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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1534 person(s)
Highlighted by 1498 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (3361 total)
Search Series for Action (11652 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 2724 person(s)
Highlighted by 2867 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (5754 total)
Search Series for Adult (30475 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 1341 person(s)
Highlighted by 1110 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2211 total)
Search Series for Adventure (6633 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 1593 person(s)
Highlighted by 1728 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (8185 total)
Search Series for Comedy (29057 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3964 person(s)
Highlighted by 1481 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (8550 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (26305 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1258 person(s)
Highlighted by 793 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (4838 total)
Search Series for Drama (22080 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 2811 person(s)
Highlighted by 2587 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (929 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (4501 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1394 person(s)
Highlighted by 1273 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (4199 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (13086 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 2262 person(s)
Highlighted by 1556 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (449 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2900 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 1703 person(s)
Highlighted by 1243 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (722 total)
Search Series for Harem (3303 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6140 person(s)
Highlighted by 4345 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4442 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25399 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1239 person(s)
Highlighted by 658 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1258 total)
Search Series for Historical (5374 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 2173 person(s)
Highlighted by 959 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (767 total)
Search Series for Horror (3547 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 2564 person(s)
Highlighted by 1704 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2951 total)
Search Series for Josei (15238 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5117 person(s)
Highlighted by 1657 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (393 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2839 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 1388 person(s)
Highlighted by 894 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (402 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1631 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 1638 person(s)
Highlighted by 1609 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (701 total)
Search Series for Mature (4477 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2127 person(s)
Highlighted by 618 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (251 total)
Search Series for Mecha (948 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1086 person(s)
Highlighted by 691 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1051 total)
Search Series for Mystery (4412 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1248 person(s)
Highlighted by 854 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (851 total)
Search Series for Psychological (3457 total)
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 1864 person(s)
Highlighted by 2614 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (8372 total)
Search Series for Romance (38104 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1389 person(s)
Highlighted by 1029 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2726 total)
Search Series for School Life (16046 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 1257 person(s)
Highlighted by 758 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1146 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4740 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 1422 person(s)
Highlighted by 1619 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (5703 total)
Search Series for Seinen (19241 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5030 person(s)
Highlighted by 1332 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (388 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2315 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3200 person(s)
Highlighted by 2717 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (4016 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (20926 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5127 person(s)
Highlighted by 1765 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (565 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2260 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1576 person(s)
Highlighted by 1618 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4549 total)
Search Series for Shounen (13465 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7408 person(s)
Highlighted by 3249 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (2684 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (8068 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 1108 person(s)
Highlighted by 878 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (3486 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (14309 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2742 person(s)
Highlighted by 1953 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1105 total)
Search Series for Smut (7626 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1706 person(s)
Highlighted by 707 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (632 total)
Search Series for Sports (3075 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1169 person(s)
Highlighted by 912 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2320 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (10489 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1649 person(s)
Highlighted by 742 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (505 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2504 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 11426 person(s)
Highlighted by 4976 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (5765 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (24499 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6240 person(s)
Highlighted by 2570 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (589 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2638 total)