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Best Animes From 1960s to 1970s - Still Worth Watching!

I only included the animes I have watched from over these years. I'm not including Sequels from anime that started in previous years. I am including Sequels where it makes sense to keep watching, in order to complete the story.
1 Candy Candy

Candy Candy

I really hated Candy when I was a kid, it replaced one of my favorite robots shows at the time and there was nothing really better to watch at that time slot, so it was either Candy or doing my homework!

I found her annoying, weak and it irritates me that she was always crying and taken advantage of. But at some point in the story, I realized that maybe it was me the one who needed to change its mentality and the way I see things. I found myself reflected in the people that bully Candy and I didn't like that at all. Since then I started to get interested in the story and found a new way to see the events and the world.

There is much that can be learned from this story, its very humane, and because it's focused on people, this anime has aged really well because the focus is in the character development and the story is set around the start of the 20th century, giving it a classic feel and creating a window for how people used to live during this era.

The Latin Dub is very good.

2 Arrow Emblem: Grand Prix no Taka

Arrow Emblem: Grand Prix no Taka

This is a great anime about Formula 1, you learn a lot from it if you like car racing, unfortunately, is very difficult to find it online and I haven't found the translated episodes after 31, so I never completed the series. I still recommend this anime to anyone who likes racing.

The Latin Dub is very good.

3 Future Boy Conan

Future Boy Conan

This series is the Directorial Debut of Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and worked together with also Studio Ghibli's co-founder Isao Takahata. So you can imagine this series is really well done in every aspect, from production to storytelling. It has aged fairly well for being from 1978. 

Although the story of Conan happens in the future, it is a post-apocalyptic future where technology has almost disappeared, therefore don't expect a world like Blade Runner, but rather starts like a Robinson Crusoe kind of feel.

There are strong themes on this show, it was ok for adults to hit kids and try to kill them in this world, so it's kind of a dark story.

'Future Boy Conan really surprised me with how well everything was done. I was shocked that I liked something so old (almost 40 years). Comparing it to anything else in that decade or even the next wouldn't even be fair... Future Boy Conan is based of the book The Incredible Tide and has been translated to almost every language you can think of. It is directed to young adults with the overall theme similar of other anime in the time about how war and fighting is atrocious and there are no winners.  Interestingly the show when aired was not very popular.' -cbsgoju

4 Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam

A Classic of Classics. The first robot story where a robot has no superpowers but is rather a 'Mobile Suit', mass-produced by the military (although the one on the series is a prototype), but it depicts robots as part of the real world and as a machine, opposite to the super robot sub-genre counterpart, a game-changer in the anime industry.

The story was surprisingly good, although I didn't like the ending that much, or rather, it doesn't really end, it changes the hero of the story and goes into Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and then into Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ where quality drops more and the story gets repetitive, so I cannot really recommend the sequels.

'Surely MS Gundam's success will have something to do with the fact that it devotes as much time to the interpersonal clashes of its cast as the intergalactic one. It cares about its motley bunch of protagonists; it wants to detail their growth as people and as a team...

Even when attention shifts to the mechanics of war, the show seems far more interested in the wreckage of lives as opposed to the material damage. 'It doesn't matter who wins or loses,' says a White Base passenger as she bandages the arm of a Zeon soldier. 'After the men finish fighting, there will be wives without husbands and children without fathers.' The narrative implies that war is terrible not just because people suffer, but because everyone loses in the end. Gundam shows these days treat the humanitarian aspect of war as an excuse for tearjerker subplots or emotionally manipulative climaxes - half-baked philosophies are shoehorned in and plenty of uninteresting folks die. MS Gundam may be a simple show targeting the naive kids of yesteryear, but its sincere humanist approach makes it all the more refreshing when compared to the cynical wizz-bang works prevalent today.

The animation bested my expectations. Unobtrusive yet detailed enough to appear like a plausible world...

Director Yoshiyuki Tomino wanted to portray characters that changed over time, and not always in a pleasant way. No doubt more important people before me have congratulated him on a job well done. Although he lays out a commendable array of personalities who evolve dynamically through their experiences in very human cognitive processes, only two rise above the rest to define the entire franchise...' -VivisQueen

'This highly original and innovating anime offers so much in terms of being the original “realistic mech anime series.” It talks about the potential realities of war on both a battlefront and political scale. It’s a wonderful coming of age story for many of the characters that each develops for not only the good guys, but the bad guys as well. I’m not sure if relate to them is a right word, but you can sure bet sympathize and understand them is something you can certainly do. And it’s a story of trust and betrayal on both fronts as well. All I can say is, it’s the perfect story about everything you can possibly get on human nature in an anime. I feel that even if mankind can advance this far, sadly, there can never be any absolute peace, and the realities war can have on a person on all scales.' -ParaParaJMo

5 Uchuu Kuubo Blue Noah

Uchuu Kuubo Blue Noah

This is a good series for Sci-Fi fans looking for a retro series. The Blue Noah its a submarine that is able to go into space and against all odds, its the only hope for humanity to fight the alien invasion.

'Although very old, there is a lot of detail given on machines and technology in general. Especially the battles which are made to be as spectacular as the era it was made could afford it. The screen is filled with lasers, explosions and dozens of airships moving at different directions at the same time. Adding the several special weaponry both sides possess made each confrontation to feel special. The human figures on the other hand are drawn simply and fade when compared to the submarines and the airships. It’s one of those shows were you appreciate the machine drawings more than the people controlling them.' -roriconfan

6 Nobody's Boy Remi

Nobody's Boy Remi

While the over-dramatic sad story is still a good watch and has a happy ending. The story is based on French author Hector Malot's novel Sans Famille in France and is mostly about the character's struggle to succeed and survive life.

Many of the events seem to happen due to the fact that there were no cell phones at this time, so you can see how people live by then, never knowing if they will meet again.

The animation is from the 1970s but still has a unique style that makes it look almost like art pieces panning on the screen. I think its quite unique in this sense, making it interesting to look at. The sound (I watched mostly in Spanish) is great, has great songs for kids, very contagious.

The characters are likable and they are what makes this story shine, looking through all the amazing personalities and how they deal with their struggles.

Overall, I think this anime has aged well, it transports you to the time of the events in old Europe, a time where society was way different of what we know today, but never the less, we can identify with this time & places, stuck in a time bubble, but yet familiar with our own struggles.

The Latin Dub is Good.

7 Speed Racer

Speed Racer

As far as I know, this is The First Racing Anime Series!

'Also known as Mach GoGoGo, adapted from the manga of the same name by Tatsuo Yoshida, founder of Tatsunoko Productions. The actual manga was inspired by Yoshida’s earlier, and more popular automobile racing comics, Pilot Ace. Pilot Ace’s main storyline would form the structure for Mach GoGoGo, which followed the adventures of an ambitious young man who became a professional racer. The characters’ designs in Pilot Ace would set the main ground for the character design in Mach GoGoGo. Yoshida got his idea for the story after seeing two films that were very popular in Japan at the time, Viva Las Vegas and Goldfinger. By combining the look of Elvis Presley's race-car driving image, complete with neckerchief and black pompadour, and James Bond's gadget-filled Aston Martin, Yoshida had the inspiration for his creation.

The name of the series, Mach GoGoGo has a triple meaning: 'Mahha-gō' is the name of the car; the name of the main character is Gō Mifune; and finally, it contains the English word, go. In the American adaptation, the Mach 5 stems from the number 5 on the door. Although, in Japanese, go is the word for the number 5, the Kanji character  which is used in the car name actually means 'item number' (i.e. it is an ordinal suffix). In addition, gogogo, is used as a general Japanese sound effect for rumble. Taken together, the program's title means, 'Mach-gō, Gō Mifune, Go!' In the American version, this would translate into 'Go, Speed Racer, Go!'

The anime adaptation actually became a bigger success than the manga' -Wikipedia

This is one of the few classics that I do recommend watching. Although is old, the quality of the animation is excellent for its time and the story and comedy remains as relevant and fun.

'As old as Speed Racer is its still a blast to watch. Its fun too see all the ways they tried to preseve the budget by moving the camera around in a panorama style and using stills of Speeds face while we hear the voiceover voice speeds thoughts.  For being so old the show is actually somewhat violent with many fatal car crashes and explosions.' -SurfinDead

The dub is great!

8 Horus: Prince of the Sun

Horus: Prince of the Sun

'The directorial feature film debut of Isao Takahata, it is also the first major film by Hayao MiyazakiHorus marked the beginning of a partnership that would last for the next 50 years across numerous animation studios.' Including Studio Ghibli.' -Wikipedia

This is a good watch for historical reasons. The animation hasn't aged well and the storytelling is simple. It's a good story, especially for kids, that deals with being brave.

9 Oni


This is a horror tale from the 12th century with good stop-motion animation for its time and awesome traditional music that is in perfect sync with the motion.


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