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The last film in the Neon Genesis Evangelion “Rebuild” series, Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 three times at a time, recently released on Amazon Prime, introduced a new generation into the concentrated doses of mech action and sadness of the series, and re-traumatized a generation that had finally started picking up the parts and moving on.

Another classic of the 90s anime, Slam Dunk with a basketball theme, is also getting a new movie next year. With this burgeoning ’90s revival (and with the shows that never really disappeared), it’s worth taking a fresh look at some of the most important, defining anime series of the decade that cemented the genre’s influence on American audiences .