Recommend your retro shows and anime classics! I'm curious to see what Iwakuans (who range from teenagers to people in their 30s on up it seems....) define as 'retro' and 'classic.' Personally, I really caught traction with anime in the late 80s and early 90s. Behold, some of the shows that formulated my tastes in anime and still hold water to this day! Bubblegum Crisis (1987) (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Bubblegum Crisis (1987) (open) Bubblegum Crisis (1987) (close) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajTAnMqhZB8 -Oh, BGC. Beautiful women, tits and ass, equally sexy mecha/powered armor, and a Blade Runner-esque cyberpunk setting. Good god, this thing was chockfull of quirky awesome. Pretty much every episode had a part that was effectively an Anime Music Video before anyone did it on Youtube. For me, the mecha and the 80s rock music videos/action scenes were the highlight of the show. This intro, the one that looks like an AMV? That's the actual start of Episode 1. I rewatched the series recently; I forgot how atrocious the English dubs were, back in the days before we have the Travis Willinghams, Vic Mignonas, and Laura Baileys of the anime dubbing world to carry actual skill in their voices. This was the era when you got what you could get, and you liked it - just because they actually had anime in English. The Vision of Escaflowne (1996) (Move your mouse to reveal the content) The Vision of Escaflowne (1996) (open) The Vision of Escaflowne (1996) (close) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXJuG3Guknw -My first foray into anime that had a multidemographic appeal. Good action and animation? The boys love it. Romantic plot threads and pretty bishounen boys? The girls love it. Swords??? Sword-lovers got all the swords they want. MECHA? Oh, yes, we got mecha for those tech fans out there. Escaflowne is basically what happens when Final Fantasy 6 meets Dragonlance and then seduced a slice of life anime to join them for a threesome. What happens 9 months later? They give birth to awesome. Dragon Ball Z (1989) (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Dragon Ball Z (1989) (open) Dragon Ball Z (1989) (close) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP75aZvWVdw -Yup, this is one of those shows that got me hooked onto fighting shows. As a kid, I ate up the Ocean Dub like candy. Then in high school, I denied I ever loved it. Decades later, and with the rise of DBZ Abridged, I can finally look back at this show and say, 'hey, yeah, its cheesy and repetitive, but so was Power Rangers and I still love it.' The stories, while far from Shakespearean, are straight up cross-cultural, eternal, and can capture a wide audience - the source, I feel, for why it continues to be a cornerstone of anime. Sailor Moon (1992) (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Sailor Moon (1992) (open) Sailor Moon (1992) (close) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5txHGxJRwtQ -Sailor Moon was a number of firsts for me. It was one of the first anime I could regularly watch on American television (via the USA Channel, which had a 7 am block of cartoons, Sailor Moon being one of them). It was the first magical girl show I ever watched. And it was the anime to introduce me to may first waifu (before waifu was even a thing) - and c'mon, what 12-14 year old boy didn't want to bang the shit out of Sailor Mercury? She was fuckin' hot. In retrospect, the corny DiC dub still brings back tons of nostalgia for those days when the only people I could talk about anime with were AOL chat users and the extent of Western anime licensing was limited to DBZ, Sailor Moon, Slayers, and Tenchi Muyo, with a few other shows scattered about.