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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-out romantic scenes and sweet moments. The focus in this one is the romantic relationships of the characters as well as the blooming of their love with one another. You’ll often find romance manga tightly tied with the shoujo genre, but it also works pretty well with comedy, harem, and drama

When one says supernatural, then one thing or another, they’re referring to stuff or events that are odd and out-of-the-blue. For this category, supernatural might take the meaning of mythical, mystical, bizarre, or something outside the bounds of accepted reality. There’s a shadow of mystery often found in shows involved with this genre which then effectively puts the word “super” in supernatural.

The action genre in manga depicts extremely high levels of high-intensity action. More often than not, you’ll be witnessing thrilling battles and action-packed fight scenes in the shows included in this genre. Whether it makes you jump off your seat or knock your own socks off your feet, the feeling is close to those and it’s the rush and excitement of action that would make you want to do those. Overall, the action genre usually possesses lots of battle scenes, fluid animation, and highly-engaging elements that will generally make your adrenaline go rush!

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-defense, such as aikido, karate, judo, or tae kwon do, kendo, fencing, and so on and so forth.

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-over-heels over a single male character and they’re all typically inside a comedic and oftentimes even romantic situation. But it can also happen that the harem isn’t affiliated with any sort of romance but instead just for the comic relief.

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-like elements. As the term demon not only just encompasses literal demon characters, it also extends to other entities such as monsters, beasts, ghosts, and other demon-kind. Believe it or not, this category doesn’t just come hand-in-hand with the horror genre; it surprisingly blends well with the other genres as well (as proven by the huge and ever-increasing number of manga in the demons genre).

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.

Sci-Fi (short for science fiction) is a genre that showcases scientific and technological elements in its story. Machines and various kinds of technologies are staples of this genre. Most of the time, its focus is on the advancement and development of science and technology. That is why you’ll often find sci-fi combined with its complimentary genres – mecha and space.

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-fi, and action genre.

Shounen

Slice of Life

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 10-18. With that age range, the manga here are mostly idealized and well-rounded. Most of the time, shounen manga are considered general and almost always even becomes the most trending mainstream shows.

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-of-the-blue happens, but that’s its point! It’s role is to portray everyday life in a realistic light as much as possible, with nothing out of the extraordinary wrecking the premise.

One Shot

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-telling, and or perspective, writing or concepts while using the Japanese dramatic art style, writing, concepts, and story-telling. It’s intended to take the best of both worlds and create a universal blend artistic perfection.

Mystery

Drama

Adventure

Isekai

Seinen

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.

Tear-inducing and emotion-stimulating – these are basically what the drama genre does best! Drama manga tends to connect the viewers to the experiences of the characters. This results to the viewers feeling just as how the characters they are watching feels. May it be a tickle of emotion or a barrage of feelings, the dramatic scenes’ goal is to connect and touch our emotional spirit. In manga, one of the greatest sign that the drama effectively worked – is if it was able to make you cry/tear.

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-and-match with every other genre.

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 18-40. With that age range, the manga here are depicted in a more mature light and often includes much more explicit content such gore, sex, and violence.