These shounen anime include enough heart-pounding action to satisfy every shounen anime enthusiast.
Take a look at Attack on Titan or Dragon Ball for examples of successful shounen anime.
It is by far one of the most popular anime “genres,” with innumerable manga adaptations and original episodes produced for fans.
Shounen is also more of a demographic than a typical genre, therefore it encompasses a wide range of shows.
It can be difficult to decide which anime series to watch in a category with so many options.
Nonetheless, some shounen anime series are so good that they should be on every fan’s must-see list until they’ve watched them all.
13. The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins series by Nakaba Suzuki tells the narrative of Elizabeth Liones, a young woman.
Elizabeth is the country’s third princess, and she’s forced to seek out the mythical Seven Deadly Sins for help after her country’s strongest troops, the Holy Knights, seize power.
Shortly after the series was adapted into an anime, Seven Deadly Sins became extremely popular.
The show is now in its third season, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. If there’s one thing that keeps Seven Deadly Sins from reaching new heights, it’s the show’s apparent fixation with fanservice.
12. Jujutsu Kaisen
Many anime fans have watched Jujutsu Kaisen over the years because of its good blend of comedy, action, and excellent storytelling.
Not to mention that the animation is a visual feast that will have many people’s jaws on the floor.
In contrast to other anime, the main character Yuuji is compelled to become stronger when he comes upon a cursed artifact.
For those who have seen many mainstream shounen titles in the past, this new approach keeps things very fresh.
11. Code Gease
Code Geass is a popular shounen anime series that has sold millions of copies around the world.
The series’ main appeal is Lelouch, the exiled prince of Britannia and a popular anime character.
After gaining a remarkable gift known as the “power of total obedience” from a strange girl named C.C., Lelouch attempts to launch a massive rebellion against the Holy Empire of Britannia.
Some individuals have compared the show to Death Note, but it does not contain mechas.
10. Fairy Tail
Over the last decade, Hiro Mashima’s novel about a guild of magic users who prefer to punch, kick, and slice things instead of casting spells has gained a lot of traction.
At least enough for the series to return twice, with the most current iteration beginning last year and nearly wrapping up the original manga’s storyline.
Fairy Tail is best recognized for its endearing cast and bizarre plots, yet it’s basically a poor man’s One Piece…
However, it is still good enough to make our list.
9. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Hirohiko Araki’s groundbreaking manga began in 1987 and continues to this day.
While it took a long time for a full anime adaptation to appear, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure eventually received the (global) attention it deserved in 2012.
Split into multiple sections, JoJo overcomes a shaky start to become one of the shounen’s most beloved creations.
Each part follows a different ancestor of the Joestar family as they are dragged into high-octane escapades all over the world.
JoJo has it all: great heroes, fascinating antagonists, and gorgeous stances.
8. Black Clover
Black Clover is one of the more recent shounen animes, yet it has already amassed a sizable and devoted following.
The show debuted in 2017 and is still going strong. Studio Pierrot, the studio behind other great shounen hits like Naruto and Bleach, was in charge of its creation.
Asta and Yuno, two young boys who were both abandoned as youngsters and reared together, star in the series.
Their sole ambition is to become the Wizard King, the land’s most powerful mage.
7. My Hero Academia
Welcome to the adventures of Class 1-A, which is packed with anime’s Best Boys and Best Girls. Izuku Midoriya, the lead best boy, is a young adolescent who begins life without abilities in a world where practically everyone has a Quirk.
Midoriya is drawn into an adventure that will lead to him being the greatest hero ever when he encounters his idol and the most powerful superhero of all time, All Might.
My Hero isn’t doing anything completely new, but creator Kohei Horikoshi is doing a better job than anyone else in the industry right now at executing the genre’s cliches.
The only thing holding the series back is the fact that it is still relatively young, with the franchise having only begun in 2016.
6. One Piece
It’s easy to say that Dragon Ball should be on this list, but One Piece has over 960 episodes, putting it on a pedestal that no other anime can match.
The adventures of Luffy and his crew are epic to the point of legend and trying to watch the entire series has become an impossible task for anime aficionados.
Despite its length, a large number of people continue to start the series from the beginning and finish it. It only goes to illustrate how amazing this long-running story is.
5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Brotherhood is more faithful to the original manga, which was created by the amazing Hiromu Arakawa.
“The law of equivalent exchange” is a term that all anime fans are familiar with because the series is so well-known.
The search for the Philosopher’s Stone by the Elric Brothers is a thrilling adventure replete with political intrigue to match its stunning action scenes.
There are several times throughout the episode that will make even the most hardened anime fans cry, so bring tissues.
4. Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter, the second adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga, begins with a typical fighting shounen premise and protagonist before taking a far darker and more convoluted course.
Gon sets out to become a Hunter in order to follow in his father’s footsteps. And during the exam, he makes a few lifetime friends.
Following that initial storyline, Hunter x Hunter divides its primary protagonists and confronts them with missions that require enormous sacrifices.
Hunter x Hunter is a masterpiece, with probably the best power system in shounen anime.
3. Dragon Ball Z
Despite the fact that Dragon Ball Z isn’t the first shounen anime, it is unquestionably the most influential.
Almost every other series on this list has drawn inspiration from Dragon Ball Z in some way. What is a shounen series without a transformation, after all? Is there a training sequence? With this show, even time jumps became popular.
Even within the shounen series, Dragon Ball Z’s lack of character development and generally uncomplicated stories can leave something to be desired, but we must honor the genre’s origins and recognize it as one of the most popular series of all time.
2. Attack On Titan
Many people have debated whether Attack on Titan is a Shounen anime or not. But the fact remains that it was first published in a shounen magazine and incorporates various elements of the genre.
It is one of the most well-known anime series ever.
The plot revolves around survivors attempting to survive in a world ruled by man-eating Titans.
The plot opens with the Shiganshina area being ravaged by a Titan invasion when one of the city walls is toppled, and it progresses from there.
Masashi Kishimoto’s story of a young ninja rejected by his city who works to one day become the leader of his village captivated the imagination of every child and adolescent growing up in the 2000s.
Naruto would join the Shounen Jump’s Big 3 alongside Bleach and One Piece. While Bleach had lost a lot of its sparkle towards the end, Naruto was still going strong at the conclusion.