There is no denying that Shounen
Most people get into
This list contains 20 old, new, popular, and all kinds of Shounen you can start watching.
1. Yu Yu Hakusho
Yoshihiro Togashi has created two of the best shounen stories of all time… Yu Yu Hakusho being his first.
Yu Yu Hakusho provides some of the best main character groups in
- Yusuke Urameshi
All of them go through amazing character arcs accompanied by Togashi’s strong point, the fights.
Yu Yu Hakusho is a 90’s
It still holds up due to its good story.
2. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K isn’t like your usual Shounen
Basically it’s a comedy
It’s one of the greatest comedy shows of all time. It also does have its serious moments, making it a must-watch.
Naruto & Naruto Shippuden
- great characters
- great fights
- great plot (not perfect but still great)
- great humour
- great philosophy.
This is the reason
He is stubborn and wants recognition from the village by becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village.
What starts as a ninja story, transcends to the battle of Gods by the end, but the main theme of
Hailyuu is the most popular sports
The show piques your interest with its extremely exciting and amazingly animated volleyball matches.
What makes people fall in love with the show is its characters.
Haikyuu gives character arcs and relevant moments to almost every side character which makes viewers care about the matches even more.
Having these amazing side characters doesn’t mean the protagonist Hinata gets overshadowed though.
He’s easily one of the most inspiring new-gen shonen protagonists out there and is very likeable.
5. Assassination Classroom
An extremely overpowered tentacled creature destroys 75% of the moon and threatens to destroy Earth within a year.
Governments from various nations try to kill him but he remains untouched.
The task of killing him is given to class 3-E which contains a group of outcast students.
The twist is this creature becomes a homeroom teacher of Class 3-E and he helps these students by teaching them various assassination tricks…and also tricks to improve their lives.
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My Hero Academia
What happens when you mix superheroes with the shounen concept? You get a show that bursts into mainstream popularity.
MHA is a generation-defining
MHA presents a huge roster of characters, both heroes & villains. Their dynamic calls for interesting interactions that progress the story.
MHA is also one of the modern shounen that raised the bar for the animation for new-gen
Bleach follows the journey of Ichigo Kurasaki after he obtains the power of a soul reaper.
Bleach is one of the more grim shounen as it deals with concepts of death often.
When a show involves battles among Death Gods, a group of characters that want to kill Death Gods, mutant ghosts & similar bizarre beings, you can assure yourself that it’s a crazy adventure.
Bleach has one of the best character designs in all of
Ichigo as a character is written to be more relatable to a regular teen.
He doesn’t have absurd dreams to change the world, he just wants to protect the people he cares for.
It’s a part of ‘Big 3’ for a reason.
8. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
The story of Magi takes place in a Middle Eastern setting, taking inspiration from Arabian Nights which makes the story feel unique.
It presents a bunch of extremely likeable characters, amazing lore and politics, which makes the show intriguing.
Magi’s comedy is on point too, so Magi is a enjoyable watch and totally worth your time.
One day the protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado’s family gets killed by demons while he is off for work. The only survivor is his sister Nezuko, but she’s become a demon herself.
Tanjiro makes turning his sister back to human his life’s priority.
While the story of
It’s a must toe experience it.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
It’s one of the shorter shounen
FMAB is for many people their gateway
D.Gray-Man’s story takes place in Europe filled with demons known as Akuma. There’s a special force of Exorcists assigned to deal with Akuma.
D.Gray-Man features one of the best and underrated shounen protagonists of all time, Allen Walker.
The side characters and villains in the show are amazing too.
Although D.Gray-Man suffers from hiatus, the show is still considered a masterpiece by many.
12. Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen is the most recent addition to mainstream shounen
While Jujutsu Kaisen is filled with a lot of Shounen tropes, one of the things it does differently is having brutality.
Important characters, civilians and villains constantly die in the show which makes the stakes pretty high.
Jujutsu Kaisen is also fast-paced so if you are looking for a show which will constantly entertain you from the start, Jujutsu Kaisen should be your choice.
13. Black Clover
The tropes that made old gen shounen
Black Clover is the most “shounen” shounen
Black Clover also has some of the best written female characters, something most of the shounen
It’s safe to say that its characters are the best thing about the show.
If you are a die-hard fan of shounen you are going to like the show.
14. Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk is to sports
It is considered one of the best sports
The show is filled with awesome basketball matches, character moments and Takehiko Inoue’s specialty and philosophy.
While you can watch Slam Dunk’s
Gintama is not your typical battle shounen. Most of the show is a parody of other shows, so yes most of it is a comedy and it’s one of the funniest
That said it does have its serious plot and moments which is amazing.
Gintama is set in Edo Japan conquered by aliens. It follows the life of Sakata Gintoki, a previous war criminal x samurai, the journey is filled with sad, funny and epic moments.
Gintama got a movie adaptation called Gintama: The Final (recently). This movie marked the end of the adaptation so now is a good time to get into it.
Although this show is not for new
Every episode keeps you at the edge of your seat as these two amazingly written characters compete against each other.
Despite not being an action heavy
17. Attack on Titan
The story of Attack on Titan takes place in a world filled with human-eating monsters called Titans.
Humanity lives inside a kingdom surrounded by walls. There’s a group called Survey Corps that is charged with exploring the outside world.
This post-apocalyptic story soon transcends to a story filled with political warfare and mind blowing plot points, making the show a masterpiece and obviously, a must-watch.
On the surface,
That said, in 900+ episodes the story of
It’s a once in a lifetime experience which you will not regret getting into. Though you will have to commit some time to it.
Dragon Ball Z
It was a gateway
The story of
20. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’s
It started getting popular outside Japan after its first part got an
As of right now, 5 parts of the
As the name suggests, JJBA is a bizarre series and is heavily battle focused.
If you are craving for action, JJBA is your calling.
anime to watch: Fairy Tail.
- Twin Star Exorcist.
- Food Wars
- Samurai Champloo.
- Soul Eater.
- Dr. Stone.
- Blue Exorcist.
- Tsuredure Children.
- Kekkai Sensen.
- Kuroko No Basket.
Akame Ga Kill.
- Attack On Titan.
- Edens Zero.