Pre-Viewing Question: Based on the episode’s title, what do you think the episode is about?
Types of Anime: Shonen
Did you know that there are different types of anime? The five types are shonen, shojo, seinen, josei, and kodomomuke. Each kind of anime is focused on a specific target population of viewers. These kinds of anime are not genres.
One particular anime is called shonen. First, shonen anime is a category of anime made specifically for younger boys. Usually there is some type of main character, normally male, who has muscles, good martial arts abilities, and some type of ability to enhance their strength. Characters that fit this style of character include Son Goku, Dragon Ball; Natsu Dragneel, Fairy Tail; and Monkey D. Luffy, One Piece. A major character trait for these characters are their appreciation for their friends and their willingness to fight for them. For example, in One Piece, Luffy’s brother, Ace, had been captured by the Marines. In order to save him, Luffy broke into the Marine prison, Impel Down, and had started a massive battle on Marineford, the headquarters of the Marines.
Which of the five types are your favorite? Watch and participate every Friday at 2:00 in order to see some of the types in action!