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Classic anime sci-fi recommendations
Posted: 28 February 2018 08:12 PM  
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I’m obviously a Robotech fan, but larger than that I’m a lover of all things science fiction. Right now I’m looking for suggestions on good animated sci-fi generally in the range of 1975-1995.

I’ve seen Voltron and Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and I’ll be definitely be getting to Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers soon.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Posted: 01 March 2018 08:39 AM   [ # 1 ]  
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Bubblegum Crisis (original, though 2040 is an option it might be to new)
Ghost in the Shell
Gundam (various series to choose from)

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Posted: 01 March 2018 11:08 AM   [ # 2 ]  
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Thanks! I love Ghost in the Shell, but I haven’t seen the others, unless you count Gundam Wing back in 2000. I’ve been eyeing Bubblegum Crisis, I was just always confused about the viewing order.

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Posted: 01 March 2018 12:30 PM   [ # 3 ]  
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Posted: 01 March 2018 12:43 PM   [ # 4 ]  
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Admiral RA Hunter - 01 March 2018 12:30 PM

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Way ahead of you my friend. Akira was one of my first anime I think!

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Posted: 01 March 2018 06:56 PM   [ # 5 ]  
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You can’t go wrong with the original Space Battleship Yamato (aka: Star Blazers). Mobile Suit Gundam would be good as well. There’s also the Force Five series (Dangaurd Ace, Getter Robo, Starvangers, I forget the other two). I would also suggest Voltron (Lion and Vehicle). If you can find the episodes, Ulysses 31. Some of the animators later worked on Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, and incorporated some unused mecha concepts.

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Posted: 01 March 2018 08:13 PM   [ # 6 ]  
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Megalord1 - 01 March 2018 06:56 PM

You can’t go wrong with the original Space Battleship Yamato (aka: Star Blazers). Mobile Suit Gundam would be good as well. There’s also the Force Five series (Dangaurd Ace, Getter Robo, Starvangers, I forget the other two). I would also suggest Voltron (Lion and Vehicle). If you can find the episodes, Ulysses 31. Some of the animators later worked on Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, and incorporated some unused mecha concepts.

Thanks! I vaguely remember hearing about Force Five and Ulysses 31, I’ll look into them.

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Posted: 01 March 2018 08:41 PM   [ # 7 ]  
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You’re quite welcome.

Kingofpain26 is a good source of information on series from that era.

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Posted: 02 March 2018 08:36 AM   [ # 8 ]  
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes is another really great one.
Same with Super Dimension Century Orguss (had the same character designer as the one on Macross, plus it reuses Guardian mode albeit called the original Japanese “GERWALK”)

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Posted: 02 March 2018 09:41 AM   [ # 9 ]  
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NBaucom - 01 March 2018 11:08 AM

Thanks! I love Ghost in the Shell, but I haven’t seen the others, unless you count Gundam Wing back in 2000. I’ve been eyeing Bubblegum Crisis, I was just always confused about the viewing order.

Gundam is pretty much a catch all heading with various series, some connected to each other others aren’t.  Sort of like recommending Star Trek in general rather than say Voyager or TNG or TOS.

Bubblegum Crisis is similiar.  There is the Original Series, plus Bubblegum Crash (order wise it comes after) and there might be a few spinoffs in there I’m not thinking of.  Bubblegum Crisis 2040 is a reboot essentially (think Gundam Wing vs Gundam 00 or the original).

The original Robotech Animes (can’t recommend Macross much haven’t seen it, but SDC:Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospedea are good)

By date range are you looking at original published (in Japan) or brought over?  Are you willing to go outside of Anime itself toward animation in general?

In terms of general animation and the period, and subgenres you might want to look at The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, StarCom, and Spril Zone.  Those where mid 80s american cartoons, but still enjoyable as an adult (more Rangers than StarCom IMHO, but StarCom has various references to notable sci-fi stories in some episodes).  Spiral Zone might also be something to look into, I haven’t seen it much (recently or ever) but Retroblasting’s Dreamland podcast covered the show awhile back and it sounds like one of those more “adult” shows (cartoon in this case) that was marketed toward kids.

 

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Posted: 02 March 2018 11:13 AM   [ # 10 ]  
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Thanks! I love Ghost in the Shell, but I haven’t seen the others, unless you count Gundam Wing back in 2000. I’ve been eyeing Bubblegum Crisis, I was just always confused about the viewing order.

Gundam is pretty much a catch all heading with various series, some connected to each other others aren’t.  Sort of like recommending Star Trek in general rather than say Voyager or TNG or TOS.

Bubblegum Crisis is similiar.  There is the Original Series, plus Bubblegum Crash (order wise it comes after) and there might be a few spinoffs in there I’m not thinking of.  Bubblegum Crisis 2040 is a reboot essentially (think Gundam Wing vs Gundam 00 or the original).

The original Robotech Animes (can’t recommend Macross much haven’t seen it, but SDC:Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospedea are good)

By date range are you looking at original published (in Japan) or brought over?  Are you willing to go outside of Anime itself toward animation in general?

In terms of general animation and the period, and subgenres you might want to look at The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, StarCom, and Spril Zone.  Those where mid 80s american cartoons, but still enjoyable as an adult (more Rangers than StarCom IMHO, but StarCom has various references to notable sci-fi stories in some episodes).  Spiral Zone might also be something to look into, I haven’t seen it much (recently or ever) but Retroblasting’s Dreamland podcast covered the show awhile back and it sounds like one of those more “adult” shows (cartoon in this case) that was marketed toward kids.

 

Thanks for all the ideas! Yes, I definitely am open to American/Western stuff. As for the date range I provided, that’s just kind of general.

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Posted: 08 March 2018 05:27 AM   [ # 11 ]  
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My personal favorites, Votoms and Space Runaway Ideon.

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Posted: 09 March 2018 02:16 PM   [ # 12 ]  
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Go with Battle of the Planets ( Science Ninja Team Gatchaman) from the late 70’s. I own a lot of DVD’s from the show and loved it as a kid.

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Posted: 09 March 2018 03:00 PM   [ # 13 ]  
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ShadowLogan - 02 March 2018 09:41 AM

  Spiral Zone might also be something to look into, I haven’t seen it much (recently or ever) but Retroblasting’s Dreamland podcast covered the show awhile back and it sounds like one of those more “adult” shows (cartoon in this case) that was marketed toward kids.

Spiral Zone, wow, haven’t heard that name in quite some time. I remember watching it as a kid, had an interesting concept (the one-wheeled motorcycles were so cool) but as for any ‘adult’-like content, I couldn’t say for sure since my memory is a tad foggy. But I thought it was a fun cartoon.

Galaxy Express 999
The first two Patlabor films
Project A-KO had some great parodies on the subject.
Venus Wars

Mighty Orbots,one of the first collaborations between American and Japanese companies on a cartoon, it only ran for one season but man, what a season. Sadly, it has yet to collected on DVD but it is available Youtube I believe.

Bionic Six was a great sci-fi cartoon too.

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Posted: 09 March 2018 06:36 PM   [ # 14 ]  
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Thanks for all of the suggestions! I have a weekly anime club and we’re always looking for new stuff.

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Posted: 09 March 2018 07:11 PM   [ # 15 ]  
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RESTRADA - 09 March 2018 02:16 PM

Go with Battle of the Planets ( Science Ninja Team Gatchaman) from the late 70’s. I own a lot of DVD’s from the show and loved it as a kid.

Forget the Battle Of The Planets version. It was heavily bowdlerized for US broadcast, and 20 of the original 105 episodes weren’t used . You can get the dubbed version of the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman now. You won’t have to sit through the scenes featuring R2D2’s ‘retarded cousin’ 7-Zark-7, or his idiotic companion 1-Rover-1. You can also forget the Turner produced version G-Force.

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