Anime Genres and Types - Complete list with recommendations

Hello everyone, everything good? Hope so. Today we’re going to comment on anime genres or anime types. Have you ever wondered how many you have or if you have a type you don't know? I've asked myself this question several times. That’s why we’re bringing you all the genres that exist today.

When it comes to anime types, classifying them can be tricky. A single anime can have several genres, and there are categories that anime or otaku fans use, which are not very comprehensive. In this article, we will not only talk about the existing genres and types of anime, but also leave some more popular examples of the genre.

Shounen type anime

Shonen or shounen is a type of anime aimed at the young male audience. The category appeals to a large age group, although its primary audience is in the age range of 12 to 18 years. The genre shonen can be considered the most popular form of anime.

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Although aimed at boys, many girls are also interested in this segment. What makes it even more popular is the fact that its audience is ageless, it can fit the preferences of children and adults. As we can see, this genre is the opposite of shoujo. Examples of shounen anime we have:

  • Naruto
  • One piece
  • Bleach
  • Fairy tail
  • Hunter X Hunter

Shoujo type anime

Shojo or shoujo is a genre of anime marketed to a female audience, usually between the ages of 12 and 18. The Latinized name of literally means "little girl". The shoujo genre covers many subjects in a variety of styles, from historical dramas to science fiction - often with a strong focus on romantic relationships.

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Shoujo does not understand a style or a genre itself, but rather indicates a target audience. Shoujo understands some typical characteristics, like boys who are always very kind and adorable, in addition to docile and modest female characters, most of the time, but there may be exceptions. Examples of this genre are:

  • Kaichou wa maid-sama!
  • Vampire Knight
  • Akatsuki no yona
  • Kimi no todoke
  • Tonari no kaibutsu-kun

Seinen type anime

Seinen is a genre of anime aimed mainly at the adult male audience. In Japanese, the word "seinen" literally means "young", although it is also used to describe the target audience. Despite this definition, one more case of not being a rule, but the content will not, in many cases, fully satisfy the demand of other types of public.

This genre does not have a pattern, so like other cases there are several types of combinations for it. As examples of anime of this genre we can mention:

  • Hellsing
  • Black Lagoon
  • Btooom
  • Black bullet
  • Bungou stray dogs
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Anime type Josei

Josei (literally "woman") is the definition given to the anime genre normally aimed at the adult female audience. They are generally stories of adult life with a focus on women's daily lives, shown in a more realistic way. Their stories tend to be less fanciful, with the use of fantasy and science fiction rare in the Josei.

Well, it's basically all anime that is aimed at the adult female audience. In other words, realistic romance stories, of course not only, but it is a good example for that time for this genre. However, this does not mean that men cannot attend. The problem with this is that the content may not satisfy them as much. Examples of this genre are:

  • Usagi drop
  • Chihayafuru
  • Amnesia
  • Cantabile Nodame
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Ecchi type anime

For those who don't know, ecchi it is a Japanese expression. Its meaning is “perverted” or similar. I don't know why that name, but I do know that it is a direct reference to the type of audience he wants to reach. This does not mean that only such individuals watch this genre, as it is extremely vast and popular, and even has a combination with several other genres.

Basically all anime that contain elements of sex appeal are ecchis anime. That is, bikinis, big breasts etc. I will not mention other types as it is embarrassing to comment here. Examples for this genre are:

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Harem type anime

By literal definition, harem is a word derived from the Arabic harãm, which means a group of women who live and share a house, living under the rules of a polygamous marriage. That is, in this genre there are several women married to a single person. The reverse can also happen.

In my opinion, gender harem it is the enemy number of those people who look for a good romance, of course there are exceptions where you can love more than a single person, these last cases are rare but they happen. Examples of this genre are:

  • Trinity seven
  • Rosario to Vampire
  • Nisekoi
  • Date a live
  • Zero tsukaima
  • Love Hina
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Action Anime

Action it is a genre that usually involves a story of protagonists of good versus antagonists of evil, who resolve their differences with the use of force or some other device, in which good always wins over evil. And it becomes a cliché, almost never broken.

I think this is the best known and most popular genre of anime, and not just anime, it is also popular with movies, series, cartoons etc., that is, it is global. We have several examples of mega famous Anime due to their action genre. Of course that doesn't mean there isn't bad Anime with the same theme. some examples of action Anime are:

  • Sword art online
  • Shingeki no kyojin
  • Full metal alchemist
  • One punch man
  • Tokyo ghoul
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Adventure type anime

Adventure is a genre that can be characterized as a story where a hero faces a series of obstacles, showing courage when facing situations that escape everyday life.

Adventure anime are those with plots that make us feel pleasure, bringing new experiences or places different from what we are used to, it is very similar to the action genre, but they are different because adventure does not emphasize as much fighting and violence so to speak, it focuses on the plot around the protagonist, on his adventures and challenges, his achievements and losses etc.

This genre is as popular as action, I particularly prefer this over that. And just as action has its successes, adventure has its own, however these two often come together, as it happens on several occasions. Adventure anime, we can cite as an example:

  • Naruto
  • Bleach
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • Tengen toppa
  • No game No life
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Comedy Anime

This genre is one that in its plot there is the presence of comic elements, or popularly known as funny. Basically it can contain jokes either directly or indirectly, actions and reactions that result in a comic surprise, situations of the same nature, etc. In short, everything that is funny and that can make someone laugh.

Who doesn't like comedy? Most anime with this genre are great for raising people's spirits. Myself, I have several experiences where after watching this genre, I started to “smile for nothing”. As a recommendation of this kind it has:

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Anime involving Dementia

In case you're wondering "how can dementia be a gender?", I'll explain now. Firstly, dementia has two main meanings and then I explain that gender. The first is:

Psychopathology: loss of organic origin, freq. progressive, especially of memory, but which also compromises thinking, judgment and / or the ability to adapt to social situations. The first is psychological illness, however, as we will see, the second is a type of behavior.

By extension: unusual behavior that appears or suggests madness; folly, madness, nonsense. That is, the dementia genre is one that the plot develops around the behavior of one or more individuals in the anime. To exemplify, we can cite the following anime:

  • Neon genesis Evangelion
  • Higukarashi no naku koro ni
  • Ousama game the animation
  • Serial experiences lain
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Anime with Demons

Well, this genre can come in many different ways, after all we have anime that unites comedy and demons, and we also have those that unite demons and terror. This combination part is up to each individual. However, it is a fact that we find many anime of demons with action, so many that in my opinion it becomes a cliché.

The demon genre, as well as the definition of several others, is where the plot unfolds with some type of demon contained in it. In many cases, the protagonist is or makes some kind of pact with a demon (but with angels he is not so successful, ironic thing, I thought everyone wanted to go to heaven). As an example of this genre we have:

  • Ao no exorcist
  • High school DxD
  • Kuroshitsuji
  • Claymore
  • D-gray man
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Drama type anime

Another very popular and well-known. Drama is the genre where the plot contains elements that cause you psychological pressure, often through a difficult situation is complicated. This genre is often associated with sadness.
Most "sad" anime necessarily have drama as their main genre, as they need psychological pressure on the audience to get the result they want. As an example of this genre we have:

  • Angel beats
  • Elfen lied
  • Kimi no na wa (your name)
  • Re: zero kara hajimeru isekai seikatsu
  • Shigatsu wa Kimi no uso
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Fantasy type anime

Fantasy is a genre in which supernatural, magical and other phenomena are generally used as a direct element of the plot, theme or setting. Many works within the genre occur in imaginary worlds where there are magical creatures and magical items.

If we talk about fantasy, we must think of other worlds, magic, supernatural powers, dragons, etc. In other words, a genre that works with “imaginary” elements or I must say, speculative. After all, it is not yet known whether these things are real or imaginary, or at least some of them are not yet known. To exemplify this genre we have:

  • Shingeki no kyojin
  • Sword art online
  • No game No life
  • Fairy tail
  • Soul eater
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Historical anime

History is the genre where the plot involves history, that is, historical content such as famous people in times past, ancient places, ancient stories, etc. Anyway any anime that puts these elements in the plot, are part of the historical genre.

In this type of genre, it is common to find, for example, Samurai, religious temples, or even go back in time as is the case with several Anime. In particular, this is my favorite type of anime. To exemplify this genre we have:

  • Katanagatari
  • Champloo Samurai
  • Gintama
  • Baccano!
  • 91 days
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Horror or terror type anime

As the name implies, the horror genre contains elements that cause panic or fear in its audience. However, it can also be associated with several other genres that alleviate this obscure characteristic. It comes to be used together with the comedy genre. This combination, which is very successful and very popular.

But it is common that this genre often comes together with the drama genre. Which can bring an incredible psychological burden to your audience. To exemplify this genre we have:

  • Another
  • Shiki
  • Tasogare otome x amnesia
  • Corpse party
  • Sankarea
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Genre Kodomo - Children

Just as the former is a gender aimed at adult women, the current gender is mainly aimed at children. That is, lighter plots and without that anime tension for young people and adults.

It contains elements that make the plot extremely light, such as more cheerful features, that is, features that do not convey tension, extremely charismatic and nice characters, elements in its plot that can be easily resolved and in some cases beautiful and cute creatures .

This genre is quite popular as well as several others here on this list. However we have some anime that stand out a lot with other audiences because of their plot and elements, despite being mainly aimed at children. We have for example:

  • Pokémon
  • Digimon
  • Sazae-san
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Types of anime involving magic

Clearly, in this genre we have the presence of elements that refer to magic. That is, magicians, spells, witches, wizards, etc. This genre is commonly associated with fantasy. Thus making it a good mix with several positive points. There are subgenres that have become quite popular which is the famous mahou shoujo, anime with magical girls.

Magic and fantasy are in themselves a formula for an anime’s success, of course an interesting plot is fundamental. This statement can be confirmed through the following Anime:

  • Fullmetal alchemist
  • Fairy tail
  • Nanatzu no taizai
  • Mahou shuoujo magic madoka
  • Sailor Moon (mahou shoujo)
  • Overlord
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Martial Arts Anime

As you can already deduce, every anime that includes in its plot any type of martial art included in this genre. To give an example we can mention boxing anime, street fights, karate or any other type.

This genus, however, is well known for its fighting anime with some kind of powers involved. Of course, there is an exception to the rule and even some anime that does not focus on this genre can be included in it. To always stay this genre we have:

  • Naruto
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Yuu Yuu Hakusho
  • Katanagatari
  • Hajime no Ippo
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Mecha-type anime - Robots

A mecha (short for mechanical in English) is a giant robot (usually biped) controlled or not by a pilot or controller. A mecha is usually a war or combat machine with legs, the main opponents of which are giant monsters or other mecas. They are usually built in anthropomorphic (human) or animal format.

This genre is very popular and even fanatics for it, because robot toys have always been popular with children, however this taste turns into a hobby or even a craze in many people. Famous for its great robots and machines, this genre is often accompanied by genres such as action and fantasy. To exemplify we have:

  • Code Geass
  • Tengen toppa gurren laggan
  • Neon genesis Evangelion
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Darling in the franxxx
  • Aldnoah Zero
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Military type anime

This genre contains in its plot characteristics of the army in general, but not limited to the group of people with weapons, there are cases where the anime presents only the structure and rules of this institution. In other words, it is not necessary to appear an army in Anime for this to be an anime with that genre.

We have a case where only military strategies are presented and carried out by a small group of people. But some things like military strategy, people discipline, organization by classes, etc., are essential elements for this genre. It seems an example of this genre we have:

  • Shingeki no kyojin
  • Code geass
  • Aldnoah.zero
  • Owari no seraph
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Music anime and bands

Basically, this genre is distinguished from the others because in its plot there is some kind of relationship with music. That is, a music band or someone who works with music as the main theme.

We have examples of anime with groups of singers, solo singers, bands etc. As an example of this genre we have:

  • Fuuka
  • White album
  • Shigatsu wa Kimi no uso
  • K-on
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Mystery Anime

As its own designation points out, this genre focuses on the appearance or the previous existence of a mystery which is essential to resolve, with particular relevance to the search for the respective deciphering.

Simply put, the plot creates a mystery that in itself generates the plot and its events. In this genre it is extremely important to solve the mystery. As examples of this theme we have:

  • Another
  • Boku dake ga inai machi
  • Last !!
  • Mirai Nikki
  • Shingeki no kyojin
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Parody Anime

The parody has as its main element, the comedy, that is, from the structure of any genre that has a plot that can be modified. The structure is maintained, that is, characteristics that refer to the original production. In many cases, humorous, provocative and / or portrayal of some topic that is in high demand in the context addressed.

This means, that this genre stops the plot of other anime and changes them to become comical. To exemplify we have:

  • Kono subarashii
  • Gintama
  • One punch man
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Police type anime

As the name says, the plot has elements that refer to the police, that is, a policeman or a detective and others of the kind. This genre is often associated with the mystery theme.

This combination in itself praises the two parts, since one complements the other. However, this is not a rule, and there can always be unusual combinations, such as police and comedy or others. To exemplify this theme we have the following anime:

  • Psycho-pass
  • Detective Conan
  • Rail wars
  • Ghost in the Shell
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Psychological anime

Psychological gender has as main characteristic the immersion in the reasons of the reasons, choices and actions of human beings, in the unconscious flow of memories that starts to determine the behavior of the characters. This means that this genre takes you to know all the details of the plot and what it led to and why it led to such attitudes, behavior etc.

This genre usually alone already puts a lot of pressure on the audience, however it can become even heavier if it is associated with other genres, such as mystery, drama or horror. As examples we can cite:

  • Death note
  • Mirai nikki
  • Psycho-pass
  • Tokyo ghoul
  • Elfen lied
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Romance Anime

By itself, the topic has already been explained. This genre has in its plot, some kind of love relationship, whether directly or indirectly, whether corresponded or not, explicit or implicit. Examples of this genre are:

  • Sword art online
  • Toradora!
  • Clannad
  • Elfen lied
  • Kimi no na wa
  • Shigatsu wa Kimi no uso
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Anime with samurai

Samurai was a soldier, who worked for the Japanese aristocracy. These types of soldiers have long since become obsolete. However, his fame has only grown bigger and stronger over time. I believe that it is difficult to have someone who does not know what a samurai is, even because the name samurai goes through all the media and comes out of the mouth of various types of people.

Therefore, in this genre, samurai need not be soldiers of the aristocracy. His famous katana gives him iconic and very popular roles. This in the shoes of some outlaw or even in the hands of some woman. As examples of anime that contain elements related to the samurai in its plot, we can mention:

  • Samurai X
  • Champloo Samurai
  • Rakudai kishi no eyuutan
  • Gintama
  • Drifters
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School Anime

Such genre contains in its plot some direct or indirect reference to schools. These references can be students, or more directly someone’s school life. genre is very popular, it is common to find school anime mixed with several other genres, it is common to mix school and action.

Other types of combinations are also possible, such as fantasy and school, magic and school, demons and school or ecchi and school. The choice of combinations is up to each one, after all we all have different tastes. To exemplify this genre we have:

  • Another
  • Boku no hero academy
  • Shogugeki no souma
  • Toradora
  • Clannad
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Science Fiction Anime

Science fiction is a genre that normally deals with fictional and imaginative concepts, related to the future, science and technology, and their impacts and / or consequences on a given society or on its individuals.

This genre avoids using the supernatural, and mainly uses scientific and real facts to compose fictional plots. Although some are a little complex, other anime with this genre are quite simple and even educational. As examples of anime we have:

  • Steins; gate
  • Cowboy bebop
  • One punch man
  • Guilt crown
  • Parasyte
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Lifestyle or Slice of life

Within this genre, there is an element that makes reference to a lifestyle of the characters, just as the name suggests. That is to say, in this genre we will find someone’s routine, the people’s daily lives etc., it is common that this genre came together with the school genre.

With this genre we have a small limitation, since from the point that he needs everyday facts, we count some combinations like fantasy or science fiction. However, this is not a rule, as we have several lifestyle cases that present several other combinations in addition to those already mentioned. As examples we have:

  • K-on
  • Kyoukai no kanata
  • ReLife
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Mushishi
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Space Anime

Well, any anime that references or develops its plot in space, is included in this genre. Despite not being as hot as fantasy, the space genre is one with a lot of fans. If it were to quote a film with this genre it would undoubtedly be star wars.

It differs greatly from anime to anime as space is represented, some show the solar system, others show outer space and others report other planets. Anyway, what is quite common in this genre are spaceships and high technology, for this reason this genre is allied to the genre mecha and science fiction. Like for example:

  • Uchuu Kyoudai
  • Cowboy bebop
  • Sidonia no kishi
  • Mobile suit Gundam
  • Aldnoah.zero
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Sports anime

For this very popular genre, we have the plot involved with sports. Be it volleyball, football, basketball, tennis and more. There is not much to develop in explaining this genre. But often this genre is allied with drama or comedy, this to alleviate the parties when you are not playing sports. As examples we have:

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Anime with Super Powers

This despite being well known, is not as popular as genres of magic, fantasy, ecchi or action. This genre encompasses only the types of plots that some people have supernatural powers that are not common in society.

However, when accompanied by other genres, this becomes complementary, to explain this statement, we will take as an example the combination of action and super powers, in this combination super power is the secondary and action becomes the main theme. This occurs a lot, but it is not a rule, there may be cases of super power being the main one, but it occurs less frequently. As examples of this kind we can mention:

  • Boku no hero academy
  • Naruto
  • Bleach
  • One punch man
  • Charllote
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Supernatural type anime

Ghosts, supernatural phenomena, Poltergeist etc., this genre encompasses several elements that refer to the supernatural. We don’t have a big genre by itself, to make up for this lack it needs to be allied with other genres, such as mystery, action, demons and even fantasy and ecchi.

This genre is popular, but only when it makes use of other genres to compensate. Combinations of all types can arise from this need. As is the example of these anime:

  • No game No life
  • Death note
  • Angel beats
  • Monogatari series
  • Kimi no na wa
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Thriller or suspense

Famous for capturing audiences with its plot full of mystery and in some cases horror, this genre makes use of several elements that bring suspense to its plot. Although there are few anime with this genre, they are well classified and well spoken.

The use of other genres such as terror, mystery, police, fantasy etc., in the plot of this genre, serves to complement each other. They can be light or heavy, the latter use psychological gender in large quantities. To exemplify we have the following anime:

  • Aoi Bungaku Series
  • Zankyo no terror
  • Death note
  • Monster
  • Shiki

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Anime with Vampires

Popular enough to win a genre just for them. These (in most cases) suck the blood of others, have participation in several genres ranging from terror to comedy and ecchi. Some cases do special participation and in others as normal participation in the plot.

We have several cases of murderous vampires, and so many others with fearful or romantic vampires. One way or another, the fact that they need blood to survive varies very little. The fact that they can play important roles like being the protagonist, or roles of useless and pathetic characters in the plot is also important. As examples we have:

  • Kekkai sensen
  • Owari no seraph
  • Jitsu wa watashi wa
  • Striker the blood
  • Hellsing
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Anime Cars

This genre is literally, anime that involves cars, it can come in many ways, I don't particularly have much experience with this genre, so I won't risk commenting on it. Examples of anime with this genre are:

  • Redline
  • Initial D

Hentai type anime

In Japanese, hentai originally means 'strange attitude'. The word is also used as an abbreviation for the expression hentai seiyoku, which means sexual perversion, and when used informally, it expresses a sexual act in extreme conditions.

This genre is not “forbidden”, however it will always be accepted in a different way by other people, and people often hide the fact of having watched it, because of its contents.

In these respects they are not so different from erotic movies or porn videos. To follow the line of content for everyone, I will exemplify this genre equally as I did previously, even if there are people who won't like it. Examples are:

  • Bible Black
  • Oni chichi
  • Pico to chichi
  • Euphoria
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Genres Shoujo Ai and Yuri

These genres deal exclusively with girls, there may be boys, however they are secondary and often irrelevant characters. These genres can contain in its plot various types of relationships, from friendship to romance between girls. The latter is not uncommon, there are a lot of anime that deal exclusively with romance between girls who sometimes reach the end.

As we can deduce, it does not fit a single type of target audience as it was in some cases. This genre alone is an attraction for all audiences, however it can also be accompanied by some other genres such as action, fantasy, school or ecchi. Examples of this genre are:

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Shounen Ai and Yaoi genres

This gender deals exclusively with men, or rather, the relationships between them. Relationships can be of various types, however it is much easier to find one of those anime that report on romance between men than one that reports on fraternity. Perhaps it is the fact that the latter is not as interesting to the public as the former.

We can see that this anime is the male version of the Yuri genre. Like the other, this gender may contain women in its plot, but they will not be relevant to the story. Another noticeable thing is that this gender is extremely popular with women. For this genre we have:

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