Choices before anime existed

I’m 50 years old. Animation was bland 40 years ago. Not much to choose from and no internet. If I was lucky, our antenna would catch channel 20 and show something unusual called Kimba the White Lion (ジャングル大帝). In college I discovered something amazing called anime. I wasn’t used to seeing animation beautifully drawn with captivating, emotionally charged storylines.

1973, Ace o Nerae!, Super Friends
1973, Ace o Nerae!, Super Friends

1975, Dog of Flanders, Grape Ape
1975, Dog of Flanders, Grape Ape

1976, Gaiking, Scooby-Doo
1976, Gaiking, Scooby-Doo

It’s the present and I’m overwhelmed with the amount of anime available. I feel robbed and cheated of my childhood.

Influential anime, Gunbuster, 1988
Influential anime, Gunbuster, 1988