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Action
A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1083 person(s)
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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 2080 person(s)
Highlighted by 2197 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (3433 total)
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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 958 person(s)
Highlighted by 837 person(s)

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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.
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Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
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Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 915 person(s)
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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 2139 person(s)
Highlighted by 2070 person(s)

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Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 990 person(s)
Highlighted by 949 person(s)

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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 1607 person(s)
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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.
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Highlighted by 868 person(s)

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Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 4718 person(s)
Highlighted by 3490 person(s)

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Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 914 person(s)
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Search Series for Historical (2640 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 1614 person(s)
Highlighted by 699 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (397 total)
Search Series for Horror (1862 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 1914 person(s)
Highlighted by 1342 person(s)

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Search Series for Josei (6449 total)
 
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 3847 person(s)
Highlighted by 1272 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (246 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2358 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 1029 person(s)
Highlighted by 709 person(s)

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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 1241 person(s)
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Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1600 person(s)
Highlighted by 477 person(s)

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Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 807 person(s)
Highlighted by 531 person(s)

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Search Series for Mystery (1951 total)
 
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 907 person(s)
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Search Series for Psychological (1749 total)
 
Romance
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 1323 person(s)
Highlighted by 2066 person(s)

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School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1021 person(s)
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Search Series for School Life (7981 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 955 person(s)
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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 1097 person(s)
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Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 3787 person(s)
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Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2424 person(s)
Highlighted by 2245 person(s)

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Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 3864 person(s)
Highlighted by 1363 person(s)

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Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1206 person(s)
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Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5589 person(s)
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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 774 person(s)
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Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2070 person(s)
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Search Series for Smut (2690 total)
 
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1294 person(s)
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Search Series for Sports (2015 total)
 
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 856 person(s)
Highlighted by 706 person(s)

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Search Series for Supernatural (5043 total)
 
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1240 person(s)
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Search Series for Tragedy (1600 total)
 
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 8415 person(s)
Highlighted by 3790 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2081 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (13735 total)
 
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 4671 person(s)
Highlighted by 1978 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (220 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1628 total)
 
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