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The 20 Best Modern Shonen Anime That Easily Rival The Classics

Updated June 21, 2021 39.3k votes 5.3k voters 100.2k views20 items

List RulesNew shonen anime that released in 2015 or after

Many of the best known shonen anime came out a long time ago. In some cases, they came out before some of their fans were even born! While there's nothing wrong with older series like Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, and Bleach, shonen doesn't end or begin with those shows.

With that in mind, we're celebrating some of the amazing shonen series that have appeared during the past five years. That means that a few great series that still feel 'modern' will be left out, like Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins, and Haikyuu!! But don't worry, there's plenty of great shows that came after! Shows like The Promised Neverland, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, Dr. Stone, Jujutsu Kaisen, and more.

Vote up the best modern shonen anime that you think will stand the test of time. 

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    After a Curse attacks his friends, Yuji Itadori ends up devouring a finger belonging to Sukuna, an ancient and powerful being who tries to take over his body and fails. But controlling Sukuna won't be easy - and neither will finding the rest of his fingers, all while learning to fight Curses at Jujutsu High. 

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    While he's in town trying to sell charcoal, Tanjiro Kamado's family is ruthlessly slaughtered by a demon. The sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, but she's been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro wants to find a way to change her back, but to do that he's going to have to learn how to battle demons himself. 

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    Izuku Midoriya desperately wants to be a superhero, but his dream feels tragically out of reach because he doesn't have any powers - called quirks in-universe. But when he meets his idol All Might, his destiny changes. With new hope in his heart, he starts studying at U.A. High School in the hopes of becoming the ultimate hero. 

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  • Asta was born without the ability to use magic, but that doesn't stop him from wanting to become the Wizard King. Neither does the fact that his friend Yuno is a prodigy in the making. When Asta gets his hands on a five-leaf clover Grimoire, a path towards his dream future opens up. 

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