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Epic Shounen Anime Like "Hunter X Hunter" (2011)
Are you in search of anime like Hunter X Hunter? I absolutely know how you feel! After watching this super awesome anime series, I have been on the lookout for what to watch next. This remake of the classic 1990s action anime is one of the best of all time, in my opinion. Since you are on this page, it’s safe to say that you agree with me.
Hunter X Hunter is the perfect example of how an anime should be made. It has the right blend of action, comedy and adventure. I can’t say enough good things about this series and I can hardly think of any negative comment aside from wishing that it hasn’t ended yet! The humor isn’t forced and there are almost no filler episodes. But above all, it shows that anything is possible with hard work and determination and if you surround yourself with the right people.
Now let’s get to the exciting part! Here’s a list of my favorite anime like Hunter X Hunter. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Anime Similar to Hunter X Hunter
- Yu Yu Hakusho
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- One Piece
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
- Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
- Dragon Ball
1. Yu Yu Hakusho
What better way to start the list than with an anime from the same makers as Hunter X Hunter? Yu Yu Hakusho is also one of my favorite series. In fact, it’s one of the first anime I’ve watched. I love tournament-style anime and this series, I think, is the epitome of such a theme. How I wish there will be a remake of this series too. Now that would be so cool!
This story is about Urameshi Yusuke, a 14-year-old who has no care in the world. He is as difficult and wild as any teenager out there. He even skips classes just to get into brawls. But one day, the unexpected happens. Yusuke sacrifices his own life to save a young child. Nobody expected such action from Yusuke. Even the afterlife isn’t prepared for him. He is told that it isn’t his time yet. Yusuke, now a ghost, does all he can to retake his spot in the real world.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
This anime is also a remake, and one that is so much better than its predecessor. This show is a little underrated too for reasons I’m not sure of. It starts off slow but after a few episodes, the pace picks up and the next thing you know you want to finish the whole series in one seating.
Edward and Alphonse are the Elric brothers-- famous for their mastery of alchemy at such a young age. However, they perform what is considered taboo—using alchemy to bring their mother back to life. Their experiment fails and Alphonse nearly lost his life. Edward attaches his brother’s soul to a suit of armor, causing him to lose his limbs.
The two are now in pursuit of the philosopher’s stone, the only thing that can bring them back to their normal lives.
3. One Piece
With over 600 episodes, One Piece is truly a legend in the anime world. For almost 2 decades, anime fans have been watching the series to follow Monkey D. Luffy and his crew as they take on countless adventures across the sea. Those who haven’t watched One Piece might get turned off by the sheer amount of episodes, but trust me, it’s all worth it.
Gol D. Roger was once hailed as the Pirate King. Before his death, he revealed where the greatest treasure in the world can be found. Since then, Pirates from all corners of the globe are trying to find One Piece as well as gain the title of the Pirate King.
You must be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Naruto. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular shounen anime ever. Honestly, I am not much of a Naruto fan, but I know why so many anime lovers can’t get enough of this show. It is simply so well-written, with such a compelling story highlighted by lots of action scenes and humor on the side.
Naruto is a young ninja who lives in the hidden leaf village. Moments before his birth, the Nine-Tailed Fox appeared in his town, causing tremendous destruction. The village’s leader gave up his own life in order to save the community and its people, concealing the monster within Naruto. Upon learning of his past, Naruto finds it difficult to have a place in his town. Despite several enemies getting in his way, he decides that he’ll focus on his goal: to be the new Hokage of the village.
5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
This epic series finally got an anime adaptation in 2012. Although long overdue, the wait is very well worth it as the anime covers parts 1 and 2 of the manga: Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency. If you’ve seen the OVAs and the Phantom Blood movie, you’ve probably seen JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure already. If you haven’t, then you are certainly missing out!
The story follows Jonathan Joestar and Brando Dio, two men who have been forever linked with each other after one fateful day. In 19th century England, Jonathan has formed a rivalry against Brando, who has been adopted by his father since the latter’s father died. Brandon desires to gain supreme power, thus leading him to seek the power of a mysterious mask that belongs to Jonathan’s family. Fast forward to 1938, Jonathan’s grandson, Joseph, finds himself taking on his grandfather’s mission to destroy not only the mask, but also its creators.
6. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
There are countless shounen anime you can choose from, but not all of them will leave a lasting memory. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is one shounen series that will surely stand out, thanks to its unique story and well-developed characters. This anime is like Hunter X Hunter in that its characters are young and adventurous, meeting new friends and enemies as they inch closer to their end goal.
The setting is based on Arabian Knights, in a middle-age world in which Dungeons have appeared without anybody knowing the mystery behind them. Whoever conquers a dungeon gets an enormous amount of wealth and power. The main protagonist, Ali Baba, seeks to conquer a Dungeon himself. He happens upon a young boy carrying a flute with supernatural powers. They decide to team up and take on whatever challenge that comes their way.
7. Dragon Ball
By now you may have noticed that there are multiple classic anime series on this list. And if we’re talking about classics, then Dragon Ball should always be included in the discussion. Dragon Ball is as classic as it gets. Goku is one of the most recognizable characters in all of anime, and there’s a good reason behind it. This series is simply one of the best and one you wouldn’t want to miss.
Bulma is a young girl who seeks to collect Dragonballs, mystical objects that can summon the legendary dragon to grant any wish. She meets a boy named Goku, who has managed to get his hands on a Dragonball. This sparked the beginning of their long and lasting relationship. As Goku trains to become stronger, he helps Bulma in her quest, unaware of the challenges ahead.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Caleb Melvern
Noah Blackwell from Edmond on June 21, 2019:
I think this is a fair list though my favorite on here is Fullmetal Alchemist
Miran Shuleta on January 28, 2015:
Great list mate, still none are as good as Hunter X Hunter