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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 1525 person(s)
Highlighted by 1495 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (3326 total)
Search Series for Action (11472 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 2703 person(s)
Highlighted by 2856 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (5753 total)
Search Series for Adult (30393 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 1333 person(s)
Highlighted by 1106 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2203 total)
Search Series for Adventure (6533 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 1580 person(s)
Highlighted by 1723 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (8077 total)
Search Series for Comedy (28671 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3956 person(s)
Highlighted by 1477 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (8527 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (26182 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1243 person(s)
Highlighted by 789 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (4772 total)
Search Series for Drama (21767 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 2800 person(s)
Highlighted by 2576 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (936 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (4461 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1383 person(s)
Highlighted by 1268 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (4135 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (12841 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 2245 person(s)
Highlighted by 1550 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (448 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2882 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 1685 person(s)
Highlighted by 1239 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (701 total)
Search Series for Harem (3254 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6128 person(s)
Highlighted by 4336 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4439 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25358 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1227 person(s)
Highlighted by 655 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1245 total)
Search Series for Historical (5281 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 2163 person(s)
Highlighted by 957 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (758 total)
Search Series for Horror (3489 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 2546 person(s)
Highlighted by 1701 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2907 total)
Search Series for Josei (15065 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5103 person(s)
Highlighted by 1650 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (391 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2834 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 1383 person(s)
Highlighted by 892 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (408 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1597 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 1623 person(s)
Highlighted by 1603 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (707 total)
Search Series for Mature (4449 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2120 person(s)
Highlighted by 616 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (251 total)
Search Series for Mecha (943 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1077 person(s)
Highlighted by 686 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1043 total)
Search Series for Mystery (4345 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1237 person(s)
Highlighted by 850 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (840 total)
Search Series for Psychological (3402 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 1846 person(s)
Highlighted by 2608 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (8212 total)
Search Series for Romance (37545 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1378 person(s)
Highlighted by 1027 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2712 total)
Search Series for School Life (15863 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 1249 person(s)
Highlighted by 756 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1138 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4688 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 1414 person(s)
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Search Authors for Seinen (5700 total)
Search Series for Seinen (19094 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5009 person(s)
Highlighted by 1331 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (387 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2299 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3183 person(s)
Highlighted by 2712 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3993 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (20741 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5112 person(s)
Highlighted by 1762 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (561 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2233 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1570 person(s)
Highlighted by 1615 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4532 total)
Search Series for Shounen (13322 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7381 person(s)
Highlighted by 3242 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (2630 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7984 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 1095 person(s)
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Search Authors for Slice of Life (3464 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (14097 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2730 person(s)
Highlighted by 1946 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1082 total)
Search Series for Smut (7528 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1698 person(s)
Highlighted by 705 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (631 total)
Search Series for Sports (3052 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1164 person(s)
Highlighted by 908 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2300 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (10314 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1638 person(s)
Highlighted by 739 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (495 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2466 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 11380 person(s)
Highlighted by 4964 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (5751 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (24327 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6225 person(s)
Highlighted by 2569 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (588 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2598 total)