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The 20 Best Modern Shonen Anime That Easily Rival The Classics

Updated June 21, 2021 39.7k votes 5.3k voters 101k 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. 

  • After everybody on the planet is inexplicably transformed into stone, Senku Ishigami wakes up over 3,000 years later to a world that's been totally taken over by nature. His first order of business is to survive. His second? To bring back the thriving world of technology that he once loved, and to restore life to all of the other statues. 

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  • Mob Kageyama is a gentle teenage boy with wildly strong psychic powers. His mentor, Reigen Arataka, is a con artist who's pretending to be psychic to fleece the general public. Though Reigen's ethics are questionable and Mob is sort of clueless, they have good hearts and will put themselves at risk to save the day where it counts. 

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    After Daigo Kagemitsu trades his newborn son Hyakkimaru's body parts to a group of demons in exchange for the prosperity of his land, he leaves the baby for dead. But Hyakkimaru survives and when he grows up he starts fighting demons to get his body back. At his side is Dororo, a child thief who needs somewhere to belong after being displaced by a vicious war.

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    After Satoru Mikami is randomly slain on the street, he's reincarnated as the lowliest fantasy creature of them all - a slime. But all isn't lost - he's able to rapidly power up, develop a new identity called Rimuru Tempest, and start making a major difference in the lives of all the monsters in his new community. 

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