Jujutsu Kaisen is a successful shonen manga/anime franchise that ranks among the best modern shonen titles. This beloved fantasy anime pays homage to the shonen classics that came before it while having its own unique and compelling voice. And Jujutsu Kaisen also has excellent animation and a wonderful movie to its name.
In all, Jujutsu Kaisen is a staple of the modern anime scene, but it’s still not number 1 in the eyes of fans. Although exceptional, Jujutsu Kaisen still has a ways to go, and it can’t easily compare to high-profile anime from previous or current years in terms of story, characters, themes, or action scenes.
ten My Hero Academia has deep themes and great combat
One of Jujutsu Kaisenmain competitors is my hero academiawhich not only has a lot more anime material than Jujutsu Kaisen but also has a better combat system and deeper, more resonant themes. my hero academia is more than a tribute to classic shonen and superhero comics – it also contains powerful messages about society.
my hero academia commentary on what it really means to be a hero and on the subjectivity of the concepts of good, evil and heroes in a world where villains are misunderstood or feel completely excluded from society. And the Quirk-based combat system found here is one of the best in shonen.
9 Naruto has solid themes and excellent combat
The hit shonen series naruto was one of the “big three” of his time, alongside A play and Bleach. First, naruto looked like a fairly conventional shonen, but there’s surprising depth to this series, including the complex friend/foe relationship between Naruto and Sasuke. And there’s more.
naruto also explores mundane themes regarding revenge, hatred, and the cycle of violence, which is grimly applicable to the real world. It’s hard to see how peace will ever be achieved when every nation or ninja wants to make everyone else pay for the wrongs of the past. Naruto, who inherited Jiraiya’s dream of peace, will find a way.
8 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Is Weird But Exceptional To Watch
The long duration JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is like a second A playcontinuing to get better and more popular over the years since its launch in 1987. This is an anthology shonen anime following a series of Joestar family heroes, from Kenshiro-inspired Jonathan Joestar to the imprisoned heroine Jolyne Cujoh.
JoJo’s has everything from clever and unpredictable Stand-based action scenes to quirky yet brilliant humor to a refreshing sense of adventure and wonder. The series also features remarkable character and costume designs that Jujutsu Kaisen can’t match yet.
seven Death Note offers amazing mind games
The famous shonen thriller manga/anime franchise Death threat challenged what it means to be a shonen battle story without completely dismantling what shonen is meant to be. The anti-hero is Light Yagami, a compelling and twisted protagonist who is determined to reshape the world by slaughtering criminals.
Light also aims to rule his own realm as Kira, the embodiment of dark justice. But first, he must face off against the world’s best detective, L, who is determined to overthrow Kira and his monstrous sense of justice. The resulting battle of wits and deep philosophical themes all put Jujutsu Kaisen to shame.
6 Hunter X Hunter is a Shonen staple
Despite repeated breaks that earned him the nickname Hiatus x Hiatusthe legendary shonen series Hunter X Hunter was almost among the big three of his time. This lengthy story is all about hero Gon Freecss and his adventures around the world, including his quest to find his wayward father, Ging.
Hunter X Hunter has a cool Nen-based combat system that richly rewards creative thinking, and the story also features some of shonen’s best fights and villains, such as the chimera ant king Meruem and the jester Hisoka Morrow. Mahito has yet to rival them as a shonen antagonist.
5 Demon Slayer gets ahead of Jujutsu Kaisen
demon slayer is another iconic modern anime series, and even though its manga ended then Jujutsu Kaisenis in progress, demon slayer still has a significant lead over Jujutsu Kaisen. It’s the story of kind swordsman Tanjiro Kamado, who seeks to restore Nezuko’s humanity and battle all kinds of flesh-eating demons.
demon slayerthe themes of are not as deep as Jujutsu Kaisen‘s, but this anime has Jujutsu Kaisen beat in terms of animation, emotional impact, character design, and combat system, though the gap is pretty narrow. Depending on where his anime goes from here, Jujutsu Kaisen might just surpass demon slayer finally.
The attack of the Titans also has some deep, worldly themes to offer, mostly from a historical perspective regarding World War II. This dark seinen-style shonen series is not just about the battle against the flesh-eating Titans, but also about the battle between the Eldian and Marleyan peoples, with each group demonizing the other.
The attack of the Titans also features amazing animation with its 3D battles, lots of intense story twists, and the guts to kill off many of its characters. Doing all of this really increases the suspense and tension to heights that Jujutsu Kaisen just can’t match.
Anime fans widely agree that 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the best anime series, if not the best. This anime does pretty much everything right, and Jujutsu Kaisen must pay attention and take notes. There is a lot to learn here.
fraternity features a sleek alchemy-based combat system in a steampunk world, historical references, deep themes of war and humanity, quirky-but-cool villains, solid humor and drama, and even a great soundtrack sound and a duration of 64 episodes. That’s enough episodes to tell a great story without feeling stretched or tedious.
2 Neon Genesis Evangelion is fascinating
Newer isn’t always better, and many anime from decades past can compete with modern titles. A prime example is the 1990s mecha anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, which has a well-deserved reputation in the anime world for many reasons. Although it can also be difficult to fully understand at first.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is famous for its advanced animation techniques which also hold up today. This anime also cleverly deconstructs the mecha genre while partially embracing it, and this anime also features deep and thoughtful themes about the human psyche, religion, and much more. The same is true for movies.
The legendary shonen series A play defied the odds by improving over 25+ years of constant serialization, while losing very little steam, if any. Having great characters, fight scenes, and humor is just the start. A play also sets a new standard for worldbuilding and lore.
Author Eiichiro Oda has clearly worked very hard to create an engaging and realistic world that feels more like an RPG world open to explore, which adds greatly to A playthe call. Oda also took care to carefully weave many character arcs and story beats to make his story huge but also cohesive and cohesive. Few, if any, other shonen series have done this.