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Genres

Welcome to the Genre page.

Here you can see how Baka-Updates - Manga defines each genre. You can also see other statistics such as how many people filter or highlight each specific genre.

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Action
A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1434 person(s)
Highlighted by 1435 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (2810 total)
Search Series for Action (9507 total)
Adult
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 2532 person(s)
Highlighted by 2718 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (5185 total)
Search Series for Adult (27595 total)
Adventure
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 1253 person(s)
Highlighted by 1068 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (1457 total)
Search Series for Adventure (4686 total)
Comedy
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 1498 person(s)
Highlighted by 1676 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (5965 total)
Search Series for Comedy (23136 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3788 person(s)
Highlighted by 1420 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (6631 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (23635 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1166 person(s)
Highlighted by 761 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (3258 total)
Search Series for Drama (17124 total)
Ecchi
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
Filtered by 2666 person(s)
Highlighted by 2485 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (811 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3613 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1291 person(s)
Highlighted by 1203 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (3040 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (9776 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 2083 person(s)
Highlighted by 1508 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (441 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2607 total)
Harem
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 1557 person(s)
Highlighted by 1178 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (604 total)
Search Series for Harem (2683 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5836 person(s)
Highlighted by 4166 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4257 total)
Search Series for Hentai (23770 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1164 person(s)
Highlighted by 636 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (915 total)
Search Series for Historical (4204 total)
Horror
A painful emotion of fear, dread, and abhorrence; a shuddering with terror and detestation; the feeling inspired by something frightful and shocking.
Filtered by 2047 person(s)
Highlighted by 913 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (657 total)
Search Series for Horror (2588 total)
Josei
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 2405 person(s)
Highlighted by 1652 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (2312 total)
Search Series for Josei (12082 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4852 person(s)
Highlighted by 1583 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (375 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2643 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 1322 person(s)
Highlighted by 865 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (347 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1268 total)
Mature
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 1539 person(s)
Highlighted by 1538 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (557 total)
Search Series for Mature (3702 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2026 person(s)
Highlighted by 601 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (220 total)
Search Series for Mecha (855 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1021 person(s)
Highlighted by 663 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (785 total)
Search Series for Mystery (3398 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1175 person(s)
Highlighted by 815 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (464 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2395 total)
Romance
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 1728 person(s)
Highlighted by 2517 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (5857 total)
Search Series for Romance (30186 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1306 person(s)
Highlighted by 1003 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2212 total)
Search Series for School Life (13212 total)
Sci-fi
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 1195 person(s)
Highlighted by 733 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (955 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3957 total)
Seinen
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 1349 person(s)
Highlighted by 1581 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4768 total)
Search Series for Seinen (16204 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4780 person(s)
Highlighted by 1272 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (295 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1934 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3018 person(s)
Highlighted by 2671 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3444 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18411 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4867 person(s)
Highlighted by 1690 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (534 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2101 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1495 person(s)
Highlighted by 1585 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (3977 total)
Search Series for Shounen (11296 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7024 person(s)
Highlighted by 3111 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1873 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (7098 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 1024 person(s)
Highlighted by 836 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (2221 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (10086 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2595 person(s)
Highlighted by 1840 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (633 total)
Search Series for Smut (5011 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1629 person(s)
Highlighted by 685 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (589 total)
Search Series for Sports (2784 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1108 person(s)
Highlighted by 877 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1975 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (8374 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1556 person(s)
Highlighted by 702 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (337 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1888 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 10738 person(s)
Highlighted by 4719 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (4632 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (20509 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5914 person(s)
Highlighted by 2456 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (488 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2273 total)