If you are looking for some good Shonen Anime I would recommend to you the following:
- Boku no Hero Academia
- Hunter X Hunter (2011)
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn
- Naruto (Without Filler)
- History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi
BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA:
In a world where people suddenly started evolving super powers, powers in society became a somewhat regular quality. These powers were viewed as “quirks”, which made people unique. Izuku Midoriya dreamed of one day becoming a super hero, but the thing was that he didn’t have a quirk. In a world full of super powers he was born “quirk-less”. One day though he got to meet the number one hero in the world, All Might. All Might saw Izuku’s passion and decided that he would want him to become his successor. All Might’s quirk has the ability to be passed over to others, he trained Izuku and then passed his power over to him. This is the story of how Izuku Midoriya became the greatest hero.
HUNTER X HUNTER (2011):
Someone who is very skilled, takes on dangerous tasks, explores uncharted areas and searches for treasures. In this world that is what a hunter is defined as. Gon Freeces, a twelve year old boy, left his home to search for his father, whom he knows is a hunter. Gon aims to become a hunter like his father and along his way makes many new friends, faces incredibly dangerous situations and grows along his journey.
KATEKYO HITMAN REBORN:
Tsunayoshi Sawada is a failure at almost everything he does, he’s not smart, strong, or talented. But he does have a lot of heart and is incredibly kind. However, are these the qualities that you would use to describe the mafia boss of the most notorious mafia in Italy? Tsunayoshi’s life of failure ended when he was chosen to become the successor to the most infamous mafia in Italy. And the person who will guide him on this path is a mysterious baby. A baby who declares that he is the greatest hitman of all time, named Reborn. He will give Tsunayoshi a new life and turn him into the best mafia boss the world has ever seen.
WATCH WITHOUT FILLERS:
This includes both the original Naruto anime and Naruto Shippuden. If you are looking for a long shonen series then I recommend this. There are many websites that have lists of naruto fillers. Here is one I found:
Once there was a huge demon known as the nine-tailed fox that attacked the hidden leaf village. Countless people lost their lives and the strongest ninja in the village, the 4th hokage, had sacrificed his life to seal away this demon in the body of a child. This child was named Naruto Uzumaki and he grew up being hated and shunned by the village. Naruto though had a dream. He wanted to show that he wasn’t like that demon fox, he wanted to become the next hokage, to become the strongest ninja and to become the protector of this village. Along this journey he had met many deadly foes but also made some very loving friends. This is his journey of becoming the savior of his village.
HISTORY'S STRONGEST DISCIPLE KENICHI:
Kenichi Shirahama is a pretty weak individual, which is why he decided to join his school’s karate club. However, he faces trouble from a senior karate student who is determined to get Kenichi to quit from the club. Kenichi then encounters the new student at his school, Miu Furinji, who encourages Kenichi to get stronger by joining the dojo that she lives at. Although seeming like a quiet and humble dojo from the outside, this dojo is full of the most powerful martial arts masters in their respective field. Kenichi then undergoes hellish training as he is subject to learning Karate, Street Fighting, Muay Thai, Ju Jitsu, Weapon Mastery and Chinese Martial Arts. By learning all of these martial arts and combining them to form his own, he will become History’s Strongest Disciple.
Here are some great romance anime too!
- Kimi ni Todoke
- Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
- Clannad & Clannad After Story
- Lovely Complex
KIMI NI TODOKE:
Kuronuma Sawako is avoided by other students due to her resemblance to a ghost girl from horror movies. However, Sawako is a very kind and gentle girl who is determined to make friends. Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in school, sees Sawako’s sincerely kind nature as something real, something different to the personas that people put on in high school life. Sawako also admires Kazehaya for his kindness and courage. Watch as their admiration for one another eventually turns into love.
KAICHOU WA MAID-SAMA!
Misaki Ayuzawa is known for being a ruthless female student council president who attacks misbehaving boys. However, to help out her poor family she works part-time at a maid café. Misaki believes that she must keep this as a secret otherwise her image would be ruined. One day, Takumi Usui, the most popular boy at school, discovers this secret and instead of exposing this secret, he instead uses it as a way to get closer to her.
Ryuuji Takasu has a gentle personality but an intimidating face, while Taiga Aisaka seems like a cute and fragile girl, but actually has a very feisty personality. One day, by chance they encounter one another and Taiga reveals that she has a crush on Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be Ryuuji’s best friend. While Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda who is Taiga’s best friend. These two then decide to work together to help each other be with the one they love.
CLANNAD & CLANNAD AFTER STORY:
Before I start with the description, I’d like to say that this is a really amazing anime. And although it is slow at first, I highly recommend it. Especially Clannad After Story, that is where the gold is at my friends…
This story starts with a delinquent named Tomoya Okazaki who still faces the demons of his past. People have told him that he would never amount to anything, so he doesn’t try too. He thinks that life is boring and skips classes with his best friend Youhei Sunohara. One day, he meets this girl named Nagisa and although reluctant at first eventually becomes friends with her. Nagisa is passionate about reviving the school’s drama club and Tomoya agrees to help her along the way. While trying to get people to join the club Tomoya makes many new friends and eventually learns that they are facing problems of their own. Through meeting Nagisa, Tomoya learns to see the beauty and wonder of life.
Koizumi Risa is ostracized for being very tall, while Ootani Atsushi is labeled as being too short. These two constantly bicker and both want nothing to do with the other, because they were always being grouped together due to their height difference. However, they eventually grow closer as Ootani develops a crush on Risa’s friend, Chiharu, and Risa develops a crush on another classmate, Suzuki. The two then decide to help each other with their crushes and eventually become good friends. Their crushes then fall in love with each other leaving the two heartbroken, but they still encourage each other in finding love.
Here are some really funny comedy anime that I thought were great.
- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
- My Bride is a Mermaid
- Daily Lives of High School Boys
THE DISASTROUS LIFE OF SAIKI K. :
Kusuo Saiki was born with all sorts of supernatural abilities, but to him these powers seem more like a curse than a blessing. He just wants to live a simple, quiet life, but of course the life of a psychic is anything but simple. While trying to keep his powers hidden, he is faced with the presence of all sorts of eccentric personalities, thus getting into many strange situations. It is a show full of wit and is a really refreshing take on the genre. Overall highly recommend it.
This anime revolves around the lives of three high school girls and, a young genius, her caretaker robot Nano and their talking cat Sakamoto. This anime explores the humor found in everyday life in an enjoyable and exciting way. Watch and enjoy the hilarious antics of these characters and the people in their ordinary everyday lives.
In a world where aliens have taken over feudal Japan, a man named Gintoki Sakata lives the life of an errand boy. Accomplishing all kinds of odd jobs, along with his friends Shinpachi Shimura, a samurai in training, Kagura, a young girl with an endless appetite, and Sadaharu, their giant pet dog. Watch as this ragtag group of heroes try to make a living.
MY BRIDE IS A MERMAID:
One day on summer vacation a boy was drowning at sea. In his last moments of consciousness, he sees a beautiful girl and is saved. This girl appeared to be half human and half fish, she was a mermaid. The two were then subject to the principles of mermaid law, which stated that once a human catches sight of a mermaid, either he or the mermaid must die to keep their existence hidden. The only exception to this rule is that they can both live if they are joined by family. And the only way to do that is if these two marry. However, this mermaid isn’t an ordinary mermaid either, her father is also part of the yakuza. As you can see, life is now anything but ordinary for Michishio Nagasumi (the boy who drowned) as he now has to adapt to his new life with his new family.
DAILY LIVES OF HIGH SCHOOL BOYS:
In an all boys school, known as Sanada North High School, three close friends Tabata Hidenori, Tanaka Yoshitake and Tadakuni embrace everyday life with their overactive imagination. As a way to overcome their boredom they always get into bizarre and hilarious antics. All in an attempt to make life interesting.
SLICE OF LIFE:
- March Comes in Like a Lion
- Non Non Biyori
- Flying Witch
- Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION:
(Author note: This show is really moving and insightful. It is something that I enjoyed watching a lot and it gets even better in the second season.)
Rei Kiriyama is an elite in the world of shogi. Having become a professional player in middle school he is celebrated as a genius and one of few to be so accomplished at such a young age. He simultaneously faces the pressure of the competitive shogi world and faces the demons of his traumatic past. As a 17-year old he decided to move out on his own and eventually meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a group of kind-hearted sisters who live with their grandfather. Through their interactions, Rei gradually becomes a part of their family and overcomes his depression by learning how to interact with others, while also learning about himself and enjoying life’s beauty.
Seishuu Honda’s talent as a young, handsome calligrapher has caused him to grow arrogant. To humble him, his father sent him to the Goto Islands. There he is away from the comforts of city life. Instead trying to use his time there as a source of inspiration. However, Honda does not get the peaceful life he wanted. He is constantly bothered by the wacky community that lives there, especially by Naru Kotoshi, a cheerful and hyper young girl who loves to visit him. This trip however leads him on a journey of self-growth and gives him a new-found appreciation for the people who live there. It is definitely a story that brings out the kid in you.
NON NON BIYORI:
In the rural countryside of Asahigaoka there lies a village with only one school and five students. These students that are of varying age eventually become close friends and form a familial bond. They enjoy their time together while getting into all kinds of fun and crazy antics, bringing a little more light into the dreary countryside of Asahigaoka .
Makoto Kowata had to leave her home at the age of fifteen to study abroad. This is because there is an age-old tradition for a witch to leave home to grow and gain knowledge. Makoto leaves to go to Aomori, where she seems to live the life of an ordinary high school student, with the exception of the strange magical occurrences which happen around her.
TANAKA-KUN IS ALWAYS LISTLESS:
Tanaka is a high school student who is as lazy as can be. His friend Oota acts as Tanaka’s caretaker. He helps Tanaka do the things which he is too lazy to do on his own. Tanaka always gets into situations, however that disrupt his peaceful lazy life. One thing I appreciated in this show is that all the characters have a reason for why they do what they do. It is this journey of understanding and discovery that makes this anime so special.
THANKS FOR READING:
These animes, in my opinion, are all great choices. If you have any anime recommendations of your own, please feel free to add it in the comments section. Thank you so much for reading and visiting the site, it really means a lot. Hope this helped you find a cool new anime to watch.
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