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If you were an assistant for your favorite mangaka, what would you love most about the job?
Getting paid
Touching the mangaka
Being the first one to see the next chapter
Witnessing the mangaka at work
Seeing the mangaka's face
Breathing in the same air as the mangaka
Having the mangaka's phone number
Talking with the mangaka about his/her manga
Knowing the mangaka on a personal level
Being the mangaka's idea bank
Adding/refining drawing details
Cleaning artwork going out of panels
Being listed in the credits for a series
Gaining experience as an artist
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A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
Filtered by 1173 person(s)
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Search Authors for Action (1694 total)
Search Series for Action (7016 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 2188 person(s)
Highlighted by 2332 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (4128 total)
Search Series for Adult (25894 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 1031 person(s)
Highlighted by 906 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (642 total)
Search Series for Adventure (3428 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.
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Highlighted by 1502 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (3166 total)
Search Series for Comedy (17383 total)
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
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Search Authors for Doujinshi (3386 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (19664 total)
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 980 person(s)
Highlighted by 669 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (1639 total)
Search Series for Drama (12023 total)
Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
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Highlighted by 2196 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (660 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (3236 total)
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1061 person(s)
Highlighted by 1024 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (1328 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (6969 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 1734 person(s)
Highlighted by 1319 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (276 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2178 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.
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Search Authors for Harem (260 total)
Search Series for Harem (1626 total)
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
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Highlighted by 3697 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (3886 total)
Search Series for Hentai (24140 total)
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 982 person(s)
Highlighted by 542 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (569 total)
Search Series for Historical (3013 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 1746 person(s)
Highlighted by 763 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (448 total)
Search Series for Horror (2097 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 2054 person(s)
Highlighted by 1452 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (1569 total)
Search Series for Josei (7544 total)
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 4109 person(s)
Highlighted by 1353 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (312 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2831 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 1101 person(s)
Highlighted by 754 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (179 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (943 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 1318 person(s)
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Search Authors for Mature (319 total)
Search Series for Mature (2607 total)
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 1695 person(s)
Highlighted by 515 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (189 total)
Search Series for Mecha (678 total)
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 867 person(s)
Highlighted by 562 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (424 total)
Search Series for Mystery (2355 total)
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 977 person(s)
Highlighted by 674 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (315 total)
Search Series for Psychological (1959 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.
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Highlighted by 2210 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (3275 total)
Search Series for Romance (21287 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1095 person(s)
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Search Authors for School Life (1295 total)
Search Series for School Life (9536 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 1024 person(s)
Highlighted by 623 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (613 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (3029 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.
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Search Authors for Seinen (3768 total)
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Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 4059 person(s)
Highlighted by 1099 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (166 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (1800 total)
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 2592 person(s)
Highlighted by 2384 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (3179 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (17399 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 4159 person(s)
Highlighted by 1455 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (227 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (1719 total)
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1290 person(s)
Highlighted by 1436 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4150 total)
Search Series for Shounen (9318 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5985 person(s)
Highlighted by 2713 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (883 total)
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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 838 person(s)
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Search Authors for Slice of Life (846 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (6265 total)
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
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Search Authors for Smut (263 total)
Search Series for Smut (3224 total)
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
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Search Authors for Sports (508 total)
Search Series for Sports (2404 total)
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 921 person(s)
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Search Authors for Supernatural (981 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (5974 total)
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1313 person(s)
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Search Authors for Tragedy (222 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (1633 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 9059 person(s)
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Search Authors for Yaoi (2304 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (15405 total)
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 5032 person(s)
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Search Authors for Yuri (254 total)
Search Series for Yuri (1808 total)
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