My favourite Japanese cartoons as a kid/teenager in the 1970’s early 1980’s

I seem to be more and more taking a trip down memory lane and reminiscing my mispent youth 😉 (and by the way you are never too old to watch cartoons or read comic books)! The following list is in no particular order, but they are the Japanese origin cartoons I loved to watch in the 1970’s and early 1980’s (I think the first 2 were from the 1960’s but they were always on TV when I was growing up).

I hope these bring back some fond memories…enjoy! Click on the name of the cartoon to view a video.


Japanese Cartoons Kimba 1. Kimba The White Lion

Ha! Vegetarian big cats!

Japanese Cartoons  marine boy 2. Marine Boy

He had those electric boomerangs…

May have been a bit dangerous underwater when I come to think of it!

Japanese Cartoons  Astro Boy Atomic Boy 3. Astro Boy

A robot flying boy with a machine gun butt fighting evil!

Japanese Cartoons Star Blazers 4. Star Blazers

Evil aliens – the Gamilon’s attack Earth.

Space battles and the space battleship Argo (aka Yamato) and it’s mighty wave motion gun!


Japanese Cartoons Ulysses 31 5. Ulysses 31

This had the best soundtrack!!!

Starts at 0.45 second mark of the video, sit back and rock out to it’s gloriousness!

Good stories too.

Japanese Cartoons Battle of the Planets G-Force 6. Battle Of The Planets – G Force

 The team – superheroes with “cerebonic” enhancements.

They protect the Earth from Planet Spectra and their evil commander Zoltar!

Japanese Cartoons Robotech 7. Robotech 

Awesome robotic suits, evil aliens, massive space battles – what more could you want?

Japanese Cartoons Voltron 8. Voltron – Defender Of The Universe

Individual big cat vehicles form into one giant super robot whom evil fears!

Great stuff!

Japanese Cartoons Mysterious Cities of Gold 9. The Mysterious Cities Of Gold

A good mix of South American history, archeology and sci fi in the quest to find the seven cities of gold.

Remember the Golden Condor?

Magical stuff.


The following from that period are not Japanese but were awesome!

Cartoons Transformers 1. Transformers 

Japanese inspired, but American made.

The ongoing battles of the Autobots and Decepticons.

Megatron’s endless battle for supremacy over the Autobots and Starscream’s endless scheming to rule the Decepticon’s. It was a rough and tumble ride!

Cartoons He-Man 2. He Man and the Masters of the Universe

“By the power of Grey Skull”….but Skeletor still rules!!!!

Cartoons Danger Mouse 3. Danger Mouse

An eyepatch wearing secret agent mouse up against such evil as Baron Silas Greenback the Toad!

“He’s the greatest, he’s fantastic…”  – Classic!

Cartoons Banana Man

4. Banana Man

The Goodies did the voices. Enough said!

Cartoons Count Duckula5. Count Duckula

“Ducky-poo” a vegetarian vampire duck, Igor, Nanny, Von Goosewing, …brilliant!

Originally a villian on Danger Mouse, the seperate Duckula didn’t start until the late 1980’s but was worth including here.

Cartoons Inspector Gadget 6. Inspector Gadget

“Next time Gadget…next time!”

There were a bunch of others I watched but these were the ones that tend to stick in my mind from that period.

Earlier created favourite cartoons included:

Hanna-Barbera: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Tom & Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, Scooby Doo, Top Cat, Wacky Races, Magilla Gorilla, Atom Ant/Secret Squirrell, Dastardly & Muttley, Super Friends, Speed Buggy, Hong Kong Phooey, Josie & The Pussycats, Captain Caveman, Touche Turtle and The Smurfs (lalalalalalaa).

Cartoons Hanna Barbera

Looney Tunes/Warner Brothers: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird,  Elmer Fudd, Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzalez, The Road Runner, Wile E Coyote, Yosemite Sam, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig and Marvin The Martian. These were legendary cartoons…Mel Blanc was the cartoon voice god! My grandfather “Buggsy” was a huge fan of these cartoons, hence I loved them too!

Cartoons Looney Tunes Warner Bros


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Hugo says:

    I used to watch this cartoon when I was a kid back in the 70’s but i can’t remember the name of it, all I remember the bad guys wore black suits and sunglasses and they shoot machine guns. the good guy he threw playing cards to his enemies, it was on every week if anyone know the name of i will be very happy to find the name of it.

    1. Deano says:

      Good question! I am not sure on that one, maybe someone will know. Kind of sounds like Gambit, but he didn’t appear in X-Men comics until 1990.

  2. Jas says:

    I agree with this list! Thanks for sharing my memories as well!!

  3. Jas says:

    My list of Robot Anime’s that I grew up watching every morning before I went to school.

    1) Star Blazer (
    2) *Battle of the Planets (
    3) Spacer Racer (
    4) Astro Boy (
    5) Force Five = Gaiking, Dangard Ace, Starvengers, Grandizer, Spaceketeers
    6) **Dangard Ace (
    7) ** Grandizer (
    8) *Starvengers (
    9) *Spaceketeers (
    10) *Gaiking (
    11) **Voltron (
    12) Thunderbirds 2086(
    13) *Robotech (
    14) Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (
    15) *Tranzor Z (

    1. Deano says:

      Cool. There are a few there I have not heard of. Will check out the links. Thanks!

    2. Deano says:

      They are making a big budget Robotech movie soon too!

    3. Deano says:

      Star Blazers was so good

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