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Shōnen (少年, shounen), is a Japanese terms literally meaning few years and generally referring to a typical boy, from primary school until the time they are 15 years of age. It is used in everyday conversation when referring to the period of youth, including in legal wording referencing youth, it is used without regard to gender. Shōnen manga refers to manga marketed to a male audience roughly between the ages of 10 and 18. It is a popular genre of Japanese comics, generally about action/fighting but often contains a sense of humor and strong growing friendship-bonds between the characters.

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