If you’re just getting into it or have a little experience watching anime, you may have realized that your favorite ones all have lots of things in common. And that is probably because they fall into the same genre. So being able to identify the different genres will help you to find more shows that you can potentially obsess over next.
Now if we were to get technical the list of genre would be (seemingly) never-ending. So this list only includes the most common genres, the ones that are actually important to know when you are getting ready for that otaku debate!
One more important note** genres can be mixed! Most anime don’t only fall into one genre. Rather they fall into multiple. And we will discuss sub genre in a separate post.
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Action anime is a genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases
Dragon Ball Super, Sword Art Online, HunterxHunter, Attack on Titan
Today, we define adventure as a remarkable or unexpected journey, experience, or event that a person participates in as a result of chance.
Naruto, Magi, HunterxHunter, Sword Art Online
In a modern sense, comedy refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter. Comedy may be divided into multiple genres based on the source of humor, the method of delivery, and the context in which it is delivered. These classifications overlap, and most comedies can fit into multiple genres.
One Punch Man, School Rumble, The devil is a Part Timer, Konosuba: God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World!
I believe when a show is listed as a drama, it is meant to count as the subgenre called “melodrama” which is a sub-type of drama. Melodramatic plots often deal with “crises of human emotion, failed romance or friendship, strained familial situations, tragedy, illness, neuroses, or emotional and physical hardship”
Erased, Your Lie in April, Anohana: The Flower We Saw that Day, Clannad
The word ecchi comes from the sound of “H” in the word hentai, which in turn means “pervert” in Japanese. Having that said, this genre is generally accepted as a category full of slight sexual scenes (mild enough to be viewed by the general audience) and scenarios derived from sexual innuendoes. Ecchi Anime seems to be gaining popularity these days.
Food Wars!, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, Highschool Dxd, Date a Live
The main plot romance anime revolves around two people as they develop romantic love for each other and work to build a relationship.
Your Lie in April, InuYasha, Darling in the Franxx, My Little Monster
Any anime that contains unrealistic settings, or magic, often set in a medieval universe, or possibly involving mythical beings or supernatural forms as a primary element of the plot, theme, or setting.
No Game No Life, Black Clover, The Rising of the Shield Hero, Goblin Slayer
Mecha anime and manga, known in Japan as robot anime and robot manga, are anime and manga that feature robots in battle
Darling in the Franxx, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Code Geass, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, time travel, parallel universes, fictional worlds, space exploration, and extraterrestrial life.
Sword Art Online, Parasyte, Cowboy Bebop, Saga of Tanya The Evil
Seinen manga (青年漫画) are manga marketed toward young adult men. In Japanese, the word “seinen” literally means “youth,” but the term “seinen manga” is also used to describe the target audience of comics like Weekly Manga Times and Weekly Manga Goraku which are aimed at men from their 20s to their 50s
Tokyo Ghoul, One Punch Man, Hellsing Ultimate, Prison School
Shōnen, shonen, or shounen manga (少年漫画 shōnen manga) is manga aimed at a young teen male target-demographic. … Thus, the complete phrase means “young person’s comic”, or simply “boys’ comic”; its female equivalent is shōjo manga.
My Hero Academia, Naruto, One Piece, Fairytail
Shōjo, shojo, or shoujo manga is manga aimed at a teenage female target-demographic readership. The name romanizes the Japanese 少女, literally ‘young woman’.
Fruits Basket, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, Orange
The slice of lifecategory of story is a story that portrays a “cut-out” sequence of events in a character’s life. It may or may not contain any plot progress and little character development, and often has no exposition, conflict, or dénouement, with an open ending.
Violet Evergarden, Relife, Toradora, Mob Psycho 100
This one is pretty self explanatory. The magic with this genre though is how the creators manage to pull you into a show about a sport you’ve never played and completely enthrall you!
Haikyuu, Ace of the Diamond, Kurokos Basketball, Hinomaru Sumo
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