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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 1621 person(s)
Highlighted by 1557 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (4503 total)
Search Series for Action (16567 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 2904 person(s)
Highlighted by 3032 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (6897 total)
Search Series for Adult (35816 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 1413 person(s)
Highlighted by 1158 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2618 total)
Search Series for Adventure (8859 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 1687 person(s)
Highlighted by 1791 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (9988 total)
Search Series for Comedy (37642 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 4153 person(s)
Highlighted by 1532 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (9448 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (29549 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1346 person(s)
Highlighted by 819 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (7357 total)
Search Series for Drama (34276 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 2981 person(s)
Highlighted by 2703 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (994 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (5256 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1486 person(s)
Highlighted by 1336 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (6868 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (21806 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 2442 person(s)
Highlighted by 1620 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (541 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (3407 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 1848 person(s)
Highlighted by 1316 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (876 total)
Search Series for Harem (4316 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6498 person(s)
Highlighted by 4533 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (5037 total)
Search Series for Hentai (28657 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1309 person(s)
Highlighted by 691 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1854 total)
Search Series for Historical (8479 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 2319 person(s)
Highlighted by 1014 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (929 total)
Search Series for Horror (5058 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 2723 person(s)
Highlighted by 1782 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (4232 total)
Search Series for Josei (21912 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5487 person(s)
Highlighted by 1745 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (450 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (3429 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 1460 person(s)
Highlighted by 925 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (518 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (2668 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 1733 person(s)
Highlighted by 1686 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (852 total)
Search Series for Mature (5565 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2231 person(s)
Highlighted by 646 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (266 total)
Search Series for Mecha (1104 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1149 person(s)
Highlighted by 717 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1322 total)
Search Series for Mystery (6232 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1329 person(s)
Highlighted by 898 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (991 total)
Search Series for Psychological (4913 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 2002 person(s)
Highlighted by 2717 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (12711 total)
Search Series for Romance (54481 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1472 person(s)
Highlighted by 1069 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (3170 total)
Search Series for School Life (19840 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 1319 person(s)
Highlighted by 787 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1310 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (6031 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 1491 person(s)
Highlighted by 1670 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (6521 total)
Search Series for Seinen (23969 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5364 person(s)
Highlighted by 1406 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (456 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2807 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3371 person(s)
Highlighted by 2803 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (5317 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (26042 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5455 person(s)
Highlighted by 1868 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (610 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2737 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1663 person(s)
Highlighted by 1670 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (5299 total)
Search Series for Shounen (18419 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7900 person(s)
Highlighted by 3387 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (3044 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (10593 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 1194 person(s)
Highlighted by 925 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (4541 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (19949 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2941 person(s)
Highlighted by 2087 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1887 total)
Search Series for Smut (12301 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1805 person(s)
Highlighted by 733 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (668 total)
Search Series for Sports (3683 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1230 person(s)
Highlighted by 939 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2735 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (14019 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1752 person(s)
Highlighted by 780 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (599 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (3229 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 12307 person(s)
Highlighted by 5256 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (7285 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (30388 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6681 person(s)
Highlighted by 2725 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (735 total)
Search Series for Yuri (3320 total)