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The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time

Updated October 25, 2020 922.9k votes 99.9k voters 870.2k views118 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Naruto: Shippuden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    41,536
    13,440

    Naruto: Shippuden

    Action, Adventure
    Naruto: Shippuden (Studio Pierrot, 2007), also known as Naruto Shippuden, is a Japanese action... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Hunter x Hunter (2011) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    45,074
    14,597

    Hunter x Hunter (2011)

    Action, Adventure
    Hunter × Hunter (Madhouse, 2011), also known as Hunter x Hunter (2011), is a Japanese action... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Demon Slayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    18,818
    4,992

    Demon Slayer

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  • 4
    Attack On Titan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    30,268
    9,956

    Attack On Titan

    Action, Military
    Attack on Titan (Wit Studio, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    30,173
    9,839

    Naruto

    Action, Adventure
    Naruto (Studio Pierrot, 2002) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Masashi... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    33,140
    11,163
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Bones, 2009) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    41,680
    14,014

    My Hero Academia

    Action, Comedy
    My Hero Academia (Bones, 2016) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Kohei... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Black Clover is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    23,260
    7,926

    Black Clover

    Action, Comedy
    Black Clover (Studio Pierrot, 2017) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    One Piece is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    32,677
    12,295
    One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    27,144
    10,052

    The Seven Deadly Sins

    Action, Adventure
    The Seven Deadly Sins (A-1 Pictures, 2014) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Dr. Stone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,213
    3,208

    Dr. Stone

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  • 12
    Bleach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    20,996
    7,775

    Bleach

    Action, Adventure
    Bleach (Studio Pierrot, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    Death Note is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    21,879
    8,485

    Death Note

    Mystery, Police
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    23,955
    9,166

    Dragon Ball Z

    Adventure, Comedy
    Dragon Ball Z (Toei Animation, 1989) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    Haikyuu!! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    10,637
    3,983

    Haikyuu!!

    Sports, Shonen
    Haikyuu!! (Production I.G, 2014) is a Japanese sports anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    15,745
    6,097
    Assassination Classroom (Lerche, 2015) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    The Promised Neverland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    3,756
    1,001

    The Promised Neverland

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  • 18
    Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    21,039
    8,660
    Fairy Tale is a Canadian LGBT dating television series. Hosted by Nelson Tomé and produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Noragami is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,828
    3,628

    Noragami

    Action, Adventure
    Noragami (Bones, 2014) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Fire force is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    1,124
    277

    Fire force

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  • 21
    Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    15,204
    6,341

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Action, Mystery
    Tokyo Ghoul (Studio Pierrot, 2014) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    12,000
    5,038

    Fullmetal Alchemist

    Action, Adventure
    Fullmetal Alchemist (Bones, 2003) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,485
    4,070
    Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (J.C.Staff, 2015), also known simply as Food Wars, is a Japanese... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 24
    Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    6,684
    2,489

    Code Geass

    Action, Military
    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Sunrise, 2006), often referred to as simply Code Geass,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,721
    4,243

    Soul Eater

    Action, Fantasy
    Soul Eater (Bones, 2008) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by Atsushi... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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