Every anime fan knows that certain anime eras usually bring with them a certain art style and aesthetic. One of the most popular looks of these different eras is that of retro anime from the 80s with 90’s style being a good runner-up. Many fans even just look back at these eras for the aesthetics alone without even actually watching the shows.
This has led tons of different artists to draw what they imagine the new anime on the scene in 90’s art styles. This list will be taking a look at 10 of these different pieces that take modern anime and show just how great they look when done in 90’s anime aesthetic.
10 MY HERO ACADEMIA BY ERASERTHIRST
An artist from Twitter, ERASERTHIRST drew a picture featuring two of the most well-known characters from the superhero anime and manga series, My Hero Academia showing how awesome the series could be in a ’90s based art style.
One thing that makes this picture extra great is the extra attention to detail with the little VHS tears in the image. Also, anyone notice how much Midoriya looks like a younger Spike Spiegel in this style?
9 DEMON SLAYER BY TAKOYANII
Artist Takoyanii decided that they would give Demon Slayer fans a look at how this new shonen anime series would look if it was released in the ’90s. This piece stars the breakout character of the series, Nezuko, and it really shows that in the ’90s she could have been even cuter.
From the hair to the eyes, this picture really nails the detailed shot of ’90s anime perfectly. It also is a perfect representation of how the era usually depicted younger characters that had lots of cute appeal.
8 RE: ZERO BY BLUETHEBONE
For those that haven’t heard of BlueTheBone get ready to see more of them because they are a very well-known artist in the world of retro-styled anime art. A very popular example of their expertise is this image of Rem from the series, Re: Zero.
Much like an earlier piece in this list, this awesome image makes it a point to show off the VHS aesthetic which is a very popular aesthetic due to the popularity of old anime VHS tapes back in the era.
7 MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID BY BLUETHEBONE
Another piece by BlueTheBone comes in the form of this image done of the breakout character from the somewhat recent anime, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Kanna Kamui.
This fanart of the little dragon is another great example of how younger “kawaii” characters were usually designed to appear in ’90s anime. A great touch this artist always adds into their images is the little subtitles added in to really make the images feel like they came right from some ’90s anime lost in time.
6 MADOKA MAGICA BY HEART_PUFF
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an anime that looks like it could fit right into the ’90s character design-wise, if not for the fact that it needed those old magical girl anime of the era to exist to even become a thing.
Never the less, artist Heart_Puff is another very popular creator of 90s aesthetic anime art and this picture shows exactly why they are a lot of fans’ favorite in the game.
5 DARLING IN THE FRANXX BY HEART_PUFF
Another piece by Heart_Puff is this one of the breakout character, Zero Two, from the Cloverworks and Trigger anime Darling in the Franxx. This image makes it feel as if one could have actually been watching this series back in the ’90s, as its style, along with the character headlining the piece really fit the bill.
4 DRAGON BALL SUPER BY JEYRABLUE
Artist Jeryablue decided to go the extra mile by taking a character from a series that actually had its feet planted in the ’90s and giving it a different art style from the era than its own.
Cheelai is a character from the Dragon Ball film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, that instantly stole the hearts of fans all over and this image of her drawing from the cutesy anime style of the ’90s makes her even more heart-stopping.
3 KEMONO FRIENDS BY VEECHOOCHOO
Kemono Friends is an anime that no one expected to blow up in popularity that surprised all of the anime community. Artist Veechoochoo went ahead and tried their hand at showing everyone how they think it would be depicted if it was thought up earlier.
It is very different to imagine Serval and Kaban’s adventures without the cheap 3D but a very interesting, and judging by this piece of art, eye-pleasing thought none the less.
2 LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA BY BLUETHEBONE
BlueTheBone also decided to show how well the Little Witch Academia series would fit in a more ’90s style and proves it perfectly. Just seeing this image shows exactly how perfectly the series fits in the era.
Diana Cavendish is the “rival” character from the series and actually is a part of the charm of the series that this image puts at the front.
1 DANGANRONPA BY TAMAGOKIDD
Danganronpa doesn’t seem like it would have ever been a thing in the ’90s, at least in US markets, due to the odd nature of the series that wouldn’t catch on back then. However, this piece by Tamagokidd really makes a good argument for it.
The character featured in this image, Chiaki Nanami really seems like she’d fit perfectly in the ’90s aesthetic as long as you replace the more modern video game consoles with some retro ones.
Modern anime art is great, but these talented artists reimagined several popular current series with a '90s art style.