If you love and regularly watch anime, more or less will know that each show has its main genre centered, and often blends elements from several genres at the same time. The genres of anime are also plentiful – no matter what action, romance, horror …
So, to grasp the full range of anime (endless numbers) is not easy for a novice, making finding a suitable anime for your mood, inspiration and hobby. more difficult. Hence, a list of popular anime genres with the following basic definitions will be helpful for this:
8. Games / Games
This category revolves around the theme of ideas and gameplay a lot, be it card games, board games, puzzles or even virtual reality. As long as the game is playable, whatever genre it belongs in this category. Occasionally movies based on video game content will also count toward this category.
For example: Yu-Gi-Oh !, Sword Art Online, Phi Brain: Puzzle of God
The traits of this genre can never be confused: a male character surrounded by a lot of female characters and often pushed into awkward situations. More than two girls scramble to steal a guy and typically in times of humor or even romance. But there are also cases where harem doesn’t have any romantic elements and people just create such situations to amuse them.
Examples: Date A Live, The World God Only Knows, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Revolving around events, historical settings and ancient times, these anime are often set in ancient Japan and feudalism. Other contexts such as the Middle Ages also exist but are relatively rare. Occasionally, as long as the timing or setting, and sometimes some ancient and pre-existing elements, the anime will also be classified in the historical genre.
Examples: Rurouni Kenshin, Fushigi Yugi, and Junketsu no Maria
It is not difficult to see a horror anime movie, if there are ghosts, monsters, bloody and creepy it cannot be left anywhere. As a general trend, violent and bloody scenes have become defining traits for the genre. But the most important factor of course still has to be the ability to intimidate and make you feel the most terrible.
Examples: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls, Another, Theater of Darkness
12. Josei / Feminine
Josei (girly) is a Japanese female age division and is also considered to be a more mature female anime genre. This category is especially aimed at viewers between 18 and 40 years old. At such an age, anime genre is usually mature older with more realistic romantic feelings rather than dreamy and idealized for teenagers.
Examples: Nana, Paradise Kiss, and Kuragehime
A lot of people say anime is just for kids, but that’s not entirely true. The truth is that there isn’t a lot of anime for kids, it’s a completely separate genre with a peaceful, gentle, and meaningful trait – perfect for kids under 12.
Examples: Pokémon, Machine Robo Rescue, and Doraemon
The nature of this genre overall is related to magic such as spells and incantations, including sources of magical powers, entities that grant wishes, and magic tricks. One of the most popular themes is “magical girls”, which is so popular that she can split herself into a new anime line in the future. In short, the magic genre will have a lot of magic and all these magical forces.
Examples: Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Magical Doremi, Magi: Labyrinth of Magic
15. Martial arts
Martial arts play a big role in every anime that features a fight or a fight. From barehanded melee combat, fencing, shooting to weapons – there will always be an element of martial arts throughout the process. But there are also anime that are simply about martial arts, there are plenty of them that focus a lot on barefoot melee and technical combat.
Examples: Hajime no Ippo, History’s Strongest Disciple, Dragon Ball
Mecha stands for mechanical (in this case, machines or robots. A mecha anime will never be without robots or machine armor / fighting machines because it is the most important factor. And while the genre’s popularity has risen every day, a standard formula has always been used to develop the plot. One common trend is that mecha will combine with the military, science fiction, and action.
Examples: Mobile Suit Gundam, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Code Geass