New batch of anime and manga tags: Isekai (and reverse), Disability, Ancient China, and more

Discussion in 'Site Announcements' started by sothis, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. sothis

    sothis Forum Moderator Anime-Planet Founder Developer

    Posted by sothis on Nov 17, 2019
    Hi all,

    Here's a summary of all of the anime and manga tags added since the last announcement. Most notably, after what's seemed like an endless amount of moderator discussion, we've figured out what to do with our isekai-related tags.

    As a reminder, you can post suggestions for brand new tags, as well as anime/manga that are missing specific tags, in the tag section of the forum. Help out by posting missing ones in that section! And remember that you can check out recently added tags anytime by using the "date added" sort on the tags page.

    Person in a Strange World (definition change)

    Characters in these anime find themselves in a world very different from their own. They may have been suddenly whisked away to a strange world, become stuck in a video game, or are trapped in a different time period. 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. See also: Isekai, Reverse Isekai, Summoned Into Another World, Trapped in a Video Game, and Time Travel.


    Isekai is a fantasy genre where a person from Earth is transported to, reborn, or trapped in a parallel universe or fantasy world. For beings from other worlds visiting Earth, see Reverse Isekai. Our Isekai tag definition does not include cases of being Trapped in a Video Game, but both sub-genres are included in the Person in a Strange World tag.

    Note: do take a look at the last sentence above. We decided to not include the "trapped in a video game" theme in the Isekai tag. These do, however, fit under the parent "Person in a Strange World" tag, which we've had in our database since the beginning, and well before Isekai was a known genre. The Person in a Strange World tag also includes Time Travel or other cases that don't qualify as Isekai. All titles previously tagged Person in a Strange World are still tagged as such - we now double tag with Isekai or Reverse Isekai where it's applicable.

    Reverse Isekai

    Unlike typical Isekai titles where a person from Earth is transported to, reborn, or trapped in a parallel universe or fantasy world, in these anime characters from another world find themselves on Earth through similar means.


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

    Ancient China

    These anime take place in China during ancient or imperial times, or are set in a world similar to ancient China. Some works may be influenced or inspired by famous Chinese novels such as "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" or "Journey to the West", Chinese mythology, or historical figures from Chinese history. Common themes involve the happenings within the imperial court, waging war and forging political alliances, dynastic politics, and palace intrigue. Ancient China is a common setting for Wuxia titles.


    These anime feature characters with disabilities. They may be deaf, blind, mute, unable to walk, or have other debilitating conditions that impact their life. Some are disabled from birth, while others acquire their disability due to an Illness or injury.

    Note: previously, there is already a Disabled character tag. We now have an anime/manga version.

    Mental Illness

    These anime feature characters who struggle with a mental health condition that impacts their way of life, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or a personality disorder. For physical ailments, see Illness.

    Note: previously, we tagged mental illness with the Illness tag. Now, Illness is only used for physical illness.

    Split Personality

    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.

    Note: also a character tag.


    Wuxia (武侠) is one of the oldest genres in Chinese literature, and translates to "martial arts chivalry". These anime, feature heroes who fight against evil. Wuxia stories can typically be thought of as the Chinese equivalent of The Odyssey, taking place in ancient China instead of ancient Greece, blending concepts of heroes vs evil, relationships between humans and gods, mythology, Cultivation of Qi, Magic, and a heavy emphasis on Martial Arts.

    Note: this was already a manga tag, but now is also an anime tag


    Cultivation (修真) is a Taoist concept that describes extending one's lifespan through practicing martial and mystical arts, with the goal of cultivating Qi: the spiritual life force. Cultivation is a common theme in both Wuxia and Xianxia stories, with one key difference: Xianxia stories typically focus on cultivation for the purpose of achieving immortality.

    Note: this was already a manga tag, but now is also an anime tag


    Gyaru (ギャル) is a subculture of women, also known as "Gyaru girls", who follow many types of Japanese street fashion. Gyaru girls are typically characterized by having heavily bleached or dyed hair, tanned skin, highly decorated nails, and dramatic makeup. There are many types of gyaru, such as Ganguro, Kogyaru, and Himegyaru.

    This tag was previously called Ganguro. The definition has been updated to include other types of Gyaru girls.

    Happy Science

    These anime were created by the Happy Science religious movement, formerly known as The Institute for Research in Human Happiness. Founded in Japan in 1986, this controversial Religion worships a deity named El Cantare, who they believe has been reborn many times as different mythological gods and historical spiritual leaders.


    These anime feature firefighters: professionals employed to extinguish fires and rescue those whose lives are threatened by them. Firefighting might be the focus of these anime, or important characters are firefighters.

    Note: also a character tag.


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

    Note: also a character tag.


    These anime feature koalas: Australian marsupials known for clinging to tree branches and snacking on eucalyptus leaves. They are sometimes referred to as koala bears, although they are not members of the bear family.

    Note: also a character tag.

    [EDIT] and these others I missed:


    Anthropomorphism describes attributing human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, plants, or other natural phenomena. Characters in these anime may walk on two legs, wear clothes, or have a human appearance. Common examples in anime and manga include anthropomorphic animals, food, or objects. Not to be confused with Animal Characteristics, which describes characters that have animal-like features, such as a human with a tail.

    Note: also a character tag.

    Elemental Powers

    These anime feature characters who possess elemental powers such as fire, water, wind and lightning.

    Note: also a character tag.

    Thanks, as always, for your continued support of Anime-Planet. If you like our tags, tell your friends about the site! They tend to be a popular draw for new users :)
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2019
  2. Akishima

    Akishima Well-Known Member

    Ooh, these are some excellent tags!
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Posted by Guest on Nov 17, 2019
    Thanks for the amazing new tags!
  4. Damanks

    Damanks New Member

    Finally isekai
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  5. Starra

    Starra Database Moderator

    Posted by Starra on Nov 17, 2019
    Very pleased to see that there's now a separate Mental Illness tag! Same with Disability, since I wanna say somethings were tagged as Illness that were about, say, autism, which isn't an illness, but I could be misremembering and getting it confused with another anime/manga site, lol. Either way, both are great additions imo.

    Technically it was always there, it's just now a sub-tag of Person in a Strange World. Person in a Strange World used to encompass most types of Isekai.
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  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Posted by Guest on Nov 17, 2019


    Oh and yay mental illness!
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  7. femcore

    femcore Well-Known Member

    I'm thankful for a lot of these, but tbh as someone who comes from a family full of disabilities (with one of my own), said tag makes me very happy!
  8. Sinfalke

    Sinfalke Member

    Ancient China? Now I'm curious, let's see what they offer...
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  9. LavanderGirl

    LavanderGirl Well-Known Member

    I’m very amazed with these new tags.
    My new favourite ones have got to be Mental Illness this time.
    Only because I have my own.
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  10. BlaizeV

    BlaizeV Active Member

    Oh cool my suggestion for Submarine got a tag. :)
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  11. Ytsejam

    Ytsejam New Member

    This is the best site ever, amazing!
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  12. sothis

    sothis Forum Moderator Anime-Planet Founder Developer

    Sorry about the extreme delay on that, we're looking into espionage next, so there might be some more questions for you in the tag thread soon :)
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  13. sothis

    sothis Forum Moderator Anime-Planet Founder Developer

    Anthropomorphism and Elemental Powers are now added to the announce, missed those.
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  14. Zed

    Zed Database Moderator

    Posted by Zed on Nov 18, 2019
    Damn, how rare is it for this type of tag to exist only for Anime entries and not manga. Usually, it's the other way around.
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  15. AnnaSartin

    AnnaSartin Database Moderator

    I looked, I couldn't find any.
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  16. Dreamteller

    Dreamteller New Member

    Would anime/manga/novel with character transported (reborn? recreated?) from game to Earth be categorized as reverse isekai?
  17. RoyalOss

    RoyalOss Database Moderator

  18. Grizz

    Grizz Database Moderator

    Posted by Grizz on Nov 18, 2019
    A character from a video game/virtual world/internet/etc coming to the real world is not reverse isekai. It has to be from a "real" fantasy world. Digital worlds do not count.
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  19. thor123

    thor123 Well-Known Member

    bless you for the tag :3
  20. GlennMagusHarvey

    GlennMagusHarvey Well-Known Member

    Whelp, darn, I had been telling people how Anime-Planet circumvented the whole "is .hack// or SAO an isekai?" debate by simply using the "person in a strange world" tag and ignoring the "isekai" word itself.

    Oh well.

    Anyway, thank you for the new tags!

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