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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 1446 person(s)
Highlighted by 1440 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2831 total)
Search Series for Action (9657 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 2548 person(s)
Highlighted by 2732 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (5204 total)
Search Series for Adult (27753 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 1260 person(s)
Highlighted by 1072 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (1513 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4801 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 1506 person(s)
Highlighted by 1681 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (6044 total)
Search Series for Comedy (23462 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3805 person(s)
Highlighted by 1429 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6623 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (23660 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1173 person(s)
Highlighted by 764 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (3336 total)
Search Series for Drama (17372 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 2689 person(s)
Highlighted by 2500 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (815 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3664 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1301 person(s)
Highlighted by 1210 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (3116 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (9970 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 2101 person(s)
Highlighted by 1513 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (445 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2627 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 1578 person(s)
Highlighted by 1188 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (606 total)
Search Series for Harem (2741 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5875 person(s)
Highlighted by 4186 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4262 total)
Search Series for Hentai (23834 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1170 person(s)
Highlighted by 638 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (956 total)
Search Series for Historical (4243 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 2058 person(s)
Highlighted by 917 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (657 total)
Search Series for Horror (2619 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 2423 person(s)
Highlighted by 1662 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2309 total)
Search Series for Josei (12153 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4883 person(s)
Highlighted by 1594 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (375 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2657 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 1331 person(s)
Highlighted by 870 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (351 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1282 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 1548 person(s)
Highlighted by 1545 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (588 total)
Search Series for Mature (3736 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2035 person(s)
Highlighted by 603 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (220 total)
Search Series for Mecha (865 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1028 person(s)
Highlighted by 667 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (792 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3451 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1182 person(s)
Highlighted by 818 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (500 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2361 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 1741 person(s)
Highlighted by 2529 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (5941 total)
Search Series for Romance (30497 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1311 person(s)
Highlighted by 1006 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2225 total)
Search Series for School Life (13367 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 1200 person(s)
Highlighted by 735 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (955 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4017 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 1359 person(s)
Highlighted by 1588 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4825 total)
Search Series for Seinen (16337 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4807 person(s)
Highlighted by 1281 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (296 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1940 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3038 person(s)
Highlighted by 2679 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3461 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18508 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4900 person(s)
Highlighted by 1699 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (536 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2119 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1503 person(s)
Highlighted by 1593 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (3998 total)
Search Series for Shounen (11513 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7067 person(s)
Highlighted by 3127 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1875 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7119 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 1030 person(s)
Highlighted by 840 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (2248 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (10264 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2613 person(s)
Highlighted by 1848 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (634 total)
Search Series for Smut (5051 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1637 person(s)
Highlighted by 688 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (584 total)
Search Series for Sports (2800 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1112 person(s)
Highlighted by 880 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1981 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (8502 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1568 person(s)
Highlighted by 707 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (376 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1918 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 10815 person(s)
Highlighted by 4747 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (4676 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (20685 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5961 person(s)
Highlighted by 2473 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (505 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2322 total)