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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1279 person(s)
Highlighted by 1329 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2235 total)
Search Series for Action (8783 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 2328 person(s)
Highlighted by 2516 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4662 total)
Search Series for Adult (28693 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 1122 person(s)
Highlighted by 981 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (972 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4297 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 1338 person(s)
Highlighted by 1582 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (4455 total)
Search Series for Comedy (21000 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3516 person(s)
Highlighted by 1347 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (5849 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (23767 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1049 person(s)
Highlighted by 707 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2408 total)
Search Series for Drama (15088 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 2442 person(s)
Highlighted by 2332 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (693 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3307 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1149 person(s)
Highlighted by 1101 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (2005 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (8761 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 1877 person(s)
Highlighted by 1411 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (344 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2608 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 1375 person(s)
Highlighted by 1067 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (452 total)
Search Series for Harem (2343 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5408 person(s)
Highlighted by 3932 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4033 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25801 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1048 person(s)
Highlighted by 581 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (678 total)
Search Series for Historical (3648 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 1858 person(s)
Highlighted by 825 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (531 total)
Search Series for Horror (2406 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 2207 person(s)
Highlighted by 1553 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1806 total)
Search Series for Josei (9129 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4467 person(s)
Highlighted by 1465 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (318 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2891 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 1206 person(s)
Highlighted by 816 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (260 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1192 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 1405 person(s)
Highlighted by 1421 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (463 total)
Search Series for Mature (3316 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1850 person(s)
Highlighted by 560 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (198 total)
Search Series for Mecha (840 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 938 person(s)
Highlighted by 616 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (582 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2948 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1057 person(s)
Highlighted by 742 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (377 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2217 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 1541 person(s)
Highlighted by 2350 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (4412 total)
Search Series for Romance (25958 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1170 person(s)
Highlighted by 937 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1702 total)
Search Series for School Life (11995 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 1095 person(s)
Highlighted by 675 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (755 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3709 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 1242 person(s)
Highlighted by 1494 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4140 total)
Search Series for Seinen (14477 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4422 person(s)
Highlighted by 1190 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (211 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2106 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2780 person(s)
Highlighted by 2532 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3509 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18497 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4484 person(s)
Highlighted by 1565 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (432 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2109 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1370 person(s)
Highlighted by 1519 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (5045 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10608 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6434 person(s)
Highlighted by 2917 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1493 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7089 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 904 person(s)
Highlighted by 771 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1224 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (7602 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2374 person(s)
Highlighted by 1722 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (474 total)
Search Series for Smut (4067 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1488 person(s)
Highlighted by 647 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (509 total)
Search Series for Sports (2646 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1001 person(s)
Highlighted by 816 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1313 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7344 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1415 person(s)
Highlighted by 649 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (245 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1797 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9774 person(s)
Highlighted by 4371 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3577 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (19488 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5439 person(s)
Highlighted by 2275 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (375 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2285 total)
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