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The main purpose of the comedy genre is…you got it…to make you laugh! If it fails to make you laugh or at least make you giggle, then it’s a failure. But then again, humor can depend on each and everyone’s perspective. Funny moments, hilarious scenes, wacky dialogues, comical happenings – all of these are covered by the comedy genre in manga!
The word ecchi comes from the sound of “H” in the word hentai, which in turn means “pervert” in Japanese. Having that said, this genre is generally accepted as a category full of slight sexual scenes (mild enough to be viewed by the general audience) and scenarios derived from sexual innuendoes. It’s a fact that ecchi manga shows are taking an upswing nowadays as more and more titles are produced every season as if it’s becoming the trend. More often than not, ecchi is paired up with comedy as both compliments each other well, which in turn serves as a buffer that prevents the manga from crossing the line and delving into much deeper inappropriateness.
Romance is all about love and sweet moments. Manga involved with this genre often have the skill to tug everyone’s heartstrings with the laid-
When one says supernatural, then one thing or another, they’re referring to stuff or events that are odd and out-
The action genre in manga depicts extremely high levels of high-
The fantasy genre in manga primarily deals with fantasy worlds and surreal events and places. Most of the time, the setting is in a magical fantasy world where the characters starts an adventure or sometimes get sent to from the real world. Magic is oftentimes a component of this genre, and various mystical elements serve as the building blocks of the story. You’ll often know it’s a fantasy manga show you’re watching if the environment and atmosphere seems so dazzling and dreamlike that it’ll make you feel captivated and allured.
As the name suggests, anything martial arts related. Any of several arts of combat or self-
If you see a male character surrounded by multiple female characters gearing towards an awkward love situation, then you’re probably reading a manga of the harem genre. Usually, it’s more than two female characters head-
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.
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.
Originally just a theme, the demons genre rose to its ranks because of the rising fame of demon characters and other demon-
While school is originally just a setting, there are countless of manga that uses it as such, warranting it to become a successful genre. School life manga are shows that are set in a school setting. It’s the school which is the most important factor for this genre. So, if the school is the primary setting of the story (or even secondary), then it’s a school life manga.
Mecha stands for mechanical (in this case, mechanical units or robots). You’ll never see a mecha manga without a robot or mechanical suit/object in it. That’s the most important element of it. And while this genre is rising in fame as the days go by, it almost always uses a standard formula to carry the plot. As a general trend, mecha is often seen alongside the military, sci-
Shounen is actually a demographic but is also considered as a general genre in manga. It’s a genre that specifically targets male viewers around the age range of 10-
When one says slice of life, that means – mundane good ol’ life. Stories depicted in this genre are realistically set in the domain of real life. Nothing out-
One Shot" is a manga term that denotes series that are short, usually consisting of just one chapter. They are perfect for when you are looking for a quick read that has a start and an end, and do not want to be stuck in the middle of a story waiting for the next chapter to be released.
This term is used to define a fusion of American story-
If there’s one thing that’s similar in all mystery manga, that is the existence of a central mystery. Whether it’s an event, a place, of an item – if there’s some sort of mystery surrounding it, then it can readily be classified in the ranks of mystery manga. The most popular manga in the mystery genre are the ones with detectives and gumshoes in them. But generally, if there’s something strange or even a mundane thing that requires getting deeper to get to the root of it, then there’s mystery in it.
Adventure as it stands by itself is about traveling and undertaking an adventure in a certain place or around the world (which may sometimes escalate to the whole universe or even to the other dimensions). In this genre, the main characters don’t usually stay in one place, but instead, ventures into several different places usually with a goal in mind (e.g. searching for treasure, exploring some new place, defeating a heinous villain, saving the world, etc.). Adventure manga are so broad andflexible that these shows usually can stretch to hundreds of chapters as well as mix-
Isekai translates to "another world." This genre typically has a narrative where a protagonist somehow gets transported to a different world. The new world is more often than not in a fantasy setting, occasionally with traits pulled from JRPG games
Seinen is actually a demographic but is also considered as a general genre in manga. It’s a genre that specifically targets male viewers around the age range of 18-
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