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Action
A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1151 person(s)
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Adult
Contains content that is suitable only for adults. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.
Filtered by 2155 person(s)
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Search Authors for Adult (4071 total)
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Adventure
If a character in the story goes on a trip or along that line, your best bet is that it is an adventure manga. Otherwise, it's up to your personal prejudice on this case.
Filtered by 1016 person(s)
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Comedy
A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
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Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
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Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 959 person(s)
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Ecchi
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
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Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1044 person(s)
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Gender Bender
Girls dressing up as guys, guys dressing up as girls.. Guys turning into girls, girls turning into guys.. I think you get the picture.
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Harem
A series involving one male character and many female characters (usually attracted to the male character). A Reverse Harem is when the genders are reversed.
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Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 4990 person(s)
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Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 972 person(s)
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Horror
A painful emotion of fear, dread, and abhorrence; a shuddering with terror and detestation; the feeling inspired by something frightful and shocking.
Filtered by 1719 person(s)
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Search Series for Horror (2075 total)
 
Josei
Literally "Woman". Targets women 18-30. Female equivalent to seinen. Unlike shoujo the romance is more realistic and less idealized. The storytelling is more explicit and mature.
Filtered by 2019 person(s)
Highlighted by 1436 person(s)

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Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4058 person(s)
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Search Series for Lolicon (2786 total)
 
Martial Arts
As the name suggests, anything martial arts related. Any of several arts of combat or self-defense, such as aikido, karate, judo, or tae kwon do, kendo, fencing, and so on and so forth.
Filtered by 1088 person(s)
Highlighted by 744 person(s)

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Mature
Contains subject matter which may be too extreme for people under the age of 17. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
Filtered by 1299 person(s)
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Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1679 person(s)
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Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
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Search Series for Mystery (2212 total)
 
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 961 person(s)
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Search Series for Psychological (1907 total)
 
Romance
Any love related story. We will define love as between man and woman in this case. Other than that, it is up to your own imagination of what love is.
Filtered by 1399 person(s)
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School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1076 person(s)
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Sci-fi
Short for science fiction, these works involve twists on technology and other science related phenomena which are contrary or stretches of the modern day scientific world.
Filtered by 1010 person(s)
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Seinen
From Google:
Seinen means "young Man." Manga and anime that specifically targets young adult males around the ages of 18 to 25 are seinen titles. The stories in seinen works appeal to university students and those in the working world. Typically the story lines deal with the issues of adulthood.
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Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 3994 person(s)
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Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2554 person(s)
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Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4106 person(s)
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Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1270 person(s)
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Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5894 person(s)
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Slice of Life
As the name suggests, this genre represents day-to-day tribulations of one/many character(s). These challenges/events could technically happen in real life and are often -if not all the time- set in the present timeline in a world that mirrors our own.
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Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
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Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
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Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
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Search Series for Supernatural (5710 total)
 
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
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Search Series for Tragedy (1619 total)
 
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 8920 person(s)
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Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 4970 person(s)
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Search Authors for Yuri (253 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1767 total)
 
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