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Popular Anime during late 90's and early 2000's

Updated on April 16, 2019
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I was born on late 90's and I still watch anime even I'm an adult now. These are the anime's that rose to fame when I was a kid.

Anime late 90's and early 2000's

When I was a kid, I always watch anime. It became part of my life as I grow up. It shows me who's the strongest characters and brings back all the fun and good memories of my childhood. I'm grateful that I was able to reminisce those times that I have few problems. Watching anime is an escape reality for me. Missing those days that after school, I turn on our TV every afternoon just to watch most of popular anime. Hope you guys will like my personal choice. These anime's remind me so much of my younger years.

Ghost Fighter / YuYu Hakusho

The story is about Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who was killed by a car in attempts to save a child. When he died he's soul was sent into the afterlife Underworld. The authorities of the spirit realm do not have a place for him yet in heaven or hell. However, he was resurrected after he completed a series of tasks. He was appointed as the Underworld Detective. He was charged to investigate different cases of supernatural phenomena (such as demons and apparitions) in the Human World that have a connections in the Underworld.

Yusuke, has a childhood friend namely Keiko Yukimura. They were very close since they were young. She's the one who makes sure that he attends classes and behave. Later, she becomes his love interest.


Japanese and English name

  • Yusuke Urameshi - Eugene
  • Kazuma Kuwabara - Alfred
  • Hiei - Vincent
  • Kurama - Dennis
  • Koenma - Master Jericho
  • Genkai - Master Jeremiah
  • Yukina- Mikaela Vincent's sister
  • Kayko- Jenny Yusuke's gf
  • Blue Ogre- Koenma's assistant
  • Koenma- Jericho the little baby God of the Spirit Underworld
  • Botan- Sharlene guide to the Underworld


  • Rando
  • The Four Beasts
  • Team Jolly Devil Six
  • Team Ichigaki
  • Team Shadow Channelers
  • Team Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Team Toguro
  • Sensui Seven
  • Demon Plane

Hunter x Hunter

A young boy named Gon Freecss aspires to become a hunter after learning that the father whom he thought was dead is still alive. Kite (his father apprentice) told him that his father is a top hunter. Due to this, he leaves his home on Whale Island to take the Hunter Examination and follow his father footsteps. During the exam, he meets and became friends with three other applicants namely, Kurapika, Leorio and Killua. Most often, Gon continuously encounters Hisoka, a mysterious and strong guy who got interested in him. After passing many trials and struggles, Gon and his friends passed the exam except for Killua because of killing other applicant.


  • Gon Freecss
  • Killua Zoldyck
  • Kurapika
  • Leorio Paradinight


  • Hisoka Morow
  • Phantom Troupe
  • Genthru
  • Chimera Ants
  • Hunter Association
  • Isaac Netero
  • Zodiacs
  • Examiners
  • Examinees
  • Chimera Ant Exterminators


A teenage girl name Kagome Higurashi was transported to the to the Sengoku period of Japan. She meets the half dog demon Inuyasha who was sealed away by trying to steal the jewel in order to become a full demon. An ancient priestess named Kikyo who happens to be the Kagome of the present time, guarded the sacred Shikon no Tama (Jewel of Four Souls). She is also the one who sealed Inuyasha . Kikyo died and had the jewel burned with her body. Kagome was pulled into the ancient well and thrown into the past. She befriends with Kikyo's little sister Kaede, who notices that Kagome is Kikyo's reincarnation. They were attacked by a monster who wants the Sacred Jewel. Kagome accidentally awakens Inuyasha and frees him. Inuyasha wants the jewel back. Kaede's magic forces Inuyasha to wear a necklace that let Kagome controls him. Kagome accidentally shatters the jewel into many pieces which results to her and Inuyasha to start travelling and work together to look for the missing pieces before they fall into the wrong hands.


  • Inuyasha
  • Kagome Higurashi
  • Miroku
  • Sango
  • Shippo
  • Kirara

Supporting Characters:

  • Kikyo
  • Sesshomaru
  • Jaken
  • Rin
  • A-Un
  • Kohaku
  • Demon Wolf Tribe


  • Naraku
  • Demon of the Shikon Jewel
  • Naraku's incarnations
  • Entei
  • The Band of Seven

Slam Dunk

Hanamichi Sakuragi is a tall, delinquent and a leader of a gang. He has a high hope to finally get a girlfriend. Enrolls in Shohoku High, he meets Haruko Akagi. A beautiful girl who is a big fan of basketball. She is not scared of him unlike the other girls who he has asked out. Haruko recognized Hanamichi's jumping ability that is extremely high. In order to impress Haruko, he joins the team mainly in the hopes of getting closer to her. Haruko informs the basketball team captain (Takenori Akagi) about Hanamichi's physical capabilities. However, As an amateur, he was always training in the side of court under Shohoku's manager Ayako guidance. In four months of training, He has a lot of improvements which are being recognized by Akagi, Ayako and Coach Anzai.

Basketball Team:

  • Shohoku High School
  • Kainan University Affiliated High School
  • Ryonan High School
  • Sannoh Industry Affiliated High School
  • Shoyo High School

Shohoku High School:

  • Hanamichi Sakuragi
  • Takenori Akagi
  • Kaede Rukawa
  • Hisashi Mitsui
  • Ryota Miyagi
  • Kiminobu Kogure
  • Mitsuyoshi Anzai (Coach)
  • Ayako (Manager)
  • Haruko Akagi (Assistant Manager)
  • Mito Youhei (Sakuragi's Gang)
  • Chuichirou Noma (Sakuragi's Gang)
  • Yuji Ohkusu (Sakuragi's Gang)
  • Nozomi Takamiya (Sakuragi's Gang)

Ryonan High School

  • Jun Uozumi
  • Akira Sendoh
  • Ryoji Ikegami
  • Kicchou Fukuda
  • Hiroaki Koshino
  • Uekusa
  • Sugadaira
  • Hikoichi Aida (Acting Manager)
  • Moichi Taoka (Coach)

Kainan University Affiliated High School

  • Shinichi Maki
  • Soichiro Jin
  • Nobunaga Kiyota
  • Yoshinori Miyamasu
  • Kasuma Takasago
  • Muto
  • Riki Takato (Coach)

Shoyo High School

  • Kenji Fujima (Coach and Team Captain)
  • Toru Hanagata
  • Kazushi Hasegawa
  • Takano and Nagano

I only included those characters who are in anime. I didn't include the Sannoh and Aiwa High School because they are in manga.


The story that follows the adventure of Ash who aspires to be the greatest Pokémon Master in the world. On the day he receives his Pokemon, he overslept and the local Pokemon researcher (Professor Oak) already given away the three Pokemon. The only Pokemon that was left is Pikachu. Professor Oak entrusted Pikachu to Ash as his personal Pokemon. Ash tries his best to be close to Pikachu but it does not trust him and do not want to return to its Poke Ball. Ash protects Pikachu from a group of angry Spearow, its the time when Pikachu realizes how much Ash cares for her. Later, Their adventures begin.


Original Series - Diamond & Pearl series

  • Ash Ketchum
  • Misty
  • Brock
  • Tracey Sketchit
  • May
  • Max
  • Dawn

Best Wishes series - present

  • Iris
  • Cilan
  • Serena
  • Clemont
  • Bonnie
  • Lillie
  • Kiawe
  • Lana
  • Mallow
  • Sophocles


  • Professor Samuel Oak
  • Professor Ivy
  • Professor Elm
  • Professor Birch
  • Professor Rowan
  • Professor Aurea Juniper
  • Professor Augustine Sycamore
  • Professor Kukui
  • Professor Burnet


  • Team Rocket (Jessie, James and Meowth)
  • Team Aqua and Team Magma
  • Team Aqua
  • Team Magma
  • Team Galactic
  • Team Plasma
  • Team Flare
  • Team Skull


A young boy who suffers from poor grades named Nobita Nobi was frequently bullied by some of his friends (Takeshi Goda a.k.a Gian and Suneo Honekawa). Many years from the future, His descendants sends robotic cat (Doraemon) back in the past to help and guide him whenever he's in trouble. Doraemon has a pocket in which he stores a lot of gadgets and technology coming from the future. Nobita's closest friend is Shizuka Minamoto. She always care for him and serves as his love interest and eventually in the future will become his wife. Most of the time, Nobita was always bullied by Giant and Suneo which resulted to him calling Doraemon to asks for help.

Main characters:

  • Nobita Nobi
  • Doraemon
  • Shizuka Minamoto
  • Takeshi Goda
  • Suneo Honekawa
  • Dorami
  • Mini-Doras

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of a young adult Goku who is also a father to his son, Gohan. Along with his companions, they defends the earth against the villains who are the space fighters and invaders. Raditz arrives on Earth and tracks Goku and told him that he is his long lost brother and revealed that they are extra-terrestrial race called "Saiyan". The Saiyans sent Goku to earth to conquer the planet for them. Goku refuses to help Raditz which resulted to Gohan being kidnapped by his brother. To save his son, he teams up with Piccolo in order to defeat Raditz. He sacrifice himself and lost his life while saving his son. In the afterlife, he was trained by King Kai (The ruler of the North Galaxy) and taught Kaio-ken and Spirit Bomb techniques before being revived by the Dragon Balls.

Major characters:

  • Son Goku
  • Bulma
  • Master Roshi
  • Yamcha
  • Krillin
  • Tien Shinhan
  • Piccolo
  • Son Gohan
  • Vegeta
  • Trunks
  • Android 18
  • Son Goten
  • Beerus
  • Whis


  • Red Ribbon Army
  • Mercenary Tao
  • King Piccolo
  • Frieza's Army
  • Cell
  • Broly
  • Babidi
  • Dabura
  • Majin Buu
  • Goku Black and Zamasu

Supporting Characters:

  • Oolong
  • Puar
  • Chi-Chi
  • Ox-King
  • Launch
  • Chiaotzu
  • Dr. Briefs
  • Korin
  • Yajirobe
  • Mr. Popo
  • Namekians
  • Android 17
  • Mr. Satan
  • Videl
  • Marron
  • Mr. Buu
  • Pan
  • Uub
  • Jaco

Other characters:

  • Android 16
  • Arale Norimaki
  • Bardock
  • Fortuneteller Baba
  • Fusion Characters
  • Gods of Destruction
  • Grandpa Gohan
  • Kai
  • Supreme Kai
  • King Vegeta
  • Pilaf Gang
  • Shenron
  • Universe 6
  • Universe 11
  • Zeno


Naruto Uzumaki is a twelve-year-old ninja living in the Hidden Leaf Village. One day, A powerful fox known as the Nine-Tails attacks Konoha. The Fourth Hokage, seals the fox inside the body of his newborn son (Naruto) which resulted to costs his life. Most often, the villager's mocks Naruto for being the host of the Nine-Tails. He knows nothing about the Nine-Tails until it was revealed by Mizuki (Renegade Ninja). When Naruto beats Mizuki in a fight, He earns respect from his teacher Iruka Umino. Naruto becomes a ninja and joins the Team 7 with Sasuke Uchiha, which he considers as his rival and Sakura Haruno whom he has a crush, under the guidance of the elite ninja Kakashi Hatake.


  • Naruto Uzumaki
  • Sasuke Uchiha
  • Sakura Haruno
  • Kakashi Hatake

Secondary characters
Team 8

  • Hinata Hyuga
  • Kiba Inuzuka
  • Akamaru
  • Shino Aburame
  • Kurenai Yuhi

Team 10

  • Shikamaru Nara
  • Choji Akimichi
  • Ino Yamanaka
  • Asuma Sarutobi

Team Guy

  • Rock Lee
  • Neji Hyuga
  • Tenten
  • Might Guy

Sand Siblings

  • Gaara
  • Kankuro
  • Temari


  • Zabuza Momochi
  • Haku
  • Orochimaru
  • Kabuto Yakushi
  • Sound Four
  • Akatsuki
  • Madara Uchiha
  • Ōtsutsuki Clan
  • Shin Uchiha
  • Kara

Supporting characters:

  • Iruka Umino
  • Hokage
  • Jiraiya
  • Anko Mitarashi
  • Shizune
  • Sai
  • Yamato
  • Killer Bee
  • Hagoromo Otsutsuki

Additional Information

Naruto has a total of five seasons while Naruto Shippuden has 21 seasons. It's one of the longest running series in anime. It also has (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations) that revolves around the story of Naruto's son. Doraemon has a movie in 2014 entitled Stand by Me. In Slam Dunk, there are news that it might have a season 2 featuring the Inter-high Tournament (don't know if it's true but let's just wait). These lists are my personal choice. All of these are the anime's that are popular during my childhood days. I've really enjoyed watching them all. Hope you guys like them too.

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