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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1241 person(s)
Highlighted by 1305 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1911 total)
Search Series for Action (8252 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 2279 person(s)
Highlighted by 2473 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4537 total)
Search Series for Adult (28010 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 1090 person(s)
Highlighted by 963 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (729 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3980 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 1302 person(s)
Highlighted by 1561 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3794 total)
Search Series for Comedy (20046 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3455 person(s)
Highlighted by 1329 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (4850 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (22762 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1020 person(s)
Highlighted by 697 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2168 total)
Search Series for Drama (14468 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 2397 person(s)
Highlighted by 2301 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (631 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3139 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1117 person(s)
Highlighted by 1079 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1590 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (8164 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 1836 person(s)
Highlighted by 1392 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (310 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2509 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 1321 person(s)
Highlighted by 1038 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (337 total)
Search Series for Harem (2092 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5312 person(s)
Highlighted by 3878 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3992 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25391 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1022 person(s)
Highlighted by 567 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (635 total)
Search Series for Historical (3486 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 1826 person(s)
Highlighted by 818 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (497 total)
Search Series for Horror (2336 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 2175 person(s)
Highlighted by 1531 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1703 total)
Search Series for Josei (8464 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4370 person(s)
Highlighted by 1442 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (314 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2845 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 1176 person(s)
Highlighted by 801 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (190 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1075 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 1372 person(s)
Highlighted by 1408 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (377 total)
Search Series for Mature (3052 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1809 person(s)
Highlighted by 552 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (188 total)
Search Series for Mecha (807 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 911 person(s)
Highlighted by 603 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (517 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2817 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1024 person(s)
Highlighted by 723 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (349 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2146 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 1497 person(s)
Highlighted by 2316 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3861 total)
Search Series for Romance (24553 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1141 person(s)
Highlighted by 924 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1547 total)
Search Series for School Life (11341 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 1073 person(s)
Highlighted by 668 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (692 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3568 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 1219 person(s)
Highlighted by 1475 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (4035 total)
Search Series for Seinen (14157 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4323 person(s)
Highlighted by 1166 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (189 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2004 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2721 person(s)
Highlighted by 2502 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3401 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (18217 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4386 person(s)
Highlighted by 1546 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (369 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2021 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1343 person(s)
Highlighted by 1496 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4745 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10348 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6308 person(s)
Highlighted by 2880 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1287 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (6794 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 879 person(s)
Highlighted by 753 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (1070 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (7285 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2319 person(s)
Highlighted by 1694 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (448 total)
Search Series for Smut (3882 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1457 person(s)
Highlighted by 634 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (501 total)
Search Series for Sports (2595 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 975 person(s)
Highlighted by 798 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1189 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (6952 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1383 person(s)
Highlighted by 634 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (227 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1714 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9588 person(s)
Highlighted by 4302 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (3229 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (18520 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5327 person(s)
Highlighted by 2246 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (332 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2139 total)
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