The shounen anime genre is generally aimed at those within the younger male audience (generally from elementary to high school). During this time, we learn about different things within the world, as well trying to figure out who we are as a person. The shounen genre adds much to those who watch anime, to become more of something than just a general person. We learn from shounen anime, through its tension and drama that through training and development we can overcome our adversaries. Despite not being able to produce magical abilities or use special moves, the genre adds for a place to escape realism and relax from our everyday busy lives. Many different shounen anime air every year, and the year 2015 was one of the strongest. With that being said:
Deirii Raifu’s Pick:
Shokugeki no Soma – ‘いただきます!’
“I’m the one who’ll stand above all of you. Remember that.”
For a show about cooking, Shokugeki sure brought the fire this year to the shounen category. With cooking battles taking the place of action sequences (that usually occur in other shonen), it creates a different sense of tension. Of course when it comes to a good shonen, there are those moments where the hero triumphs over the antagonist through their secret special move and Shokugeki did not let down. From every dish to the next, they all seem very plausible to be made adding a sense of realism to the show. Overall it was well done with a great combination of “action”, comedy and drama perfect for the younger male audience. Here’s hoping to the following season being as good as the first. おかわり!
2) Log Horizon 2nd Seasons
Special Mentions: Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo, Noragami Aragoto, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV) 2nd Season, To Love-RU Trouble Darkness 2nd
Shokugeki no Souma – ‘sound that chibi souma makes’
“Pero, pero, pero, pero, pero, pero”
What a surprising show. Shokugeki no Souma is a show about cooking, and man was it done well. Shokugeki replaces standard shounen fighting battles with cooking battles. This however, does not fail to raise goose bumps when the music gets going and the battle roles on. JC Staff do an especially good job representing the food, as it makes your mouth water when you see the finished product. This combined with the occasional comedic sequence and underlying serious plot tone make Shokugeki the best shounen series this year.
2) Ansatsu kyoushitsu
3) Kuroko no Basket S3
Special Mentions: N/A