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.

Still going strong without showing any signs of losing its Mojo, unlike other shows that have lasted so long.

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

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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.

I love Luffy and I love Naruto. But Noruto edged because to me he seems to be more polished character than Luffy. Otherwis, supporting characters from both are awesome.

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.

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3 Dragonball (Z)

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

Great story, Amazing characters, Amazing fights and still to this day one of the best shonens ever written

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)

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4 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.

I just love it, its fun to watch and very entertaining

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.

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5 Bleach Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. ...read more.

Bleach has the most human character development. If you watch it your expectations will go way up for an anime's philosophical character developments.

I recommend not watching this because when u finish your expectations go way to high for other manga/anime

I've read lots Naruto but started watching bleach because it was supposed to be good. I happen to like Ichigo more than Naruto cause Ichigo is a lot more interesting and intelligent than Naruto. Also the female protagonist are more than just "damsel in distress."

Uuuum!? What!? Everyone knows, one piece, naruto and bleach are the most popular manga!

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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 personally believe this anime deserves top 3 ranking. The reason is simple. Its not a typical battle-focused anime where muscle win the battle instead more of strategy involved. For instance, chimera ant arc, Hunter Association made numerous strategy just to separate King from his royal guards. Every characters thought process are clearly explained.The nen powers explained in detail. Good plot. This type of story quality hardly seen in many manga. The final episode of the anime was a goosebumps. Known human world is just a tiny fraction of the whole planet and enigmatic journey awaits Gon and his friends. I'm really looking forward for the arc depicts adventure outside human world ( though I believe it's a long way to go). The only downsides I can think of is inconsistency of manga release which in return slow in anime release as well. Ya I forgot to add on,every arc's narrators voice in anime are spot on!

This is by far the most BRILLIANT manga I have ever read which has a lot of FEELS. The whole story is so warm and heartfelt. Hunter x hunter is the best manga ever!

The fact that Fairy Tail is ranked above HxH is shameful. HxH's only downside is the long breaks; if it was more regular, I'd rank it number 1, but it's number 2 behind One Piece.

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7 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!

I have just started this anime (might read manga) and its brilliant! The art style is so much different to other animes/manga! The story and backstories aren't Naruto nor Fairy Tail or anything:Simply, a bunch of highschool basketball players who want to win a cup (or something, not far into it). If you like basketball, or any sporty stuff, you should watch this

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8 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)

It had a totally captivating plot, it raised questions and opinions that most other manga don't have. Its one of the deeper manga that I have read. Not only do we get to see blood and slaughtering, we get intelligent discussion too! - Velilana

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9 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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10 Reborn!

Great read with great character development.

This is my all-time favorite manga.

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.

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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.

Shounen anime isn't all action though. It's just aimed for a male audience, so it's a demographic tag. - RoseRedFlower

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.

This manga turned the Shonen industry around completely. This is a work of amazing chemistry between artwork and an AMAZING story. Iconic charachters and a plot of the likes that had never been seen before. I've never read anything like it! MUST READ!

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12 YuYu Hakusho

This series was full of heart. It's characters were some of the most likable and well written. Sure, the world isn't as fleshed out as One Piece, and it isn't as iconic as Dragon Ball, but I'd say this is the best shonen series ever. - MilesRS777

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.

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13 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.

This series is so underrated. Great series with awesome fight scenes and the cutest anti-christ you've ever seen, what's not to like?

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

Why did this have to end?

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14 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.

It's just an epic... Has all elements of a good adventure and has a very interesting story

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15 Shaman King

The best! Character development is amazing.. Great plot.. Amazing characters.. The ending is perfect.. Sadly it's really underrated

I love shaman king so much I wish one day I see them

i'm JEWISH

I feel like it really underrated. My favorite! Greatest story line ever.

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16 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.

The best ever! Brilliant story, animation, music. Only bad thing about it is that its over for now.

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17 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.

It is without a doubt one of the best anime series of all time, well developed characters, such a great animation, criticism in so many areas, such as, religion, racism, family, and also with a lovely ending

18 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.

I fail to see why death note isn't on this list (its not shounen) it deserves to be on every anime list no matter the category

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19 Berserk Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.

Berserk isn't shounen...

Deep and intricate plot. It has a really dark storyline and Guts is a badass.

The one that got me reading manga

Best dark fantasy manga ever!

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20 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.

It’s hilarious

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.

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21 Fist of the North Star Fist of the North Star

How can it be that the manliest of all men, KENSHIRO, isn't added to this list?! He alone could put this series in here, but then we add the likes of Raoh, Toki, Souther and more! The result? Anyone who thought this shouldn't be included is already dead!

One of the greatest T.V. shows I have seen especially since it is now quite dated that's saying something. The moment kenshiro destroys a tank with his fists is still one of the greatest moments in anime history

This series is badass, Hotuko shin Ken wa muteki da! ATATATATATATATATATATATATATA WATA! I've punctured all of your pressure points Omaewa mou shinderu

22 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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23 Soul Eater Soul Eater Soul Eater is an anime series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo, which adapts the Soul Eater manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo.

At first I wasn't really sure about it, but the characters are really enjoyable. It has good moments of comedy, but it also goes deeper. Some people may not be into its style of animation, but I really enjoyed how the characters looked and how it fit with their personalities. There are a few episodes that could be skipped as they do not add to the plot, but that's about 3 out of 51 episodes, so not bad. Funny, Action, Story and Characters. What more do you need?

The first anime that I watched. The best!

Yas fourth favorite shounen manga - nao

Incredibly awesome art and stort... MADNESS

24 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". ...read more.

Epic story base, a little romantic story to spice things up, and probably the most epic short anime series of all time

Actually, Sword Art Online is a light novel at first. I don't know if there's manga or not but the anime is awesome!

Its awesome but it's a light novel not a manga I read the novel its more great

It is the dream for gamers

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25 Code Geass Code Geass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp.

Excellent story line with great characters. And the power of the Geass trumps everythig with a will short of resurrection. Lelouch Lamperfouge (or Lelouch vi Britannia) is a realistic character who, unlike most shounen characters, trumps people with his intellect, not his brawn or emotions. It has food for thought on whether we should fight fire with fire, evil with evil, or should we merely surrender to evil. Excellent character development and plots and schemes that rival and, in places, surpass Death Note's. Intellectual, but unlike Death Note, it has plenty of badass fight scenes.

The best ever...it should be among the top twenty...one word for it AWESOME!...

I've never actually watched this.

26 Slam Dunk Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk is rank #29?! Man, the people here have no taste.

Why isn't this beautiful manga up there? WHat the hell people? THis is the best shounen manga ever. In terms of character development this masterpiece beats every manga up there.

Even if you hate basketball this manga will make you love it. But don't think it's only about the sport, there's so much more to it... It makes me laugh, it makes my heart pound, and it would be higher on this list if it were more well known. Not to mention Takehiko Inoue's drawing skills are one of the best in manga.

This is one of the best shounen anime there is, and the best sports anime hands down! Oldie but goldie classic. MUST WATCH.

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27 Boku No Hero Academia Boku No Hero Academia My Hero Academia is a superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 20 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format.

This should be at the top to be honest

Lower than boku no pick?

It is a great shonen that just started but it really has a lot of potential
It is about a boy who has no superpower in a world full of superpowers but still wants to be a hero
This show has a great cast of characters and the main character is very likable
It is truly an incredible manga and I believe this will be the next huge shonen
It is a MUST read

Smart protagonist and amazing story; should definitely be ranked higher.

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28 Dr. Slump
29 Great Teacher Onizuka Great Teacher Onizuka

One of the most funniest animes I've ever seen! And believe me imma weeb

30 Toriko

Big fan on one piece, but I wasn't sure if this would be good, since the authors are friends I decided to try it. And was hooked on the manga until my tired eyes finally finished the most recent chapter. This needs to be ranked on par with one piece. There seems to be no fillers, the story has depth and it's just damn good

Fantastic piece of work, the fights are always the best and the world building is fascinating on the early episodes.

This is a series all about food its strange yet very enjoyable.

Toriko is one of the best manga EVER! On par with One Piece and a lot of other great series... I know I'll get hate for this but I would unhesitantly put it next to DBZ and other legendary series. HOGHLY RECOMMEND the Manga... NOT THE ANIME... If you've seen the anime and you hate the series, justified, but the manga is GOD Like... on a whole new level.. Toriko should be top 5 At least :) GO GO check t out, its slow at the begginning but gets better trust me... Shonen Fan for over a decade!

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31 One Punch Man One Punch Man One-Punch Man is an ongoing, online, web comic, which was later adapted into a Manga and Anime series . Created by ONE in 2009, It gained popularity, and soon after, went viral in 2012, surpassing 7 . 9 million views . One-Punch Man (OPM for short) focuses on the protagonist Saitama (Who is named after ...read more.

Have read some great manga including one piece, naruto and dragon ball, but this anime is just so good. The characters, plot and everything about this anime is awesome. ONE is so much brilliant! I really love this manga... It makes my heart flutter and laugh at the same time. The characters are amazing... All are connected to the main characters. A long story manga with a single group leading character, best fighting, best twist, best art, best storytelling, best action theme, make every reader laugh-angry-and touching in the deepest of heart...
ONE PUNCH MAN IS THE BEST!
ONE PUNCH MAN FOREVER!

This manga has best comedy, action, twist, heroism than any other manga.
Also has some best psychological scenes

One punch man for life

The anime has the best fighting scene in all of anime, period.

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32 Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin Wiki is a collaborative website about the series 'Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story' (るろうに剣心 明治剣客浪漫譚, Rurōni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Rōmantan), also known as 'Rurouni Kenshin' and 'Samurai X'. ...read more.

Deserves to be number 1 shounen action manga.
Cool story. Amazing characters. Great Action.
Same league as Naruto and other top shuonen action mangas.

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

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33 Shokugeki no Soma Shokugeki no Soma

Yeah! I've never read such a great manga, much less one about cooking. But Shokugeki no Soma blew me away, not just with the mouthwatering food, but the creative plot (that' s sometimes kinda extreme), but the characters are the best. There's a great deal of meanings behind the story, and you come to realize this is not just some random manga.

Love the director and the strictness of the school, hope new chapters come soon

Best manga I have ever read! I don't even like cooking... But this manga is action packed and has its hilarous moments. The main character is Souma is the man.

Good Characters, INTENSE COOKING BEGINS

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34 Horimiya Horimiya
35 Assassination Classroom Assassination Classroom

Korosensei, enough said

36 D.Gray-Man

Its one of my best mangas and animes! I love it very much!

I have seen many shounen like Bleach, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, Gintama (my no.2 all-time favorite), Fullmetal Alchemist... But among all, D.Gray-Man remains as my favorite. Its art has the biggest glow-up I have ever seen in a manga in my whole life, the storyline and plot is unique, deep, and the characters have a BIG development as well as pasts that will make you cry for weeks, you fall in love with every character (mainly with the main characters, they're so precious). Honestly when I was rereading the manga for the first time, I realized that the mangaka (Katsura Hoshino) had planned EVERYTHING since the beginning. Honestly, this manga is way too underrated. D.Gray-Man has a big place in my heart, I hope the mangaka gets better from her health issues so she can finish this masterpiece she started.

I love D. Gray-man. The storyline is great, the art in it is fantastic, and out of all the manga I have read it remains my favorite. It also has that feeling of, hey maybe they really aren't the bad guys and they aren't the good guys. The main character is strong yet vulnerable. Overall it's just a great story.

This is my favorite manga, hands down. It deserves a lot more recognition

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37 The Promised Neverland

Ray and Phil is best boys

Very good storyline..

Great art and a sharp plot which does not deviate from the storyline

I started it yesterday and even the first chapter was great. Now I'm finished and wanted to recommend it. The characters are beautifull. They feel not like robots or those classic charakters. The art is great. Every exprecion is...wow...

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38 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014.

Not as good as the original anime created. Manta was also good.

This is my absolute favorite anime!

This shouldn’t be on here, it’s a Seinen story. To all the people that see this, read it, it’s a great story.

39 Nanatsu no Taizai

A seriously pissed of that this is not rated higher. It is adventure action comedy fantasy super power. Basically everything you want from a shonen. Just try it and you will see a really good read I'm

This honestly is one of the greatest shonen battle manga out there. But it's pretty new and upcoming which could be the reason why it's not up there.

Best shōnen ever! The story is so amazing and intriguing!

Read the first few chapters. Became a fan.

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41 Kingdom Kingdom

The best

This is the best historical fiction ever, with truly engaging and well planned battles and a really developed story line. The character development is immense too. This should be top ten, I really enjoyed this!

Must read! This is one of the best manga ever. Character development, storyline, strategy, its all there. It should be top 10

Most interesting view into ancient warfare that I could ask to read

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42 Pandora Hearts Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts is a hard-to-read manga. Very few people could understand it, and love it at first. The plot goes rather slowly, that's why most people drop it after reading chapter 1. However, trust me, with a little politeness, a whole new world will be opened before your eyes. Follow the While Rabbit's footprints, and unlock the Pandora Box.

Greatest manga ever. The characters, story, plot twists, every thing about the beginning are connected with each other. It has a bittersweet ending that will bring you to tears once you've done reading it. A must read manga. True manga readers cannot simply drop it at the beginning because of its complex story. But trust me, all of it will be connected on the latter part of the story.

This is my number one favorit manga! It's has the best story line among the other (manga that I ever read) I really like it. The story is so unexpected! It's hard to understand but it's the coolest part because the hard you get it the cooler you fell when you get it! I fell like want to cry! This the best manga ever. Hope you read it soon!

The plot is just incredible and really unpredictable when you start reading it you have no idea where it will take you.

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43 Air Gear

If you like anime about high speed racing without cars then this is for you

Unfinished but it's a masterpiece love the atmosphere of the show

Great anime and manga

44 Ao no Exorcist

good

The story is very nice and the anime has nice OST

It is full of action and comedy.

45 Boku no Pico Boku no Pico Boku no Pico is an anime series of three OVA episodes created by Katsuhiko Takayama. It was released to DVD on September 17, 2006.

Greatest anime of alll time

It's good

Deserves to be higher, don't let the picture throw you off. In just three ovas, it's packed full with action, literally dripping from the brim with it. Heartwarming plot-line, the main isn't so bad.

As a fujoshi, the only criticism I have is that it wasn't gay enough.
But still was an enjoyable series, I wish there was more!

46 Eyeshield 21

One of the most recommended sport manga. It is so funny and the characters are so unique and funny. Hiruma is the best character ever created

It's a simply beautifully weaven plot...

Easily one of the coolest sports manga around

47 Black Butler Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.

Best manga ever man!

A phenomenal manga that beats the rest in imagery. The intricate details with each careful brush-stroke are both magical and unreal. The story takes place in Victorian England and it's a perfect blend of the British Imperial Age and the supernatural world.
The plot is heart-wrenching, but the characters themselves are fresh and exciting. This isn't a manga about "doing the right thing" and "absolute justice"-the protagonist is the Queen's "watchdog", covertly taking care of the Queen's troubles (namely, people) and dealing with the underworld's finest with a shrewd mind and clever plans.
Ciel Phantomhive is not fighting for justice. He has made the most devilish of plots and has bound himself to the world's most conniving creature.

Suspenseful, spectacular imagery, an amazing plot and endearing characters, Kuroshitsuji is unique. It is one of my favorites and so it will remain.

I love Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) not because the handsome men, but because this is the first time I've read a manga without justice, belief or moral standars. "After all, justice in this world is just a bunch of principles made by those with power to suit themselves. No one really thinks of others, you would lose everything if you can't keep up."(Ciel Phantomhive-Kuroshitsuji)

You kidding me? Kuroshitsuji is like the best manga ever! You gotta shinigami you gotta demon you gotta Victorian age you gotta a unique story plot and characters! Yana Toboso is a genius I tell you GENIUS

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48 Nisekoi

It seems like your average harem-anime, but then after reading a few chapters, you'll realise it's much more than that.

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

49 Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist is an anime series directed by Tensai Okamura and produced by A-1 Pictures, which adapts the Blue Exorcist manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato.

Yay! It's here! - MLPFan

50 Code: Breaker

FINALLY SOMEONE WHO KNOWS DIS. This Anime is really good. I haven't finished it yet, but I will eventually!

Super good anime. I fell in love with all the characters. LOVE IT!

My favourite manga ever! Heros are fabulons! Code Breaker power!

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