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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1412 person(s)
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Search Authors for Action (2729 total)
Search Series for Action (10540 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 2503 person(s)
Highlighted by 2679 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4981 total)
Search Series for Adult (30756 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 1232 person(s)
Highlighted by 1055 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (1390 total)
Search Series for Adventure (5376 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 1479 person(s)
Highlighted by 1661 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (5666 total)
Search Series for Comedy (24895 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
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Highlighted by 1412 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6538 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (25584 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1153 person(s)
Highlighted by 753 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (3075 total)
Search Series for Drama (18007 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 2626 person(s)
Highlighted by 2463 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (764 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3826 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1273 person(s)
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Search Authors for Fantasy (2822 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (10832 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 2042 person(s)
Highlighted by 1498 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (424 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2875 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 1525 person(s)
Highlighted by 1160 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (584 total)
Search Series for Harem (2828 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5770 person(s)
Highlighted by 4134 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4117 total)
Search Series for Hentai (26936 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1146 person(s)
Highlighted by 620 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (884 total)
Search Series for Historical (4501 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 2010 person(s)
Highlighted by 894 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (630 total)
Search Series for Horror (2840 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 2374 person(s)
Highlighted by 1631 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2276 total)
Search Series for Josei (12275 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4787 person(s)
Highlighted by 1564 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (323 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (3015 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 1301 person(s)
Highlighted by 856 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (338 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1511 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 1515 person(s)
Highlighted by 1518 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (525 total)
Search Series for Mature (4059 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1999 person(s)
Highlighted by 593 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (212 total)
Search Series for Mecha (928 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1010 person(s)
Highlighted by 657 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (743 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3626 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1155 person(s)
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Search Authors for Psychological (425 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2613 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 1706 person(s)
Highlighted by 2491 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (5675 total)
Search Series for Romance (32291 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1289 person(s)
Highlighted by 989 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2101 total)
Search Series for School Life (14287 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 1176 person(s)
Highlighted by 721 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (894 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4292 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 1335 person(s)
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Search Authors for Seinen (4633 total)
Search Series for Seinen (16790 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4723 person(s)
Highlighted by 1257 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (244 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2277 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2981 person(s)
Highlighted by 2646 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3859 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (20063 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4802 person(s)
Highlighted by 1668 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (515 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2471 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1473 person(s)
Highlighted by 1570 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (5746 total)
Search Series for Shounen (12274 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6935 person(s)
Highlighted by 3071 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1856 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7902 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 1005 person(s)
Highlighted by 827 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (2065 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (10453 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2564 person(s)
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Search Authors for Smut (599 total)
Search Series for Smut (5403 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
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Search Authors for Sports (563 total)
Search Series for Sports (2947 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1094 person(s)
Highlighted by 868 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1850 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (9141 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1531 person(s)
Highlighted by 692 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (291 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2112 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 10588 person(s)
Highlighted by 4661 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (4348 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (22551 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5834 person(s)
Highlighted by 2428 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (451 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2559 total)
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