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Your favorite author has been charged and/or convicted of a serious crime (murder, rape, child prostitution, etc). Would you treat their fictional works any differently?
Make no difference, so I don't care
All works past, present, and future has been tainted
Anything new they work on is tainted
Only works that are related to the crime are tainted (i.e., plot point about rape)
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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1365 person(s)
Highlighted by 1383 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2592 total)
Search Series for Action (9872 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 2449 person(s)
Highlighted by 2607 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4869 total)
Search Series for Adult (30222 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 1197 person(s)
Highlighted by 1030 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (1241 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4934 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 1433 person(s)
Highlighted by 1626 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (5347 total)
Search Series for Comedy (23533 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3655 person(s)
Highlighted by 1379 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6536 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (25286 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1112 person(s)
Highlighted by 737 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2858 total)
Search Series for Drama (16871 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 2560 person(s)
Highlighted by 2414 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (747 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3584 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1239 person(s)
Highlighted by 1160 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (2601 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (10042 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 1975 person(s)
Highlighted by 1460 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (404 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2751 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 1462 person(s)
Highlighted by 1114 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (548 total)
Search Series for Harem (2654 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5615 person(s)
Highlighted by 4053 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4094 total)
Search Series for Hentai (26701 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1113 person(s)
Highlighted by 608 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (822 total)
Search Series for Historical (4188 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 1947 person(s)
Highlighted by 870 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (593 total)
Search Series for Horror (2654 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 2290 person(s)
Highlighted by 1594 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2134 total)
Search Series for Josei (11393 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4642 person(s)
Highlighted by 1509 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (317 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2958 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 1268 person(s)
Highlighted by 842 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (325 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1404 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 1478 person(s)
Highlighted by 1481 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (504 total)
Search Series for Mature (3768 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1938 person(s)
Highlighted by 582 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (211 total)
Search Series for Mecha (901 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 990 person(s)
Highlighted by 644 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (672 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3341 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1121 person(s)
Highlighted by 782 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (410 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2455 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 1646 person(s)
Highlighted by 2429 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (5381 total)
Search Series for Romance (30453 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1249 person(s)
Highlighted by 974 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1944 total)
Search Series for School Life (13471 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 1155 person(s)
Highlighted by 706 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (851 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4072 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 1304 person(s)
Highlighted by 1538 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4450 total)
Search Series for Seinen (15588 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4591 person(s)
Highlighted by 1228 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (243 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2238 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2898 person(s)
Highlighted by 2591 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3762 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (19463 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4658 person(s)
Highlighted by 1616 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (504 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2350 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1438 person(s)
Highlighted by 1544 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (5578 total)
Search Series for Shounen (11606 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6697 person(s)
Highlighted by 3010 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1803 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7652 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 975 person(s)
Highlighted by 803 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1796 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (9273 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2481 person(s)
Highlighted by 1781 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (566 total)
Search Series for Smut (5086 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1560 person(s)
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Search Authors for Sports (562 total)
Search Series for Sports (2832 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1069 person(s)
Highlighted by 851 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1743 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (8518 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1489 person(s)
Highlighted by 670 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (274 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1973 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 10185 person(s)
Highlighted by 4542 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (4119 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (21464 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5663 person(s)
Highlighted by 2343 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (437 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2467 total)
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