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12 Days of Anime #2: Highlighting Shonen’s Newest Generation in 2017

While many shows this year that were not Shonen made their debut this year, It is fair to say that Shonen has been this year’s center of attention. Today, let’s look back at this year’s Shonen offerings and the birth of the newest generation of shows about beating the crap out of each other.

My Hero Academia Season 2

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While it is true that My Hero Academia’s first season aired in 2016, It’s rise in popularity, as well as its quality, was really cemented in its second season this year. With these latest 25 episodes, the show went from an above average shonen show about hero’s to arguably being one of the best pieces of Hero fiction in recent decades, and there are a few reasons for this.

One is the large, but well-developed cast. Unlike other Shonen that tend to streamline the focus solely on the main character, My Hero Academia makes a concerted effort to make its entire cast feel like people that you might meet in real life. Another is its thematic questioning of what it really means to be a hero. Stain, while reaching a terrible conclusion, has solid reasoning when it comes to the nature of being a hero. When he posits that profit ruins the purity of a hero, that is an idea that resonates because that’s what most people think a hero should be, and it is an aspect of heroism that we often take for granted in the classic hero story.

Either way, My Hero Academia will remain a topic of discussion for a long time to come.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

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Quite literally the next generation, Boruto follows the Hidden Leaf Village 10 years after the events of Naruto, where the everything has become much more advanced, and the role of Ninja in society has become much less pronounced. Boruto, being Naruto and Hinata’s son, is the new main character, and the show follows him through his adventures through Ninja training.

It goes without saying that there was, and still is, a lot of comparisons to it and Naruto, because it is a direct sequel. Without Naruto, Boruto would not exist. Thankfully though, it seems as though Boruto has been shaping up to be above average overall. The show differentiates itself, while also keeping the nostalgic feeling of the original.

The Next Generation of Naruto is one that looks fairly bright.

Black Clover

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Well, they can’t all be winners. It’s fair to say that Black Clover will live in Infamy, more than anything. The new Soul Eater this is not.

As I’ve explained before in a previous post about Black Clover, the show had a lot of hype behind it and even despite looking somewhat generic, seemed like it could be good. Unfortunately, what we have so far has not delivered on the hype. In Fact, it almost seems like Black Clover has been reveling in its mediocrity.

Hopefully, it gets better, and we have something a bit more enjoyable to watch.


It seems a though Shonen’s newest generation is a bit of a mixed bag(mostly because of Black Clover though). What do you guys think? What Shonen were you watching in 2017? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

 

 

 

 

Boruto: My Thoughts So Far(SPOILERS)

After Having caught up with Boruto just recently, I do feel at ease knowing the show is trying to differentiate itself from its predecessor. Boruto, for the most part, feels as though it’s coming in to its own, however that does not free the show from criticism, so I thought I would share a few of my thoughts and concerns.

Firstly, Even though I was very skeptical before I started watching it, the first few episodes convinced me quickly that Boruto can, and for the most part will, be its own show. Boruto himself is in many ways different from Naruto, especially in personality. Boruto seems to be much cooler headed, and doesn’t always resort to fighting as the first option. It seems he got some of Hinata’s calm and collected genes, as he thinks about the situation he’s in much more carefully, although not always. This change is very much welcome, as Naruto’s endless naivety could get very annoying at points. The show also goes a great distance to show that Boruto wants nothing to do with his father’s legacy, and that he would much rather make it on his own and have Naruto be a normal dad than to have the status that comes with being the Hokage’s son. In that way he seems to have a lot in common with Itachi, without of course feeling the immense pain he did.

I will also sing its praises, albeit a bit more tepidly, for the mystery elements that it has incorporated into this first arc. It was a very fun experience watching Boruto use this power, which seemingly is hinted will be his only hope in a later arc, to first solve a mystery about an attacker that came seemingly out of no where, and who turns out to be the class rep. Not to mention that the mystery elements are done fairly well overall. The show builds up the main villain by leaving clues at every turn, and has Boruto try and piece that all together.

Of course, there are a few things that I have a problem with. For one, although it seems Boruto is very much his own person, it’s hard to say the same for his classmates. Both in character designs and in personality, they seem to be, in one way or another, just copies of their parents. This could be the lack of episodes in the show so far, but I’d be willing to bet that a lot of Boruto’s classmates just wont get any time to show themselves as characters.

Its also worth pointing out that while the content of the show so far is very different from Naruto, the structure seems to be already setting itself up in the same way. The first arc, like in Naruto, had them fighting an enemy over a smaller number of episodes, and just like in Naruto it seems Boruto is setting itself up for a much larger arc to come. Admittedly this criticism is largely based on speculation, but It still concerns me nonetheless.

Overall, I think it’s a good show so far. It has a lot of promise and the first arc with the ghost was entertaining. Any other criticisms I have of the show, at this point at least, are a bit nit-picky, so I’ll just finish by saying that I hope the show stays original, otherwise It might get boring very quickly.