The Kingdom is a quite masterful historical-military manga. This manga showcases the Chinese warring period in all its intensity. The manga is very brutal and shows us how wars are really fought. One thing I really loved about this manga is that it is very realistic. It shows us that a single person can’t do anything in real battles; real battles require cooperation. Let us take a look at the plot of this manga.
The plot of this manga follows the story of two boys who work as slaves and dream of one day, becoming great generals. An opportunity arises when one of the boys is taken away to the capital. However, he returns on the brink of death. Xin, the other boy, vows he will continue their dream. He does everything he has to survive on the battlefield and become a superior commander.
Starting from a 5-man team, he works his way up through every battle and every war, to get to the top.
2. One Piece:
Of course, a list like this can never be complete without the mention of One Piece. One Piece is seen as the God-father of all shounen series. One Piece first started airing all the way back in 1997, and it is still airing. The manga is so good that it has managed to stay relevant throughout all these years! One Piece defines what a shounen series should really be like. Let us take a look at the plot of this series.
Gol D. Roger, a man referred to as the “Pirate King”, is set to be executed by the World Government. But just before his demise, he confirms the existence of a great treasure called One Piece.
The story of this manga series focuses on Monkey D. Luffy. Monkey D. Luffy seeks to be recognized as the king of all pirates and to do that, he must find the treasure called One Piece.
To do that you would definitely need a crew and Monkey needs help to build up a crew. He becomes friends with a swordsman called Roronoa Zoro and together they start the journey.
1. Kimetsu no Yaiba:
Demon Slayer is the second modern shounen on this list, after My Hero Academia, and this shounen series is also at the number one spot on this list. Demon Slayer is a true masterpiece, which takes overused tropes from other shounen’s and presents them to us in such a way that we can’t help but enjoy them. The character designs and story are both, very unique in this manga. Let us take a look at the plot of this manga.
It follows the story of a young hardworking boy named Tanjiro. Tanjiro at first was just a normal merchant but one day, he returns home just to find out that his entire family has been massacred by a demon.
His sister (Nezuko) was the only one who had survived the demon attack but had now turned into a demon herself. He vows to find a way to turn his sister back into a human and sets out on his journey to become a demon slayer.