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What are the best 90s anime?

The 90s anime shows are the best! There, we said it. Calling all 90s kids out there, can we all agree that the peak of anime came about during the 90s? To be fair, anime has become one of the most successful, if not the most successful, forms of pop culture Japan has ever made. It set foot on American soil in the early 1900s and has proven itself to be commercially lucrative since then. Yet, not until the proliferation of the Video Home System or VHS did anime become a hit mainly because of the easy-peasy distribution of it. Yes, VHS was the staple entertainment starter pack back then. Not to mention that it was only during that time where cable networks became a thing!

But really, what was it that gave birth to the best 90s anime? If you would try to delve deeper into it, you would discover that the OGs of Japan's anime industry had one thing in common: their undying love and their strong desire to transform the whole world into a gigantic television filled with nothing but anime shows. In just a span of 10 years or less, it had gained unprecedented mainstream popularity. And speaking of the OGs, Saban Entertainment was one of the prime movers in the United States during the 80s till the 90s. It co-produced the first 53 episodes of Dragon Ball Z, together with Funimation and Ocean Productions and the rest is history. Enough of boring yet informative text. Re-live your childhood with our list of 1990s anime that includes One Piece, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Cowboy Bebop, Pokemon, and a whole lot more!

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  1. 1One Piece

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    One Piece is an anime TV series adaptation of the manga series of the same name written by Eiichiro Oda. Since its inception on October 20, 1999, the show still continuously produces episodes following the life of Luffy.

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  1. 2Dragon Ball Z

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    Dragon Ball Z is an anime series by which follows the adventures of Goku who, after learning that he is from another planet, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. It was produced by Toei Animation and was released in 1990.

  2. 3Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Yu Yu Hakusho is a Japanese action and fantasy anime by Funimation Entertainment. It was released in the year 1992. The anime, directed by Noriyuki Abe and written by Yukiyoshi Ohashi, adapts the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi.

  1. 4Neon Genesis Evangelion

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    Neon Genesis Evangelion is an action drama mecha anime released in 1995 which was created by Hideaki Anno by the studios Gainax and Tatsunoko Production. It centers on Shinji Ikari who was recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots. 

  2. 5Cowboy Bebop

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    Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that follows the story of the futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners that unravel their dark and mysterious past little by little.

  3. 6Rurouni Kenshin

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    Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X) is a samurai-based anime show. It tells the story of a master swordsman that is traveling around Japan during the Meiji era. He arrives at a martial arts school in era of the opium trade wars.

  4. 7Pokemon

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    Pokémon is a popular Japanese anime television series that first aired on April 1, 1997. It has over a thousand episodes and the show is still ongoing. The cartoon follows the adventures of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu.

  5. 8Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

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    Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, also known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, is a 1995 Japanese mecha anime series directed by Masashi Ikeda and written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa. It is the sixth installment in the Gundam franchise.

  6. 9InuYasha

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    InuYasha is a feudal fantasy romance anime based on the manga series of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi. This anime was broadcasted at the Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1996 to 2008. 

  7. 10Detective Conan

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    Detective Conan is a mystery anime which is also known as Case Closed. Based on Gosho Aoyama's manga of the same name, this anime first aired on 1996 and still on-going with 27 seasons. 

  8. 11Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars

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    Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars is the fifth and final season in the original anime series of Sailor Moon. It has a total of 34 episodes that originally aired from March 9, 1996 to February 8, 1997.

  9. 12Fushigi Yuugi

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    Fushigi Yuugi, also known as The Mysterious Play or Curious Play, is a Japanese animated series based on the manga of the same name. It centers on Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo who were taken into the book called The Universe of the Four Gods. 

  10. 13Great Teacher Onizuka

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    Great Teacher Onizuka is a Japanese comedy-drama anime series that aired in 1999 based on the manga series of the same name by Tooru Fujisawa. It centers on former biker Eikichi Onizuka who teaches at the Holy Forest Academy. 

  11. 14Berserk

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    Berserk is a dark fantasy anime television series based on Kentaro Miura's manga of the same name. It follows the story of Guts, a sword-wielding warrior as he engages in non-stop sword fights while joining Griffith and his own mercenary group. 

  12. 15Magic Knight Rayearth

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    Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese anime series wherein three schoolgirls from Tokyo were transported to the magical land of the Rune-Gods. With their guide Mokona, the three went on a quest to rescue the princess and return home.

  13. 16The Vision of Escaflowne

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    The Vision of Escaflowne is a fantasy romance anime directed by Kazuki Akane and written by Shoji Kawamori released in 1996. It follows the adventures of Hitomi Kanzaki after she is transported to the world of Gaea. 

  14. 17Cardcaptor Sakura

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    Cardcaptor Sakura is an action fantasy adventure magic anime TV series based on a manga written by Clamp. Aired from 1998 to 2000, this anime was written by Nanase Ohkawa and directed by Morio Asaka.

  15. 18Slam Dunk

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    Slam Dunk is a sports anime series released in 1993. It follows the story of the delinquent Hanamichi Sakuragi, who plans to become a basketball player to impress Haruko Akagi. Sakuragi's motivation changed when he joins Team Shohoku and participates in the Japanese championship.

  16. 19Serial Experiments Lain

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    Serial Experiments Lain tells the story of an adolescent girl who develops a unique connection to a virtual reality network known as The Wired. Since then, strange events has started happening and no can explain why.

  17. 20Digimon Adventure

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    Digimon Adventure, also known as Digimon: Digital Monsters, is a Japanese anime television series created by Akiyoshi Hongo. It follows the adventures of a group of children in the Digital World to save the world from evil. 

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    Anonymous
    September 3, 2019
    "When I was a kid I still remember how I always have to rush home from school because I dont want to miss each episode of this whenever it airs. Back in those days, the only way i can watch this 90s anime is through a television cable network. But now I can rewatch it anywhere I am."
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    InuYasha
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    Anonymous
    September 3, 2019
    "Back in the 90s Digimon Adventure has been constantly accused of being a rip-off of Pokemon. However, even though it didn't get big like Pokemon, Digimon continued to soar. I still remember my friends would buy Digimon merchandise eh."
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    Digimon Adventure
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    Anonymous
    February 19, 2019
    "Grew up on a house in the 90s watching these kinds of stuff and I loved a lot of these anime shows but One Piece is really the best for me. Great storyline line and characters. Luffy will always be my all-time anime hero!"
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    One Piece
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    Anonymous
    September 3, 2019
    "Fushigi Yuugi is classic 90s anime style story although i think in some standards today this might be a cliche. I do think that this anime has also inspired a lot of anime that came after when it ended."
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    Fushigi Yuugi
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    Anonymous
    March 8, 2019
    "My 90s anime list definitely has this. It's genre was a little bit of different from what other kids watched but it was really my thing. This whole sci-fi anime. It's a cool genre of anime"
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    Serial Experiments Lain
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    Anonymous
    February 19, 2019
    "Kenshin is my favorite anime character. Everything about him is just amazing. Glad they also made movies of this 4 or 5 years ago I guess. Im a fan and proud to say that I've watched ever since"
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    Rurouni Kenshin
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    Anonymous
    September 3, 2019
    "This is another classic! Magic Knight Rayearth is basically a combination of Sailor Moon, Fushigi Yuugi and Aura Battler Dunbine. And because of that this has been the perfect anime for me."
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    Magic Knight Rayearth
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    Anonymous
    September 3, 2019
    "I dont know about you but when for me GTO is the best 90s anime! You can never go wrong with this! Yeah it doesn't have much action but every episode you will be able to learn life lessons."
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    Great Teacher Onizuka
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    Anonymous
    March 8, 2019
    "I always remember my sister watching this during the mid-90s and this was really a big part of my childhood. Guess what, my daughter knows about this. Truly one of the best 90s anime"
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    Cardcaptor Sakura
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    Anonymous
    September 3, 2019
    "Detective Conan is definitely a classic anime! Every episode of this anime I am always trying to guess who killed who but most of the time I cant even guess it right. LMAO"
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    Detective Conan
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    Anonymous
    February 19, 2019
    "Who doesn't love this show? I've been on it since I was kid and I'm glad my kids are also able to watch it because of streaming platforms. One of the best 90s anime"
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    Dragon Ball Z
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    Anonymous
    February 19, 2019
    "I watched older robot animes everytime when I did finish my homeworks back in the day. One of the best action anime in the 90s which inspired me to love robots"
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion
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    Anonymous
    February 19, 2019
    "Because of this show, I have collected over a hundred toys and have played almost all versions starting with the Gameboy ones. Really a treasure from the 90s"
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    Pokemon
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    Anonymous
    March 8, 2019
    "I really followed Shohoku and Sakuragi in my childhood days. Definitely the best anime ive followed even though episodes are kinda slow sometimes"
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    Slam Dunk
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    Anonymous
    February 19, 2019
    "Great story and characters very 90s really. I just recently bought a boxed set to watch and finish. Didn't know that it was this old too"
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    Yu Yu Hakusho
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    Anonymous
    September 3, 2019
    "Im pretty sure that every 90s kid have seen Berserk. Come on this is by far one of the grimmer anime that you can watch eh"
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    Berserk
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    Anonymous
    March 8, 2019
    "Who doesn't know Sailor Moon? I've good all 5 seasons in my collection. The only 90s anime I have completely"
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    Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars
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    Anonymous
    February 19, 2019
    "Being a kid who loves Japanese robot animes, I thank the creators for making Gundam man! Great 90s anime"
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    Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
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    Anonymous
    September 3, 2019
    "It is now 2019 and still this is my favorite anime series to date and would likely stay the same."
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    The Vision of Escaflowne
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    Anonymous
    February 19, 2019
    "Underrated anime which came out in the 90s. Very action-packed. Really my favorite!"
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    Cowboy Bebop
This list is about What are the best 90s anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1One PieceTV Shows 21 Paid
2Dragon Ball ZTV Shows 14 Paid
3Yu Yu HakushoTV Shows 10 Paid
4Neon Genesis EvangelionTV Shows 3 Paid
5Cowboy BebopTV Shows 2 Paid
6Rurouni KenshinTV Shows 2 Paid
7PokemonTV Shows 2 Paid
8Mobile Suit Gundam WingTV Shows 1 Paid
9InuYashaTV Shows 0 Paid
10Detective ConanTV Shows 0 Paid
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