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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 1544 person(s)
Highlighted by 1499 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (3431 total)
Search Series for Action (11859 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 2734 person(s)
Highlighted by 2870 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (5785 total)
Search Series for Adult (30618 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 1347 person(s)
Highlighted by 1112 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2232 total)
Search Series for Adventure (6742 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 1598 person(s)
Highlighted by 1730 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (8299 total)
Search Series for Comedy (29414 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3967 person(s)
Highlighted by 1481 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (8581 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (26447 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1264 person(s)
Highlighted by 795 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (4942 total)
Search Series for Drama (22452 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 2820 person(s)
Highlighted by 2588 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (933 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (4538 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1400 person(s)
Highlighted by 1275 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (4306 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (13383 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 2270 person(s)
Highlighted by 1556 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (463 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2924 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 1710 person(s)
Highlighted by 1245 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (732 total)
Search Series for Harem (3360 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6155 person(s)
Highlighted by 4347 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4453 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25487 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1243 person(s)
Highlighted by 659 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1272 total)
Search Series for Historical (5436 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 2177 person(s)
Highlighted by 961 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (777 total)
Search Series for Horror (3628 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 2570 person(s)
Highlighted by 1704 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (3014 total)
Search Series for Josei (15424 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5129 person(s)
Highlighted by 1656 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (394 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2875 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 1393 person(s)
Highlighted by 895 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (404 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1650 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 1643 person(s)
Highlighted by 1613 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (714 total)
Search Series for Mature (4526 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2130 person(s)
Highlighted by 619 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (254 total)
Search Series for Mecha (952 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1091 person(s)
Highlighted by 693 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1068 total)
Search Series for Mystery (4505 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1252 person(s)
Highlighted by 856 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (860 total)
Search Series for Psychological (3486 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 1873 person(s)
Highlighted by 2621 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (8584 total)
Search Series for Romance (38718 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1394 person(s)
Highlighted by 1031 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2763 total)
Search Series for School Life (16266 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 1260 person(s)
Highlighted by 759 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1157 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4797 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 1427 person(s)
Highlighted by 1621 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (5739 total)
Search Series for Seinen (19365 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5043 person(s)
Highlighted by 1332 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (399 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2327 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3202 person(s)
Highlighted by 2719 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (4090 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (21177 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5140 person(s)
Highlighted by 1771 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (575 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2289 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1583 person(s)
Highlighted by 1622 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4555 total)
Search Series for Shounen (13545 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7423 person(s)
Highlighted by 3252 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (2698 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (8170 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 1114 person(s)
Highlighted by 882 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (3564 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (14570 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2756 person(s)
Highlighted by 1959 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1157 total)
Search Series for Smut (7718 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1712 person(s)
Highlighted by 707 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (636 total)
Search Series for Sports (3090 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1173 person(s)
Highlighted by 913 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2335 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (10601 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1652 person(s)
Highlighted by 741 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (508 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2537 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 11458 person(s)
Highlighted by 4985 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (5814 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (24649 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6261 person(s)
Highlighted by 2578 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (602 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2669 total)