Anime genres and tags

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Proxy Battles

In these anime, protagonists use and control creatures, robots or other beings to fight on their behalf.

Psychic Powers

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.


Races are competitions of speed and skill where losing means heartache and winning means anything from fame and glory to financial riches. Using bikes, cars, spaceships, or even themselves, competitors battle it out on the streets, on a track, or in the skies to see who can finish the fastest.


In these titles, a character or narrator recaps the events of part or all of a series. Recaps are typically movies (anime) or specials, and sometimes have new animation or artwork that showcases the characters doing the narration.


Reincarnation is the concept that a person's essence continues after their body dies, and may be reborn into a new one after their lifetime. These anime focus on the theme of reincarnation, featuring characters who either have been reborn into a new life-cycle, or may be carrying the spirits of past lives as well as having their own personality.


A religion is a set of practices associated with a system of faith. Many religions have an organized structure wherein some manner of spiritual leader guides his or her community in this faith. These anime feature a strong influence from one or several real world religions, which may relate to their faith, their religious orders, or their holy scriptures.


These anime predominantly take place in a restaurant.


In these anime, a character seeks vengeance against someone or something that has done them, or someone close to them, harm. The accused offense, be it real or imaginary, can range from a world that has treated them unfairly to more personal motives such as the murder of a loved one, and is the driving force behind the character’s actions.

Reverse Harem

A reverse harem includes three or more characters who potentially show romantic interest in a female 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.


Robots are machines that can be programmed to do a human's bidding. They often have an artificial intelligence, similar to their human-like Android counterparts; depending on their programming, this intelligence can at times create conflicts against their creators' wishes. Unlike their partially human Cyborg brethren, robots are entirely mechnaical.

Rock Music

These anime are all about rock music or its related sub-genre, metal, either through appreciation for the genre or by showcasing headbanging musicians who want nothing more than to make it big.


These anime showcase the joys and hardships of falling in love, whether a schoolgirl has an unrequited crush on her senpai, a Love Triangle occurs within a group of friends, or rivals become lovers through competition or their intense passion for each other.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

These anime are directly or loosely based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel by Luo Guanzhong.


These anime were designed to feel like or parody or a role-playing game (RPG), and aren't necessarily based on a specific video game. Common themes include characters that level up, visit armories and shops to purchase equipment, use disposable items, and fight monsters.


Samurai are those who follow bushido, the classical Japanese warrior code, as a way of life, and usually hone their skill in combat to make their way in the world or perfect themselves. Characters in a Samurai anime may be in service to a liege lord, or ronin types who serve none but themselves. Common themes include service, honor, strength, and one-on-one combat or battles, often with blades.

School Club

Characters in these anime are passionate or begrudging participants in a school club. Typical themes include recruitment, day-to-day activities (be they relevant to the club's purpose or not), participating in school activities and celebrations, and going on field trips as a bonding experience for the members.

School Life

These anime showcase events that occur on a daily basis in a school, whether from the perspective of a student or of a teacher. Having fun in the classroom, attending School Clubs, spending time with friends or doing daily chores are frequent themes in these anime.


Sci Fi

Sci-fi, or science fiction, is a speculative genre which builds on imagination. Sci-fi anime ask, "what if things were different?" They explore a new world, whether it's the world of the future or past, a present Earth with a changed history, a land that was previously unknown, or another planet entirely. The genre commonly features humanity's inquisitiveness and innovation, as they grapple with new technologies, new societies, or new frontiers in Outer Space.


Seinen (青年), translated as "youth", is a demographic aimed at men from late teens to adulthood who understand kanji. Seinen manga rarely include furigana with kanji, and have a wide variety of topics and themes. Seinen is the counterpart of Josei, a demographic aimed at women.

Sexual Abuse

An act of sexual assault occurs in these anime.

Sexual Content

These anime have a mild amount of sexual content, such as light Nudity or implied/off-camera sex acts. 


Shinigami, also known as death gods, are mysterious figures that interact with the dead or the soon-to-be deparated. These beings may assist souls in passing to another world by arriving to lend a helping hand at the moment a person dies, or might maliciously divert a passing soul for their own motives. Anime with Shinigami frequently take place in the afterlife or follow a Shinigami as they complete their duties.


These anime are 1 episode long and roughly 30 minutes or less.


Shoujo (少女), translated as "young woman", is a demographic aimed at teenage girls. The most iconic and influential Shoujo character designs come from the early 20th century, where girls and boys alike were drawn with huge eyes. Shoujo is the counterpart of Shounen, a demographic aimed at boys and young men.


Yuri is a genre that depicts homosexual relationships between women. Japan typically uses this single category for all forms of these relationships, sexual or not. In the West, the term Shoujo-ai categorizes stories that focus on the emotional aspects of the relationships, while Yuri categorizes more of the sexual aspects and explicit content. As Anime-Planet's audience is mostly based in the West, we use the Western definition for both Yuri and Shoujo-ai.


Shounen (少年), translated as "young boy", is a demographic aimed at boys and young men, from elementary school age to around the age of 15. Shounen is the counterpart of Shoujo, a demographic aimed at teenage girls.


Yaoi, known as Boys' Love or BL in Japan, is a genre mostly written by women, for women, that depicts homosexual relationships between men. Japan typically uses this single category for all forms of these relationships, sexual or not. In the West, the term Shounen-ai categorizes stories that focus on the emotional aspects of the relationships, while Yaoi categorizes more of the sexual aspects and explicit content. As Anime-Planet's audience is mostly based in the West, we use the Western definition for both Yaoi and Shounen-ai. 


These anime are all about show business. Characters are involved in the industry as actors, idols, or other talents.