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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 1562 person(s)
Highlighted by 1512 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (3599 total)
Search Series for Action (12293 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 2755 person(s)
Highlighted by 2899 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (5913 total)
Search Series for Adult (31197 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 1362 person(s)
Highlighted by 1121 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2270 total)
Search Series for Adventure (6926 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 1613 person(s)
Highlighted by 1735 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (8569 total)
Search Series for Comedy (30431 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 3988 person(s)
Highlighted by 1486 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (8724 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (26862 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1276 person(s)
Highlighted by 797 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (5215 total)
Search Series for Drama (23411 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 2845 person(s)
Highlighted by 2605 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (926 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (4650 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1412 person(s)
Highlighted by 1282 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (4602 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (13992 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 2290 person(s)
Highlighted by 1564 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (477 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (2982 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 1729 person(s)
Highlighted by 1254 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (779 total)
Search Series for Harem (3482 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6205 person(s)
Highlighted by 4372 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (4521 total)
Search Series for Hentai (25817 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1251 person(s)
Highlighted by 663 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1323 total)
Search Series for Historical (5649 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 2198 person(s)
Highlighted by 969 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (795 total)
Search Series for Horror (3742 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 2587 person(s)
Highlighted by 1714 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (3272 total)
Search Series for Josei (16237 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5188 person(s)
Highlighted by 1668 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (402 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (2972 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 1401 person(s)
Highlighted by 902 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (411 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (1701 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 1657 person(s)
Highlighted by 1624 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (731 total)
Search Series for Mature (4642 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2143 person(s)
Highlighted by 624 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (256 total)
Search Series for Mecha (965 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1098 person(s)
Highlighted by 696 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1087 total)
Search Series for Mystery (4665 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1261 person(s)
Highlighted by 861 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (865 total)
Search Series for Psychological (3606 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 1895 person(s)
Highlighted by 2634 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (9115 total)
Search Series for Romance (40514 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1403 person(s)
Highlighted by 1036 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (2855 total)
Search Series for School Life (16796 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 1266 person(s)
Highlighted by 763 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1175 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (4922 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 1439 person(s)
Highlighted by 1626 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (5809 total)
Search Series for Seinen (19841 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5092 person(s)
Highlighted by 1343 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (407 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (2389 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3224 person(s)
Highlighted by 2733 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (4213 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (21575 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5185 person(s)
Highlighted by 1778 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (592 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (2337 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1595 person(s)
Highlighted by 1629 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (4709 total)
Search Series for Shounen (14023 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 7485 person(s)
Highlighted by 3272 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (2659 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (8343 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 1122 person(s)
Highlighted by 888 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (3698 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (15253 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 2783 person(s)
Highlighted by 1971 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (1332 total)
Search Series for Smut (8572 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1727 person(s)
Highlighted by 711 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (645 total)
Search Series for Sports (3155 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1179 person(s)
Highlighted by 917 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2435 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (10967 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1666 person(s)
Highlighted by 748 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (513 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (2636 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 11563 person(s)
Highlighted by 5028 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (6037 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (25422 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6313 person(s)
Highlighted by 2596 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (650 total)
Search Series for Yuri (2770 total)