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    It was alright. I got depressed for the last bit of it because I sort of had to accept that a couple of my very few close friends won't talk to me much anymore, but the break from school has been nice. I'm glad you had a nice time seeing your family again. I would prefer enjoying holidays with friends, but none of friends of my friends live near me so that's a pipe dream lol.

    What do you think of GioGio?
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    Jojo gets better in each part both art and story-wise up to Part 4. Which starts off like a slice of life series about loligagging high school students that happen to run into Stand users before eventually focusing into mainline murderer goose hunt. It's my favorite Part.
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    How many episodes of Naruto did you watch. It takes several episodes to get through the motions, but it gets plenty interesting at some point. And the art-style is great.

    Dr. Stone is not a battle shonen. Think of it more like a lighthearted RPG sidequest science education manga in a future where the world is reverted to the stone ages. It's quite unique and has nice flair. It starts off mild, but it gets more and more interesting. And the main character scientist is freaking great as a cackling arrogant jerk with a heart of gold.
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    So... nah, not interested in Black Clover. Although it is more tolerable than Fairy Tail, but that is hardly something to praise.

    Man, I always find that medieval action-adventure shonen series disappoint me. And I say this as a Lord of the Rings fan lol.
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    Toriko is worth reading for just the pre-timeskip stuff and the first two post-timeskip arcs. But by that point, you might as well read the rest of the manga to see how hilariously rushed it became.

    I watched season one of the Seven Deadly Sins anime and read the manga. My thoughts on it are mixed. I like the concepts that the series is trying to do and it sometimes cleverly subverts shonen tropes well. But on the other hand, I only find two or three of the main characters to be particularly likable. And by God, the protagonist is the blandest one I have ever seen in all of shonen. Especially when the series keeps repeating the same awful pervert gags for him that were never funny to begin with. I definitely respect the series' art-style and character designs though. But it has power levels. Literally power level numbers. Just ew.

    Black Clover looks mediocre and generic. The art is decent, but the protagonist screams all of the time while the rival is bland Sasuke but nicer.
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    I agree with you when it comes to committing to long-term manga/anime. Which is usually why I typically only jump into series that have ran for a while and when I am exposed to some fan feedback and spoilers ahead of time, which ironically make me become interested in trying out a series. That is what got me to try out My Hero Academia aside from being a western superhero fan. The length also helps with giving me a new series to binge too, rather than spend a lot of time wondering when it gets better or if there is an interesting direction the series is really trying to go long-term after the inevitable casual meandering in the beginning arcs like every shonen series has at first before things get serious with long term goals and villains.
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    Magi... doesn't really interest me. I should want to try it out since it finished recently, but I hear it got severely rushed. Not only that, but while I like the idea of an Arabian Nights-themed shonen series on paper as a concept, I find the art-style to look quite bland as execution. Not bad, but it definitely doesn't grab my attention either. A lot of the facial designs, spiky hair, and clothes look too same-y. And the anime colors have these unappealing pastel/neon-esque look to the character design colors for me. So it comes off looking like a generic manga/anime in the stereotypical mainstream sense that you don't pay attention to when you're scrolling down random Google images. That's just me though.
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    I really liked Toriko at first and its premise of being an action-adventure centered around surreal nature themed after food and ravenous creatures. The characters weren't really written well aside from a few exceptions, but the action, sci-fi worldbuilding, and art itself was phenomenal. Yet it took a big quality dive after its timeskip like Naruto and got hilariously rushed near the end. It needed least a hundred chapters more.

    My Hero Academia should become a priority. Well-written characters, excellent art-style, non-formulaic arcs/overarching villains, cool philosophical/sociopolitical concepts and themes around how a society centric around regulated superpowers/heroes would function and how inspiration affects both heroes and villains, etc, are all great. The author has a bit of trouble with action choreography flowing well, but aside from that, its great. How the protagonist gets stronger while keeping up with the supporting characters is really cool too.
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    I started Naruto around the same time as One Piece since I was a kid. But I kept up with Naruto more frequently over the years. Part 1 is good. It's the timeskip/Part 2 where it gets incredibly flawed. Honestly, save yourself the pain and don't get into it unless you are really bored or want to analyze it as a shonen.

    I watched random episodes of Bleach on Adult Swim as a kid, but didn't follow it fervently because of how late it would air. It did attract me a lot due to how sharp and serious its art-style and teenage high school characters looked, as well as the supernatural elements. I used to want to be a teen a lot when I was little, which is why that looked appealing lol. But yes, I would say that Naruto is superior to Bleach all in all. I don't regret not getting into Bleach for inevitable disappointment.
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    Yeah, battle shonens tend to become my favorite too. If they're written good. Hence why I avoided Fairy Tail like the plague and more than not disliked what I saw from it.

    I take it that you are watching the Part 4 anime?

    Yu Yu Hakusho is a series I got into only a couple or more years ago, so I don't have any childhood nostalgia towards it. Even so, despite being an anime made in the 90's, I think it actually holds up pretty week. Plot structure is exactly what you would expect out of a standard shonen, nothing remarkable, and it has the longest tournament arc in pretty much all of anime so be prepared for that lol. But when it comes to how the characters are written, as well as the action choreography and music (its opening is one of my favorite anime openings of all time, and it never changes), it's actually quite good. The protagonist actually isn't a Goku clone too, and is probably my favorite shonen protagonist even though One Piece is my favorite shonen series. lol.
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