The Five Best Shounen Anime of 2017

Updated on January 4, 2018
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Was 2017 the year of shounen anime?


What I do know is that sequels and continuations were abundant that year. In actuality, there’s only one new anime of the shounen genre in this list. As for the rest, they are either follow-ups, second and third seasons, or fresh sequels.

Fortunately, there were decent shounen titles that aired in 2017. Indeed, some were mediocre, but some were also electrifying and full of hype. And the goal of this list is to bring the best of them to you! Whether you agree or not, it’s solely up to you. If you feel that I have missed a great shounen anime from 2017, be sure to share it in the comments.

The 5 Best Shounen Anime of 2017
1. Black Clover
2. Boku no Hero Academia (Season 2)
3. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
4. Dragon Ball Super
5. Shokugeki no Souma (Season 3)

1. Black Clover

Black Clover
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Black Clover is the newest mainsteam shounen anime of 2017. It tells the story of two impoverished brothers trying to prove their magical might in order to become the next wizard king.

Given all of the genericism and cliches presented by this show, it sure fits the ideal rendition of a title from the shounen genre. Personally speaking, I think that Black Clover is really nothing to write home about, but it is still in progress so it is too early to cast an impartial judgment on it. I did say that it is the ideal rendition of a title from the shounen genre, but that doesn’t say anything about how good or bad it is. I am just saying that if we consider all of the facts, Black Clover is one of those shounen anime that goes mainstream due to the niche popularity it garners from its intended audience demographic.

For a 2017 anime, Black Clover does have an irresistible appeal rarely found in older anime shows. Many people would say that all of its elements are mediocre at best, but that shouldn’t dishearten you from picking it up. As I have said, this show is one of the best examples of what a shounen anime is in the present times.

2. Boku no Hero Academia (Season 2)

Boku no Hero Academia (Season 2)
Boku no Hero Academia (Season 2) | Source

Many would agree that one of the best shounen anime that aired in 2017 is the second season of the much-anticipated superhero series, Boku no Hero Academia. That being said, it is not surprising that many fans were screaming “PLUS ULTRA” during the said year.

Boku no Hero Academia, as many would attest, is a show that breaks the mold of the typical shounen anime. It isn’t shallow and mindless like many others. It is phenomenal and unique because of its superb storytelling and character development. While it does present a seemingly typical, full -length, zero-to-hero chronicle, it does so in a manner that is effectively logical and within the bounds of the laws governing its world.

The second season of Boku no Hero Academia was particularly exciting and fulfilling. Not only did it air 25 episodes in 2017 rather than airing 13 episodes as it did in 2016, it also went overboard with following the details of its source material to a tee. Similar to how it was presented in the first season, its execution in 2017 was topnotch. Truly, this show is a shounen anime that deserves a hearty “PLUS ULTRA” cheer from everyone.

3. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations | Source

Believe it when I say that the well-loved ninja saga known as Naruto has been given a new lease of life through Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The overwhelmingly popular shounen anime, Naruto, may have long been gone, but its legacy still continues. In 2017, the next generation of shinobi led by Uzumaki Naruto’s very own son, Boruto, makes their epic debut in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

For all those who have watched Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, it’s a no-brainer that you should watch Boruto: Naruto Next Generations! For all those who haven’t, you still must watch it if you’re into shounen anime. For now, this anime is considered an average title from the shounen genre. But who knows? Its predecessor was legendary and is slowly being considered as a classic, so there might just be a bright future for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations as well.

Despite the fact that Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is starting from the early lives of its new roster of characters, it is already proving to be more well-executed in terms story progression, character development, and visual aesthetics. It’s not yet quite up to par to becoming a legend, but there’s this feeling that it is slowly building up to that point in time.

4. Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super
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Dragon Ball fans, rejoice! At long last, Dragon Ball Super has finally redeemed itself. 2017 is the year when it finally went all-out to restore its former glory.

You must be wondering: “Why is Dragon Ball Super one of the best shounen anime of 2017 when it clearly started airing back in 2015?“ To answer that: “Dragon Ball Super wasn’t particularly good in 2015 and 2016. It only started picking up its pace in 2017.” And boy oh boy was it SUPER!

For this anime, a lot of great things happened in 2017. If you haven’t heard of the “Universe Survival” arc, then you’re missing out on all the fun! In fact, this is your chance to ride on the Dragon Ball bandwagon once again!

The Dragon Ball series has existed for many years now. It is actually already considered a classic and a trailblazer of the shounen genre in anime. Dragon Ball Super is a revival and continuation of the series. While it started out horribly unsatisfying in terms of art and story in 2015 and 2016, 2017 proved to be its pivotal point. Who knows what will happen with it from now on? One thing’s for sure—with how this show redeemed itself in 2017 as a nostalgia-firing, burst-action cannon, everyone’s thrilled to witness what’s going to happen next!

5. Shokugeki no Souma (Season 3)

Shokugeki no Souma (Season 3)
Shokugeki no Souma (Season 3) | Source

If there’s one shounen anime that managed to directly appeal to the senses in 2017, then that would be the third season of Shokugeki no Soma!

Ever since it aired back in 2015, Shokugeki no Soma has been extraordinary in all of its aspects. It is definitely one-of-a-kind and delectably unique. Who would have thought that an anime show about food and cooking would be so scrumptious and satisfying? Trust me, this anime has the power to make you drool endlessly and crave for the pleasure of imagining how the dishes presented in the show would taste like.

The third season of Shokugeki no Souma aired in the last quarter of 2017. As expected, it delivered quite well in making people salivate and experience uncontrollable foodgasms. It was all so surreal! Its plot and execution were just amazing. In fact, it is following its source material loyally. All that’s left now is to wait for the release of its fourth season. Everyone is hoping that it comes soon, so quickly serve the next dish please, Shokugeki no Souma!

Which of the titles listed is your favorite 2017 shounen anime?

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        Poppy 3 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Nice. I don't watch anime, but I know how incredibly popular it is. No doubt anime fans would love some recommendations! Good job :D