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Sparkles and patterns that fit the mood is just fine
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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1108 person(s)
Highlighted by 1176 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1535 total)
Search Series for Action (6132 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 2104 person(s)
Highlighted by 2231 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (3622 total)
Search Series for Adult (22014 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 979 person(s)
Highlighted by 856 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (586 total)
Search Series for Adventure (2968 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 1179 person(s)
Highlighted by 1442 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (2771 total)
Search Series for Comedy (15060 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3105 person(s)
Highlighted by 1214 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (2968 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (17380 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 934 person(s)
Highlighted by 654 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1325 total)
Search Series for Drama (10193 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 2177 person(s)
Highlighted by 2113 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (620 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (2956 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1007 person(s)
Highlighted by 963 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1212 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6256 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 1635 person(s)
Highlighted by 1262 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (266 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (1975 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 1153 person(s)
Highlighted by 888 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (200 total)
Search Series for Harem (1327 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 4812 person(s)
Highlighted by 3544 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3556 total)
Search Series for Hentai (20984 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 934 person(s)
Highlighted by 513 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (513 total)
Search Series for Historical (2725 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 1648 person(s)
Highlighted by 727 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (410 total)
Search Series for Horror (1914 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 1942 person(s)
Highlighted by 1381 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1400 total)
Search Series for Josei (6680 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 3928 person(s)
Highlighted by 1294 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (277 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2482 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 1050 person(s)
Highlighted by 721 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (182 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (874 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 1263 person(s)
Highlighted by 1283 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (272 total)
Search Series for Mature (2275 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1628 person(s)
Highlighted by 484 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (178 total)
Search Series for Mecha (626 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 827 person(s)
Highlighted by 543 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (369 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2000 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 929 person(s)
Highlighted by 634 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (288 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1795 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 1348 person(s)
Highlighted by 2110 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (2917 total)
Search Series for Romance (18838 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1040 person(s)
Highlighted by 873 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1129 total)
Search Series for School Life (8172 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 974 person(s)
Highlighted by 588 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (540 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (2698 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 1115 person(s)
Highlighted by 1350 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3455 total)
Search Series for Seinen (11285 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 3858 person(s)
Highlighted by 1049 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (161 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1515 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2457 person(s)
Highlighted by 2288 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3074 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (16833 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 3936 person(s)
Highlighted by 1390 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (184 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1352 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1224 person(s)
Highlighted by 1382 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (3825 total)
Search Series for Shounen (8307 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5680 person(s)
Highlighted by 2608 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (746 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5172 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 790 person(s)
Highlighted by 682 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (715 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (5124 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2107 person(s)
Highlighted by 1532 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (243 total)
Search Series for Smut (2830 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1324 person(s)
Highlighted by 569 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (475 total)
Search Series for Sports (2120 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 868 person(s)
Highlighted by 720 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (893 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5215 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1257 person(s)
Highlighted by 571 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (230 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1612 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 8583 person(s)
Highlighted by 3868 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2138 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (14080 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 4766 person(s)
Highlighted by 2019 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (234 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1672 total)
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