I was born in the 90’s, and that is when I was first introduced to the wonderful world of Anime! Like many others, during my childhood I watched some of the most epic and classic anime; ranging from Sailor Moon to Dragon Ball Z, and from Pokémon to Tenchi Muyo! I started to watch anime in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I still watch anime today too!
Here are some of my favourite classic anime series:
Everyone who loves to watch anime, knows of this classic! Growing up, Sailor Moon was my ultimate favourite anime – and is still till this date. It was released on March 7, 1992. The series consisted of 200 episodes in total and it concluded on February 8, 1997. The anime was also had 3 movies: Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, and Sailor Moon Super S. Sailor Moon is known to be one of the most popular anime of all time, pretty much a legacy. There’s even been a remake: Sailor Moon Crystal.
For me personally, the anime appealed to me because of its ‘Girl Power‘ message. Seeing all the cool and versatile female characters was refreshing and fun to watch. It was nice to see some crime-fighting females for a change! In my opinion, I think that Sailor Moon sort of brought about the ‘Magic Girl‘ genre into the anime world.
The Vision of Escaflowne
I absolutely loved this anime series! Escaflowne ran from April 2, 1996, until September 24, 1996. This anime was just 26 episodes, a lot shorter than some of the other anime series on this list. But once again, there was a movie also for this anime that was released on June 24, 2000.
The concept was different to what I had watched before. The main heroine, Hitomi Kanzaki, is transported to the mysterious world of Gaea. The anime is a mix of action, fantasy, romance, magic and of course humour! It’s a great blend of all these genres, and that’s just what makes it such a classic.
This too is a classic anime that everyone loves! Pokémon is another anime that I grew up watching, and it was one of the highlights of my childhood. I still love Pikachu – as do many others! It was released on April 1, 1997. Pokémon is still ongoing as far as I know, and so far it consists of over 1000 episodes! Like many anime series, a number of Pokémon movies have been released too.
Growing up, I remember Pokémon being everywhere – quite literally. I even have had some of the Pokémon merchandise; from the games, to the toys. I even had my very own Poké Ball! For me, the concept of the show was different and seemed really cool. I wished I was Ash and was able to go on all the fun adventures he experienced!
When I first heard the name of this anime, I wondered what it was about. I initially thought that perhaps it was quite literally about cowboys! The show first aired on April 3, 1998, and ended in April 24, 1999. In total, there were 26 episodes, and one movie too.
Unlike the other anime series in this list, Cowboy Bebop, includes action, sci-fi and has a more mature theme and audience, as it explores darker situations: including violence and tragedy . The series takes place in the year 2071 and is about bounty hunters that travel in a spaceship. Yep, most definitely not about cowboys! The futuristic setting is what lured me in and kept me watching – and of course the diverse ensemble of characters, especially my favourite of them all: Spike Spiegel.
Yet another classic that has had many seasons and movies. Digimon was split into a number of seasons, but I only watched the first two seasons: Digimon Adventure 01 (airing from March 7, 1999 till March 26, 2000), and Digimon Adventure 02 (airing from April 2, 2000 till March 25, 2001). The first season had 54 episodes, and the second season had 50 episodes. Every season had a number of their own movies.
Digimon is about a group children who are transported into a digital dimension, that is known as the ‘Digital World‘, and within that world there are creatures called Digimon. Each child befriends one. However, the children soon learn that there is an arising threat, and thus their adventure begins! Mixed with comedy, drama and fantasy, this is definitely an anime that every child would love! The premise of travelling to another world and battling monsters is always appealing to youngsters, and that is what hooked me in as a child.
Each and every one of these anime series have been labelled as classics and have their own legacies, respectively, and rightfully so! So, there was some of my favourite anime series that I watched growing up. What about you? What are your favourites? Any of these? Let us know in the comments!