With the passage of time, new waves of anime fans emerge, and along with them, a new approach to the series they watch. While certain beloved anime from the ’90s may no longer captivate audiences as they once did, there is an abundance of titles from that era that have gracefully matured over the years, much like fine wine. And there are also many amazing anime from the ’90s that go unnoticed by anime fans. And in this list, we will be covering exactly those!
The ’90s served as a period of significant evolution, not only within the anime genre but also in the world at large. Consequently, many Japanese series from that time delved into themes that remain relevant and modern even after two decades, pushing the boundaries of animation conventions. This innate ability to explore contemporary topics has allowed these shows to stand the test of time, garnering continued admiration from current audiences.
Amazing Underrated Anime from the ’90s
Key The Metal Idol
Tokiko Mima, also known as “Key,” is a 17-year-old girl from Japan’s countryside who, despite her human-like appearance, is a robot. When Key’s grandfather, Dr. Murao Mima, dies, he leaves her a dying message in which he tells her that she can become a real girl if she can make thirty thousand friends. As a result, Key transitions from the peaceful Mamio Valley to the bustling streets of Tokyo, where she soon encounters her childhood friend Sakura Kuriyagawa.
Key quickly falls in love with idol singer Miho Utsuse and wonders if becoming a singer will allow her to make the necessary number of friends to become human. But Miho has a sinister secret: she is linked to Jinsaku Ajou, an old rival of Dr. Mima who is working on a new breakthrough in robotic weaponry. As Key strives to become a real girl, Ajou implements a perilous plan, and it soon becomes clear that there is much more to Key than meets the eye.
New Dominion Tank Police
In the sequel to Shirow’s classic anime (Dominion Tank Police), Al, Leona, and their trusty steed, Bonaparte, continue to fight crime alongside the rest of the Tank Police in New Port City. However, a new threat emerges in the form of a series of terrorist attacks employing cutting-edge weaponry. Despite the fact that the Tank Police are outnumbered and outgunned, Al and Leona set out to find out who or what is behind these attacks. Leona frequently causes more damage than the criminals she pursues, thanks to massive explosions and high-speed chases.
Flame of Recca
Most people believe that ninjas are extinct, but Rekka Hanabishi wishes otherwise. Despite coming from a family of fireworks makers, he considers himself a self-styled modern-day ninja. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Perhaps not. Rekka gets into a lot of fights because he once boldly declared that if anyone can defeat him, he will become their servant.
Then one day, Rekka meets Yanagi Sakoshita, a gentle girl with the ability to heal any wound or injury. Their meeting sets off a chain of events that leads to a shocking discovery. Rekka is the sole survivor of a legendary ninja clan that was wiped out centuries ago. Even more impressive than being a true ninja is his ability to control fire. What does this mean for Rekka? Who are these strange people after him and Yanagi? Find out in Rekka no Honoo!
Sorcerers, the continent’s aristocrats, have begun to abuse their powers on the continent of Spooner. Carrot (who transforms into a giant monster whenever he is subjected to a magical spell), Gateau (a bodybuilder), Marron (a mage), Chocolate, and Tira (who can transform into dominatrixes at will) must stop the evil sorcerers from preying on the weak, but none of them (except perhaps Marron) have any idea what’s going on.
Warriors with magical abilities and incredible fighting skills battle for the ultimate prize in Kuruda: the title of Sevaar, the strongest warrior in the land. Elle Ragu, also known as Shadow Skill, is the newest Sevaar to emerge, but that doesn’t make things any easier for her. Teaching her “little brother,” Gau, how to be a warrior, fending off assassins from other kingdoms, and thwarting enemy invasions are all difficult tasks, but paying off her drinking debts will be the most difficult.
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