WHAT’S THE MEANING?
Shonen is a genre that refers to content meant for a young male demographic typically between the ages of 12 and 18. It commonly features high-action and humorous plots involving the mostly male protagonists.
DID YOU KNOW?
Out of the 11 entries on this list, four of the entries were produced by Studio Madhouse and three were produced by Studio Pierrot, two of the biggest Shonen anime studios in the industry. Death Note, Hajime no Ippo, the 2011 remake of Hunter x Hunter, and the first season of One Punch Man were all produced by Studio Madhouse. Madhouse was founded in 1972 by former animators of Mushi Production, a company that went bankrupt one year after. Madhouse has been responsible for some of the best anime adaptations in the industry, having been the studio for Cardcaptor Sakura (the original 1998 run, both films, and the 2018 sequel/reboot), A Place Further than the Universe, the 2007 Devil May Cry anime, and Overlord. They also produced groundbreaking anime movies like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Tokyo Godfathers.
On the other hand, Studio Pierrot produced the adaptations of the shonen bigs, namely Naruto (including Shippuden), Yu Yu Hakusho, and Bleach. Pierrot was founded in 1979 by former employees of Tatsunoko Production and, like Madhouse, former employees of Mushi Productions. Aside from the shonen bigs, Pierrot is also the studio behind Flame of Recca, Clamp School Detectives, Fancy Lala, Twin Star Exorcists, and Urusei Yatsura, the forerunner of the harem genre that is often partnered with the shonen genre. That said, harem is surprisingly absent from this list of hot-blooded shonen jump anime. Yet the timeless and classic One Piece anime produced by Toei Animation has become part of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997. If you are wondering where to watch One Piece, it's practically almost everywhere! Anyway, another manga title that has been serialized in the Weekly Shonen Magazine is the Seven Deadly Sins. This on-going manga has also been transformed into series. In fact, the Seven Deadly Sins 2 has become a staple in some anime streaming sites. Check out the other entries and see for yourself. Either way, your blood is sure to be pumping!