Top 10 Best Shonen Manga

The Top Ten
1 One Piece

Creative story telling. Thoughtful plot. Unique character design. Epic. Touching. Funny. Did I mention epic? Its long because it has to be long, not because the editors lengthens it due to good ratings. Despite its length though, the series continues to amaze and twist which puts you at the edge of your seats most of the time. Been following it ever since 1998, and I'm always longing for the next chapters. I hope once this ends, they would collaborate with Pixar or Dreamworks and makes a 3D animated movies out this story.

I was one of the people who refused to read one piece because I didn't like the drawings! I remember how all my friends were excited about every next chapter release of the manga, and I didn't understand them. Later I gave it a try and discovered a new world, a beautiful one, a great adventure to make you dream. Stories that melt your heart and fill it with all sort of emotions anger, sadness, happiness etc... This is the manga that taught me the most about so many things like friendship, pride, will, dreams, and most importantly the meaning of freedom! and the story is becoming exciting as ever you can never stop reading it. Oh I almost forgot about the characters, so many badass, bunch of carefree and reckless people so various, there are a the strong ones, the funny, the weak,the intelligents, the dumb but bonded by the same will and trust

Whether you love it or hate it, cannot deny that the series "One Piece" is the current best selling manga of all time. There is a reason that this series is loved so much. From the rich and meaningful story line that builds a world that you will fall in love with, to the vast array of characters that make you WANT to join in the adventure. This series, no matter how long it may take to finish, will always, to me and many others be a "true adventure".

Very cohesive story over 20 years! It's a true adventure! Makes you cry, laugh and inspires you!

Beautiful storylines, adventures in the clouds, under the sea, mermaids, dragons, pirates, ninjas, "centaurs", robots, mad scientists, revolutionaries, archaeologists, war strategists, commentary on social issues and corruption... It's a wild ride!

So much fun! And it's really a feel-good series! I'm dreading the day it ends! But maybe I will be 40 by then!

2 Naruto

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 Naruto! I love how small things have a big impact and the whole story is connected together. My only complaint is that Karin is an extremely annoying character and what was Kishimoto-sensei even thinking, abandoning her character development so completely? While I found Sasuke annoying, at least, he's a character you can respect. Karin is annoying as crap and I seriously wish she had a better character development and can think of anything other Sasuke once in a while.

Other than that, this story is awesome and has brought me to tears at some points. I love almost ALL the characters, they are so many and yet each are individuals with unique traits and quirks and extremely likeable.

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 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 author foresaw what ...more

3 Dragon Ball Z

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.

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

So many good Shonen exist. But with Dragonball it is always like coming home. Great characters, good fights and a lot to laugh.
The Anime is great but the Manga is so much better

I damn love it. And I'm a girl. I love how it's male characters look manly and not teenagers like other shonens like fairy tail for example. Plus vegeta. All I need to say.

4 Fairy Tail

You watch one episode, and you fall in love with. There's the main characters: Natsu, a dragon slayer that 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.

Unlike other Shonen that have Over Arcing Story's, Fairy Tail doesn't seem to have one as of yet which allows Mashima to focus on developing a huge amount of characters with both depth and emotion, he juggles this and various plots which is very difficult. He give so much attention to his huge cast. Unlike the big three, Fairy Tail has a wide array of amazing developed characters that hold it very high in my books. Whatsmore is that the pacing is years better in comparison to Naruto.

One of the best shounen manga out there, I started out late with this manga but totally fell in love with it. The characters are all well developed and well liked by all fans. I was so hooked that I couldn't stop till I read the whole thing and I wait till the next chapters come out with anticipation.
It has some flaws but if you love it they don't really show and the new plotlines that Hiro Mashima comes up with are totally new and not a drag.
I'd say read this totally great manga.

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.

5 Bleach

The characters are really have a lot of depth! I also prefer the drawing style compared to Naruto or One Piece (though they're awesome manga too!.
Also, the protagonist isn't a general shounen hero (the slightly dumb, happy-go-lucky type), but an intelligent, sensitive guy. Most of the characters are intelligent too!
There are quite a few hot/pretty characters too!

The 4 mangas above Bleach is sad.

Dragon Ball Z - Same arc every time! They meet Vegeta who threatens to rule everything and destroy earth! Goku does kamehameha and wins! They meet Frieza who threatens to rule everything and destroy earth! Goku does kamehameha and wins! They meet Cell who threatens to rule everything and destroy earth! Goku does kamehameha and wins! They meet Buu who threatens to rule everything and destroy earth! Goku does kamehameha and wins! NOW IT'S A CAT NAME BEERUS?

Fairy Tail - Five things to describe Fairy Tail: Fanservice, "Power of Friendship", unrealistic power ups, did I mention fanservice, and our characters doing nothing that contributes to the world.

Naruto - Remember when these books were about Naruto wanting to become Hokage? When there were actual tactics in a fight? Remember loving characters before they turned useless and boring? Yeah I remember those it's just Dragon Ball Z 2.0

One Piece: I might actually ...more

I didn't read manga but anime has great characters, interesting story. What else can I say? I watched every single episode of the BLEACH series and it's not wasted time for me! I would recommend it to anyone.

I'm waiting for the moment of truth, when bleach manga will end and they will continue ANIME!

Bleach is in one hell of an arc! Sweet mother of god! All I can think of is stuff like:

What will happen next?

Are Rose, Kensei, Rangiku, and Toshiro really dead?

Where are the Zombies/Yachiru/Ukitake?

Will Mayuri bring back any of the cool dead Arrancar(only one I like that came back was Dordoni)?

Is Giselle really a chick?

Who will be my waifu if Giselle is a man?

Why is there a bit more pervyness this arc?

Why isn't there ENOUGH pervyness this arc?

When are we gonna see some new Bankai?

And how come Momo hasn't been stabbed yet?

This is mind-blowing, people. Kubo is a genius, who really knows how to make me wait like a puppy for the next chapter.

6 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.

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!

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!

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

7 Fullmetal Alchemist

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)

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.

My first ever anime. If it wasn't for FMA and it's amazing tale of lost, redemption and brotherhood I wouldn't be the person I am today. The moment I decided to start collecting manga I knew that FMA had to be my first and it was. I rewatch/reread it every year to test if its really that good, and it is yet to disappoint me.

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 wonder ...more

8 Hunter x Hunter

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.

Okay, so I haven't read the Manga, because its super rare (though I'm getting some soon) but I have watched the first season of the 2011 version and let me just say this. Hunter x Hunter is one of those shows which has the right balance of everything, except for the fact that 148 episodes maybe too much for some. However, I found myself loving all the characters, especially Leorio and Killua, but Gon and Kurapika are just as great! It is child friendly whilst still being great for teens and adults who want a bit of light-hearted fun! Hunter x Hunter is my favourite by far!

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 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.

9 Death Note

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.

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.

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!

10 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

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.

Alibaba, a character who's undeniably human ( what with his various flaws) yet still very noble. You know an anime is awesome when, like in this one, you feel upset about character deaths for people you didn't even like in the show.

The Contenders
11 Reborn!

It starts out very slow, the beginning 60 or so chapters basically only focused on the character introduction, comedy and plain ridiculousness... Although later on at chapter 70 or 80 something it finally get's serious. The third arc was the best in my opinion, the character development is shown clearly in this particular arc and the plottwists are excellent. All in all it was a very exciting experience, I suggest you to try it out... Oh, and the graphics aren't very good in the beginning, but believe me when I say it'll get even moore awesome!

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.

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!

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.

12 YuYu Hakusho

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!

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.

Why isn't this number 1?! It's the greatest anime of all time. Everthing about it is perfect. The final season is a bit of a slump, but the Dark Tournament and Sensui seasons are phenomenal. It does everything right, I'm not even gonna bother listing all the great things about it because there's too many to name, it would take forever. Always #1 in my book.

Absolute classic, and one of these that deserved being remembered so fondly. YYH is everything my Last Airbender, Ben 10 loving kidself could have wanted. From the action to the comedy and memorable characters YYH's got it all

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?

14 InuYasha

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

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

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

15 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!

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.

It is very epic. It has a unique character placement, with characters who play major parts. It is realistic, yet a nearly perfect piece of fiction and revolves around everyday elements like caste system, treachery, propaganda, untimely death. It may be violent but with such a unique setting my #1 ever.

It's one of the creative manga written and drawn by a young Mangaka. Action-packed and occasionally humourous scenes (OVAs and some actual canon panels), other than that the Mangaka isn't afraid to kill any characters when nessecary. Even the protagonist is not safe.

It is a mysterious and full of twist plus with feels each time the author decides to kill another character (Marco for example). Yeah it's one of the good modern shounen manga.

16 Shaman King

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

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

17 Berserk

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

A must-read manga. Tragic story between friendship. Love,betrayal,rage and all the emotions you can think about of.

Best dark fantasy manga ever!

18 Bakuman

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!

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 :))

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.

Nice drawings, cool story and you will learn a lot about the world of manga creating. One of my all time-favorites.

19 Gin Tama

I had to vote this, because Gintama really should at least be in the top 10 (if not the top 5)...what is this madness?!? Anyway, this is a Shonen unlike many others in that it doesn't have a huge over-arching plot filled with epic battles that last 10+ chapters. Instead, Gintama uses mostly episodic comedic genius and off the wall characters as its primary crutch and focus, and this -although off putting for some- works entirely in its favor. It's amazing how something mainly episodic with mini arcs threaded in here and there can constantly feel fresh & never get boring. That's not to say that Gintama is plotless- it has serious and emotional moments as well as some amazing fight scenes...they just aren't pointlessly dragged out. Add to this, one of Shonen's best protagonists to date and an elusive set of side characters with their own quirks and issues and you've got a winner.

Seriously, Gintama restored my faith in anime & manga and for that I can't thank it enough.

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.

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.

I enjoyed Gintama quite a lot as it has a perfect mix of comedy (one of the funniest), emotional moments and action that's decent. It doesn't put me off like most shounen mixing in comedy when it's serious and does not contain too much 'Nakama power'. There's character development and while many say that Gintama does not have that much plot, it certainly does, especially in the recent manga chapters.The female characters are properly dressed and isn't weak and I respect the mangaka for that. Definitely a must watch and one of my all time favourites shounen other than One Piece, Hunter x Hunter and Death Note... You will need to watch quite a few anime to understand the references and the rare appearance of amantos appearing is the only 'bad' parts.

20 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 colorful ...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!

21 Soul Eater

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!

22 My Hero Academia

This is the only manga that ever caught my eye. And I'm SO glad I decided to give it a try. There's so much to praise about it, I won't try to fit it all here. But let's just say I am totally SHOCKED that this series isn't at least in the top 10 right now...

The best manga of its generation. The world-building is probably one of the best. It also has some great plot twists. The villains have great back stories & all the fight scenes are epic.

I binged the 2 seasons currently out and need more of this!

It's a relatively new series that is well worth getting into.

Reminds me of the good parts of Naruto.

It's enjoyable, fantastic and just beautiful. Seriously, I'm just satisfied by My Hero Academia. Great characters, plots, pictures and a cool Anime too

23 Code Geass

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 should be among the top word for it AWESOME!...

24 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

25 Sword Art Online

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!

Can't vouch for the manga but the anime is amazing.

Love the story

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

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