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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1217 person(s)
Highlighted by 1280 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1833 total)
Search Series for Action (7839 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 2241 person(s)
Highlighted by 2428 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4396 total)
Search Series for Adult (27418 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 1069 person(s)
Highlighted by 941 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (692 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3797 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 1280 person(s)
Highlighted by 1533 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3524 total)
Search Series for Comedy (19153 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3382 person(s)
Highlighted by 1306 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (4167 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (21814 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1006 person(s)
Highlighted by 688 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1997 total)
Search Series for Drama (13713 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 2346 person(s)
Highlighted by 2260 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (624 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3088 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1102 person(s)
Highlighted by 1058 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1481 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (7732 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 1803 person(s)
Highlighted by 1370 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (284 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2420 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 1296 person(s)
Highlighted by 1011 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (302 total)
Search Series for Harem (1947 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5200 person(s)
Highlighted by 3814 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3954 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25106 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1011 person(s)
Highlighted by 559 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (604 total)
Search Series for Historical (3307 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 1790 person(s)
Highlighted by 802 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (478 total)
Search Series for Horror (2236 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 2127 person(s)
Highlighted by 1503 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1643 total)
Search Series for Josei (8001 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4258 person(s)
Highlighted by 1410 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (318 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2830 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 1146 person(s)
Highlighted by 785 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (174 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1017 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 1345 person(s)
Highlighted by 1379 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (330 total)
Search Series for Mature (2842 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1759 person(s)
Highlighted by 536 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (183 total)
Search Series for Mecha (747 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 896 person(s)
Highlighted by 586 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (467 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2621 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1007 person(s)
Highlighted by 706 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (332 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2045 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 1463 person(s)
Highlighted by 2275 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3552 total)
Search Series for Romance (23250 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1124 person(s)
Highlighted by 913 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1489 total)
Search Series for School Life (10850 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 1055 person(s)
Highlighted by 651 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (656 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3402 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 1196 person(s)
Highlighted by 1449 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3968 total)
Search Series for Seinen (13744 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4220 person(s)
Highlighted by 1135 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (182 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1929 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2671 person(s)
Highlighted by 2460 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3301 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17829 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4298 person(s)
Highlighted by 1513 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (297 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1917 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1325 person(s)
Highlighted by 1472 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4467 total)
Search Series for Shounen (9995 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6190 person(s)
Highlighted by 2816 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1077 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (6452 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 866 person(s)
Highlighted by 736 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (979 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (6950 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2272 person(s)
Highlighted by 1659 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (292 total)
Search Series for Smut (3453 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1430 person(s)
Highlighted by 620 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (507 total)
Search Series for Sports (2535 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 956 person(s)
Highlighted by 784 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1095 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (6653 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1360 person(s)
Highlighted by 623 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (213 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1650 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9380 person(s)
Highlighted by 4205 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2714 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (17318 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5223 person(s)
Highlighted by 2203 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (299 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2038 total)
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