Japanese Cartoons of 1970s

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page lists the most popular Japanese cartoons from 1970s to early 1980s.

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Candy Candy 小甜甜 キャンディ・キャンディ

The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee 小蜜蜂

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The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee 小蜜蜂

Triton of the Sea 海王子

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Triton of the Sea 海王子

Vicky the Viking 北海小英雄

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Vicky the Viking 北海小英雄

Heidi, Girl of the Alps 小天使

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Heidi, Girl of the Alps 小天使

The Story of Perrine 小英的故事

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The Story of Perrine 小英的故事

The above ones are often watched by both boys or girls, as far as i recall. Now, some for mainly boys.

Mazinger Z 無敵鐵金剛

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Mazinger Z 無敵鐵金剛

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman 科學小飛俠

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Science Ninja Team Gatchaman 科學小飛俠

Dinosaur Savers 恐龍救生隊

Dinosaur Savers 恐龍救生隊


小寶歷險記
海底小遊俠
大獅王
寶馬王子
小仙女

Epilogue

Watching them now, you find them extremely silly, childish, especially the scifi ones for boys. Exactly. That's what they are, children's cartoons. But when i was watching them at age ~10, it wasn't anything “childish”. It is your life. It is the chat at school, it is the lives to lookup to, it is the philosophy to learn from. Knowledge of the stories is a show of superiority, having the toys is a status symbol, being able to draw them, is a mark of genius, the admiration of peers. It was a BIG deal. The heros, heroines, their love, difficulties, are major parts of our life, just as we adults today regards with career, cars, housing, or even politics.

One big thanks to 張哲生 (Jason), who took the time to collect and annotate these old cartoons. In fact he wrote a book 飛呀!科學小飛俠. His website is: jasonforce.com. In the following, Chinese excerpts are usually from his youtube annotation, and English are usually from Wikipedia.