About the last one or two decades, Shonen anime (anime genre for teenage boys) is very happening and dominating. It is undeniable that the cause is the popularity of the big three shnen anime, namely Naruto, Bleach and One Piece. With two names already “retired,” many fans think that new anime, not only the shnen genre, can surpass the popularity of the three big names earlier.
The new anime that have sprung up have arguably even surpassed the original top three thanks to their fresh narrative, cutting-edge animation, and fun cast of characters. Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen in particular are two of the best breakout anime of recent years, but also one of many. The following is a series of shonen anime that is currently happening in the Mariviu version in 2021 :
1. Demon Slayer
Episode: 26 Episode (Season 1)
The best modern shnen of this generation is undoubtedly the Demon Slayer. Tells the story of Tanjirou, a boy whose life is turned upside down when his family is massacred by a demon and his sister Nezuko who turns into a demon. Eager to take revenge on the demon responsible, Tanjirou and Nezuko travel together hoping to find a way to make Nezuko human again.
Along the way, Tanjirou trains to become an expert Demon Slayer and forms a group with some very characterful comrades. Demon Slayer deserves credit with a storyline that is so captivating and deep, coupled with incredible animation, this is the pinnacle of modern Shonen.
2. My Hero Academia
Episode: 88 Episode
In My Hero Academia, 80% of the population is born with a power called Quirks. Unfortunately for him, he is one of the few people born without a Quirk, but that all changes when he meets his idol All-Might, the number one hero.
Viewers are treated to emotional stories, the tough training Izuku goes through, and stories of warm friendships along the way.
3. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
Episode: 36 Episode
Satoru Mikami is a stereotypical salary worker who suddenly loses his life when he is stabbed in the streets of Tokyo. Satoru wakes up in a new fantasy world (in the stereotypical Isekai style), but with a twist. She is reborn as a blue slime, with the power to imitate almost anything and anything.
Viewers can follow him on a fantastic journey to cultivate his new powers and meet many new people along the way, while gaining incredible powers and taking on the new name ‘Rimuru Tempest.’ That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is a dream come true for Isekai fans. The setting and power system are very reminiscent of classics like Fairy Tail, which gave a lot of new life to Shonen and Isekai.
4. Blood Blockade Battlefront
Episode: 24 Episode
Blood Blockade Battlefront is a shnen anime that is quite happening but a little underrated compared to the other names on this list. His name is sticking out again because of the news that season 3 will be released on February 18 last. In this universe, monsters exist and coexist with humans. New York City has since become ‘Hellsalem’s Lot’ and a group called Libras work in the shadows to maintain the fragile peace between humans and monsters.
Leonardo Watch finds himself joining this secret organization when he receives the ‘All-Seeing Eyes of the Gods,’ setting himself on a perilous journey to find out why. Blood Blockade Battlefront has a very unique premise to a Shonen anime that combines some great animation with dark plot points and great comedy.
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5. Fire Force
Episode: 48 Episode
Produksi: David Production
Fire Force is about firefighters putting out fires with flames. In a world where humans can directly burn and become fire demons called Infernals, a group of firefighters use fire -themed magic to fight them and protect anyone trapped in them.
The protagonist Shinra strives to be a hero, but he must deal with the feuds within the Fire Squad, as well as the shadowy group that claims to be behind the arson. The main attraction of Fire Force is its incredibly complex pyrokinetic magical system, and the animation of battle scenes that use this power in many amazing ways.
6. The Seven Deadly Sins
Episode: 100 Episode
Produksi: A-1 Pictrures & Studio Deen
Another old series is The Seven Deadly Sins. After the Holy Knights of Liones stage a coup and overthrow the kingdom, Princess Elizabeth desperately searches for the disbanded order of Knights to help her reclaim her home. Each member of the order is loosely based on one of the seven deadly sins of the Bible and comes with their own unique strengths & personalities.
Their leader Meliodas works with Elizabeth to find her former comrades so they can reunite and save the kingdom. The middle-aged themed setting which is quite unique coupled with some interesting characters and spectacular battles makes The Seven Deadly Sins a tense anime.
7. Seraph Of The End
Episode: 24 Episode
Produksi: Wit Studio
Seraph of the End is a gritty entry into recent Shonen history. The tone is dim from the start when the audience learns that a virus that kills people over 13 years old has wiped out a large part of the human population, and some of the young survivors are captured by vampires and kept as scarce food sources. Yuuichirou and Mikaela are two survivors who managed to escape from the vampires but at a great price.
Yuuichirou vows to destroy the vampires and becomes a member of the Imperial Demon Army for revenge. Seraph of the End fills a void for anime fans who need a little more desperation and darkness in their shnen anime, to the point where many are asking for a third season continuation. Perhaps you too will join the call for continuation?