Read up on the latest Shonen News, Reviews and Features from the team at CBR.


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Baki the Grappler: What is the Demon Back?

There's an unusual feature among the muscular men of Baki known as the Demon Face, which is both super strong and super intimidating.

Why This Sports Version of Ouran High School Is An Underrated Gem

Aoharu x Machinegun looks like an Ouran High School knockoff at first, but the survival game comedy is an absolutely fun watch.

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Sasuke Has Always Been The Best Character In Naruto

With a role as important as the protagonist and a remarkably crafted personality, the Naruto anime would've never been the same without Sasuke.

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10 Things Shonen's Big Three Does Better Than The Dark Trio

From stronger comedy to playful filler, Shonen Jump's Big Three has the Dark Trio beat in a number of ways.

Taiga Aisaka looking embarrassed from Toradora!; Korosensei smiling and waving his tentacles from Assassination Classroom; Izuku Midoriya jumping up for joy from My Hero Academia.  1
10 Shonen Anime That Get Better After The First Season

Some shonen anime need some time to warm up, including hit titles like My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, and even Naruto.

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10 Smartest Demon Slayer Characters, Ranked

The characters in Demon Slayer are incredibly smart, but ranking them requires a close look at their tactics, strategy, and common sense.

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10 Most Dramatic Shonen Couples, Ranked

Shonen couples like Hinata and Naruto, Keiko and Yusuke, and Inuyasha and Kagome certainly have a flair for the dramatic.

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Stop Taking Mashle So Seriously

Anyone wondering whether Mashle gets more serious later down the line can rest easy knowing that this series maintains its humor throughout.

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15 Best Shonen Series Written By Women

Shonen anime vary in quality, but some of the best come from women creators like Hiromu Arakawa, the author of Fullmetal Alchemist.

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20 Best One Piece Episodes To Rewatch

Highlighting the very best of the Straw Hat Pirates and their leader, Monkey D. Luffy, the best episodes in One Piece are endlessly rewatchable.

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15 Funniest Shonen Anime, Ranked

Funny shonen anime embrace parody, clever turns of phrase, and comedy of errors plots, such as Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War.

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Why Nobody Cared About This Spring 2023 Shonen Music Anime

The Spring 2023 season featured a music drama about violinists, but not many anime fans are talking about it. Here's why it fell into obscurity.

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15 Most Underrated One Piece Heroes

Many One Piece heroes don't get enough credit and deserve way more time in the spotlight, such as Boa Hancock, Yamato, and Eustass Kid.

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10 Things The Dark Trio Does Better Than The Shonen Big Three

With superior animation and no filler episodes, the Dark Trio has surpassed its predecessors in many ways.

Sasuke Uchiha - Naruto, Eren Yeager - Attack on Titan, and Joseph Joestar - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 1
10 Shonen Anime Heroes Who Almost Ruined Their Likability

Some popular shonen heroes toe the line of loved and hated, such as Naruto's Sasuke Uchiha, Eren Yeager from AoT, and JJBA's Joseph Joestar.

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Sports & Shonen Anime Love the "Power of Friendship" Trope - But One Does It Better

The power of friendship is a timeless trope in many anime. However, which does it better -- shonen anime as a whole or sports anime specifically?

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10 Best Things About Shonen Jump's Worst Heroes

Not all of Shonen Jump's heroes are as lovable as the likes of One Piece's Luffy or JJK's Itadori, but they still have good traits.

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Why This High School Music Anime Is Often Mistaken as a Shojo Series

Decades of shonen series carry the same genres, tropes and sentiments, but one doesn't quite fit in with the rest of them.

Sagiri and Gabimaru  of anime Hell's Paradise and Denji from anime Chainsaw Man 1
10 Ways Hell’s Paradise Is The Best Of The Shonen Dark Trio

With its complex protagonist Gabimaru, creepy monsters, and mysterious storyline, Hell's Paradise is easily the best of the Shonen Dark Trio.

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Why This New Shonen Manga Is Poised to Be the Next Big Hit After Chainsaw Man

For fans of demon-hunting, Jump's new manga series Gokurakugai is a must-read, especially thanks to its compelling protagonist duo, Alma and Tao.