Anime has come a long way
since it's beginnings in the early-mid 1960s. From the classics "Astro
Boy" and "Speed Racer", to today's 'monster' (pun intended) hits
"Pokémon" and "Digimon", each generation had it's share of
anime on the TV airwaves.
We can split the timeline
into 4 segments:
1: The Classics
2: The "Golden
Age" of Anime (1978-1988)
3: Generation Y Anime
4: The New Millennium and
There are 2 charts
below. The first will give you chronology of anime on U.S. TV, including
the year it started, what network it aired on or if it was in syndication, and
the companies who produced and/or distributed them.
The second chart, lists
some of the more important anime movies and some of the more popular TV series
that you can only get in VHS/DVD format. Eventually I'll add the
original authors of their respective series in that chart
If you do have a question
on a title I haven't listed here, ask, as I may know. Also any corrections/additions
to the table below, would be most appreciated.
With all that said, below
is the timeline See if you spot an old favorite. :)
Note that the
"Year" is when the series first appeared in the USA, not necessarily
when it was created in Japan.
Major Anime Titles That Ran on
I repeated some titles
like Pokemon, because of either a name change to the series, and/or a change of
networks or producers. This way, I wouldn't have to clump all the
information for one series as a whole, together...thus making it more confusing
than it already seems.
Other Significant Anime Movies
& TV Shows
I apologize for not
crediting the authors. If you know who made what already, that's
great If you dont, ask me. These are just examples of what they have
done, as listing every series they've developed would take ages.
Well, as you can see,
anime has grown with time. The last decade has especially seen major
strides in the medium when it comes to what is aired on TV. With digital TV
on the horizon, I'm sure we'll see even more titles, both older and favorite
classics, and new cutting-edge anime utilizing CGI that looks as if it was
colored and drawn by hand.
In short, it looks as if
anime will be around to stay. Even when the most current wave dies out,
the next generation will bring in another wave of anime for their generation to
enjoy, just like past ones have enjoyed what was around in their time.
Hopefully, future generations will also look back upon what has happened with
anime, and enjoy the classics as well.