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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 1600 person(s)
Highlighted by 1532 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (4141 total)
Search Series for Action (14624 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 2851 person(s)
Highlighted by 2970 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (6342 total)
Search Series for Adult (33587 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 1392 person(s)
Highlighted by 1141 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2492 total)
Search Series for Adventure (8174 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 1662 person(s)
Highlighted by 1773 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (9526 total)
Search Series for Comedy (34436 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 4094 person(s)
Highlighted by 1513 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (9244 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (28183 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1322 person(s)
Highlighted by 808 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (6084 total)
Search Series for Drama (27893 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 2929 person(s)
Highlighted by 2663 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (967 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (4999 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1465 person(s)
Highlighted by 1317 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (5663 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (17930 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 2392 person(s)
Highlighted by 1601 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (552 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (3344 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 1804 person(s)
Highlighted by 1287 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (840 total)
Search Series for Harem (3932 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6388 person(s)
Highlighted by 4467 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4814 total)
Search Series for Hentai (27358 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1291 person(s)
Highlighted by 677 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1563 total)
Search Series for Historical (7105 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 2275 person(s)
Highlighted by 993 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (876 total)
Search Series for Horror (4494 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 2676 person(s)
Highlighted by 1748 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (3665 total)
Search Series for Josei (18080 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5371 person(s)
Highlighted by 1710 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (423 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (3207 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 1439 person(s)
Highlighted by 912 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (477 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (2251 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 1710 person(s)
Highlighted by 1663 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (758 total)
Search Series for Mature (5059 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2200 person(s)
Highlighted by 633 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (263 total)
Search Series for Mecha (1054 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1130 person(s)
Highlighted by 706 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1242 total)
Search Series for Mystery (5522 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1305 person(s)
Highlighted by 884 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (939 total)
Search Series for Psychological (4354 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 1972 person(s)
Highlighted by 2688 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (11011 total)
Search Series for Romance (46690 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1452 person(s)
Highlighted by 1056 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (3099 total)
Search Series for School Life (18468 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 1296 person(s)
Highlighted by 775 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1273 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (5531 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 1471 person(s)
Highlighted by 1651 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (6051 total)
Search Series for Seinen (21602 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5260 person(s)
Highlighted by 1377 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (417 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2612 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3312 person(s)
Highlighted by 2775 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (4708 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (23749 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5365 person(s)
Highlighted by 1834 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (620 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2595 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1636 person(s)
Highlighted by 1649 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4968 total)
Search Series for Shounen (16235 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7761 person(s)
Highlighted by 3341 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (2887 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (9716 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 1167 person(s)
Highlighted by 907 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (4307 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (17999 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2883 person(s)
Highlighted by 2038 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1623 total)
Search Series for Smut (10161 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1772 person(s)
Highlighted by 715 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (658 total)
Search Series for Sports (3429 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1214 person(s)
Highlighted by 929 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2688 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (12885 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1718 person(s)
Highlighted by 765 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (579 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2963 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 12023 person(s)
Highlighted by 5163 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (6665 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (27741 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6552 person(s)
Highlighted by 2680 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (705 total)
Search Series for Yuri (3140 total)