Manga Genre

Similar to english novels, Manga comics are categorized into many genres. In this page, we will be introducing some of the more common and popular manga genres.


One PieceIn Japanese, the word "shonen" refers to teenagers. Manga in this genre normally targets at young males from elementary school to junior high school. Currently in Japan, shonen manga comics are the most popular.

A typical shonen manga would feature male characters in action-packed plots, coupled with humorous scenes. Friendships between male characters are also highly emphasized. Usually, as an act of fan service, the mangaka (manga authors) would include several attractive female characters.

Popular Shonen Manga: Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach and One Piece


Hana KimiShojo literally means young girls, and shojo manga comics are marketed to female readers between age 10 and 18.

Compared to shonen manga, this type of manga focuses more on relationships (usually romance) between the characters and their emotional transformation.

Popular Shojo Manga: Fruit Basket, Hana Yori Dango and Hana Kimi


Seinen means young man, it can be considered as an “older” version of shonen manga. The targeted readers are between age of 18 to 30 and occasionally men in the 40s.

Different from shonen manga, seinen manga comics have wider range of art styles. Topics can range from innovative arts to violence and romance. Seinen manga drawing styles are more realistic, therefore, this type of manga are not suitable for young readers.

Popular Seinen Manga: 20th Century Boys, Chobits and xxxHolics


GokusenJosei manga is the female equivalent of Seinen manga. The target audiences are female aged between 18 and 30.

Unlike Shojo, the storylines and romance are more realistic and less perfect. Often, the stories revolve around the life of the characters and their life experiences. Similar to Seinen, Josei manga comics are more explicit and more suited for mature readers.

Popular Josei Manga: Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile and Gokusen