After finally catching up on Bleach last week (a show I had put on hold watching for a very long time) I feel I am now caught up on the most popular shounen shows that are out there. It’s been a wild and enjoyable ride. Because of this, I decided I would take a break from the “What we can learn from Anime” articles and rank these shows in order of my most favorite to least. Don’t get me wrong they are all good in their own way, and I would definitely recommend any of them, however, some stuck with me more than others. This list is also not my all-time favorites or there would definitely be some changes. I’m simply listing what I would see as the most popular/mainstream of the shounen genre. I will probably end up writing something on each of these at some point, and some I already have, so look forward to that. Without further ado, here is my list in order: (click the title to learn more about each one at their Wikipedia page)
Now I know that some of you will be absolutely outraged that I put DBZ and Bleach last. DBZ was the anime that got me into anime in the first place, however, after expanding my horizons I find that these two shows lack the character development, subplots and underlying themes that other shows on the list deal with, and for that reason they get ranked last.
Let me know what you think of my list; did I miss any you would have liked to see? Tell me how you would have ranked them in the comments below.