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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 1583 person(s)
Highlighted by 1526 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (3745 total)
Search Series for Action (12717 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 2799 person(s)
Highlighted by 2923 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (6010 total)
Search Series for Adult (31783 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 1378 person(s)
Highlighted by 1135 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2322 total)
Search Series for Adventure (7179 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 1638 person(s)
Highlighted by 1750 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (8951 total)
Search Series for Comedy (31768 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 4035 person(s)
Highlighted by 1493 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (8985 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (27279 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1300 person(s)
Highlighted by 804 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (5532 total)
Search Series for Drama (24435 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 2884 person(s)
Highlighted by 2629 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (928 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (4789 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1435 person(s)
Highlighted by 1301 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (4902 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (14696 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 2322 person(s)
Highlighted by 1575 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (486 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (3063 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 1760 person(s)
Highlighted by 1271 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (783 total)
Search Series for Harem (3608 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6270 person(s)
Highlighted by 4404 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4594 total)
Search Series for Hentai (26200 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1267 person(s)
Highlighted by 671 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1395 total)
Search Series for Historical (5943 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 2229 person(s)
Highlighted by 983 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (819 total)
Search Series for Horror (3873 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 2614 person(s)
Highlighted by 1727 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (3446 total)
Search Series for Josei (17047 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5270 person(s)
Highlighted by 1685 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (400 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (3055 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 1413 person(s)
Highlighted by 906 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (425 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1770 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 1685 person(s)
Highlighted by 1643 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (752 total)
Search Series for Mature (4754 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2165 person(s)
Highlighted by 628 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (256 total)
Search Series for Mecha (976 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1114 person(s)
Highlighted by 702 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1143 total)
Search Series for Mystery (4903 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1281 person(s)
Highlighted by 872 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (882 total)
Search Series for Psychological (3740 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 1935 person(s)
Highlighted by 2659 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (9781 total)
Search Series for Romance (42253 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1425 person(s)
Highlighted by 1045 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2916 total)
Search Series for School Life (17281 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 1278 person(s)
Highlighted by 767 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1214 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (5095 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 1459 person(s)
Highlighted by 1640 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (5901 total)
Search Series for Seinen (20576 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5148 person(s)
Highlighted by 1353 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (408 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2441 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3253 person(s)
Highlighted by 2745 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (4429 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (22012 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5257 person(s)
Highlighted by 1796 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (579 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2412 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1620 person(s)
Highlighted by 1636 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4788 total)
Search Series for Shounen (14413 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7586 person(s)
Highlighted by 3296 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (2700 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (8626 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 1144 person(s)
Highlighted by 897 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (3891 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (16225 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2829 person(s)
Highlighted by 1997 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1429 total)
Search Series for Smut (8946 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1749 person(s)
Highlighted by 711 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (649 total)
Search Series for Sports (3242 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1195 person(s)
Highlighted by 925 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2499 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (11343 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1682 person(s)
Highlighted by 756 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (532 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2718 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 11730 person(s)
Highlighted by 5078 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (6239 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (26083 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6402 person(s)
Highlighted by 2622 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (667 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2924 total)