Top 10 Most Nostalgic Anime

While catching up with the newest anime, have any of them reminded you of any classic anime you watched in your childhood? Here’s my ten most memorable anime of all time.

1. Evangelion

Evangelion is infamous with it’s deep and complicated plots, especially with it’s clever use of references and symbolism. The characters had also made a made a huge impact around the globe too. They are deep, dark and are more then what is shown by their appearances, constantly suffering in psychological pain while fighting against the Angels. Evangelion is awesome with their execution, and it’s portrayal of the plot and characters are second to none. Even in future years to come, I’m sure Evangelion will still be the talk of the town.

2. Dragon Ball

Probably one of the most nostalgic shows ever. Dragon Ball is one of the earliest shows which sets the shounen trend in action. Many other newer shounen anime, subtly uses Dragon Ball as the foundation of various other settings and characters. Dragon Ball is one of the best martial arts themed anime and their action sequences are epic on a grand scale.

3. Fist of the North Star

Most nostalgic, most badass and the most manliest anime one can ever find. You follow the role of Kenshiro, a man with seven scars on his chest. He is out of vengeance, and has no problems using his insane martial arts skills to blast everyone from the inside. He is badass, he has no mercy and everyone who block his way would only meet their doomsday. I still remember his badass catchphrase up to this day: “You’re already dead.”

4. Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon is one of the most, if not, the most oldest and nostalgic mainstream magical girls themed anime. Like Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon is also one of the earliest anime I stumbled upon on TV, with horrid English/Malay voice acting, and is another anime which I tried to keep up with on TV. Witnessing Usagi and the rest of the Sailor senshi saving Earth from the Dark Kingdom was pretty nice and awesome.

5. Yu Yu Hakusho

When you find out you can shoot laser beams from your index finger, you are fated to be a spiritual detective. Yu Yu Hakusho features one such character, Yusuke. Immersing into Yusuke’s shoes is quite entertaining since Yu Yu Hakusho’s settings are quite interesting. The actions here are just as great as well, and is a show which displays one of my favorite and most nostalgic fights ever, Yusuke VS Toguro in the tournament.

6. Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain, did a fine job of creating a mysterious atmosphere at the starting episodes, forming a thrilling suspense for all viewers. It stars Lain, the main heroine who actually doesn’t know much about computers, but as she learns more about the Wired, she starts getting into computers, and begins to understand more of the “other side.” Watching this anime and seeing all of those CRT monitors are nostalgic as hell, not to mention that I like technology and computers too. However, it’s not just about computers that is so engaging. The anime had so many philosophical plot elements it felt like another Evangelion, and chances are if you like Evangelion, maybe you would come to like this too.

7. Rurouni Kenshin

No super powers, no mecha. Rurouni Kenshin is a memorable show which focuses plainly on swordfights and bloodbath, yet, even without relying on those, the show had one of the best actions in the shounen anime industry. Kenshin was also quite a fun character as well, at times, he is just an ordinary swordsman with a bit of comedic relief, and at times, he subtly reverts back to his Battousai days, fending off foes from Kenshin’s dark past. Rurouni Kenshin’s portrayal of deepness and emotions, makes it one of the most memorable shows in years to come.


8. Cowboy Bepop

Cowboy Bepop is definitely one of the anime that is way ahead of it’s time. Visually stunning, fluid fighting animations and upbeat jazz soundtracks are a few of the greatest features of the show. Of cause, the best of all is how the different flashy characters. Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed; all of them came from different backgrounds and are carefully developed over the course of the show. Watch how the former mobster, former police officer, gambler and hacker joined together in the solar system as bounty hunters face their past… and to bring more food to the table.

9. Cardcaptor Sakura

When you talk about magical girls, they don’t have to be tall, gracious or have a sexy figure. Even elementary lolis can be magical girls! Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura is one prime example, and she is good magician indeed. Seeing her waving her wand solving problems everywhere is fun and seeing her is probably why I enjoyed the whole series thoroughly. Sakura and Syaoran’s interaction is cute too, and some of the mystery behind some of the other characters add even more impact to the overall viewing experience.

10. Slam Dunk

Basketballs is the most favorite sport played by people all around the world, especially us Chinese here, played basketball ever since we were kids. Slam Dunk might had played a role in this regard, as it is one of the best sports anime to ever aired on TV. Slam Dunk depicts a group of extremely tall high school students, slam dunking their way to the top of the nations, it is the epitome of fitness and nostalgia.

One thought on “Top 10 Most Nostalgic Anime

  1. Yu yu Hakushu, Slam Dunk and Cardcaptor Sakura are among the anime that gave colors to my childhood days. I also like DBZ and Samurai X but it was too mainstream that time.

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