Top 11 Bold Adventure Anime of the 90s (Recommended)

adventure anime of the 90s

The 90s Era is often considered as the golden age of Anime, despite the lack of depth in animation it provided some of the best Adventure and Psychological anime. Anime from the ’90s‘ and early 2000s had a unique aura within them whether it’s storytelling or weird psychedelic animation, it holds a special place in your heart without any doubts. The charm just never fades from your mind, so here is a special list of adventure anime of the 90s to stuff more anime into your massive heart which just might need not any extra space.

11. Slayers

AiredApr 7, 1995 to Sep 29, 1995
GenreAdventure, Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Streaming PlatformFunimation

The popular anime from mid 90s’, the recent young fans might not resonate with this spectacular anime. Slayers is a classic anime and many think it was a parody of the conventional RPG video games.

 Lina Inverse is a powerful sorceress, who makes a living by looting the bandits but while a group of Bandits awaits her to wrath upon the revenge on her, She seems to handle the Bandits effortlessly.

But Gourry Gabriev appears out of nowhere and thinks Lina of a hostage to the powerful Bandits. As Gourry defeats he promises Lina to escort her to the Atlas city but two mysterious men continue to haunt them.

The adventures and misadventures of both remain as an enjoyable anime though you mustn’t expect deep and provoking themes or any kind of symbolism. But to a fresh start, you can watch this adventure anime of the 90s.

10. The Weathering Continent

the weathering continent
Aired  Jul 18, 1992
GenreAdventure, Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
Streaming PlatformFunimation, Crunchyroll

If you are running out of time and want some short-length movie about adventure anime of the 90s with the same vibrant color animation and style then The Weathering Content is a great match to look into.

The short adventure movie shows the three wanderers a warrior, a priest, and a young woman roaming in the lands where humanity almost got wiped out. The wanderers come across the treasure hunters and the Land of Azec Sistra, The city of the Dead.

But the Bandits are responsible for hunting down treasure hunters also in the city. To escape the bandits and the curse of the city they must flee while fighting for their lives.

The crisp animation provides a great atmosphere but the stunning soundtrack is just too good to be true.

9. Gokudo

Aired Apr 2, 1999 to Sep 24, 1999
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll

The utterly hilarious throughout the entire series, Gokudo grabs a position on the list of adventure anime of the 90s’. In terms of humor and absurdity, it gives a strong competition to slayers.

The laughable anti-hero Gokudou is just a selfish character who steals from a fortune teller and gets caught with Djinn who emerges from inside.

Djinn grants three wishes to Gokudou and he claims his wishes but the results aren’t just the way he wanted it to be.

The aimless adventure of Gokudou, goofy characters, and their misadventures just is purely an evil comedy that you want more and more of.

8. Outlaw Star

Outlaw Star
Aired Jan 9, 1998 to Jun 26, 1998
GenreAdventure, Action, Sci-fi, Comedy
Streaming PlatformFunimation, Crunchyroll

 Looking For an adventure anime with a taste of Pirates? Outlaw Star is one of those rare gems from the era that quickly shifts from light-hearted humor to a dark philosophical theme.

It might be a dream to lead a ship of his own but Gene Starwind and his friend James Hawking currently do all sorts of odd jobs from bounty hunting to protecting someone.

Gene and James are handed a task to protect a mysterious girl named Melfina and their unknown journey in the advanced ship Outlaw Star.

With overall great animation, Outlaw Star has great chemistry between characters and an amazing soundtrack that pumps you up to the adventures coming forward. This adventure anime of the 90s is worth investing time in.

7. Record of Lodoss War

 Record of Lodoss War
Aired Jun 30, 1990 to Nov 23, 1991
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Action
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll

 Record of Lodoss war remains an underrated masterpiece of adventure anime of the 90s’. True in nature to the fantasy genre, the anime never lacks in terms of adventures.

The land of Lodoss has witnessed the never-ending battles of Gods after thousands of years the land finally has some peace but it all is threatened when a witch is awakened.

To maintain peace across the land, a group of mixed race six young champions come together to send back the threat that arose. As the young warrior Parn leads the group, their journey for peace begins.

With a tiny dose of humor, the anime has all the action, adventure, romance everything you could ask for, and also the compelling characters that keep you hooked through the 13 episodes.

6. Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
AiredJul 12, 1997
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Action
Streaming PlatformNetflix

Studio Ghibli has become the epitome of adventure anime over the years and Princess Mononoke being a part of the studios, just stands out from other works of the Ghibli.

Prince Ashitaka faces a boar demon while securing his tribe but ends up getting cursed with a demon inside his hands. To find the remedy for the curse Ashitaka travels towards Tatara, the Iron town.

He finds a new kind of turmoil there as he discovers the ongoing turmoil between the princess and Lady Eboshi of Tatara regarding the deforestation of the land. Ashitaka tries to resolve the conflict while fighting his cursed demon.

The classic from Hayao Miyazaki with stunning visuals, no matter where you pause the animation is breath-taking for that era and to date. Princess Mononoke is a must-watch adventure anime of the 90s.

5Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (OVA)

AiredNov 19, 1993 to Nov 18, 1994
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Drama, supernatural
Streaming PlatformFunimation

Released in the 90s, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (OVA) Stardust Crusaders is a sequel to the two previous arcs Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency.

Kujo Jotaro, the great-grandson of Jonathan Joestar, leads a peaceful teenage life until he becomes sick and starts seeing his grandfather Joseph Joestar, and his friend Muhammad Abdul.

Soon Jotaro realises the evil Dio has awakened 100 years after his defeat to Jonathan. To finish Dio and settle the rivalry Jotaro joins Joseph and Muhammad.

With the fun fights with lucid animation, the Star Crusaders arc remains the best out of the all arcs in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

4. Dragon Ball Z

Aired Apr 26, 1989 to Jan 31, 1996
GenreAdventure, Action, Fantasy, Comedy
Streaming PlatformFunimation, Crunchyroll

Dragon Ball Z is an anime that inspired generations over the years, and the sudden demise of Akira Toriyama just feels overwhelming while writing this.

Goku is spending a fabulous life down on earth with his wife and son after the World Martial Arts Tournament but the unexpected appearance of Raditz reveals the origin of Goku.

Goku, part of the Saiyan race has now forgotten the real motive behind his arrival to the Earth. After failing to acquire Goku as an ally, Raditz warns him about the upcoming threat towards the Earth.

The greatest anime of all time, Dragon Ball Z gets your blood boiling and it just brings back the nostalgia of early childhood that we will all miss desperately. Without any doubt, it makes it to the list of adventure anime of the 90s’.

3. Cowboy Bebop

cowboy bebop
Aired Apr 3, 1998 to Apr 24, 1999
GenreAdventure, Action, Sci-fi
Streaming PlatformFunimation, Crunchyroll

90s era produced an immense amount of sci-fi anime around the time and one of the notable adventure anime of the 90s’ is Cowboy Bebop. Who doesn’t know it? if you didn’t, now you know.

As long as humans exist, no matter the time or place crime will exist too. In the year 2071, humans expanded to space and crime expanded too. Spike Spiegel and Jet Black the two bounty hunters make a living catching these outlaws in their ship Bebop.

However, Spike and Jet Black have their struggle while one struggles with a dark past and the other with his memories. But the duo has an amazing crew but Spike’s past resurfaces and puts him in critical choices.

The piece of artwork has lots of humor and is often episodic but the back stories have a great impact on the main plot. And of course, the unbelievable soundtrack and OST make it a must-watch.

2.Hunter x Hunter

AiredOct 16, 1999 to Mar 31, 2001
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Action
Streaming PlatformFunimation

Hunter x Hunter is an adventure anime of the 90s that is unlike other typical shonen genres. Highly underrated (that I am tired of screaming people to watch it) the anime focuses on the hunters.

Gon Freecss, a young 12-year-old kid wants to follow the path of his father for which he left behind him. To become a hunter and find his father is the main goal of Gon.

But to become a Hunter, he must acquire the license for Hunter and clear the exams which isn’t just to pass through. Along with his three companions, their adventure begins.

The unique characters of aspiring hunters and a lot of reality touch in the anime make it unique and unpredicted with each episode coming forward.

 1. Berserk

AiredOct 8, 1997 to Apr 1, 1998
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Drama, Supernatural, Horror
Streaming PlatformFunimation

 The most discussed anime of all time known for its dark and gore theme, and the psychological aspect of the anime, Berserk is a remarkable anime to watch.

Following the life of Guts also known as Black Swordsman, the young mercenary who roams around joining groups for the most amount of money never settles.

But his encounter with The Band of Falcons changes everything Griffith challenges him into a duel and defeats also forcing Guts into the group.

Rather than a simple animation, for the time being, Berserk just excels in terms of its deep story-telling. Berserk is truly the definition of epic anime that will carve a name in history.


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