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!

HOWEVER…

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!

Mojacko

mojacko

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

kimba

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

btx

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??

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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.

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

Ranma 1/2

ranma

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

takure

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

nello

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.

Sailormoon

sailormoon

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

zenki

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

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?

Notes:

* 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.

97 Comments

  • Anzelyn Donotcare
    September 6, 2014

    "ang pasko ni santa" – still trying to search for this one up until now wala akong makita kung san ko sya pwedeng mapanood…isa sa favorite kong christmas themed anime

  • Anzelyn Donotcare
    September 6, 2014

    PROUD TO BE A BATANG 90's..glad to have an awesome childhood!..sa dami ng list kulang ang 18 and 12 na post ni ms des..hahah who else could forget VOLTES V, DAIMOS, FUSHIGI YUUGI, GUNDAM, VISION OF ESCAFLOWNE, TRIGUN, LUPIN THE 3RD,POKEMON VS DIGIMON..TAMIYA LETS GO VS BEYBLADE..heheheh awesome!!

  • Edgy Dulds
    September 29, 2014

    Si Juvan (don’t know the right spelling) di ba yung lalaking partner ni Remi? Actually, sobrang pogi niyang cartoon character. He! He! He!

  • Jayson Pagtalunan
    September 30, 2014

    alam ko ung ciao marco ciao pero di ko sya pinapanood kasi kapamilya ako pag morning hanggang afternoon lol.. sa gabi lang ako nanonood ng anime sa 7.. 🙂 although merong cartoons sa ibang channel na inaabangan ko like captain planet sa ch9 and woody woodpecker sa ch13.. since namention yung kimba, naalala ko din yung jungle book and yaiba sa 5.. other titles that popped up from my mind: tenchinmuyo tv, the musketeers, neon genesis evangelion, saber marionette j, lupin III, voltron, anne of green gables, xmen, wildcats, double dragon.. 🙂

    • Wayne Moises
      December 17, 2017

      Mortal Kombat animated series.

    • Wayne Moises
      December 17, 2017

      Mighty Morphin Power Rangers(1993-present)25 years of epic adventures.

  • Trixie Dauz
    November 6, 2014

    Zenki! I'm yet to see a post re 90's nostalgia na kasama ang Eto Rangers (ABC 5).

  • set
    November 7, 2014

    please do research and get your terms right, anime (without an S) is not interchangeable with cartoons.

  • Tomi Uysingco
    November 7, 2014

    A couple of things. Anime is an irregular plural noun, like sheep or squid. You don't say "sheeps" or "squids" don't you? So don't say "animes." Also, anime and cartoons are NOT interchangeable. It is a specific kind of cartoon. A german shepherd and a pitbull are both dogs, but you can't call the one the other. Also, who is the editor of this site? Tell your writers to structure their sentences better. You fucking millennials.

    • Someone you dont need to know
      July 13, 2016

      Simplify your life. Naintindihan mo naman eh. Jerk!

  • Abegail Yupo
    November 16, 2014

    Nakaka-proud na napanood ko ang ilan dito…Nostalgic!

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  • Mark Andrew Mendoza
    May 10, 2015

    Channel 2 lang yata ung pinapanood ni jinky

  • Mark Andrew Mendoza
    May 10, 2015

    Syet nostalgic tlg. Gundam wing at gundam g.

  • Christian Lloyd Casicas
    June 19, 2015

    Haha naalala ko talaga ang katagang Dakilang Badjula!!!

  • Mac Zarco
    July 8, 2015

    Gusto ko sana malaman title nung palabas dati sa dos.. ung bida, namimingwit tas gamit nya sa dulo ng pamingwit nya, instead of hook, ay karayom.. pangalan ata ng bida is Tycoon?

  • quarterlifec
    August 21, 2015

    May nakakatanda ba dun sa character na camilla ang pangalan na outcast kasi kala nila witch sya?

    • Manillenials
      September 2, 2015


      Siya ba? Part siya ng Ang Lihim na Hardin.

  • Chris John Calinao
    January 24, 2016

    ang arte mo pa duh duh ka pa! duh! di lang sa channel 2 may anime' DUH!!!

    • Manillenials
      January 26, 2016

      Hahaha tama, kaso mas sikat talaga yung mga nasa channel 2. Although maganda rin naman yung napalabas noon sa ibang channels.

  • Wilbur Muceros Mesia
    February 25, 2016

    Sad kasi di po tlaa tinapos ng ABS CBN ang BTX noon i thinks its 1995.

    • Manillenials
      April 28, 2016

      I think tinapos nila. The first time na napalabas siya sa TV. Naalala ko pang ang lungkot ko kasi tapos na yung palabas. Saka medyo malungkot din yung ending.

  • kharlle malapaya
    April 7, 2016

    batang late 80’s ako pero lahat yan sinubaybayan ko, elementary days pero kulang to ee, yung Hell Teacher Nube , Master of Mosquiton , Thunder Cats, Slam Dunk, Raptors, Biker Mice, Double Dragon, Ultraman ACE, etc….

  • Les
    April 28, 2016

    Paborito ko ang Princess Sarah.. early 90s.. the most memorable classic anime para sakin.

  • Codie Kyla Tangonan
    April 29, 2016

    Hala I love Ranma 1/2…It's so funny!

    • Manillenials
      May 2, 2016

      Us too!

  • Leigh Carlo Chien
    June 9, 2016

    Nostalgic. Thanks for this article. I have a photo collection of these 90's animes and their OSTs found in my Facebook album. Just sharing. =)

  • Neriss Abarca
    July 14, 2016

    I can't help my self commenting to this!! Thunder Jet was one of the best, saw my childhood diary just last week, where I wrote about the death of Princess Simone because I can't accept her death hahahaha

    • Madz46
      March 17, 2018

      I cried for 3 days nung namatay si Simone. It was so traumatic hehehe

  • Parado Wendell
    July 25, 2016

    wala na yung samao

  • lanie llamado
    July 31, 2016

    San kaya pwde ulit mpanood itong mga cartoons n ito???gusto q ipanuod s mga anak q ..ngaun pinapanuod nila ung maria at ang pamilyang von trapp sna ipalbas ulit ng abs itong mga to

    • Manillenials
      August 15, 2016

      Hello Lanie, Try mo sa Youtube. Last time ako nag check meron pa dun. Yung iba tagalized pa.

  • Ryan Alfonso
    September 21, 2016

    I think you should add The adventure of Huckleberry Finn, its a morning cartoon show followed by afternoon cartoon Tom Sawyer.

    ALso, you forgot to mention Daddy Long Legs of Cartoon character Judy Abbot, Remi, Heidi 🙂


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  • April
    September 30, 2016

    Hello po. nkakita ba kayo nung anime na magkapatid sila puro girls(all curls) at yung parents nila namatay dahil sa bagyo ng nasa barko sila. i really cant get over to this anime and really want to know what’s the title of this. please notify me. Thanks!

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