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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1226 person(s)
Highlighted by 1290 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1880 total)
Search Series for Action (8091 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 2262 person(s)
Highlighted by 2442 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4487 total)
Search Series for Adult (27780 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 1081 person(s)
Highlighted by 949 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (703 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3891 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 1292 person(s)
Highlighted by 1544 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3693 total)
Search Series for Comedy (19745 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3419 person(s)
Highlighted by 1317 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (4678 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (22444 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1012 person(s)
Highlighted by 695 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2105 total)
Search Series for Drama (14228 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 2375 person(s)
Highlighted by 2278 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (644 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3117 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1110 person(s)
Highlighted by 1066 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1557 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (8022 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 1823 person(s)
Highlighted by 1382 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (299 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2475 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 1309 person(s)
Highlighted by 1022 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (311 total)
Search Series for Harem (2019 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5262 person(s)
Highlighted by 3835 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3980 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25298 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1015 person(s)
Highlighted by 561 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (628 total)
Search Series for Historical (3443 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 1810 person(s)
Highlighted by 812 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (497 total)
Search Series for Horror (2309 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 2151 person(s)
Highlighted by 1514 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1671 total)
Search Series for Josei (8292 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4313 person(s)
Highlighted by 1427 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (316 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2837 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 1160 person(s)
Highlighted by 790 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (181 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1035 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 1357 person(s)
Highlighted by 1388 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (380 total)
Search Series for Mature (2977 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1785 person(s)
Highlighted by 542 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (189 total)
Search Series for Mecha (789 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 904 person(s)
Highlighted by 593 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (506 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2758 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1015 person(s)
Highlighted by 713 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (346 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2105 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 1482 person(s)
Highlighted by 2301 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3746 total)
Search Series for Romance (24055 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1134 person(s)
Highlighted by 919 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1519 total)
Search Series for School Life (11190 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 1065 person(s)
Highlighted by 656 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (678 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3510 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 1209 person(s)
Highlighted by 1465 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4012 total)
Search Series for Seinen (14053 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4270 person(s)
Highlighted by 1153 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (185 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1979 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2701 person(s)
Highlighted by 2481 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3402 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18105 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4337 person(s)
Highlighted by 1529 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (356 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1978 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1333 person(s)
Highlighted by 1490 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4664 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10237 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6243 person(s)
Highlighted by 2849 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1224 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (6662 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 873 person(s)
Highlighted by 747 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1054 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (7143 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2293 person(s)
Highlighted by 1673 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (354 total)
Search Series for Smut (3621 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1445 person(s)
Highlighted by 629 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (507 total)
Search Series for Sports (2572 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 967 person(s)
Highlighted by 790 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1160 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (6815 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1370 person(s)
Highlighted by 625 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (225 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1691 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9468 person(s)
Highlighted by 4246 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3083 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (18167 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5268 person(s)
Highlighted by 2222 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (324 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2095 total)
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