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12 90s Anime That Will Make You Nostalgic

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90s anime you won't regret watching.

90s anime you won't regret watching.

Take a Step Back in Time With These 90s Anime

The 90s was a mixed bag when it comes to anime. From romantic and sci-fi to action and comedy, we've seen a wide range of anime genres during this period that you would be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking what anime series ranks above all. Here are a few widely popular 90s anime that will surely make you nostalgic.

Must-Watch Anime of the 90s

1. Marmalade Boy

2. Cowboy Bebop

3. Yu Yu Hakusho

4. Berserk

5. Dragon Ball Z

6. Trigun

7. Cardcaptor Sakura

8. Serial Experiments Lain

9. Tenkuu no Escaflowne

10. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

11. Slam Dunk

12. Great Teacher Onizuka

1. Marmalade Boy

Aired: March 1994

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 76

The show revolves around a high-school student named Miki. After a holiday in Hawaii, her parents decide to get divorced. They also decide to remarry by swapping partners with a couple they had met during the holiday.

One evening, Miki's parents ask her to set up a dinner table for the couple to get to know them. Here, she meets Matsuura Yuu, the son of the new couple. Yuu and Miki develop feelings for each other, but it is a love story filled with obstacles. Both Miki and Yuu have other admirers who try hard to separate them.

Back in the day, this anime won the hearts of almost every teenager. Everyone wanted to be like Miki and Yuu from this show. In fact, there was also a game called Super Famicom based on the Marmalade Boy, where players had to act like Miki to find a potential boyfriend from 3 suitors – Ginta, Kei, or Yuu.

2. Cowboy Bebop

Aired: April 1998

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 26

It's 2071, and humans have colonized several moons and planets of the solar system. The Inter Solar System Police needs to maintain peace in the galaxy with the help of bounty hunters called Cowboys. Spike Spiegel and Jet Black make a living by collecting rewards from chasing bounties. But Faye Valentine and Welsh Corgi, two new members, try to overtake Spike and Jet's success. The story unfolds slowly after each episode, making it one of the most thrilling anime of the 90s.

Cowboy Bebop ran into censorship issues in the 90s. But a satellite channel WOWOW revived it and had telecasted the entire show uncensored because of its incredible popularity.

3. Yu Yu Hakusho

Aired: October 1992

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 112

Yuusuke Urameshi, a teenager with a dim future, saves a young boy by throwing himself in front of a speeding car. From that day onwards, everyone sees him as a savior.

Koenma, the heir to the spirit realm, gives him a chance to regain his life by completing a series of activities. Yuusuke turns into a spirit detective, battling evil spirits and doing everything he can to live once more. Along with Hiei and Kurama, two demons with criminal pasts and his once-nemesis, Kuwabara, Yuusuke takes on the strongest monsters that threaten humanity's existence.

Yu Yu Hakusho won the best anime of the year at the Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995. Earlier, it was voted the second-best anime in 1993.

4. Berserk

Aired: October 1997

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 25

Guts, born from his mother's corpse, puts his life on the line regularly to make money. One day, Guts meets the Band of the Hawk, a mercenary troop. Their leader, White Hawk, recruits Guts because of his fearlessness.

Guts quickly climbs up the ranks and becomes the head of the offensive faction. But he slowly realizes that the world is not as black and white as he had assumed. It's a lot more complicated than that.

Berserk is the first adaption of the manga series published in Young Animal, a bi-weekly magazine that became very popular in 1989. The makers of the show modified a few parts of the series, including the characters, to make the anime thrilling.

5. Dragon Ball Z

Aired: April 1989

Seasons: 16

Episodes: 291

There is hardly any 90s kid who wouldn't know about Dragon Ball Z. Gokuu is leading a peaceful life with his family after winning the World Martial Arts tournament. But things change as Raditz, a mysterious enemy, informs that he is Gokuu's long-lost brother. He also reveals that Gokuu is a part of an almost extinct race called Saiyan.

According to Raditz, Gokuu's sole purpose was to destroy the planet, but after a head injury, his nature had changed. But Gokuu isn't convinced. And so, Raditz informs that a threat is fast approaching Earth, one that could bring unimaginable destruction to everyone's life. Gokuu must fight to save everyone and find the seven mystical dragon balls before things take a turn for the worse.

Dragon Ball Z is one of the most popular anime series of all time. It was also one of the first anime shows dubbed in English in the US.

6. Trigun

Aired: April 1998

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 26

Vash the Stampede is a merciless man who can do anything to bring his opponent down. People call him "The Humanoid Typhoon." He has a bounty of $60,000,000,000 on his head. Vash is so dangerous that people feel afraid to make eye contact with him. But in reality, Vash can't even hurt an insect.

He traverses through a planet called Gunsmoke, followed by Stryfe and Thompson, two insurance agents who try to minimize Vash's destruction. Soon a group of assassins arrives to kill the three. This unravels Vash's past and pushes his principles and morality to the breaking point.

The Japanese version of this show was almost on the verge of going off-air due to its brutal scenes. But Geneon Entertainment USA decided to revive the series in the US, enabling fans to enjoy this epic action anime.

7. Cardcaptor Sakura

Aired: April 1998

Seasons: 3

Episodes: 70

Sakura Kinomoto is a happy-go-lucky ten-year-old girl. One day, she comes across a mysterious book with a set of cards. But before she knows what to do with the cards, she conjures up a magical gust of wind that scatters all the cards in various parts of the world.

Keroberos, the Beast of the Seal, tells her that the cards are no ordinary playthings. Sakura has released Clow Cards through her magical powers, which will bring grave danger into the world, and she must prevent the cards from causing this catastrophe.

Cardcaptor Sakura won the best anime category in 1999 at the Animage Grand Prix award.

8. Serial Experiments Lain

Aired: July 1998

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 13

Lain Iwakura, a fourteen-year-old introvert, receives a disturbing email from Chisa Yomoda, her classmate who recently tried to commit suicide. Lain, who is not so tech-savvy, clicks on a button that not only opens the email but also takes her into a world of virtual communication networks.

She meets unknown men called Men in Black. They ask her questions, but she can't answer anything. Lain tries her best to understand this weird world where reality and cyberspace are almost on the verge of merging.

This series won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 1998 due to its unique storyline.

9. Tenkuu no Escaflowne

Aired: April 1996

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 26

Hitomi Kanzaki, a 15-year old schoolgirl, doesn't know anything about fortune telling or tarot cards. One night, Van Fanel, a mysterious boy, appears out of nowhere with a dragon. Hitomi's premonition helps Van kill the dragon.

Suddenly, a ray of light appears and engulfs both Van and Hitomi. They get transported into the world of Gaea. In this world, Van is the prince of a kingdom called Fanelia. And here, Zaibach, the evil emperor, wants Van dead. But Hitomi won't let that happen. She will go to any extent to stop Zaibach.

The series had to initially deal with viewership rights that led broadcasting channels to cut off the show's episode durations. But later, FUNimation took the full license of the show and released a director's cut edition.

10. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Aired: April 1995

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 49

The United Earth Sphere Alliance, a powerful military organization, has ruled the Earth for decades. But now that their leader is no more, rival gangs are joining hands to get rid of the United Earth Sphere Alliance once and for all.

But one of the messiahs of the United Earth Sphere Alliance creates a Gundam, a virtually indestructible material, to launch an attack on the opponents. The Gundam pilot must come out on top at the end of the attack; otherwise, the enemies would destroy the military organization from the face of the earth.

This series became so popular that it inspired multiple manga adaptations. Additionally, many video game companies have developed games based on the story of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.

11. Slam Dunk

Aired: October 1993

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 101

Hanamichi Sakuragi, a hot-tempered guy, enrolls in Shohoku High in the hope of getting a girlfriend. Most students avoid him because of his notoriety. After various events, he has two thoughts in mind: he desperately wants a girlfriend, and he hates basketball.

But one day, Haruko Akagi, a cute young girl, approaches Hanamichi and asks if he loves basketball. To impress Haruko, he says yes. He even tries to slam dunk but rams his head on the blackboard. Haruko feels Hanamichi has immense capabilities to excel in the school's basketball team. Hanamichi soon falls in love with both Haruko and the game of basketball.

Before the show, Slam Dunk was a top-rated manga series, with more than 121 million copies sold in Japan. The show became widely famous in Japan, Europe, and various Asian countries.

12. Great Teacher Onizuka

Aired: June 1999

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 43

Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year old ex-bike gang leader, dreams of becoming the best high-school teacher in Japan. However, his passion for teaching is born out of the idea of getting a beautiful teenage wife when he becomes old.

He gets a job as a homeroom teacher in a class of infamous students. They use psychological warfare to wear down teachers. But Onizuka isn't one who would allow students to dominate him. He tackles the problems of every student using unconventional methods. This makes him one of the most popular teachers in the school.

This show started as a 12-episode series. But it became so popular that the makers had to extend its storyline and stretch it to 43 episodes.

Comments

Nikki Avail from Florida on September 14, 2020:

For real hit a few nostalgic spots. Especially with Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and Yu YU Hakusho

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