While it has iconic moments and largely set the stage for anime and shonen in particular, Naruto does not age well; there are plenty of better shows. It is very culturally relevant to be familiar with, however.

Yakitate!! Japan

Yakitate!! Japan is a goofy, wholesome comedy that channels a similar vibe to the great Abridges series of the early 2010s with quality humor and the cast doesn't really take the show seriously.

Food Wars! – Shokugeki no Soma (Seasons 1-3)

Genre(s): Food, Shonen, Comedy, Ecchi, School Age-Appropriateness: 16+ (Very frequent suggestive themes, mild language) Platforms: Crunchyroll, Hulu Episodes: 61 (+5 OVA) TheAwersome Rating: 9.2 / 10 (A definite gem, though not for everyone) Premise: Soma Yukihira wants nothing more in life than to one day surpass his father’s cooking skills and take over the family... Continue Reading →


Genre(s): Drama, School, Psychological, Shounen, Game Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Themes) Platforms: Netflix Episodes: 12 TheAwersome Rating: 7.2 / 10 (You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. Hard to be middle-ground) Premise: Hyakkaou Private Academy is an elite school housing the children of Japan’s most wealthy and influential businessmen, and regularly produces world-class... Continue Reading →

Soul Eater

Genre(s): Shonen, Comedy, Dark Fantasy Age-Appropriateness: 14+ (Blood, minor language, frightening imagery, occasional suggestive themes) Platforms: Netflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu Episodes: 51 TheAwersome Rating: 8.2 / 10 (Somewhat niche-y, but if you’re into it definitely worth your time, bingeable) Premise: At Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA) in Death City, there are two categories of students:... Continue Reading →


Genre(s): Shonen / Ridiculous Comedy / Food Age-Appropriateness: 7+ (depending on translator) Platforms: CrunchyRoll, Hulu, Funimation Episodes: 144 (147 including One-Piece and DBZ cross-over episodes) TheAwersome Rating: 7.7 / 10 (Worth watching, bingeable, not a must-see) Premise: In a bizarre future, the world is somewhat returned to a Jurassic-type state where giant plants and animals... Continue Reading →

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