Top 16 Best Shounen Webtoon/Manhwa to Read

Shounen (or “shōnen”) is one of the most popular genres. It leans towards young and teenage boys, but of course, reading a good manhwa regardless of its genre is our duty. It usually has a male protagonist who embarks in such a story plot that is adventurous and filled with challenges. Often shounen genre does not concentrate heavily on romance and comes in the form of comedy, fantasy, action, or drama. Despite its focus audience, everyone should read shounen because most of the time it teaches lessons too, whether over friendship, oneself, or life.

Manhwas like Solo Leveling, Tower of God, The Gamer, etc. are quite already popular, and so are not included in this list. The below list of the best shounen webtoon/manhwa, are the best examples of how different emotions can come under the umbrella of shounen.

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Best Shounen Webtoon/Manhwa

Volcanic Age16. Volcanic Age

Other names: Volcanic Rebirth

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen

Author: Tomato(Artist), Jeong-Jun(Story)

Status: Ongoing

Summary: It is a Korean light novel which converted into a manhwa series, is in the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa. The story revolves around Joo SEO Cheon, a man who survives the age of war through sheer luck and becomes Hwasan factions elder only to live a life full of regrets and doubts. Lying on his death bed, when this man gets a chance of going back to the past, he made most of it.

He uses knowledge and data from his previous life to help to seek his goal early in advance. Has information about the locations of treasures and other things beforehand, which will be discovered later. He also established connections with people he knows will be important later on in future life ahead. Joo SEO Cheon also impresses many sect leaders along the way. Now the only question arises, willl having knowledge of everything beforehand actually change his new future?

15. Glacias

Other names: NA

Genres: Fantasy, Action, Supernatural, Shounen

Author: Yaruno and Nawa

Status: Ongoing

Summary: This webtoon is based on a polt of creating a co-existence of dragons and humans together in a world where people live in fear of dragons. Protagonist Juka is a seventeen-year-old boy, who along with his dragon Lyth, is trying to bring balance between humans and dragons. He claims that humans and dragons can live side by side if they only took the time to understand each other. Juka was raised by a dragon sage and is dull with basic human etiquette. Will Juka ever achieve his dream of building Glacias, a city where humans and dragons can live in harmony?

The art and the graphics display in this manhwa are eye-pleasing, gaining its position to the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa.

Veritas14. Veritas

Other names: Veristas, Truth

Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Martial Arts, School, Shounen, Super Power, Supernatural

Author: Yoon Joon Shik (Story), Kim Dong Hoon (Art), Berry Star (Story)

Status: Completed

Summary: Veritas is an important one on the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa. The story here revolves around Ma Gangryong, a middle schooler who loves to fight and is considered the strongest student in his school. Once, when he meets a mysterious man Youcheon, his ideas of strength changed. He pleads to the man for teaching him, after witnessing the man’s display of unbelievable kind of power. After many persuasions, Youcheon finally takes Gangryong on as his student. One year later, some people came and announced that his “master” is dead. Gangryong has to follow them and go to a school where everybody has supernatural powers because he was the only student of his master. Now Gangryong is part of a world he has never seen before, and that will change his life forever.

Bal Jak13. Bal Jak

Other names: Baljak, Bal Jack, High School

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, School, Shounen

Author: Kim Young Oh (Art), Young Jeon Sang (Story)

Status: Completed

Summary: Next on the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa is Bal Jak. It is an underrated two-decade-old comic, which you should give a try. I this, the main character Jo Pae, a slightly off-kilter boy, wants to become emperor of Korea. His first step, when he enters high school, is to become the leader of the strongest school there is. No one was expecting it, and he takes down all of the school’s Yankees. Jo Pae is now the enemy to kill! And all the rival schools want to kill him regardless of any means!

Gosu12. Gosu

Other names: 고수, Gosu – The Master

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Martial Arts, Shounen

Author: Ryu Ki-Woon, Moon Jung-Hoo

Status: Ongoing

Summary: A young man Gang Yong, set forth to avenge his master, a once influential martial artist who was betrayed by his men and barely escaped with his life. He is ready to bring terror and plunder among the murim as he is armed with his master’s supreme martial art techniques. But one year later, before he even got started, he learns that the ones who had betrayed his master are already dead, fighting among themselves. So what happens now is a question, but instantly, he is employed in a dumpling shop. His cover? A chubby dumpling delivery boy.

Tower into the clouds - shounen webtoon11. Tower Into The Clouds

Other names:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Manhua, Shounen

Author: Jio Ran

Status:  Ongoing

Summary: If you’re a man, then you should be able to reach the 100th level. A mage Mao Li, the main character, begins his journey of scaling the tower. The storyline starts with the awaking of Mao Li in a desert, with all his memory lost. He then saw a skyscraping tower and gets inside to seek help. There he meets the tower’s keeper cum registrar who tells him about the tower and its challenges and powers. Keeper also persuades Mao Li to join the challenge of scaling the tower to fulfill his wishes, which also includes his memories. Now, will Mao Li be able to reach the 100th level?

The Legend of Maian - shounen webtoon10. The Legend of Maian

Other names:  Mayan Chronicles

Genres:  Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen, Tragedy

Author: Im  Dal Young (Story), Jeong  Soo Cheol (Art)

Status: Hiatus

Summary:  This manhwa is in the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa because it comprises of every emotion. Be it comedy, action, drama, or tragedy. The story starts when a powerful sorceress, Felicia Rand Philistin, once tried to conquer the nation of Shurian. To stop this terror and destruction, a man stood up and rebelled against her oppression and domination. The people called him Maian the Brave (Yongja Maian), and it was he that sealed the evil sorceress. Thousand years later, the sealed sorceress is released by the mistake of Fenix Maian. Now he has to keep the sorceress from taking over the world once again and has to complete the efforts of his ancestors.

Knight Run - shounen webtoon09. Knight Run

Other names: 나이트런

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mature, Sci-fi, Shounen

Author: Kim, Sung Min (Story & Art)

Status: Ongoing

Summary: Knight Run is an underrated manhwa which needs to be in the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa. It is the story of the war in the era of space between humans and creatures of unknown origin. Initially, this webtoon will look like it is solely focusing on fights and wars, but there is more to it. This story is not just war-centric, but it also depicts the suffering and loss which comes after the war, whether won or lose. It displays the emotions and virtues the humanity is possessing.

Here in the story, the battle is harsh, and the future looks unsettled and stormy. Amidst the turmoil, humanity tries to play its last hand. It’s time for the Knights who have received new orders to step into the fray and turn the tide of this war.

Troll Trap09. Troll Trap

Other names: 트롤트랩

Genres: Action, Fantasy, School life, Shounen

Author: Lee won seek

Status:  Ongoing

Summary: What will you do when you notice that someone you knew is no longer themselves? The changes they show are so peculiar that they are no longer…human? Troll Trap is the story of troll hunter Ha-Te. The story starts with Ha-Te saving Ji-Hyun from a monstrous troll, who came in the form of her baby brother. Later Ha-Te transferred to Ji-Hyun’s school and made her join his hunting spree as a part-time troll hunter. Follow hunter Ha-Te and the part-timer hunter Ji-Hyun on their adventure of hunting trolls to save humanity. It is an engaging and fun webtoon from the start, and that is why it is the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa.

The God Of Highschool07. God of High School

Other names: God of Highschool, GoH, The God of Highschool

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Shounen

Author: Park Yong Je (Story & Art)

Status: Ongoing

Summary: This one has to be in the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa as this webcomic has received a mobile game and an original video animation attached to the aforementioned game’s original soundtrack.

The webtoon starts when the main protagonist Jin Mo-Ri, a 17-year-old martial artist from Seoul, South Korea, is being invited to join a Martial Arts tournament called “The God of High School.” A suspicious corporation sponsored this event. The motive of this tournament was to bring together people from all over South Korea on a regional then national level and to select three representatives for the World Tournament ultimately. The tournament’s prize is that the host corporation will fulfill any wish of the winner. So join Mo-Ri and find out what his destiny is in the tournament?

06. Afterschool War Activities

Other names: Afterschool Military Activity, Banggwa hu Jeonjaeng Hwaldong, Duty after School

Genres: Action, Mystery, Psychological, Shounen, Supernatural, sci-fi

Author: Ha Il-Kwon (Story & Art)

Status:  Completed

Summary: Afterschool War Activities is a must webtoon that has to be in the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa. It is an exciting and overwhelming story about a group of high schoolers who are collected to serve in the army to help protect the country at the time of need. The story started when strange things began appearing from the sky, and the world is slowly dying. In light of this case, what’s happening in Korea was not good either. The highschoolers and college students have no choice but to join the military as there aren’t enough military men to fight these enemies. For helping others, they have to survive at the risk of their own lives. As things become more and more dangerous, it gets clearer just how much they’ll have to grow up if they want to survive.

Sweet Home05. Sweet Home

Other names: 스위트

Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Shounen, Supernatural, Thriller

Author: Kim Carnby (Story), Hwang  Young-chan (Art)

Status: Ongoing

Summary: Sweet Home is a featured thriller webtoon created by Youngchan Hwang and Carnby Kim. The story starts after an unexpected family tragedy. A reclusive high school student is forced to leave his home, only to face something much scarier. He has to face reality where monsters are trying to wipe out humanity. Now he must fight alongside a handful of reluctant heroes to try and save the world before it’s too late and meanwhile hoping to see the last theatrical cut of his favorite series Maria from the sky. It is one of the two works of Kim Carnby & Hwang Young-chan, which made up to the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa.

King of Hell04. King of Hell

Other names: Demon King, Majeh

Genres:  Action, Adventure, Comedy, Martial arts, Shounen, Supernatural

Author: Kim Jae-Hwan (Art), Ra In-Soo (Story)

Status: Completed

Summary: King of Hell takes place in the past on the Land of Korea and its corresponding realms of the afterlife. The story primarily revolves around Majeh, the envoy to the next world, and his existence King of “Hell.” Majeh was a great swordsman in life, but after his death, he was transferred to the next world as a servant of the King of Hell. It was later discovered that he was a legendary swordsman who was placed in a magical realm called the Moorim, where the fiercest warriors were kept.

Upon His arrival in Moorim, Majeh was challenged by over 50 warriors at once, and he easily defeated them without any struggle. Majeh became one of the most dangerous people in Moorim after this incident and was remove and made envoy to the next world (hell) by the king. After a while, when a disaster occurred in hell, the most wicked demons escaped into the world of Mortals. Then King of Hell sends Majeh out to capture these escape demons. This is more than a decade old and still one of the best shounen webtoon/manhwas to date.

top Manhwa03. Noblesse

Other names: 노블레스

Genres:  Action, Adventure, Comedy, School, Supernatural, Shounen

Author: Son Jae Ho (Story), Lee Gwang Su (Art)

Status:  Ongoing     

Summary: The next webtoon on the list of best shounen webtoon/manhwa is Noblesse. Cadis Etrama Di Raizel’ Rai’, rises from a white coffin, which was placed within an abandoned building in South Korea. Rai is unimaginably beautiful, dignified, and nobleman. As he awakes in this unknown time, Rai must find out someone he can trust who is his loyal companion, Frankenstein. After remain asleep for the past 820 years, Rai requires Frankenstein’s help to adapt to the current age. The story develops when Rai tries to mix with the human society of today. To do this, he transforms his old-fashion cloth into the uniform blazer of the nearby Ye Ran High School. After it turns out that Frankenstein is the principal of that school. Frankenstein enrolls him as a new student to help him understand modern society and experience a regular life.

Frankenstein’s plans, soon go amiss partially because of the problems stemming from modern society, and partly due to unresolved conflicts from him and his master’s troubled past. As no choice left, Rai must resort to using his mysterious power to protect those who are dear to him.

top Manhwa02. The Breaker

Other names: 브레이커

Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Martial Arts, School, Shounen, Senin

Author: Park Jin Hwan (Art), Jeon Geuk jin (Story)

Status:  Completed     

Summary: Yi “Shioon” Shi-Woon’s daily life in his Nine Dragons High School includes beatings from fellow student Ho Chang and his gang. His life is far from ideal. But one day, a mysterious man, which later turns out to be a substitute English teacher named Han Chun Woo spots one of these bulling and instead of offering support, brands him a coward for refusing to fight back. This added insult to the pre-existing injury of Shinoon.

Shinoo decides to enroll himself at a martial arts academy after getting tired of daily abuse and bullying. During his way there, he stumbles upon Chun Woo, who was in a crisis, cornered in an alley by a group of angry men. Aggravated, Chun Woo suddenly dispatches them using martial arts techniques, which Shioon secretly records. He later uses this recording to blackmail Chun Woo into teaching him self-defense. Hesitantly, Chun Woo agrees and pushed Shioon into the world of martial arts, known as Murim. However, Shioon is innocent and ignorant of his master’s crooked past and the unseen downs of the society. See how Chun Woo manages to teach Shioon and encourage him to survive in the world of Murim.

top Manhwa01. Bastard

Other names: Hulejasig

Genres: Mystery, Drama, Horror, Romance, Psychological, Shounen

Author: Kim Carnby (Story), Hwang Young-chan (Art)

Status: Completed

Summary: From a distance, Seon Jin looks like a boy who has money and a comfortable apartment, someone who only faces a hard time at school for being bullied, but the reality is different. There is nowhere that Seon Jin can find peace. At school, he is ruthlessly bullied due to reserved and quiet but not hostile nature and weak appearance. However, the real reason for Jin’s miseries and terror is his father and his secret deeds.

Dongsoo Seon, Jin’s father, is a successful businessman, a good social being, and a loving parent, which is merely a facade. The truth is that he is a deranged serial killer, and Jin is his unwilling accomplice. They are carrying out this killing spree for years without getting caught. However, all this comes to an end when his father takes an interest in the pretty and kind transfer student Yoon Kyun who becomes Jin’s love interest. Now it is in the hands of Jin, to choose a path that whether he will let her go down in the clutches of his father or be the bastard of a son who rebels against his father.

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