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Genres

Welcome to the Genre page.

Here you can see how Baka-Updates - Manga defines each genre. You can also see other statistics such as how many people filter or highlight each specific genre.

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Action
A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1461 person(s)
Highlighted by 1450 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2863 total)
Search Series for Action (9821 total)
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 2572 person(s)
Highlighted by 2749 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (5203 total)
Search Series for Adult (27889 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 1272 person(s)
Highlighted by 1075 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (1541 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4907 total)
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.
Filtered by 1519 person(s)
Highlighted by 1685 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (6113 total)
Search Series for Comedy (23737 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3836 person(s)
Highlighted by 1433 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6611 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (23681 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1185 person(s)
Highlighted by 766 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (3376 total)
Search Series for Drama (17682 total)
Ecchi
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
Filtered by 2714 person(s)
Highlighted by 2511 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (828 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3720 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1316 person(s)
Highlighted by 1215 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (3173 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (10181 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 2124 person(s)
Highlighted by 1520 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (451 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2648 total)
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.
Filtered by 1604 person(s)
Highlighted by 1201 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (616 total)
Search Series for Harem (2786 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5928 person(s)
Highlighted by 4211 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4287 total)
Search Series for Hentai (23950 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1182 person(s)
Highlighted by 641 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (964 total)
Search Series for Historical (4306 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 2070 person(s)
Highlighted by 920 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (663 total)
Search Series for Horror (2695 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 2442 person(s)
Highlighted by 1663 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2303 total)
Search Series for Josei (12267 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4920 person(s)
Highlighted by 1602 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (374 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2669 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 1340 person(s)
Highlighted by 871 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (351 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1306 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 1560 person(s)
Highlighted by 1553 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (588 total)
Search Series for Mature (3787 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2048 person(s)
Highlighted by 602 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (223 total)
Search Series for Mecha (881 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1036 person(s)
Highlighted by 667 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (797 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3508 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1193 person(s)
Highlighted by 821 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (514 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2432 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 1754 person(s)
Highlighted by 2541 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (6024 total)
Search Series for Romance (30986 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1323 person(s)
Highlighted by 1005 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2243 total)
Search Series for School Life (13507 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 1210 person(s)
Highlighted by 734 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (969 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4079 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 1367 person(s)
Highlighted by 1587 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4825 total)
Search Series for Seinen (16481 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4834 person(s)
Highlighted by 1286 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (293 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1945 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3059 person(s)
Highlighted by 2678 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3506 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18724 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4936 person(s)
Highlighted by 1710 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (539 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2120 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1517 person(s)
Highlighted by 1595 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4042 total)
Search Series for Shounen (11644 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7112 person(s)
Highlighted by 3147 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1873 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7128 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 1040 person(s)
Highlighted by 842 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (2271 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (10419 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2634 person(s)
Highlighted by 1863 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (661 total)
Search Series for Smut (5251 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1643 person(s)
Highlighted by 690 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (584 total)
Search Series for Sports (2838 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1120 person(s)
Highlighted by 882 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1992 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (8626 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1583 person(s)
Highlighted by 708 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (348 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1954 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 10889 person(s)
Highlighted by 4781 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (4711 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (20900 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6000 person(s)
Highlighted by 2489 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (515 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2344 total)