I think demon slayer and jujitsu kaisen both do a good job in how they choose to acknowledge and subvert the shonen genre, which makes them more exciting to me than more boilerplate shonen. I’m really excited at the new generation of shonen protags who are motivated by compassion versus the desire to Be the Very Best- I think showing kids that it’s okay to make caring for the needs of others a priority in specific ways (instead of just a general sense of ‘fighting for your friends’) is really valuable, especially in ‘boys’ media.
JJK also has great animation and like, really stellar compositing especially in the OPs which are both great. I don’t feel like a lot of studios can give ufotable a run for their money in that department but Mappa just keeps betting better and better. I’m really psyched that they also are adapting Chainsaw Man, I just hope it doesn’t overload the staff given how much they’re working on.