Of course, when we talk about anime in general, we must mention the most important classifications of anime, the shounen classification. This category, which falls under hundreds, even thousands of anime works. It is the primary classification that began to appear since the beginning of the anime industry itself and has evolved over the years to reach this form that we see every day. The word (Shounen) means a young man or a teenager, or in general a boy who has not yet broken the sixteen-year barrier.
Now the production standards are outdated. The rules are fixed and routine. Each writer produces their anime or manga by applying them, but by changing some minor and minor points so that the plot does not look similar to other works. So, what are those criteria? This is the focus of today’s talk. Today we will talk about the characteristics of the hero of the anime (Shounen) in general and how these qualities can be beneficial or harmful these days.
The hero is a living example of the power of eternal friendship
This point could be the worst on the entire day’s list, so I’m guessing it would fit into point 1. Yeah, that’s something you all notice in shounen anime without a doubt, that friendship is everything and anything in existence. Well, that’s a good thing by human standards, but is it that important and helpful to the main plot? We see in any anime that the hero is always surrounded by a group of excellent and cheerful friends on many levels, and these friends may reach the status and rank of family in some cases. This looks good. But no, dears, let’s take a closer look at this.
The hero his whole life depends on friends, and they are for him the luminous lantern in this bleak life. Simply by losing these friends, he suffers very severe pain and enters a cycle of misery and depression. So, for friends, the hero behaves without any sense at all. His extreme trust in friends blinds him from seeing the other human aspects of the human soul, those dark, bleak sides of it. So, the hero favors friends at the expense of enemies, even if those enemies are right.
And that’s something that makes the hero go through many catastrophes afterward in the course of events.
Also, Hero for Friends breaks the boundaries of power irrationally or logically, which is provocative and insulting to the mindset of the reader or viewer. Well, try to imagine this scene with me. A villain enters the arena to tell the hero that the evil of defeat will defeat him, and the heroin turn says that he will never be defeated, but guess what? It is easily defeated already. But while he is drenched in blood on the ground and life begins to fade from his eyes. He hears a friend’s voice from afar encouraging him and telling him not to give up. That the fate of humanity depends on his hand and that he trusts him completely. And that he is his eternal friend and many other hollow words of encouragement.
And suddenly, what happens? Suddenly, we find the hero hitting the ground with his hands again and uttering a loud cry. Accordingly, you find that he gathered his strength “with the power of friendship” and became better than the opponent. And in the blink of an eye eliminates him we bet you when imagining this scene now. You remember dozens of intensely similar locations that you saw in previous works, right? It’s good in the first and second anime, but when you repeat it many times after that, it becomes routine and boring to the extreme.
The hero has irrational strength standards
In the previous point, we talked about the rise of the hero’s strength without any sense at all in the presence of hollow encouragement from friends, but this is not the only point that belongs to the illogicality of the standards of strength in these works, the problem is much larger and more profound than that. A mangaka, or artwork maker, generally creates a hero’s character without setting fixed limits or standards for its power. If standards are set, then character development through the course of events is undoubtedly more straightforward and more exciting. Still, this ambiguity of strength standards makes the moments of the hero’s story hollow moments. There is no mind, making the viewer wonder where he got all that strength? Was it stored inside him all this time without me knowing, for example? This is a terrible thing.
But not setting limits on power is terrible, very secondary and secondary to the thing I’m going to talk about now. Which is not imposing rules or sources for that power in the first place. For example, in many of the anime (Shounen) works. The writer says that the hero has obtained his powers from the forces of nature and harnessed them in the form of a weapon in this form.
But what are the criteria for taking that force from nature, for example? Does he inhale it or suck it through the pores of his skin, or does his soul exit his body in the form of a spiritual entity to address other spiritual entities from which he derives strength in some way? These are all vague matters. But the worst and stupid thing is that the writer presents a hero whose power we do not know in the first place.
The source is very trivial!
Yes, gentlemen, now you’re thinking of some headlines. Well, let me put you off this cliffhanger. We have one Punch Man as an example, and it’s not rated as a shounen anime. Still, the lack of logic in his strength standards makes him our instance at this point. In the anime, the hero (Saitama) eliminates all enemies with only one punch. No matter how strong and powerful the opponent is, one punch can stop him without return.
Well, we could condone that senselessness, but the thing that could never be tolerated was that the source of all that tremendous strength came only from intense physical training. What is the name of heaven is that physical exercise can make a woman punch a force that makes him go beyond the limits of the planet and lie on the moon, and even wake up and hit the floor of the moon with his feet to return like a rocket to the earth again! This is illogical, provocative, and cynical of the first caliber.
The hero has a dream that he strives to achieve
This doesn’t seem like a bad thing. It’s not bad, but how the idea of the dream is presented is what has become cliched and worn out. At the beginning of the article, those criteria are suitable for initial work. Still, the repetition of the same pattern is disastrous. In most anime (Shounen), the teenage boys have a dream.
That dream is to rise in ranks and reach a distinguished leadership, magic, or political position in the country. In the fantasy world of literally every anime, we find a person who the hero aspires to be like him in any way. That person does not necessarily have to be his role model in life, but only his title is what he will strive for. And he not only seeks it for the sake of trying, but he has a specific goal that he will reach by obtaining that great title.
Many anime have adopted this idea and created endless worlds and adventures for the hero to reach his wants. Here we have the famous shounen anime works such as (Naruto). The hero wants to become the Hokage of any village and then be recognized by the people. Then, we have the anime (One Piece) where the hero wants to become the next pirate king and get the alleged mysterious treasure and many more.
But the only anime that broke that rule is the godfather of shounen anime (Dragon Ball). The hero (Goku) in him does not seek any power but, in fact, the power that came to him and by chance when he was young. With time it evolves, and so on. But we must not forget that (Dragon Ball) its strength standards are also illogical, which is a very negative point.
Having a peer equal to the hero in strength
This is something we hate, folks, for it is, of course, promising that there is enthusiasm and rivalry here and there between hero and hero always. Still, the repetition of the idea has become boring. When you watch the anime (Shounen) in which the hero is striving to achieve something. A few episodes pass without a match. You smile because this mangaka did not go in the usual and traditional style. Still, that smile suddenly goes when you see the cold and provocative peer on the scene without warning.
Curse the mangaka and all those responsible for producing this repetitive work. From our point of view, the repetition of the culture of the presence of the hero these days distracts the hero from walking a sure path to achieving his dream and limits the writer’s creativity on the other hand. The presence of that peer allows the writer to make whole events and plots about him.
Thus killing the possibility of more creative events in the absence of it in the first place.
This point is the most famous in the world (Shounen). It is sporadic to find an anime that belongs to this category in the literal sense of the word and does not have this sterile principle. We have many famous anime works that have adopted this point from the pre-millennium era until today.
In the Dragon Ball anime, we have Goku and Vegeta. In the Naruto anime, we have Naruto and Sasuke. The modern Black Clover anime these days, we have Asta and Yuno and many other uncountable and uncountable works. But from your point of view, is this point good on the technical level? Or is it something repetitive and boring that has lost its luster with frequent repetition from anime to anime over the years? We would love to hear your opinion on this point in the comments at the end of the article.
The plot is a fantasy, and the hero is an adventurer
This is something that always happens in shounen anime. We can’t say that this is an awful point because we are fans of fantasy and fantasy worlds built from scratch. With entirely innovative standards and laws. But on the other hand, that fantasy base has become the ground on which most of the shounen makers these days stand. Rarely do we find a work of anime (Shounen) that moves away from fantasy. fantasy magic, and supernatural powers to enter the realm of realism and the hero being very ordinary. Still, some factors help him in life. Reducing this percentage of fantasy helps the writer shed more light on the hero because he is a human figure worthy of study and analysis, not as a war machine that kills and slaughters enemies here and there all the time and in vain to please the viewer.
We love to see the hero roaming fantasy worlds and doing many endless adventures. Still, on the other hand, we want to see some real works now and then to break the boredom of that repetition. And that’s beside the real Shounen works are very beautiful too. We have anime works such as Fairy Tale, One Piece, My Hero Academia, and Naruto as an example. But despite all that, some results made a magical mixture between fantasy on the one hand and realism. An anime created a big fantasy world inside our natural world. They made the heroes of the anime very ordinary teenagers in the form of scouts seeking to know the unknowns of this world. This is the anime Made In Abyss. This anime is very much our favorite, and we invite you all to watch it without delay.
The hero is named pure, foolish, and reckless
We would not say that this point is harmful at all. On the contrary, we are in the position that we adore it very much. In Shounen’s works, the maker always makes the hero’s character very simple, pure, and extremely good, even if its outer appearance is robust, complex. Brute force, the inside is tender and soft and able to make the viewer weep in moments if employed Kindness is in a good way in plot. The action maker of the protagonist in this form earned him the shining point of the anime. In anime, if the events prevailing over it are dark (and this is a rare thing, in fact), the pure hero is the niche of the artwork in one way or another.
The hero is limited to smiling and purity of heart and righteousness. The most crucial trait that a shounen anime hero must have to become a prominent mark in the history of his character industry is foolishness. Yes, teenage boys are undoubtedly idiots, and that’s what the moviemaker always tries to show. The hero often does the action without thinking about its consequences or even thinking about how to do the action in the first place.
This makes the hero a lovely character to the viewer. Especially if he is reckless to save friends or escape a difficult situation. Also, some characters are foolish just for the sake of foolishness. As it is a trait that exists and is inherent in them to make the reader or the viewer laugh alike. And here definitely brings us (Luffy) from the anime One Piece in terms of foolishness and (Midoriya) from the anime My Hero Academia in terms of very reckless.
The proportion of light is more than the darkness around it
This is obvious. Shounen fantasy is always centered around very dark events, and the level of fun and fights is much more. In the end, the viewer must see the hero wandering around in search of everything new and fulfilling his desire to explore the planet. Unfortunately, he is not able to do so. But on the other hand, this renders the whole work devoid of realism at times, as it is known that the darkness and darkness of events give depth to the artwork.
Life is not all that light or bright, life is black and unjust in many places. And here the actual anime can shed light on it. This is something that many anime makers do not intend to resort to. And this is because the audience that the anime is directed to is between 16 and 20 years old at most. This age group is miserable in life, and the suicide rates in it are many. Therefore, the anime makers are trying to entertain them on the one hand and make huge gains through them on the other hand.
Many anime works, such as Fairy Tale and his ilk, make the hero’s life bright as possible.
Here we do not mean the hero himself, his past, etc., but his adventures with friends, family, and loved ones in all parts of this planet. But although the quality of these works is very much, some others are exceptional in this point. There are works whose heroes are teenagers and young males whose lives are not so bright.
Here we have the manga (Tokyo Ghoul) of the manga madman (Tsui Ishida). Without a doubt, this guy made the hero’s life comfortable and blissful, only for exactly a few pages in the first chapter of the manga. The whole manga after that became a moving mass of darkness and darkness. Yes, Kaneki in the manga is adventurous. Still, his adventures have extreme psychological and realistic dimensions that made the manga one of the highest-selling manga in Japan and abroad.
The whole plot revolves around him
In many shounen works, the title of the hero is the best title for the character of the hero, which is the hero. But, being the protagonist does not entitle him. To be the character that swallows the bulk of the anime events and is constantly highlighted. That thing makes you imagine the mangaka telling you frankly: “Look, viewer, you see this character. This is the character of the hero, this character will be great in the future. He waited to impress you with the greatness of our writing of this genius character.” So put, in every arc of the story, we find the hero’s character central to it. Even if the hero is present without even doing anything of any value at all. The fact that the hero is current makes the viewer in a state of constant excitement and anticipation.
Of the hero’s things in this arc.
This seizes the spotlight firmly from the secondary characters that are no less important than the hero’s character. As many secondary characters surpass the hero in importance, status, and strength. The explanation for the success of the anime is to shed light consistently between all these characters. So that each character is given the right to appear on the scene and influence the audience to the desired extent.
Here we have works like Mob Psycho 100 and Attack On Titan, which are hero-centric, not hero-centric. But on the other hand, we have some anime works representing a genius model in distributing lighting fairly to the characters in position. Hunter X Hunter anime brings me. The first point is that the maker of the work did not make the hero one but instead made him a pair, and not any pair. But a duo whose individuality brings together a relationship of friendship, not a relationship of hate. Unfortunately, one of them (Gon) was absent from the arc full of events while Killua took the helm for a bit.
The hero can’t die
Yes, technically, the hero of the shounen anime is immortal. He does not die, he cannot break, and the mangaka can never allow him to pass in any case whatsoever. Simply put, the hero does not belong to the artwork but the audience. Even the mangaka sometimes stretches and changes events to allow the hero to be in the scenes for more extended periods, thus satisfying the audience more incredibly. However, this affects the work very negatively.
The mangaka’s fear of the character’s death limits his imagination and ability to create events and situations that put the hero’s life on the line. But what prevents the mangaka from putting the hero’s life on the line? This is because the anime may reach an opponent at a particular stage that can only be overcome by breaking the standards of strength. Suppose the anime character from the beginning is realistic. In that case, this is something that the mangaka can never do, and if it loses its respect for the mentality of the viewer.
*Beware, there is a burn in the following lines for the anime Attack on Titan*
Therefore, the mangaka or the maker of the work intends to make the hero immortal in the literal sense. Yeah, dude, we love the character, but that doesn’t mean you can sometimes put him in awkward situations. And even put his life in real and immediate danger. But wait, one particular Shounen anime broke that rule and put the hero’s life on the line and even killed him (even though this death wasn’t final, but the shock is enough).
This is the Attack on Titan anime for sure. When Eren is fighting Titans with his comrades when Rose’s wall is breached five years after Maria’s wall is breached, he is suddenly eaten by a Titan while rescuing his friend Armin. Yes, he then woke up from the giant’s stomach in the form of another giant. Still, the important thing is that the mangaka gave us a shock and the possibility of losing the hero with ease, which is rare and incredible.
He likes to eat big
This may sound like a trivial adjective, but it’s the most common adjective in shounen anime in general. Especially those early 2000s that were made in the pre-millennium era. And it’s entertaining to see the characters craving a prominent food destination from time to time after every big fight or colossal mission. The gluttony of the heroes also makes them laugh a lot, especially since their rush to food and the way they eat it is random. Fast, and very funny, which gives a sense of comfort when seeing the character or dealing with it in advanced events in the course of the story. Thus increasing the bond between the character and the viewer with time.
Anime whose heroes are so greedy are many. We have Goku from (Dragon Ball), Luffy from (One Piece), and Naruto (Naruto). The first loves to eat everything and anything, while the second loves to pounce on meat without discrimination. Third, if you draw a drop of blood from it, you will find dishes of ramen swimming without stopping. It’s comical to see them like that. It is worth noting that this has evolved in some anime from just the character loves to eat, but the character is a cook. It was released on the anime scene years ago, Food Wars. Its achieved great success by being a unique anime in terms of the idea and presentation style.Tags: Anime, Anime culture, Anime movies, Anime series, Anime world