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Here you can see how Baka-Updates - Manga defines each genre. You can also see other statistics such as how many people filter or highlight each specific genre.

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Action
A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1329 person(s)
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Search Authors for Action (2445 total)
Search Series for Action (9292 total)
 
Adult
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 2405 person(s)
Highlighted by 2564 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4839 total)
Search Series for Adult (29562 total)
 
Adventure
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 1164 person(s)
Highlighted by 1006 person(s)

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Comedy
A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
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Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3591 person(s)
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Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1089 person(s)
Highlighted by 720 person(s)

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Search Series for Drama (16106 total)
 
Ecchi
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
Filtered by 2506 person(s)
Highlighted by 2368 person(s)

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Search Series for Ecchi (3459 total)
 
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
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Search Series for Fantasy (9387 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 1933 person(s)
Highlighted by 1438 person(s)

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Harem
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.
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Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5513 person(s)
Highlighted by 3988 person(s)

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Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1089 person(s)
Highlighted by 591 person(s)

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Search Series for Historical (3914 total)
 
Horror
A painful emotion of fear, dread, and abhorrence; a shuddering with terror and detestation; the feeling inspired by something frightful and shocking.
Filtered by 1902 person(s)
Highlighted by 846 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (549 total)
Search Series for Horror (2524 total)
 
Josei
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 2249 person(s)
Highlighted by 1577 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1953 total)
Search Series for Josei (10241 total)
 
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4549 person(s)
Highlighted by 1492 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (318 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2919 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 1239 person(s)
Highlighted by 825 person(s)

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Search Series for Martial Arts (1279 total)
 
Mature
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 1449 person(s)
Highlighted by 1453 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (494 total)
Search Series for Mature (3617 total)
 
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1899 person(s)
Highlighted by 571 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (215 total)
Search Series for Mecha (869 total)
 
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 967 person(s)
Highlighted by 627 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (639 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3154 total)
 
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1101 person(s)
Highlighted by 763 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (374 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2333 total)
 
Romance
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 1603 person(s)
Highlighted by 2392 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (4980 total)
Search Series for Romance (28304 total)
 
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1216 person(s)
Highlighted by 955 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1898 total)
Search Series for School Life (12937 total)
 
Sci-fi
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 1130 person(s)
Highlighted by 688 person(s)

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Search Series for Sci-fi (3885 total)
 
Seinen
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 1283 person(s)
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Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4514 person(s)
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Search Series for Shotacon (2171 total)
 
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2845 person(s)
Highlighted by 2566 person(s)

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Search Series for Shoujo (19081 total)
 
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4579 person(s)
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Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1409 person(s)
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Search Authors for Shounen (5452 total)
Search Series for Shounen (11128 total)
 
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6576 person(s)
Highlighted by 2969 person(s)

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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 949 person(s)
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Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2437 person(s)
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Search Series for Smut (4770 total)
 
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1529 person(s)
Highlighted by 655 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (537 total)
Search Series for Sports (2737 total)
 
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1040 person(s)
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Search Authors for Supernatural (1647 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7950 total)
 
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1456 person(s)
Highlighted by 660 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (282 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1874 total)
 
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9989 person(s)
Highlighted by 4468 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3915 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (20501 total)
 
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5551 person(s)
Highlighted by 2312 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (432 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2421 total)
 
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