Ranking Popular Shonen Anime By How Good Their Plots Are

One of the most important elements of any anime is its plot. No matter how compelling the characters or how spectacular the fight scenes, the story is the connective tissue. 

We're looking at some of the most popular shonen anime out there, and ranking them by how good that all-important plot is. Whether you're a fan of One Piece's seafaring adventure, My Hero Academia's journey to heroism, or The Promised Neverland's high-stakes horror, you'll find a story on this list that excites you.

Which shonen anime have the best plots? That's up to you! Vote up the anime with plots you love, and vote down the ones that you think need some work. 

  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    Photo: Attack on Titan / Bones

    After failing to bring their mother back to life via alchemy, Edward and Alphonse Elric lose part or all of their bodies. To get them back, they'll have to learn even more about alchemy. For Ed, this means becoming a State Alchemist. Meanwhile, Father is trying to achieve godlike powers with the help of his homunculus children. Can the State Alchemists - and all of their allies - stop them?

    2,731 votes
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    2,620 VOTES
    Attack on Titan
    Photo: Attack on Titan / Wit Studio

    After his hometown is destroyed by giant man-eating monsters called Titans, Eren Jaeger swears to exterminate every last one of them. But after he joins the Survey Corps, he not only realizes how difficult it will be to accomplish his goal, he also discovers that there's a whole lot more to the Titans than he ever imagined.

    2,620 votes
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    Jujutsu Kaisen

    Jujutsu Kaisen
    Photo: Jujutsu Kaisen / MAPPA

    The world of Jujutsu Kaisen is overrun by Curses - monsters spawned by human emotions. Sorcerers and Socercers-in-Training fight them using Cursed Techniques in order to keep humanity safe from harm. Yuji Itadori is unexpectedly dragged into this world when a Curse attacks his school and he ends up eating one of Sukuna's fingers in order to save the day. The Sorcerer higher-ups want to have him executed in order to stop the powerful Curse from taking over his body, but Jujutsu Tech teacher Satoru Gojo has a better idea - Yuji can use his newfound powers to become a Sorcerer himself. 

    32 votes
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    2,217 VOTES
    Death Note
    Photo: Death Note / Madhouse

    A high school student named Light Yagami discovers a magical notebook that allows him to destroy anybody whose name is written inside. Hoping to create an ideal society, he decides to start taking down criminals and creating a reputation as an anonymous living god. He quickly draws the attention of the world's greatest detective, L. With his freedom on the line, Light starts focusing more on avoiding getting caught and dispatching of his enemies than he does on his original goals. 

    2,217 votes
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    1,983 VOTES
    Hunter x Hunter
    Photo: Hunter x Hunter / Madhouse

    Hoping to find out more about his absent father Ging, Gon Freecss sets out to become a Hunter. He meets a professional assassin, a would-be doctor, and a revenge seeker, and becomes good friends with them all. With the help of his friends, he continues to search for his father while encountering challenges that range from defeating real life video games to saving the world.

    1,983 votes
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    1,607 VOTES
    Dr. Stone
    Photo: Dr. Stone / TMS Entertainment

    For unexplained reasons, every human on the planet is suddenly encased in stone. When scientific genius Senku Ishigami wakes up thousands of years into the future, his first order of business is survival - but his next is reviving the technology-based society that was lost to time. 

    1,607 votes
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    1,968 VOTES
    Demon Slayer
    Photo: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba / ufotable

    When Tanjiro Kamado arrives home from a trip into town to sell charcoal, he discovers that most of his family has been massacred by a demon. The sole survivor of the attack is his sister Nezuko - but she's been transformed into a demon! Tanjiro decides to become a Demon Slayer in order to figure out a way to change her back. 

    1,968 votes