Genres

  • A work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
  • 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.
  • If a character in the story goes on a trip or along that line, your best bet is that it is an adventure genre. Otherwise, it's up to your personal prejudice on this case.
  • A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
  • A work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension.
  • Possibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
  • Anything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
  • A story about playing virtual reality games or RPG or MMORPG.
  • Girls dressing up as guys, guys dressing up as girls. Guys turning into girls, girls turning into guys.
  • 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.
  • Having to do with old or ancient times.
  • A horror story is told to deliberately scare or frighten the audience, through suspense, violence or shock.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
  • Usually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
  • Paranoid fiction is works of literature that explore the subjective nature of reality and how it can be manipulated by forces in power. These forces can be external, such as a totalitarian government,... or they can be internal, such as a character's mental illness or refusal to accept the harshness of the world he or she is in.
  • Usually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
  • A story about MC reincarnated into another world or into another person.
  • 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.
  • Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
  • 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
  • In Japanese, the word 'seinen' literally means "youth". A stories that specifically targets young adult males around the ages of 18 to 25 are seinen. 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.
  • 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.
  • Deals with series that are considered profane or offensive, particularly with regards to sexual content
  • As the name suggests, anything sports related. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
  • Usually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
  • Thriller is a genre that uses suspense, tension, and excitement as its main elements. Thrillers heavily stimulate the viewer's moods, giving them a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation..., uncertainty, surprise, anxiety and terror. Films of this genre tend to be adrenaline-rushing, gritty, rousing and fast-paced.
  • Fantasy, usually involving traveling to different time or worlds.
  • Contains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
  • Wuxia which literally means "martial hero", is a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China.
  • Fantasy, usually referring to gods and immortals.