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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 1590 person(s)
Highlighted by 1527 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (3803 total)
Search Series for Action (13054 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 2807 person(s)
Highlighted by 2925 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (6041 total)
Search Series for Adult (31950 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 1385 person(s)
Highlighted by 1136 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2347 total)
Search Series for Adventure (7423 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 1645 person(s)
Highlighted by 1755 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (9060 total)
Search Series for Comedy (32248 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 4045 person(s)
Highlighted by 1494 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (9025 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (27374 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1306 person(s)
Highlighted by 805 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (5601 total)
Search Series for Drama (24795 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 2890 person(s)
Highlighted by 2633 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (931 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (4856 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1441 person(s)
Highlighted by 1303 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (5001 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (15219 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 2337 person(s)
Highlighted by 1583 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (499 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (3109 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 1764 person(s)
Highlighted by 1272 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (790 total)
Search Series for Harem (3654 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6291 person(s)
Highlighted by 4412 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4610 total)
Search Series for Hentai (26323 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1273 person(s)
Highlighted by 671 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1419 total)
Search Series for Historical (6179 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 2237 person(s)
Highlighted by 984 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (831 total)
Search Series for Horror (3976 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 2619 person(s)
Highlighted by 1729 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (3487 total)
Search Series for Josei (17278 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5286 person(s)
Highlighted by 1688 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (401 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (3067 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 1418 person(s)
Highlighted by 906 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (434 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1865 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 1691 person(s)
Highlighted by 1644 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (749 total)
Search Series for Mature (4793 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2171 person(s)
Highlighted by 628 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (257 total)
Search Series for Mecha (984 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1117 person(s)
Highlighted by 702 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1161 total)
Search Series for Mystery (5034 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1285 person(s)
Highlighted by 873 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (888 total)
Search Series for Psychological (3800 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 1942 person(s)
Highlighted by 2663 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (10002 total)
Search Series for Romance (43086 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1431 person(s)
Highlighted by 1046 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2953 total)
Search Series for School Life (17424 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 1281 person(s)
Highlighted by 767 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1230 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (5148 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 1462 person(s)
Highlighted by 1641 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (5896 total)
Search Series for Seinen (20742 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5165 person(s)
Highlighted by 1357 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (406 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2453 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3261 person(s)
Highlighted by 2751 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (4459 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (22326 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5272 person(s)
Highlighted by 1804 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (582 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2418 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1625 person(s)
Highlighted by 1638 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4812 total)
Search Series for Shounen (14706 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7608 person(s)
Highlighted by 3304 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (2751 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (8860 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 1148 person(s)
Highlighted by 898 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (3981 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (16518 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2835 person(s)
Highlighted by 2004 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1453 total)
Search Series for Smut (9111 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1753 person(s)
Highlighted by 711 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (650 total)
Search Series for Sports (3267 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1199 person(s)
Highlighted by 925 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2522 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (11680 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1690 person(s)
Highlighted by 759 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (536 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2757 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 11768 person(s)
Highlighted by 5093 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (6297 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (26216 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6421 person(s)
Highlighted by 2633 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (671 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2928 total)