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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 (2508 total)
Search Series for Action (9507 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 (4832 total)
Search Series for Adult (29904 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.
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Search Authors for Adventure (1174 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4701 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 (5186 total)
Search Series for Comedy (22983 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 (6537 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (25218 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
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Search Authors for Drama (2768 total)
Search Series for Drama (16411 total)
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
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Search Authors for Ecchi (731 total)
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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 (2469 total)
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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 1959 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 (528 total)
Search Series for Harem (2543 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 (4092 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 (4062 total)
A painful emotion of fear, dread, and abhorrence; a shuddering with terror and detestation; the feeling inspired by something frightful and shocking.
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Search Authors for Horror (562 total)
Search Series for Horror (2582 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.
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Search Authors for Josei (2072 total)
Search Series for Josei (11149 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4600 person(s)
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Search Authors for Lolicon (314 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2941 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 1264 person(s)
Highlighted by 837 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (320 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1320 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)
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Search Authors for Mature (492 total)
Search Series for Mature (3657 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1925 person(s)
Highlighted by 578 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (216 total)
Search Series for Mecha (882 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 983 person(s)
Highlighted by 636 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (657 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3248 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 (394 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2396 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 (5166 total)
Search Series for Romance (29525 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1241 person(s)
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Search Authors for School Life (1922 total)
Search Series for School Life (13174 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 (3962 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)
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Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4553 person(s)
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Search Authors for Shotacon (243 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2221 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 2583 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3743 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (19288 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4619 person(s)
Highlighted by 1608 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 1426 person(s)
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Search Authors for Shounen (5508 total)
Search Series for Shounen (11327 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6634 person(s)
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Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1808 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7559 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 (1702 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (8961 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 (4958 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
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Search Authors for Sports (547 total)
Search Series for Sports (2776 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 (8164 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1475 person(s)
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Search Authors for Tragedy (286 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1923 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
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Search Authors for Yaoi (4031 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (21013 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5616 person(s)
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Search Authors for Yuri (430 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2449 total)
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