Shonen Jump


“It’s just a logo.” Michael Marquez

Michael Marquez

           Among the many diverse genres in anime, there is one that stands out substantially higher than the others and to many, was their introduction to Anime altogether. The reason why, is that so many of these anime are some of the most iconic of all time: Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan and lots more. All of which are referred to as Shonen Anime. Generally, Shonen Anime has a lot to do with action and adventures. The main character is normally depicted as the hero and has a goal that they are not willing to give up on, no matter the costs, with the power of friendship usually being involved. The target audience is young boys but that doesn’t mean that only boys are able to watch them.


         One thing I did not mention in my previous article discussing the anime controversy was the Manga industry, Manga is basically a comic book that originated in Japan, the big difference between comics and manga is that manga must be read right to left. Typically a manga artist creates a manga series and then an animation team turns the series into an anime. A very controversial topic in the anime and manga community is asking which one is better. The difference is that most of the time, the manga is released first therefore is finished or soon to be finished, and manga is easy to read anywhere. On the other hand watching anime has just as many pros: everything is animated and in color so it’s easier to understand what’s happening, (this is most prevalent in shonen anime because they’re all about action) an anime has very impressive voice acting that makes your experience even more immersive, anime also implements music in the form of openings and endings and soundtracks, the music can sometimes be even more iconic than the anime itself.


        Some people who are just getting into anime might be wondering which one to watch first, it’s always a good idea to give them recommendations. In fact, I might just recommend some of my personal favorites:


Naruto is an anime that takes place in the shinobi (ninja) world and the main character, Naruto, is a kid who starts off as the class loser but with a bit of hard training and dangerous missions, he eventually becomes one of the greatest shinobi ever known.


          My Hero Academia takes place in a world where 80% of the world has unique abilities called quirks but the main character Izuku Midoriya has no quirk at all, until he meets his idol, the number one hero All Might  his future will completely change.


         Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, though is made by a different type of shonen is still one of the most remarkable. It takes place in a land inspired off of industrial Europe called Amestris where two brothers Edward and Alphonse are met with a serious predicament after trying to bring their dead mother back to life.


        Hunter x Hunter is about a boy named Gon who becomes a hunter (a person who looks for treasures, exotic creatures, unknown territory etc) to find his father so he can be just like him. Of course there are many obstacles in the way so the journey won’t be easy.


        There are lots more great ones and some I would be willing to explain in a separate article but those seem like the most interesting and easy to explain, of course not everyone will enjoy these but it’s good to have an open mind and try new things.