Before we dive in, we have to answer this question first…what is shounen anime?
Well, A shounen anime is basically an anime that has all the good stuff! Friendship, hardship, comedy, adventures, and is usually targeting the teenage side of the spectrum. the word shounen literally means “young boy”. So in summary, a shounen is an Anime or manga who’s targeting teenage readers and watchers.
In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the best shounen anime of all time, hoping we help you discover a hidden gem that would entertain you for months to come. And without further ado,
here’s our list of the best 15 shounen animes.
Hunter X Hunter
It all begins On Whale Island, Gon Freecss is a little boy. He learns through “Hunter” Kite that his father, whom he thought was dead, is still alive somewhere as a top “Hunter,” risking his life in search of unknown goods like hidden jewels, curiosa, unusual living species, and so on. Gon departs the island to pursue a career as a professional Hunter. He must pass the Hunter Examination to become a Hunter, where he meets and befriends three other candidates: Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. Will Gon be able to pass the Hunter Examination and so become “the Best Hunter in the World” and see his father? Well, that’s a question for you to answer.
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It’s kind of difficult to be an anime lover and not know about Naruto, well, in case you haven’t then Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden are both set on a fictionalized Earth where humans are born with elemental chakra abilities. The globe is currently divided into five major powers and a few smaller nations. The major elemental trait of the people who reside in these countries is identified and structured around it.
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Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Personally, I do consider this anime to be the “breaking bad” of animes, it is all about the wonders of alchemy. The series features Edward and Alphonse Elric, two alchemist brothers who wish to restore their bodies after a terrible attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy failed.
Attack On Titan
Titans are enormous creatures who have nearly wiped off humanity. Titans are often many stories tall, appear to be devoid of intelligence, consume humans, and, worst of all, appear to do so for the sheer pleasure of it rather than as a food source. A small proportion of humanity managed to live by enclosing themselves in a territory surrounded by walls as high as the tallest of giants. In the present day, humanity has not seen a titan in more than a century. The city walls are devastated by a giant
titan comes out of thin air one day, and Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something awful. It’s their mom being eaten by a titan, from that day, Eren swore to kill all titans.
Aaah, the breeze of adventure mixed up with the smell of the sea! That’s how I like to imagine one piece. It all more or fewer circles around Monkey D. Luffy is a rubbery young man who, inspired by his childhood hero, the mighty pirate “Red-Haired” Shanks, embarks on a quest from the East Blue Sea to collect the legendary treasure known as the One Piece and proclaim himself King of the Pirates.
Friends will be made along the way, enemies destroyed, bonds broken and new ones emerging, and so much more…
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It all circles around Gin, a swordsman trying to stick to his morals in the pursuit of finding work wherever he could, inside a version of Japan that was invaded and wrecked by aliens…
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You’ll never look at notebooks the same after watching this anime! light Yagami (Tatsuya Fujiwara) is an ordinary college student until he discovers an unusual notebook on the ground. He quickly discovers that the notebook has magical properties: writing someone’s name on it while imagining that person’s face causes that person to die. Light, enamored with his new godlike power, murders those he believes are undeserving of life. However, a detective who goes by the name L (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) becomes obsessed with figuring out the enigma of the deaths
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Jujutsu Kaisen : Sorcery Fight
Imagine how would you feel if you try to end a curse, only to find out that it’s a part of you now lol, well, one often finds their path in the road they take to avoid it… Yuji Itadori, a high school student, joins a secret group of Jujutsu Sorcerers in order to slay Ryomen Sukuna, a powerful Curse of which Yuji becomes the host.
Mashiro Morikata and Akito Takagi star in Bakuman, a film about two teenagers who set out to become successful Mangakas in Japan’s burgeoning but brutally competitive manga industry. Mashiro’s uncle was a Mangaka who drove himself to oblivion, thus he was hesitant about following in his footsteps.
It chronicles the exploits of Ichigo Kurosaki, a brash adolescent who inherits his parents’ fate after acquiring the skills of a Soul Reaper (a death personification comparable to the Grim Reaper) from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. It’s been one of the best animes for years for a reason, and if you watch it… you’ll get to figure out why.
The story revolves around Asta, a young orphan who is placed in an orphanage with his fellow orphan, Yuno. While everyone is born with the ability to channel mana into magical power, Asta, who lacks this ability, focuses on physical strength instead.
My Hero Academia
Izuku Midoriya is a hero who was born without extraordinary abilities in a world where 80% of the population possesses them. He has a chance to change his fate after an unexpected encounter with the famous hero All Might, but first, he must master his newly acquired Quirk in order to pass U.A.’s entrance exam.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
The story of the Joestar family, who are endowed with extraordinary psychic abilities, and the experiences they have throughout their lives. The cursed Joestar bloodline is pitted against the forces of evil in this story.
The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K
The beauty of this anime is principally due to the beauty of the characters in it, they’re just radiant, vibrant, and colorful… well, the story circles around Saiki Kusuo, a powerful psychic who despises being noticed, but he is surrounded by colorful personalities who always find a way to distract him from his mundane existence.
After watching a national championship match on TV, Hinata Shouyou, a short middle school student, developed a sudden enthusiasm for volleyball. Shouyou, a short youngster called “the small giant,” joined his school’s volleyball club, determined to become like the championship’s standout player.