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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1305 person(s)
Highlighted by 1347 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2353 total)
Search Series for Action (9036 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 2372 person(s)
Highlighted by 2546 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4800 total)
Search Series for Adult (29126 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 1145 person(s)
Highlighted by 997 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (1059 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4451 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 1369 person(s)
Highlighted by 1597 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (4848 total)
Search Series for Comedy (21812 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3559 person(s)
Highlighted by 1360 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6323 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (24472 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1072 person(s)
Highlighted by 717 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2614 total)
Search Series for Drama (15638 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 2467 person(s)
Highlighted by 2355 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (720 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3407 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1177 person(s)
Highlighted by 1119 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (2294 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (9146 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 1908 person(s)
Highlighted by 1432 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (395 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2652 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 1397 person(s)
Highlighted by 1082 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (492 total)
Search Series for Harem (2415 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5465 person(s)
Highlighted by 3967 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4093 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25990 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1069 person(s)
Highlighted by 587 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (722 total)
Search Series for Historical (3775 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 1881 person(s)
Highlighted by 840 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (537 total)
Search Series for Horror (2462 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 2226 person(s)
Highlighted by 1570 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1872 total)
Search Series for Josei (9662 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4508 person(s)
Highlighted by 1480 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (322 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2915 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 1222 person(s)
Highlighted by 822 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (298 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1236 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 1426 person(s)
Highlighted by 1443 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (479 total)
Search Series for Mature (3425 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1873 person(s)
Highlighted by 565 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (215 total)
Search Series for Mecha (862 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 954 person(s)
Highlighted by 627 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (585 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3055 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1082 person(s)
Highlighted by 755 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (389 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2296 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 1576 person(s)
Highlighted by 2379 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (4701 total)
Search Series for Romance (27186 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1193 person(s)
Highlighted by 950 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1796 total)
Search Series for School Life (12514 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 1111 person(s)
Highlighted by 686 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (784 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3800 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 1264 person(s)
Highlighted by 1511 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4222 total)
Search Series for Seinen (14779 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4469 person(s)
Highlighted by 1196 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (238 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2154 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2820 person(s)
Highlighted by 2553 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3638 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18863 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4537 person(s)
Highlighted by 1582 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (489 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2216 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1394 person(s)
Highlighted by 1526 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (5343 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10828 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6523 person(s)
Highlighted by 2950 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1751 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7318 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 933 person(s)
Highlighted by 778 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1404 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (8091 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2410 person(s)
Highlighted by 1741 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (498 total)
Search Series for Smut (4430 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1508 person(s)
Highlighted by 651 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (537 total)
Search Series for Sports (2696 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1024 person(s)
Highlighted by 825 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1518 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7697 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1437 person(s)
Highlighted by 655 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (257 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1845 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9905 person(s)
Highlighted by 4432 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3809 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (20041 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5500 person(s)
Highlighted by 2294 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (428 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2373 total)
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