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The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time

Updated October 20, 2020 977.6k votes 99.0k voters 867.5k views86 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
    Hunter x Hunter (2011) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    44,577
    14,336

    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
  • 2
    Naruto: Shippuden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    40,956
    13,242

    Naruto: Shippuden

    Action, Adventure
    Naruto: Shippuden (Studio Pierrot, 2007), also known as Naruto Shippuden, 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
    18,369
    4,799

    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
    29,848
    9,786

    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
    29,779
    9,684

    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
    32,636
    11,072
    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
    41,187
    13,870

    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 Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    28,917
    10,328

    One Punch Man

    Action, Sci-Fi
    One-Punch Man (Madhouse, 2015) is a Japanese action anime series based on the webcomic by ONE.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Black Clover is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    22,924
    7,789
    Black Clover is a 2017 anime series based on the manga by Yūki Tabata. Seemingly born... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Dr. Stone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    8,966
    3,090

    Dr. Stone

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  • 11
    The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    26,879
    9,887

    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
  • 12
    One Piece is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    32,270
    12,146
    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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  • 13
    Bleach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    20,626
    7,698

    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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  • 14
    Death Note is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    21,584
    8,392

    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
    Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    23,647
    9,067

    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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  • 16
    Haikyuu!! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    10,453
    3,890

    Haikyuu!!

    Sports, Shonen
    Haikyuu!! (Production I.G, 2014) is a Japanese sports anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    15,522
    6,027
    Assassination Classroom (Lerche, 2015) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    20,780
    8,574
    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
    The Promised Neverland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    3,584
    927

    The Promised Neverland

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  • 20
    Noragami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,697
    3,574

    Noragami

    Action, Adventure
    Noragami (Bones, 2014) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Fire force is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    941
    221

    Fire force

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  • 22
    Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    11,850
    4,970

    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
    Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    15,004
    6,287

    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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  • 24
    Overlord is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    2,756
    1,102
    Overlord is a Japanese light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time
    9,342
    4,014
    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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