In the world of anime, one of the first demographic to be identified is “Shounen,” translated as “young boy,” which is mainly aimed at young men and teen boys. These shows usually feature male protagonists who embark on adventurous journeys that are full of action. Unlike Shoujo, this anime have very little to do with romantic endeavors. Shounen is basically a crossover between supernatural fantasy and action-packed drama. It still remains to be one of the most popular genres ever known to anime.
As typical and repetitive most Shounen anime may seem, every once in a while, a new one comes along that completely refines the formula, breaks into new boundaries and most of all, subverts old conventions of the genre. It’s these shows that eventually become gems in the huge crowd of other similar anime and are later reminisced for decades. So we decided to make a list of the best Shounen anime shows that have come out till date, that have redefined the genre in one way or the other. You can watch several of these best Shounen anime on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Hulu.
11. Dragon Ball Z (1989 – 1996)
It all started off when Goku was living an ordinary peaceful life with his friends and family on Earth. One day, to the surprise of Goku and other family members, his long lost brother Raditz returns home all of sudden. This sets off a chain of events that later grow into the four epic story arcs that involve the Saiyan saga, the Frieza saga, the Cell saga and lastly, the Buu saga.
‘Dragon Ball Z‘ is mostly known for its endless fight scenes that last for episodes and also its amazing set of characters, all of whom display sheer strength and determination to protect their beloved ones. This anime very well defines the whole genre of Shounen and though on today’s date, it might seem too cliched, back when it premiered, it was no less than a masterpiece. If you have been living under a rock all this while and you still haven’t had the chance to see it yet, then what are you even waiting for? Start streaming it right away on Funimation.
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