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Top 50 Best Shounen Anime [Must-Watch Shonen Anime List]

 Kay SebastianKay-Posted May 9, 2021


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I don't think you would disagree with me if I said that Shounen or shonen is the most popular genre in all of anime.

 

Whether it's a 14-year-old or 40 years old, either of them can happily enjoy Shounen and the wide palette of shows it offers.

 

However, this palette is so wide that people can't choose the series that should be their next watch.   "Should I watch Demon Slayer?

 

Or Maybe Haikyu? Nah HunterxHunter should be my next. But what about My Hero Academia then?"  

 

If you have ever encountered these questions then fear not weebs because this list is your savior.

 

This is your definite answer to all your Shounen questions. Here are the Top 50 Best Shounen that YOU should watch as soon as possible.

 

 

50. SKET Dance

 

SKET Dance

 

Let's begin our list with a pretty long one, SKET Dance. This 77 episodes long anime is adapted from a manga of the same name.

 

It was written and illustrated by Shinohara Kenta. The story revolves around a campus supportive club known as SKET Brigade.

 

The members of this club do whatever they can to solve the problems brought to them.

 

This club is mostly recognized as a club that does odd jobs but everything they do, they do it to their fullest.

 

We come across multiple adventures of the SKET Brigade as they solve every issue assigned to them.

 

These adventures vary from humorous situations to serious problems. The anime is filled with fun, entertainment, and humor all around.

 

This makes it a great pick for a shounen that should be under your radar.

 

 

49. Magi

 

Magi

 

Have you heard of the Arabian Nights? Did you like it? If yes then this anime is a must-watch for you!

 

Magi is based upon various stories from 1001 Arabian Nights. These stories mainly involve the adventures of Alibaba, Aladdin, and Sinbad.

 

This entire franchise has multiple seasons and spin-offs that you can enjoy after completing the first part.

 

The series is full of entertaining and interesting journeys of our characters moving from one dungeon to another.

 

As they do so, they come across many more people that become a part of their journey and they keep moving forward to conquer many more dungeons.

 

The concept of this series was written by Shinobu Ohtaka.

 

 

48. Horimiya

 

Horimiya

 

If you have joined the anime community recently, then I am sure you know about this show.

 

Horimiya is an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name. This manga was written by HERO and illustrated by Hagiwara, Daisuke.

 

The story is about an excellent and popular school girl named Kyuoko Hori (Hori). It also focuses on a quiet kid Izumi Miyamura (Miya).

 

They may seem like polar opposites but they have similar personalities. This makes them get along very well.

 

As they know each other more and more, they express their unseen side to one another.

 

This rom-com anime is a fresh install from the anime industry and yet managed to make a big name for itself.

 

 

47. Silver Spoon

 

Silver Spoon

 

This anime aired from July 11, 2013, to March 27, 2014. Thus, if you haven't heard the name of it, that's understandable.

 

But, Silver Spoon shouldn't miss a slot in your watchlist. It has amazing emotional storytelling.

 

It's about the everyday life of Yuugo Hachiken in Ooezo Agricultural High School. Yuugo enrolled in this school just to avoid his strict father.

 

But as the days pass, he realizes that Agricultural High School isn't as easy as he initially thought.

 

Thus continues his journey in this new school where he meets new classmates. These classmates make him think about his career.

 

They also highlight his presence in this agricultural high school. The series portrays an emotional message about Agriculture.

 

It also shows Yuugo's life in this new school. So if you want to know how Agricultural life is, make sure to check this one out.

 

 

46. Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations

 

Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations

 

Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations is a 3 episode OVA series released in 2007. So you can see that it's a pretty old anime.

 

But even in those days, this show went under the radar of many fans. Syaoran and the company reach Tokyo Country.

 

This country is filled with blood because of many wars and fights. The group gets involved in this problematic country and comes across some revelations.

 

These revelations change their journey forever. Reading this plot makes you want to watch it, doesn't it?

 

Don't worry, it's just 3 episodes so you can have a great time with this old gem.

 

 

45. To Your Eternity

 

To Your Eternity

 

Another fresh entry on this list is To Your Eternity. This series is based on the manga of the same name.

 

It is written and illustrated by Ooima, Yoshitoki. If you feel that you have heard her name, that's because she is also the author of A Silent Voice.

 

This anime aired in April 2021. As I am writing this article, only 2 episodes of this anime have aired.

 

The story is about 'It'. It is a mysterious creature that has no emotions or identity.

 

It can take the form of anything around it. At First, It was a sphere, but as time passes, It becomes a Wolf.

 

To become a Wolf, It saved a dying wolf. Later on, It became a boy as well.

 

Once he takes the form of the boy, He begins to seek new people, places, and adventure.

 

To Your Eternity is written by the same author of A Silent Voice. Thus, you can expect some great drama-heavy stories from this shounen.

 

 

44. Astra Lost In Space

 

Astra Lost In Space

 

Next up we have another new anime on our list named Astra Lost In Space.

 

It is not as fresh as To Your Eternity but it's still recent in the anime industry.

 

Astra Lost In Space is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

This manga is written and illustrated by Shinohara Kenta. Have you heard his name? Well, he is also the author of the #50 on our list SKET Dance.

 

Now let's talk about the story of Astra Lost In Space. It's set in the year 2061 where humanity has conquered new boundaries in Space (Thanks to Elon Musk maybe).

 

Now 8 students from Caird High School go on a journey to MCPA. MCPA is a planet located 9 light-years away from their home.

 

But when these students arrive at MCPA, unfortunate events take place. These events put the students in a life-or-death situation where a dark truth awaits them.

 

What has the fate in store for these 8 individuals? Make sure to find it out!

 

 

43. Aria The Origination

 

Aria The Origination

 

Aria The Origination is the 4th installment of the Aria series. It is an adaptation of a manga named 'Aria' written and illustrated by Amano Kozue.

 

In the 24th Century, Akari, Alice, and Aika work hard to fulfill their dream. The dream of becoming Prima Undines.

 

Prima Undines are professional tourist guide gondoliers on planet Aqua. But these girls have the guidance of the 3 best Prima Undines in Neo Venezia.

 

Neo Venezia is a duplicate landmass of Venice. The story follows their daily life and challenges.

 

It shows how these girls work hard and do their best to fulfill their dream and become Prima Undine.

 

The series is much more offering than its synopsis so make sure to watch it through.

 

 

42. Hajime No Ippo

 

Hajime No Ippo

 

It's time for a revolutionary sports anime, Hajime No Ippo. It is a boxing-based anime adapted from the manga of the same name.

 

This manga was written and illustrated by George Morikawa. The story is about a High School Student, Ippo Makunouchi, and his journey as a boxer.

 

We come to know about his Boxing career as he defeats more and more opponents on his way.

 

Hajime No Ippo first aired on 3rd October 2000. Thus, you can see that it's pretty old.

 

But a lot of fans still consider it as one of the best sports anime to ever come out.

 

This anime revolutionized the sports genre and gave it a new direction. So, if you like your sports or boxing then this Shounen will entertain you no matter what.

 

 

41. Noragami

 

Noragami

 

It is time to talk about a great combination of humor and action in the form of Noragami.

 

Noragami is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name. This manga is written and illustrated by Adachitoka.

 

It's about a God named Yato who has almost all followers. He tries his level best to gain as many followers as he can so that he can have his own shrine.

 

In order to gain followers, he does odd jobs of them which gave him the title of 'Delivery God'.

 

In this journey, he comes across a girl named Hiyori and a boy named Yukine.

 

Now, Yato and his friends battle all those fears and problems that his followers have.

 

This anime has a great blend of comedy and action. So if you like both of these themes then this shounen might be for you.

 

 

40. Welcome To The Ballroom

 

Welcome To The Ballroom

 

This anime would give you a completely new perspective towards 'Dance'. Welcome To The Ballroom is an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name.

 

This manga is written and illustrated by Takeuchi Tomo. The series is about a shy guy named Tatara Fujita.

 

He has avoided any connection with anyone in his middle school. One day, he gets involved in a dance practice by Sengoku Kaname.

 

There he gets the chance to dance with Shizuku Hanaoka. This makes him feel fascinated by dance and its culture.

 

Thus, begins the journey of Tatara to become a dancing expert and win many competitions.

 

If you have ever danced, this anime will be a great refresher for you.

 

 

39. InuYasha

 

InuYasha

 

It's time to talk about Classics. InuYasha is an anime adaptation of its manga counterpart.

 

The manga was written and illustrated by Takahashi Rumiko. The story follows a 15-year-old girl who gets teleported back to the Sengoku period.

 

In that era, she takes birth with a wish-granting jewel. But this jewel gets broken due to an accident.

 

Kagome asks a dog demon named InuYasha to help her collect the shards of the jewel   She decides that these shards must not get in the wrong hands.

 

Thus begins the journey of Kagome, InuYasha, and other people to find these shards.

 

The InuYasha Manga won The Shogakukan Manga Award and the anime won the Property Of The Year Award.

 

This can tell you how potent this franchise is.

 

 

38. Trigun

 

Trigun

 

The good old golden days of Madhouse Studios gave birth to Trigun. It is based on a manga of the same name.

 

This manga was written and illustrated by Nightow Yasuhiro. A man named Vash has a $60 Billion bounty on his head.

 

This is because of the rumors of his mass destruction. However, in reality, Vash is a kind-hearted person.

 

According to him, he has never even killed a single person. Thus, this entire idea is incorrect.

 

In this dilemma, he comes in contact with his past and the truth unfolds. This truth tests Vash's principles and Morals to their limits.

 

Trigun is a part of one of the late 90s bangers. So make sure you taste these g(old)en eggs.

 

 

37. Diamond No Ace

 

Diamond No Ace

 

Other sports anime are incoming!!!! And this time, it's baseball. Diamond No Ace is an anime counterpart of its manga.

 

The manga was written and illustrated by Terajima Yuuji. The anime is about a pitcher named Eijun Sawamura.

 

He takes admission in an Elite School with a great catcher. The catcher's name is Kazuya Miyuki.

 

Now Kazuya and Sawamura blend with their team and aim for the top. Their one and only goal, Koushien championships.

 

Thus, begins their journey to reach this milestone through hard work and persistence.

 

Baseball has always been famous in anime so an entire series based on it would be fun right?

 

 

36. Food Wars!

 

Food Wars!

 

This anime breaks the stereotypes of typical shounen. It's about FOOD! Food Wars is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

It is written by Tsukuda Yuuto, and Morisaki Yuki and illustrated by Saeki, Shun. The story revolves around Souma Yukihira and his journey in Tootsuki Culinary Academy.

 

This academy is known for its extreme lifestyle. Only the best of the best chefs can survive in this academy.

 

Can Souma and his fellow classmates have their sweet dreams come true? This is one of the most interesting concepts for a shounen anime.

 

It gave a new direction to the shounen genre. Thus, you can have a unique experience watching Food Wars.

 

 

35. Detective Conan

 

Detective Conan

 

Let's take a look at one of the most memorable anime, Detective Conan. Detective Conan is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

It was written and illustrated by Aoyama Gosho. The story is about a sharp high schooler named Shinichi Kudou.

 

Shinichi is known for his amazing Detective skills. But due to an unfortunate accident, Shinichi gets trapped in the body of his childhood.

 

Thus begins the journey of Detective Conan who solves various cases and seeks a solution to his own problem.

 

I dare you readers to watch every single episode of Detective Conan. Have a great time with that!

 

 

34. Ashita No Joe

 

Ashita No Joe

 

Another recognized name among the veteran anime fans is Ashita No Joe. Ashita No Joe is an anime counterpart of its manga.

 

This manga is written by Kajiwara Ikki and illustrated by Chiba Tetsuya. Joe is an undisciplined student who lacks manners and attitude.

 

But his strength is nothing to make fun of. He is an amazing self-taught fighter.

 

Due to his aggressive nature, he gets into a fight with a gang. Yet he defeats them easily and this catches the eye of a coach.

 

The coach asks Joe to become a boxer. After some negotiations and incidents, Joe accepts his offer.

 

Thus, begins the journey of Joe to become Japan's Best Boxer. This series was fantastic at the time it hit the TV and is talked about to this day.

 

A must-watch if you ask me.

 

 

33. Rurouni Kenshin

 

Rurouni Kenshin

 

Anime fans who always search 'Underrated' Series might have come across this one. Rurouni Kenshin is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

It was written and illustrated by Watsuki Nobuhiro. Hitokiri was a legendary assassin who swears to never ever kill anyone again.

 

Thus, starts living his life as a swordsman. But he comes across many incidents that make him raise his sword again.

 

His love for helping others is so strong that he wishes to spend the rest of his life as a positive swordsman.

 

Thus, commenced his tale of protecting the weak from the devils. Rurouni Kenshin has always been a common name amongst fight-obsessed anime fans.

 

So if you fall under the same category, feel free to go for it!

 

 

32. Beck

 

Beck

 

Another Music entry on this list. It's Beck! Beck is an anime adaptation of its Manga counterpart written and illustrated by Sakuishi Harold.

 

It is about the journey of Yukio Tanaka and Ryuusuke Minami. Their accidental meeting leads to the creation of an amazing rock band.

 

As more members join them, Yukio and Ryuusuke become more confident and form a band called BECK.

 

The story focuses on the struggles and hardships that Yukio and Ryuusuke face along with their team members.

 

BECK's name is graved in the tiles of Music Anime Classics. If music is your jam then BECK is your choice.

 

 

31. Mobile Suit Gundam

 

Mobile Suit Gundam

 

Mecha fans where you at? It's about time we talk about one of the most popular mech series, Mobile Suit Gundam.

 

The story is set in the future known as the 'Universal Century', where a continuous fight between Planet Zeon and Earth begins.

 

To have any sort of combat, these federations rely on giant robots known as Gundam.

 

Thus, continues the political and social war between these two parties. But what will be the definitive conclusion to this war?

 

Well, you have to find it out yourself. Gundam franchise is not only massive but also has a huge following.

 

There are thousands of die-hard Gundam fans. Thus, this series is no joke to overlook.

 

 

30. Major

 

Major

 

Sports anime just contribute so significantly towards the shounen genre. One of the best examples being Major.

 

Major is an anime counterpart of its manga. This manga was written and illustrated by Mitsuda Takuya.

 

Gorou Honda was always obsessed with Baseball. His father was his biggest idol and motivation.

 

But an accident forces his father to give up his signature position of pitcher. Now, he takes up the task of Batsman.

 

This act of Gorou Honda's father, Gorou becomes even more passionate about baseball. Thus begins his journey of training and becoming as good as his father.

 

Major was a heavily appreciated anime back in the days. This series has an emotional approach towards the sports genre.

 

Thus, making it a shounen you should remember.

 

 

29. Yu Yu Hakusho

 

Yu Yu Hakusho

 

Another classic on its way to reaching the list. This time we have Yu Yu Hakusho.

 

Yu Yu Hakusho is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name. This manga was written and illustrated by Togashi Yoshihiro.

 

It is about a thug named Yuusuke Urameshi and his afterlife in the spirit realm   Yuusuke was a delinquent bound to be punished by the spirit realm.

 

But he gave his life for a child. Thus, the spirit realm gave him a chance to bring back his life.

 

He can do so by completing activities assigned to him by the spirit realm. With a group of few more like Yuusuke, he begins his journey of abolishing the demonic threat on Earth.

 

Yu Yu Hakusho is another classic that resulted in the birth of many shounen anime.

 

This makes it a series that would tell you how the originals were made.

 

 

28. Slam Dunk

 

Slam Dunk

 

Considered by many as one of the best sports anime to ever air, we have Slam Dunk.

 

Slam Dunk is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name. This manga was written and illustrated by Inoue Takehiko.

 

The story is about Hanamichi Sakuragi and his life in high school. He has been rejected 50 times in middle school thanks to his intimidating looks.

 

Certain incidents take place that makes him desperate for a girlfriend and resentful of basketball.

 

But tables turn when a girl asks him whether he plays basketball or not. As a desperate teenager, he spends no time saying yes.

 

However, when asked to do Slam Dunk, Hanamichi's abilities are discovered by the basketball club members.

 

Thus he gets dragged down into the sport he hated. Slam Dunk is looked upon as a revolutionary sports manga that paved new paths for the sports genre.

 

Thus make sure to score a point by watching Slam Dunk.

 

 

27. Samurai Champloo

 

Samurai Champloo

 

These classics man, they are just so banger that they never stop being among the top.

 

Let's take a look at the most memorable Samurai-based anime, Samurai Champloo.

 

Samurai Champloo is an original anime (FINALLY!) directed by Shinichirou Watanabe.

 

It revolves around the journey of Fuu, Mugen, and Jin to search for a warrior that smells of sunflowers.

 

These three come in contact by accident and this accident forces them to stay together as well.

 

This journey is humorous, entertaining, and filled with high octane sword fighting that you wouldn't want to miss out on.

 

Samurai Champloo came out back in 2004 but it's still looked upon as one of its kind series.

 

It was a show that was far beyond what any anime fan had imagined at the time.

 

Make sure you get a tight grip on this one.

 

 

26. Great Teacher Onizuka

 

Great Teacher Onizuka

 

Great Teacher Onizuka is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

This manga was written and illustrated by Fujisawa Tohru.   22-year-old Eikichi Onizuka was a thug with a dream.

 

A dream that had a strong base. He wanted to be the Best High School teacher in Japan!

 

Why you may ask? Well, to get a beautiful teenage wife. Ohh yeah, pure culture.

 

But Onizuka is assigned a special class after his admission as a teacher. A class is infamous for sending off any homeroom teacher by harassing them.

 

Onizuka being a thug is immune to all that. Then he realizes that the students are facing some crucial issues.

 

Thus, Onizuka begins his task of teaching these students in his own style and making the show a brighter side of life.

 

The manga of Great Teacher Onizuka is looked upon as one of the most amazing manga ever.

 

So if you get a chance to consume this franchise, make sure to do so.

 

 

25. Kono Oto Tomare

 

Kono Oto Tomare

 

Next on our list, we have a fresh music anime named Kono Oto Tomare. It is an anime adaptation of its manga counterpart.

 

The manga was written and illustrated by Sakura Amyuu. The series focuses on our protagonist Chika.

 

He is a high school student with a bad reputation. But he wishes to master the traditional instrument named Koto for his late grandfather's sake.

 

After showing his determination and seriousness to the president, he is allowed to be a part of the Tokise High School Koto Club.

 

Thus, commences the journey of the Koto club to become the national champions. Kono Oto Tomare is new to the industry yet had a lasting impact overall.

 

So, if you are looking for a fresh Music Shounen then here's your dish.

 

 

24. Moriarty The Patriot

 

Moriarty The Patriot

 

This anime has a different vibe to it. An aura that we don't usually get from Shounen.

 

Moriarty The Patriot is an anime counterpart of its Manga. The manga was written by Takeuchi Ryousuke and illustrated by Miyoshi Hikaru.

 

The story revolves around William James Moriarty and his brothers. These three nobles would try and bring down the aristocratic system.

 

This aristocratic system is used in the world they are a part of. But as you would have guessed, it favors the rich so the middle class can't touch the marks.

 

With the idea to do whatever they can, William and his brothers swear to eradicate those filthy rich.

 

Moriarty The Patriot was released in Fall 2020. Thus, it has attracted a large audience with its themes and narrative.

 

Did you get attracted as well?

 

 

23. Dororo

 

Dororo

 

Gruesome and cruel would be the first words when you watch Dororo. The anime is an adaptation of the manga of the same name.

 

This manga was written and illustrated by Tezuka Osamu. The story revolves around a boy who lost all of his body parts to a demon.

 

But luck was in his favor and he somehow managed to survive. Then he begins his excursion to have all of his body parts back that were sold by his father.

 

Yup, his father sold all of his body parts to a demon. This anime is heart-touching, emotional, and filled with action.

 

Getting the urge to watch it?

 

 

22. Dr. Stone

 

Dr. Stone

 

Why not take a look at 'Science'? And to do so, we have Dr. Stone.

 

Dr. Stone is an anime adaptation of the manga of its same name. The manga is written by Inagaki, Riichiro and illustrated by Boichi.

 

A ray of light emerges out of nowhere and solidifies every being on the planet.

 

Thousands of years later, a science prodigy named Senku wakes up. Thus, he seeks survival in this new world.

 

In this world with nothing but knowledge, can Senku survive? Can he bring back all who were solidified?

 

Dr. Stone is an anime that made people fall in love with science. It's a great infotainment series in modern times.

 

So if science experiments fall under your liking, make sure to check this anime.

 

 

21. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

 

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

 

For an Isekai that almost no one hates, we have, Slime Isekai. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is an anime counterpart of its Light Novel.

 

The light novel was written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah. The story is simple.

 

A guy gets reincarnated in another world as a slime. Oh yeah, the title is completely appropriate.

 

It has your typical Isekai setting of a fantasy world with elves, goblins, etc roaming around and stuff.

 

But what makes this anime so great is its approach towards the story. The main character is overpowered and can adapt to anyone.

 

This makes him a threat to the new world. However, what makes this story so good is its Minecraft-esque story.

 

It's really entertaining to see a slime and his adventures in a new world. There he tries to build an entire nation and live safely.

 

This series is a banger because of its light-hearted nature. So if you want some good comedy and action-filled series then Slime Isekai is waiting for you.

 

 

20. Bakuman

 

Bakuman

 

Being a fan of the medium, you would have definitely thought of becoming a Mangaka someday.

 

Well if you did, make sure you watch Bakuman. Bakuman is an anime adaptation of its manga of the same name.

 

It was written by Ohba Tsugumi and illustrated by Obata Takeshi. It depicts the life of a Mangaka aspirant.

 

It also portrays various difficulties that are present in the Manga industry. How difficult is it to be a Mangaka?

 

Can I become a manga writer as well? Should I start my first work?

 

If these questions have ever crossed your mind then Bakuman should be at the top of your watchlist.

 

 

19. Kuroko No Basket

 

Kuroko No Basket

 

Talk about some of the most popular sports anime. We have Kuroko No Basket. Kuroko No Basket is an anime adaptation of its Manga counterpart.

 

This manga was written and illustrated by Fujimaki Tadatoshi. It's about the journey of a bunch of High School basketball players and their aim to become the best in Japan's High School Division.

 

When it first came out, Kuroko No Basket was discussed by every single sports anime fan.

 

The amount of entertainment and excitement it gives is insane. If you want some high octane basketball action, then Kuroko No Basket is for you.

 

 

18. A Silent Voice

 

A Silent Voice

 

It's almost impossible for anyone to ignore this anime movie. A Silent Voice was an introduction to anime for a lot of people.

 

A Silent Voice is a movie adaptation of a manga of the same name. It was written and illustrated by Ooima Yoshitoki.

 

It's an emotional roller coaster that deals with multiple issues faced by teenagers. It explored Depression, anxiety, self-doubt, friends, relationship, etc.

 

It is one of the most critically acclaimed movies. Its success is also remarkable. If you haven't watched this gorgeous movie then I hope your next 2 hours are free.

 

 

17. The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.

 

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.

 

Did you watch the previous entry, A Silent Voice, and now you are sad? Well, we have just the anime for you.

 

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K is an anime counterpart for its Manga. The manga was written and illustrated by Asou Shuuichi.

 

It's a comedy series that focuses on the life of Kusuo Saiki. He might look like a normal guy but can actually use psychic powers.

 

But despite that, he is still chill. Instead, he doesn't want any of these powers and aims for a normal life.

 

The story follows his hardships with these powers in a fun and humorous manner. So if a refreshing anime is your search then Saiki can help you out.

 

 

16. Your Lie In April

 

Your Lie In April

 

Want some sorrowful anime again? I think I have one for you, Your Lie In April.

 

Your Lie In April is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

It is written and illustrated by Arakawa Naoshi. It's about Kousei Arima and his musical journey.

 

He was a piano prodigy. But his mother's death made him quit it forever. However, everything changes when Kaori Miyazono sets up another platform for Kousei.

 

She helps Kousei to explore the world of music again. This is the journey of this couple and their venture into the musical dimension together.

 

If you have been searching for a completely heart-wrenching anime, you don't need to go any further.

 

 

15. Jujutsu Kaisen

 

Jujutsu Kaisen

 

One of the freshest installments in the battle shounen category is Jujutsu Kaisen. Jujutsu Kaisen is an anime adaptation of its Manga counterpart.

 

It is written and illustrated by Akutami Gege. It revolves around Itadori Yuuji and his connections with curses.

 

It also blends in horror with it. The anime has an amazing production quality. Studio MAPPA also concentrated on fight sequence choreography and animation.

 

This ensured a great experience for viewers. Very rarely do we come across battle shounen anime that appeal to almost everyone.

 

Jujutsu Kaisen is considered by many, a part of The New Big 3. Make sure you are up to date with it.

 

 

14. Bleach

 

Bleach

 

One of the Big 3 can't be left out. Yes, I am talking about Bleach.

 

Bleach is an anime adaptation of a Manga of the same name. It was written and illustrated by Kubo Tite.

 

It is based on the popular 'Soul Reaper' setting. Our protagonist Ichigo is assigned the task to take down corrupt spirits at all costs.

 

Along with his comrades, Ichigo begins his journey as a soul reaper in this horrific world.

 

Bleach was a part of the Big 3. It was talked about by everyone while it was airing and is still considered amazing.

 

If you want a taste of the originals, make sure to watch Bleach.

 

 

13. Haikyuu

 

Haikyuu

 

Considered by many as The Best Sports Anime ever, we have Haikyuu on #13. Haikyuu is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

This manga is written and illustrated by Furudate Haruichi. Haikyuu is about Shouyu Hinata and his aim to become an amazing volleyball player.

 

But to do that, he must befriend his ex-rival. It's an exhilarating and funny sports anime that has a great balance of elements.

 

Elements like Drama, humor, action, dynamics are all present in it. Funimation declared it as The Best Sports Anime for the last decade.

 

So make sure to watch this amazing shounen series.

 

 

12. My Hero Academia

 

My Hero Academia

 

With the 12th spot snatched, we have My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia is an anime adaptation of a Manga of the same name.

 

The Manga is written and illustrated by Kouhei Horikoshi. My Hero Academia is about the journey of Izuku Midoriya in a world full of heroes.

 

He dreams of being one himself but he doesn't have quirks. Without a quirk, how will Izuku fulfill his dream?

 

That's what this story explores. There's almost no chance you haven't heard of this series.

 

Its release was absolutely chaotic. Fans all around the world love it. Not to mention, there are over 5 seasons of this amazing series.

 

If you haven't had a taste of it yet, now is your chance.

 

 

11. Demon Slayer

 

Demon Slayer

 

Let's take a look at a blockbuster that goes by the name, Demon Slayer. Demon Slayer is an anime adaptation of its Manga sister.

 

This manga is written and illustrated by Gotouge Koyoharu. Demon Slayer is about Tanjiro and his quest to save his sister.

 

His entire family was attacked by demons but his one sister survived. Yet she turned into a demon herself.

 

Tanjiro has joined the Demon Slayers to find a way to cure his sister and bring her back.

 

Demon Slayer was released in 2019 and it was pretty famous. But this 'pretty famous' turned into 'Internet Breaking' when episode 19 aired.

 

When that happened, Demon Slayer skyrocketed its success and there's no looking back to this day.

 

Not to mention, its movie is The Highest Grossing Movie In Japan! It is the shounen for the new generation and if you haven't watched it, make sure you do.

 

 

10. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

 

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

 

We are in the final phase ladies and gentlemen. And starting this phase, we have Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

 

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name. The manga was written and illustrated by Araki Hirohiko.

 

It is exactly what it sounds like. It revolves around the craziest and bizarre adventure of the Jojo Family.

 

However, this anime also got the spotlight because of its art style. Author Araki's unique art style just gave this series a boost it needed.

 

It has a great story, dynamic fights, amazing characters, and fine humor. But most importantly, it has a million references.

 

Everything you need in a power-packed Shounen.

 

 

9. Dragon Ball Z

 

Dragon Ball Z

 

If there is an anime that gave the boost to the shounen genre, then it's Dragon Ball Z.

 

Dragon Ball Z is an anime adaptation of a Manga of the same name. This manga was written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama.

 

The story revolves around Goku and his adventures on earth. He comes across many villains that plan on destroying the earth.

 

But Goku ensures Earth and its safety by beating those villains. The anime served as an inspiration for many creators.

 

The anime was the first anime for millions of people. The anime revolutionized the Shounen genre forever.

 

Dragon Ball Z was that dynamic package that shaped the anime industry for the better.

 

If you haven't seen this anime, my man now is your time.

 

 

8. Assassination Classroom

 

Assassination Classroom

 

Taking a completely different approach than the stereotype we have, Assassination Classroom. Assassination Classroom is an anime counterpart of its manga.

 

The manga was written and illustrated by Matsui Yuusei. An octopus-looking creature has destroyed 70% of the moon.

 

Next year, he will destroy the earth. But he gives the humans a chance to kill him.

 

He becomes a teacher for Class 3E and asks them to kill him. However, his speed is the same as Mach 20.

 

How will these kids kill someone as fast as him? Can a simple story become an absolute banger?

 

Can a unique concept, top the shounen? If you ever had such questions in mind then Assassination Classroom has something for you.

 

Its simple yet unique concept blends with its amazing execution. This makes it an anime that you would never forget.

 

An anime that would touch your heart and crush it. If you want to know what I mean by this, make sure to watch this amazing series.

 

 

7. Naruto

 

Naruto

 

Newbie or Veteran, all weebs have heard the name of this amazing series, Naruto. Naruto is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

The manga was written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It's about the story of a boy who wishes to be the Hokage (King) of his village.

 

However, his ninja journey is interrupted by many hurdles. Villains, rogues, exams, etc are on his way to become the best ninja.

 

Would he be able to overcome them all and reach his goal? Naruto is another example of a revolutionary anime.

 

While DBZ was the first experience of anime for many fans, Naruto was the first 'Anime' for a lot of people.

 

Many people watched DBZ as a Cartoon but Naruto defined the difference. It brought a huge fanbase and is responsible for millions of happy hearts.

 

It set the new benchmark for much upcoming anime. If Naruto isn't an anime you know about, you are way behind.

 

Don't worry, by watching it you can catch up.

 

 

6. One Piece

 

One Piece

 

Oh, so you are free in this lockdown? Well, I have a little gift for you.

 

It's called One Piece. One Piece is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

It is written and illustrated by Oda Eiichiro. It's about a group of pirates that seek the greatest treasure on the planet known as One Piece.

 

Thus begins the journey of Luffy and his group in the vast ocean. Will they be able to find the absolute treasure.

 

If we talk about the most successful manga series of all time, it's One Piece for you.

 

It is going on with over 1000 chapters and 900+ episodes. One Piece is an amazing series that knows no bounds.

 

Fans absolutely love it and call it THE BEST. Although, it's infamous in the anime community for being so long.

 

One Piece has made millions of childhoods. If you ever have the time and courage to pick up One Piece, please do so.

 

You won't regret it!

 

 

5. Gintama

 

Gintama

 

Standing as the ruler of 'The Best Anime' lists, we have Gintama. Gintama is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

The manga is written and illustrated by Sorachi Hideaki. It covers the adventures of Gintoki Sakata and his group in a world of aliens.

 

Based on the Japanese Samurai setting, this anime is known for being extremely hilarious. If you have read any list of Best Anime, this series is always amongst the top.

 

Even on MyAnimeList.net, Gintama has the highest share among the top rank holders. Needless to say, this anime should be a watch for you if you seek an all-rounder package.

 

 

4. Death Note

 

Death Note

 

There's an extremely high chance that you started watching anime with Death Note. Thus, Death Note might have been the hook that brought you into this pool.

 

Death Note is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.

 

This duo also created the Bakuman. Death Note is about a high schooler named Light who gets a notebook called 'Death Note'.

 

Using it, he can kill anyone. But the best detective ever is right behind his tail to catch him.

 

Will Light survive with his motive of becoming the God of the new world? Almost all of us have watched it.

 

For a lot of people, this was the anime that heavily brought them into the anime medium.

 

Death Note is one of the most dynamic and interesting anime ever. With its unique concept and creative narrative, it has won millions of hearts.

 

If you haven't watched Death Note yet, please check it out. It is a fantastic shounen that may never be back again.

 

 

3. Hunter x Hunter

 

Hunter x Hunter

 

Killing it at number 3 of our list we have, HunterxHunter  HunterxHunter is an anime adaptation of a manga of the same name.

 

This manga was written and illustrated by Togashi Yoshihiro. Yup, he is also the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho.

 

The story is about Gon Freecs who wants to become the best hunter possible. His aim is to find his lost father who abandoned him long ago.

 

On his journey to becoming the best Hunter, Gon comes across a few people and makes a group of his own.

 

Together they travel for their own desires and learn the meaning of being a true hunter.

 

Anyone who watched HunterxHunter absolutely loves it. It's an amazing adventure shounen that dives deep into various deep themes and lessons.

 

It's an anime that you just can't ignore. It's absolutely stunning.

 

 

2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

 

Ranking 2nd on our lengthy list, we have Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga.

 

The manga was written and illustrated by Arakawa Hiromu. It's about the art of Alchemy.

 

Alchemy is the power to convert and modify matter. But to do that, you need to use something of equal value.

 

Disobeying the law of equivalent exchange, Edward and his brother Alphonse try to revive their dead mother.

 

However, what they end up creating was a hideous monster. This act led to the loss of Edward's arm and leg.

 

It also results in the loss of Alphonse's entire body. To get their bodies back, Edward and Alphonse begin their journey to search the Philosopher Stone.

 

A stone that can bring back their bodies or so they say. This anime is considered by many as a Perfect anime that has no problems at all.

 

Every aspect of it is an absolute banger. Characters, philosophy, fights, etc. are all one of their kind.

 

This anime has always been the #1 on many lists. However, on this list, it just felt shallow.

 

 

1. Attack On Titan

 

Attack On Titan

 

And finally, the anime that topped our list is none other than Attack On Titan.

 

Attack On Titan is an anime adaptation of its manga counterpart. The manga was written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama.

 

It's set in a world where there's a constant fear of giant monsters. These giant monsters are called Titans.

 

Eren Yeager lost his mother to one of these titans and swore to kill them.

 

However, the cause and existence of these titans are still unanswered.

 

A journey filled with emotions, philosophies, suspense, and mind-blowing plot twists await you in the form of Attack On Titan.

 

With the release of Season 4, Attack On Titan has set a new bar for upcoming anime.

 

It has the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood quality of 'Perfection', Dragon Ball Z quality of 'Revolutionary', Naruto quality of 'Setting The New Benchmark', Death Note quality of 'Creative narrative', and Demon Slayer quality of 'Success'.

 

It is a package that was never seen before in anime and its presence shocking the entire anime fandom.

 

If there's any shounen that should be on your watchlist at the very top, it's Attack On Titan.

 

SHINZOU WO SASAGEYO!!!!! And there you have it weebs, Top 50 Best Shounen Anime YOU need to watch ASAP.

 

I hope you had a great time reading this and at least found 1 anime you haven't watched.

 

That's it for today! Until Next Time, Sayonara!