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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1172 person(s)
Highlighted by 1236 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1694 total)
Search Series for Action (6999 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 2188 person(s)
Highlighted by 2330 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4126 total)
Search Series for Adult (25863 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 1030 person(s)
Highlighted by 905 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (641 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3413 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 1236 person(s)
Highlighted by 1500 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3160 total)
Search Series for Comedy (17356 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3274 person(s)
Highlighted by 1267 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (3381 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (19642 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 978 person(s)
Highlighted by 668 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1638 total)
Search Series for Drama (11995 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 2287 person(s)
Highlighted by 2194 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (661 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3240 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1061 person(s)
Highlighted by 1024 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1332 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6955 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 1732 person(s)
Highlighted by 1319 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (276 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2173 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 1238 person(s)
Highlighted by 965 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (257 total)
Search Series for Harem (1607 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5062 person(s)
Highlighted by 3695 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3927 total)
Search Series for Hentai (24228 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 980 person(s)
Highlighted by 540 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (568 total)
Search Series for Historical (3010 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 1743 person(s)
Highlighted by 763 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (446 total)
Search Series for Horror (2099 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 2054 person(s)
Highlighted by 1448 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1568 total)
Search Series for Josei (7542 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4109 person(s)
Highlighted by 1353 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (313 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2832 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 1099 person(s)
Highlighted by 753 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (179 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (943 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 1318 person(s)
Highlighted by 1338 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (319 total)
Search Series for Mature (2606 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1695 person(s)
Highlighted by 515 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (189 total)
Search Series for Mecha (678 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 866 person(s)
Highlighted by 562 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (426 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2349 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 976 person(s)
Highlighted by 674 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (314 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1958 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 1421 person(s)
Highlighted by 2209 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3274 total)
Search Series for Romance (21258 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1093 person(s)
Highlighted by 897 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1287 total)
Search Series for School Life (9502 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 1023 person(s)
Highlighted by 623 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (612 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3023 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 1165 person(s)
Highlighted by 1408 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3757 total)
Search Series for Seinen (12667 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4055 person(s)
Highlighted by 1099 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (164 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1798 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2592 person(s)
Highlighted by 2380 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3178 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17387 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4158 person(s)
Highlighted by 1454 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (227 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1714 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1289 person(s)
Highlighted by 1436 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4145 total)
Search Series for Shounen (9302 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5983 person(s)
Highlighted by 2713 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (882 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5770 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 836 person(s)
Highlighted by 714 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (844 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (6245 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2219 person(s)
Highlighted by 1602 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (264 total)
Search Series for Smut (3228 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1383 person(s)
Highlighted by 599 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (508 total)
Search Series for Sports (2406 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 920 person(s)
Highlighted by 756 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (980 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5965 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1312 person(s)
Highlighted by 597 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (222 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1633 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9051 person(s)
Highlighted by 4071 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2300 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (15395 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5030 person(s)
Highlighted by 2128 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (252 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1801 total)
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