These iconic series, ranging from science fiction to sports, helped pave the way for the anime of the following decades.
Sometimes, nothing better than revisiting your favorite series from yesteryear for a good dose of nostalgia. That’s exactly what Japanese video advertising site CM Site recently asked men in their 30s and 60s to do when choosing their favorite animated series of the 1970s. A total of 7,414 participants selected their best series, which were then compiled into a top ten list. Even if you were born long after these shows aired on TV, chances are you’ve at least heard of them or seen one of their various descendant series that continue to appear nearly 50 years later. Let’s take a look at the top ten and specifically the top five results in more detail now.
Top 10 anime of the 1970s
10. Ikkyu-san (first broadcast in 1975)
9. Future Boy Conan (first aired 1978)
8. Heidi, Girl of the Alps (first aired 1974)
7. Dog of Flanders (first aired 1975)
6. Galaxy Express 999 (first aired in 1978)
5. Doraemon–TV Asahi version (first broadcast in 1979)
Who can resist the blue robotic cat of the future with his pocket of nifty gadgets? There’s a reason why Doraemon is a symbol of modern Japan as well as an official government-appointed anime ambassador. the original Doraemon The manga was created by Fujiko F. Fujio and first adapted into a 1973 anime series which is now considered lost. The second Doraemon The anime series started airing in 1979 and finally ended in 2005…but was later adapted into a third series that is still going strong to this day.
▼ Doraemon is a beloved symbol of childhood for people around the world.
4. Mobile Suit Gundam (first aired in 1979)
Think of Japanese giant robots and the first thing that probably comes to mind is the Gundam franchise. Created by Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam This is where it all began, with many sequels and spin-offs still released to this day. The series is known for its austere depiction of war, the depiction of soldiers as ordinary people, and the rivalry between protagonist Amuro Ray and antagonist Char Aznable (who perfected this eye mask seen on many later films) . Gundam antagonists). Gundam is so beloved that visitors to Japan may even see more than one life-size Gundam statue in motion during their travels.
▼ Mobile Suit GundamThe theme song of you also makes you feel like you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
3. Lupine III (first aired 1971)
What started as a manga over 50 years ago by the late Monkey Punch has now become one of the most popular Japanese franchises in the world. The series follows master thief Arsene Lupine III and his motley crew as he is pursued across the world by Inspector Zenigata. Despite her feminist antics, there’s something that compels you to love that scoundrel Lupin.
The anime adaptation actually aired twice in the 1970s: Part I in 1971 and Part II in 1977. Part II (“Red-jacket Lupin”) is popular with adults and children alike due to his lighter tone and wacky antics. Even Hayao Miyazaki left his mark by directing several episodes of the series as well as the 1979 theatrical film Cagliostro Castle.
▼ The first opening of the 1977 series is perhaps the catchiest of all Yuji Ohno’s theme songs.
2. Ashita no Joe (first broadcast in 1970)
Troubled youngster Joe Yabuki gets into trouble with the law and ends up in a juvenile detention center – an act that eventually sets the stage for this beloved story of boxing and ‘fighting the system’ adapted from a popular manga series. In particular, Joe’s ongoing rivalry with fellow boxer Toru Rikiishi captivated all of Japan at the time.
The anime’s staff have been one of the biggest forces behind its success, with Osamu Dezaki, an iconic director from the Showa era (1926-1989), at the helm and with the action movie actor live Teruhiko Aoi providing the voice of Joe. Many anime series continue to reference Ashita no Joe to this day and it still inspires promotional product links.
▼ Isao Bito’s singular voice in the theme song is also fondly remembered.
1. Space Battleship Yamato (first aired in 1974)
This sprawling sci-fi story is set in the year 2199, when Earth is poisoned by radioactive contamination and the human race is critically endangered. Set in the midst of an interstellar war, the series is as much a coming-of-age story for protagonist Susumu Kodai as he and the crew of the Yamato set off into space to find a way to reverse the planetary radiation.
Ratings were low when the show first aired, but reruns led to a “Yamato boom,” setting the stage for an endless stream of sequels, theatrical films, and remakes. Its mature themes and serialized format, new to the medium at the time, later had a huge influence on anime as a whole. The heavily edited English dubbed version known as Star Blazers had a similar influence for overseas anime fans.
▼ Space Battleship Yamato strongly influenced Gundam, Macrossand Neon Genesis Evangelionto name a few.
If the grip of anime nostalgia has you craving more, then we suggest you visit Tokyo’s ’90s Eternal Shojo Cafe while it’s open until March 21.
Source: otakomu via Yahoo! Japan
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