Anime genres and tags

Browse all anime genres and tags, with descriptions, and a full list of all tagged anime. Comedy, action, ecchi, fantasy, romance, horror and more! Mark your favorite tags as loved or hated for personal suggestions. To filter by multiple tags at once, use the browse anime feature.


Slice of Life

Slice of life, or "nichijou" in Japanese, refers to events that occur on a daily basis such as getting ready for the day, light chores, enjoying a hobby, or preparing meals. These events differ depending on setting, but above all else are considered to be ordinary, everyday actions that don’t always follow a central plot. The related tags School Life and Work Life focus on ordinary events that take place in a school or work setting, respectively.


Soccer, also known as football, is the focus of these anime. Training and competing in Tournaments or championships are common themes in sports titles, as well as team spirit, or being an underdog who goes against the odds to succeed.

Social Media

These anime focus on the impact and utility of social media or web communities. Characters may explore online social networks, or communicate with others through instant messaging or chatrooms.

Space Opera

Space Operas take place primarily in Outer Space or across many worlds. They are known to have a large-scale sense of Adventure, Romance, complex characters and Political conflicts which often lead to epic space battles.

Space Pirates

In these titles, Space Pirates pillage and plunder spaceships throughout the galaxy, rather than sailing the seas like their swashbuckling brethren.


These anime delve into the world of competitive Sports, ranging from team-based to individual participants. From Baseball or Basketball, to track and field or combat-based sports, these works focus on the athletes and those around them who show their support.


Steampunk describes an alternate timeline based on the industrial revolution, where steam-powered technology like airships, robots and appliances are commonplace. Invention and imagination are common themes in these anime, and elaborate, mechanical devices with cogs, gears, wheels and lenses are found everywhere, even in the outfits of ordinary people.

Stop Motion Animation

Stop motion animation is a technique used on objects such as wooden dolls or clay figures. By physically moving these objects frame by frame, the items appear to move on their own.

Student-Teacher Relationship

These anime focus on a relationship - usually forbidden and taboo - between a teacher and his or her student.

Sudden Girlfriend Appearance

In these anime, a leading lady suddenly enters the protagonist’s life and often, but not always, desires to become his girlfriend or wife through any means necessary.


Suicide, the act of killing one’s self, is a central topic of these anime.

Sumo Wrestling

Sumo Wrestling 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.


Also called paranormal, supernatural events are those modern science has difficulty explaining. Supernaturally oriented titles are often steeped in folklore, myth, or Urban Legend. They may involve strange or inexplicable phenomena, Psychic Powers or emanations, and/or ghosts or other fantastic creatures. Supernatural events are those that lie at the edge of our understanding - they are easy to believe in, but difficult to prove.


Superpowers are special abilities that the majority of modern humans do not possess. Unlike skills that are studied and learned through traditional means, these abilities are inherent strengths that arise from genetic differences, random accidents, or exposure to strange phenomena. These anime often focus on combat between these individuals or against outside threats, as well as the social stigma that comes from having these powers.


Characters are threatened with danger or death from the very environment in which they live. Whether through starvation, dehydration, asphyxiation, the power of the elements, the threat of attack from deadly wildlife, or fantastic environmental circumstances, the world around the cast poses at least as much of a threat to life as does any humanoid enemy.


Swimming 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.


Anime with swordplay focus on combat between sword-wielders. Whether duels, skirmishes, battles, or wars; taking place in the past, present, or future - or even somewhere else entirely - if disputes are settled by the blade and it happens on a regular basis, swordplay is at work.


Tennis 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.


Terror is an attempt to actively cause fear in a population. This can be accomplished by bombing, disease warfare, hostage taking, or any number of other methods. Terrorists may have a specific objective, something they are expecting from the government or people they are targeting, or they may be simply intending to promote chaos in an area.


Thieves are experts in taking what belongs to others, by stealth, force, or treachery. Thieving anime may focus on the exploits of one thief, a number of rivals, or even an entire band working together.


Thrillers are characterized by tension. These anime typically set up a complex story with a variety of dangerous elements, plot twists, and possible outcomes, and attempt to resolve it in a manner that keeps the level of suspense high, keeping you guessing as to what might be coming next.

Time Travel

Time travel is the concept of moving between different points in time, usually with an invention called a time machine. The science is loosely based in theoretical physics, with quantum mechanics and wormholes as common themes. These titles either focus on the concept of time travel or include time travel, often involving a Person in a Strange World.


Tournaments are competitions on a large scale, in which many challengers or teams may take part in the hopes of winning grand acclaim or prizes. These anime feature characters who intend to succeed in one or more Tournaments, and may focus on their preparations for entry or training as well as individual matches in whatever style of competition the series favors.


Trains are a focus or a primary setting of these anime, whether they’re steam-powered, subway carriages or fantastical in nature.

Treasure Hunters

Treasure Hunters have one goal in life: to locate and acquire gold, jewels or downright rare items by any means necessary. Characters in these anime are known to travel the land or the galaxy in search of riches beyond their wildest dreams, no matter the authority figures or laws that stand in the way.


Rough and tough exterior - soft, sweet, nougaty center. A Tsundere is a character who is or appears conflicted in their affection for another, seeming either interested or apathetic, dismissive, or even vicious in turns as the circumstances change. These anime showcase Tsundere types as major characters. B-because they don’t really like that person! Baka!

Urban Legend

Urban Legends are modern folklore spread by word of mouth and passed off as true stories. These legends often serve as cautionary tales with horrific implications for the characters in these anime.


These anime showcase traditional vampires - whether they're explicitly called vampires or not - who drink blood, can't sunbathe or have a pesky sensitivity to garlic.


These anime have a mild amount of violence, such as weapon fights that result in bodily harm, deaths, or dangerous explosions.

Virtual Reality

A virtual reality is an immersive, computer-simulated environment that can be accessed using a computer, through a video game console, or even jacked into directly. These anime either take place inside a virtual reality, or might showcase a world where a virtual reality is commonplace.