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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1129 person(s)
Highlighted by 1209 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1603 total)
Search Series for Action (6448 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 2138 person(s)
Highlighted by 2281 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (3948 total)
Search Series for Adult (24253 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 995 person(s)
Highlighted by 880 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (628 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3155 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 1197 person(s)
Highlighted by 1473 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (2900 total)
Search Series for Comedy (15938 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3188 person(s)
Highlighted by 1242 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (3079 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (18494 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 947 person(s)
Highlighted by 656 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1368 total)
Search Series for Drama (10745 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 2230 person(s)
Highlighted by 2153 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (632 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3067 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1019 person(s)
Highlighted by 988 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1284 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6540 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 1678 person(s)
Highlighted by 1296 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (286 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2089 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 1187 person(s)
Highlighted by 923 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (227 total)
Search Series for Harem (1401 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 4945 person(s)
Highlighted by 3621 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3793 total)
Search Series for Hentai (22962 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 954 person(s)
Highlighted by 522 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (543 total)
Search Series for Historical (2881 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 1693 person(s)
Highlighted by 746 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (445 total)
Search Series for Horror (2047 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 1985 person(s)
Highlighted by 1409 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1460 total)
Search Series for Josei (7072 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4018 person(s)
Highlighted by 1324 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (309 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2711 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 1074 person(s)
Highlighted by 739 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (186 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (908 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 1281 person(s)
Highlighted by 1306 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (293 total)
Search Series for Mature (2429 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1664 person(s)
Highlighted by 504 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (181 total)
Search Series for Mecha (643 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 838 person(s)
Highlighted by 553 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (384 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2146 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 946 person(s)
Highlighted by 651 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (298 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1884 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 1375 person(s)
Highlighted by 2160 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3068 total)
Search Series for Romance (19965 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1056 person(s)
Highlighted by 881 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1198 total)
Search Series for School Life (8671 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 994 person(s)
Highlighted by 608 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (560 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (2862 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 1134 person(s)
Highlighted by 1382 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3651 total)
Search Series for Seinen (11928 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 3957 person(s)
Highlighted by 1072 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (157 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1643 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2508 person(s)
Highlighted by 2326 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3157 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17257 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4045 person(s)
Highlighted by 1425 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (204 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1572 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1247 person(s)
Highlighted by 1410 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (3924 total)
Search Series for Shounen (8763 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5811 person(s)
Highlighted by 2662 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (768 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5415 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 805 person(s)
Highlighted by 694 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (771 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (5704 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2154 person(s)
Highlighted by 1558 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (262 total)
Search Series for Smut (3069 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1346 person(s)
Highlighted by 583 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (485 total)
Search Series for Sports (2259 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 885 person(s)
Highlighted by 738 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (915 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5494 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1285 person(s)
Highlighted by 585 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (230 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1624 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 8797 person(s)
Highlighted by 3963 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2217 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (14822 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 4898 person(s)
Highlighted by 2079 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (251 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1707 total)
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