Definition of shonen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHōnən/
(also shounen)


A genre of Japanese comics and animated films aimed primarily at a young male audience, typically characterized by action-filled plots: [as modifier]: manga artists use the eyes to indicate emotions and sensitivity, not a high priority in early shonen manga
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  • Viz had been planning for some time to do a mainstream shonen manga magazine.
  • Some of the 22-year-old's favorite Japanese comic titles are those aimed at male readers, or shonen manga.
  • It has been able to carve a niche, largely because it specializes specifically in shonen publications, aimed specifically at boys.


1980s: from Japanese shōnen 'boy'. Compare with shojo.

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Syllabification: sho·nen

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