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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1179 person(s)
Highlighted by 1243 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1725 total)
Search Series for Action (7140 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 2193 person(s)
Highlighted by 2347 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4150 total)
Search Series for Adult (26073 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 1034 person(s)
Highlighted by 908 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (662 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3492 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 1243 person(s)
Highlighted by 1506 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3177 total)
Search Series for Comedy (17585 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3304 person(s)
Highlighted by 1273 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (3409 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (19845 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 982 person(s)
Highlighted by 670 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1680 total)
Search Series for Drama (12232 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 2293 person(s)
Highlighted by 2206 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (658 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3260 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1063 person(s)
Highlighted by 1027 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1346 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (7055 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 1744 person(s)
Highlighted by 1326 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (276 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2187 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 1246 person(s)
Highlighted by 973 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (266 total)
Search Series for Harem (1671 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5089 person(s)
Highlighted by 3713 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3877 total)
Search Series for Hentai (24268 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 985 person(s)
Highlighted by 543 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (571 total)
Search Series for Historical (3031 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 1755 person(s)
Highlighted by 767 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (445 total)
Search Series for Horror (2114 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 2067 person(s)
Highlighted by 1456 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1574 total)
Search Series for Josei (7565 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4130 person(s)
Highlighted by 1360 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (308 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2843 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 1108 person(s)
Highlighted by 757 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (185 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (962 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 1321 person(s)
Highlighted by 1344 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (322 total)
Search Series for Mature (2638 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1704 person(s)
Highlighted by 517 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (199 total)
Search Series for Mecha (693 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 871 person(s)
Highlighted by 563 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (428 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2389 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 981 person(s)
Highlighted by 676 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (312 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1985 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 1428 person(s)
Highlighted by 2220 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3288 total)
Search Series for Romance (21484 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1099 person(s)
Highlighted by 899 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1314 total)
Search Series for School Life (9666 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 1029 person(s)
Highlighted by 626 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (629 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3095 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 1170 person(s)
Highlighted by 1411 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3815 total)
Search Series for Seinen (12947 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4084 person(s)
Highlighted by 1103 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (170 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1822 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2605 person(s)
Highlighted by 2391 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3189 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17466 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4182 person(s)
Highlighted by 1464 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (234 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1744 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1296 person(s)
Highlighted by 1441 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4142 total)
Search Series for Shounen (9409 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6017 person(s)
Highlighted by 2733 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (854 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (5831 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 841 person(s)
Highlighted by 716 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (852 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (6338 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2230 person(s)
Highlighted by 1609 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (263 total)
Search Series for Smut (3271 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1388 person(s)
Highlighted by 603 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (510 total)
Search Series for Sports (2422 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 925 person(s)
Highlighted by 758 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (988 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (6052 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1322 person(s)
Highlighted by 599 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (221 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1647 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9117 person(s)
Highlighted by 4097 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2328 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (15536 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5067 person(s)
Highlighted by 2139 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (252 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1817 total)
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