Manga genres and tags

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


These manga 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 manga 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 manga. 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 manga.


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


These manga feature sheikhs. The term means different things in different regions, such as male leaders of an Arab family or village, wealthy or influential members of Arab society, or royalty.


These manga 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. Manga with Shinigami frequently take place in the afterlife or follow a Shinigami as they complete their duties.


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


Also known as Japanese chess, Shogi is a two-player, strategy Board Game where opponents each use a set of 20 flat, wedge-shaped pieces. Like with standard chess, the game ends when one player checkmates the other's king.


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 manga 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.


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


These manga 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 manga.


These manga predominantly or fully take place in Singapore.


These manga 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 manga 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 manga focus on skateboarding, or feature skateboarders. 


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


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


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


These manga 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 manga 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 manga frequently, but not always, includes explicit sexual content.


Soccer, also known as football, is the focus of these manga. 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.


These manga 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.


These manga 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 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.


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