18 More Cartoons That Defined Our ’90s Childhood

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18 More Cartoons That Defined Our ’90s Childhood

When we published a list of cartoons that defined our childhood, many became so nostalgic that they looked for the cartoons or animes* they loved, some even missing the point of it being a list of “morning cartoons.” We completely understand. We, too, felt the same way, thus a follow-up list. Yay!


You won’t find all your favorite cartoons on this list. But, if these don’t make you reminiscent of your childhood, you’re from another generation or the planet Namek. *wink*

Blue Blink

blue blink

As all animes with magical creatures, Blink was special. But the cute blue pony doesn’t do tricks or conjure useful things to save the day. It gives courage, literally, as a blue ball hurled straight to Kakeru’s chest. The ending was a bit dis-couraging though. I couldn’t believe Blink wasn’t real and that all Kakeru’s adventures happened on a single night, in his dream.

Magic Knight Rayearth

magic knight

While most of our beloved cartoons were shown on weekdays, Magic Knight Rayearth was there to entertain us on Saturday mornings. It’s about three spirited girls who are drawn to planet Cephiro to protect it against evil. The power bestowed upon them is able to awaken the rune gods or robots that Luce, Marina, and Anemone must pilot to fight Cephiro’s enemies. If the story line didn’t stick to you, maybe the theme song did.

Peter Pan

peter pan

What happens when classic English literature meets Japanese? As with Peter Pan, we get a long story filled with extra adventures, extra characters (remember Princess Luna?), and many many fun sub plots.

And for most ’90s Filipino kids, this was the Peter Pan that we grew up with. Only Japanese imagination and Filipino dubbing could produce a stupid fun gadget as the kiliti apparatus. Nostalgia overload!



Re-screened several times throughout our childhood and for the benefit of the next generation, Mojacko is also one of the most-loved anime of all times on Philippine TV. Haven’t you already developed a soft spot for this round cuddly orange alien that talks and eats more than he breathes?

Kimba the White Lion


If you surfed other channels for good cartoons, you’d probably know Kimba, the cute little lion who tried to bridge understanding between encroaching humans and wild animals. I found out it was the first colored anime released by Japan. I remember watching this shortly before returning to ABS-CBN for whatever cartoon was to be shown at 4 PM.

Ghost Fighter

ghost fighter

One of the animes I could rewatch without getting sick of it. Ghost Fighter was localized in the late ’90s, when “tex” was still a popular street sport among the ’90s kids. Yup, I played tex with my brothers against the neighborhood boys, but I also did what sensible little fangirls do – create an album collection to keep the good ones, especially Vincent portraits from creasing.

B’t X


Tipi Takamiya** together with X is in a grueling quest to rescue his beloved brilliant brother from the clutches of evil. It was a gloomy anime that probably had more tragedy than adventure in it. Please tell me, as I don’t remember finishing it, was he able to get his brother back??

Tom Sawyer

tom sawyer

Naughty and clever, Tom Sawyer along with best friend Huck Finn, told the story of mundane Mississippi through their (mis)adventures. The Japanese anime adaptation was shown more than once that’s why it became more popular than “Huck Finn,” or what was dubbed as a Great American Novel, also by Mark Twain.

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I’m pretty sure you still remember the song, which sounds more like a chant, “Ang bahay ni Huck ginagawa…”

Ranma 1/2


Whether Ranma is going to be a man or a woman is determined by a bucket of water. What can ever go wrong? His relationship with Akane and the others who wanted him to be a she. But sometimes, it’s Ranma himself who uses his female persona to escape or win tight situations. The plot and combination of characters, plus the circumstances make it one hell of an entertaining anime.

Time Quest


Though it’s actually “Time Travel Tondekeman,” Filipino dubbing popularized it as Takure. TV5 later aired it bearing its real title.
Accidentally activated, Takure, a talking time travel machine sent Henry and Mayumi back in Baghdad’s past. There, they met Abdullah, the tiny man who stole Takure to carry out his mission of abducting Princess Shalala for his master. It turns into an endless time travel chase: our heroes trying to get Takure back, saving the princess, and defeating Abdullah’s oversized emotional genie with their brilliant tactics and Henry’s soccer kick.

Definitely my favorite. Who wants a copy of its theme songs?

Dog of Flanders


Young Nello and his grandfather delivered milk for a living. One day they met badly beaten Patrasche and adopted him. This faithful dog became Nello’s companion after his grandfather died.

More popularly known as “Nello,” the image this cartoon left me was of the two lifeless bodies inside a church in the snowy morning of Christmas. How could the neighborhood be so heartless?? It was so sad I must have cried on that last episode. If you’re feeling too nostalgic, watch the live movie adaptation.

Akazukin Cha Cha

cha cha

Chacha is a charming, magical girl who hasn’t mastered her spells. Although she trains under the world’s greatest magician, who is also her guardian, she brings about hilarious disasters whenever she uses her power. But, she also wins challenges with her best friends, Shine and Riya who constantly fight over her affection.

And so did my anime enthusiast classmates who wanted to be Shine and Riya after I claimed to be Chacha one day at school. Because of the buzz, the history teacher sent us outside.



This was probably one of the most-watched cartoons at the time. It starts with a group of earth-savers led by Usagi or Sailormoon who is often helped by a mysterious, handsome ally, Tuxedo Mask. Sailormoon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars derive their powers from the celestial bodies they represent. As the story progresses, many more characters as well as villains are revealed.

Hulyo at Hulya: Kambal ng Tadhana

kambal ng tadhana

Born at the same place and lunar time, Hulyo and Hulya bear powers of celestial proportion when they hold hands. Despite being unrelated, Hulyo being Chinese and Hulya being English, they stick together as they face obstacles that enhance their powers. Later, they fulfill the prophecy, defeat the empress, and their powers start to fade, but they refuse to be separated.

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Zenki is the cursed little devil who is sometimes cute, sometimes despicable. But despicable as he might be, he couldn’t do much havoc if it’s not in Cherry’s will. Cherry, his guardian, holds the precious amulet to his release, making the series action-filled and funny at the same time. When released, he takes his full form to fight the seeds of evil and eat them after. I’m sure Zenki’s signature fighting weapon sticks with you till now: Kuko Ni Diva!

Little Women 2

little women 2

In this sequel of Little Women, Josephine March or “Jo” meets Nan, the adamant, free-spirited, but compassionate tomboy who was exactly like her more than a decade ago. Having established a school for boys with her husband, their sons, nephews, and several orphaned boys are not the only “boys” she has to educate.

Mga Munting Pangarap ni Romeo


From the moment Romeo left home for his family’s future, I knew I was gonna see his plight till the end. More so when he met Alfred and then Dante, Nikita, etc.

The story combines real-life circumstances of underpaid boys cleaning the chimineya of Milan with adventures of growing up boys who had dreams of their own. The series was affecting as it was fun. We shared the successes of Itim na Magkakapatid and Alfred’s plot to get his sister back from the people who stole their wealth.

Dragon Ball

dragon ball

Dragon Ball is an age-old anime set into the future. Even in the modern times, it’s still futuristic as capsules are yet to be invented in the real world. Not counting its 15- minute slot on GMA7 today, it was re-screened several times on Philippine TV, ensuring that kids of the 90’s get to watch Goku grow up to Sayanhood and beat enemy after enemy that comprise the earth’s most ambitious annihilators.

Of all these cartoons/animes, what makes you most nostalgic?


* I used “cartoon” and “anime” interchangeably in this article because they’re technically the same. Anime is the Japanese term for animation or cartoon.
** Filipino dubbing made his name sound like “Tipi”, but in the Japanese version, it’s “Teppei”


Updated September 8, 2014.


  • Kimpee Olivar
    May 28, 2014

    Hulyo at Hulya ba yung spelling? Saka asan yung Ciao Marco Ciao, Yaiba, Saber Marionette, saka yung ETO RANGERS?

  • Jinky Tuliao
    May 28, 2014

    What's Ciao Marco Ciao and Eto Rangers??? Duh! Not familiar with those cartoons.

  • Karen Gamit
    May 28, 2014

    Hindi ko din talaga alam ang Ciao Marco Ciao. San ba yan pinalabas kimps?

  • Jane Galvez
    May 28, 2014

    Hay naku ate. Kulang ang kabataan mo!

  • Karen Gamit
    May 28, 2014

    Jane Galvez I'm confident kumpleto ang kabataan ko noh! :p

  • Kimpee Olivar
    May 28, 2014

    Karen Gamit just so you know 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother ata yung original title, tapos ginawang Marco. It is from the same creator of Heidi, Girl of the Alps. Kwento xa ng isang ulila na nagpunta ng Argentina in search of her mother, who unfortunately ay may sakit. Ciao marco Ciao yung theme song.

  • Des Cambaliza
    May 28, 2014

    Kimpee, pag may at least 10 readers na nakakaalam ng Ciao Marco Ciao, lilibre kita!

  • Jacq Parcero
    May 28, 2014

    Ghost Fighter!!! I cry when I miss an episode. hehe
    Very nice read! Good job insan! :*

  • Si Mary at ang Lihim na Hardin!
    Princess Sarah!

    • andy
      May 10, 2015

      Nice one!

  • Ninay Soneja
    May 29, 2014

    Kimpee Olivar alam ko yung theme song. Pero di ko na maalala ang story. Huhu

  • Ninay Soneja
    May 29, 2014
  • Kristina Tengonciang Cusi Dass
    July 14, 2014

    Sophie pa

  • Sherwin Dela Peña
    July 14, 2014

    pinalabas yang ciao marco ciao sa channel 7 around 4 o 5 pm.eto rangers channel 5 pinalabas 6pm nmn xa.

    • kimyolivar
      July 14, 2014

      @sherwindelapea:disqus Salamat sa support kuya. Hindi kasi kumpleto kabataan ng mga kaibigan ko kaya hindi nila alam yung mga cartoons na napanood ko. 1/10 sana maka sampu ako para malibre nila ako. ^_^

      • themeanderer
        August 28, 2014

        Haha kimpee :)))

        • Kim Sun
          August 28, 2014

          ciao marco ciao~ ~
          ciao marco!
          ciao ciao marco!

          nalipat po sya ng morning.. marami din kasing morning na palabas na hindi nakasama..

          eto rangers po isang magandang palabas sa ABC5.

          simpleng plot lang:

          binabago ng Pusa (villainess) ang istorya ng mga fairy tales at ang eto rangers (12 chinese zodiacs) ay binabalik ito sa tama.. jump from one story to another ang peg. ending ay malalaman kung sino ba talaga si pusa (ayaw kong mag ispoil hanapin nyo at panuorin nyo)..

          Isang notable(suko na ako sa tagalog) na palabas na hindi nakasama ay ang Nobody’s boy:Remy.

          aking ina, mahal kong ina.. (ituloy nyo na lang :D)

          • themeanderer
            August 29, 2014

            nostalgia overload!! andito yung Remi (girl po siya, hehehe 😛 ) http://manillenials.com/morning-cartoons-90s-childhood/

          • Edgy Dulds
            September 29, 2014

            Pagmamahal mo, aking ina.
            *teary eyes*
            Yakap mo sa akin, hinahanap-hanap ko
            Init ng pag-ibig kumot ng bunso…
            Sa gitna ng pagkakahimbing
            Yakap mo ang gigising.
            *teary eyes*

            This actually makes us 90s kids more of nanay’s boys/girls

          • Jayson Pagtalunan
            September 30, 2014

            as far as i remember, Shaokaola yung name ng pusa sa Eto Rangers.. tapos hindi sya nakasama sa meeting ng zodiacs because she came too early (someone told her it’s alright para makalamang sya sa iba). the last one to arrive among the members is Yabu (the horse). then Vargie corrupted her, naming her Mostar. then she’s out for revenge hehe..

  • Errol Reyes Donghit
    July 21, 2014

    cia marco, twing hapon sa gma 7

  • Errol Reyes Donghit
    July 21, 2014

    Jinky Tuliao tuwing hapon sa GMA7 ung cia marco… ung ETO Rangers twing hapon sa ABC5

  • Cris Sueno Gaviola
    August 22, 2014

    Julio at Julia! 🙁

  • Cris Sueno Gaviola
    August 22, 2014

    Saka yung palabas tuwing pasko na may theme song na "Sino nga ba siuang nakasuot pula…hila ng mga usa…"

  • Ruffa Sabalza
    August 23, 2014

    Sailormoon! Zenki! Julio at Julia! Waaaa! Bring me back to my childhood years pleeeassee!!

  • Rome Sabalza
    August 23, 2014

    Sailormoon! Zenki! Julio at Julia! Peter Pan! Waaaa!! Bring me back to my childhood years pleeeassee!!

  • Rob Lara Unico
    August 23, 2014

    Kala ko Voltes V

  • Peter Aloysius A. Mossesgeld
    August 26, 2014

    Looking back (re your initial post) it's nice to recall that Hayao Miyazaki was involved with Heidi, Girl Of The Alps while Blue Blink (based on a Russian folk tale) was Osamu Tezuka's last foray into anime prior to his untimely death.

  • Mark Fernand Lukban
    August 27, 2014

    Nabutan ko yan , lagi kong inaabangan yang mga kartoons na yan pati yong takure.

  • Ronan Mangino Sibbaluca
    August 27, 2014

    …kami'y narito, asahan n'yong magtatanggol, kami ay lalaban para sa kapayapaan, at kaayusan, kami'y kasama nyo, hanggang sa dulo ng mundo… ehehe MKR

  • Des Cambaliza
    August 28, 2014

    Wow, would you know the title of that Russian folk tale? I like literature for children. And I love Hayao for Studio Ghibli! 🙂

  • Des Cambaliza
    August 28, 2014

    Aw di ko 'to maalala, may Christmas-themed anime pala tayo noon! 🙂

  • Airtek
    August 28, 2014

    Des Cambaliza Pasko ni santa

  • Des Cambaliza
    August 29, 2014

    Airtek Ay oo rings a bell, pero di ko na maalala yung anime mismo :))

  • Marj Tacud
    August 30, 2014

    Cardcaptor Sakuraaaa! 🙂

  • Paolo Mendioro
    August 30, 2014

    Teppei Takamiya.

  • Randolf Sanao
    August 31, 2014

    ..hahaha.. tandang tanda ko pah toh!!!.. tumatanda na talaga ako ai..hahaha

  • lagim
    September 1, 2014

    Fushigi yugi ba yun, recca,gundam wing, neo genesis evangelion, hunterxhunter.

    • themeanderer
      September 2, 2014

      Pinanood ko rin sila! Pero pinalabas sila year 2000 na kaya di nakasama sa list 😉

  • Jeany Eranzo
    September 1, 2014

    Although, hindi naiinclude… Maganda rin ang Thunder Jet, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, flame of Recca, Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X)

  • PinasPass
    September 2, 2014

    Sinong nagsulat neto! heheh relate na relate ako sa copy mo specially dun sa ghost fighter! agree ako dyan kahit ilang beses ipalabas to di ako magsasawa. yan ang palabas dati sa primetime katapat nung mga teleseryeng super haba! saka yung mojacko at zenki. 😀

  • Cindy Marie
    September 2, 2014

    detective conan forever and ever :3

  • Sherill Erill Jacalne
    September 3, 2014

    sino nga ba syang nakasuot pula,
    kapiling ng mga usa.
    Puti ang balbas syay mataba,
    lahat ng bata'y natutuwa sa kanya.
    namimigay sya ng mga regalo
    tuwing sasapit ang araw ng pasko,
    Mula sa araw na ito, maghihintay kmi sayo.
    Saan ka ba nagmumula
    Sana kami isama mo
    Nais naming makita ang mga regalong ginagawa mo…..

    Hindi ko naman sya saulado noh hihi:) mga batang mahilig mamitas ng cherries ba yun at may alaga silang rabbit… Correct me If i'm wrong..
    thanks to this page… i really love my childhood. If i could have a chance to go back in time i would choose my childhood years where your innocent lies.

  • Shamy Olinares Reyes
    September 4, 2014

    Ciao Marco is one of the best… Umiiyak nanay ko pag pinapanood yun eh… 🙂

  • Daniel Patrick Cachola
    September 4, 2014

    Finale ng Bt'X: They all died protecting the world from Bt'Raphael. A surviving soldier told the story as a hero's tale to kids in the end.

  • Yceej Jceey
    September 4, 2014

    Sherill Erill Jacalne whatz dat cartoon?? i forgot d title? but i really like that . <3

  • Yceej Jceey
    September 4, 2014

    i like dat too.. eto rangers with kelly, powell etc… and saber marionette. lime!! <3

  • Yceej Jceey
    September 4, 2014

    Des Cambaliza i agree.. hayao is very good! His work is so nice especially d spirited away..howls moving castle etc.. 🙂

  • holmsehra
    September 5, 2014

    Regarding BT X, Teppei was able to meet his brother on the last episodes but I don’t think that he was able to save his brother back because when they met in machine empire after Teppei break through its barrier, his brother is already dying but was able to give Teppei the solution to defeat the machine empire’s trump card Rafaelo and next scenes showed Teppei together with the other 4 spirit guardians fight Rafaelo and they all end up dying as well but killing the antagonist.

    • themeanderer
      September 6, 2014

      Thanks for recapping the ending for those who wasn’t able to watch it! Ang sad pala talaga nya, pero buti nagkita pa sila magkapatid.

  • holmsehra
    September 5, 2014

    Aside from the theme song of Magic Knight Rayearth, I still remember the opening song of Akazuking Cha Cha… “pag busilak ang kalooban lahat ng bagay makakamtan, basta’s ito’s para sa kabutihan”

  • Mark Agus
    September 5, 2014

    Ciao marco ciao! Ciao ciao marco! Habang tumatalon talon sa bubong! Hahahaha!

  • John Collins Labrador
    September 5, 2014

    I remember watching Kuro-chan, at yung si Xinchan (Shinchan)…
    Pero ang inabangan namin, yung Ghost Fighter (Yu Yu Hakusho), at palipat-lipat ang channel namin sa GF at Maria La Del Barrio. LOL

  • Des Cambaliza
    September 5, 2014

    I love Thunder Jet! I forgot to include Kenshin kaya I wrote this: http://manillenials.com/rurouni-kenshin-quotes/ 😉

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