Last Updated: April 07, 2022
So, what’s up anime fans? The 2020 has already started with a bang, and most of us are still eagerly waiting for the highly anticipated anime series, which are still a few months away. Well, if you belong to this category and searching for some fantastic anime series to best spend your weekends, then this list is going to be fantabulous for you.
As shounen is the most popular anime genre with lots of adventure, action, cool characters, splendid storylines, and positive themes, here is your supreme doze of best shounen anime list to kick-start the New Year.
So, after hours or exploring, checking rankings and reviews, we have come up with this ultimate list of 22 best shounen anime of all time that you definitely need to watch in 2020.
1. Yu Yu Hakusho
Total Episodes: 112
Airing from 1992 to 1995, this old school shounen genre anime is still a big hit among fans. The 14-year-old boy Yuusuke Urameshi’s life completely changed when he jumps in front of a moving car to save a little one’s life. This ultimate sacrifice eventually gives Yuusuke a chance to regain his physical life back again by completing a number of tasks given by the spirit realm head Koenma. The anime fans still appreciate the breathtaking martial art action, supernatural, and comic side of this awesome shounen anime.
2. Future Diary / Mirai Nikki
Total Episodes: 26
What if your imaginary god friend one day turns into realty!!! The loner Yuki likes to talk to his imaginary god friend on his phone. When Yuki’s imaginary friend suddenly turns out to be real, he is forced into a battle royal with twelve other players, each having a supernatural phone that gives them unique powers. With a time limit of 90 days to kill each other and earn the chance to become the god of time and space, the storyline will keep you engaged for hours with gripping suspense and action.
3. Guilty Crown
Total Episodes: 22
Saving the world, mysterious powers, and epic wars; that sounds interesting. Guilty Crown is surely going to heat up your best shounen anime watch list. A regular schoolboy Ouma Shu’s life suddenly changes when accidentally receives a mysterious power to pull out weapons from people’s chest and caught between a freedom fighting organization that battles the foreign government. Now, Shu must fight against the government antagonists and the apocalypse virus that is threatening Japan. With his mysterious power and ability to change the world, will Shu success? Find out yourself.
Total Episodes: 25 (2 Seasons), 4 OVA
Noragami is a splendid mix of adventure and anime. The story revolves around minor god Yato, who accidentally involves into the life of middle school student Hiyoki Iki. This will change both of their fates eventually. As Hiyoki lost her life to save Yato from an accident, the minor god promises to help to fix her physical body. The two of them partnered with Yato’s Regalia weapon Yukine will continue their adventurous journey with thrill, joy, action, and lots of hilarious moments.
5. Assassination Classroom
Total Episodes: 47 (2 Seasons), 1 OVA
Even after years of its completion, Assassination Classroom is still one of the most engaging shounen anime series of all time. The story continues with Kunugigaoka Middle School’s Class 3-E misfit students who are assigned with a new homeroom alien teacher Koro-Sensei. The strange yellow creature with long, hypersonic fast tentacles aims to destroy the entire world unless the class manages to kill it before their graduation. The shounen series has countless funny moments, tons of action, and not to mention heart-warming, emotional scenes. Will the students of class 3-E be able to assassinate their sensei? Watch and learn.
Total Episodes: 24
Do you love gory, blood-filled anime moments? Then, Parasyte is a must watch shounen anime series for you. The fantastic plot of this sci-fi adventure anime revolves around Shinichi Izumi, who gets infected by an alien parasite. Shinichi fights the urge of the parasite (Migi) to kill human beings and, at the same time, helps Migi to co-exist with humans. Together, they must fight and win against evil parasites to survive. This horror, action, drama, and psychological thriller story of this 20 years best selling mange is extremely popular among anime fans, and definitely a worth watch for you.
Total Episodes: 167
The story event took place when a teenage girl Kagome Higurashi dragged into a cursed well situated near to her family Shinto shrine, and she ends up living in the Sengoku period of Japan. She meets the demon and human hybrid Inuyasha, who helps her to obtain the shards of the unique jewel, preventing demons from obtaining them and destroying the world. Together, they will go on an epic adventure.
8. Samurai Champloo
Total Episodes: 26
Based on three primary characters, a waitress named Fuu Kasumi, and two samurais Jin and Mugen, the story takes place in Japan’s samurai era. After Fuu gets rescued by Mugen and Jin from harassers, she hires them as her personal bodyguards while continuing her journey to find a samurai who smells like sunflowers. As they constantly face life-threatening dangers throughout their journey, they must work together to survive and reach their individual goals. This sword fighting shounen anime is a good choice to start your day.
9. No Game No Life
Total Episodes: 12
No Game No Life is a brilliant anime series with a fabulous storyline. The story will follow two young siblings Sora and Shiro, who are transported into a fantasy world where everything is run by games. Our protagonists need to adapt to this new world and survive through the cool yet deadly games. Mark our words, the story is extremely addictive, and the fantasy world plot will spellbind you for sure.
10. Akame ga Kill!
Total Episodes: 24
The grand adventure of Akame ga Kill series can only be described with a single word, incredible. Tatsumi comes to the capital with two of his friends Sayo and Leyasu, to earn good money. Somehow, he involved himself with the freedom fighting, assassin group Night Raid and got recruited to fight the corrupt empire. Armed with powerful imperial arms, the members of Night Raid and Tatsumi continue their extreme journey with wins and losses. This shounen anime series involves super action and some of the most dark and gory content.
11. Soul Eater
Total Episodes: 51
This highly entertaining anime series follows around a group of young students attending a school for masters and weapons named Shibusen in Death City. The students are on an adventure quest to collect souls in order to protect the city. The story has several interesting characters and a fun-filled adventure with splendid fight scenes. Soul Eater is an absolute treat to enjoy for anime lovers.
12. The Seven Deadly Sins
Total Episodes: 65 (Continuing)
Here is another treat for adventure and fantasy anime lovers. The story is about seven knights of Liones Kingdom who represent the seven deadly sins. The popular manga series follows the journey and adventure of Princess Elizabeth of the Liones Kingdom and seven deadly sins accompanying her. If you want to watch a light shounen with great action and fun, then start your day with The Seven Deadly Sins.
13. Gurren Lagann
Total Episodes: 27
The plot of Gurren Lagann starts deep underground and later follows throughout the galaxy. Sounds interesting, then you must complete the whole series to know that we are not lying. Simons and Kamina find a peculiar mecha head, which is the key to save mankind from intergalactic alien attackers. The enigmatic brother duo must find allies during their big adventure to overcome high odds. The beautiful combination of action, fun, and emotion makes this shounen series a must-watch for any viewer.
14. Log Horizon
Total Episodes: 50
The story of Log Horizon is surprisingly interesting, with high strategy and a game world. Shiroe is a veteran player in the MMO world of Elder Tale. A game update traps Shiroe and 30,000 other players in the Elder Tale game world. Shiroe and his party decide to challenge the world, overcome obstacles, and create a realistic environment so that they can live there until they get rescued.
15. Sword Art Online
Total Episodes: 85 (Continuing)
When it comes to the best MMO themed anime series, Sword Art Online is the greatest of them all. Great main characters, awesome storyline, jaw-dropping fight scenes, romance, and a lot more; this shounen anime series is a complete package of pure entertainment. The story follows Kirito and his companions trapped in a virtual reality MMO where they have the real risk of losing their lives with in-game monsters and traps. The risk is real, as they will die in real life if they die inside the game. The anime has a fabulous story and character build.
Total Episodes: 366, 4 Films
Now that we are almost on top of our best shounen anime of all-time list let’s continue with the big names. Our protagonist Ichigo has the power to see dead people. When his family is attacked by a malevolent spirit called Hollow, they are protected by a soul reaper named Rukia. Due to unavoidable circumstances, Rukia transfers her great powers as well as the responsibility to save humans to Ichigo. Now, Ichigo has a long journey ahead with lots of adventures and obstacles face with his newfound friends.
17. Naruto & Naruto Shippūden
Total Episodes: 720
The story of Uzumaki Naruto will always stay unique to every generation of anime fans. The series has a long list of spectacular characters, awesome mega wars with hand to hand combat, wowing ninja techniques, great story build, and everything else that you may need as your weekend dose. The series has 700+ episodes for you to enjoy for months, so you better start watching now.
18. One Piece
Total Episodes: 900+ (Continuing)
One Piece is the longest-running shounen anime on our list, and it’s continuing with all its might. Our protagonist Luffy and his group of good heart pirates aim to find the ultimate treasure One Piece that was hidden by legendary pirate captain Gold Roger and his crew. The adventure of Monkey D.Luffy will amaze you episode after episode with splendid fight scenes, dark mysteries, power-ups, and great experiences. One Piece is the excellent production of the renowned Toei Animation production house.
19. Attack on Titan
Total Episodes: 58 (Continuing)
Attack on Titan is the best action anime in our list shounen genre list. The series follows a world full of man-eating giants and the story of our protagonist Eren Jaeger who has the power of a Titan. The storyline here is extremely captivating that follows excellent adventures and fights. Attack on Titan will also deliver you some of the most powerful and loving anime characters that my going to see in the near future.
20. My Hero Academia
Total Episodes: 75 (Continuing)
Midoriya is just a regular, quirkless middle school student in a world where most of the people have superpowers (quirk). However, his dream of becoming a hero changes overnight when the number one hero Almight chooses him as his next successor of great powers. Now, he must perfect his new powers by joining the Hero Academy and with the help of his fellow batch mates. The reception of My Hero Academia among anime fans is just overwhelming, and you should definitely not miss this awesome series.
21. Hunter x Hunter
Total Episodes: 148
Aired from 2011 to 2014, Hunter x Hunter is one of the most respectable and fan-favorite names in the shounen world. The story follows Gon Freecss, who is determined to be a Hunter by following his father’s footsteps. You are definitely going to enjoy Gon’s thrilling adventures as he goes on a quest to find his lost father with his trusted group of friends. The series is extremely popular globally and also available with an English dub.
22. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Total Episodes: 64
The popularity of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is still sky-high, even after its completion of over a decade. The heart touching story alchemist Edward Elric and his young brother Alphonse trapped inside a metal armor is simply astounding. The story follows lots of heavy action, one of the top anime antagonists, mythical objects, great characters, and a lot more than your expectation, making it the king of our best shounen anime list of all time.