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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1126 person(s)
Highlighted by 1194 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1583 total)
Search Series for Action (6360 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 2129 person(s)
Highlighted by 2264 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (3855 total)
Search Series for Adult (23359 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 993 person(s)
Highlighted by 870 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (613 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3104 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 1191 person(s)
Highlighted by 1463 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (2883 total)
Search Series for Comedy (15695 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3149 person(s)
Highlighted by 1233 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (3053 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (18078 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 942 person(s)
Highlighted by 654 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1350 total)
Search Series for Drama (10588 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 2210 person(s)
Highlighted by 2138 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (622 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3020 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1015 person(s)
Highlighted by 977 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1265 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6439 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 1665 person(s)
Highlighted by 1284 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (283 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2062 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 1176 person(s)
Highlighted by 910 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (216 total)
Search Series for Harem (1371 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 4895 person(s)
Highlighted by 3595 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3737 total)
Search Series for Hentai (22130 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 949 person(s)
Highlighted by 518 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (547 total)
Search Series for Historical (2853 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 1682 person(s)
Highlighted by 739 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (442 total)
Search Series for Horror (2007 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 1967 person(s)
Highlighted by 1398 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1442 total)
Search Series for Josei (6965 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 3982 person(s)
Highlighted by 1313 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (305 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2596 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 1069 person(s)
Highlighted by 732 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (181 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (894 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 1277 person(s)
Highlighted by 1297 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (288 total)
Search Series for Mature (2379 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1652 person(s)
Highlighted by 497 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (183 total)
Search Series for Mecha (637 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 836 person(s)
Highlighted by 549 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (378 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2113 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 940 person(s)
Highlighted by 644 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (298 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1857 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 1362 person(s)
Highlighted by 2140 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3001 total)
Search Series for Romance (19616 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1051 person(s)
Highlighted by 879 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1169 total)
Search Series for School Life (8491 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 989 person(s)
Highlighted by 600 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (564 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (2818 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 1129 person(s)
Highlighted by 1368 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3588 total)
Search Series for Seinen (11719 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 3919 person(s)
Highlighted by 1066 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (160 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1597 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2482 person(s)
Highlighted by 2313 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3139 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17105 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 3998 person(s)
Highlighted by 1414 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (201 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1507 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1242 person(s)
Highlighted by 1403 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (3899 total)
Search Series for Shounen (8644 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5751 person(s)
Highlighted by 2648 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (762 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5318 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 801 person(s)
Highlighted by 687 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (761 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (5577 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2139 person(s)
Highlighted by 1546 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (259 total)
Search Series for Smut (2994 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1340 person(s)
Highlighted by 575 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (477 total)
Search Series for Sports (2225 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 880 person(s)
Highlighted by 732 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (906 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5392 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1279 person(s)
Highlighted by 580 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (230 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1644 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 8711 person(s)
Highlighted by 3936 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2205 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (14587 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 4844 person(s)
Highlighted by 2054 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (249 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1691 total)
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