Anime before Evangelion was rather unrefined really.
At the same time around the later 90's were American TV drasticilly improved, Anime was the same.
During the late 90's and 00's we got all the anime that is praised among the Mainstream community that appreciates good Live-action movies and TV Shows. You know stuff that's on the /a/ chart for example.
Back then I'm not sure if Moe even existed. It was all kids shows, all of it.