What new anime there was airing on the NHK family in the 1990s was doing so primarily on two channels: NHK Educational and NHK Premium Broadcast Satellite (typically called NHK BS2). I’m going to keep this brief, because this period’s NHK is boring. Their stuff was spread across multiple channels and it still wasn’t particularly numerous, plus they aired no new anime after midnight.
General boilerplate stuff:
If you’re curious about the details, you can find the data I’ve gathered on this spreadsheet. Note on the format: the master list has just the networks, timeslots, and years of airing. Other sheets contain the shows aired in a given year and those aired on non-Japanese TV, with relevant links for the numerous series for which the Japanese wikipedia page didn’t provide sufficient information on the timeslot.
For each broadcaster, I’ll be asking two questions. First, which, if any slots did they have dedicated to anime in general? To qualify as an anime slot for the purposes of this exercise, a timeslot has to have aired premieres of at least 3 TV anime from 1994 to 2000. This excludes, for example, the Fuji TV Sunday 18:30 slot, which has been running Sazae-san for a really long time. I’m more interested in timeslots that would have been available to new shows during this period.
Second, which, if any shows did that broadcaster air after midnight? I want to give as complete a view as possible on the stance different companies took in regards to airing anime late at night. Since I’ve been poring over the data, I already have a decent idea of what the answer is going to be, but it’s neat to look at how different broadcasters’ stances were during this period.
Show title [month of first episode airing]
Monday-Thursday/Friday 18:00 (Tenterebi-kun, Educational)
Kyouryoku Wakusei [04-1993]
Gene Diver [04-1994]
Alice Tantei Kyoku [04-1995]
Alice SOS [04-1998]
Susie-chan to Marvy [04-1999]
Hero Hero-kun [04-2000]
Tantei Shonen Kageman [04-2001]
Baby Baachan [04-2002]
Chibi Devi [10-2011]
Zumomo to Nupepe [04-2012]
Kuromajo-san ga Tooru [04-2012]
Menko Battle Gigant Shooter Tsukasa [04-2014]
(various other works later, up to modern day, intermittent)
Tuesday 18:00 (BS2)
Chou Kuse ni Narisou [04-1994]
Cardcaptor Sakura [04-1998]
Daa Daa Daa [03-2000]
Twelve Kingdoms [04-2002]
Wednesday 18:00 (BS2)
Shirayuki Hime no Densetsu [04-1994]
Yanbo Ninbo Tonbo [04-1995]
Hajime Ningen Gon [04-1996]
The Adventures of Tintin (French/Canadian animation) [02-1997]
Princess Nine [04-1998]
Hakugei Densetsu (from Wednesday 18:30) [03-1999]
Saturday 18:00 (Educational)
Tobe! Isami [04-1995]
Nintama Rantarou (rebroadcast) [04-1996]
YAT Anshin! Uchuu Ryokou [10-1996]
YAT Anshin! Uchuu Ryokou 2 [04-1998]
Tobe! Isami (rebroadcast) [10-1998]
Late Night Programs: N/A (Zero)
-Even the latter-half Broadcast Satellite anime (particularly Princess Nine/Hakugei Densetsu/Cardcaptor Sakura) are things that I wouldn’t have been surprised at if they aired during the day. NHK’s satellite TV seems to have had a slate similar to non-satellite channels, which is a pretty strong contrast with what WOWOW was airing. NHK did embrace satellite TV early on, which is I guess something.
-Cardcaptor Sakura -> Daa Daa Daa is the only same-timeslot pair in this group that’s mildly interesting, insofar as they’re two shows which may have been trying to appeal to a similar demographic with different approaches.