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Top Anime Of The '90s

Top Anime Of The '90s

-Written by: Quinn

Even if you’re too young to remember (or for that matter weren’t even born yet) there were some awesome anime titles that came out in Japan during the 1990’s. So let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the Top Anime of the 1990’s in no particular order! Some of these titles are even available at much lower pricing for our birthday sale during the month of July 2018, so be sure to double check and see if your favorites are included!

Princess Mononoke - 1997

It was the highest grossing movie in Japan until Titanic swept it under. Princess Mononoke tells the tale of Ashitaka who’s been cursed by the angry spirit of a boar and on his journey to seek out a cure he comes across a girl who’s been living with giant wolves. This movie from Studio Ghibli was one of its first productions to hit American theaters and with today’s Fathom Events Ghibli Fest fans’ enthusiasm hasn’t died down.

Princess Mononoke Blu-ray includes an 8-page Booklet with Statements from the Producer and Director.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion – 1995

The ending may have had fans scratching their heads, but this anime hit a NERV with the anime community. Giant robots, psychoanalysis, and religious undertones all coexisted in this anime set in a recovering dystopian future. However, even after multiple retellings Shinji Ikari still can’t seem to get it together.

Neon Genesis Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone is the updated home edition of the first movie in the Evangelion film remake series based on the original TV anime.

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Trigun – 1998

If only fans could actually get their hands on the $$60,000,000,000 bounty for Vash the Stampede we could all easily afford our favorite hobbies! Trigun is best known for its western gunslinger setting and obsession with donuts. It even spurred an all new movie creation, Trigun Badlands Rumble, over a decade after its Japanese release.

You can also purchase Trigun Badlands Rumble Blu-ray here.

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Escaflowne – 1996

Long before Japan became obsessed with its current Isekai trend, we were all transported to the world of Gaea along with Hitomi Kanzaki. This high fantasy anime comes complete with giant mechas, a token prince, plus a cute cat-girl. Let’s also not forget its brief run as a Saturday Morning Cartoon in America…which abruptly ended after only a few highly edited episodes.

The Vision of Escaflowne TV Complete Series + Movie Collector's Edition Blu-ray contains episodes 1-26 plus the Movie. We also sell the non-collectors edition, here.

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Ghost In the Shell – 1995

For its time the Ghost In the Shell movie was on the cutting edge of combining computer graphics with traditional animation and this resulted in the unique visuals of GTS. In the years to come, the movie even grew a cult following among the masses spawning a host of other Ghost In the Shell stories including a Hollywood produced live action movie in 2017.

Own a piece of history with this original edition of the first-ever anime release in North America, Ghost in the Shell DVD!

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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing – 1995

The first Gundam series to hit American television during the heydays of Toonami, this series became a lot of fans’ first introduction to Mobile Suit Gundam. Plus there’s just something about angsty, pretty boys destined to save the universe who battle it out in giant mobile suits which appealed to a large female fanbase as well. It was the first Gundam series to really blow up stateside!

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 1 Blu-ray contains episodes 1-25. For episodes 26-49 you can purchase Collection 2 here. If you're loooking for the entire collection with some extra goodies, we have the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collector's Ultra Edition Blu-ray box available too!

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Serial Experiments Lain – 1998

Before we knew today’s internet Lain Iwakura had the virtual world of The Wired already figured out. This sci-fi anime blurs the line between the real and online worlds through its use of unique visuals. Lain also wrestles with what it means to truly live in reality – both off and online which will probably resonate with many of today’s fans.

This Anime Classics Serial Experiments Lain Blu-ray complete collection contains episodes 1-13.

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Sailor Moon – 1992

Many young girls can relate to the reluctant heroine known as Sailor Moon. Even though this anime was edited for American television way back when it first aired in the '90s, the Sailor Senshi are still around today. They continue their fight against evil in reimagined versions of this beloved anime with Sailor Moon Crystal as the newest addition to an already large franchise.

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 contains episodes 1-14 plus extras on 2 blu-ray discs and 2 DVDs, deluxe chipboard box, full-color-art booklet, and seven full-color art cards + Gift With Purchase while supplies last.

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Pokemon – 1997

Gotta catch ‘em all! The Pokemon frenzy started with just 151 unique creatures and has ballooned into one of the most recognizable names out there. Even people who don’t know anime know Pokemon, and it is frequently named as a gateway show. From movies, video games, books, and more this anime exploded into the mainstream just like the number of Pokemon the franchise currently contains over two decades later!

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Cowboy Bebop – 1998

“See You Space Cowboy…” Parting words which are instantly recognizable even 20 years after Cowboy Bebop’s initial release in Japan. Mostly episodic stories follow the journeys of a ragtag group of bounty hunters and overall the show has the perfect mix of character depth, crazy-silly situations, and sit on the edge of your seat drama. Fans will be hard pressed to find even three things that they particularly hate about this anime even though Spike might sorely disagree.

This complete series collection of Cowboy Bebop contains episodes 1-26. However, we also have the side story movie "Knocking On Heaven's Door" available too!

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