Note: I am not asking about the oldest anime series. I am talking about "original anime series" i.e. anime series not adapted/based from manga/LN/VN/games but an original story that went straight into animation and then to the general public.

From my knowledge, the earliest I know is Mobile Suit Gundam (1979-80) which makes it approxiamtely 41 years old. Are there any original anime series older than Mobile Suit Gundam?


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Sazae-san began airing in Japan in October 1969 and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running animated television series

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    Sazae-san originated from a manga series. Is the anime series of Sazae-san an original series, not an adaptation of the manga?
    – Aki Tanaka
    Dec 16, 2020 at 16:39

Humanoid Monster Bem was broadcast in 1968, it's one of the oldest animes made with no prior screenplay

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