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Action
A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1250 person(s)
Highlighted by 1313 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1930 total)
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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 2297 person(s)
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Search Authors for Adult (4576 total)
Search Series for Adult (28230 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 1097 person(s)
Highlighted by 970 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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Highlighted by 1572 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 3473 person(s)
Highlighted by 1334 person(s)

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Search Series for Doujinshi (23052 total)
 
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1029 person(s)
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Ecchi
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
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Highlighted by 2309 person(s)

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Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1125 person(s)
Highlighted by 1090 person(s)

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Search Series for Fantasy (8272 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 1850 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 1049 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (351 total)
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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 5349 person(s)
Highlighted by 3894 person(s)

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Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1031 person(s)
Highlighted by 575 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (640 total)
Search Series for Historical (3535 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 1833 person(s)
Highlighted by 821 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (504 total)
Search Series for Horror (2357 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 2193 person(s)
Highlighted by 1541 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1747 total)
Search Series for Josei (8861 total)
 
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4408 person(s)
Highlighted by 1447 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (315 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2870 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 1185 person(s)
Highlighted by 810 person(s)

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Search Series for Martial Arts (1082 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 1381 person(s)
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Search Authors for Mature (390 total)
Search Series for Mature (3112 total)
 
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1828 person(s)
Highlighted by 555 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (188 total)
Search Series for Mecha (813 total)
 
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 918 person(s)
Highlighted by 611 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (533 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2857 total)
 
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1029 person(s)
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Search Series for Psychological (2153 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 1511 person(s)
Highlighted by 2335 person(s)

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Search Series for Romance (25205 total)
 
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1148 person(s)
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Search Series for School Life (11591 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 1077 person(s)
Highlighted by 671 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (695 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3606 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 1225 person(s)
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Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4362 person(s)
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Search Series for Shotacon (2051 total)
 
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2745 person(s)
Highlighted by 2515 person(s)

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Search Series for Shoujo (18303 total)
 
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4429 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 1349 person(s)
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Search Series for Shounen (10421 total)
 
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6362 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 885 person(s)
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Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2344 person(s)
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Search Series for Smut (3936 total)
 
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1463 person(s)
Highlighted by 640 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (502 total)
Search Series for Sports (2603 total)
 
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 983 person(s)
Highlighted by 811 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1208 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7087 total)
 
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1390 person(s)
Highlighted by 640 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (229 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1740 total)
 
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9664 person(s)
Highlighted by 4328 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3331 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (18758 total)
 
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5370 person(s)
Highlighted by 2254 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (342 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2183 total)
 
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