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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1217 person(s)
Highlighted by 1280 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (1832 total)
Search Series for Action (7852 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 2242 person(s)
Highlighted by 2431 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4398 total)
Search Series for Adult (27443 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 1069 person(s)
Highlighted by 941 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (692 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3801 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 1280 person(s)
Highlighted by 1533 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3534 total)
Search Series for Comedy (19169 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3383 person(s)
Highlighted by 1308 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (4191 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (21839 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1006 person(s)
Highlighted by 688 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (2000 total)
Search Series for Drama (13766 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 2347 person(s)
Highlighted by 2264 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (627 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3086 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1102 person(s)
Highlighted by 1059 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1484 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (7759 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 1806 person(s)
Highlighted by 1370 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (287 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2422 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 1296 person(s)
Highlighted by 1011 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (301 total)
Search Series for Harem (1950 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 5204 person(s)
Highlighted by 3818 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3954 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25117 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1012 person(s)
Highlighted by 560 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (607 total)
Search Series for Historical (3318 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 1791 person(s)
Highlighted by 802 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (479 total)
Search Series for Horror (2245 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 2129 person(s)
Highlighted by 1503 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1644 total)
Search Series for Josei (8005 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4262 person(s)
Highlighted by 1411 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (318 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2830 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 1147 person(s)
Highlighted by 785 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (174 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1016 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 1345 person(s)
Highlighted by 1381 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (333 total)
Search Series for Mature (2863 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1759 person(s)
Highlighted by 536 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (182 total)
Search Series for Mecha (748 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 896 person(s)
Highlighted by 587 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (470 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2642 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1007 person(s)
Highlighted by 707 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (333 total)
Search Series for Psychological (2048 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 1465 person(s)
Highlighted by 2279 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3563 total)
Search Series for Romance (23274 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1125 person(s)
Highlighted by 913 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (1488 total)
Search Series for School Life (10866 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 1055 person(s)
Highlighted by 652 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (659 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3409 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 1196 person(s)
Highlighted by 1449 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (3975 total)
Search Series for Seinen (13779 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4222 person(s)
Highlighted by 1136 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (183 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1938 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2671 person(s)
Highlighted by 2460 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3308 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17834 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4299 person(s)
Highlighted by 1513 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (307 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1921 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1325 person(s)
Highlighted by 1472 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4473 total)
Search Series for Shounen (10012 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 6193 person(s)
Highlighted by 2818 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (1082 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (6462 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 866 person(s)
Highlighted by 736 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (978 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (6956 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2274 person(s)
Highlighted by 1661 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (295 total)
Search Series for Smut (3455 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1432 person(s)
Highlighted by 621 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (507 total)
Search Series for Sports (2535 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 956 person(s)
Highlighted by 786 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (1096 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (6664 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1362 person(s)
Highlighted by 624 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (215 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1663 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9385 person(s)
Highlighted by 4208 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (2723 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (17325 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5225 person(s)
Highlighted by 2204 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (299 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2038 total)
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