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What are the best Shonen Jump anime?

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Frank Emmanuel Trazo

An avid anime or manga fan would’ve heard of the words Shonen Jump at least once. No, this is not an anime itself but a manga anthology magazine that boasts the most well-known works of art. We’re talking about the big guns here such as Dragonball, Naruto, and One Piece which has been the entryway for many into the inescapable world of anime. Beyond these three are more series that are just as good and exciting. After all, Shonen Jump’s target market is the young adult males so expect high-octane stories with insanely powerful protagonists. You might be confused because we just said it’s a magazine that publishes manga yet our friend Frank Emmanuel Trazo asked about the best Shonen Jump anime. Allow us to clear the air. Typically, a well-doing manga is often adapted into anime and we’ve also said that Shonen Jump publishes the many of the best manga series. That makes Shonen Jump anime simply the adaptations of the manga series published by them. Now that we’ve cleared all of that, let’s now move on to discovering what are the top Shonen Jump anime.

Actually, deciding the Shonen Jump anime ranking is very difficult because most of the titles they produce are actually the best of the best. I mean can anyone top Rorouni Kenshin, One Punch Man, Hunter x Hunter, and the three previously mentioned? Absolutely difficult. But since Frank was curious, what can we do other than obliging? Kidding! Not kidding though when we say these are the best Shonen Jump anime. Leave a comment to let us know if you agree or not. Have fun watching!

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  1. 1One Piece

    37

    One of Shonen Jump's Big 3 has remained at the top of the manga and anime rankings since its debuted and deserves its places at the best Shonen Jump anime to date. All hail to the King.

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  1. 2Naruto Shippuden

    28

    The Naruto anime series has become a staple in the shonen jump anime ranking for years. The series ended it run to give way to a new batch of young shows and now is a good time to watch in its entirety.

  2. 3My Hero Academia

    26

    When My Hero Academia burst into the scene, no one knew how much impact it would make and how popular it would become. It has released season after season with signs of slowing down and is currently a top Shonen Jump anime to watch.

  1. 4Dragon Ball Z

    25

    Dragon Ball Z is one of the oldest and longest-running Shonen Jump anime series that a lot of people love and grew up watching. It is a part of anime history any fan should go watch and experience.

  2. 5Bleach

    23

    Bleach is a top Shonen Jump anime that helped establish it a legitimate manga publication house and is part of the magazine' Big 3 anime shows. If you haven't yet, be sure to watch this anime classic.

  3. 6Hunter x Hunter

    19

    Hunter x Hunter is an adventure, fantasy, and martial arts anime series which is based on the manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi. The anime adaptation by Madhouse was released in 2011. The story revolves around a young boy named Gon Freecss who aspires to become a Hunter. You will witness his journey as he takes on the Hunter examinations and the deadly challenges that await him.

  4. 7One-Punch Man

    14

    Is being too strong a bad thing for some superheroes? One-Punch Man tells the story of hard-hitting Saitama who became a hero just for fun, but actually ends up being very strong after years of special training. Watch the anime adaptation of Yusuke Murata's hit manga series and find out if there is even a foe worthy of Saitama's extraordinary punching prowess.


  5. 8Yu Yu Hakusho

    12

    Yu Yu Hakusho is a Japanese action and fantasy anime by Funimation Entertainment. It was released in the year 1992. The anime, directed by Noriyuki Abe and written by Yukiyoshi Ohashi, adapts the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi.

  6. 9The Seven Deadly Sins

    5

    The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as Nanatsu no Taizai, is a fantasy anime about a disbanded group of knights who are needed to save a fallen kingdom. Watch Princess Elizabeth's journey as she seeks for these legendary warriors after her king father is captured.

  7. 10Mob Psycho 100

    3

    Mob Psycho 100 is an action comedy anime that first premiered Summer 2016, the series is returning for its second season after three years on Winter 2019. The slice of life anime's main characters is Shigeo Kageyama and Arataka Reigen.

  8. 11Tokyo Ghoul

    3

    Enter a post-apocalyptic Tokyo where ghouls populate the land to terrorize human beings. This is the premise you need to be prepared for if you're planning to binge-watch Tokyo Ghoul. This 2015 dark fantasy anime series is based on the hit manga of the same name by Sui Ishida. Explore the ghoul-eat-man world through the eyes of Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives an encounter with a ghoul disguised as a pretty lady.

  9. 12Rurouni Kenshin

    1

    Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X) is a samurai-based anime show. It tells the story of a master swordsman that is traveling around Japan during the Meiji era. He arrives at a martial arts school in era of the opium trade wars.

  10. 13Blue Exorcist

    1

    Blue Exorcist is a dark fantasy adventure anime that aired on MBS from 2011 to 2017 with 37 episodes and 2 OVAs. It was based on the manga of the same name by Kazue Kato and an anime film was released on 2012. 

  11. 14Gintama

    1

    Gintama is a Japanese action-comedy anime produced by TV Tokyo that stars the voices of Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Sakaguchi, and Rie Kugimiya. The pilot episode premiered on Spring 2006. Each episode runs for a total of 24 minutes.

  12. 15Hajime no Ippo

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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!

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    Anonymous
    July 10, 2018
    "Came here ready to kick anyone's ass if One Piece wasn't on the top of the list! BEen following the series, both anime and manga for more than 2 decades since I was 7, never a dull moment with this funny crew! It's got action, adventure, drama (Going Merry huhuh), comedy, romance, and everything you can ask for! And haven't you noticed, Luffy doesn't need Dragon Balls to save his ass!"
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    One Piece
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    Anonymous
    July 10, 2018
    "Naruto Shippuden's ending was a bit forced, though the part where Madara was still alive was a twist I was not expecting. Sasuke gaining control of the Tailed Beasts on the other hand, was kind of OP and threw me off. But still, a very great anime I enjoyed for a very long time!"
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    Naruto Shippuden
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    Anonymous
    February 26, 2019
    "Great character development. Fights are amazing and aren't based on who has more power-ups or who's stronger all the time. Fluid animation and the arcs are all connected. Everything about this anime is amazing and I highly recommend that you try watching this if you haven't."
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    Hunter x Hunter
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    Anonymous
    July 10, 2018
    "Had good arcs in the beginning, but the Wandereich and the Yhwach arc kind of made the story too complex. Ichigo's journey to save Rukia was one of the best anime series I've watched for sure tho, especially when Ichigo picked off the strongest shinigami one by one."
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    Bleach
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    Anonymous
    October 8, 2018
    "It's an underrated series that seriously deserves more attention and it's extremely rare type of anime where 1.It's gets better and better over time and 2.It's the only shonen jump anime that I've ever watched we're ALL of the filler episodes are good."
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    Gintama
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    Anonymous
    July 10, 2018
    "If you don't laugh at Saitama you should have yourself checked! Damn that guy's expression alone is bound to make you snicker! And if his training regimen doesn't inspire you to at least walk briskly, you should question your life goals."
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    One-Punch Man
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    Anonymous
    July 10, 2018
    "worthy replacement to any of the big three (one piuece naruto and bleach). just the message alone of a normal kid having superpowers through hardwork, devotion and just being helpful, damn that's deep! that's deep!"
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    My Hero Academia
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    Anonymous
    February 6, 2020
    "Most of us grew up liking boxing a lot and no other anime show has supported that notion than Hajime no Ippo. It's funny and charming cast as well as its over-the-top action gets an instant recommendation from me."
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    Hajime no Ippo
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    Anonymous
    July 10, 2018
    "DBZ Goku, best Goku! As a Piccolo fan, I get goosebumps every time I watch Piccolo and Goku team up to save Gohan and Earth from Raditz and Vegeta. Frieza too! and Trunks and everyone! MAN, DBZ is the best DB!"
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    Dragon Ball Z
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    Anonymous
    February 6, 2020
    "To this day, I still consider this top shonen jump anime to be one of the prime examples of a good and proper samurai anime series. If you haven't seen it yet, you're really missing out."
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    Rurouni Kenshin
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    Anonymous
    February 6, 2020
    "It has a good story, slick animation, and full of cool action sequences. It's a solid anime series overall and deserves a spot as one of the top shonen jump anime series ever."
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    Tokyo Ghoul
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    Anonymous
    July 10, 2018
    "100%!!!!!! Upvote this guys! this has the best adventures in all of anime! and the quirkiest animations too!!! It is so enjoyable even without outrageous super powers!"
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    Yu Yu Hakusho
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    Anonymous
    February 6, 2020
    "This is one of the lesser-known top shonen jump anime that deserves more attention in my opinion. It's an overall solid anime that anyone can just pick-up and watch."
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    The Seven Deadly Sins
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    Anonymous
    February 6, 2020
    "This is one underrated anime in my opinion that is actually quite good. It deals with the supernatural and the action is quite entertaining and is well worth a try."
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    Blue Exorcist
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    Anonymous
    February 6, 2020
    "One of the more unique entries among all of the shonen jump rankings of shows. Its unique take on the whole op superhero genre is quite fresh and is worth a watch."
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    Mob Psycho 100
This list is about What are the best Shonen Jump anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1One PieceTV Shows 37 Paid
2Naruto ShippudenTV Shows 28 Paid
3My Hero AcademiaTV Shows 26 Paid
4Dragon Ball ZTV Shows 25 Paid
5BleachTV Shows 23 Paid
6Hunter x HunterTV Shows 19 Free
7One-Punch ManTV Shows 14 Free
8Yu Yu HakushoTV Shows 12 Paid
9The Seven Deadly SinsTV Shows 5 Paid
10Mob Psycho 100TV Shows 3 Paid
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