Greatest Shonen Anime
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Shonen anime is the most popular genre in anime and it’s mostly characterized by high action, and most of the time the protagonist has a humorous character. More commonly based themes are martial arts, science fiction, mecha, sports, horror, etc…

The protagonist of a Shonen anime mostly has a desire to become better on his/her skills and he/she is ready to face the challenges and do everything to make their dream come true.

We made a list of some the greatest Shonen anime series of all time, check them out below:

City Hunter

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The studio Sunrise production anime, City Hunter follows the endeavors of Ryo Saeba, a sweeper who is constantly discovered pursuing delightful young ladies and an investigator who attempts to free Tokyo of wrongdoing, alongside his partner or accomplice, Hideyuki Makimura. Their City Hunter work is an underground handyman activity, reached by composing the letters XYZ on a slate at Shinjuku Station.

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At some point, Hideyuki is killed, and Ryo should deal with Hideyuki’s sister, Kaori, a fiery girl who turns into his new accomplice all the while. Be that as it may, Kaori is entirely defenseless and envious, regularly hitting Ryo with a goliath hammer when he accomplishes something distorted. The story likewise follows the in the background sentiment among Ryo and Kaori and the manner in which they participate all through every mission.

Yu Yu Hakusho


Yu Yu Hakusho is a Shonen classic based on Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga with the same name which recounts the narrative of Yusuke Urameshi, a high school delinquent who is struck and killed by a vehicle while endeavoring to spare a kid’s life.

After various tests introduced to him by Koenma, the child of the leader of life following death Underworld, Yusuke is restored and selected the title of Underworld Detective, with which he should examine different cases including devils and nebulous visions in the human world. The manga turns out to be more centered around combative techniques fights and competitions as it advances.

Fist of the North Star

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Fist of the North Star is the classic martial arts anime which is set on a post-nuclear war Earth. The story focuses on a fighter named Kenshiro, the replacement of a deadly martial arts known as Hokuto Shinken, which enables him to murder his adversaries by striking their mystery essential focuses, which frequently brings about them kicking the bucket in an extraordinarily vicious and bloody way. Kenshiro devotes his life to battling against the different groups, outlaws, and warlords who compromise the lives of the unprotected and honest, just as adversary martial artist, including his own siblings from a similar school.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is the worldwide famous Shonen/Seinen anime series that presumable necessities no presentation, particularly given that it’s been around since the ’80s and as a result of a rush of image content that is washed over the web inside the previous few years. Its story at first spotlights on a renowned family’s powerful fight against vampires and the wicked shark, Dio Brando.

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Notwithstanding, as the story developed and it received its notable Stands, the arrangement turned out to be really odd, covering epic excursions across Egypt, unassuming community secrets, and even group fighting. The entirety of this is combined with probably the most abnormal sessions ever found in anime.

Dragon Ball Z

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Dragon Ball Z is one of the most famous Shonen anime series of all time. Created by Akira Toriyama, the series proceeds with the experiences of Son Goku, who, alongside his colleagues, safeguard the Earth against reprobates going from aliens like Frieza, androids like Cell, and mysterious creatures like Majin Buu. While the first Dragon Ball anime followed Goku from teenage to early adulthood, Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of his grown-up life, and yet matches the life of his child, Son Gohan, just as the improvement of his opponent Vegeta.



Inuyasha is the anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi’s famous manga with the same name.

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The arrangement starts with Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old middle school young lady from current Tokyo who is shipped to the Japanese time of Sengoku period in the wake of falling into a well in her family altar, where she meets the half-dog demon, half-human Inuyasha. After the hallowed Shikon Jewel reappears from somewhere inside Kagome’s body, she inadvertently breaks it into many sections that disperse across Japan. Inuyasha and Kagome set to recuperate the Jewel’s pieces, and through their mission they are joined by the salacious priest Miroku, the evil spirit slayer Sango, and the fox devil Shippo. Together, they excursion to reestablish the Shikon Jewel before it falls under the control of the abhorrent half-demon Naraku.

One Piece

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One Piece with no doubt is a Shonen classic, created by the famous mangaka Eiichiro Oda. The anime is up and running for more than 20 years and the story follows the experiences of Monkey D. Luffy, a kid whose body picked up the properties of elastic after inadvertently eating a Devil Fruit. With his group of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy investigates the Grand Line looking for the world’s definitive fortune known as “One Piece” to turn into the following King of the Pirates.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood follows the lives of the siblings Edward and Alphonse Elric are raised by their mom Trisha Elric in the far off town of Resembool in the nation of Amestris. Their dad Hohenheim, a prominent and talented alchemist, surrendered his family while the young men were as yet youthful, and keeping in mind that in Trisha’s consideration they started to show a fondness for speculative chemistry and got inquisitive about its insider facts.

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Notwithstanding, when Trisha kicked the bucket of a waiting disease, they were thought about by their closest companion Winry Rockbell and her grandma Pinako. The young men ventured to the far corners of the planet to propel their alchemic training under Izumi Curtis. After getting back, the two choose to attempt to resurrect their mom with alchemy Notwithstanding, human change is an untouchable, as it is difficult to do so appropriately. In the bombed change that outcomes, Al’s body is totally crushed, and Ed loses his left leg. In a last dump endeavor to keep his sibling alive, Ed forfeits his correct arm to bring Al’s spirit back and houses it in a close by suit of defensive layer. After Edward gets automail prosthetics from Winry and Pinako, the siblings choose to torch their youth home and head to the capital city to become government endorsed State Alchemists.

Hunter x Hunter

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Besides Yu Yu Hakusho, Yoshihiro Togashi has also created another iconic which is no other than Hunter x Hunter. The story of the anime centers around a little fellow named Gon Freecss who finds that his dad, who left him at a youthful age, is really an incredibly famous Hunter, an authorized proficient who spends significant time in fantastical interests, for example, finding uncommon or unidentified animal species, treasure chasing, reviewing unexplored territories, or chasing down untamed people. In spite of being surrendered by his dad, Gon leaves on an excursion to turn into a Hunter and in the long run discover his dad. En route, Gon meets different Hunters and experiences the paranormal. The first motivation for the manga came from Togashi’s own gathering side interest.



Tite Kubo’s Bleach is one of the series that has a worldwide fan base and with no doubt it has deserved all the attention it got.

The anime follows the undertakings of the protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki after he gets the forces of a Soul Reaper, a demise representation like the Grim Reaper, from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His freshly discovered forces drive him to assume the obligations of shielding people from fiendish spirits and directing departed souls to life following death. The anime variation incorporates unique storylines not found in the manga with rehashed appearances and stories containing these unique characters.



Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto is an icon in the Shonen genre. It recounts the narrative of Naruto Uzumaki, a youthful ninja who looks for acknowledgment from his companions and fantasies about turning into the Hokage, the head of his town. The story is told in two sections, the principal set in Naruto’s pre-teenager years, and the second in his teenages.


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The 2019 Dororo anime series is based Osamu Tezuka’s famous Dororo manga. This dark fantasy anime follows the fundamental reason of the manga which is the following: A youthful ronin named Hyakkimaru alongside a youthful urchin, Dororo, should confront different demons in Sengoku-period Japan who have taken his different body parts to get them back.


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Haikyu!! is one of the most famous sports anime series of all time. The anime is based on Haruichi Furudate’s Shonen manga with the same.

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The anime follows the story of the protagonist Shōyō Hinata, who is a kid resolved to turn into an extraordinary volleyball player in spite of his little height.

Slam Dunk

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Slam Dunk, the anime produced by Toei Animation and based on Takehiko Inoue manga’s with the same name is one of the worldwide famous Sports anime series of all time. The series tells the story of a basketball team from Shōhoku High School in the Shōnan area of Japan.

Black Butler

This 24 episode A-1 Pictures anime follows Ciel Phantomhive, a thirteen-year-old kid top of the Phantom hive family, a noble family known as the Queen’s Watchdog. He is entrusted with addressing wrongdoings in London’s hidden world. Ciel has shaped an agreement with Sebastian Michaelis to look for vengeance against the individuals who tormented him and killed his folks. Sebastian is a demon who has assumed the camouflage of a butler, and in return for his administrations, he will be permitted to devour Ciel’s spirit.

My Hero Academia

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My Hero Academia is an anime series filled with superheroes and their opposite, fierce villains.

The anime is focused on Izuku Midoriya, a kid conceived without superpowers (called Quirks) in this present reality where they have gotten ordinary, however who actually fantasies about turning into a superhuman himself. He is explored by All Might, Japan’s most noteworthy legend, who imparts his Quirk to Midoriya subsequent to perceiving his latent capacity, and later assists with enlisting him in a lofty high school for heroes in training.

Fire Force

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Fire Force anime debuted with its first season from July to December 2019 and for a short period of time it managed to get an astounding amount of fans’ attention. The animation is decent, the story is refreshing and all the characters are well designed and well developed so this series is a must watch with no doubt.

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The series is focused on Shinra Kusakabe is a third era pyrokinetic youth who picked up the nickname Devil’s Footprints for his capacity to touch off his feet voluntarily. He joins Special Fire Force Company 8, which highlights other pyrokinetics who devoted themselves to finishing the Infernal assaults for good while examining Companies 1 through 7 for possible defilement in their positions. Shinra starts to discover that his more youthful sibling’s snatching during the fire that killed their mom 12 years prior is brought about by a baffling Judgment day religion that is behind the Infernal assaults. Organization 8 and their partners contradict the White Cloaks and their Knights of the Ashen Flame, who look for specific people like Shinra and his sibling (Sho) to sanction a plan to rehash the Great Disaster.


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Set in an other nineteenth century, D.Gray-man recounts the account of a youthful Allen Walker, who joins an association of exorcists named the Black Order. They utilize an antiquated substance, Innocence, to battle a man known as the Millennium Earl and his evil multitude of Akuma who mean to obliterate mankind.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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The award winning mecha anime Neon Genesis Evangelion is set fifteen years after an worldwide catacylsm, especially in the advanced braced city of Tokyo-3. The hero is Shinji, a high school kid who was enlisted by his dad Gendo to the shadowy association Nerv to direct a goliath bio-machine mecha called an Evangelion into battle with creatures called Angels. The arrangement investigates the encounters and feelings of Evangelion pilots and individuals from Nerv as they attempt to keep Angels from causing more upheavals. All the while, they are called upon to comprehend a definitive reasons for occasions and the intentions in human action. It recast the virtuous designer/father as a vile figure, and the excited young hero as a swaying loner, a deconstruction of exemplary mecha anime tropes. The arrangement highlights prototype symbolism got from Shinto cosmology just as Jewish and Christian magical customs, including Midrashic stories, Kabbalah and Gnosticism. The psychoanalytic hypotheses of Freud and Jung likewise highlight unmistakably.

Ahiro no Sora

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Ahiro no Sora is the first anime series that will pop into every sports anime fan when they start thinking of a perfect basketball anime.

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The series follows the story of protagonist Sora Kurumatani who made the following promise to his mom: “I will dominate my first high school tournament”. However, as he joins the b-ball club in the wake of entering Kuzuryū High School, he discovers that it’s become a favorite spot for deadbeats. A spot where everything except for ball is done, however with Sora’s certified energy for b-ball, things start to mix.

Hitman Reborn!

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Hitman Reborn! is one of the most famous Shonen anime series that follows Tsunayoshi Sawada, a little fellow who finds that he is next to get supervisor of the Vongola family, an amazing Mafia association. The Vongolas’ most impressive assassin, a firearm hauling newborn child named Reborn, is shipped off show Tsuna how to be a leader.

The Promised Neverland

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The Promised Neverland is the CloverWorks production post-apocalyptic anime that debuted with its first season from January to March 2019. The series received a decent amount of fans’ attention right after its first appearance and undoubtedly is well-merited. The anime follows the story of gathering of orphaned kids in their break plan from a halfway house after they understand a dull mystery.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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Demon Slayer is one of the biggest hits in the Shonen anime fandom that has been dominating in both manga sales, and anime viewership worldwide.

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The story of the anime happens in Taishō-time Japan. It follows hero Tanjiro Kamado and his sister Nezuko Kamado as they look for a fix to Nezuko’s demon curse. Tanjiro and Nezuko become entrapped in the undertakings of a mystery society, known as the Demon Slayer Corps, that have been pursuing a mystery battle against demons for quite a long time. The demons are previous people who sold their mankind in return for power, they feed on people and have very normal capacities, for example, super strength, wizardry and recovery. Devils must be slaughtered in the event that they’re beheaded with weapons created from a composite known as Sun Steel, infused with poison separated from wisteria blossoms, or presented to daylight. The Demon Slayers, then again, are altogether human, notwithstanding, they utilize exceptional breathing strategy, known as Total Concentration Breathing, which awards them superhuman strength and expanded resistance.

Dr. Stone

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Dr. Stone is a refreshing anime series based on Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi’s manga with the same name.

Starting in April 5738 A.D., it’s been more than a 3700 years since a strange blaze of light froze essentially all the human existence. A 18-year-old genius named Senkū Ishigami is abruptly resuscitated to wind up in our current reality where all hints of human development have been dissolved by time. Senkū sets up a headquarters and starts to consider the petrified people to decide the reason for the occasion, just as a cure.

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Throughout the following a half year, Senkū learns his restoration was made conceivable with nitric acid. With this disclosure, he builds up a compound that will permit him to right away resuscitate others. He starts by resuscitating his companion Taiju Ōki, their schoolmate Yuzuriha Ogawa, and a well known military craftsman named Tsukasa Shishiō, with the objective of remaking development with an attention on science.

Death Note

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The story of the Death Note anime follows Light Yagami, a teenager genius who discovers a secretive extraordinary note book: the Death Note, which had a place with the Shinigami Ryuk and awards the client the powerful capacity to execute anybody whose name is written in its pages. The arrangement revolves around Light’s ensuing endeavors to utilize the Death Note to complete an overall slaughter of people whom he considers ethically shameful of life to change the world into an idealistic culture without crime, utilizing the assumed name of a divine resembling vigilante named “Kira” and the resulting endeavors of a tip top team of policemen, comprising of individuals from the Japanese police power, driven by L, a mysterious detective whose past is covered in secret, to capture him and end his rule of dread.

Attack on Titan

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Attack on Titan is one of the most famous anime of all time, and it is one of the series that never seizes to amaze fans with the plot twists that made fans’ change fans point of view regarding the characters and their intention about the future.

The anime is set in reality as we know it where humankind lives inside urban communities encompassed by giant walls that shield them from immense man-eating humanoids alluded to as Titans, the story of the anime follows Eren Yeager, who pledges to retake the world after a Titan achieves the decimation of his old neighborhood and the passing of his mom.

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Vinland Saga

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The 24 episode Vinland Saga anime was introduced to fans back in 2019, that follows the tales of Thorfinn who is a teenage warrior in Askeladd’s company, though he hates his commander for killing his father Thors and has sworn to kill him in a duel. To earn the right to engage in these duels, he must complete difficult tasks for Askeladd, such as sabotage or killing the enemy generals. Thorfinn is a Jomsviking noble through his mother Helga and inherited superb physical talents from his father. He does not fight for the love of battle, but is still prone to losing his composure when in combat.

Jujutsu Kaisen

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Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the Fall 2020 anime season’s biggest hits that follows the story of Yuji Itadori who is an unnaturally fit high school student living in Sendai with his granddad.

Yuji consistently evades the track group because of his abhorrence for games, regardless of his natural ability for the game. All things considered, he decides to join the Occult Research Club, where he can unwind and spend time with his seniors, and leave school by 5:00 pm to visit his granddad in the medical clinic. While he is on his deathbed, his granddad ingrains two incredible messages inside Yūji which say consistently help individuals and die surrounded by people. After his granddad’s passing, Yūji deciphers these messages as one proclamation – everybody merits a proper death. He is then faced by Megumi Fushiguro, a sorcerer who educates him regarding a high-grade cursed carhm at his school that Yūji as of late connected with. His companions at the Occult Club unlocked the charm, a spoiling finger, which pulled in Curses to the school, creatures that are achieved through negative feelings and are fortified by devouring supernatural forces present in magicians or such charms.

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