Because of its simplistic plots and storylines, and the simplistic formula, some people don’t like the shonen anime genre. Shounen anime is still a popular genre, despite being familiar. Shonen anime is still a popular genre due to its strong fighting scenes, strong characters and likable characters. They also tell moving stories about friendship and family.
Shonen jump has produced excellent shonen anime over the years, as have its competitors. We’ll be focusing on the best in this instance. Which shonen anime is the best?
Attack on Titan
It has been debated whether Attack on Titan is Shonen anime. It was primarily inspired by a shonen magazine and contains elements from that type. This anime series is the most well-known.
It’s about survivors fighting for survival against Titans who eat human beings. The story begins when one of the walls of Shiganshina falls.
Based on my feelings about the anime, this is the one I would choose. One Punch Man, Boku no Hero Academia and Demon Slayer are some of my favorite anime shows. It was a popular anime show that attracted more fans beyond Japan.
Shingeki no Kyojin’s visuals, music and story are consistently better. I love how they seamlessly blend religion with politics, mental fortitude and unwavering courage. The three seasons, as well as the final from Studio MAPPA, and OVAs have not failed to capture my attention. Each episode ends with a big cliffhanger.
Code Geass is the most-watched shonen anime series worldwide. Lelouch is an anime character exiled from Britannia that is one of the main draws to the series. C.C., a mysterious girl, gives Lelouch the “power of absolute obedience”. He is forced to lead an armed rebellion against the Holy Empire. Many people mention that the show is similar to Death Note. There are mechas.
Black Clover, one of the most popular shonen animes available, has already gained a large fanbase. The series began airing in 2017; it continues to air. Studio Pierrot, the creator of other shonen hit shows like Naruto or Bleach, created it.
After being abandoned as boys, a boy called Asta and a girl named Yuno are raised together throughout the series. Their only goal is to be the Wizard King, the most powerful mage in the land.
Yu-Gi-Oh’s appearances have been varied since its inception. They have appeared in anime, card games, manga, and video games. Since the original anime series began in 2000, there have been many spin-offs.
The Millennium Puzzle is the main plot. Everyone wants to discover its secrets and have their wish granted. Yuugi, a high-school student, solves Millennium Puzzle. He unleashes his alter self, who takes control in times of trouble and competes in Duel Monsters to stop anyone trying to steal the Millennium Puzzle.
Hiro Mashima’s story of a group of magicians who are more interested punching, kicking and slicing than casting spells has been very popular over the past decade. This series has been resurrected twice, with the most recent version beginning recently and almost concluding the original manga’s story.
Fairy Tail, in essence, is a poor man’s One Piece. However, it’s still worth mentioning because of its charming cast and absurd situations.
Naruto & Naruto Shippuden
Masashi Kishimoto’s tale about a young ninja who strives to become a village leader can be relatable to all the children who grew up during the 2000s. As part of Shonen Jump’s Big 3, Naruto would be joining Bleach and One Piece. Contrary to Bleach’s, Naruto managed to keep much of its shine until the end.
Boruto, Naruto’s son, was able to live up to the series’ success, adding a new generational element to its story. This series can only reach greater heights due to an absurd amount filler.
It is filled with fillers and Naruto has its moments of uninspired animation. It’s still one of the most loved shonen anime ever, surpassing popular shows like Dragon Ball and Pokemon.
Naruto has 220 episodes. Naruto Shippuden has 500. Boruto Next Generations contains at least 150 episodes. This series can be enjoyed for many years by you and your child, whether they are future or current.
Bleach is a shounen show that ranks alongside One Piece and Naruto as one of three “big three”. Bleach is the only show that’s not on-air anymore or hasn’t had a spin-off. The show was still good, despite this.
It is still popular and there have been live-action films since its end. The protagonist is Ichigo Kurosaki, a high school student who becomes the Soul Reaper to protect people from evil spirits called Hollows.
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z was not the first shonen anime, but it is certainly one of the most influential. Dragon Ball Z was an inspiration for nearly every other series on this page. Without transformations, friendship power, and training montage, what Shonen series is complete? This series was popular for their time skips.
Dragon Ball Z’s character development and overall plot simplicity are lacking. However, the series’ popularity, which led to numerous spin-offs such as Dragon Ball Super and G.T., is not to be forgotten. More material for the anime community.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Shinobu Ohtaka’s Magi is not given enough credit. It is distinguished from all other anime and manga by its Middle Eastern setting and characters. A-1 Pictures brings Ohtaka’s world to life with lavish animation.
Aladdin and Alibaba are on a journey that takes them to their ultimate goal: making Alibaba a king. Although the anime adaptation was faithful and almost without filler, there was one problem: The final season never came. Fans will never know what happened.
Hunter X Hunter
The world of Hunter x Hunter is full of danger. A character could quickly end up dead if they make a bad choice or run into the wrong person. The main character will fight to survive even though he is engrossed in a grand adventure. This creates tension.
Yoshihiro Togashi is the creator of this series. He deconstructs so many aspects that make shonen work and does it in a way that suits his purposes. It is understandable that Togashi releases 20 chapters per year due to the amount of character development and arc development he puts into each chapter.
Hunter x Hunter was first adapted back in 1999. Although there was no conclusion to the series after 62 episodes, I enjoyed the fight scenes with Phantom Troupe as well as the solid character design.
Hunter x Hunter explores darker themes as it goes along, much like Harry Potter. It is amazing to see how anime ends and begins. It’s a masterpiece.
Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho is shonen anime reduced to its core: tough guys fighting incredible villains and evil spirits. Yoshihiro Togashi’s debut major work, Yusuke Urameshi, is a teenager delinquent who, after being brought back to consciousness, becomes a spirit detective. The mangaka quickly mastered the shonen formula.
Apart from the fact that Yu Yu Hakusho executes every shonen trope to its best, the best part about Yu Yu Hakusho’s anime is its short length and its slow pace. There are 112 episodes of amazingness before the credits roll. It also has the most beautiful opening theme in anime.
D.Grayman enjoyed its fair share success with the anime adaptation. It had more than 100 episodes. Despite its failure to be as successful as other Shounen Jump series.
It is tempting to wish that you could resurrect someone you love after losing them. This weakness is what the Millennium Earl exploits. He uses the souls of the deceased to create his mechanical weapons, known as Akuma. Akuma is a permanent home for souls that are trapped there. They can only be released with the Innocence Anti-Akuma weapon.
Allen Walker, an exorcist in the official Exorcist program, joins the Black Order to finish his training under General Cross. Allen, who is cursed with the ability to see into Akuma’s souls and has an arm that is his Innocence and a cursed eye, must work with his fellow exorcists in order to stop the Millennium Earl from executing his final and most horrible plot: the destruction of the world.
Seven Deadly Sins
It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the Nanatsu no Taizai ecchi because it contains fanservice.
If you can bear to watch a few quick clips, I recommend at least watching the first season.
Nakaba Suzuki’s Seven Deadly Sins series is both a magical tale and a revenge story. Princess Elizabeth sets out to find the Seven Deadly Sins (knights that were once at root of conflict in the Kingdom) and stop the Holy Knights from ruling.
Nanatsu no Taizai, despite being a seamless delight is not seamless, especially with its 24-episode production. It does however have its moments of genuine excitement.
The anime adaptation of Seven Deadly Sins quickly gained popularity. It has been running for three seasons and there is no sign that it will slow down. The show’s obsession with fanservice seems to be what is holding it back from reaching greater heights.
Zetsuen no Tempest (“Blast of Tempest”)
Studio Bones has produced one of the most outstanding shounen series, Zutsuen no Tempest.
It is a short series (24 episodes in the world of Shounen), but it tells a complex story of magic and adventure.
This is also true for animes featuring a sensible story set in post-apocalyptic settings.
At first glance, the concept appears simple. Two people embark on an extraordinary journey to find answers and maybe the saviors for the world.
Zetsuen no Tempest still explores the universe with care. It is not just a result of the post-apocalyptic setting. The characters adapt their strategies based on the world they live in. The classical music of this Shounen anime series adds an extra dimension to the story.
Studio Bones’ Noragami production is both visually and sonically outstanding. You’ll likely hear the O.P. You’ll hear the O.P. theme over and over.
Sometimes, you might stumble upon a red-skinned number in a time when you are in need. A young man will call this number and introduce himself as Yato God.
Yato, a minor deity, calls himself a “Delivery god” and dreams of having millions upon millions of followers. His dreams will not be realized if there isn’t a shrine to his name. He works odd jobs during the day for five yen, but his weapon partner gets tired of him, and he deserts him.
Yato is facing a dark future. However, Yato’s luck changes when Hiyori Iki (a middle school girl) rescues him from a car accident. Although she survived, her soul was still free and allowed to escape her body. Hiyori reluctantly agrees with Yato’s request to find a partner to restore her normal life. Hiyori’s assistance may increase Yato’s chances of success.
I was a slime when I was reincarnated.
This is a refreshing approach to the genre in the sea of isekai books that have been flooding the market since Sword Art Online’s launch.
This story features a small, cute slime as the main character.
The anime offers a relaxing way to unwind after a hard day.
Satoru Mikami (37), is a typical Tokyo corporate worker. He’s happy with his routine, but has never found a girlfriend. As he is having a casual conversation, he is attacked by an unknown assailant. A strange voice whispers in the head of the victim as he succumbs.
Satoru discovers that he is a slimy blob living in another world after regaining consciousness. He gains new abilities such as the ability to eat any food and mimic its appearance. Veldora, a Catastrophe level monster, suddenly appears. He has been hidden for 300+ years, having destroyed a town. Satoru understands his dilemma and promises to help him defeat the seal. To protect him, Veldora gives his name to him as Rimuru Tempest.
Rimuru is free from the monotony and boredom of his past lives, and embarks on a new adventure. As he gets used to his new body, Rimuru’s gooey antics are heard all over the globe.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Did there ever exist another anime that caught the attention of the world in 2019? Studio Ufotable has been lured to a new franchise, which isn’t related with Fate. Demon Slayer did not change the shounen genre. It was, in short, the best example of shounen anime.
It was a rare anime series that everyone watched, like Shingeki no Kyojin and One Punch Man. It was action-packed and dramatic, but also full of emotion. It was sold all over, official and non-officially. Even Shonen Jump’s top-rated manga of 2019 was this manga, surpassing even One Piece.
My Hero Academia
Despite the demise of the “big” Shounen series, the genre isn’t dead: Boku no Hero Academia proudly displays the banner of the next generation.
Boku no Hero Academia is the only show that has featured such a wide range of characters over the past decade. You will never want to stop with the two main characters, All Might and Izuyu Mioriya.
It’s an entertaining and inspirational anime series that has many funny moments.
Class 1-A is where Anime’s best boys and girls meet. Izuku Midoriya is a teenager without superpowers who leads the class in a world where almost everyone has a quirk. When he meets All Might, he is drawn to an adventure that will see him become the greatest superhero in history.
My Hero is not doing anything completely new. However, Kohei Horikoshi executes genre tropes better than anyone in the market at the moment. Its newness is what holds it back since the franchise was only launched in 2016.
Elitists may look down on new anime fans for not having heard of Vash the Stampede. It is not their fault though. Trigun was released over 20 years ago in 1998.
What makes Madhouse 26 special? Trigun has a Cowboy Bebop feel.
The 1998 broadcasts featured humor, gunfights and main characters whose identities merited further investigation. Together with Outlaw Star, the two series created an unofficial Western space trilogy that year.
Vash the Stampede is fun! He isn’t perfect. As the show progresses, there are serious flaws. Trigun is worth revisiting no matter your age.
Rurouni Kenshin – Samurai X
Studio Deen’s poor animation is often blamed for anime fans complaining about shows like Samurai X. They are held to a higher standard than others.
Studio Deen did a great job with Rurouni Kenshin’s adaptation in the 1990s. One of the most beautiful animes set in historical Japan, especially during the Edo and Meiji periods.
This anime shows how anime can incorporate deep politics, philosophical complexity and sword fights (alongside other melee weapons and ranged weaponry) and themes of family, belonging, and is a wonderful example.
One Piece is one of the three major shounen anime series, alongside Naruto or Bleach. Since Fall 1999, 900 episodes have been released.
One Piece doesn’t have to be the only one who has filler arcs. This anime story is one that anime fans should not miss.
You’re in a position to see it unfold.
Monkey D. Luffy’s pirate gang, searching for ultimate treasure, might be considered the best shonen series. It is still Shonen Jump’s Big 3 after more than twenty years. Oda continues to surprise people by introducing new plotlines or calling back to old plotlines years ago.
Oda appears to have written approximately eighty percent of the storyline. However, the remaining twenty percent will take some time. The only problem with this series is the pacing. They must use many tricks to slow down the pace and not lose sight of the manga.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
FMA: Brotherhood and Hunter x Hunter (2011) share many commonalities.
These series are preferred by most manga fans to the original manga adaptations.
How did Bones rule the Shounen world with 64 episodes?
It’s still My Anime List’s top anime after a decade.
FMA: B does not have any major weaknesses.
Edward and Alphonse Elric are great main characters. The supporting characters Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye and Winry Rockbell are all excellent.
Studio Bones didn’t stop at animation. This is fitting considering how explosive FMA : B can be. The story will grab your attention even if animation and characters aren’t enough to draw you in.
This is a captivating anime story that follows Edward and Alphonse Elric as they attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy. It was therefore no surprise that Hiromu Arakawa’s manga received a second adaptation as the story was ending.
Brotherhood’s first sections are not up to the standard of the rest. They move too fast. There is much more to do. We are treated to an amazing ending thanks to the incredible pace of character development and plot twists.
You have it anime fans! This is 22 of the most popular shounen anime. We’d love to include your favorite shonen anime in a future post. Which of these shows should you choose to win first place? Please leave a comment to let us know what other shows you think should be included in this list.