Genres and Types of Anime – Complete list with recommendations

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Hello guys, all right? I hope so. Today we will comment on the genres of anime or types of anime. Have you ever wondered how many have or if there’s any kind you don’t know? I’ve wondered that several times. That’s why we’re bringing to you today, all existing genres today.

When we talk about types of anime, sorting them can be tricky. A single anime can have multiple genres, and there are categories that anime fans or otakus use, which are uncomprehensive. In this article we will not only talk about existing genres and anime types but also leave some more popular examples of the genre.

Shounen anime

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

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Although directed at boys, many girls are also interested in this segment. What makes it even more popular is the fact that your audience has no ages, can fit into the preferences of children and adults. As we can tell, this genre is the opposite of shoujo. Examples of shounen anime we have:

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

Shoujo anime

Shōjo, shojo, or shoujo is a genre of anime marketed to a female audience, usually between the ages of 12 and 18 years. 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 an audience. Shoujo comprises some typical features, such as always very kind and adorable boys, as well as docile and demure female characters, most of the time, but it can happen to have exceptions. As examples of this genre we have:

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

Seinen anime

Seinen is a genre of anime st., primarily for adult male audiences. 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 several cases, fully satisfy the demand for other types of audiences.

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

  • Hellsing
  • Black Lagoon, the
  • Btooom
  • Black bullet
  • Bungou stray dogs
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Josei anime

Josei (literally “woman”) is the definition given to the genre of anime usually aimed at adult female audiences. They are usually stories of adulthood with a focus on female daily life, shown more realistically. Their stories tend to be less fanciful, and the use of fantasy and science fiction is rare in Josei.

Well, it’s basically every anime that’s geared towards adult female audiences. In other words, realistic romance stories, of course it’s not only, but it’s a good example for that time for that genre. However, that’s not to say that men can’t watch. The problem with this is that the content may not satisfy them so much. As examples of this genre we have:

  • Usagi drop
  • Chihayafuru
  • Amnesia District
  • Nodame cantabile
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Ecchi anime

For those who don’t know, ecchi is a Japanese expression. Its meaning is “pevertied” or similar. I don’t know why that name, but I know it’s going to be a direct reference to the kind of audience he wants to reach. This is not to say that only such individuals watch this genre, because it is extremely vast and popular, and even has a combination with several other genres.

Basically all anime that contains elements of sexual appeal are ecchis anime. That is, bikinis, big boobs etc. I’m not going to name other guys because it’s embarrassing to comment here. Examples for this genre are:

  • High school DxD
  • High school of the Dead
  • Kill la kill
  • Shogugeki in summa
  • No game no Life
  • Rakudai kishi no eyuutan
  • The best ecchi anime list
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Harem anime

By literal definition, harem is a word derived from Arabic harem, which means a group of women who inhabit and share a house, living on 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, the harem genre is the number enemy of those people seeking a good romance, of course it has exceptions where you can love themselves more than a single person, these latter cases are rare but happen. As examples of this genre we have:

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

Action is a genre of which usually involves a history of protagonists of good against evil antagonists, who solve their differences with use of force or some other artifice, in them good always gains from evil. And that’s a cliché, almost never broken.

I believe this is the best known and popular genre of anime, and not only anime, it is popular also with movies, series, cartoons etc., that is, it is global. We have several examples of famous mega anime due to their action genre. Of course that doesn’t mean there are no bad anime with the same theme. some examples of action anime are:

  • Sword art online
  • Shingeki in kyojin
  • Full metal alchemist
  • One punch man
  • Tokyo ghoul
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Adventure anime

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

Adventure anime are those with plots that make us feel pleasure, bringing new experiences or places different from those we are accustomed to, it closely resembles the action genre, but are different because adventure does not emphasize so much to fights and violence so to speak, he focuses on the plot around the protagonist, his adventures and challenges, his conquests and losses etc.

This genre is as popular as action, I particularly prefer this instead of that. And just as action has its successes, adventure also has its, however often these two come together, as 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 comical surprise, situations of the same nature, etc. In short, whatever’s funny and that can make someone laugh.

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

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Dementia anime

If you’re wondering “how can dementia be a gender?”, I’ll explain now. First, dementia has two main meanings and then I explain this gender. The first is:

Psychopathology: loss of organic origin, frequent. especially memory, but also compromises thought, judgment and/or the ability to adapt to social situations. The first is psychological disease, however, as we see, the second is a type of behavior.

By extension: unusual behavior that appears or suggests madness; folly, crazy, silly. That is, the genus dementia is one that the plot develops around the behavior of one or several individuals in the anime. To exemplify, we can quote the following anime:

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

Well, this genre can come in the most varied ways, after all we have anime that unite comedy and demons, and we also have those that unite demons and terror. This combination part is at each’s discretion. However, it is a fact that we find many anime of demons with action, so many that in my opinion it comes to be a cliché.

The demon genre, as well as the definition of several others, is where the plot develops with some kind of demon contained in it. In many cases, the protagonist is or makes some kind of pact with a demon (but with angels is not so successful, that 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 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 sadne
ss. Most “sad” anime necessarily have drama as a main genre because 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 in use
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Fantasy anime

Fantasy is a genre in which one usually uses supernatural, magical and other phenomena as a direct element of the plot plot, theme or configuration. 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. That is, a genre that works with “imaginary” elements or should I 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 in kyojin
  • Sword art online
  • No game no Life
  • Fairy tail
  • Soul eater
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HISTORICAL ANIME

Historical is the genre where the plot involves history, that is, historical content like famous people in times past, ancient places, ancient stories etc. Anyway every 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. Particularly, this is my favorite kind of anime. To exemplify this genre we have:

  • Katanagatari
  • Champloo Samurai
  • Gintama
  • Baccano!
  • 91 days
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Horror anime

As the name itself already says, the horror genre contains in its plot elements that cause panic or fear in its audience. However it can also be associated with several other genera that relieve this obscure characteristic. It comes to be used together with the comedy genre. Combination this, which is very successful and is quite popular.

But it is common for this genre to often come along with genre drama. Which can carry an incredible psychological burden for your audience. To exemplify this genre we have:

  • Another
  • Shiki
  • Tasogare otome x amnesia
  • Corpse party
  • Sankarea, New Area
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Kodomo – Children

As previous ly it is a gender aimed at adult women, the current gender is aimed primarily at children. That is, lighter plots and without that tension of anime for young people and adults.

Contains elements that make the plot extremely light, such as more joyful traits, that is, traits that do not refer to tension, extremely charismatic and good characters, elements in their plot that resolve easily 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 its plot and elements, despite being primarily aimed at children’s audiences. 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, spells, spells, witches, wizards etc. This genre is commonly associated with fantasy. Thus becoming a good mix with several positives. There are subgenres that have become quite popular that is the famous mahou shoujo, anime with magic girls.

Magic and fantasy are by themselves a formula for the success of an anime, of course an interesting storyline is key. 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 your plot any kind of martial art encompassed in this genre. To give an example we can cite boxing anime, street fights, karate or any other type.

This genre is however well known for its anime fights with some kind of powers involved. Of course there is an exception to the rule and even some anime that do 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 at Ippo
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Mecha-type anime – Robots

A mechanical abbreviation is a giant robot (usually biped) controlled or not by a pilot or controller. A wick is usually a machine of war or fighting with legs, whose main opponents are giant monsters or other meccas. They are usually constructed in anthropomorphic (human) or animal format.

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

  • Code Gearse
  • 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 characteristic army in general, but not only limited to the group of people with weapons, there are cases where the anime presents only the structure and rules of that institution. In other words, you don’t need to appear an army in Anime so that this is 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’s discipline, organization by classes, etc., are essential elements for this genre. It seems an example of this genre we have:

  • Shingeki in kyojin
  • Code geass
  • Aldnoah.zero
  • Owari in seraph
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Music anime and bands

Basically, this genre is distinguished from others because in its plot there is some kind of relationship with music. That is, some 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, Pennsylvania
  • White album
  • Shigatsu wa Kimi in use
  • K-on, New District
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Anime on Mystery

As its own designation points out, this genre focuses on the emergence or previous existence of a mystery that is essential to solve, with particular relevance for the search for its decipherment.

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

  • Another
  • Boku dake ga inai machi
  • Durarara!!
  • Mirai Nikki
  • Shingeki in kyojin
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Parody Anime

Parody has comedy as its main element, that is, from the structure of any genre that has a plot that can be modified. The structure remains, that is, characteristics that refer to the original production. With a nature, in many cases, comical, provocative and/or retraction of some theme that is on the rise in the context addressed.

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

  • Kono subarashii
  • Gintama
  • One punch man
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Cop-type anime

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

This combination itself, praise sits both parts, as one complements the other. However this is not a rule, and there may always be unusual combinations such as cop 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

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

This genre usually by itself already causes great pressure in 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 mention:

  • Death note
  • Nikki Mirai
  • Psycho-pass
  • Tokyo ghoul
  • Elfen lied
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Romance anime

By itself, the theme is already explained. This genre has in its plot, some kind of loving relationship, whether directly or indirectly, corresponded or not, explicit or implicit. As examples of this genre we have:

  • Sword art online
  • Toradora!
  • Clannad
  • Elfen lied
  • Kimi no na wa
  • Shigatsu wa Kimi in use
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anime with samurai

Samurai was a soldier, who worked for the Japanese aristocracy. It’s been a long time since these kinds of soldiers became obsolete. However, his fame only became bigger and stronger over time. I think it’s hard to have someone who doesn’t know what a samurai is, not even because the samurai name passes through all the media and comes out of the mouth of various types of people.

Therefore, in this genre samurai do not need to be soldiers of the aristocracy. Its famous katana, it gives you iconic and very popular roles. That’s in the shoes of some outlaw or even in the hands of some woman. As examples of anime that contains in its plot elements related to samurai, we can quote:

  • Samurai vs.
  • Champloo Samurai
  • Rakudai kishi no eyuutan
  • Gintama
  • Drifters
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School anime

Such a genre contains in its plot, some direct or indirect reference to schools. These references can be students, or more directly to someone’s school. Genre is very popular, it is common to find school anime mixed with several other genres, it is common to mix between the school gender 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 at each’s discretion, after all we all have different tastes. To exemplify this genre we have:

  • Another
  • Boku at hero academy
  • Shogugeki in summa
  • Toradora
  • Clannad
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Science Fiction Anime

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

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

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

Within this genre is some element that refer to some character lifestyle, just as the name suggests. That is to say, in this genre we will find someone’s routine, people’s daily lives etc. it is common for this gender to come with the school gender.

With this genre we have a small limitation, because from the point that it needs everyday facts, we count some combinations such as fantasy or science fiction. However this is not a rule, because we have several lifestyle cases that present several combinations other than those mentioned. As examples we have:

  • K-on, New District
  • Kyoukai on kanata
  • ReLife, New Life
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Mushishi
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Anime about Space

Well, every anime that references or develops your plot in space, is included in this genre. Despite not being as high as fantasy, the space genre is one with plenty of fans. If it were to quote a movie 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 genre is greatly allied with the genre mecha and science fiction. For example:

  • Uchuu Kyoudai
  • Cowboy bebop
  • Sidonia in kishi
  • Mobile suit Gundam
  • Aldnoah.zero
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Sports anime

For this genre, quite popular, we have the plot involved with sports. Be it volleyball, football, basketball, tennis and more. There’s not much to develop in explaining this genre. But often this genre combines with drama or comedy, this to relieve the parties when they are not practicing sports. As examples we have:

  • Kuroko in basket
  • Haykiuu!!
  • Free!
  • Hajime at Ippo
  • Megalo box
  • Hanebado District
  • One outs
  • The best sports anime
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Anime with Super Powers

This despite being well known, it 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 action and super powers, in this super power combination is secondary and action becomes the main theme. This happens a lot, but it is not a rule, there may be cases of super being the main one, but it occurs less often. As examples of this genre we can mention:

  • Boku at hero academy
  • Naruto
  • Bleach
  • One punch man
  • Charllote, New
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Supernatural anime

Ghosts, supernatural phenomena, Poltergeist etc., this genre encompasses several elements that refer to the supernatural. We do not have a great genre by itself, to make up for this lack he 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 may arise from this need. As is the example of these anime:

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

Famous for holding the audience with its plot full of mystery and in some horror cases, this genre makes use of various elements that bring suspense to its plot. Although there are few anime with this genre, these 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 in large quantities the psychological gender. To exemplify we have the following anime:

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Anime with Vampires

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

We have several cases of killer 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 make 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 in seraph
  • Wa Watashi Wa Jitsu
  • Striker the blood
  • Hellsing
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Anime about Cars

This genre is literally, anime involving cars, may come in several ways, I particularly don’t have much experience with this genre, so I won’t risk commenting on it. Examples of anime with this genre are:

  • Redline
  • Initial D

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Hentai-type anime

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

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

In these ways they don’t differ so much from erotic movies or videos. To follow the content line for everyone, I’m going to exemplify this genre equally as I did earlier, even if there are people who won’t like it. The examples are:

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

These genres deal exclusively with girls, there may be boys, however they are secondary characters and often irrelevant. These genres can contain in their plot various types of relationships, from friendship to even romance among girls. The latter is not uncommon, has a lot of animethat deals exclusively with romance among girls who sometimes reach the last.

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

  • Citrus
  • Yuru Yuri
  • Konohana kitan
  • Kämpfer District
  • Aoi Hana
  • The best Yuri anime for you to watch
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Genera Shounen Ai and Yaoi

This genre deals exclusively with men, or rather relationships between them. Relationships can be of various types, however it is much easier to find one of these anime that relate to romance between men than one that relates about fraternity. Maybe it’s the fact that the latter isn’t as interesting to the audience as the first.

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

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