8 Best Anime Shows From 1996

Best Anime Shows 1996

To continue my best anime series, we’re now going to talk about the best anime shows from 1996 that I’ve watched.

Like the other anime posts, these are the ones I enjoyed watching and are highly recommended for you to watch as well.

This is my list of the best anime shows from 1996.

1. B’t X

B’t X originally aired from April 1996 to September 1996 for 25 episodes on TBS.

It was produced by Tadahito Matsumoto and Kenji Mizunuma and was created by the TMS Entertainment studio.

This anime is listed under the genres of adventure, mecha, and science fiction.

B’t X was from a manga written by Masami Kurumada and published by Kadokawa Shoten.

It had 16 volumes which ran from October 1994 to January 2000.

Bt X Anime 1996

If you’re a big fan of the power of light, you should watch B’t X.

The main characters just seem to run over their opponents once they release their ultimate power and made them glow like the sun.

I enjoyed watching this show when I first saw it as well as when I rewatched it.

I can say that it has a good rewatch value.

2. Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball GT initially aired from February 1996 to November 1997 for 64 episodes on FNS.

It was directed by Osamu Kasai and Toei Animation was the studio who made the anime.

You can find Dragon Ball GT under the genres of action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, magic, martial arts, sci-fi, and superpower.

Dragon Ball GT was based on the manga Dragon Ball created by Akira Toriyama.

Dragon Ball GT Anime 1996

Just in case you don’t know, Dragon Ball GT isn’t the official sequel to Dragon Ball Z. It was not an adaptation to the manga of Akira Toriyama.

Dragon Ball Super is the official sequel to Dragon Ball Z.

In any case, I still enjoyed watching Dragon Ball GT and the last episode seems like a refreshing end or start to the story.

The ape-like Super Saiyan 4 was quite different from all other Super Saiyan transformations but it still kind of look cool

I enjoyed watching the whole series but I guess I could’ve enjoyed it more if I was able to watch the whole series when I was younger.

I think that because of Dragon Ball Super, Dragon Ball GT’s rewatch value significantly dropped.

But if you haven’t watched it yet, you’ll still enjoy a different story of Goku and the gang.

3. Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin or more popularly known as Samurai X aired from January 1996 to September 1998 for 95 episodes.

It was produced by Koji Kaneda, Mitsuhisa Hida, Akio Wakana, and Hiroshi Hasegawa. Studio Gallop and Studio Deen were tapped to create the anime.

This 1996 anime is listed under the genres of action, adventure, comedy, historical, martial arts, romance, and samurai.

Samurai X was from the manga written by Nobuhiro Watsuki and published by Shueisha.

It ran from April 1994 to September 1999 for a total of 28 volumes.

Rurouni Kenshin Samurai X Anime 1996

Rurouni Kenshin can be considered as one of the best for me.

It’s one of my all-time favorites and highly recommended. It’s even an anime that I can rewatch multiple times.

Kenshin Himura is also one of my favorite anime characters all-time.

There is nothing much not to like about this anime. The story, the characters, the action scenes are all really good for me.

The soundtrack is also amazing.

Samurai X is a must-watch for both anime lovers and non-anime viewers.

After War Gundam X Best Anime Shows 1996

4. After War Gundam X

Alternative Names: New Mobile Century Gundam X
Genre: Action, Mecha, Military, Robot, Science Fiction, Space
Number of Episodes: 39
Original TV Run: April 1996 to December 1996


  • This is the Gundam that I grew up with. A Gundam with a very high-powered laser gun.
  • I like how the Gundams look.
  • Good soundtracks.
  • Has a happy ending.


  • Nothing too big to pick on in this anime.
Slayers Next Best Anime Shows 1996

5. Slayers Next

Alternative Names: N/A
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Sorcery
Number of Episodes: 26
Original TV Run: April 1996 to September 1996
Director: Takashi Watanabe
Studio: E&G Films
Favorite Slayers Next Character: Lina Inverse


  • Good action scenes.
  • I would’ve watched this anime if it’s available when I was younger. I still enjoyed it today.
  • Good action scenes using magical powers.
  • The plot is good for me.


  • Nothing too big to pick on in this anime.
Bakusou Kyoudai Lets Go

6. Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go

Genre: Adventure, Cars, Racing, Sports,
Number of Episodes: 51
Original TV Run: January 1996 to
Studio: Xebec
Manga Writer: Tetsuhiro Koshita
Manga Publisher: Shogakukan
Favorite Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go Character: Retsu “Let’s” Seiba


  • The anime shows a good relationship between the Seiba brothers.
  • There are some epic scenes that are typical for anime in this genre.
  • It made me like the mini 4WDs rage before.


  • I didn’t find anything that’s too bad about the anime. I’ve enjoyed it before and I still enjoyed rewatching it.

More On Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go

Tamiya mini 4WDs were too expensive for me at the time. But I enjoyed checking the cars and watching them race on the tracks.

According to Wikipedia, this anime extended up to 153 episodes and ran up to December 1998. I’ll update again the article after I’ve watched the other seasons and episodes.

I highly recommend watching Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go if you haven’t watched it yet or rewatching it for nostalgia.

The Vision of Escaflowne Best Anime Shows 1996

7. The Vision of Escaflowne

Alternative Names: N/A
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mecha, Robot, Romance
Number of Episodes: 26
Original TV Run: April 1996 to September 1996
Producers: Yumi Murase (TV Tokyo), Masahiko Minami (Sunrise)
Studio: Sunrise
Favorite The Vision of Escaflowne Character: None


  • It has a semi-happy ending.
  • The action scenes between the mechas are nice.


  • The main female character is sometimes annoying. I don’t know why this is for me.
  • I like how the Gundams look so I’m not quite impressed with the mechas here but it’s probably designed like this because the theme is set on older ages.
  • The romantic relationship between the main characters didn’t completely end happily.

More On The Vision of Escaflowne

It’s a good anime to rewatch if you’re into mechas.

The mechas look like big robot knights with their capes on.

I’d still recommend “The Vision of Escaflowne.”

However, you should watch the other animes on this list first.

Youre Under Arrest Best Anime Shows 1996

8. You’re Under Arrest

Alternative Names: N/A
Genre: Action, Comedy, Police
Number of Episodes: 51
Original TV Run: November 1996 to September 1997
Producers: Tetsuo Genshō, Hiroyuki Fukumoto, Kazunori Noguchi
Studio: Studio Deen
Favorite You’re Under Arrest Character: Ken Nakajima


  • I think that the characters are well-developed. This is both for the main leads and the supporting cast.
  • A cute love story between Ken and Miyuki.


  • Nothing to pinpoint here. But it may be better if they had an epic soundtrack.

More On You’re Under Arrest

I like “You’re Under Arrest.”

It’s like your typical ordinary and everyday superheroes who are the police.

The splash of the cute and romantic story on the side between Ken and Miyuki is fun to watch.

When I was younger, I had a crush on Miyuki.

I highly recommend this anime if you’re looking for easy-going and fun animes.


There are a lot more anime shows that were originally aired in 1996 but these are my top picks.

In my opinion, these are the best anime shows from 1996.

If you think that I missed a good anime or if I should reconsider one and add it to my list, please send me a message.

Also, please share this article with someone you know who’s a fan of anime.

Thank you!

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