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Do you have a topic that is an immediate deal breaker if a manga series you were already reading suddenly featured that topic, such that you would stop reading the series (even if it was "tastefully" done)? For example: religion, rape, etc.
No topics offend me on principle
I used to have one, but not anymore
I can think of one deal breaker
There's many topics that would stop me from continuing a series
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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
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Search Authors for Action (2509 total)
Search Series for Action (9503 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.
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Search Authors for Adult (4831 total)
Search Series for Adult (29902 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 1187 person(s)
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Search Authors for Adventure (1172 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4696 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.
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Search Authors for Comedy (5188 total)
Search Series for Comedy (22974 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
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Search Authors for Doujinshi (6538 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (25217 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
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Search Authors for Drama (2766 total)
Search Series for Drama (16401 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 2541 person(s)
Highlighted by 2397 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (731 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3514 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1227 person(s)
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Search Authors for Fantasy (2466 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (9614 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 1957 person(s)
Highlighted by 1451 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (405 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2723 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.
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Search Authors for Harem (527 total)
Search Series for Harem (2538 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
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Search Authors for Hentai (4091 total)
Search Series for Hentai (26467 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
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Search Authors for Historical (807 total)
Search Series for Historical (4059 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 1930 person(s)
Highlighted by 861 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (562 total)
Search Series for Horror (2581 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 2269 person(s)
Highlighted by 1586 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2071 total)
Search Series for Josei (11142 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4598 person(s)
Highlighted by 1499 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (314 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2942 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 1262 person(s)
Highlighted by 836 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (320 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1318 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 1474 person(s)
Highlighted by 1465 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (492 total)
Search Series for Mature (3655 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1923 person(s)
Highlighted by 578 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (216 total)
Search Series for Mecha (881 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 982 person(s)
Highlighted by 636 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (658 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3247 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1115 person(s)
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Search Authors for Psychological (393 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2395 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.
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Search Authors for Romance (5163 total)
Search Series for Romance (29501 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1240 person(s)
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Search Authors for School Life (1922 total)
Search Series for School Life (13172 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 1148 person(s)
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Search Authors for Sci-fi (835 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3959 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.
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Search Authors for Seinen (4401 total)
Search Series for Seinen (15339 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4551 person(s)
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Search Authors for Shotacon (243 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2222 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2875 person(s)
Highlighted by 2581 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3743 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (19282 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4617 person(s)
Highlighted by 1606 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (501 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2337 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1425 person(s)
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Search Authors for Shounen (5513 total)
Search Series for Shounen (11320 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6632 person(s)
Highlighted by 2988 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1810 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7558 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 967 person(s)
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Search Authors for Slice of Life (1700 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (8956 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
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Search Authors for Smut (547 total)
Search Series for Smut (4953 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1548 person(s)
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Search Authors for Sports (546 total)
Search Series for Sports (2773 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1058 person(s)
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Search Authors for Supernatural (1676 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (8154 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1474 person(s)
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Search Authors for Tragedy (286 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1924 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 10098 person(s)
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Search Authors for Yaoi (4031 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (21005 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5612 person(s)
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Search Authors for Yuri (430 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2446 total)
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