Best Shonen Manga

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The Top Ten

1 One Piece

Epic story and genuinely likeable characters. It's been around for 15 years, but it's still going strong with no end in sight. I, for one, will stick by untill the end. It deserves to be the best selling manga of all time in my opinion.

As my experience tell me, many shounen series have the general theme of "Nakamas", but no other series makes your cry about it like One Piece. It might just be the best serie so far. A must-see.

Best characters, best storyline, best meaning... And its and ADVENTURE bringing out the child inside all of us!

Super fun story, really like it

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2 Naruto

I have followed the Naruto manga and anime series for so many years now, it has become part of my life quite literally. Original "Naruto" is technically just an introduction or prologue, not meaning it isn't great, just that after watching the episodes when the main characters are just children and get into Shippuden you realize how light the original was and how its like an introduction to the "real beginning" in Shippuden (3 years later). As soon as you've learned the basics and the beginning of the plot has been set from the original you are ready for the best plot ever. It goes straight into business, right to the action and storyline the further you get into the better it gets literally. You later get to a point where you do not know what to expect, there are loads of plot twists, you might be believing one thing that they make seem is the truth for the whole series and then something might happen and its something else you wouldn't expect. its like the genius ...more

Naruto is a fantastic story. Naruto, meaning the first part of the show, is funny, action packed, and then becomes emotional. Characters begin to develop and grow. It is truly emotional, while still being entertaining with the fighting. My only complaint is the fillers at the end of the series. However, to me Naruto to me also means Naruto Shippuden. Over the course of Naruto the characters mature, so as it should be, Shippuden is more mature. Big things happened in Naruto, and Shippuden deals with that on a higher level. It is still ongoing and as the episodes to continue to come out, it never ceases to amaze me, Naruto constantly outdoes itself. I love these characters and feel for them, and want them to become stronger and achieve their goals. It is truly, truly great.

The story was initially a fun, dynamic adventure with Naruto, and then as the story goes on, it gets more deep, and the plot thickens, and you realize that things that you learned before actually have a huge significance later that you thought it would never have (I'm talking about the Uchiha thing... ) the characters are mostly all original, with great style, with unique fighting styles, each clan has different trade marks, as do the countries... The fighting seems well-researched and the personalities are fully developed, and... Yeah. Awesome.

I like this anime the show and the manga

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3 Fairy Tail

You watch one episode, and you fall in love with. There's the main characters: Natsu, a dragon slayer that is...travel sick? There's Lucy, a strong and independent girl looking to join the Fairy Tail guild. And don't forget Happy, a blue cat that can fly! Hiro Mashima has crafted an amazing work of art with his manga, making every character memorable with their own little quirks. Fairy Tail has all the drama, action, adventure, humor, and maybe a little bit of romance. If you are just starting out in the manga/anime world, this magic filled show is the best way to start. Just do it, and you wont regret it.

One thing that separates from the rest is that Fairy Tail is so family focused. You will love every character. People are saying that it is a rip off of One Piece. I say absolutely not. It is artwork inspired, but in a class of its own. It may not be adventurous as One Piece, but watching this show has so much more relationship development that would make you tear and asking for more.

It's funny and action packed. It has its share of funny characters, stupid and short-tempered guys, and awesome guys that kick @ss. The fighting is fast-paced, full of fireballs, powerful sorcery, combined with incredible martial arts skill. The story rolls similar to One Piece.

LOVED IT! A must watch to all otakus.

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4 Dragonball (Z)

the most iconic shonen ever... It's a classic that should been seen/read by everyone

I have yet to see someone who does not know Dragon ball (the manga is only Dragon Ball, not 'Z') or the name Son-Goku!
Everyone should read it, just watching the anime is not good enough. The manga is awesome! Plus this is the manga that influenced all subsequent shonen manga

The reason shounen exists in the western world (hyperbole is used in this statement)

This is the OG of the damn genre. Goku represents everything that we've all come to accept in anime, and Goku has been one of the most well known characters dating from 1984! That's over 30 years and still going strong, and if you could have one attack move of a shounen hero in this list, you know lots of people are going to go Kamehameha!

He's not the hero the world wants, just a man who wants to protect his friends and was again the OG with that theme in anime and also give us the fast paced action scenes that every kid loved on the T.V., and DB/DBZ was mainly just awesome fighting with good additions of other themes as well like family, which everyone enjoys.

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5 Bleach Bleach

It has a lot of action. Plus, the artist has very thorough drawings so you know what's happening clearly in all the action scenes.

I can't help but get hooked on this manga, the characters, the story, the art! Its all so interesting. The action is the one of the best I have seen, LOVE IT!

Bleach is the best! It's the most epic anime ever and everyone is so hot there! Not like one peace -_- and this anime has the most unexpected scenes so this is why it's 1#

Hands down the #1 anime

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6 Hunter X Hunter Hunter X Hunter Hunter × Hunter is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video ...read more.

One of the most unique shounens, though massively underappreciated. Hunter x Hunter has one of the most well-developed plot I've ever seen, with no fillers and - gasp! - no plotholes either. The fights are well-done and based more around brains than power levels - you'd be surprised at how clever some conflicts end up being! The author makes you use your brains, too. The characters are also fantastic. While appearing to be totally generic at first, it doesn't take long for all of them to surprise you and the character development is consistent and realistic. HxH also gets kudos for having one of the most interesting and...problematic main characters I've ever seen.

It has downsides, which are the fluctuating quality of art and really long hiatuses...but the quality of Hunter x Hunter more than makes up for these flaws. It's simply one of, if not the best shounen animes and really deserve to be more well-known.

I'm pretty much giving this a vote because it should be much higher in these rankings. The manga is a true shounen battle manga, and Togashi's writing is of exceptional quality. While the individual chapters lack heavily in the quality of the artwork, Togashi does fix this for the volumes, although these themselves aren't the best in shounen. Another downside to this series is the massive time it spends on hiatus while other series mangaka put out chapters on a consistent basis. But where quality is concerned HXH is better than One Piece. The fact that Fairy Tail appears anywhere in this list makes it clear this isn't about quality for most voters.

Hunter x Hunter is one of those rare shounens its shows you this classic shounen character good kind and determined but as the show progress the character face so much struggle that you can see a different side to the character. This manga is not dark and white but more of an gray side and it shows you this set of laws on their so called powers that it will make you use your brain. All in all this anime is an amazing manga filled with adventure amazing characters and shows the true side of nature what is normal for the frog is evil for the ant

Hunter x Hunter should be #1 or at least #2. There is NO chance that Naruto/FairyTail/Bleach is better. Actually Fairy Tail shouldn't even be in the top 10. It was good at first, but went extremely downhill to the point where final villains are getting 1 shot. ALL hunter x hunter villains actually get the appropriate developments/deaths, fight scenes are AWESOME, and story/character development is amazing. I can give deep a analysis on any of the characters but not in this comment of course. Whereas I can't exactly do the same for most other shounens.

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7 Full Metal Alchemist

One of the deepest and the best I've read. My first anime/manga was Sailor Moon, and it put me off for years- of course, it might not have, but I was watching the dubbed. From there, I went on to Naruto. I loved Naruto. Seriously. Then Naruto had to grow up, and the plot I was used to almost seemed to vanish- or it branched off so far from the original it was like waking up from a wonderful dream to find you were late for school. Then, Deathnote, which I loved until L and Light died. They were the reasons I was reading that one, so it kind of died for me. I just couldn't connect with Near and Mello that way.
Then, I went to FMA. I read it all the way through, and then watched Brotherhood. After going for a couple of weeks of withdrawal, I watched the first anime. I haven't read much else, but FMA brought up many subjects I'd never read about before, and the main characters just spoke to me. I fell instantly in love with Alphonse, a sweet boy who somehow retains his childlike ...more

If it can be considered a Shonen (and I'm not sure about this... ), this must be for sure the best one. A deep plot which deals with philosophy, the great questions of life, politics, racism, ethics and much more. Lots of action and of true emotions. You'll find yourself crying or rejoicing out of the blue, guaranteed. And even some really good humor. What can you ask more than this? Read it.

I absolutely love this series. It's funny, sad, and happy. The characters are amazing and the relationship they have with one another is awesome. I love the lessons they teach you and the message they send. In life, we have to make sacrifices to get what we want and when we make mistakes, we have to get up on our own two feet and use our own two hands to fix it. The story line was fantastic and the action was superb. It's a must read. (Or watch)

I'd say it's on par with One Piece, but One Piece already has the 1st place and this deserves more love

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8 Kuroko's Basketball

This is no Naruto with an attention complex and a terrible childhood, but Kuroko's seemingly bland and bleak character is actually really refreshing!
The art is very expressive and bold, with equal doses of comedy, drama, and suspense!
Team play, and friendship are one of the key themes in here, but as there is yet more to see from this manga, I'm sure many more will be explored.

Overall, it's a very light on the eyes manga perfect for those who just want to chill, want a break from fantasy settings, or crack a smile at an asinine male behaviour.

Never seen like this before, even though it's jump manga, it seems refreshing and the plot and no where near normal jump manga and the story has been captivated so much, it makes me smile all the time, makes me follows the manga as well as anime all the time. It's a break out point for all Japanese manga which has been influenced by 4 top manga so far!

Good are style, and interesting plot. It makes basketball seem so intense and enjoyable. If you want a break from the usual "when through a trauma and now I'll get stronger" main character, you'll be refreshed to see Kuroko's deadpan but hilarious character. This manga is a fresh new change complete with unique characters, well balanced and nicely paced plot.

I don't even like sports, or most sports manga's, but I loved this!

Wow, this successfully made me fall in love with basketball after reading just one episode of the manga. I played basketball for the first time in my life thanks to this! Sankyuu very much to the author and illustrator of this book.

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9 Beelzebub

Beelzebub--finally, a shonen manga that doesn't have a main character that's set on the right path. He knows what he wants, and he knows how to get what he wants: with brute force. Oga's reckless, irrational, a complete idiot, and the biggest badass I've ever seen. He makes a contract with a demon: the first thing he worries about is whether or not he'll turn into a demon. He doesn't worry if he still has a chance at gaining paradise. He worries about himself. He's selfish, arrogant, and a total nut job.
But he's lovable.
Almost all of the characters are. They're idiotic, stupid, unconventional, completely and utterly insane, power-hungry, and badasses everyone can't help but remember. They all have their strong points and they all have things that you can't help but fawn over. Characters that start off as bad guys turn into friends. You see sides of them you didn't know existed. You feel like you've actually made friends with them and watch them grow.

Crazy fun. Crazy cool. Its awesome. Gotta love that the main character is kinda evil and really badass.

Why did this have to end?

One of my brother's favourite manga and anime series 😊 - MLPFan

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10 Magi

It's not One Piece, but in this case, that's Ok. I've read most of the mangas on this list and I'd have to say that, much as I love them, this one is right up there. It does an amazing job of balancing levity with some intense political machinations, and the depth and scope of characters, countries and concepts leave you really invested. Like Naruto and others, this manga gets broader in focus until it deals with things like the purpose/cause/saving of the world; unlike many of its contemporaries I'd say it takes a pretty nuanced view, without straying too far from its shonen genre. Overall I'd say a great read; I've read it through twice now and have noticed the carefully thought out plot developments - it doesn't suddenly pull a deus ex machina on you, or pull out vast developments from nowhere. I really admire the organic development from a whimsical adventure take to an epic, and would recommend it to anyone.

Great anime, but the manga is even better! The plot is just amazing, there is character development and no as much fan service as in some other shounen...

The art is good, I personally love it. In the beginning you're like, okay? Okay. But behind this lighthearted anime are darker themes.

The author seems to know where she's going with the story and there aren't fillers! I'm sure that any shounen fan would love this anime, it has a great plot, amazing characters, good fighting scenes and nice art!

Really good character development, main characters are dynamic, fight scenes are splendid, and the story puts a clever twist on the tales we know of Aladdin, Alibaba, Sinbad, etc. Bringing characters of diverse backgrounds together in a fast-paced adventure.

Magi has a very good plot and some very well developed story line. All the major ideas are original and quite well thought out.

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The Contenders

11 Death Note

Most clever and elegant story I have never read. No oher story were so well wroten. This isn't action manga, it's more like one big detective story, where you know motive, murderer, solver and most of their both's plans, but you never know, who is the winner, until the last chapter. And no guns were used, (some expentions) most battles were psychological battles; who will make better move, and who has most information.

If you haven't read this, you lose much.

Death Note is a good anime in its own right, but I wouldn't call it action. it's very much a mystery/suspense-genre. That being said, this show will have you on your feet at all times. it had me hooked better than a lot of action anime can, which is a real talent. It shows like 1/10th the action of a typical "action" anime, but it's mind-bogglingly interesting, and a thrill ride, if you can keep up. The second half, while I agree isn't quite as exciting as the first, makes up for it with one of the BEST endings I have seen of all time, in an anime. Glorious ending to a glorious show. Again, not really action, but it's intelligent and mystery-packed, and definitely worth a watch.

This manga has a very amazing story! Just look at the MAJOR plot twists it has! The Volume 1 of this is enough to blow me away! This story also mostly composes of some sort of detective stuff, and it's so logical.

For those who haven't read this, READ IT NOW! You won't regret a single bit of it.

Second favorite shounen manga after reborn - nao

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12 Reborn!

Katekyo Hitman Reborn is awesome! It's not extremely long and the fillers are really good (unlike Naruto Shippuden that forced me to give up). It has a good list of characters who aren't voiced by prominent voice actors which give it an air of freshness. The idea is extremely original and the show manages to balance humour with some of the more darker scenes later on in the series.

It's an epic manga. It has a hilarious plot and has its serious parts as well. There are a lot of interesting and eccentric characters which make it very likeable and addicting.

The whole manga is great, with lovable characters and a unique story line you'll get hook. Though the begging is very slow once the action kicks in you wont be able to stop. There are many scene that you could laugh or vent frustration (heck maybe even cry) but it's a roller coaster of a show AND manga so I highly recommend!

Amazing story with great humor and action. Love the art

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13 YuYu Hakusho

It's the first and the great shonen that I ever read. And of course the anime too. I really love it. This shonen have give so many inspiration for me. I like the characters and just match with my lovely characters. I hope this shonen will be added, maybe the next season. So, I could hunt for it again.

It might be because it was my first but it remains my favorite to date. It has pretty good character development, an interesting storyline that drags you in, and a clean balance of action and emotion. The length is just right, though I would probably not complain if it was longer. Deserves a lot more credit and popularity. I loved it!

Was the DBZ competitor and should be top ten for story alone.

Beste ever!

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14 Gin Tama

A LITTLE SLOW UNTIL AROUND EPISODE 30, BUT AMAZING AFTER THAT. The main character of this story is the best one I've so far seen after watching anime for like 4 years. We finally get a "mature" adult that's not a teenager who's carrying the entire world on his shoulders. He does whatever the hell he wants, and he's an absolute badass in a fight. The dude alone is enough reason to watch the show, so when you add on all the awesome characters accompanying him, THIS SHOW MUST BE WATCHED.

Funniest Shonen ever and has amazing action packed and epic arcs. And the best part of all are the great characters, since all of them are different and impossible to dislike.

This manga makes me both laugh and cry harder than any other. The masterful use of the manga's self-awareness has. Excellent comedic value. Not to mention there are some pretty good fight scenes that aren't quite ridiculous. I would, however, read this series after having read a few others, especially the staple shone, it'll be funnier that way. It may seem like it lacks direction for a while, but it'll take you where it's going and then all doubts will be left behind that this is the greatest manga of all tim. If you think I'm wrong, read it, all of it, and then tell me.

Gintama should be #1 on this list or top 3 at least, because this is one the best if not the best anime seires out there. Gintama can make you laugh, cry, then laugh again in just one episode while being absolutely badass at the same time, it's truly a special anime. The only reason why it's not higher up on this list is because this is a underrated anime that never gets proper acknowledgement for it's true greatness from the anime community becauee they don't get past the first 30 episodes. I will admit that Gintama starts slow, but it well worth the weight possible more.

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15 Kenichi

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi is probably the only manga I know that is a true underdog story. This isn't like the other shonen manga where the main protagonist starts out weak then trains himself to be stronger, then when that turns out not to be enough, is handed a power up that grants him enough strength to wipe the floor with his opponent. Kenichi earns his strength through intense (and often times absurd) training. Whenever he is in a jam there is no magic, wish granting, potential unlocking plot device to save him. He has to rely on his own willpower and determination to outlast his opponents. But now I'm getting off track.

The story revolves around Kenichi, an unpopular highschool weakling who one day meets a "girl who is like an assassin". One thing leads to another and before you know it Kenichi becomes the disciple of 5 of History's Strongest Martial Art Masters. Each master an unrivaled expert of a popular martial art, and each having their own ...more

A light hearted martial-arts story about a wimp named Kenichi; even through it's jokes this story still manages an absorbing plot and intense scenes. This isn't a manga with flawless heroes or unbeatable warriors, this is a manga that'll keep you guessing just when our pour protagonist will catch a break!

I grew up with this show, I was 6 when it first came out and that was the first anime I was seeing. This is a great story with a heart warming hero. And humour of course but it never get too absurb. I keep an excellent memory of Kenichi

Nice so happy to see this anime on the list!

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16 InuYasha InuYasha InuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing ...read more.

When it comes down to simple and lovable characters inuyasha has the best to offer. With its magnificent character development and great feeling of an epic adventure its hard not to love and stop watching Inuyasha. A classic shonen and anime period. In the anime world even if you have not watched inuyasha you at least know about it like bleach or one piece. That is how good it is

With all of its flaws holding it back there are 3 things that Inuyasha does the best at against all of these shows. First it's characters are just the best and most interesting out of any shounen anime out there, second the story while long feels like a classic adventure all the way through, and lastly it's pure enjoyment level is just so powerful and constant. Sure there are the ocatianal boring episodes but overall it's a fun ride that gets quite addicting

I'm going to watch it over, for the third time. The plot is just amazing.

Most of these shonen take from InuYasha. Fma and Bleach are heavy ones at that.

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17 Attack on Titan

Best story around. The characters actually have normal hair. The drawings are epic. It's not old and full of action, mystery, and twists. You get dragged into the story and you can't stop hoping that the video-game comes out. The author is young. Awesome story about war and full of scientifically-possible machinery. I don't worry much about the fact that its 25th because its ranked first in other and it's new. I'm a great fan and I read many shounen manga, old and new. It's a must read!

A very good piece of art..the characters are awesome they are very distinct to each other.. The story is so mysterious and full of different battle technique and strategy.

Really good manga because it has an interesting plot line and characters (although the majority die anyways). I highly recommend this manga if you haven't read it already. Just a warning, it can get gory and also don't get attached to any of the characters to much because basically anyone apart from Eren, Mikasa and Armin can die at any moment.

Scary, but the plot is so well planned out.

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18 Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

This should at least be in the top 10. This anime was so cool I watched it 4 times already. Kenshin is super strong and nice. THe characters are likable. Kenshin's true to his words and ideals. AND A LOT MORE STUFF THAT I CAN't think of right now -. -

Ruruoni Kenshin is a shonen about an ex-assassin fighting to protect his ideals and the people for whom he cares. Throughout the series he is battling himself, determined not to change back into the killer he once was, Himura Battousai. Despite the old enemies that haunt him, Kenshin stays strong and true to his new self, Himura Kenshin. Kenshin is a kind, moral man that teaches valuable lessons to those younger than him. He displays true courage and determination.

In addition the series itself, the historical facts and culture is rich and phenomenal. I've learned a lot about the Meiji Restoration and famous Japanese historical figures. The pictures are rich and detailed.

The characters are deep, but funny at the same time. They have dreams and hopes and they fight for their beliefs. I fell in love with Ruruoni Kenshin the first time I flipped open to the first page.

Amazing classic Samurai Anime

Probably the only good manga with a happy ending. - toptenAGAIN

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19 Bakuman

Bakuman, created by the Death Note creator itself is a very interesting manga if you're hook into arts, a bit of shounen and slice of life. It had some interesting plot and will captivate you to know, what is the story behind these great mangas that we know. The characters are well built and memorable, and what can I say, it's awesome :))

Bakuman is great. It's written and drawn by the same pair that did Death Note, meaning, amazing art and good storytelling. Having a manga written about people writing manga sounds really boring, but the plot line totally draws you in until you can't stop. The characters are well developed (though their appearances don't change much even though they get much older as the story progresses), the stories they come up with sound amazing, and any otaku would be curious to find out how you get a manga published! One of my favorites!

I like it so so much. It gives me courage and reassuring for trying hard that will eventually get nice profit. I like it so much both anime and manga.

Bakuman is one of the best manga that you would love to re-read over and over again

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20 Nisekoi

Such a good story line, very good characterisation, the story is very easy to follow. It is a manga that I read by myself, and don't discuss it with friends that also read it, it seems much more personal

Good In Romance And Comedy...

Best manga so far

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