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Action - By far one of the most common genres out there and the name basically

explains it all, normally anime based solely on this genre tends to be lacking in
substance although exciting due to lack of character development or an underlying
story, to resolve this creators of action based anime try to mix in other genres,
usually comedy, Adventure or Fantasy. Typical Examples of this Genre are Bleach,
One Piece and Freezing.

Adventure - Also another popular genre of Anime, as the same suggests it deals alot
with characters moving around and exploring new places, these anime tend to be
very long and drawn out but the characters typically have a solid background. The
anime itself usually has a well formed story-line but due to the nature of this genre
viewers often get bored and annoyed at the slow progression. Overall its a pretty
decent anime genre and allows pretty much every other genre to almost seamlessly
integrate themselves into it. Common mixtures are: Adventure Action, Adventure-
Historical (due to its uncanny ability to tell a story) and Adventure Slice of Life.
Examples of this Genre are Kino no Tabi, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Pokemon.

Animation* - Okay, this one is a bit difficult to explain seeing as Anime are all
Animated, when one says Animation it normally refers to an American made Animated
Series such as Samurai Jack, Spawn and the Penguins of Madagascar. By right they
are not animes since the definition of an anime is a Japanese style of motion-picture
animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings violence
and sexuality ~ Dictionary.com , but are very often mistaken as such.

Bishounen - This genre is pretty rare in the West but back in japan it has proved to
be a successful alley, it deals with a young male whose beauty exceeds gender
somewhat and is mostly targeted at the girls and women in japan. This genre often
includes a strong sense of homosexuality and has very unique social relationships. It
is normally paired with slice of life and examples are Ouran High School Host Club
and Fruits Basket.

Comedy - The most predominantly Used Anime genres yet is almost never used on
its own, as its name implies deals with usually light humor although it is very easily
overdone. This is is usually achieved by the use of Props, Character Designs and the
composition of the Japanese Language. Common combinations are Action Comedys or
Romantic Comedys, such as Sayanora Zetsubou Sensei, Full Metal Panic and Lucky
Demons (Akuma) - Pretty common genre, deals with evil spirits, demons, witches etc,
normally combined with the action (my personal favorite combination (demon +
Action) ) or adventure genres. Examples are Inuyasha, Yu Yu Hakusho and Ichiban
Ushiro no Daimaou.

Drama - Suspenseful, shocking and full of emotion, the Drama anime genre is one of
the most appreciated anime Genres, characters and the plot are usually well
developed and viewers are very easily swept up with emotion and side with one
character or a group of characters, it is usually well paired with Romance as well as
Adventure, in fact, the Drama anime genre is very often synonymous with the
Romance genre, a few common examples are Darker than Black, Death note and

Ecchi - This is the PG-13 of anime, although some shows drive it to the extreme
where it could be Rated R, it is usually frivolous and lighthearted with the use of
implied sexual innuendos. The ecchi genre does now show sexual intercourse nor the
Primary Sexual Organs but leaves it up to the viewers imagination. This genre is
usually used as fan service (due to its popularity among anime lovers alike) and
recently the ratio at which anime is created with ecchi related content is drastically
increasing. It is often incorporated with the comedy, harem and shounen/seinen
genres, examples are (jeez theres just so many) Elfen Leid, Freezing, Zero no
Tsukaima, Futari Ecchi and Ladies vs Butlers.

Fantasy - Magic worlds, magical powers and monsters, these are the main
components that make up fantasy anime. It is usually combined with the adventure,
action and history genres. Mythology and folklore is usually the foundation on which
this genre is based upon, unfortunately the characters often have very poor
backgrounds but the art is almost always breathtaking with unique scenery and
magnificent character detail. It is normally paired with the adventure, harem and
romance genres, common examples are Fairy Tail, Fullmetal Alchemist and

Game - As the name says, it basically involves the characters playing some sort of
game. (normally card / monster based). It on its own cannot be a genre, it has to
accompany another which is normally either Adventure or Psychological. Examples
are Yu-Gi-Oh, Duel Masters and Bakugan.
Harem - Almost always accompanied by the comedy or romance genres, Harem is
more or less the scenario where the main character is surrounded amorously by
three or more members of the opposite sex, usually with the protagonist being a guy.
Almost always comical and has a certain degree of love/romance. Anime such as Da
Capo, Love Hina and School Days.

H.entai - This is the Rated MA Stuff, basically anime po.rnography, unlike its softer
sister ecchi it shows all the sexual organs and well as intercourse. This genre more
often than not has no background and poorly developed characters with most of the
content being from explicit scenes. Almost always paired with harem with a male
protagonist. Examples include bible. black and mistreated bride.

Historical - Anime based on a particular time period, very often the Edo/Tokugawa
period in Japan where the shoguns ruled the country (althought it can be american
based). Characters are often fashioned from well-known figures in Japanese past
such as commanders and even the shoguns themselves. Almost always paired with the
samurai genre. Examples include Rurouni Kenshin, Baccano and Shigurui.

Horror - Despite the name, the horror anime isnt very scary, instead it implies alot
of bloodshed and mutilation, i suppose a better word would have been gruesome.
Often used with the Drama, demon or psychological genres. Eg. Mnemosyne and
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

Josei - A very rare (at least in the west) genre aimed at the adult woman (ages 18-
40). They are normally themed about living the life of an ordinary woman although
some can be held in a school setting. The animation is very mature and realistic (eg.
no sparkly eyes), it tends to focus very realistically on romance, and character
relationships. Paradise Kiss, Honey and Clover.

Kids - As the name implies, lighthearted and kiddy themes, usually paired with
comedy. Characters are normally small and somewhat cute. Digimon, Pokemon.

Love / Romance - This is a relatively popular genre which deals with the detailed
creation and progression of the romantic relationship between two characters.
Normally paired with comedy and harem it has developed into somewhat an industry
on its own with tons of devoted followers due to the inclination for it viewers to
form somewhat of a connection between themselves and one or multiple characters.
Examples are Love Hina, Ai Yori Aoshi and Clannad.
Magic - Synonymous with superpower but used when referring to a more kiddy
styled anime. (young girl with magic wand etc.) It can also be used to refer to animes
with a realistic sense of superpowers such as, results from praying, magic charms
etc. Da Capo, Twin Angel.

Martial Arts - Action Packed with the majority of the actiony scenes from a form
of martial arts such as boxing, kenpo or mixed martial arts. Historys Strongest
Disciple Kenshi, Hajime no Ippo.

Mecha - Another action packed anime genre, but with the use of giant robots or
Mechas. Often includes space, military and fantasy. Mobile Suit Gundam, Neon
Genesis Evangelion.

Military - Where the main character is often in the military or ex-military. Frequent
use of military weapons and military combat knowledge, involves the action, mecha
or adventure genres. Ghost in the Shell, 07-Ghost.

Music - Where the theme of the show encompasses the art of music, either where
it is used to express emotion or as a hobby. Usually incorporated with the
love/romance genre. NANA , Nodame Cantabile.

Mystery - Anime Genre that keeps the views wondering whats going to happen next,
usually involves a chain of unexplained events, where the protagonist tried to solve
them. Normally with an above average intellect the protagonist slowly encompasses
himself in the mystery and often becomes obsessed with the case. As the story
unfolds the dark cloud that shrouded the answers is broken apart piece by piece
letting the viewers enjoy a thrilling ride until the end. Common examples are Death
Note, Monster and Darker than Black. It is very often mixed with the Psychological
and Horror Genre.

Police* See Military

Psychological - The genre that continues to never fail in producing anime
masterpieces, shows such as Death Note, Monster and Code Geass are all great anime
psychological pieces. Like mystery it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering
whats next, but there is always an additional twist with the entire series seeming
somewhat like a game of chess, one character trying to keep 10 steps ahead of the
other. Although it goes hand in hand with the mystery genre, psychological anime
tends to leave the viewer guessing till the very last moment about what will happen
instead of mysterys way of slowly revealing truths. Overall, when it comes to an
excellent story-line, this is one of the best genres out there.

Samurai - Often (if not always) used with the historical genre with the time frame
being centered around the Edo Period in Japan, often has a lot of action although
the element of drama is also seen due to the time setting. Can be comical i.e Gintama,
and Samurai Champloo or follow a more serious mood such as Blade of the Immortal
or Rurouni Kenshin.

School - A very common genre on the lighter side of anime, usually incorporates
drama, comedy, slice of life and love/romance, typically a middle school - university
setting. Anime usually progresses in chronological order (exams, summer break, first
day of school etc) and typically incorporates school activities such as
running/swimming/basketball etc. The mood of this genre varies a great deal
depending on the level of the institution, with the level of maturity of the characters
increasing respectively. Common anime which include this are The Melanchony of
Haruhi Suzumiya, Beelzebub, Amagami SS and Great Teacher Onizuka.

Sci-Fi - Very often incorporated with the fantasy, mecha and space genres, typically
includes technology that may be possible in the future but currently isnt, such as
teleportation, intergalaxy space flight and advanced civilizations. Also often includes
alien creatures and to some extent giant monsters or robots. Examples include Level
E, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Zoids.

Seinen - Is basically an indicator of an anime aimed at the adult male (ages 18-40).
They tend to usually be psychological, sexual and violent while dealing with character
development and relationships in a very mature way. Examples are Cowboy Bebop,
Futari Ecchi and Rainbow.
Shoujo - Is basically an indicator of an anime aimed at the young female (ages 7-18).
They tend to usually be very visual and aimed at telling a particular story, it tends
to have a strong focus on romance, relationships and character development. Nana,
Lovely Complex, Kare Kano and Vampire Knight.

Shoujo-ai - Relates to lesbian romance and relationships, is less graphic than Yuri
(its more explicit counterpart). It tends to focus on romance, relationships and
character development. Candy Boy, Simoun, Ga-Rei: Zero.

Shounen -Is basically an indicator of an anime aimed at the young male (ages 7-18).
They tend to be incorporated with the harem, mecha and martial arts genres, it
tends to have a strong focus conflict resolution via fighting (with superpowers or
giant robots). Usually with and indecisive protagonist surrounded by a large quantity
of beautiful women normally fighting for his attention. Examples of this genre are
Chobits, Bleach and Bamboo Blade.

Shounen-ai - Relates to the sexual relationship between two males but is less graphic
than Yaoi (its more explicit counterpart). It tends to focus on romance, relationships
and character development. Junjo Romantic, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Uragiri wa Boku no
Namae wo Shitteriu.

Slice Of Life - Basically implies the use of mundane realism in expressing everyday
life. Usually mixed with the romance, school and josei genres. Examples are Kino no
Tabi, School Rumble and Ai Yori Aoshi.

Space - Often incorporated with Sci-Fi and fantasy genres, and usually implies there
is a lot of space travel or a large amount of the shows setting is on a space colony,
or in a spacecraft eg. Planetes, Cowboy Bebop and Mobile Suit Gundam.

Sports - Often used with the School and action genre, and simply involves alot of
sports where to protagonist is either incredibly gifted or extremely bad where he
has to work throughout the anime to become better at it. examples include Major
s1, Hajime no Ippo, and Prince of Tennis.
Super Power - Action or Adventure Based where the protagonist has variety of super
powers (super speed, strength, etc). Dragonball Z, Naruto.

Supernatural - Has to do with, spirits, demons and other supernatural entities,

different from the magic genre as it includes more out of the ordinary
characteristics such as aliens, time travel and ESPers. Natsume Yuujinchou San and
Ao no Excorsist.

Vampire - As the name states, deals with vampires, it by default is a subcategory of

the Supernatural genre but has risen in popularity to the point where it became its
own genre. Common shows include Hellsing, Rosario + Vampire, Trinity Blood and Blood

Yaoi - More explicit variation of Shounen-ai (male x male)

Yuri- More explicit variation of Shojo-ai (girl x girl)