Entertainment Visual Arts 10 Shonen Manga Must-Reads Share PINTEREST Email Print Visual Arts Anime & Manga Top Picks Basics Comic Books By Deb Aoki Deb Aoki is a published cartoonist, manga enthusiast, and the creator of the comic strip "Bento Box." our editorial process Deb Aoki Updated January 13, 2018 Hooked on the adrenaline-rush of shonen manga shonen manga titles. 01 of 10 Naruto Naruto Volume 17. © Masashi Kishimoto Author & Artist: Masashi KishimotoPublisher: Shonen Jump / VIZ MediaVisit VIZ Media's Naruto pagefor Naruto Volume 1 Misfit ninja-in-training Naruto just can't seem to do anything right -- he's at the bottom of his class at the Ninja Academy and everyone in town treats him like dirt. But Naruto has a secret: His body houses the powerful spirit of a nine-tailed fox demon that almost destroyed his village 15-years ago. As Naruto grows into his power, he meets other ninjas, both friends and foes, who help him on his path to becoming the next Hokage, the most powerful ninja in his village. 02 of 10 Bleach Bleach Volume 1. © Tite Kubo Author & Artist: Tite KuboPublisher: Shonen Jump / VIZ MediaVisit VIZ Media's Bleach pageRead a review of Bleach Volume 1for Bleach Volume 1 Average teen Ichigo already had a not-so-average life: His father acts like an overgrown child, his younger sisters practically run the house and oh yeah -- he can see ghosts. As if that wasn't enough, Ichigo meets a "soul reaper," a metaphysical warrior who battles demons and helps the deceased find their way to their final reward. By accident, Ichigo acquires the powers and responsibilities of a soul reaper. Now he not only sees ghosts, he has to battle the undead "Hollows" and eventually, face "real" Soul Reapers who don't take kindly to his newfound powers. 03 of 10 Death Note Death Note Volume 1. © Tsugumi Ohba / Takeshi Obata Author: Tsugumi OhbaArtist: Takeshi ObataPublisher: Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ MediaVisit VIZ Media's Death Note page Light Yagami has got it all: Good grades, good looks and a good family. Trouble is, he's bored out of his mind. After he finds a notebook that gives him the power to kill anyone just by writing their name, Light faces the ultimate test of wits: Can he use his power to rid the world of criminals before the police, the FBI and the shinigami grim reapers catch up with him? Death Note is a brilliantly-written supernatural suspense story that hooks readers in and won't let go until the surprising climax in Volume 12. 04 of 10 Full Metal Alchemist Writer / Artist: Hiromu ArakawaPublisher: Viz MediaBrothers Edward and Alphonse Elric tried to ressurect their deceased mother. Their attempts failed, but by violating one of the most sacred laws of alchemy, they were punished severely: Edward lost his arm and a leg, and Alphonse lost his body. Now armed with metal prosthetics and a robot body, the two brothers roam a quasi-European steampunk world as they try to right wrongs and find the legendary Philosopher's Stone. 05 of 10 Initial D Writer / Artist: Shuichi Shigeno For easy-going high school student Takumi Fujiwara, life is like coasting in neutral. He lives in a small town, goes to school, works at the gas station and helps his dad deiver tofu in his trusty '86 Trueno. But everything changes when he discovers his hidden talent: An almost unnaturally-natural knack for the extremely dangerous sport of high-speed drift racing. 06 of 10 One Piece Writer / Artist: Eiichiro OdaPublisher: Viz MediaYo ho ho and a bottle of pop! Monkey D. Luffy dreams of being a legendary pirate -- but after taking a bite of the gum-gum fruit, he's able to stretch his limbs like Stretch Armstrong, but now he'll sink like a stone if he ever falls into water. Monkey and his misfit crew of pirates sail the seven seas in search of treasure and adventure, and find both in spades. 07 of 10 Gon Gon Volume 1. © Masashi Tanaka / Kodansha Ltd. Writer / Artist: Masashi Tanaka Pint-sized dinosaur Gon may be tiny, but he manages to make a monster-sized impact wherever he goes. Tanaka's impeccably-drawn, detailed artwork describes Gon's misadventures without dialogue -- and not a word is needed for readers to marvel and laugh at this tiny reptile's hilarious exploits. 08 of 10 Slam Dunk Cover artwork for Slam Dunk Volume 1 by Takehiko Inoue, Japan edition published by Shonen Jump / Shueisha. © 1999-2007 Seven and Y Corp Writer / Artist: Takehiko InouePublisher: Shonen Jump / VIZ MediaWould-be juvenile delinquent Sakuragi wants to be big man on campus, but somehow always falls short. Then one day, in an effort to impress a girl, he joins the high school basketball team. After a shaky start, helps turn his team into a force to be reckoned with on the courts. Beautifully drawn with action and drama, Slam Dunk is a powerful sports manga that captures the adrenaline-fueled energy of basketball. 09 of 10 Ranma 1/2 Writer / Artist: Rumiko TakahashiPublisher: Viz MediaRanma Saotome has got the strength and the moves to be one of the best martial artists ever. His only problem? Thanks to a Chinese curse, he's turns into a curvaceous girl whenever he gets splashed with water. A wacky mix of slapstick humor and kung-fu action, Ranma 1/2 is a fun read for teens and up. 10 of 10 Air Gear Writer / Artist: Oh! Great Air Gear with lots of dazzling action scenes, cute girls and a heaping helping of fan service (a.k.a. cheeky nudity).