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Action
A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1229 person(s)
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Search Authors for Action (1903 total)
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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 2269 person(s)
Highlighted by 2453 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4517 total)
Search Series for Adult (27886 total)
 
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 1082 person(s)
Highlighted by 952 person(s)

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Search Series for Adventure (3927 total)
 
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 1014 person(s)
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Search Series for Drama (14339 total)
 
Ecchi
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
Filtered by 2381 person(s)
Highlighted by 2280 person(s)

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Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
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Highlighted by 1069 person(s)

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Search Series for Fantasy (8071 total)
 
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.
Filtered by 1824 person(s)
Highlighted by 1387 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (306 total)
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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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Highlighted by 1026 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (323 total)
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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 5272 person(s)
Highlighted by 3848 person(s)

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Search Series for Hentai (25349 total)
 
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1015 person(s)
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Search Series for Historical (3458 total)
 
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 1814 person(s)
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Search Authors for Horror (498 total)
Search Series for Horror (2319 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 2155 person(s)
Highlighted by 1515 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1684 total)
Search Series for Josei (8358 total)
 
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4326 person(s)
Highlighted by 1431 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (316 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2840 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 1163 person(s)
Highlighted by 793 person(s)

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Search Series for Martial Arts (1048 total)
 
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 1364 person(s)
Highlighted by 1394 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (399 total)
Search Series for Mature (3027 total)
 
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1792 person(s)
Highlighted by 543 person(s)

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Search Series for Mecha (795 total)
 
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 907 person(s)
Highlighted by 598 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (510 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2779 total)
 
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1016 person(s)
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Search Authors for Psychological (349 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2128 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 1486 person(s)
Highlighted by 2300 person(s)

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Search Series for Romance (24322 total)
 
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1135 person(s)
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Search Series for School Life (11242 total)
 
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 1067 person(s)
Highlighted by 657 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (684 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3532 total)
 
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.
Filtered by 1211 person(s)
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Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4281 person(s)
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Search Series for Shotacon (1991 total)
 
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2708 person(s)
Highlighted by 2484 person(s)

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Search Series for Shoujo (18150 total)
 
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4346 person(s)
Highlighted by 1533 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (355 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1990 total)
 
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1334 person(s)
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Search Authors for Shounen (4709 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10285 total)
 
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6253 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.
Filtered by 873 person(s)
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Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
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Search Series for Smut (3841 total)
 
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1447 person(s)
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Search Series for Sports (2582 total)
 
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 968 person(s)
Highlighted by 791 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1187 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (6870 total)
 
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1372 person(s)
Highlighted by 629 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (227 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1705 total)
 
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9494 person(s)
Highlighted by 4259 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3166 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (18345 total)
 
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5284 person(s)
Highlighted by 2228 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (328 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2110 total)
 
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