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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 1659 person(s)
Highlighted by 1597 person(s)

Search Authors for Action (5110 total)
Search Series for Action (19703 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 3031 person(s)
Highlighted by 3192 person(s)

Search Authors for Adult (8618 total)
Search Series for Adult (46782 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 1444 person(s)
Highlighted by 1185 person(s)

Search Authors for Adventure (2831 total)
Search Series for Adventure (10142 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 1714 person(s)
Highlighted by 1818 person(s)

Search Authors for Comedy (10690 total)
Search Series for Comedy (42882 total)
Doujinshi
Fan based work inspired by official anime or manga. For MangaUpdates, original works DO NOT fall under this category
Filtered by 4256 person(s)
Highlighted by 1579 person(s)

Search Authors for Doujinshi (9845 total)
Search Series for Doujinshi (33959 total)
Drama
A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
Filtered by 1372 person(s)
Highlighted by 837 person(s)

Search Authors for Drama (9982 total)
Search Series for Drama (45473 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 3060 person(s)
Highlighted by 2783 person(s)

Search Authors for Ecchi (1027 total)
Search Series for Ecchi (5900 total)
Fantasy
Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Filtered by 1519 person(s)
Highlighted by 1386 person(s)

Search Authors for Fantasy (8818 total)
Search Series for Fantasy (28983 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 2574 person(s)
Highlighted by 1677 person(s)

Search Authors for Gender Bender (562 total)
Search Series for Gender Bender (3749 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 1933 person(s)
Highlighted by 1366 person(s)

Search Authors for Harem (989 total)
Search Series for Harem (5108 total)
Hentai
Adult sexual content in an illustrated form where the FOCUS of the manga is placed on sexually graphic acts.
Filtered by 6712 person(s)
Highlighted by 4677 person(s)

Search Authors for Hentai (5599 total)
Search Series for Hentai (35324 total)
Historical
Having to do with old or ancient times.
Filtered by 1338 person(s)
Highlighted by 709 person(s)

Search Authors for Historical (1824 total)
Search Series for Historical (9622 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 2382 person(s)
Highlighted by 1053 person(s)

Search Authors for Horror (1045 total)
Search Series for Horror (5789 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 2821 person(s)
Highlighted by 1838 person(s)

Search Authors for Josei (4923 total)
Search Series for Josei (26708 total)
Lolicon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age girls.
Filtered by 5717 person(s)
Highlighted by 1833 person(s)

Search Authors for Lolicon (443 total)
Search Series for Lolicon (3798 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 1492 person(s)
Highlighted by 944 person(s)

Search Authors for Martial Arts (582 total)
Search Series for Martial Arts (3298 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 1765 person(s)
Highlighted by 1733 person(s)

Search Authors for Mature (1029 total)
Search Series for Mature (6810 total)
Mecha
A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
Filtered by 2289 person(s)
Highlighted by 668 person(s)

Search Authors for Mecha (261 total)
Search Series for Mecha (1128 total)
Mystery
Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
Filtered by 1168 person(s)
Highlighted by 734 person(s)

Search Authors for Mystery (1484 total)
Search Series for Mystery (7530 total)
Psychological
Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
Filtered by 1355 person(s)
Highlighted by 917 person(s)

Search Authors for Psychological (1107 total)
Search Series for Psychological (5689 total)
Romance
A story where the primary focus is a romantic relationship between the main protagonist and another character
Filtered by 2041 person(s)
Highlighted by 2777 person(s)

Search Authors for Romance (15721 total)
Search Series for Romance (67521 total)
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Filtered by 1496 person(s)
Highlighted by 1085 person(s)

Search Authors for School Life (3335 total)
Search Series for School Life (22336 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 1337 person(s)
Highlighted by 804 person(s)

Search Authors for Sci-fi (1370 total)
Search Series for Sci-fi (6688 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 1514 person(s)
Highlighted by 1702 person(s)

Search Authors for Seinen (6839 total)
Search Series for Seinen (26676 total)
Shotacon
Representing a sexual attraction to young or under-age boys.
Filtered by 5562 person(s)
Highlighted by 1475 person(s)

Search Authors for Shotacon (479 total)
Search Series for Shotacon (3185 total)
Shoujo
A work intended and primarily written for females. Usually involves a lot of romance and strong character development.
Filtered by 3449 person(s)
Highlighted by 2855 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo (5761 total)
Search Series for Shoujo (28904 total)
Shoujo Ai
Often synonymous with yuri, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Girl's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 5671 person(s)
Highlighted by 1947 person(s)

Search Authors for Shoujo Ai (627 total)
Search Series for Shoujo Ai (3053 total)
Shounen
A work intended and primarily written for males. These works usually involve fighting and/or violence.
Filtered by 1694 person(s)
Highlighted by 1695 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen (5535 total)
Search Series for Shounen (20961 total)
Shounen Ai
Often synonymous with yaoi, this can be thought of as somewhat less extreme. "Boy's Love", so to speak.
Filtered by 8211 person(s)
Highlighted by 3499 person(s)

Search Authors for Shounen Ai (3276 total)
Search Series for Shounen Ai (11733 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 1213 person(s)
Highlighted by 950 person(s)

Search Authors for Slice of Life (4883 total)
Search Series for Slice of Life (23286 total)
Smut
Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
Filtered by 3077 person(s)
Highlighted by 2188 person(s)

Search Authors for Smut (2317 total)
Search Series for Smut (15943 total)
Sports
As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
Filtered by 1852 person(s)
Highlighted by 748 person(s)

Search Authors for Sports (676 total)
Search Series for Sports (3954 total)
Supernatural
Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
Filtered by 1257 person(s)
Highlighted by 955 person(s)

Search Authors for Supernatural (2943 total)
Search Series for Supernatural (16208 total)
Tragedy
Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
Filtered by 1799 person(s)
Highlighted by 799 person(s)

Search Authors for Tragedy (655 total)
Search Series for Tragedy (3808 total)
Yaoi
This work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
Filtered by 12975 person(s)
Highlighted by 5498 person(s)

Search Authors for Yaoi (8628 total)
Search Series for Yaoi (35686 total)
Yuri
This work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
Filtered by 6994 person(s)
Highlighted by 2858 person(s)

Search Authors for Yuri (730 total)
Search Series for Yuri (3722 total)