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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 1518 person(s)
Highlighted by 1487 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (3275 total)
Search Series for Action (11276 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 2687 person(s)
Highlighted by 2844 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (5649 total)
Search Series for Adult (30010 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 1324 person(s)
Highlighted by 1099 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2172 total)
Search Series for Adventure (6424 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 1573 person(s)
Highlighted by 1717 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (7655 total)
Search Series for Comedy (28075 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3937 person(s)
Highlighted by 1473 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (8480 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (25983 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1235 person(s)
Highlighted by 784 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (4633 total)
Search Series for Drama (21325 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 2791 person(s)
Highlighted by 2571 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (906 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (4361 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1374 person(s)
Highlighted by 1260 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (4048 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (12578 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 2230 person(s)
Highlighted by 1545 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (450 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2859 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 1678 person(s)
Highlighted by 1234 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (691 total)
Search Series for Harem (3197 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6102 person(s)
Highlighted by 4320 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4393 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25147 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1223 person(s)
Highlighted by 652 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1220 total)
Search Series for Historical (5151 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 2153 person(s)
Highlighted by 950 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (751 total)
Search Series for Horror (3411 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 2533 person(s)
Highlighted by 1695 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2876 total)
Search Series for Josei (14704 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5080 person(s)
Highlighted by 1644 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (393 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2822 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 1377 person(s)
Highlighted by 887 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (401 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1567 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 1614 person(s)
Highlighted by 1597 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (681 total)
Search Series for Mature (4326 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2114 person(s)
Highlighted by 614 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (252 total)
Search Series for Mecha (933 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1072 person(s)
Highlighted by 683 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1017 total)
Search Series for Mystery (4232 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1230 person(s)
Highlighted by 846 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (826 total)
Search Series for Psychological (3322 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 1836 person(s)
Highlighted by 2596 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (7808 total)
Search Series for Romance (36089 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1373 person(s)
Highlighted by 1024 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2679 total)
Search Series for School Life (15629 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 1244 person(s)
Highlighted by 752 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1133 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4617 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 1406 person(s)
Highlighted by 1609 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (5677 total)
Search Series for Seinen (18868 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4987 person(s)
Highlighted by 1323 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (379 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2244 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3172 person(s)
Highlighted by 2706 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3930 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (20364 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5094 person(s)
Highlighted by 1756 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (539 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2175 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1564 person(s)
Highlighted by 1611 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4464 total)
Search Series for Shounen (13114 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7355 person(s)
Highlighted by 3224 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (2207 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7708 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 1086 person(s)
Highlighted by 869 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (3353 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (13716 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2721 person(s)
Highlighted by 1941 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1039 total)
Search Series for Smut (7283 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1691 person(s)
Highlighted by 701 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (624 total)
Search Series for Sports (3008 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1158 person(s)
Highlighted by 903 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2276 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (10109 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1632 person(s)
Highlighted by 736 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (481 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2414 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 11325 person(s)
Highlighted by 4941 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (6032 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (24178 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6194 person(s)
Highlighted by 2562 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (601 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2573 total)