The only genre that goes all over Japan and beyond busting charts is shounen. Shounen is a genre in manga which is basically the cartoons for adults. The genre targets viewers over 16 years of age as it involves huge amounts of action, comedy, friendship and tragedy at times too. Young teen males are going crazy over these series and shows and they have strong reasons for it.
You won’t find 90s kid who hasn’t watched shounen, they might not know it but the only best part about our childhoods is the shounen shows we were blessed with, the genre has made siblings fight over TV. Shounen series tend to be so popular but which ones are the best ones out there after all? Here is my take on 10 best shounen anime of all time.
Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit)
Shounen titles center on various subjects and boxing is a well accomplished one. Hajime no Ippo takes you on a ride through the journey of failures and successes of one driven guy. With 126 episodes, the fighting spirit has a ton of content. It might not make sense for a boxing show to last this long but that’s the magic of it.
Dragon Ball Z
DBZ was the first one to pop up in my head when I started writing this post in the first place. I have spent my first decade of planet earth on this show, I DON’T REGRET IT AT ALL! and I am sure there are millions of others like me. The power destruction, action, explosions and power level ups? INSANE! I mean who thought goku and vegeta would one day be with zapping electric blue hair leveling even higher than their already overcharged and overpowered states.
Death Note is a weird case. The show aired approximately 13 years ago, everyone had good reasons for labeling it the best anime ever already. With a dark theme to it and spellbinding characters. Death Note was weirdly uplifting. But times have changed. And the anime hasn’t really been up to the mark to help reinforce its legacy.
Naruto is one of the very few shows who are in the same league with the likes of Dragon Ball and Pokemon and has a global fan base quite like the both global hits.
This one is for generations with over 700 episodes, you are welcome to share the show with your kids.
Gintama is for sure, one of the longest anime series ever and that’s because this show isn’t realy about the destination but the journey as it really doesn’t have an end goal and what for, the show has managed to be funny for over 350 episodes, that’s a tough one to crack.
The comedy knows no bounds in this one, I assure you of that!
This one has made to a millions of lists and hearts alike. The absolute biggie in the anime world that is yet to end! However the final arc is visible now as the show is progressing. The 1999 anime is still ongoing with episodes over 900, and that is enough to define the show, to survive this long. One of a kind for sure! It is one of the greatest adventures in any medium.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Call yourself an anime fan and not see this one coming a mile away? It’s been a decade, and this one still tops in my personal lists. It’s astonishing how FMA doesn’t really have any major weakness, the level of perfection was just way over the normal standards.
Along with everything else, the characters are so fierce and captivating.
From the makers of Naruto and Bleach, this newbie has hit it big already. Attracting a large and impressive fanbase, Black Clover has really gone beyond expectations already. The show is still ongoing and it’s been 4 years with it being aired in 2017.
This is yet another Elite one in the list. It’s one of the godfathers on Shounen alongside Naruto and One Piece. The protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki, is a student who becomes a Soul Reaper with the duty of protecting people from malicious spirits known as Hollows. The show has been more than just popular ever since.
Yu Yu Hakusho
A Shounen anime at its very best. With a bunch of impossibly tough guys up against malevolent villains. Yoshihiro Togashi mastered the shounen formula on his first try with the story of Yusuke, a teenager who becomes a detective for the afterlife once he’s brought back to life for saving a young girl.
We have come a long way and so have the Anime that we dearly love, these are merely a handful of all the awesome Anime out there in the world but these surely are some of the best and you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of these gems up there.
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