Naruto, Dragon Ball, Bleach. These are some of the most popular mangas that have come to an end. Of course, you probably are familiar with these titles and if you’re looking for other novels to explore, you’ve come to the right place!
Shonen manga are titles typically aimed at a young male audience. Though the Japanese word shonen/shounen is gender-nonspecific, it refers to young boys specifically. These books highlight themes and tropes like personal growth, hero-vs-villain narrative, friendship and brotherhood, and sometimes, an infusion of horror as well.
Here’s a list of exciting shonen manga you should read in 2021.
One of the biggest shonen manga and anime in the world right now, My Hero Academia is inspired by American superhero comics—a world populated by dashing superheroes and cruel villains. This manga, which started in 2014, is suitable for young readers and follows the story of Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without powers but still hopes to become a superhero.
My Hero Academia also won various awards like the Next Manga Award in 2015, Harvey Award for Best Manga in 2019, and has been named one of the best anime series of the 2010s by IGN.
An uplifting and inspiring manga that talks about friendship and unity, Haikyu!! is a sports manga and anime about an underdog volleyball team. This manga turned out to be so popular in Japan that it made a lot of teenagers into volleyball fans. Over 50 million copies are in circulation worldwide as of November 2020.
Despite his petite frame, Shōyō Hinata is a boy determined to become a great volleyball player. This series is truly satisfying not only for sports fans, but also readers who crave for some thrilling action and discovering what it means to reach your full potential while making friends along the way.
Haikyu!! Also won the 61st Shogakukan Manga Award for best shonen manga in 2017.
A shonen manga with a female protagonist, The Promised Neverland explores the fate of the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage: Emma, Norman, and Ray. These kids seemed to have an ordinary life until one day, Emma and Norman uncover a dark and twisted truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.
Kaiu Shirai’s The Promised Neverland is suitable for a more mature audience since it features an excessive amount of gore and violence. It has also won the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen category and had over 32 million copies in circulation.
Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the bestselling manga series of all time with over 50 million copies in circulation. It is set in a world where Cursed Spirits feed on humans and follows the story of high school student Yuji Itadori as he joins a secret organization of Jujutsu Sorcerers, in order to kill a powerful Curse named Ryomen Sukuna, of whom Yuji becomes the host.
Gege Akutami’s Jujustu Kaisen brings you a dark and somber storyline with intense fight scenes, fascinating fantasy aspects with a hint of humor on the side.
Denji, a poor young man who is trying to pay off his deceased father’s debt to the yakuza by working as a devil hunter. When he is betrayed by someone he trusts, Denji—with the power of a devil inside him—becomes a new man.
With Man bagging 66th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen category this year, it proves this manga is definitely worth the read. And if you’re the kind of reader who is into violent scenes, dark humor, and gore, then Chainsaw Man should be at the top of your list!
Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer is no stranger to the world of manga. This series tells the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a kind-hearted and intelligent boy who has become his family’s breadwinner after his father’s death. One day, he comes home only to realize that his family has been slaughtered by a demon. Nezuko, his sister, survived the attack but is being transformed into a demon. Tanjiro begins his quest to become a demon slayer; to help his sister turn human again and avenge his family.
In February 2021, Demon Slayer had more than 150 copies in circulation, making it the 9th bestselling manga series of all time.
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7. Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo
An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a, an assassin, and a telepath, Spy x Family is trending for its rather original concept and likable characters that feels like a breath of fresh air for manga lovers.
Spy x Family just started its run two years ago, but is quickly gaining popularity as it was awarded first place in the Web Manga category of the 2019 Next Manga Awards. An endearing series with a twist of dramatic comedy supported by its fabulous art style, Spy x Family deserves a spot in your TBR list.
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8. One-Man by ONE, Yusuke Murata, John Werry
Nothing about One-Punch Man’s protagonist passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes—from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. While most superhero protagonists have a hard time fighting the villains, Saitama has a different problem: he can beat the snot out of any villain with just one punch.
If you’re looking for a fun and light novel, One-Punch Man’s satirical humor and action mixed with great characterization and interesting backstories is the perfect manga to read.
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Midoriya has learned a few tricks from Gran Torino, but some things just have to be experienced to be understood. Even though he’s not ready, when the League of Villains attacks in the town of Hosu, Midoriya rushes to help Ida, who is engaged in a life-and-death struggle with Hero Killer Stain. Stain has some very particular ideas about heroes and their place in society—and he means to purge the world of every hero he can find!
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An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath!
Get Spy X Family, Vol. 1 (Paperback) by Tatsuya Endo and other manga books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
The children of the Grace Field House orphanage must escape a macabre fate before it’s too late.
Life at Grace Field House is good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious food and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems…
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Life gets pretty boring when you can beat the snot out of any villain with just one punch.
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!
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Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family!
In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.
Get Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 23 (Paperback) by Koyoharu Gotouge and other manga books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.
Please note that this edition is written and published in Japanese.
Karasuno has qualified for the Spring Tournament! The team buckles down to practice harder than ever, but their adviser, Takeda, immediately rushes in to announce that Kageyama has been invited to participate in the All-Japan Under 19 Youth Training Camp, while Tsukishima has been invited to a prefectural rookie training camp. Overflowing with jealousy at the unparalleled opportunities presented to his peers, Hinata takes it upon himself to get in on the action and crashes Tsukishima’s training camp.
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To gain the power he needs to save his friend from a cursed spirit, Yuji Itadori swallows a piece of a demon, only to find himself caught in the midst of a horrific war of the supernatural!
Dagon has evolved into a terrifying curse, releasing a flood of endless cursed energy attacks at Nabito, Maki and Nanami! At the same time, a group of curse users devoted to Geto attempt to summon the jujutsu world’s most terrifying threat.
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