Shonen Manga – refers to manga marketed to a male audience roughly between the ages of 10 and 18. The Kanji characters (少年) literally mean “few” and “year”, respectively, where the characters (漫画) generally mean “comic”. The complete phrase literally means “young person’s comic.”

HOWEVER!  Some females also read shonen. And this isn’t something forbidden. Some females read shonen because they find it “full-contented” and more exciting [with the actions and stuff which is hardly seen in shoujo] to read.

Recommended List of Manga:

1. NARUTO by Masashi Kishimoto

  • genres: action, adventure, anime, comedy, drama, fantasy,       shounen.
  • summary: Twelve years before the events at the focus of the series, the nine-tailed demon fox attacked Konohagakure. It was a powerful demon indeed; a single swing of one of its nine tails would raise tsunamis and flatten mountains. It raised chaos and slaughtered many people, until the leader of the Leaf Village – the Fourth Hokage – defeated it by sacrificing his own life to seal the demon inside a newly-born child, whose origins are as yet unknown. That child’s name was Naruto Uzumaki.

2. BLEACH by Tite Kubo

  • genres: action, adventure, anime, comedy, drama, fantasy, shounen
  • summary:Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia..

3. ONE PIECE by Eiichiro Oda

  • genres: adventure, anime, comedy, drama, fantasy, shounen
  • summary: Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy, endowed with stretching powers from the legendary “Gomu Gomu” Devil’s fruit, travels towards the Grand Line in search of One Piece, the greatest treasure in the world.

4. FAIRY TAIL by Mashima Hiro

  • genres: action, anime, comedy, ecchi, fantasy, shounen
  • summary: Lucy is a 17-year-old girl, who wants to be a full-fledged mage. One day when visiting Harujion Town, she meets Natsu, a young man who gets sick easily by any type of transportation. But Natsu isnt just any ordinary kid, he’s a member of one of the world’s most infamous mage guilds: Fairy Tail.

5. MAHOU SENSEI NEGIMA! by Ken Akamatsu

  • genres: action, anime, comedy, ecchi, fantasy, harem, live action, shounen
  • summary: Ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield, has just graduated from magic academy. He dreams of becoming a master wizard. Instead he’s sent to Japan to teach English… at an all – girls high school! All the students are delighted with their cute new teacher- except for Asuna, who resents Negi for replacing the teacher she secretly has a crush on.

6. FULL METAL ALCHEMIST by Hiromu Arakawa

  • genres: action, adventure, anime, comedy, drama, fantasy, shounen
  • summary: “Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange. In those days we really believed that to be the world’s one and only truth.”


  • genres: action, anime, comedy, ecchi, martial arts, shounen
  • summary: Shirahama Kenichi is a book lover who has just entered high school, but he is often bullied by others. One day, he became good friends with the new transfer student, Fuurinji Miu, who was also looking for a friend. Kenichi was shocked at how powerful she is at first, but he is still somehow attracted to her…


  • genres: action, anime, comedy, shounen
  • summary: Tsuna one day comes home, greeted by a little baby mafioso who apparantly is his new home tutor. His job is to guide Tsuna into his role as the 10th Boss of the Vongola family. With the help of all his new friends and an array of special items such as the “,Dying Will Bullet”, he might just be able to do it.

9. HUNTER X HUNTER! by Togashi Yoshihiro

  • genres: action, adventure, anime, fantasy, shounen
  • summary: Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other men. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.

10. NO BRA by Kawatsu Kenjiro

  • genres: comedy, ecchi, gender bender, mature, romance, shounen, shounen-ai
  • summary: This is a story about 2 childhood friends, Masato and Yuki, that reunite as teenagers.
    Masato is surprised to find that Yuki has become so cute, but even more surprised to realize that Yuki was, and still is, a guy.
    Yuki’s affection for cross-dressing leaves Masato with feelings of discomfort and fright.


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