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Old 2007-12-21, 17:41   Link #1
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95-01 "retro feel" anime

Hi there. I'm looking for some anime from around this time: 1995-2001. What kind of anime? Well, it's kind of difficult to describe it, but it exudes a different vibe from other more modern anime, even if the general idea is similar.

The first example to come to mind is Great Teacher Onizuka. It's from 99-00 but it feels some years older. The development of the series, the character design and interaction, the humor... It's just different.

As is KareKano (His and Her Circumstances). Just perfect and charming, and not cheesy at all. I'm currently watching To Heart, by the way.

And of course, Neon Genesis Evangelion, the anime that revolutionized everything.

Sakigake!! Cromartie High School is a bit more modern but also kind of retro. By now you hopely get the idea of what I'm looking for, which transcends specific genres.

I've already considered watching Escaflowne, by the way. Any other recommendations?

Thank you.
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Old 2007-12-21, 17:51   Link #2
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Video Girl Ai
Junni Kokki (Twelve Kingdoms)
Jungle wa Itsumo Hale noche Guu
Planetes

That's an eclectic bunch. Maybe you'll find what you're looking for?
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Old 2007-12-21, 18:32   Link #3
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I've seen Hare and Guu. It was nice I forgot to include it on the list.

Planetes and Juuni Kokki I had considered watching some time ago, but they didn't remind me of this "feel" we're talking about. I'll recheck them out, as well as Video Girl Ai which I never considered. Thanks.
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Two anime I can think off the top of my head are Cardcaptor Sakura and Love Hina.
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Oh, I enjoyed Love Hina very much. (I don't know if I would have had I seen it for the first time nowadays). As for CCS... it just doesn't attract me at all. At all
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Old 2007-12-21, 18:55   Link #6
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Hyper Police is my favourite series from the 90s, I think. Not very high profile like Eva, Bebop etc, but still a damn fine story.
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Old 2007-12-21, 20:03   Link #7
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Not exactly sure what you're looking for, but perhaps...
Trigun
Noir
...a couple favs from that time period.

If you go back a bit further pretty much everything should have that "retro" feel, lol.
Ranma 1/2, Irresponsible Captain Tylor, w/e...
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Old 2007-12-21, 20:22   Link #8
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retro mmmmm... Robotech
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Old 2007-12-21, 21:21   Link #9
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Maybe I should be a bit more specific. I've tried to summarize through these examples some "feel" which I felt only through some old series: that's why it is a retro feel. It doesn't mean that every old series will comply, or that I'm looking for general "retroness". It's just a specific feeling that I've got through some series.
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Old 2007-12-21, 21:23   Link #10
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Last Exile. Has that retro "feel" throughout.
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Old 2007-12-21, 21:26   Link #11
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Maybe I should be a bit more specific. I've tried to summarize through these examples some "feel" which I felt only through some old series: that's why it is a retro feel. It doesn't mean that every old series will comply, or that I'm looking for general "retroness". It's just a specific feeling that I've got through some series.
I'd say GTO has that "feel" because it *is* from the mid-late 1990's - that's when the manga started.

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The first example to come to mind is Great Teacher Onizuka. It's from 99-00 but it feels some years older. The development of the series, the character design and interaction, the humor... It's just different.
So maybe you're looking more for a good adaptation of a long-running manga?

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Old 2007-12-22, 13:11   Link #12
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Old 2007-12-22, 20:17   Link #13
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I second Irresponsible Captain Tylor, great show and has many fun characters to watch.
And can't believe that nobody mentioned GaoGaiGar.
GaoGaiGar- My favorite anime, came out in 97 and the show feels like retro super robot show. It got every thing from the old super robot show, flying punch,
kick ass combination sequence
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and very old school super robot anime opening.
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Also Evangelion did not revolutionize anything, mainly it was inspired by Tomino's Ideon and Anno's other creation Gunbuster.
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Old 2007-12-23, 03:37   Link #14
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Last Exile. Has that retro "feel" throughout.
I totally agree with this post... Last Exile will hit the spot imo.
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Yu Yu Hakusho

Mermaid Forest This one actually came out in '03, but it has the same look and feel as a retro 90s anime.
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The first example to come to mind is Great Teacher Onizuka. It's from 99-00 but it feels some years older. The development of the series, the character design and interaction, the humor... It's just different.
Maybe you should check out Shonan Junai Gumi OVA -- the Onizuka stories which came before GTO.
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Old 2007-12-23, 12:35   Link #17
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Please ignore all other suggestions and watch Revolutionary Girl Utena. It's from 97, it's got that old school feel to it, not to mention it's one of the best damn anime to ever be created. May take a while to do all 39 episodes (took me a week) but you could probably watch it casually over a period of time, or go one season at a time or something. Either way, everyone should watch this show, and if your looking for retro it's right up your alley.
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Old 2007-12-23, 23:27   Link #18
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Do you mean retro in the way that it feels like old-school anime? I don't know if it's what you're looking for but Turn-A Gundam, which was from 1999 I think, made me feel that way. It definitely feels older than its time IMO... Maybe because it's a more Tomino-like Gundam and some of the character interactions just don't feel like "newer" stuff?

Also it's unlicensed.
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retro in the way that it feels like old-school anime?
No. That's what I was trying to explain through message #9. It's a "je ne sais quoi", a little something that SOME older anime like the ones I've quoted had, and which was lost around the turn of the century.
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Old 2007-12-24, 10:37   Link #20
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No. That's what I was trying to explain through message #9. It's a "je ne sais quoi", a little something that SOME older anime like the ones I've quoted had, and which was lost around the turn of the century.
Hm... Well, I guess I'd say Turn-A Gundam may still fit the bill. Maybe "old-school" is the wrong word to use as certainly its designs are quite a change from stuff from the 80s and stuff. However, at the same time I think the way it's drawn and generally presented, especially the character interactions (and occasionally the way they say their lines but I think that has more to do with recording) is something I haven't really seen post-2000. Unless you're counting other Tomino works like Wings of Rean but I think that'd be stretching it.


I think Noir had a bit of it too (stuff created by the same team and other various similar stories just feel slightly different) - maybe what you're looking for is the switch from cel to digital, which not only resulted in differences in visuals but the fading-out of certain techniques in directing? I'm not saying what you're looking for is in every cel anime though, just that it got lost afterwards due to the switch to digital. I might be completely off the mark again though. Then again, you liked Cromartie High so...

How about Sugoiyo! Masaru-san Sexy Commando Gaiden?
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