Everybody loves the 90s! The era of scrunchies, dial-up phones, and Tamagotchis — truly a time to be alive.
Nowadays, as 90s trends make a comeback (and as lockdowns grow longer), it’s only fitting to look back on the most iconic animes of that generation. Picture yourself sitting in front of a TV with an afternoon snack and relive the best of your childhood with this very nostalgic list.
Dragon Ball Z (1989 — 1996)
As a continuation of the popular 80s anime, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z followed the adventures of Goku and his son Gohan, as they fight to defend the world from evil villains. The anime did not disappoint with its action-packed scenes and intense power-ups (ever heard of going Super Saiyan?) Needless to say, this 90s anime dominated the early to mid-90s and definitely had kids all over the world screaming, “Kamehamehaaaa!!”
Yu Yu Hakusho (1992 — 1994)
Relatively short but sweet, Yu Yu Hakusho dove straight into the supernatural, showing a delinquent ghost kicking butt and investigating mysterious cases as an “Underworld Detective.” The show was a hit, spawning two animated films, video games, OVAs, and other merchandise. It also won Animage Anime Grand Prix’s anime of the year for two years straight!
Sailor Moon (1992 — 1997)
If you weren’t born in the time of Sailor Moon, then we’re sorry to say that you have seriously missed out. This blonde, pig-tailed heroine leads a group of magical girls and talking cats into “fighting evil by moonlight” and “winning love by daylight.” With a distinct aesthetic and a wholesome plot full of friendship and love, Sailor Moon not only inspired a whole generation of 90s girls, but also gave way to influence 2000s babies — the reboot, Sailor Moon Crystal, came out in 2014.
Detective Conan (1996 — present)
Detective Conan is the one of the longest-running anime series of all time, and for good reason! The story follows teenager Shinichi Kudo, a high school student who transforms into a child after ingesting poison from the terrible Black Organization. Adults and 90s kids alike will remember the joy of embarking on investigations and solving complex mysteries with “Conan.”
Pokémon (1997 — present)
Oh, come on. Who doesn’t know PokÃ©mon? Early fans will be surprised to know the series was actually based off the super popular PokÃ©mon video games from Nintendo. Now, PokÃ©mon has grown into a vast empire of films, more video games, cards, and even addictive mobile apps like PokÃ©mon Go. No matter how old you get, you’ll never forget that fateful moment when aspiring PokÃ©mon master Ash Ketchum mets his very first Pikachu. Ahhh, the good days.