Anime genres and tags

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These anime feature characters created by Sanrio, a company that creates adorable Japanese products and franchises. Famous examples include Hello Kitty, Gudetama, and Keroppi.


These anime feature characters created by San-X, a Japanese stationary company that creates adorable products and franchises. Unlike Sanrio, San-X's characters are often quirky or bizarre, such as a zombie rabbit, a dog with an afro, or a family made of cheese. Famous examples of more traditional characters include Tarepanda, Sumikko Gurashi, and Rilakkuma.


These comedy anime are parodies that use irony, humor, and exaggerations to criticize or mock culture, politics, or other topical issues.


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.


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, 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.


These anime feature scuba diving: a professional or recreational activity where a person dives underwater using special equipment with a self-contained air supply.


Characters in these anime have a secret identity: they live a double life. Examples include Thievesmasked superheroes, and magical girls.


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.


These anime contain scenes of self-harm: the act of purposely cutting, burning, maiming, or otherwise injuring oneself.


These anime focus on a relationship between students who are in different grade levels. Upperclassmen are known as "senpai" (先輩), while underclassmen are referred to as "kouhai" (後輩). Notice me, senpai! 


Sentai is a sub-genre of Tokusatsu that is based on, or inspired by, the Super Sentai live-action franchise by Toei. Typically, these anime star a group of three or more costumed Superheroes who work together in a squadron to defeat evil or battle Kaijuu, and frequently pilot one or more robotic vehicles.


These anime feature living, sentient Mecha that don't have a pilot. They might be Transforming Mecha or Combining Mecha.


A serial killer is a person who commits a series of murders, often with a predictable pattern or with a specific motive, such as holding a grudge, or even promoting their own twisted sense of vigilante justice. Serial killers are the focus of these anime. Typical themes include psychological cat and mouse games with police, calling cards, and the process of unmasking the killer.


An act of sexual assault occurs in these anime.


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


These anime are directly or loosely based on the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


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 primarily take place onboard a ship that sails the seas. The craft might be a cruise ship, a freighter, or a military vessel.


These anime have episode lengths of 12 minutes or less. Anime with a single, short episode are tagged Shorts instead.


These anime are 1 episode long and have a duration of roughly 30 minutes or less. Anime with multiple, short episodes are tagged with Short Episodes instead.


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.


These anime are categorized as Shounen-ai. 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, such as Smut or explicit content. As Anime-Planet's audience is mostly based in the West, we use the Western definition for both Yaoi and Shounen-ai. See BL for a list of both titles.


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


These anime showcase siblings that live together, work together, or travel together to accomplish a common goal. The siblings' relationship or bond is the primary focus of these anime.


These anime feature characters who are the sole caregivers of a child. They might be the biological parent, an adopted parent, or simply a primary caretaker. These single parents are responsible for all the tasks involved with childcare, either alone, or with the aid of friends, family or a potential new love interest who serves as a secondary parental figure.


These anime feature Siblings with a Sister Complex: they want nothing more than to ensure the well-being and happiness of their beloved sister, often to an unhealthy or even romantic degree. They're known to be over-protective and jealous of their sister's suitors.


These anime feature protagonists that are skeletons: characters that have nothing more left to their physical bodies than their bones.


These anime feature humor based on physical comedy. Characters might be comedically clumsy, or hit each other in comical, over the top ways.


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.


These anime feature characters that are slimes: masses of gelatinous fluid that typically don't have a distinct shape.


These anime feature characters who have had their fill of excitement, adventures, and drama, and seek a more peaceful life. They may be Isekai'd heroes, villains, high-ranking adventurers, or a typical salaryman, but they all share something in common: they've had enough and want to retire to a slow and peaceful life.


Smut anime are typically written by women, for women, for genres like Shoujo, Josei, and Yaoi. There's a strong focus on seduction, characters being swept off their feet, and other buildups to having sex that make you feel hot and bothered. Smutty anime frequently, but not always, includes explicit sexual content.