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In these anime, a natural event such as an earthquake or flood causes widespread damage or loss of life.
Ninjas study the ancient art of ninjitsu. Skills include disappearing in a puff of smoke, making temporary clones, heightened physical agility and speed, stealthy movements, and precision accuracy. Bright-orange attire is optional.
These anime contain no dialogue.
Noir is a genre from the 40s and 50s that features hardboiled cynical heroes, femme fatale, and bleak, sleazy settings. These anime either take place in 40s and 50s, or are considered Neo-Noir: titles that combine elements of Noir in a modern or futuristic setting.
noitaminA is a Fuji Television programming block that was created to appeal to a wider target audience than the typical young male anime demographic.
These anime take place on or within an ocean.
Original Works are not based on any other work or influence.
The word otaku describes a person with obsessive interests, usually in the realm of anime and manga fandom. Characters in these anime may be shown visiting stores to acquire new merchandise, cosplaying as their favourite heroes or heroines, meeting and trading Doujins at fan conventions, or arguing online about works from their favourite authors or studios.
Unlike their earthbound counterparts, these anime take place in the depths of space: from planets in the outermost reaches of the galaxy, to space stations in orbit around Earth, to ships that travel the solar system, or anything in between.
A pandemic is an infectious disease that has spread throughout the population in a large region, or even the world, with disastrous consequences like widespread death or illness. These anime follow an epidemic in its infancy, or in the aftermath of a pandemic's wake, with diseases that range from pathogens found in today’s society to parasites, to mysterious zombie outbreaks and beyond.
These anime imitate well known genres, styles or characters in an exaggerated, comedic manner to poke fun at them.
A person is suddenly whisked away to a strange world - be it an alien landscape, a parallel dimension, an unfamiliar time in history, a virtual reality they can't escape from, or a number of other settings. Common themes include trying to discover how to get home, coming to terms with a new life in a new place, or political or social involvement with the local populace.
Characters in these anime suffer Physical Abuse at the hands of others, whether they’re Bullied and beat up by a classmate, struck by a relative, sexually abused, or something worse.
Picture Dramas are stories told using a sequence of still drawings with voiceovers. They sometimes include brief animation or camera panning, and are frequently included on DVD releases for anime series.
Ping Pong 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.
Yarr matey! These anime follow swashbuckling pirates as they sail the seas or skies, exploring the world, pillaging the populace, or searching for buried treasure. Not to be confused with their counterparts in the heavens, Space Pirates, or ordinary Mercenaries.
Characters in these anime are forced or choose to play in a special type of High Stakes Game: you play to win, or you die trying.
Police forces are responsible for upholding the justice of their nation and/or community. These anime follow uniformed men and women as they carry out their duties: patrolling the streets, investigating crimes or potential criminals, or keeping citizens safe, whatever the time or place.
Political issues concern people on a broad scale, and generally relate to a region's government or its relationship with other territories. These anime focus on anything from political campaigns and policies to international politics, wars and treaties.
The world was nearly wiped clean of life, whether through nuclear war, an alien invasion, a natural disaster, or a pandemic. From the ashes of the old world, some societies struggle to endure and rebuild, while others live new, agrarian lifestyles and the old days are merely legends.
Characters in these anime are destitute. Their poverty might be because of Debt, their social standing, their employment status or other reasons.
Characters in these anime must deal with a planned or unexpected pregnancy. Or, the anime showcases pregnancy themes.
These anime take place in a prison.
These anime were made for promotional purposes such as promoting a manga or novel, tourism in a certain region, or a brand of merchandise.
In these anime, protagonists use and control creatures, robots or other beings to fight on their behalf.
Psychic powers are extraordinary abilities that allow those that have them to project their mind and will onto the world. Common examples include additional or heightened senses; telekinesis, or general manipulation of physical objects; mentally projecting oneself into space or time; or manifesting physical objects from distant places or from nothing at all.
Psychological anime delve into mental or emotional states of a character in the midst of a difficult situation, letting you observe them change as tension increases. Internal monologues are a key feature, allowing narration to delve into a character's mind, revealing their innermost ideas and motivations - even as they may be driven to the brink of sanity.