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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1265 person(s)
Highlighted by 1320 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1961 total)
Search Series for Action (8640 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 2311 person(s)
Highlighted by 2502 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4604 total)
Search Series for Adult (28436 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 1109 person(s)
Highlighted by 975 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (750 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4210 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 1326 person(s)
Highlighted by 1575 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (4046 total)
Search Series for Comedy (20684 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3499 person(s)
Highlighted by 1343 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (5354 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (23392 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1039 person(s)
Highlighted by 704 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2293 total)
Search Series for Drama (14902 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 2426 person(s)
Highlighted by 2321 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (650 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3266 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1134 person(s)
Highlighted by 1094 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1634 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (8577 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 1867 person(s)
Highlighted by 1409 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (317 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2577 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 1361 person(s)
Highlighted by 1059 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (362 total)
Search Series for Harem (2305 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5384 person(s)
Highlighted by 3920 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4025 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25678 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1037 person(s)
Highlighted by 575 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (643 total)
Search Series for Historical (3606 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 1843 person(s)
Highlighted by 821 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (506 total)
Search Series for Horror (2383 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 2202 person(s)
Highlighted by 1549 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1782 total)
Search Series for Josei (9039 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4442 person(s)
Highlighted by 1456 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (319 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2883 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 1193 person(s)
Highlighted by 812 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (194 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1169 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 1392 person(s)
Highlighted by 1415 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (394 total)
Search Series for Mature (3239 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1840 person(s)
Highlighted by 556 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (189 total)
Search Series for Mecha (828 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 926 person(s)
Highlighted by 611 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (537 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2908 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1044 person(s)
Highlighted by 737 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (362 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2186 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 1527 person(s)
Highlighted by 2343 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (4125 total)
Search Series for Romance (25650 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1158 person(s)
Highlighted by 934 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1623 total)
Search Series for School Life (11845 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 1083 person(s)
Highlighted by 670 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (708 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3674 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 1234 person(s)
Highlighted by 1487 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4072 total)
Search Series for Seinen (14373 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4399 person(s)
Highlighted by 1182 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (205 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2084 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2765 person(s)
Highlighted by 2520 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3437 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18408 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4459 person(s)
Highlighted by 1557 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (406 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2101 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1359 person(s)
Highlighted by 1510 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4840 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10518 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6398 person(s)
Highlighted by 2908 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1365 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (6993 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 893 person(s)
Highlighted by 766 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1149 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (7516 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2360 person(s)
Highlighted by 1709 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (459 total)
Search Series for Smut (4012 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1477 person(s)
Highlighted by 642 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (504 total)
Search Series for Sports (2623 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 991 person(s)
Highlighted by 811 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1212 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7239 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1400 person(s)
Highlighted by 646 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (222 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1763 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9727 person(s)
Highlighted by 4358 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3422 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (19189 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5417 person(s)
Highlighted by 2268 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (357 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2243 total)
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