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Fans Rank the Best ‘90s Anime Opening Themes

Fans Rank the Best ‘90s Anime Opening Themes
Hey, it’s a while since we’ve done one of these, but what better time than summer to bust out some nostalgic ‘90s anime tunes? Perrenial ranking site Goo recently asked its readers to choose their favorite anime themes from the 1990s, and we’ve got the top 10 right here. You’ll never guess what ended up in the number one spot…! (Yeah, okay, that’s a lie.)

10. “Nazo” by Miho Komatsu
Detective Conan

9. “Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku” by Field of View
Dragon Ball GT

8. “Ojamajo Carnival!!” by Maho-do
Ojamajo Doremi

7. “Odoru Ponpokorin” by B.B.QUEENS
Chibi Maruko-chan

6. “Sobakasu” by Judy and Mary
Rurouni Kenshin

5. “Mezase Pokemon Master” by Rica Matsumoto

4. “Moonlight Densetsu” by Dali et al.
Sailor Moon

3. “Yuki 100%” by Hikaru Genji
Nintama Rantaro

2. “We Are!” by Hiroshi Kitadani
One Piece

1. “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” by Yoko Takahashi
Neon Genesis Evangelion

Okay, no surprise in the number one spot. Otherwise, it’s fascinating to see the differences in ‘90s fandom between the West and Japan — a much bigger gap than these days, when everything is simulcast. I mean, we had the Sailor Moon theme in its English version, and an entirely different iconic opening for Pokemon. Moreover, there are those shows that didn’t even hit the States, like Nintama Rantaro.

For me, a ‘90s list isn’t complete without “Tank!” from Cowboy Bebop or “Duvet” from Serial Experiments Lain. How about you?

Source: Otakomu

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.