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The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time

Updated October 25, 2020 928.6k votes 100.3k voters 875.7k 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
    42,045
    13,633

    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
    45,508
    14,773

    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
    19,188
    5,132

    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
    30,657
    10,079

    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
    30,492
    9,986

    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
    33,626
    11,235
    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
    42,113
    14,111

    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
    One Piece is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    33,094
    12,396
    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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  • 9
    Black Clover is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    23,540
    8,047

    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
  • 10
    Bleach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    21,312
    7,849

    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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  • 11
    Dr. Stone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,407
    3,293

    Dr. Stone

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  • 12
    The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    27,400
    10,155

    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
  • 13
    Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    24,284
    9,231

    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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  • 14
    Death Note is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    22,147
    8,552

    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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  • 15
    Haikyuu!! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    10,763
    4,071

    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
    15,933
    6,147
    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
    Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    21,292
    8,730
    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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  • 18
    The Promised Neverland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    3,874
    1,071

    The Promised Neverland

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  • 19
    Noragami is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,921
    3,687

    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
    1,255
    321

    Fire force

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  • 21
    Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    12,136
    5,097

    Fullmetal Alchemist

    Action, Adventure
    Fullmetal Alchemist (Bones, 2003) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    15,348
    6,394

    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

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  • 23
    Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,597
    4,128
    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
    6,815
    2,528

    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
    9,822
    4,278

    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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