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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Oh, come on. Who doesn’t know Pokémon? Early fans will be surprised to know the series was actually based off the super popular Pokémon video games from Nintendo. Now, Pokémon has grown into a vast empire of films, more video games, cards, and even addictive mobile apps like Pokémon Go. No matter how old you get, you’ll never forget that fateful moment when aspiring Pokémon master Ash Ketchum mets his very first Pikachu. Ahhh, the good days.


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