The world of anime it is a wider and more diverse place than ever. While the shonen world in particular is in good shape. Sales of manga are strong all over the world and the Japanese animation it has become more common than ever.
The above makes this the appropriate context for the new “big three” for shonen manga and anime in particular. In the 2000s, three titles made up the so-called Big Three of Shonen Jump: Bleach by Tite Kubo, Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto and One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, the three basic elements of shonen action.
Now, a new generation has arrived. Based on the well-honed content, popularity, and sheer appeal of these series, it’s safe to say that Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen and My Hero Academia they have become the big three of today. The Truth News He previously explained everything about the Shonen genre in the anime.
What are the great shonen?
The great shonen in the 2000s They were Bleach, Naruto and One Piece. In the 2020’s we can say that the most successful are Kimetsu no Yaiba, Jujutsu Kaisen and Boku no Hero Academia. Other titles that stand out are Black Clover, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, and Chainsaw Man. Next, let’s talk about manga sales.
Some factors can influence the determination of the unofficial “big three” of modern shonen, and one of them is the volume of manga sales. Shonen Jump’s big three originals enjoyed strong sales during their heyday, and One Piece, which is still ongoing, continues to rank first among sales of all manga series of all time.
However, One Piece of Eiichiro Oda was inherited from an older generation: newer and younger series are the focus now, and dollar for dollar, they can rival the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates.
The Jujutsu Kaisen manga series, which launched on March 5, 2018 in Shonen Jump, recently surpassed the 55 million volume mark, already placing it in the upper echelon of the best-selling manga.
The above, speaking volumes (no pun intended) to the quality and breadth of the story. In fact, volume 17 alone sold 2.5 million copies in its first run. In fact, Jujutsu Kaisen increased its manga sales by 600 percent, thanks to its anime adaptation by MAP study.
Demon Slayer recently ended volume 23 in Shonen Jump, and its final volume alone sold just under 5 million copies in the first half of 2021. Overall, the manga of Koyoharu Gotouge enjoyed massive sales during its run, in part due to the studio’s mega-popular anime adaptation Ufotable.
The Demon Slayer series has sold over 150 million copies since its debut on the revista Weekly Shonen Jump, which makes it easily classifiable as a “big three” material.
My Hero Academy of Kohei Horikoshi It currently has 32 volumes, and as of April 2021, the series had a total of 50 million copies in circulation, most of which were sold in Japan.
Boku no Hero Academia was also the eighth best-selling manga of any genre in 2020. Such solid sales, along with winning the Harvey Award for Best Manga in 2019, make My Hero Academia a clear bet on “big three” status. On the other hand, Chainsaw Man won the Harvey Award for the best manga of 2021.
Shonen Jump’s new big three
The original big three created a template for what the big three were “supposed” to be for shonen, and the original three series (Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece) set a simple but high standard for all future Shonen Jump titles.
Those three were classic action stories with fantasy elementsFrom gummy pirates to Soul Reapers with magic swords, and these series were clearly designed to turn into long but ever-evolving adventures with a massive cast of characters and flexible combat systems.
This allowed all three titles to continually innovate in their formulas and stay fresh, while remaining true to themselves. These series, like classic shonen, also had great appeal well beyond targeted young male readers / viewers.
The stories appeal to fans of all ages and genders, and that’s a quick way to become “big,” especially with strong, exciting, and slightly vulnerable male and female characters in those stories.
Jujutsu Kaisen, My Hero Academia, and Demon Slayer have a lot of competition in and out of Shonen Jump, since the recently concluded Attack on Titan de Hajime Isayama to the time-traveling crime drama of Tokyo Revengers de Ken Wakui.
However, the above titles are closer to the three great originals in spirit and can be considered direct spiritual successors. Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen are clearly evolutions of Bleach, and the author of Jujutsu Kaisen confirms that the series is modeled after the storytelling and art style of Tite Kubo.
In terms of character design, setting, storytelling, and combat systems, these three are most akin to Naruto from Masashi Kishimoto, Bleach and One Piece than series like Attack on Titan, and that makes them more obvious candidates to become the next three great shonen.
In no way does this diminish the excellent content of Attack on Titan or Tokyo Revengers, but when it comes to broader appeal and living up to the standards and flair of the great three originals, Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, and My Hero Academia are at the top of Shonen Jump.
Ultimately, everyone was clearly inspired by the original three as they refined and perfected the formula for a new generation. They learned vital lessons from their ancestors and continued their legacy, all while having their own fresh and unique voices. Only a true series of “big three” shonen could pull it off and Shonen Jump has them.