Best Shounen Anime

Best Shounen Anime

Shounen is genre dedicated mostly for the younger audience, mostly boys. In every single season comes out at least few new shounen anime so there is a lot to choose from. Despite new shows, most popularity still goes for shows, which run for years or even decades in TV. Examples for this can be few very popular series like Naruto, One Piece or Fairy Tail. So what hides behind such reputation of these shows you could ask? Well at a first look you could say, they are pretty schematic. Main characters start from zero and are struggling through the hard road to eventually become heroes. It’s frequent for them to mix comedy, drama, even psychological matters with a little dose of romance. Watching characters struggling with new challenges, suffering and quite often a failure, will defiantly squeeze few tears from the audience.  Despite the genre is directed to the younger folks, we believe that a lot of grown up people watch it too. After all, in everyone, there is a bit of kid and watching characters whom you can empathize with is very pleasant experience. More about shounen genre you can find here.

In shounen anime it’s frequent to mix comedy, drama, even psychological matters with a little dose of romance. Watching characters struggling with new challenges, suffering and quite often a failure, will defiantly squeeze few tears from the audience. Despite the genre is directed to the younger folks, we believe that a lot of grown up people watch it too. After all, in everyone, there is a bit of a child and watching characters whom you can empathize with is very pleasant experience.

Good shounen anime that you will love

We mentioned before that shounen is very popular genre so most of the series are very long. We tried to not put them on the list though. The reason is that the most of the people already watched or heard about them. That’s why we want to present you a mix of some less popular shows, and a couple of very highly rated ones. Another reason is the number of episodes that One Piece and other shows have, they would consume a tremendous amount of your time. We believe that our best shounen anime list will hit right your taste. However, if you think, we have missed some great titles and we should add them to the list, just let us know in the comment section below.

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    Gurren Lagann

    Gurren Lagann

    The world where people forgot how is to live on a surface. People simply live in underground villages. Simon and Kamina were born and raised in such village. Kamina is very cheerful and energetic person with big aspiration on making his name well known. He always pushed forward young Simon, who just wanted to live a simple life, but one day on regular digging job Simon found something mysterious. As it turns out the object he found was a key to ancient war machine named Lagan. Simon and Kamina excited about their new weapon, decide to move on from underground to surface looking for adventures. Intense action/comedy anime with great characters.
    Episodes: 27
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.
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    Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo

    Historical anime where hip hop culture meets Edo times in Japan. Two sword fighting masters are sentenced for execution because they disturbed street’s peace with their duel. The night before their trial, they are saved by the young girl who seeks samurai, who smells like sunflowers. That’s actually the whole story plot. Despite how amusing this seems to be, it is actually an excellent combination of Japanese traditional culture with pop culture. Creative animation and incredible good soundtrack are definitely outstanding aspects of this anime. You will love this anime if you like hip hop, samurais, sword fighting and episodic shows.
    Episodes: 26
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.
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    Hunter x Hunter

    The Second approach to adaptation of a manga by Yoshihiro Togashi, that has received several dozen of episodes from new manga chapters. The storyline is about young Gon whose wish is to become the hunter so he can understand his missing father intentions. This course of storyline allowed main characters to have plenty of time for progression, but not only the main ones as it turns out because peripheral characters were very well written and also villains, that were not only a punching bags but they had a chance to be shown from their good side too so that allowed the viewer to empathize with them more. Of course, in terms of actions, this anime does not disappoint, actually it has remarkable fight scenes with an extremely good soundtrack. Also very nicely created the world allows the viewer to go smoothly through a quite large amount of episodes, but probably for many people it still was too short.
    Episodes: 148
    Type: tv
    Duration: 23 min.
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    Fate stay night Unlimited Blade Works

    Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]

    Every decade seven masters with their warrior servants, participate in the event called The Holy Grail War. Each master is in possession of commands for their servants, word used with this command is absolute and warriors cannot disobey it. Rin Tosaka is one of the masters, and she desires to win this competition in order to obtain The Holy Grail. This Artefact is able to fulfill any wish of the winner. Emiya Shirou with a matter of coincident becomes a master of the Saber. He is just a regular folk, who is Rin’s classmate. They decide for a short time to fight side by side. Anime has truly outstanding animations. This Position is for fans of sword fighting and magic.
    Episodes: 12
    Type: tv
    Duration: 28 min.
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    Hajime no Ippo

    Fighting Spirit

    Ippo is a boy who has been constantly bullied and beaten as a kid. Once he has been saved from guys who were bullying him by a boxer named Mamoru. He took him to the gym where he could treat him with first aid. After Ippo waking up, Mamoru tries to teach him some moves, but he was not expecting the outcome of this little tutoring. This is a series about Ippo struggling with boxing and normal life. It surely shows a moving road from zero to hero. Despite if you don’t like boxing or sports genre, this series will have no problem to drag you in. Show for people who like watching someone growing up, and getting stronger in general.
    Episodes: 75
    Type: tv
    Duration: 23 min.
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    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    The second and faithful adaptation of the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. The fantastically created world, which shows typical shounen anime from a new perspective. We will not receive here a typical weak main character that goes through the bunch of "power-ups", and he is the only one to save the world. The World in this anime is not so simple as black and white, people apparently kind in this world turns out to be rotten to the marrow, it is quite hard to specify border between good and evil. Main characters Edward and Alphonse are from the very beginning granted with extreme pain and suffering. Of course, anime is not only one big drama, we are able to find here plenty of comedy gags and a great dose of action, however this anime tends to make us induce afterthoughts.
    Episodes: 64
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.
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    Soul Eater

    Soul Eater

    People in this world are divided into two types. Those who can transform themselves into a weapon and those who wield them. In such world exist a Shibusen School. It gathers folks from the whole world in order to train them for new demon hunters. Young students focus on learning new abilities and on gathering souls for their weapon partner. It is said that 100 souls will transform weapon into something greater. Anime has very bizarre drawing style, but it works very well for the vibe. It feels like it’s a bit cartoony Bleach, which is great. Position for fans of comedy, adventure, action, demon hunting and a bit longer shows.
    Episodes: 51
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.
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    The Seven Deadly Sins

    The Seven Deadly Sins

    The action of this series takes place in the world similar to our Dark Ages. Holy Knights are the protectors of the Britain realm, they are feared and respected by the people. In order to protect they use incredibly strong magical powers. There is a rumor, that a small group of knights betrayed the kingdom trying to dethrone the King. Rumor still exist after renegades were defeated by Holy Knights. They were named The Seven Deadly Sins, and ten years later they started the journey to save the kingdom from actual conspirators. Anime with very nice story pace, for fans of comedy, magical powers and fantasy world.
    Episodes: 24
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.
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    Attack on titan

    Attack on Titan

    Enormously large creatures called titans are wandering the world, feeding on everything in their path. These circumstances have pushed humanity to build great fortifications around their cities for surviving purpose. People have been fighting for many years in order to recover their borders, but the will of surviving excel the desire of fighting. At this point, Eren Jaeger with his sister and friends, are joining the war effort in the purpose of reclaiming their lost home from the Titans. When these young folks realize how terrifying the outside world is, Eren unleashes his hidden power that can turn the tides of battle. It also appears that Eren was not the only one in possession of this power.
    Episodes: 25
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.
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    Magi The Labyrinth of Magic

    Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

    It is a world filled with bizarre, labyrinth-like dungeons which held the power of jinn’s inside. Rumor says that they were created by “Magi”, who are a mysterious, high-class magicians. Besides creating those dungeons, they guide people, who are worth becoming the king of the empire. The story is going mainly around Aladdin young a magician, and Alibaba Saluja. They both quickly became close friends after some events, and they decided to subdue Jin in the nearest dungeon. A beautiful world filled with danger, magic, and war. Position for fans of the fantasy genre.
    Episodes: 25
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.