Anime genres explained
There are about as many genres of anime as there are genres for any other form of media. Pick a genre of book, tv show, or movie and it’s typically also a genre found in anime.
In some cases, however, something that’s more of a subgenre in other media is treated more like a genre when it comes to anime, manga, light novels, and visual novels.
On top of that, the various genres also fall into one of five demographics. Those being Kodomomuke, which is aimed at little kids, shonen, which is aimed at preteen and teen boys, shojo, which is aimed at preteen and teen girls, seinen, which is aimed at guys 20 and up, and josei, which is aimed at women 20 and up.
A typical manga/Anime is based on several of the following genres-
- Adult (often contain intense violence and/or Erotic content)
- Doujinshi (Fan art inspired by published anime or manga by the professional artist)
- Ecchi (the borderline between hentai and Nonhentai. Sexy but not Nudity; sexy part adds some spice to the content to attract a specific segment of readers)
- Gender Bender(changing gender by switching to opposite sex’s dress, makeup, or even switching body)
- Harem (one male character being attracted by several female characters, for opposite-sex it is reverse Harem)
- Josei (Ladies’ comics, target age group generally 18y-30y)
- Martial Arts
- Mature (contains intense violence, erotic content, blood, gore, strong language; not suitable for under 17
- Mecha (title under this genre are usually have some fantastic or futuristic element and always have something to do with robotic machines)
- One-shot(short, maybe one chapter)
- School Life
- Seinen (For 18-30y, Male; contain male hero, themes of honor, slapstick comedy, maybe explicit sexuality)
- Shoujo ( for girls between 10-18y, usually have themes of love, romance, and variety of style)
- Shoujo Ai (subtle hint of Lesbian love)
- Shounen (primarily written for boys; closely tied to genres like action, adventure, martial arts)
- Shounen Ai (Subtle hint of Gay love)
- Slice of Life
- Smut (offensive content, especially sexually profane content)
- Yaoi (Homoerotic or Homoromantic relationship between males)
- Yuri (Female version of Yaoi
What are the top ten animes for every anime genres?
Listed below are my top ten anime series for every genre. Keep in mind that there are no repeats in this entire list and if you see one, please let me know so that I can replace it (I’m open to suggestions).
To aid in creating this list, I had a couple of rules for myself: 1) If a series has multiple seasons, I can only list one (as the root of the show) and 2) If I have not personally seen/finished the series, I will list it in bold.
But that basically sums it up, so I hope you can find a series you would like to enjoy, and feel free to challenge me if you feel like a series was wrongly placed.
Action (10): Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Attack on Titan, Bleach, Durrarara, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, My Hero Academia, Guilty Crown, Black Lagoon, Rainbow: Niska Rokubou no Shichinin, and Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry.
Adventure (10): Hunter x Hunter (2011), One Piece, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Spirited Away, InuYasha, Spice and Wolf, Fairy Tail, Naruto, Soul Eater, and Yona of the Dawn.
Classics (+6): Cowboy Bebop, Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, Yu Yu Hakusho…
Childhood (+5): Pokemon, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Beyblade, Cardfight Vanguard…
Comedy (10): Great Teacher Onizuka, Sakamoto Desu ga?, Hinamatsuri, Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun, Gintama, One Punch Man, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Ouran Koukou Host Club, Nichijou, and Lucky Star.
Cooking (10): Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie, Mister Ajikko, Ristornate Paradiso, Bartender, Booking Master Boy, Yakitate Japan, Food Wars, Moyashimon, Yume-iro Patissiere, and Toriko.
Drama (10): Akame ga Kill, Violet Evergarden, Plastic Memories, Battery, Aoharu x Kikanjuu, Elfen Lied, Claymore, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Assassination Classroom, and A Silent Voice.
Fantasy (10): Goblin Slayer, Re: Zero, Konosuba, Made in Abyss, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, Mahoutsukai no Yome, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, Shield Hero, Pandora Hearts, and Drifters.
Game (10): Sword Art Online, Overlord, Log Horizon, No Game No Life, Accel World, Kakegurui, Chihayafuru, Quanzhi Gaoshou, Touhai Densetsu Akagi, and Btooom.
Horror (10): Parasyte, Deadman Wonderland, Hellsing Ultimate, Shinsekai Yori, Akira, Shiki, Berserk, Hell Girl, Corpse Party, and Paprika.
Josei (10): Usagi Drop, Chihayafuru, Nodame Cantabile, Paradise Kiss, Hakuouki, Amatsuki, Ristorante Paradiso, Saiyuuki, Nana, and Sakamichi no Apollon.
Magic (10): The Irregular at Magic High School, The Little Witch Academy, Magi, Fate series, Fairy Tail, Seven Deadly Sins, Youjo Senki, Kaze no Stigma, Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu, and Toaru Majutsu no Index.
Anime genres explained
Magical Girl (10): Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Alice to Zouroku, Princess Tutu, Sally the Witch, Magical Girl Lyrica Nanoha, Cute High Earth Defense Club Love, Shugo Chara!, and Kaminchama Karin.
Mecha (10): Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, Evangelion, FLCL, Aldnoah.Zero, Full Metal Panic, Eureka Seven, Suisei no Gargantia, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Robotics; Notes.
Music (10): Your Lie in April, Beck, Nana, K-On, Nodame Cantabile, Uta no Prince Sama, Love Live!, White Album, Forest of Piano, and Detroit Metal City.
Mystery (10): Danganronpa, Higurashi, Another, Gantz, Mnemosyne, Blood-C, Erased, Bakemonogatari, Hyouka, and Baccano!
Occult Fiction (10): xxxHOLIC, Ghost Hunt, Occult Academy, Mushishi, Gosick, Vampire Princess Miyu, Zetsuen no Tempest, Owari no Seraph, Kuroshitsuji, and Ghost in the Shell.
Psychological Thriller (10): Psycho Pass, March Comes in Like a Lion, Gakkougurashi, Death Note, Monster, Death Parade, Kaiji: The Ulimate Survivor, Tokyo Ghoul, One Outs, and Perfect Blue.
Romance (10): Ao Haru Ride, My Little Monster, Toradora!, Your Name, Net-juu no Susume, Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Snow White with Red Hair, Kimi ni Todoke, Anohana, and Lovely Complex.
Science Fiction (10): Steins; Gate, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Trigun, Higashi no Eden, Summer Wars, Inuyashiki, No. 6, Wolf’s Rain, Persona, and World Trigger.
Slice of Life (10): ReLIFE, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Wolf Children, Barakamon, Working!!, Flying Witch, Nijiiro Days, Kino no Tabi, Sakura Quest, and Shirobaku.
Sports (10): Haikyuu!!, Kuroko no Basket, Diamond no Ace, Yuri!!! on Ice, Hajime no Ippo, Megalo Box, Welcome to the Ballroom, Yowamushi Pedal, All Out, and Major.
Supernatural (+4): Darker than Black, Ao no Exorcist, Kekkai Sensen, Mob Psycho 100, Natsume Yuujinchou, Re: Creators…
- Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Attack on titans
- One piece
- Sword Art Online
- One punch man
- Your lie in april
- Angel beats
- Highschool of the dead
- highschool dxd
- Rin: Daughters of mnemosyne
- Air gear
- Parasyte the maxim
- Koutestsujou no kabaneri
- Elfen lied
- Corpse party
- When they cry
- Death note
- Code geass
- Kuroko no basket
- Inazuma eleven
They are in particular order. Apart from these i enjoyed Haikyuu! Beelzebub, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Konsuba , NANA, JOJO too
And then there are the Naruto, One piece, attack On Tittan, Tokyo Ghoul etc.
Apart from anime my favorite manga for which I never bothered to check if they have an anime or have shitty anime are Tokyo Ghoul, TG: Re, Berserk, VagaBond, Kingdom, Vinland Saga. (You can check them out if you wish to.)
Genres are a way for us stupid humans to group stuff together. BUT – and I will have to disagree with my boy Sheiku-Kun here – they are necessary.
A genre is a sort of framework that helps you analyze a work. A genre sets some expectations and characteristics for a show.
You cannot expect comedy com a thriller and vice versa. And only by acknowledging genre can we compare two pieces.
So I (Gaspar “Makotohadou” Monteiro), think that the only way to rank a show is doing it by genre.
Anime genres explained