What is this genre all about? Delinquents - Every school has them, but not all anime with school setting make delinquents a central topic. There are several versions of these delinquents, though some are grounded on a misunderstanding:
* The student with a really bad image and attitude, based on his real criminal actions outside of the school and is even feared by teachers.
* The primitive "class bully" that pushes around ("clobbers") his classmates for no apparent reason, possibly extorting lunch money.
* The student with an sinister complexion or "evil eye", but is actually a "good" student (unfoundedly feared character).
* The rebellious student, who does not care for studying, but is otherwise docile. Called a "delinquent" as a joke.
We present you the list of Delinquent anime you should watch right now.
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Top 20 Delinquent anime you should watch right now. [2024 List]
- 20. Tokyo Revengers
- 19. Tokyo Revengers: Tenjiku-hen
- 18. Tokyo Revengers: Seiya Kessen-hen
- 17. Banana Fish
- 16. My Little Monster
- 15. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
- 14. WIND BREAKER
- 13. Beelzebub
- 12. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
- 11. Rokudou no Onna-tachi
- 10. Kono Oto Tomare!
- 9. Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi
- 8. Gokusen
- 7. D-Frag!
- 6. TRIBE NINE
- 5. ON-GAKU: Our Sound
- 4. Tenjou Tenge
- 3. Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou
- 2. Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
- 1. Samuraider: Nazo no Tenkousei
20. Tokyo Revengers
Takemichi Hanagaki is a freelancer that's reached the absolute pits of despair in his life. He finds out that the only girlfriend he ever had, in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, had been killed by the ruthless Tokyo Manji Gang. The day after hearing about her death, he's standing on the station platform and ends up being pushed over onto the tracks by a herd of people. He closes his eyes thinking he's about to die, but when he opens his eyes back up, he somehow had gone back in time 12 years. Now that he's back living the best days of his life, Takemichi decides to get revenge on his life
Tokyo Revengers has finished airing and it has 24 Episodes. It is also Known as: 東京リベンジャーズ, Tokyo Revengers
19. Tokyo Revengers: Tenjiku-hen
The third season of Tokyo Revengers.
Tokyo Revengers: Tenjiku has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: 東京リベンジャーズ 天竺編, Tokyo Revengers Season 3
18. Tokyo Revengers: Seiya Kessen-hen
The second season of Tokyo Revengers.
Despite his best time-leaping efforts, Takemichi Hanagaki continuously fails to prevent the present-day death of Hinata Tachibana, his adolescent love. The adult Takemichi grapples with grief and the ramifications of the Tokyo Manji gang's criminal empire—an unintended product of his timeline meddling. Though the gang once operated under the idealistic Manjirou "Mikey" Sano, it has now been taken over by the malicious Tetta Kisaki and, as a result, has abandoned its original optimistic intent.
Despite feeling hopeless, Takemichi travels to the past once again to investigate Black Dragon, a rival motorcycle gang whose actions ultimately lead to Hinata's demise. There, he meets the young Hakkai Shiba, a fellow gang member whose older brother, Taiju, tyrannically rules Black Dragon.
Takemichi, with Chifuyu on his side, works to unravel the fates of Black Dragon's members, fighting to create a happy future for his loved ones.
Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: 東京リベンジャーズ 聖夜決戦編, Tokyo Revengers Season 2
17. Banana Fish
Nature made Ash Lynx beautiful; nurture made him a cold ruthless killer. A runaway brought up as the adopted heir and sex toy of "Papa" Dino Golzine, Ash, now at the rebellious age of seventeen, forsakes the kingdom held out by the devil who raised him. But the hideous secret that drove Ash's older brother mad in Iraq has suddenly fallen into Papa's insatiably ambitious hands—and it's exactly the wrong time for Eiji Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx's acquaintance...
Banana Fish has finished airing and it has 24 Episodes. It is also Known as: バナナフィッシュ, Banana Fish
16. My Little Monster
Shizuku Mizutani is apathetic towards her classmates, only caring about her grades. However, her cold view of life begins to change when she meets Haru Yoshida, a violent troublemaker who stopped attending class after getting into a fight early in the school year. He is not much different from her, though—he too understands little about human nature and does not have any friends. Much to Shizuku's surprise, he proclaims that she will be his friend and immediately confesses his feelings towards her upon meeting her.
Because of her lack of friends and social interaction, Shizuku has a hard time understanding her relationship with Haru. But slowly, their friendship begins to progress, and she discovers that there is more to Haru than violence. She begins to develop feelings for him, but is unsure what kind of emotions she is experiencing. Together, Shizuku and Haru explore the true nature of their relationship and emotions.
My Little Monster has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, となりの怪物くん, Tonari no Kaibutsukun, The Monster Next Door, My Neighbor Monster-kun
15. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
Roaming the halls of the all-boys Sanada North High School are three close comrades: the eccentric ringleader with a hyperactive imagination Hidenori, the passionate Yoshitake, and the rational and prudent Tadakuni. Their lives are filled with giant robots, true love, and intense drama... in their colorful imaginations, at least. In reality, they are just an everyday trio of ordinary guys trying to pass the time, but who said everyday life couldn't be interesting? Whether it's an intricate RPG reenactment or an unexpected romantic encounter on the riverbank at sunset, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is rife with bizarre yet hilariously relatable situations that are anything but mundane.
Daily Lives of High School Boys has finished airing and it has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: 男子高校生の日常, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
14. WIND BREAKER
Haruka Sakura wants nothing to do with weaklings—he's only interested in the strongest of the strong. He's from Fuurin High School, a school of near-dropout degenerates known only for their brawling strength. And in a town known for its territorial disputes, Haruka's got only one goal—become the hero his town deserves.
WIND BREAKER has not yet aired. It will air on April 30, 2024. It is also Known as: ウィンドブレイカ, WIND BREAKER
Ishiyama High is a school populated entirely by delinquents, where nonstop violence and lawlessness are the norm. However, there is one universally acknowledged rule—don't cross first year student Tatsumi Oga, Ishiyama's most vicious fighter.
One day, Oga is by a riverbed when he encounters a man floating down the river. After being retrieved by Oga, the man splits down the middle to reveal a baby, which crawls onto Oga's back and immediately forms an attachment to him. Though he doesn't know it yet, this baby is named Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, or "Baby Beel" for short—the son of the Demon Lord!
As if finding the future Lord of the Underworld isn't enough, Oga is also confronted by Hildegard, Beel's demon maid. Together they attempt to raise Baby Beel—although surrounded by juvenile delinquents and demonic powers, the two of them may be in for more of a challenge than they can imagine.
Beelzebub has finished airing and it has 60 Episodes. It is also Known as: べるぜバブ, Beelzebub
12. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Japan, 1955: Mario Minakami has just arrived at Shounan Special Reform School along with six other teenagers who have been arrested on serious criminal charges. All assigned to the same cell, they meet older inmate Rokurouta Sakuragi—a former boxer—with whom they establish a close bond. Under his guidance, and with the promise that they will meet again on the outside after serving their sentences, the delinquents begin to view their hopeless situation in a better light.Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin follows the seven cellmates as they struggle together against the brutal suffering and humiliation inflicted upon them by Ishihara, a sadistic guard with a grudge on Rokurouta, and Gisuke Sasaki, a doctor who takes pleasure in violating boys. Facing such hellish conditions, the seven inmates must scrape together all the strength they have to survive until their sentences are up; but even if they do, just what kind of lives are waiting for them on the other side?
Rainbow has finished airing and it has 26 Episodes. It is also Known as: RAINBOW 二舎六房の七人, Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
11. Rokudou no Onna-tachi
Rokudou’s miserable days of being picked on have taken a major turn with a new ability that’s made him the target of every delinquent girl’s affection. The source? A mysterious scroll from his late grandfather, an unusual inheritance to say the least. Now he’s in a romantic panic full of nonstop madness with every bad girl he comes in contact with. Will he ever catch a break?
Rokudo's Bad Girls has finished airing and it has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: 六道の悪女たち, Rokudou no Akujo-tachi, 六道の悪女（おんな）たち
10. Kono Oto Tomare!
Down to its last member, the koto club will accept anyone who is interested in the traditional Japanese instrument. But when a delinquent and a prodigy player sign up, finding harmony isn’t going to be easy—especially not with ensemble competitions looming around the corner. With enough time and some incredible skill at the strings, perhaps this motley crew can strike a chord with the judges.
Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: この音とまれ！, Stop This Sound!
9. Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi
"Weak Legs" Kenichi Shirahama would rather spend his time reading self improvement books than fighting. However, when he finally works up the courage to become strong and join his school's karate club, he is coerced into fighting a bullying upperclassman who is intent on getting him kicked out of the club. He is about to give it all up until he falls for his mysterious new classmate, Miu Furinji. In order to face this challenge, he undergoes rigorous training at the dojo she lives at, Ryouzanpaku. Some initial training by the masters there allow him to defeat his upperclassman, however his fighting prowess brings him to the attention of the powerful gang of delinquents, Ragnarok. Wishing to protect the things he loves and determined to have the strength to face the increasing adversity, he must learn various martial arts from the dojo's resident masters, taking Karate, Muay Thai, Ju Jitsu and Chinese Martial Arts and combining them to create his own fighting style!
KenIchi: The Mightiest Disciple has finished airing and it has 50 Episodes. It is also Known as: 史上最強の弟子 ケンイチ, History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Kumiko Yamaguchi is smart, enthusiastic, and ready to start her dream job as a math teacher at Shirokin Academy. But as her first day opens on atrocious students and cowering teachers, Kumiko realizes that the all-boys high school is a cesspool of delinquents with no intention of improving themselves.
However, what her rowdy students don't know is that behind her dorky facade, Kumiko is the acting head of a powerful yakuza clan, and she has the skills to prove it! Capable of overpowering even the strongest of gangsters in seconds, Kumiko must keep her incredible strength and criminal influence a secret in order to keep her job. Unfortunately, with the vice principal constantly trying to get her fired and Shin Sawada, the leader of her class of delinquents, suspecting she's stronger than she lets on, Kumiko has a difficult teaching career ahead of her.
The Gokusen has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: ごくせん, Gokusen
Kazama Kenji likes to believe he is something of a delinquent. Moreover, others seem to like to agree that he is. Of course, Kenji's gang finds their way to a group of four not-so-normal girls—Chitose, Sakura, Minami and Roka—and all at once, whatever reputation he may have is nothing compared to the outrageous behavior of the girls. Shanghaied into joining their club, what will happen to his everyday life from that point on?
D-Frag! has finished airing and it has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: ディーふらぐ！, D-Frag!
6. TRIBE NINE
Haru Shirogane is a weak-minded person who is constantly bullied while Taiga has traveled from across the sea in hopes of becoming the strongest man in the world. One night, the two meet up with Shun Kamiya, the strongest XB (Extreme Baseball) player, and leader of the Minato Tribe. When they meet, each of the Tribes scattered throughout Neo-Tokyo are about to face a major threat.
On the orders of the King of Neo-Tokyo, "Houtenshin", the Chiyoda Try, led by the mysterious Ojiro Otori, has started to take control of all the tribes in the country. Their evil clutches are about to reach the Minato Tribe...
Tribe Nine has finished airing and it has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: トライブナイン, TRIBE NINE
5. ON-GAKU: Our Sound
A day in summer. A trio of outsider high school students who haven't touched an instrument in their lives decide to form a band. And so they start to string their offbeat rhapsody of youth.
ON-GAKU: Our Sound has finished airing and it has 1 Episodes. It is also Known as: 音楽, Ongaku
4. Tenjou Tenge
For some people, high school represents the opportunity for a fresh start. You can take new classes and make new friends. For Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, though, high school means something different: the chance to become the top fighters in the entire student body! Too bad Toudou Academy is the hardest possible place to realize their dreams. Their new high school is no ordinary academic institution. Rather than concentrating on classic subjects like math and science, Toudou Academy was created for the sole purpose of reviving the martial arts in Japan!
As a result, Souichiro's aspirations to become top dog are cut short when he runs afoul of Masataka Takayanagi and Maya Natsume. The two upperclassmen easily stop the freshmen duo's rampage across school, but rather than serving as a deterrent, it only stokes their competitive fire. What kind of monstrous fighters attend Toudou Academy? Are there any stronger than Masataka and Maya? And why in the world is Maya's younger sister stalking Souichiro? Learn the answers to these questions and more in Tenjou Tenge!
Tenjho Tenge has finished airing and it has 24 Episodes. It is also Known as: 天上天下, Heaven and Earth, Tenjo Tenge
3. Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou
Takashi Kamiyama is your typical mild-mannered high school student—polite, aloof, and pacifistic, with a slightly above-average IQ. But would your average high school student really enroll himself at the infamous Cromartie High School, known as a breeding ground for the toughest delinquents out there?
Apparently so, as that is exactly what Takashi does, though for reasons he'd rather leave unmentioned. However, one thing is for sure: the "hard-boiled rabbit in a den full of hungry lions" is never going to have another dull day. And how could he, now that he's surrounded by mohawked punks, obnoxious robots, and... gorillas? And was that Freddie Mercury riding a horse down the corridor? Follow Takashi as he earnestly dedicates his new high school life to better his school's reputation while his classmates are hellbent on wreaking havoc.
Cromartie High School has finished airing and it has 26 Episodes. It is also Known as: 魁!! クロマティ高校, Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou
2. Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
Ookami Ryouko is a spunky and, by some accounts, rather manly high school girl. She is tall, speaks in a traditionally masculine way and is very proficient in fighting. Ookami-san's best friend is the small and high-pitched voiced Akai Ringo. Incidentally, the two are rather flat-chested, a fact the Narrator (voiced by Arai "Kuroko" Satomi of Railgun fame) is all too eager to point out.
Ookami and Ringo are members of the Otogi Bank, a club in Otogi High School that assists students with their problems in return for their assistance on a different problem at a later date; thus the Otogi Bank is effectively a loan institute for problems where you can take out a loan for a solved problem but you have to repay it sooner or later.
The Otogi Bank is able to solve any problem and will go to any lengths to do so, often leading the members to danger or mayhem. Since most of the members of the club are female, another male is needed for the more dangerous assignments. Thus, the scopophobic (the fear of being looked at) Morino Ryoushi is inducted as a member, right after he confesses his love for Ookami...
Okami-San and Her Seven Companions has finished airing and it has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: オオカミさんと七人の仲間たち, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi, Okamisan and Seven Companions
1. Samuraider: Nazo no Tenkousei
In a weak combination of samurai movie and Bomber Bikers of Shonan, Tokyo street-punk Masao buys a treas-ured FZR "katana" motorcycle and becomes a knight of the road, attacking criminals with a genuine katana sword. Based on the manga by Shinichi Sugimura in Young Magazine.
Samuraider: Nazo no Tenkousei has finished airing and it has 1 Episodes. It is also Known as: サムライダー 謎の転校生, Samuraider: Nazo no Tenkousei