Shallower Dives: Ten Series in Three Sentences or Less: Shonen Edition

Don’t worry guys, I got some classic stuff coming your way. We’ll be looking at Babylon and possibly the long awaited blog post on Yosuga no Sora this week. For now though, I want to take another crack at our new subtopic.

This is Shallower Dives, were I give you a review of a series in three sentences or less. No long ass essays, no stretching ideas or ideology around a plot. Just a straight and to the point review. Today we are looking at those classic shonen series and shonen like shows. Let’s get into it after the cut.

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Sorry, no MHA. Haven’t watched it yet.



Naruto suffers from overuse of certain abilities, power-creep, a neglected secondary cast and a questionable plot developments. It is also a series that has so many legendary moments, genuine character development for its lead, great story twists, and does something that very few Shonen series actually pull off. It sticks its landing.



The greatest combat system ever developed by a shonen series. One of best secondary casts ever created. A series with shitty main characters that didn’t know when to quit and was cruelly and tragically taken out back and shot twice in the head.

One Piece

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One Piece may very well end up being the singular greatest piece of work to ever come out of Shonen Jump. Frankly after 900+ chapters I’m more concerned on whether or not Oda is actually going to pull off a satisfying conclusion.

Black Cat

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Black Cat shows up, tells its extremely basic story, and then leaves the stage. It’s nothing special, but in a genre that never knows when to quit, Black Cat is wise enough to know when to pack in it.

Rurouni Kenshin

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Rurouni Kenshin is a forgotten classic among Shonen Fans. It goes small when other series went big, finding it’s excitement in a story of redemption, guilt and sword fighting. The humor wasn’t half bad either.


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Yu-Gi-Oh! is a series that has been warped, twisted and loved for it’s many different takes. Whether that’s the 4kids dub, the original Japanese manga, or the abridged series. Yu-Gi-Oh! built a legacy that far surpassed anyone’s wildest dreams.

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

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The first real ‘battle-ecchi’ of its time. Kenichi is a fun high action story with a great underdog lead and plenty of titty to look at. It also ended completely abruptly that you probably forgot this series even existed.

Demon Slayer: Kimestu no Yaiba

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Demon Slayer is a solid though not at all special shonen series. It also won the lottery by having the greatest animation company in Japan for its anime adaptation.

Death Note

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Death Note has one of the best cat and mouse stories in anime history. It’s so good that its second half completely fails to live up to it.

Dragon Ball

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There is no shonen, there might not be anime today as we know it without Dragon Ball. 

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