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    Hello, all!
    Actually, i'm still new at Anime's world, but, when i saw this (below,later) post, [And unexpectedly be a mod for this sub-forum] I think it'll be useful to share this for someone who will need it later...

    ----- ALL and/or MOST ANIME'S GENRES WITH DESCRIPTION -----

    > Action - Plays out mainly through a clash of physical forces. Frequently these stories have fast cuts, tough characters making quick decisions and usually a beautiful girl nearby. Anything quick and most likely a thin storyline.
    > Adventure - Exploring new places, environments or situations. This is often associated with people on long journeys to places far away encountering amazing things, usually not in an epic but in a rather gripping and interesting way.
    > Cars - Anime whose central theme revolves around cars and probably car races. A single character's obsession for cars does not mean that it should belong to this genre. Most of these stories also are in the action genre.
    > Comedy - Multiple characters and/or events causing hilarious results. These stories are built upon funny characters, situations and events.
    > Dementia - Anime that have mind-twisting plots.
    > Demons - Anime that are set in a world where demons and other dark creatures play a significant role - the main character may even be one.
    > Drama - Anime that often show life or characters through conflict and emotions. In general, the different parts of the story tend to form a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. In other words, the story has a message that is bigger than just the story line itself.
    > Ecchi - Anime that contain a lot of sexual innuendo. The translation of this letter (Ecchi is the letter 'H' in Japanese) is pervert. Ecchi is about panties (pantsu) and bra/breast showing, situations with "sudden nudity" and of course, subtle hints or sexual thoughts. Ecchi does not describe actual sex acts or show any intimate body parts except for bare breasts and buttocks. Ecchi is almost always used for humor.
    > Fantasy - Anime that are set in a mythical world quite different from modern-day Earth. Frequently this world has magic and/or mythical creatures such as dragons and unicorns. These stories are sometimes based on real world legends and myths. Frequently fantasies describe tales featuring magic, brave knights, damsels in distress, and/or quests.
    > Game - Anime whose central theme is based on a non-violent, non-sports game, like go, chess, trading card games or computer/video games.
    > Harem - Anime that involves one lead male character and many cute/pretty female support characters. Typically, the male lead ends up living with many female support characters within the same household. The lead male typically represents the average guy who is shy, awkward, and girlfriendless. While each female character surround the lead male possesses distinct physical and personality traits, those traits nevertheless represent different stereotypical roles that play on popular Japanese fetishes; i.e. the librarian/genius, tomboy, little sister, and older woman. Some anime that are under the harem genre are: Love Hina, Girls Bravo, Maburaho, and Sister Princess.
    > Hentai - Anime whose central theme is explicit sex. Hentai is sex with usually a very small storyline, comparable with normal porn. Hentai can range from normal couple's sexual relationship to a wide variety of fetishes and perversions.
    > Historical - Anime whose setting is in the past. Frequently these follow historical tales, sagas or facts.
    > Horror - Anime whose focus is to scare the audience.
    > 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.
    > Kids - Anime whose target audience is children. This does not necessarily mean that the character(s) are children or that an anime whose main character(s) are children is appropriate for this genre.
    > Magic - Anime whose central theme revolves around magic. Things that are "out of this world" happen - incidents that cannot be explained by the laws of nature or science. Usually wizards/witches indicate that it is of the "Magic" type. This is a sub-genre of fantasy.
    > Martial Arts - Anime whose central theme revolves around martial arts. This includes all hand-to-hand fighting styles, including Karate, Tae-Kwon-Do and even Boxing. Weapons use, like Nunchaku and Shuriken are also indications of this genre. This is a sub-genre of action.
    > Mecha - Anime whose central theme involves mechanical things. This genre is mainly used to point out when there are giant robots. Human size androids are in general not considered "Mecha" but "SciFi".
    > Military - An anime series/movie that has a heavy militaristic feel behind it.
    > Music - Anime whose central theme revolves around singers/idols or people playing instruments. This category is not intended for finding AMVs (Animated Music Videos).
    > Mystery - Anime where characters reveal secrets that may lead a solution for a great mystery. This is not necessarily solving a crime, but can be a realization after a quest.
    > Parody - Anime that imitate other stories (can be from TV, film, books, historical events, ...) for comic effect by exaggerating the style and changing the content of the original. Also known as spoofs. This is a sub-genre of comedy.
    > Police - Anime where a police organization are a major part of the story.
    > Psychological - Often when two or more characters prey each others' minds, either by playing deceptive games with the other or by merely trying to demolish the other's mental state.
    > Romance - Anime whose story is about two people who each want [sometimes unconciously] to win or keep the love of the other. This kind of anime might also fall in the "Ecchi" category, while "Romance" and "Hentai" generally contradict each other.
    > Samurai - Anime whose main character(s) are samurai, the old, but not forgotten, warrior cast of medieval Japan.
    > School - Anime which are mainly set in a school environment.
    > Sci-Fi - Anime where the setting is based on the technology and tools of a scientifically imaginable world. The majority of technologies presented are not available in the present day and therefore the Science is Fiction. This incorporates any possible place (planets, space, underwater, you name it).
    > Seinen - Demographic indicator for anime and manga aimed at a young adult male (college-aged) audience. A genre for adults, more mature themes.
    > Shoujo - Anime that are targeted towards the "young girl" market. Usually the story is from the point of view of a girl and deals with romance, drama or magic.
    > Shoujo Ai - Anime whose central theme is about a relationship (or strong affection, not usually sexual) between two girls or women. Shoujo Ai literally means "girl love".
    > Shounen - Anime that are targeted towards the "young boy" market. The usual topics for this involve fighting, friendship and sometimes super powers.
    > Shounen Ai - Anime whose central theme is about a relationship (or strong affection, not usually sexual) between two boys or men. Shounen Ai literally means "boy love", but could be expressed as "male bonding".
    > Slice of Life - Anime with no clear central plot. This type of anime tends to be naturalistic and mainly focuses around the main characters and their everyday lives. Often there will be some philosophical perspectives regarding love, relationships, life etc. tied into the anime. The overall typical moods for this type of anime are cheery and carefree, in other words, it is your "feel-good" kind of anime. Some anime that are under the slice of life genre are: Ichigo Mashimaro, Haganai, Fruits Basket, Aria the Natural, Honey and Clover, and Piano.
    > Space - Anime whose setting is in outer space, not on another planet, nor in another dimension, but space. This is a sub-genre of scifi.
    > Sports - Anime whose central theme revolves around sports, examples are tennis, boxing and basketball.
    > Super Power - Anime whose main character(s) have powers beyond normal humans. Often it looks like magic, but can't really be considered magic; usually ki-attacks, flying or superhuman strength.
    > Supernatural - Anime of the paranormal stature. Demons, vampires, ghosts, undead, etc.
    > Thriller - Anime that thrills, usually involving fighting or suspense. can be organized under four main sub-genres which are mystery, suspense, psychological, and crime thrillers.
    > Vampire - Anime whose main character(s) are vampires or at least vampires play a significant role in the story.
    > Yaoi - Anime whose central theme is a sexual relationship between two boys or men. This implies Hentai.
    > Yuri - Anime whose central theme is a sexual relationship between two girls or women. This implies Hentai.
    Special credit to MyAnimeList.net with changes.

    If you feel something's wrong, or there's some genres still not listed here, please feel free to tell me here or via VM/PM. Thanks before..!
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    And, how about telling us about some of your favorite genres here, with some examples? I'll tell mine! (Even i'm still get started.. -_-" Gomen'nasai)
    - School
    - Slice of Life
    - Romance
    - Ecchi (don't be hypocrite, please...)
    - Game

    My fav atm(i just started to watch, so maybe this can change sometimes...) is
    - Boku wa Tomodachi [Haganai],
    - SAO [haven't see the 2nd atm],
    - Kiss x Sis.
    (All was friend-recommended.. -_-")

    So, why don't you share your thought too ?!
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    Nice Thread! This can lower the questions being asked of what goes in or out

    So for my favorite genres:
    All of them with the exceptions of Shoujoi Ai, Shounen Ai, Yuri, Yaoi and Josei

    My favorite animes are
    1st Clannad
    2nd No Game No Life
    3rd Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

    Since I really can't pick from all of the animes that I've watched I just ranked them

    So maybe someone could share theirs too. Maybe we might find something from your faves
    "Hey what color do you want to be?"
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    Ah, i think that there's no many people paying attention to this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MazETeR View Post
    Ah, i think that there's no many people paying attention to this...
    Hmm, I wish this thread gets replies from time to time not just us
    "Hey what color do you want to be?"
    -Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo-
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    nice! thanks for taking the time to put this together I actually didn't know some xD like josei and seinen. I think the genres I enjoy are comedy, action, and psychological/thriller. I like stories that has a good twist and great characters.
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    Hello,
    Trying to stick this thread.. Hope it'll useful for someone out there...
    Thanks before...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Proto View Post
    nice! thanks for taking the time to put this together I actually didn't know some xD like josei and seinen. I think the genres I enjoy are comedy, action, and psychological/thriller. I like stories that has a good twist and great characters.
    Nice a reply from another member The thread is here for that. Glad that this thread helped you A nice variety of faves from the genre list

    Quote Originally Posted by MazETeR View Post
    Hello,
    Trying to stick this thread.. Hope it'll useful for someone out there...
    Thanks before...
    Hope this thread will stick It's pretty useful for the ones that are just starting to watch them or read them
    "Hey what color do you want to be?"
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    comedy + slice of life all the way for me, though I do enjoy an occasional psychological
    any of y'all use MAL?
    here's mine myanimelist
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    I watch pretty much every genre except hentai and the related ones.

    You're missing shota-con/lolicon genres which are highly controversial, so its preferable that I don't explain what they are and I'm pretty bad at explaining things lol.

    A famous example of a lolicon anime is Kodomo no Jikan (Children of time) which is also highly ecchi but not hentai.

    A famous example of a shota-con anime is Boku no Pico (WARNING HENTAI!) which also happens to be the world's first shota-con anime.

    If you're still curious go check out the Wikipedia articles on shota-con/lolicon.
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    Well Shota-con is a genre focused on people that loves small boys. And the Lolicon genre is focused on people that loves children, boy or girl. Anyways those genres are somewhat on the edge. Good Luck reading to those that're are still looking for the genres that they want to search for
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    well for many years i read those manga,never knew what kind of genre that i read. most of them are fantasy. but you should try read them(a few of them)
    1. Akame Ga Kiru
    2. Black Clover
    3. Orange Marmalade (Romance)
    4. Onani Master Kurosawa
    5. Green Worldz
    6. DouPo CangQiong(its manhwa btw,but its good)

    well thats just a suggestion
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