To those who don’t know what is shounen or anything Japanese, Shounen is a genre that fixates on action sequences much like Hollywood’s audiences on action movies. Be it that manly 1 on 1 fights, guns a blazing, cat fights, you know the drill and it carries itself to Japanese animation.
The holy trinity known as the big three (Bleach, Naruto and One Piece) focus on action scenes, sometimes stories but loads and loads of characters. As for the adventures, it seems to never end. Some of shows reached up to 500 episodes and manga grows up to 30 volumes.
Now, I watched Full Metal Alchemist, D-Gray Man and Beelzebub and Blue Exorcist being classified as shounen. Some good, some okay, some are cookie cutters and some are more than meets the eye.
When I watched Naruto I stopped at episode 160 because the plot pretty much crashed and got stuck with filler episodes that go nowhere except character development. That is my main concern about watching 60+ episodes. Even if I did rewatch the series again, Shippuden would even leave more questions unanswered. When I was watching Bleach, I have no idea what is going on and it didn’t hook me in.
Problem with shounen series is that they tend to drag the plot long, has 60+ characters that it is impossible to memorize all of them, increased filler to either character development and/or padding the show and teaches about friendship and small lessons typical of every shounen show. Most of the anime happens to follow the original story through manga, light novel or have the director does their own way.
The recent anime Beelzebub was finished and it was okay as a typical shounen show. Decent characters, absurd silliness and fillers that are decent. Blue Exorcist on the other hand was a cookie cutter of shounen shows. Filler episodes, decent characters but awful ending.
How do I end this? Oh yeah cop out ending.