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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1083 person(s)
Highlighted by 1159 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1498 total)
Search Series for Action (5940 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 2076 person(s)
Highlighted by 2192 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (3432 total)
Search Series for Adult (20904 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 957 person(s)
Highlighted by 837 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (565 total)
Search Series for Adventure (2889 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 1158 person(s)
Highlighted by 1425 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (2605 total)
Search Series for Comedy (14583 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3048 person(s)
Highlighted by 1198 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (2886 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (16858 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 914 person(s)
Highlighted by 641 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1276 total)
Search Series for Drama (9958 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 2137 person(s)
Highlighted by 2070 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (609 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (2918 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 989 person(s)
Highlighted by 949 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1159 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6038 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 1605 person(s)
Highlighted by 1240 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (254 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (1908 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 1114 person(s)
Highlighted by 867 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (196 total)
Search Series for Harem (1264 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 4714 person(s)
Highlighted by 3486 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3258 total)
Search Series for Hentai (19580 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 913 person(s)
Highlighted by 497 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (481 total)
Search Series for Historical (2638 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 1611 person(s)
Highlighted by 698 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (397 total)
Search Series for Horror (1857 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 1911 person(s)
Highlighted by 1342 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1336 total)
Search Series for Josei (6442 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 3840 person(s)
Highlighted by 1269 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (242 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2306 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 1028 person(s)
Highlighted by 709 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (168 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (839 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 1240 person(s)
Highlighted by 1256 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (254 total)
Search Series for Mature (2152 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1597 person(s)
Highlighted by 476 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (169 total)
Search Series for Mecha (603 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 808 person(s)
Highlighted by 531 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (362 total)
Search Series for Mystery (1948 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 906 person(s)
Highlighted by 615 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (282 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1742 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 1321 person(s)
Highlighted by 2064 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (2852 total)
Search Series for Romance (18361 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1018 person(s)
Highlighted by 856 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1097 total)
Search Series for School Life (7971 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 953 person(s)
Highlighted by 575 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (526 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (2624 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 1095 person(s)
Highlighted by 1320 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3353 total)
Search Series for Seinen (10842 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 3780 person(s)
Highlighted by 1032 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (152 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1448 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2421 person(s)
Highlighted by 2243 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3046 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (16640 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 3857 person(s)
Highlighted by 1360 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (183 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1332 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1206 person(s)
Highlighted by 1353 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (3768 total)
Search Series for Shounen (8101 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5576 person(s)
Highlighted by 2559 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (735 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5042 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 771 person(s)
Highlighted by 662 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (665 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (4965 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2067 person(s)
Highlighted by 1495 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (219 total)
Search Series for Smut (2683 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1293 person(s)
Highlighted by 551 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (448 total)
Search Series for Sports (2012 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 856 person(s)
Highlighted by 705 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (859 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5026 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1239 person(s)
Highlighted by 554 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (221 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1596 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 8396 person(s)
Highlighted by 3786 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2076 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (13713 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 4663 person(s)
Highlighted by 1976 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (222 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1627 total)
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