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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1205 person(s)
Highlighted by 1268 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1804 total)
Search Series for Action (7642 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 2221 person(s)
Highlighted by 2400 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4287 total)
Search Series for Adult (26906 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 1058 person(s)
Highlighted by 931 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (690 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3709 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 1269 person(s)
Highlighted by 1522 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3459 total)
Search Series for Comedy (18733 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3358 person(s)
Highlighted by 1294 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (3906 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (21293 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 998 person(s)
Highlighted by 679 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1897 total)
Search Series for Drama (13259 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 2322 person(s)
Highlighted by 2240 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (675 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3272 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1089 person(s)
Highlighted by 1048 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1435 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (7476 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 1791 person(s)
Highlighted by 1359 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (274 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2367 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 1280 person(s)
Highlighted by 991 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (285 total)
Search Series for Harem (1855 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5160 person(s)
Highlighted by 3787 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3943 total)
Search Series for Hentai (24802 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1003 person(s)
Highlighted by 552 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (607 total)
Search Series for Historical (3249 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 1776 person(s)
Highlighted by 788 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (466 total)
Search Series for Horror (2205 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 2113 person(s)
Highlighted by 1483 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1613 total)
Search Series for Josei (7903 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4219 person(s)
Highlighted by 1396 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (313 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2817 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 1135 person(s)
Highlighted by 778 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (181 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1013 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 1333 person(s)
Highlighted by 1368 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (314 total)
Search Series for Mature (2722 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1748 person(s)
Highlighted by 528 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (187 total)
Search Series for Mecha (733 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 882 person(s)
Highlighted by 577 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (456 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2559 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 998 person(s)
Highlighted by 694 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (303 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2031 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 1452 person(s)
Highlighted by 2256 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3431 total)
Search Series for Romance (22605 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1117 person(s)
Highlighted by 906 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1442 total)
Search Series for School Life (10444 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 1048 person(s)
Highlighted by 641 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (649 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3313 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 1186 person(s)
Highlighted by 1433 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3923 total)
Search Series for Seinen (13530 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4174 person(s)
Highlighted by 1127 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (173 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1885 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2649 person(s)
Highlighted by 2432 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3265 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17723 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4252 person(s)
Highlighted by 1497 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (260 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1837 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1318 person(s)
Highlighted by 1460 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4387 total)
Search Series for Shounen (9848 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6144 person(s)
Highlighted by 2789 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1022 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (6324 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 858 person(s)
Highlighted by 727 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (932 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (6727 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2248 person(s)
Highlighted by 1643 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (286 total)
Search Series for Smut (3386 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1419 person(s)
Highlighted by 609 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (511 total)
Search Series for Sports (2508 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 945 person(s)
Highlighted by 771 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1044 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (6437 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1350 person(s)
Highlighted by 613 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (212 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1628 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9308 person(s)
Highlighted by 4169 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2597 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (16726 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5166 person(s)
Highlighted by 2187 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (264 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1932 total)
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