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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1164 person(s)
Highlighted by 1230 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1682 total)
Search Series for Action (6884 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 2175 person(s)
Highlighted by 2325 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4105 total)
Search Series for Adult (25659 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 1026 person(s)
Highlighted by 899 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (639 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3352 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 1231 person(s)
Highlighted by 1491 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3122 total)
Search Series for Comedy (17129 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3260 person(s)
Highlighted by 1264 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (3334 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (19479 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 972 person(s)
Highlighted by 666 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1595 total)
Search Series for Drama (11784 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 2279 person(s)
Highlighted by 2188 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (664 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3234 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1056 person(s)
Highlighted by 1018 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1325 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6845 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 1726 person(s)
Highlighted by 1313 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (275 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2160 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 1233 person(s)
Highlighted by 955 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (252 total)
Search Series for Harem (1563 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5029 person(s)
Highlighted by 3682 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3911 total)
Search Series for Hentai (24074 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 981 person(s)
Highlighted by 538 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (564 total)
Search Series for Historical (2988 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 1736 person(s)
Highlighted by 761 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (447 total)
Search Series for Horror (2097 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 2040 person(s)
Highlighted by 1447 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1557 total)
Search Series for Josei (7485 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4089 person(s)
Highlighted by 1347 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (311 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2814 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 1096 person(s)
Highlighted by 750 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (183 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (938 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 1311 person(s)
Highlighted by 1334 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (311 total)
Search Series for Mature (2576 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1691 person(s)
Highlighted by 512 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (190 total)
Search Series for Mecha (670 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 861 person(s)
Highlighted by 559 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (420 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2301 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 973 person(s)
Highlighted by 672 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (306 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1932 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 1411 person(s)
Highlighted by 2198 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3242 total)
Search Series for Romance (21026 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1088 person(s)
Highlighted by 895 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1278 total)
Search Series for School Life (9354 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 1020 person(s)
Highlighted by 621 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (597 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (2982 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 1161 person(s)
Highlighted by 1406 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3684 total)
Search Series for Seinen (12427 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4033 person(s)
Highlighted by 1092 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (161 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1784 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2582 person(s)
Highlighted by 2376 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3162 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17311 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4138 person(s)
Highlighted by 1447 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (221 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1688 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1282 person(s)
Highlighted by 1431 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4122 total)
Search Series for Shounen (9201 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5950 person(s)
Highlighted by 2706 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (872 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5734 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 833 person(s)
Highlighted by 710 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (823 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (6115 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2204 person(s)
Highlighted by 1596 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (262 total)
Search Series for Smut (3196 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1374 person(s)
Highlighted by 593 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (509 total)
Search Series for Sports (2397 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 916 person(s)
Highlighted by 753 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (971 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5881 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1309 person(s)
Highlighted by 595 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (222 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1630 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9005 person(s)
Highlighted by 4057 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2281 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (15330 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5007 person(s)
Highlighted by 2118 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (253 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1794 total)
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