About Modern Shonen Hero


What is Modern Shonen Hero about?

A lifestyle guide for the Modern Shonen Hero. Documenting life experiences, character-building practices, new philosophies, and commentary. Providing a seamless integration between traditional and contemporary masculinity to introduce a modern approach to masculinity.  Representing a positive, effective, and relevant modern masculinity for the present day.

What is a Modern Shonen Hero?

Looking at each work’s definition separately:

modern: (adjective) characterized by or using the most up-to-date techniques, ideas, or equipment.

shōnen: (noun, from the Japanese 少年 , lit. “few years” )  a genre of animation and comics aimed primarily at a young male audience, typically characterized by action-filled plots.

hero: (noun) a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

A modern shonen hero is an individual who represents the classic shonen genre ideals of courage, achievement, and honour. A modern shonen hero utilizes modern techniques, technologies, and style in the process.

What topics does this site cover?

Some of the topics featured include MMA, fitness, menswear & style, philosophy, IT, finance, anime, film, novels, TV, and gaming.

About the Author

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I’m Thomas Li – the main author of Modern Shonen Hero.

Professionally, I’m a software developer who has been working for about 2-3 years. Outside of work, I’m a martial artist, blogger, and independent filmmaker. My interests include anime, films, fitness, martial arts, menswear & style, reading, technology, television, video games. I started this website as a means to document my life experiences, practices, and regularly contribute to a creative outlet. Modern Shonen Hero is my method of expressing my own style and philosophy.

Martial Arts

My long-term goals in martial arts are to achieve the following:

  1. Complete in one local BJJ competition, one amateur kickboxing match, and one amateur MMA match by the age of 30.
  2. Receive a black belt in BJJ within 10-15 years.


My long-term goals in fitness are the following:

  1. Bench 220 lbs, Squat 350 lbs, and Deadlift 430 lbs for reps (“The 1000-Club”) within 5 years.
  2. Run a 6-minute mile (3.44-minute kilometer) in 2-3 years.
  3. Swim 1000 meters in 30 minutes in 1-2 years.

I believe these goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). These are a diverse set of goals with potential conflicts and incompatibilities. I may only be able to achieve a small portion of these goals or half-complete some of them. The process and experience are more important than the outcome. Goals should be challenging, so they are actually satisfying if/when they are achieved. I expect to review, reflect, and revise these goals at least annually.