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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1169 person(s)
Highlighted by 1231 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1695 total)
Search Series for Action (6932 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 2182 person(s)
Highlighted by 2327 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4111 total)
Search Series for Adult (25743 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 1029 person(s)
Highlighted by 901 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (641 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3372 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 1236 person(s)
Highlighted by 1494 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3137 total)
Search Series for Comedy (17238 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3267 person(s)
Highlighted by 1263 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (3348 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (19549 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 975 person(s)
Highlighted by 667 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1624 total)
Search Series for Drama (11888 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 2283 person(s)
Highlighted by 2190 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (664 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3245 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1058 person(s)
Highlighted by 1019 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1329 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6889 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 1730 person(s)
Highlighted by 1316 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (275 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2165 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 1236 person(s)
Highlighted by 958 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (257 total)
Search Series for Harem (1579 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5043 person(s)
Highlighted by 3684 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3919 total)
Search Series for Hentai (24140 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 981 person(s)
Highlighted by 538 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (568 total)
Search Series for Historical (2995 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 1740 person(s)
Highlighted by 761 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (446 total)
Search Series for Horror (2097 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 2046 person(s)
Highlighted by 1448 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1560 total)
Search Series for Josei (7509 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4094 person(s)
Highlighted by 1349 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (311 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2815 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 1099 person(s)
Highlighted by 752 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (182 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (936 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 1315 person(s)
Highlighted by 1334 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (317 total)
Search Series for Mature (2584 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1695 person(s)
Highlighted by 514 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (190 total)
Search Series for Mecha (675 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 864 person(s)
Highlighted by 560 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (424 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2325 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 975 person(s)
Highlighted by 672 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (310 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1940 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 1416 person(s)
Highlighted by 2202 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3268 total)
Search Series for Romance (21138 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1091 person(s)
Highlighted by 895 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1280 total)
Search Series for School Life (9421 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 1022 person(s)
Highlighted by 622 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (612 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3011 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 1163 person(s)
Highlighted by 1410 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3712 total)
Search Series for Seinen (12506 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4043 person(s)
Highlighted by 1092 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (163 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1789 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2585 person(s)
Highlighted by 2379 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3164 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17333 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4148 person(s)
Highlighted by 1449 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (220 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1694 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1287 person(s)
Highlighted by 1436 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4128 total)
Search Series for Shounen (9251 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5964 person(s)
Highlighted by 2710 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (872 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5746 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 835 person(s)
Highlighted by 711 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (827 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (6169 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2209 person(s)
Highlighted by 1599 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (263 total)
Search Series for Smut (3213 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1380 person(s)
Highlighted by 595 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (507 total)
Search Series for Sports (2397 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 918 person(s)
Highlighted by 753 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (975 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5922 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1312 person(s)
Highlighted by 595 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (222 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1629 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9023 person(s)
Highlighted by 4063 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2290 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (15357 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5017 person(s)
Highlighted by 2120 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (252 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1796 total)
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