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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1129 person(s)
Highlighted by 1204 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1606 total)
Search Series for Action (6427 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 2133 person(s)
Highlighted by 2276 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (3904 total)
Search Series for Adult (23798 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 877 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (625 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3140 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 1471 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (2896 total)
Search Series for Comedy (15848 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3170 person(s)
Highlighted by 1239 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (3070 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (18312 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 947 person(s)
Highlighted by 655 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1362 total)
Search Series for Drama (10683 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 2224 person(s)
Highlighted by 2151 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (626 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3043 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1019 person(s)
Highlighted by 984 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1280 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6508 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 1675 person(s)
Highlighted by 1292 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (287 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2081 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 1183 person(s)
Highlighted by 920 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (224 total)
Search Series for Harem (1390 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 4928 person(s)
Highlighted by 3613 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3756 total)
Search Series for Hentai (22519 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 952 person(s)
Highlighted by 521 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (546 total)
Search Series for Historical (2867 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 1689 person(s)
Highlighted by 744 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (449 total)
Search Series for Horror (2035 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 1973 person(s)
Highlighted by 1406 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1446 total)
Search Series for Josei (7016 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4008 person(s)
Highlighted by 1322 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (307 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2661 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 1073 person(s)
Highlighted by 736 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (183 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (902 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 1279 person(s)
Highlighted by 1302 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (290 total)
Search Series for Mature (2403 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1664 person(s)
Highlighted by 501 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (180 total)
Search Series for Mecha (641 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 838 person(s)
Highlighted by 552 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (382 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2135 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 946 person(s)
Highlighted by 650 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (294 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1875 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 1373 person(s)
Highlighted by 2154 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3027 total)
Search Series for Romance (19788 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1056 person(s)
Highlighted by 880 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1192 total)
Search Series for School Life (8595 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 995 person(s)
Highlighted by 605 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (568 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (2849 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 1133 person(s)
Highlighted by 1378 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3633 total)
Search Series for Seinen (11854 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 3946 person(s)
Highlighted by 1072 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (159 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1616 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2497 person(s)
Highlighted by 2322 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3146 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17183 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4028 person(s)
Highlighted by 1422 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (203 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1558 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1247 person(s)
Highlighted by 1406 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (3912 total)
Search Series for Shounen (8718 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5792 person(s)
Highlighted by 2657 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (765 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5369 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 804 person(s)
Highlighted by 692 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (770 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (5649 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2150 person(s)
Highlighted by 1556 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (263 total)
Search Series for Smut (3041 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1343 person(s)
Highlighted by 580 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (480 total)
Search Series for Sports (2245 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 885 person(s)
Highlighted by 736 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (911 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5462 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1285 person(s)
Highlighted by 585 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (231 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1626 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 8769 person(s)
Highlighted by 3955 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2217 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (14739 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 4879 person(s)
Highlighted by 2073 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (249 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1710 total)
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