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801 T.T.S. Airbats
There were a few fighter plane-themed anime to come along in the 1990s. This was an OVA series about an all-women squadron and one of the better of these anime to come along during that time.

Battle Royal High School
Some anime OVAs have everything but the kitchen sink thrown into them. This is one such example, and it's actually pretty entertaining. Come for the convoluted story, stay for the gory action scenes.

Black Magic M-66
Sometimes a very simple premise is all one needs to enjoy an anime OVA. This show does it quite well with its killer robot and the women trying to escape it.

Bounty Dog
Shady corporations and ancient aliens are the order of the day in this relatively obscure pair of anime OVAs from the 90s.

Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Mehyou no Wana
During the 16-bit era of JRPGs, a lot of these games never came to the West. Cosmic Fantasy was one such series where almost none of the games got translated into English, yet being quite popular in Japan. This is an anime OVA based on the series.

Cosmos Pink Shock
A short parody OVA from the mid-1980s that lampoons many of the popular anime series of the era, all while following the adventures of a young girl named Micchi as she pilots the Pink Shock across the solar system.

Debutante Detective Corps
Ever wonder what happens when Gainax makes a bad anime? If so, look no further that Debutante Detective Corps. It's quite the disappointment.

Dominion Tank Police
Sometimes when criminals start becoming heavily armed the best thing for the police to do is get bigger guns themselves. At least that's the Newport Police Department's logic in Dominion Tank Police.

Dream Dimension Hunter Fandora
Riding a tightrope between predictable and ridiculous, this is an interesting, if somewhat forgotten OVA series of the mid 80s.

Dream Hunter Rem
Sometimes ultra violence rears it head in the most unexpected places. This is one such example of this beneath its cutesy exterior.

Ancient civilizations with super weapons were a popular theme for anime of the early 1990s, and Ellcia was one such series of OVAs to embrace it.

There are plenty of anime that have come along and made bold predictions of the future, but many have been off the mark. This, on the other hand, has been surprisingly accurate.

Future GPX Cyber Formula

Looking for a series that feels like a 1990s arcade racing game adapted into an anime? If so, this may just be the show for you.

Genesis Survivor Gaiarth
It's not often one finds fantasy and science fiction fused together in an anime, but this one does a decent job of it.

Gude Crest: The Emblem of Gude
Sometimes, all one wants in an anime is a comfy, familiar story. This OVA does this quite well with the classic fantasy adventure that it presents.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan
While the more modern anime series based on Arslan Senki gets the majority of fans attention, there was also an OVA series released during the 1990s worth watching.

Idol Defense Force Hummingbird
Sometimes anime OVAs of the 80s and 90s had unusual mixes of themes in them. This was one such example of this, combining pop idols and fighter planes.

Very early Japanese history was an interesting, mysterious time. Izumo is one of the few anime to visit this era.

Legend of Lemnear

Sometimes all one wants in an anime is titillation with a bit of blood and guts. Legend of Lemnear has healthy doses of both and even throws in some bikini armour for good measure.

Luna Varga
It's time for another anime with a gimmick to draw people in. This one combines a warrior princess and a giant lizard that looks an awful lot like Godzilla.

Maris the Chojo
Rumiko Takahashi has put out a number of works that have become extremely popular over the years. This is an OVA based on one of her earliest manga. It's nowhere as good as things she would do later, but an interesting look at one of her early creations nonetheless.

Martian Successor Nadesico
A parody / deconstruction mecha anime from the late 1990s with mild harem elements. Akito and the crew of the Nadesico fight a war against mysterious aggressors from Jupiter.

Megazone 23
Following the adventures of a pair of motorcycle delinquints, they learn that the world around them isn't what they think. From there, they're out to find the truth while a secret organization chases them down. Luckily they have a futuristic motorcycle that transforms into a mecha to help them.

Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01
With the deluge of mecha anime coming out in the 80s, there was a lot to choose from. This was one of countless OVAs in the genre to be released at that time. While it does have a cool design for its battle armor, the story is a bit lacking.

There are plenty of little hidden gems in the world of 80s anime OVAs and this is one of them with its story of an alien invasion that is actually quite similar to the movie They Live.

Trying to make a single OVA out of a series of manga is not an easy task. Squeezing down several books worth of content into a 60 minute show means a lot gets cut out. Such is the case with Outlanders. The OVA isn't terrible, but so much of the manga has been left out that it might as well be a totally different story being told.

Photon: The Idiot Adventures
While Masaki Kajishima is mostly known for Tenchi Muyo!, he's also put out some other worthwhile OVA. This is one such example full of gags and fan service.

While a lot of anime OVAs to come out in the 90s were intended for a male audience, there was the occasional release directed toward girls. This is one such example, presenting a whirlwind high school romance.

Psychic Force
There were a lot of anime OVAs in the 90s that were based on fighting games. Most of them were pretty bad. Psychic Force was slightly less terrible than its contemporaries.

Relic Armor Legaciam

It's time for another anime that most people have never heard of or forgot existed because it's uninspired mecha-themed schlock. The show is called Relic Armor Legaciam and it's not very good.

Superdimensional Romanesque Samy - Missing 99

There are some real stinkers for anime to come out in the 1980s where studios seemed to go out of their way to make something that just ticked boxes rather than actually be good. This is one such example of this.

Tokyo Babylon
Clamp has put out a number of amazing manga over the years, and occasionally they get adapted into anime. Tokyo Babylon is an early example of this.

Wanna Be's
There isn't a whole lot of anime out there that is focused on the world of professional wrestling, but this is a rare example of such from the mid 1980s.

The Weathering Continent
A film based on a series of fantasy novels, it follows three adventurers wandering a desolate landscape destroyed by centuries of environmental calamities.

Wild 7
What happens when felons are gathered to create an elite police force given carte blanche in how they deal with criminals? Well, this anime happens.

Xanadu Dragonslayer Densetsu
Usually when an anime comes along that is based on a video game series, it's pretty serious in how it portrays its world and heroes. This one goes in the opposite direction, instead focusing on gags, gore, and nudity.

Yokohama Shopping Log
Based on a manga of the same name, these OVA follow the life of a robot named Alpha. She runs a small coffee shop in one of the most relaxing interpretations of the end of the world an anime fan is likely to find.

Game Reviews

Alisia Dragoon (Genesis)
While GameArts carved a name for itself with a number of quality RPGs, they also put out some interesting games in other genres. This was a well put together platformer / shooter for the Genesis / Mega Drive.

Arcus Odyssey (Genesis)
Wolf Team put out a lot of interesting games that didn't necessarily get the attention they deserved. This was an arcade-y action adventure of theirs that certainly falls under this category.

Bangai-O (Dreamcast)
Treasure put out a number of interesting games in the 90s. This was one of them, being a fast-paced shoot 'em up for the Dreamcast.

The Battle for Olympus (NES)
In the mood for a 2D action adventure set in ancient Greece? If so, this may be for you.

Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PlayStation 2)
Taito is a company people don't often think about when it comes to spectacle fighters. However, this was a very good effort in the genre by the publisher.

Conquest of the Crystal Palace (NES)
This was quite the hidden gem on the NES. It was a fun action game with some neat weapons and a sense of humor.

Drill Dozer (Gameboy Advance)
It's always fun to see what seeing what Game Freak does when they're not making a new Pokemon game. This was one such outing released on the GBA.

El Viento (Genesis)

The second game in the Earnest Evans series, this is an action platformer full of interesting little quirks and some very nice cut scenes for fans of early 90s anime art direction.

Elemental Master (Genesis)
Shoot 'em ups were one of the most popular genres of the late 80s / early 90s. Most featured spaceships that players controlled, but Elemental Master was a little different with folks controlling a sorcerer instead.

Emerald Dragon (SFC)
A Japan-only RPG for the Super Famicom released in 1995. It is one of many ports of the original PC-88 version of the game, but this one has a fan translation into English. The game features an engaging story, memorable characters, and a more tactical approach to combat.

The Firemen (SNES)
The Firemen is an interesting action game for the SNES where, instead of fighting monsters, players are fighting fires.

Konami Krazy Racers (GBA)
There have been a number of kart racers to come along chock full of mascots. Even Konami got in on the trend with this on the GBA.

Little Nemo - The Dream Master (NES)
During the late 80s, Capcom released a number of games for the NES. Little Nemo - The Dream Master was one of the more interesting, but lesser known of these.

No One Can Stop Mr. Domino! (PlayStation)
There were a surprising number of games that took chances on the original PlayStation. This was one such example featuring an anthropomorphic domino running through each stage knocking down other dominoes.

Omega Boost (PlayStation)
While Polyphony Digital has made a name for itself with the Gran Turismo series, there was one time when they made something else. That game was Omega Boost, a giant robot rail shooter for the original PlayStation.

Operation Logic Bomb (SNES)
An overhead arcade-styled action shooter where players infilatrate a research facility and fight off hordes of interdimensional beings that have overrun it.

Phantasy Star II (Genesis)
The second in SEGA's popular role-playing game series, it's a sci-fi adventure in a distant star system. This was the first instalment of the series on the Genesis and had improved visuals and sound as a result.

Philosoma (PlayStation)
The original PlayStation got quite a few shoot 'em ups for its library, but one that many have forgotten is Philosoma which combined a lot of features from other games in the genre.

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (Arcade)
Beat 'em ups were constantly getting licensed tie ins, so it was only a matter of time before this game became a thing. It wasn't the most exciting game in the genre but it sure did look good.

Silent Debuggers (PC Engine)
Data East released a lot of interesting games in the 80s and 90s, some of them being fairly experimental. One such example was Silent Debuggers for the PC Engine, a very early attempt at a first person shooter.

Star Gladiator (PlayStation)
While Capcom is more known for their 2D fighting games, Star Gladiator was their first tentative steps to 3D arenas. Set in the future, players can choose from all manner of intergalactic beings to control.

Super Aleste (SNES)
While games like Super R-Type and Gradius III tend to get a lot of the attention when it comes to shoot 'tm ups on the SNES, there were a lot of other quality titles as well. This was one such example.

Trip World (GameBoy)
It can be sad to think how few people remember SunSoft these days, but remember them we must because they made adorable platformers like this on the original GameBoy once upon a time.

Trouble Shooter (Genesis)
Vic Tokai liked to experiment with their games from time to time. Nothing too over the top, but a little different. This game did this with the shoot 'em up, creating a very nice, lighthearted experience.

The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang (SNES)
There were quite a few quality action adventures to come out on the SNES in the 90s. Quite a few have become timeless classics still talked about today. The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang doesn't get mentioned so much, though, which is a shame because it's pretty darn good.

Urban Reign (PlayStation 2)
Beat 'em ups were more or less dead in the 2000s, but that didn't stop Namco with this addition to the genre, which had a lot of depth to it.

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