Anime Underground Underrated '90s Anime You Probably Haven't Seen  

Leo Reyna
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List Rules Vote up the most underrated anime shows from the '90s that are definitely worth watching.

There's not enough love for the classic old school anime shows, let alone the underrated ones. There are plenty of hidden gems among the various anime series produced before the 2000s that definitely don't get enough attention. Japanese animation during the '90s delivered some of the best and imaginative series ever released - not to mention some of the funniest. Some of the '90s anime listed here continue to influence the industry well into the 21st century. 

Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon may have been the face of '90s anime when they premiered on Cartoon Network, but they weren't the only series worthy of praise. There are '90s anime series out there that defied traditional gender roles and raised the bar on risqué comedy. Here are some overlooked anime series from 1990 to 1999 that are well worth your time. Vote up great, underappreciated '90s anime shows that you would strongly recommend to a friend. 

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Record of Lodoss War is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Underrated '90s Anime You Probably Haven't Seen
Photo:  Madhouse

Despite the cliché "an ancient evil has awakened" premise, Record of Lodoss War is a grand fantasy drama that no one should miss. After being plagued by war for thousands of years, Lodoss and its kingdoms are on the verge of peace. However, hope for peace shrivels once an ancient witch awakens and causes political turmoil throughout the land. It's up to a mixed-race party of champions to stop the kingdoms from sliding back toward war and to defeat the evil witch. 

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Revolutionary Girl Utena is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Underrated '90s Anime You Probably Haven't Seen
Photo:  TV Tokyo

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a revolutionary shoujo anime series that challenged gender stereotypes with its tomboyish heroine named Utena Tenjou. Utena vowed to become a prince - not a princess - after one saved her during her youth. The prince entrusted Utena with a rose-crest ring and promised she would see him again someday. Years later, Utena attends Ootori Academy where duelists fight one another for the hand of the Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya, and the mysterious powers she possesses. Utena becomes involved in the dangerous game after winning Ant match and Anthy with it.

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His and Her Circumstances is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Underrated '90s Anime You Probably Haven't Seen
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His and Her Circumstances is a 1998 romantic comedy about an egotistical girl named Miyazawa Yukino who lives a false life as the ideal high school student. When a newcomer named Arima Soichiro tops Yukino's grades, it threatens her popularity. Soichiro also discovers Yukino's true spoiled self and he blackmails her to get what he wants. To say they started their relationship off on the wrong foot would be an understatement. However, the two later develop feeling for one another and learn the value of being true to themselves. 

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The Irresponsible Captain Tylo... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Underrated '90s Anime You Probably Haven't Seen
Photo:  Tatsunoko Production

You can't talk about '90s anime without mentioning one of the funniest series that ever aired in that decade. The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is an anime comedy about the intergalactic crew of the space cruiser, Soyokaze, and its new idiotic captain, Justy Ueki Tylor. If you're bored with space operas, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is the perfect anime that will tickle your funny bone. It has a fun cast of characters, including Tylor himself, whose obliviousness always saves the day. 

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