The 70s was a great decade for anime. But for some reason, no one remembers these popular titles.
Anime. It has the power to evoke strong feelings in people. But throughout its history, anime has always been about getting away from reality. Yet the very definition of anime has evolved throughout time.
There have been many, many anime shows that have come and gone before the likes of My Hero Academia, One Piece, and Dragon Ball. Although they were well-liked at the time, some shows have since lost their lustre, with some being brought back into the public eye only because of tribute shows or occasional revivals.
With that said, here are the 10 popular anime of the 70s that time forgot
Mazinger Z, one of Mangaka Go Nagai’s many works, is a pioneering example of the mecha anime genre. Over 90 episodes of the anime were shown between 1972 and 1974. The protagonist of Mazinger Z, Kouji Kabuto, pilots the titular robot in an ever-increasing battle against the villainous scientist Dr Hell, who has complete control over a variety of mechanical animals.
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, also known as Battle of the Planets in America, is a superhero show created by Tatsuo Yoshida for Tatsunoko Productions in 1972. The show follows the adventures of five characters as they battle an international technological organisation intent on seizing control of the world’s resources.
The anime, which focused on environmental protection and cutting-edge science and technology, ran for more than a hundred episodes and inspired both a live-action movie and two direct sequels. The series also influenced the Super Sentai franchise in Japan, which led to several remakes, including a live-action film released in 2013.
Heidi, Girl of the Alps
Nippon Animation (known then as Zuiyo Eizo) created the anime in 1974 based on the Swiss book Heidi’s Years of Wandering and Learning. The story of Heidi, a young girl of five, who is sent by her Aunt Date to live with her grandfather. The anime follows Alice through her daily life in the Swiss Alps, with an emphasis on the bonds she forms with her fellow cast members.
Tatsuo Yoshida’s latest anime series for Tatsunoko Productions centres on a humanoid robot named Tetsuya Azuma. Who transformed into an android so he could travel the world and wipe out robots after the first android, Buraiking, had conquered the planet. At 35 episodes long, the series was successful enough to spawn a 1993 video animation, a 2004 film, and video game creator Shinji Mikami’s inspiration for the game Vanquish. A new version of the show, titled Casshern Sins, debuted in 2008–2009.
Time Bokan is a film by Tatsunoko Productions and Topcraft, directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa, about a 13-year-old lab assistant named Taipei who must journey across time to find his missing supervisor, Dr Kieta. They join forces with Junko, a little girl of ten who is the granddaughter of Dr Kieta, and other time travellers to battle enemies from different times. The show’s success led to a mini-franchise consisting of several related shows. An updated version of the show, titled Time Bokan 24, premiered in 2016.
3000 Leagues In Search Of Mother
The Heart, by Edmondo De Amicis, was the inspiration for a 1976 Japanese anime directed by Isao Takahata. Set in late nineteenth-century Italy during the country’s economic collapse, the story follows Marco, a young boy who sets off alone to find his ill mother after no one seems to care enough to write to him. Despite being well-liked and emotionally engaging in Japan, it found immediate popularity in several other regions, including Europe and the Middle East.
Gaiking, produced by Toei, is a super robot mecha anime similar to Mazinger Z and Gundam, following the adventures of the Daiku Mary’s crew as they fight off the Dark Horror Army. The crew can harness the might of the huge robot “Gaiking” by joining the head of the Daiku-Mary with an arm and leg unit.
The 44-episode series was notable for being the first Toei production not adapted from a previously published manga. The anime Gaiking: Legend of the Daiku-Mary was released in 2005, reimagining the story.
Tekkaman: The Space Knight
Tekkaman: The Space Knight, a Tatsunoko production from 1976 consisting of 26 episodes, is set in the twenty-first century when Earth is in peril following the collapse of the “Green Earth” project. Since then, people have been exploring the stars in search of a new home planet.
As this is going on, they run into the Waldarians, who launch an assault on the Space Angel ship and end up destroying it. Because of this chain of events, a being with superhuman abilities called the “Tekkaman” is born. The sequel, Tekkaman Blade, continued the story.
Space Pirate Captain Harlock
In the year 2977, humankind has long since left Earth for the stars. However, Captain Harlock and the Arcadia’s crew must once again save humanity from extinction when a race of biological plant women known as the Mazone attempt to take the world for their own.
Despite its age (almost 40 years since its premiere) and the fact that it only had over 40 episodes and one OVA, the show was a huge hit in the 1970s. The show has been retold in manga form and as a film in 2013 titled Captain Harlock: Space Pirate, both of which deal with facets of mankind.
Ashita No Joe
Ashita No Joe follows Joe Yabuki, a rough and tumble underdog, as he enters the world of boxing. As a result, we get an anime that focuses less on the thrills and spills of the game and more on its bloodshed and philosophical underpinnings. The first season of the show aired in 1970, and it ran for 79 episodes in 1971.
The impact that Ashita no Joe had on Japanese audiences was significant, leading to a slew of subsequent anime and manga like Hajime no Ippo. In 2018, to mark the 50th anniversary of the series premiere, a science fiction adaptation called Megalobox was released.
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