Anime genres and tags

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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.

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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.

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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.

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These anime are categorized as Shounen-ai. Boys' Love or BL in Japan, is a genre 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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These manga focus on skateboarding, or feature skateboarders. 

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

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Skiing or ski jumping is the focus of these anime. Characters may participate in the sport as a hobby, or compete in championships such as the Olympics.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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These anime showcase a relationship where the characters are in two different social groups. Common differences include rich vs poor, royalty vs commoners, police vs criminals, or other differences. While not always the case, these characters sometimes must overcome challenges or stigma associated with their difference in social status.

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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.

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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.

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

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These anime feature characters with multiple personalities. This may be the result of magic, a supernatural occurrence, or the character may have Dissociative Identity Disorder (also known as Multiple Personality Disorder), a Mental Illness that causes the person to shut off or dissociate their mind from their current surrounding by shifting to a different personality.

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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.

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These anime feature stalkers: people who spend a great deal of time following a target for romantic or nefarious reasons. They’re often hiding in the shadows, habitually following their obsession or observing them from afar.

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Characters in these anime are in love, but because of fate, family loyalties, timing, or other reasons, their relationship seems doomed to fail.

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Station identifications are short segments shown on TV channels to identify the network or the current programming block.

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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.

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Stockholm Syndrome is a phenomenon in which Kidnapping victims, hostages, or other forms of prisoners develop sympathy or romantic feelings towards their captors. These anime feature protagonists who develop Stockholm Syndrome.

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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.

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These anime feature characters who are a part of their school's student council. Elected by the student body, student councils represent their peers when it comes to school affairs. Typical themes in these anime include student council elections, planning of school events such as culture festivals, or interactions between the council members.

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These anime focus on a romantic or sexual relationship - usually forbidden and taboo - between a teacher and their student.

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These anime primarily take place onboard a submarine that sails the seas.

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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.

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Suicide, the act of killing one’s self, is attempted in these anime, or is a central theme overall. Suicide scenes attempts may contain graphic or upsetting images of violence and self-harm.

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These isekai anime feature characters who have been summoned into another world. The characters might be summoned heroes who are needed to fight the locals' battles, or are would-be familiars, or were summoned for some other purpose.