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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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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Hunter X Hunter is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Fullmetal Alchemist: Bro... is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do ...more

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One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 7 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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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Assassination Classroom ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Black Clover is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Demon Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Gin Tama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Gin Tama, also known as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump. Set in Edo which ...more

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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Bleach is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper from ...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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Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story, also known as Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai X, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story begins during the ...more

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Magi: The Labyrinth of M... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a 2012 TV anime series written by Hiroyuki Yoshino and directed by Koji Masunari.
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Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Samurai Champloo is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, character designer Kazuto Nakazawa and mechanical designer ...more

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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Dr. Stone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
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Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is a Japanese mecha anime television series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It ran for 27 episodes on ...more

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