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What is Shonen (Shounen) Anime?

Shonen Anime

Shonen Anime


Shonen or Shounen, is a Kanji word literally meaning few years and generally referring to a typical boy, from elementary school through high school age. It is used in everyday conversation when referring to the period of youth, including in legal wording referencing youth, without regard to gender. Shonen Manga is a popular genre of Japanese Comics, generally about action/fighting but often contains a sense of humor ans strong growing friendship-bons between the characters.

Also know as Shounen , this is a type of anime and manga aimed primarily at children, teenagers mostly. His themes are focused o the action ans situations somewhat sexiest humor, where the protagonist is usually a man.

Shonen , early history

The first popular manifestations in Japan that can be considered as the beginning of the manga from the year 1600 by means or wood engravings. This type of prints are know as shunga.

Hokusai Hokusai was the first to use the word manga to define this trend. The emerging authors were influenced very early in the first half of the 10th century, when in contact with some western creations, allowing that in the 20s Oda Shousei managed the first jobs printed for mass consumption and to position itself as a success. Example is the work Ogon Batto, where a demigod used his power to defeat all kinds of evil forces.

Ogon Batto

Ogon Batto

In 1963 Shounen Manga performed the first Ozamu Tezuka manga series "Tetsuwan Atomu" (Astroboy), quickly becoming a phenomenon of the animation. Executives of the manga industry then and the big studios television studios of Japan quickly realized the product they had, which was something far beyond what was considered a mere means of entertainment. They were faced with a cultural force capable of delivering big dividends for a low relatively low cost.

In the 70's manga experienced its first great boom, show such as Mazinger Z Go Nagai, Hayao Miyazaki Heidi, Doraemon, Captain Harlock, Gundam and many others, achieve a great success at international level. Currently establishing the first University of Manga, where studied authors like Rumiko Takashi (Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½, Inuyasha).                                        

Astro Boy

Astro Boy

University of Manga

University of Manga

Mecha is one of the most important genres of manga and anime, it served as the spear head of cultural intrusion of this form of art in Western culture because of its technological focus where the machine is the star, including features and human feelings.     

Hentai definitely the most talked about manga and anime styles because of its pornographic and explicit eroticism tendency. Eroticism is supported in climates that handles the color and framing, uses the gestures of the protagonists and most representative movements. Particularly mix pore spiritual of Japanese culture interest giving ritual, magic and culture. Tohio Maeda is know as a leading exponent of this genre thanks to his work in the Urotsukidoji series.

Currently Japanese art universities, shonen manga is one of the most popular courses, its outstanding, students go directly to work with large companies such as Oscar winner, "Gibli" from master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.        

These are a few Shonen (Shounen) anime that I suggest:

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Fullmetal Alchemist: The equivalence os exchange of alchemy states that can not gain anything without giving something in return. The Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, discover this fact in a somewhat painful. During the failed attempt to revive their mother, Edward lost an arm and leg, while Alphonse lost his body and only through the resolution of his brother remained alive but with a metal frame and body.

Claymore Clare

Claymore Clare

Claymore: Claymore's story unfolds in a world with medieval technology, inhabited by beings know as Yomasa (or spectra), which devour human beings since immemorial time. The only ones capable of defeating these demons are the warrior know as Claymores, who are so called because they are armed with claymore sword with its symbol engraved on it. 

Hellsing: Hellsing chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Royal Order of Protestant Knights. "Hellsing" battles against vampires, ghouls and other supernatural foes who threaten the kingdom of England.   

Death Note Anime

Death Note Anime

Death Note: Light Yagami (a top ranked students in Japan) one day finds a Death Note - a notebook with the power to kill anyone who's name is written into it. It belongs to Ryuk, a Shinigami (god of death) who dropped it into the human world to entertain himself. He's perfectly content with letting Light to play around with it.

Blue Dragon: Blue Dragon is about the adventure of Shu, a 10 years old boy, trying to become a "Knight Master", almost invincible warriors, and is looking for one to become his apprentice. In his search for Zora meets a girl who seeks the owner of Blue Dragon.e Dragon? I do not think it is very difficult to guess xD. 

I know there is many more Shonen anime, if you want to recommend any other Shonen anime or comment about this ones. Leave your comments.

Any good recommendations? 

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That guy on July 09, 2015:

What the hell is death note doing there!!??

Zaiyinhg on July 07, 2010:

There are many types of anime, hentai, yaoi, yuti .....hahahaha is joke

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