80’s Anime of the Week

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80’s Anime of the Week is the 1980’s edition page of our Throwback Thursday drop down menu, and runs alongside our 60’s, 70’s, and 90’s pages. A lot of great classics came out of this decade, so if you’re an 80’s kid who’s looking to take a trip back down the days for your childhood, then this is the page for you! 😉

Tonight’s 80’s anime title of the week is…Tokimeki Tonight

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If you were a vampire-werewolf hybrid, wouldn’t you want to have both powers and abilities by your side? Well in a case like this the main character of this 80’s anime title Tokimeki Tonight can transform into a copy of any object that she bites. (Be it human or not, although in order to change back to normal she has to sneeze.) Ranze Eto is a half-breed who wants to live a normal life as a teenage girl. Upon attending junior high school she meets a boy named Shun Makabe, however her mom and dad don’t want her to date a human (although we can probably guess why). Things get a bit complicated when Ranze has to deal with her in-school rival Yoko Kamiya, due to the fact that she too is in love with Shun. If you’re looking for a classic 1980’s anime romantic comedy, then Tokimeki Tonight is the answer you’re looking for! 😉

Rank: 4.6 / 5 Stars

Our first 80’s anime title this week is…Belle and Sebastian

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Looking for a 1980’s anime classic about a boy on a long journey to find his mother? Then Belle and Sebastian is going to be the anime classic for you! High in the mountains of France was a boy named Sebastian, who didn’t have any friends because he was teased for not having a mother. One day he finds a rather friendly dog who he named Belle, but was falsely accused for her crimes (which she didn’t commit). Both Sebastian and Belle (along with Poochie) decided to head out on their own adventure to find his biological mother, as well as keep Belle safe from the police who are currently on the hunt for her. Check it out if you haven’t gotten the chance to! 🙂

Rank: 4.6 / 5 Stars

Our second 80’s anime title this week is…Aura Battler Dunbine

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Ever wonder what would happen if you take everything you know about Medieval Times and combined it with robot mechs from the future? Well this early 80’s anime title fits that description quite nicely. Aura Battler Dunbine tells the story of a parallel world known as Byston Well, where dragons, knights, and castles are found here in this dimensional land that resembles that of medieval Europe. Sho Zama plays the main role, as he is transported into this world before discovering that he possesses a rather powerful robot known as an Aura Battler. Because he possesses a special type of Aura Battler, Sho is soon enlisted into the Byston Well conflict as the pilot in charge of the Aura Battler known as; the Dunbine.

If you’re looking for a great mecha/fantasy story with just a touch of steampunk, then this classic 80’s title may be just what the doctor ordered!

Rank: 4.6 / 5 Stars

Our first 80’s anime title this week is…Persia, the Magic Fairy

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Magical girls in the 80’s? Yep, there were quite a few titles from that particular genre long before the rise of Sailor Moon (which really took the genre to a whole new level). Persia, the Magic Fairy is a classic 80’s anime title about  an 11-year-old girl named (you guessed it) Persia, who acquires magical capabilities due to a return flight to Japan accompanied by Riki and Gaku Muroi along with their grandfather.

The “Lovely Dream” world is in danger, so the fairy queen of that world enlists in the help of Persia in order to preserve the magical world that exists. She is then given a gold headband with a star on it that only reacts to the world “Papurikko”, with it Persia can conjure up magic from the dream world as well as create a bridge between her world and the world of the “Lovely Dream”. The whole series is about her saving the magical world of the “Lovely Dream”, by collecting love energy from the human world to thaw out the dream world.

If you’re a fan of the magical girl genre and you’re looking for something a bit old school (in this case something a bit further back than Sailor Moon), then perhaps Persia, the Magic Fairy might be the classic throwback anime title you’re looking for! 🙂

Rank: 4.2 / 5 Stars

Our second 80’s anime title this week is…Fang of the Sun Dougram

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Welcome back to our Throwback Thursday’s segment of the blog, where we bring you nostalgic titles that many of you old school fans may remember. (And some you may not remember.) This time around we return to the 80’s with a title known as Fang of the Sun Dougram. If you’re familiar with the Mecha genre of anime, then there’s no doubt that this old school title was floating around somewhere on the airwaves.

The story is about a governor from the planet of Deloyer, that declares martial law on the colony and becomes a dictator for the Federation, with which he plans to rule with an iron fist. Crinn Chashim is the estranged son of the governor who doesn’t share the save views as his father, therefore he rises up against him in rebellion using a prototype known as the Dougram. Throughout the series Crinn along with his rebellion group “The Deloyer 7” fight against the Federation and its influence, so that the planet of Deloyer (and its colony) can live free of its iron grip. If you’re a lover of classic mecha anime from the 80’s, then don’t past this title by without checking it out!

Rank: 4.5 / 5 Stars

Our first 80’s anime title this week is…The Mysterious Cities of Gold

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A long while back there was a Dreamworks movie entitled The Road to El Dorado that was about two guys from Spain, who discover a map leading to the lost city of gold. (Though their original plan was to pass themselves off as gods in order to trick the locals into giving them mountains of gold, to take back to Spain as a get-rich-quick scheme.) However that’s not what this series is about…at least, not about that. This classic title is about a boy named Esteban who joins a voyage to the New World with his father, in order to search for the lost Seven Cities of Gold. During their adventure they come across a cast of awesome allies and devious enemies, as they make their way towards the wonders and treasures that await them in El Dorado. If you haven’t checked out this classic series full of historic adventure, check it out and stream it online! 🙂

Rank: 4.9 / 5 Stars

Our second 80’s anime title this week is…Dream Hunter Rem

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Remember when you were a child and had a tough time sleeping because you had nightmares? Remember all the times you crawled into your parents bed from a toddler up until you entered the 2nd grade? Well there’s a remedy for that! This 80’s title known as Dream Hunter Rem, is about a girl named Rem Ayanokoji who is known as a “dream hunter” who hunts down demons that cause nightmares inside people’s dreams. A lot of bizarre and twisted things can happen during a nightmare, so it’s nice to have someone like Rem by your side when those nights of terror happen. The series itself is released as four OVAs, so if you haven’t had the chance to see all of them just yet, check em’ out on youtube, dailymotion, or any place online that streams it! 🙂

Rank: 4.6 / 5 Stars

Our first 80’s anime title this week is…Dirty Pair

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Before the era of Panty & Stocking, these two females were the original dirty pair! Kei and Yuri are two ladies known as the trouble consultants in Team 234; aka “The Lovely Angels”. They go on various missions that involve them catching wanted criminals, but they always leave a trail of destruction behind them wherever they go, thus giving them the name Dirty Pair. (Which they hate to be called.)

Kei is a redhead who’s hotheaded, shoots first and asks questions later, and loves muscular men. (Like one frisky angel we all know.) Yuri is a little more levelheaded but can be violent when crossed, uses non-gun weaponry; such as a sword or throwing cards, and likes more well refined men who aren’t d-bags. (Like another angel we all know.) The two also possess joint ESP powers which is just one of the reasons why they were hired as trouble consultants in the first place. (That and they always catch their man/woman.) If you wanna know who the real dirty pair is, it never hurts to check out these two lovely ladies! 😉

Rank: 5 / 5 Stars

Our second 80’s anime title this week is…GoShogun

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Here it is, another super robot anime title from the 80’s! This title’s story is set in the early 21st century; where an evil organization known as Dokuga almost holds total power and economic control over the world. A special teleportation fortress known as Good Thunder as well as the series’ titcular robot GoShogun (operated by three pilots), travel around the world while defeating the forces of Dokuga. Kenta Sanada (who is the son of a scientist) joins forces with his father’s colleague on this mission to prevent Dokuga and its forces from getting stronger, while discovering a special form of energy known as Beamler, with which he shares a connection with. This is a classic 80’s robot anime series that is worth looking into, if you’re a hardcore old-school anime robot lover that is!

Rank: 4.9 / 5 Stars

Our third 80’s anime title this week is…Yawara!

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Also known as Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl, this 80’s title is about the titicular female character Yawara Inokuma, who wants to indulge in a normal life for herself but can’t because her grandfather wants her to practice judo instead. she in fact hates the sport overall but then she discovers why her grandfather loves the art of it so much, and in time, grows to like it a bit more. Yawara then competes in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games in order to become judo champion and win the gold medal for her grandfather; not because she grew tired of him pressuring her to train, but because she now understands just how important this sport is to him. If you’re a fan of classic sports anime from the 80’s, then this is a title that we encourage you to check out! 🙂

Rank: 4.7 / 5 Stars

Our first 80’s anime title this week is…Queen Millennia

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Another throwback Sci-Fi/Adventure title that takes place in the distant future; say the year 1999, before the new millennium. A professor by the name of Amamori discovers a tenth planet known as La-Metal within the earth’s solar system, that happens to be on a collision course with earth. The arrival time of said planet collision is September 9, 1999 at 9 o’clock, 9 minutes, and 9 seconds. A woman on earth known as Yukino Yayoi is a Millennial Queen as well as Professor Amamori’s assistant, finds out about the planet La-Metal heading towards earth. She alongside Amamori’s nephew join forces in their fight to stop the icy tenth planet from colliding with earth, but not before dealing with the planet’s queen (Larela) as well as a few La-Metal generals, who are a part of a sabotage campaign against Earth. A great title to see if you haven’t already seen it!

Rank: 4.7 / 5 Stars

Our second 80’s anime title this week is…Thunderbirds 2086

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This 1982 throwback title tells the tale of TechnoBoyager; a special rescue team that is a part of the IRO (International Rescue Organization), as well as being known as the “Thunderbirds”. The timeline of the anime title itself takes place twenty years after the original Thunderbirds series, with many of the original elements have either changed or have not been mentioned at all. The plot is also different than in the original title; as the “Thunderbirds” deal with a threat known as the Shadow Axis, a breakaway independence group led by a mysterious entity or being known as the Star Crusher. If you’re a classic anime fan who hasn’t seen this title in awhile, definitely check (or re-check) this title out! 🙂

Rank: 4.7 / 5 Stars

Our first 80’s anime title this week is…Saber Rider & The Star Sheriffs

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This 1980’s space western tells the story of the distant future; where humans have colonized other planets across the universe and named it the ‘New Frontier’. The Calvary Command has set a special operative group known as the Star Sheriffs to different planets and areas to investigate crimes that would threaten the security of the New Frontier. What’s better than a good ol’ Western you ask? A good ol’ western mixed with some classic 80’s anime flare…from Spaaaace!! 😉

Rank: 4.8 / 5 Stars

Our second 80’s anime title this week is…Combat Mecha Xabungle

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Another classic 80’s mecha anime title for you guys to check out! The story’s about a young man named Jiron Amos who is found somewhere in the desert by some bandits known as the Sand Rats, and is on a mission to steal a Walker Machine Xabungle from Carrying Cargo, to take revenge on the individual who killed his parents. As the story/saga progresses Jiron encounters the murderer of his parents as well as allies in an epic battle against an organization known as “The Innocent”; which isn’t as innocent as you might think. So to all those who love a good classic mecha anime title filled with powerful robots and evil organizations, we highly encourage you to give this one a shot! 🙂

Rank: 4.9 / 5 Stars

Our third 80’s anime title this week is…Kimagure Orange Road

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This 80’s anime classic is filled with comedy, romance, a lil’ bit of harem, and supernatural powers? That’s right, the main character known as Kyosuke Kasuga has supernatural abilities along with his two siblings. The story deals with the fact that due to his and his family’s ESP powers Kyosuke has to relocate to a different city each time he exposes his powers in public. It also deals with him being what some may call a playboy; due to the fact that during the story Kyosuke is seeing two girls named Madoka Ayukawa, and Hikaru Hiyama. Since we’re a spoiler-free anime blog we’ll leave the final decision up to you! If you like a classic harem story filled with ESP, comedy, and some romance, then Kimagure Orange Road may be just the road for you to take! 🙂

Rank: 4.8 / 5 Stars

Our first 80’s anime title this week is…Zillion

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This 1987 title is (believe it or not) Production I.G’s first title ever produced; which lead to many other exciting modern day titles we all know today. The story takes place in 2387 on the planet Maris as a group of teens suddenly discover three mysterious guns known as the “Zillion Weapon System”, and become a task force known as the White Knights in order to use the weapons to fight off the Nozas; a genocide program meant to kill off all humans and lay eggs in order to reproduce on the planet. A great title for those who love action, adventure, and science fiction! 🙂

Rank: 4.7 / 5 Stars

Our second 80’s anime title this week is…Area 88

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Another title in the classic anime story that takes place between the late 70’s and early 80’s in a Middle Eastern country known as Arslan; or Kingdom of Arslan. Shin Kazama is at the head of his class from a well known aviation school, however he was duped into signing a contract with Area 88 by a childhood friend who was rather competitive and jealous. In order to by his way out of this obligation killing becomes a second nature to him, as Shin needs to earn $1.5 million in order to return home. After awhile he begins to have thought about himself; is he really fighting for survival, or just for the sheer sport of it…?

Rank: 4.8 / 5 Stars

Our last 80’s anime title this week is…Genesis Climber MOSPREADA

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This 1983 classic title has transformable motorcycle-armors that are a bit familiar in design with that of the ones from the Macross anime series. The story is about Earth’s pollution problems being from the result of HBT; an alternate hydrogen fuel that replaces fossil fuel. Around the year 2050 Earth becomes invaded by a race of aliens known as the Invid, as they completely desolate the planet with only a handful of human survivors (Troops) to fight off the alien threat with the others from the Mars Base to back them up. A Legioss pilot named Stick Bernard is one of the troops that meets up with the rest of the main cast and a few others in an effort to reach “Reflex Point”; the headquarters of the Invid base, and defeat the leader of the Invid alien race. If you’re a lover of old school mechas and science fiction, then this is the anime title for you! 🙂

Rank: 5 / 5 Stars

Our first 80’s anime title is…Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

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This 1985 classic is the second installment of the Gundam franchise as well as the follow-up to the first Gundam series. Eight years after the first series a rebel group known as the Anti-Earth Union Group (AEUG), who fights against their enemies known as the Titans (no, not those titans AOT fans) that hunt down Zero fighters and slaughters those that demand equal rights for space citizens. Though it’s a classic title it has sparked generations of Gundam fans from all over the world. The phenomenon of this exciting franchise continues to grow in both popularity, and in its fanbase!

Rank: 5 / 5 Stars

Our next 80’s anime title is…The Super Dimension Fortress Macross

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An 82′ classic that most would say that “its ahead of its time”, and they would be right! This series combines machines, apocalyptic fights, romance during a ferocious war, and finally some great music. Pop stars, love triangles, and mechas that fight in outer space? Sign us up! (You can’t call yourself an Old Sckool Anime Fan if this title isn’t in your anime title playlist!)

Rank: 4.9 / 5 Stars

Our last 80’s anime title for the week is…Ronin Warriors

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This big time 1988 classic was once on Toonami when it first aired on television (the dub of course). It tells the story of five ronin warriors who fight against a villain named Talpa; the demon lord of the Netherworld. These five warriors assisted by their young student teacher; as well as a warrior-monk called “The Ancient”, set off on a quest to defeat the demon lord and his four dark warlords from conquering the world. A ‘must have’ classic if your a serious nostalgic anime fan! 🙂

Rank: 4.8 / 5 Stars

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