looks interesting to me I'll go back and watch the previous ones in advance. This is how I discovered one of my all time favourites, Tamayura.

On the other hand certain older shows I'll never touch with a dirty stick cause who can honestly be ****ed with catching up on 500+ episodes? I'm looking at you One Piece and Naruto...
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One question; how "old" is old? Are we talking a couple of years or are we talking 1990s and older?

For me personally when I started watching anime it was all "older" (a few years old at least) shows that had been reviewed or recommended to me. It was only after I had probably 15-20 under my belt I started to look into newer stuff and later on into airing shows.

In fact the very first anime I sat down and watched from start to finish was Escaflowne on Cartoon Network when I was kid and it wasn't until years later I picked anime up properly.

Now though? Mostly new stuff. Occasionally I'll see that X or Y series is airing their newest season and if it looks interesting to me I'll go back and watch the previous ones in advance. This is how I discovered one of my all time favourites, Tamayura.

On the other hand certain older shows I'll never touch with a dirty stick cause who can honestly be ****ed with catching up on 500+ episodes? I'm looking at you One Piece and Naruto...


All pretty good points here. I'd say both types of old. One anime I recently picked up to watch is "Space Pirate Captain Harlock" Which aired in the 70s.


Ahhhh I remember Escaflowne, it was such an amazing series over all. I had an older friend lend it to me when I was in High School. She had a decent collection of older anime from her generation. (She is maybe 6-10 years older then me. I can't remember exact ages). She also lent several other older series too which were pretty cool.


I guess I am still in that discovering anime phase. Over all I have maybe seen 50 series so far in the 8 years I've been watching and it is a mixture of really old shows and kinda old shows. With the newest having come out back in January of this year and the oldest being the 70s. Main reason for this is in part not knowing many series, but it is also because a lot of the newer shows which come out rarely catch my eye. The name has to be something to grab my attention and then on top of that the premise has to be something I think will be good, but not too stupid sounding. Like a few months ago everyone was obsessed with "One Punch Man" but I didn't watch it because the premise sounded too over the top and even all the stuff people was saying about it didn't sound like something I would be interested in. (like... one person described the show as "He trained so hard his hair fell out and he can now defeat anyone in a single punch!"). There might only be one maybe two series which catch my attention per "Season" and most of them end up being the ones with the smaller fan bases.


As for the point you have here about some shows having an insane amount of Eps..., people do that sort of thing all the time for Western TV series, even if they don't realize it. Supernatural for instance which is still getting more fans each year has over 300 episodes, which would equal about 600 anime episodes. And I know a few people who plan on picking up some of the longer anime series once they actually end, that way they know how much stuff they need to go through. Even had an Ex roommate who decided to get into Naruto and that was what his free time consisted of outside of work. Watching Naruto or going out partying with friends. I think he was caught up after like 4 months of it being the main anime he watched. So in all fairness, some people do touch those longer running series. Just not as much for the reasons you said, no one really has time to catch up.



Anime has never been about the social aspects for me so I never cared if I was up to date with the latest anime. Only thing anime related I talked to with friends about in school was what series we watched and if we wanted to watch whatever series with each other on hangout. This is also the first time I've ever been this active in an Anime Community, and it is fairly fun over all. You start to notice certain people around and stuff. Who likes what, who sticks to what boards, etc etc etc.
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Escaflowne is still one I look back on fondly.

Yeah I'm at the point now where I'm approaching 400 completed shows lol (I know people already 1000+...) so I've refined my taste a bit lol. I'm a big fan of Slice of Life, Comedy and parody while I pretty much always avoid horror, gore(nography) and things with an overly serious tone/grimdark or excessive melodrama.

Funny you mention Supernatural because I'm fully up to date on that but then again I've been watching it since S1 in like 2006/7, whenever it first aired in the UK. I find it much easier to watch a series in small chunks or weekly as opposed to sitting down and marathoning it. This is my reason for not being bothered to sit through long running shows like One Piece; the time investment just to catch up to a new episode is incredible. Especially with work and having other hobbies vying for share of my spare time and money.
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So far I am loving most series I can get into myself. I've always been a fan of cliches and stuff, so once I started picking up on them in Anime it has only caused me to further enjoy the series. Laughing along, crying along, etc etc. Kinda like how those old horror movies were still entertaining and funny even though you could call it what was going to happen next.


And yeah about Supernatural. I started watching it around that time as well with my mother, we watched it every Friday as it came out. We actually devoted every Friday to watching horror related things. (Note, I am not a fan of extreme gore, so I avoid Anime horror. But I like the little amount in American movies or the more psychological horror series, though few Anime psychological horror has interested me. Though the live action stuff has been good.). I actually stopped watching Supernatural a few episodes into Season 6. It was such a horrible season over all that I could not enjoy it. I even remember reading that the original creator for it had stopped writing at the end of season 5 because the story he wanted to write was finished but the studio didn't want to end such a popular series so they continued it. Even had a friend who loved Supernatural a lot who had no idea what I was talking about until he went back and re-watched seasons 1-11 over the course of like 3 months and agreed with me he noticed the quality really dropped from season 6 onward with only the latest season picking up on the quality.
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A REASON ?

well whatever the reason why one like the older title is the same reason why one like current anime... love for anime wont disappear whether be old or new

not like this reason
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npcaiSjVjDE


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