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The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time 

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List Rules Vote up the best shounen anime of all time.

Shounen (or "shōnen") is one of the most popular genres of anime. It is geared toward teenage boys and usually features a male protagonist who embarks on an adventure filled with challenges. The truth is, the world could always use more shounen anime because it is filled with several positive themes, such as believing in yourself and hard work paying off. The genre often crosses over with fantasy and action anime, and does not often focus too heavily on romance. 

Below, you’ll find tons of great examples of this popular anime genre. Vote up your favorite shounen anime that deserves to be number one, and downvote the choices that you wouldn't really recommend to others. 

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Hunter X Hunter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Hunter × Hunter is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series directed by Kazuhiro ...more

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Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Naruto Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto.The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend ...more

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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition from his peers and the ...more

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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Attack on Titan (MBS, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities ...more

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Bro... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa. Developed by Bones, the series is directed by Yasuhiro Irie and written by Hiroshi ...more

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
My Hero Academia is a 2016 anime series based on the superhero manga series Boku no Hīrō Akademia, written by Kōhei Horikoshi. Izuku Midoriya is a regular middle school student in a world where ...more

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Demon Slayer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
One-Punch Man (TV Tokyo, 2015) is a Japanese anime series based on the webcomic by ONE. The story of Saitama, a hero that does it just for fun & can defeat his enemies with a single punch.

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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series ...more

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Black Clover is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Black Clover is a 2017 anime series based on the manga by Yūki Tabata. Seemingly born without any magic power, a young boy aims to be the Wizard king with his ambition, newfound abilities, and ...more

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The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
The Seven Deadly Sins (Netflix, 2014) is a Japanese animated series based on the manga by Nakaba Suzuki. A once-active group of knights called the Seven Deadly Sins must band together to defeat ...more

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Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the last 325 chapters of the original 519-chapter ...more

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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who stumbles across a mysterious ...more

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Dr. Stone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Assassination Classroom ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Fairy Tale is a Canadian LGBT dating television series. Hosted by Nelson Tomé and produced by Canadian media company Hiltz Squared Media Group, the program premiered on PrideVision in ...more

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Haikyuu!! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Haikyuu!! (Netflix, 2014) is a Japanese anime series based on the manga by Haruichi Furudate. Inspired by a championship match he sees on TV, junior high schooler Hinata joins a volleyball club ...more

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Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the ...more

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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives an encounter with Rize Kamishiro, ...more

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Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Yu Yu Hakusho is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. Yu Yu Hakusho follows Yusuke Urameshi, a 14-year-old street-brawling delinquent who, in an uncharacteristic ...more

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Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Soul Eater is a manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. The series revolves around three teams, each consisting of a weapon meister and weapon that can transform into a humanoid.

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (Shueisha, 2015) is a Japanese anime based on the shōnen manga series. The series is set mainly at Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school ...more

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Dragon Ball Super is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Noragami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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