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Here you can see how Baka-Updates - Manga defines each genre. You can also see other statistics such as how many people filter or highlight each specific genre.

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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1116 person(s)
Highlighted by 1183 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1554 total)
Search Series for Action (6208 total)
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 2116 person(s)
Highlighted by 2242 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (3725 total)
Search Series for Adult (22487 total)
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 985 person(s)
Highlighted by 860 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (596 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3016 total)
A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
Filtered by 1185 person(s)
Highlighted by 1451 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (2802 total)
Search Series for Comedy (15269 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3119 person(s)
Highlighted by 1217 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (2998 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (17609 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 936 person(s)
Highlighted by 655 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1337 total)
Search Series for Drama (10365 total)
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
Filtered by 2193 person(s)
Highlighted by 2122 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (623 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (2993 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1011 person(s)
Highlighted by 966 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1238 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6313 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 1647 person(s)
Highlighted by 1268 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (278 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2008 total)
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.
Filtered by 1164 person(s)
Highlighted by 896 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (211 total)
Search Series for Harem (1339 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 4843 person(s)
Highlighted by 3564 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3632 total)
Search Series for Hentai (21383 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 939 person(s)
Highlighted by 514 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (522 total)
Search Series for Historical (2753 total)
A painful emotion of fear, dread, and abhorrence; a shuddering with terror and detestation; the feeling inspired by something frightful and shocking.
Filtered by 1663 person(s)
Highlighted by 730 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (413 total)
Search Series for Horror (1940 total)
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 1951 person(s)
Highlighted by 1389 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1417 total)
Search Series for Josei (6835 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 3952 person(s)
Highlighted by 1298 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (299 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2526 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 1057 person(s)
Highlighted by 725 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (184 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (879 total)
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 1270 person(s)
Highlighted by 1287 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (282 total)
Search Series for Mature (2315 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1639 person(s)
Highlighted by 489 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (182 total)
Search Series for Mecha (632 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 832 person(s)
Highlighted by 543 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (367 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2045 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 932 person(s)
Highlighted by 638 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (289 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1808 total)
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 1353 person(s)
Highlighted by 2122 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (2944 total)
Search Series for Romance (19120 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1045 person(s)
Highlighted by 876 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1131 total)
Search Series for School Life (8280 total)
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 983 person(s)
Highlighted by 590 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (547 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (2721 total)
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 1123 person(s)
Highlighted by 1358 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3514 total)
Search Series for Seinen (11448 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 3886 person(s)
Highlighted by 1053 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (163 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1552 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2464 person(s)
Highlighted by 2299 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3085 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (16934 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 3962 person(s)
Highlighted by 1403 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (184 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1387 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1232 person(s)
Highlighted by 1387 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (3837 total)
Search Series for Shounen (8379 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5707 person(s)
Highlighted by 2625 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (747 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5214 total)
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 795 person(s)
Highlighted by 685 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (733 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (5365 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2121 person(s)
Highlighted by 1534 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (246 total)
Search Series for Smut (2894 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1329 person(s)
Highlighted by 571 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (480 total)
Search Series for Sports (2156 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 875 person(s)
Highlighted by 724 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (894 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5252 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1267 person(s)
Highlighted by 574 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (230 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1634 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 8633 person(s)
Highlighted by 3896 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2176 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (14294 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 4800 person(s)
Highlighted by 2034 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (251 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1670 total)
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