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Action
A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1364 person(s)
Highlighted by 1381 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2548 total)
Search Series for Action (9707 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 2446 person(s)
Highlighted by 2603 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4848 total)
Search Series for Adult (30106 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 1196 person(s)
Highlighted by 1027 person(s)

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Search Series for Adventure (4828 total)
 
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.
Filtered by 1430 person(s)
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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 3648 person(s)
Highlighted by 1378 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6536 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (25254 total)
 
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1111 person(s)
Highlighted by 734 person(s)

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Search Series for Drama (16668 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 2555 person(s)
Highlighted by 2410 person(s)

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Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1236 person(s)
Highlighted by 1155 person(s)

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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 1968 person(s)
Highlighted by 1454 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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Highlighted by 1113 person(s)

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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 5604 person(s)
Highlighted by 4047 person(s)

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Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1114 person(s)
Highlighted by 608 person(s)

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Search Series for Historical (4132 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 1946 person(s)
Highlighted by 868 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (573 total)
Search Series for Horror (2614 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 2288 person(s)
Highlighted by 1594 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2110 total)
Search Series for Josei (11270 total)
 
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4636 person(s)
Highlighted by 1505 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (316 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2954 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 1270 person(s)
Highlighted by 841 person(s)

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Search Series for Martial Arts (1368 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 1476 person(s)
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Search Authors for Mature (492 total)
Search Series for Mature (3713 total)
 
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1938 person(s)
Highlighted by 579 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (210 total)
Search Series for Mecha (890 total)
 
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 989 person(s)
Highlighted by 642 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (658 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3295 total)
 
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1121 person(s)
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Search Series for Psychological (2425 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 1644 person(s)
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Search Series for Romance (30028 total)
 
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1250 person(s)
Highlighted by 974 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1937 total)
Search Series for School Life (13344 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 1154 person(s)
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Search Series for Sci-fi (4016 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 1303 person(s)
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Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4587 person(s)
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Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2894 person(s)
Highlighted by 2588 person(s)

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Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4646 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 1436 person(s)
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Search Series for Shounen (11468 total)
 
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6678 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 974 person(s)
Highlighted by 801 person(s)

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Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2473 person(s)
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Search Series for Smut (5050 total)
 
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1558 person(s)
Highlighted by 663 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (549 total)
Search Series for Sports (2797 total)
 
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1067 person(s)
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Search Authors for Supernatural (1710 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (8354 total)
 
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1485 person(s)
Highlighted by 669 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (279 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1943 total)
 
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 10160 person(s)
Highlighted by 4532 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (4071 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (21251 total)
 
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5648 person(s)
Highlighted by 2338 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (429 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2452 total)
 
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