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Golf is the focus of these anime. Training and competing in tournaments or championships are common themes in sports titles, as well as being an underdog who goes against the odds to succeed.
These anime include shoot-em-up, high octane gunfights between gunslingers, be they from the Old West or the far future.
Guro, also known as Ero-guro, is a subgenre of horror that combines extreme violence with deviant sexuality. Guro titles use grotesque imagery and break taboos as a means of social commentary on the decadence of society.
Gymnastics is the focus of these anime. Training and competing in tournaments or championships are common themes in sports titles, as well as individual or team spirit, or being an underdog who goes against the odds to succeed.
Gynophobia is defined as an irrational fear of women. In these anime, characters with the disorder have extreme reactions to the women in their lives, from panicking to having an intense allergic reaction to anything in between.
A hacker is someone who seeks out and exploits weaknesses in a computer network. Hacking is a focus of these anime, either in the traditional sense, or more fantastical systems such as the human mind or dreams.
These anime showcase close-quarters combat, from Martial Arts, to Boxing, to flat out street brawling and beyond. Hand-to-hand combat includes all forms of kicks, punches, grabs, or throws, or even stranger close quarters maneuvers.
A harem includes three or more characters who potentially show romantic interest in a male protagonist. The sex, gender, or orientation of the harem members is irrelevant as long as they exclusively, or at least primarily, are vying for the affections of the same individual - who may or may not reciprocate towards one, several, or none of these romantic rivals.
These anime fully or mostly take place in the kingdom of Heaven. Angels, halos and winged deities are commonplace in these titles.
These anime fully or mostly take place in Hell. Demons, fiery landscapes and the Devil are commonplace in these titles.
Characters in these stories play a 'game' with serious consequences. Fame, fortune, power, life: any or all of these may be won or lost according to the rules of competition. The stakes and the rules may be agreed upon by parties involved, or imposed on them by an external force; either way, not following them will usually have severe consequences for the transgressor. Those who take part in the game will generally be forced to play until they win... or lose.
The setting of a historical anime takes place at some point in Earth's past. The level of dedication to portraying the lifestyles, societies, and technologies of past periods and peoples accurately or believably can vary greatly between different works.
Horror anime create an atmosphere of unease. Like a Mystery, they encourage viewers to learn more about their world... but there may secrets that are better left unexplored. Through eerie music and sounds, visceral or disturbing imagery, or startling moments, works of Horror make you worry about what gruesome thing is coming next.
Ice Skating or Figure Skating is the focus of these anime. Training and competing in tournaments or championships are common themes in sports titles, as well as individual or team spirit, or being an underdog who goes against the odds to succeed.
Idols are heavily promoted multimedia stars. In Japan, they are adored by the masses and frequently perform at concerts or events; however, the idol industry is both competitive and harsh, and many involved have short-lived careers. These anime showcase all there is about the profession, from training, to being scouted by talent agents, to management and production.
These anime feature characters who struggle with a debilitating health condition, whether they're diagnosed with a terminal illness, a mental health issue, or a lifelong condition that impacts their way of life.
Insects are the primary component of these anime, whether they're giant, man-eating monsters or household pests of another variety.
The Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition is a short film series by Studio Khara and Dwango. The project aims to showcase original animations, promotional films and music videos by a variety of directors and other staff.
The Japanese Anime Classic Collection is a set of four DVDs containing 55 anime shorts from the 1920s and 1930s, often considered to be the golden age of Japanese silent films. For more information or to buy the box set, see the product on Amazon.
Japanese mythology refers to any number of stories involving kami (deities or spirits), oni (ogres), and/or youkai (fey-like creatures). Anime commonly include ideas based on the creation myth, featuring Amaterasu, Susano-o, Izanagi and Izanami; tales of incredible beasts such as the serpentine Orochimaru; or stories of mortal deities or folk heroes like Momotarou.
Josei (女性), translated as "woman", is a demographic aimed at women from late teens through adulthood. These titles tend to be more mature, often focusing on realistic situations such as work life or romance. Josei is the counterpart of Seinen, a demographic aimed at older teens and men.
These anime are directly or loosely based on the Journey to the West novel by Wu Cheng'en.
Kendo is the focus of these anime. Training and competing in tournaments or championships are common themes in sports titles, as well as individual or team spirit, or being an underdog who goes against the odds to succeed.
These anime feature a kidnapping as the central plot, whether it's carried out during the anime, or characters must deal with the aftermath of a kidnapping.
These anime have an LGBT theme as a strong focus. Examples include gender or gender identity themes; an LGBT relationship as a primary focus; or an LGBT character as a protagonist, especially if their gender or sexual orientation is showcased as a back story or plot point. Read more about how we tag LBGT-related content on Anime-Planet.
A love triangle is a set of interconnected romantic relationships between three people. These anime focus on the trials and tribulations of characters who may at first be in love, uninterested, or completely oblivious, as they untangle their feelings, make their choices, and try to win the heart of their beloved. More complex sets of relationships involving more than three people, sometimes called love polygons, may also be included.
Magic is the use of gestures, incantations, or rituals to harness some kind of supernatural power. Characters in Magic anime tend to go by titles such as witch, wizard, mage, or sorcerer, and may be occupied with learning to harness these abilities or with finding magical relics or battling against strange entities... or other magic users.
These anime feature young, generally school-aged girls as defenders of love, life, and justice. They typically stumble upon the source of a magical power, or are granted one by allies that are aware of evil forces on the rise. Often by using a special item or with the help of a magical familiar, these characters are able to transform into an alter-ego ready to cause mischief or fight their foes.