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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1330 person(s)
Highlighted by 1359 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2451 total)
Search Series for Action (9305 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 2405 person(s)
Highlighted by 2566 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4842 total)
Search Series for Adult (29610 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 1165 person(s)
Highlighted by 1007 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (1143 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4592 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 1399 person(s)
Highlighted by 1606 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (5057 total)
Search Series for Comedy (22511 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3591 person(s)
Highlighted by 1367 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6407 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (24801 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1090 person(s)
Highlighted by 721 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2724 total)
Search Series for Drama (16114 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 2507 person(s)
Highlighted by 2369 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (730 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3460 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1206 person(s)
Highlighted by 1134 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (2389 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (9398 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 1933 person(s)
Highlighted by 1437 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (396 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2688 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 1422 person(s)
Highlighted by 1091 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (525 total)
Search Series for Harem (2493 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5514 person(s)
Highlighted by 3989 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4097 total)
Search Series for Hentai (26213 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1090 person(s)
Highlighted by 593 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (788 total)
Search Series for Historical (3929 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 1903 person(s)
Highlighted by 847 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (550 total)
Search Series for Horror (2526 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 2249 person(s)
Highlighted by 1578 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1957 total)
Search Series for Josei (10252 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4550 person(s)
Highlighted by 1492 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (316 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2919 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 1240 person(s)
Highlighted by 826 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (315 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1279 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 1450 person(s)
Highlighted by 1453 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (496 total)
Search Series for Mature (3622 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1900 person(s)
Highlighted by 571 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (216 total)
Search Series for Mecha (869 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 968 person(s)
Highlighted by 627 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (642 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3160 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1102 person(s)
Highlighted by 765 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (373 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2334 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 1605 person(s)
Highlighted by 2394 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (4981 total)
Search Series for Romance (28324 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1218 person(s)
Highlighted by 958 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1900 total)
Search Series for School Life (12947 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 1131 person(s)
Highlighted by 688 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (817 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3886 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 1284 person(s)
Highlighted by 1516 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4381 total)
Search Series for Seinen (15159 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4516 person(s)
Highlighted by 1209 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (242 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2174 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2845 person(s)
Highlighted by 2567 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3698 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (19092 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4579 person(s)
Highlighted by 1596 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (489 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2271 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1410 person(s)
Highlighted by 1532 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (5454 total)
Search Series for Shounen (11143 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6576 person(s)
Highlighted by 2970 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1795 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7476 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 950 person(s)
Highlighted by 785 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1610 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (8654 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2436 person(s)
Highlighted by 1756 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (537 total)
Search Series for Smut (4775 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1530 person(s)
Highlighted by 656 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (537 total)
Search Series for Sports (2738 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1042 person(s)
Highlighted by 834 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1650 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (7959 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1456 person(s)
Highlighted by 661 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (285 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1879 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9990 person(s)
Highlighted by 4471 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3929 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (20535 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5552 person(s)
Highlighted by 2312 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (432 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2423 total)
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