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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1259 person(s)
Highlighted by 1317 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1948 total)
Search Series for Action (8593 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 2307 person(s)
Highlighted by 2496 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4594 total)
Search Series for Adult (28383 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 1104 person(s)
Highlighted by 973 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (750 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4186 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 1321 person(s)
Highlighted by 1577 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3971 total)
Search Series for Comedy (20523 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3486 person(s)
Highlighted by 1342 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (5224 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (23225 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1036 person(s)
Highlighted by 705 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2269 total)
Search Series for Drama (14766 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 2421 person(s)
Highlighted by 2315 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (644 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3247 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1131 person(s)
Highlighted by 1092 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1621 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (8519 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 1859 person(s)
Highlighted by 1408 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (315 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2566 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 1352 person(s)
Highlighted by 1055 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (360 total)
Search Series for Harem (2280 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5368 person(s)
Highlighted by 3913 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4019 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25654 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1037 person(s)
Highlighted by 574 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (641 total)
Search Series for Historical (3594 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 1839 person(s)
Highlighted by 822 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (502 total)
Search Series for Horror (2372 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 2197 person(s)
Highlighted by 1546 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1776 total)
Search Series for Josei (8991 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4425 person(s)
Highlighted by 1452 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (316 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2880 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 1188 person(s)
Highlighted by 812 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (196 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1163 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 1386 person(s)
Highlighted by 1414 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (390 total)
Search Series for Mature (3212 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1835 person(s)
Highlighted by 555 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (189 total)
Search Series for Mecha (828 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 924 person(s)
Highlighted by 611 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (537 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2896 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1038 person(s)
Highlighted by 736 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (358 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2170 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 1523 person(s)
Highlighted by 2338 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (4086 total)
Search Series for Romance (25488 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1155 person(s)
Highlighted by 933 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1600 total)
Search Series for School Life (11753 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 1084 person(s)
Highlighted by 671 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (707 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3663 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 1231 person(s)
Highlighted by 1484 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4053 total)
Search Series for Seinen (14325 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4381 person(s)
Highlighted by 1179 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (200 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2066 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2756 person(s)
Highlighted by 2520 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3407 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18357 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4446 person(s)
Highlighted by 1555 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (389 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2086 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1357 person(s)
Highlighted by 1508 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4799 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10488 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6382 person(s)
Highlighted by 2904 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1328 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (6923 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 892 person(s)
Highlighted by 765 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1151 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (7460 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2352 person(s)
Highlighted by 1706 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (457 total)
Search Series for Smut (3976 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1471 person(s)
Highlighted by 642 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (500 total)
Search Series for Sports (2611 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 991 person(s)
Highlighted by 810 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1205 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7203 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1395 person(s)
Highlighted by 644 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (222 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1746 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9698 person(s)
Highlighted by 4348 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3354 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (18900 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5394 person(s)
Highlighted by 2262 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (341 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2208 total)
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