Top 10 90s Anime That Are Still Popular Today
Top 10 90s Anime That Are Still Popular Today

Top 10 90s Anime That Are Still Popular Today

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
These anime are iconic! For this list, we're going to be looking over the anime that had their starts back in the 1990s, only for their popularity to endure even to this day. Our countdown includes “Cowboy Bebop”, “Sailor Moon”, “Pokémon”, and more!

Top 10 90s Anime That Are Still Popular Today

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 90s Anime That Are Still Popular Today.

For this list, we’re going to be looking over the anime that had their starts back in the 1990s, only for their popularity to endure even to this day. Keep in mind we won’t be including One
Piece, since it was only on air for a couple of months before slipping into the new millennium.

Think we missed a key contender? 90s kids, let your voices be heard in the comments.

#10: “Berserk” (1997-98)

Even before the tragic departure of creator Kentaro Miura, this first adaptation of what many consider to be the ultimate dark fantasy still resonates in the hearts of fans. In spite of its budgetary limitations, it still captured the essence of Guts and most certainly delivered on the bloodshed. It more than did justice to the Golden Age arc, and even with recent efforts, remains unsurpassed in terms of quality. Unless we somehow get yet another reboot, we don’t see it getting better than this, and we’re totally fine with that.

#9: “Yu Yu Hakusho” (1992-94)

Laying the foundation for what would become the monster success that is Hunter x Hunter, the four man team of Yusuke, Kuwabara, Hiei and Kurama were pioneers of their time, especially in the realm of ass-kicking, solid world-building and bromance. Taking down demons and dealing with his new job as a Spirit Detective, the way in which Yusuke took on the nefarious beings from the other side of the afterlife still stands tall, especially when you have such top tier level villains like Sensui and Toguro serving as perfect foil.

#8: “Cowboy Bebop” (1998-99)

They don’t call it the best anime of all time for nothing. Spike’s bounty hunting escapades across space may be episodic in nature but they’re still a cut above the rest. The timeless banter between the crew of the Bebop along with the beautifully slick fight scenes have ensured that the series as a whole never misses a beat. The soundtrack alone pretty much ensures its place in the anime scene until otaku culture as a whole dries up. You couldn’t ask for a better introduction to the medium.

#7: “Detective Conan” (1996-)

It’s not exactly hard to see why this thing is still kicking, the content just does not stop! What started as a simple premise of a gifted detective being reverted to a child by a mysterious organisation has since sprouted into over a thousand episodes of crimes, clues and other outrageous exploits. Forever seeking a way to cure himself of his affliction, there always seems to be another caper to drag Conan back in. While you’d think things would tire after a while, the series, films and manga remain as beloved as ever, especially in Japan. It’s gotten to the point where Conan will outlive us all.

#6: “Rurouni Kenshin” (1996-98)

It says a lot when a scandal and garbage third season does nothing to diminish the love people have for this sword-swinging epic. Focusing on both the atonement and battles of the former Manslayer, Kenshin’s journey checked all the boxes for a retro action-fest. It nailed its fights, it’s story was tightly-paced, and aside from the aforementioned season three, never ventured outside the realm of believability. You won’t find a finer example of samurai action then Kenshin taking on Shishio for what should have been the finale to end all finales.

#5: “Sailor Moon” (1992-97)

As the definitive magical girl anime, one that blended together themes of friendship, true love, LGBT relationships and killing the forces of evil with deadly tiaras, it's fair to say Sailor Moon and her fellow Senshi have quite the following. It’s got the nostalgia of one of the first shojo anime westerners were ever exposed to, the various re-dubs over the years, the release of Sailor Moon Crystal, and if that wasn’t enough to keep it in circulation, Sailor Moon Eternal just came out. Seems Usagi won’t be satisfied until her manga has had a complete adaptation.

#4: “Digimon Adventure” (1999-2000)

Say what you will about its subsequent sequels and their varying quality, all live in the vast shadow of the Digidestined’s original outing. You just need to look at the Tri movies and the 2020 reboot for proof. Fans still can’t get enough of Tai and the gang, all of whom easily won early Digi-nerds over back in the day thanks to their endearing archetypes and eventual growth into fully-fleshed out characters. While its contemporaries may have nailed the action and more mature themes a little better, the spirit of the series will always reside with the original goggle-wearer.

#3: “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (1995-96)

Sometimes art takes a little while to be truly appreciated, or in Anno’s case, constantly re-writing and rebooting his magnum opus to keep fans guessing as to what the true conclusion is. Way beyond your typical mecha show, Evangelion went deep and dark with its themes of existentialism, identity and rebirth, while also sprinkling on some engrossing action, just with traumatised teens piloting living robots to protect the planet from another apocalypse courtesy of alien angels. Even if 3.0 + 1.0 turns out to be a complete mess, we doubt it’s going to dissuade fans from their adoration.

#2: “Pokémon” (1999-)

Hey, if the video and card games aren’t going anywhere in a hurry, then chances are Ash and Pikachu are likely to live forever, all without aging a day at that. With floods of new Pokemon coming out every few years, there’s no shortage of lore, legendries and gym battles for the kid from Pallet Town to tackle, so much so that his journey to become a master has actually started to transcend generations. Whether you’re all about the old days when a Charizard was the be all and end all, or you live for the fluid animation of its more recent ventures, these pocket monsters have shown no signs of even moderately slowing down.

#1: “Dragon Ball Z” (1989-96)

Super may have the bigger budget and can occasionally break the internet with its climactic battles, but for many, Z is the standard by which all Dragon Ball content is judged by. Is there way too much screaming in ratio to actual punches? Perhaps. But it also has some of the most beloved arcs in all of anime. The first transformation to Super Saiyan, Vegeta’s character arc, Gohan vs Cell, everything with Freiza, decades on and fans are still crazy about revisiting these moments. Plus, it did introduce the Kamehameha so, there’s no topping that!