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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1299 person(s)
Highlighted by 1341 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2320 total)
Search Series for Action (8929 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 2365 person(s)
Highlighted by 2541 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4754 total)
Search Series for Adult (28995 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 1141 person(s)
Highlighted by 994 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (1053 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4386 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 1362 person(s)
Highlighted by 1593 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (4758 total)
Search Series for Comedy (21478 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3548 person(s)
Highlighted by 1357 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6224 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (24310 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1068 person(s)
Highlighted by 717 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2531 total)
Search Series for Drama (15419 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 2460 person(s)
Highlighted by 2347 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (712 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3367 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1171 person(s)
Highlighted by 1118 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (2112 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (8985 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 1903 person(s)
Highlighted by 1425 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (392 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2639 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 1393 person(s)
Highlighted by 1079 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (484 total)
Search Series for Harem (2384 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5455 person(s)
Highlighted by 3958 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4086 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25952 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1066 person(s)
Highlighted by 587 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (707 total)
Search Series for Historical (3711 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 1875 person(s)
Highlighted by 839 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (529 total)
Search Series for Horror (2437 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 2222 person(s)
Highlighted by 1565 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1837 total)
Search Series for Josei (9409 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4498 person(s)
Highlighted by 1476 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (319 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2897 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 1220 person(s)
Highlighted by 822 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (285 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1213 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 1423 person(s)
Highlighted by 1439 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (469 total)
Search Series for Mature (3352 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1867 person(s)
Highlighted by 565 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (212 total)
Search Series for Mecha (853 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 951 person(s)
Highlighted by 625 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (581 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2994 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1077 person(s)
Highlighted by 755 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (374 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2250 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 1566 person(s)
Highlighted by 2370 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (4571 total)
Search Series for Romance (26599 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1188 person(s)
Highlighted by 946 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1749 total)
Search Series for School Life (12273 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 1107 person(s)
Highlighted by 684 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (784 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3768 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 1259 person(s)
Highlighted by 1503 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4167 total)
Search Series for Seinen (14580 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4457 person(s)
Highlighted by 1195 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (238 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2147 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2811 person(s)
Highlighted by 2550 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3607 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18699 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4526 person(s)
Highlighted by 1577 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (467 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2177 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1389 person(s)
Highlighted by 1523 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (5293 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10737 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6500 person(s)
Highlighted by 2946 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1702 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7260 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 927 person(s)
Highlighted by 778 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1308 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (7824 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2404 person(s)
Highlighted by 1738 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (478 total)
Search Series for Smut (4235 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1502 person(s)
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Search Authors for Sports (532 total)
Search Series for Sports (2663 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1018 person(s)
Highlighted by 823 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1385 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7538 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1433 person(s)
Highlighted by 655 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (254 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1824 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9872 person(s)
Highlighted by 4422 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3756 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (19859 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5485 person(s)
Highlighted by 2291 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (402 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2351 total)
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