Anime is a growing industry that has seems to be taking the world by storm recently, with anime franchises gaining major popularity in Western countries. So much show, there are now websites and streaming services, such as Crunchyroll and Funimation, that simulcast some shows as soon as 30 minutes after they debut in Japan. With the new year and fantastic new anime content being created in 2017, it is also time to celebrate, as anime turns 100 years old this year.
The first professionally released anime is credited to a few Japanese animators that produced short clips of samurai that dated back to 1917. However, it was not till the 1960’s that the first anime television series was aired. Osamu Tezuka produced a series called Three Tales, which aired on television in 1960, and was the first anime shown on TV. The first anime series, Otogi Manga Calendar aired from 1961-1964. The 1970’s was a time a great growth and popularity in Manga and Japanese graphic novels. Osamu Tezuka was a pioneer who inspired characteristics and genres which laid the foundation of the elements that make up anime today. The 1980s was a time for acceptance and production boom for the industry. Anime became to be more accepted in mainstream Japanese culture and started to gain popularity. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s and early 1990’s till anime gained acceptance in overseas markets. The 21st century was when popularity in the west started taking shape, with Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki heading the charge. There has been countless memorable and fantastic anime that has come in the span of the genres life.
To celebrate Anime’s 100 year birthday we made a list of the best anime television series from each decade. Let us know what you think of the list, and if there is anything you think is missing.