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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1245 person(s)
Highlighted by 1310 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1921 total)
Search Series for Action (8297 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 2290 person(s)
Highlighted by 2478 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4561 total)
Search Series for Adult (28090 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 1094 person(s)
Highlighted by 967 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (734 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3995 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 1307 person(s)
Highlighted by 1567 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3832 total)
Search Series for Comedy (20161 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3462 person(s)
Highlighted by 1331 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (4866 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (22827 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1024 person(s)
Highlighted by 702 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2188 total)
Search Series for Drama (14562 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 2406 person(s)
Highlighted by 2304 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (638 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3157 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1123 person(s)
Highlighted by 1086 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1600 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (8199 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 1848 person(s)
Highlighted by 1398 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (315 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2521 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 1333 person(s)
Highlighted by 1044 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (342 total)
Search Series for Harem (2124 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5328 person(s)
Highlighted by 3885 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4006 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25460 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1028 person(s)
Highlighted by 571 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (636 total)
Search Series for Historical (3503 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 1832 person(s)
Highlighted by 820 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (500 total)
Search Series for Horror (2345 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 2186 person(s)
Highlighted by 1538 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1732 total)
Search Series for Josei (8791 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4387 person(s)
Highlighted by 1444 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (315 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2856 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 1180 person(s)
Highlighted by 808 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (194 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1077 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 1376 person(s)
Highlighted by 1411 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (385 total)
Search Series for Mature (3081 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1820 person(s)
Highlighted by 553 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (188 total)
Search Series for Mecha (806 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 914 person(s)
Highlighted by 609 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (524 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2837 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1027 person(s)
Highlighted by 730 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (357 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2141 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 1505 person(s)
Highlighted by 2326 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3919 total)
Search Series for Romance (25004 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1145 person(s)
Highlighted by 929 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1568 total)
Search Series for School Life (11447 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 1075 person(s)
Highlighted by 670 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (695 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3582 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 1224 person(s)
Highlighted by 1480 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4035 total)
Search Series for Seinen (14183 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4339 person(s)
Highlighted by 1169 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (195 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2022 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2736 person(s)
Highlighted by 2511 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3394 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18245 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4407 person(s)
Highlighted by 1550 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (373 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2035 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1349 person(s)
Highlighted by 1501 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4759 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10377 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6332 person(s)
Highlighted by 2889 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1297 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (6834 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 883 person(s)
Highlighted by 762 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1082 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (7318 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2333 person(s)
Highlighted by 1696 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (451 total)
Search Series for Smut (3899 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1461 person(s)
Highlighted by 639 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (503 total)
Search Series for Sports (2599 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 980 person(s)
Highlighted by 804 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1195 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7012 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1385 person(s)
Highlighted by 638 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (226 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1724 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9617 person(s)
Highlighted by 4314 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3243 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (18583 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5346 person(s)
Highlighted by 2251 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (337 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2153 total)
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