There are lots of weird and obscure genre’s of Anime and Manga so I thought it would be fun to explain what they are and learn what they even are myself for a lot of them! Also I will be giving popular examples. They won’t be anything that I recommend just what MAL recommends, though I’m sure I’ll be happy with a lot of what MAL says.
Shounen and Shoujo
Both are a genre of Japanese comics aimed at different genders. Shounen is japanese comics/anime’s aimed at young boys and Shoujo is the same but aimed at young girls.
Shounen AI and Shoujo Ai
This is why I said what Shounen and Shoujo was previously! The “Ai” added on simply depicts a non-sexual relationship or a romantic relationship between two boys or two girls. Shounen for boys and Shoujo for girls.
However these genre’s don’t appeal to young boys/girls like Shounen and Shoujo does.
Yaoi and Yuri
Yaoi and Yuri are the natural extension of Shounen and Shoujo Ai. Yaoi is boys love and Yuri is girls love. The only real difference between these two genres is that the characters in them have sex.
Doujinchi and Hentai
Hentai is just anime/manga depicting sex so what is the difference between that and Doujinchi? Believe it or not Doujinchi does not exclusively mean sex. It just refers to fan related work based off pre-existing anime. This means that it can basically be equated to fan fiction. However it’s pretty much always used for sex scenes with characters from anime that already exist, so it can basically be equated to fan fiction.
Seinen and Josei
These are more styles of comics, directed at young teens of different genders. Seinen is directed at male late teens while Josei is directed at female late teens.
Dementia vs Demons
Demons is quite an obvious genre but what’s the difference between dementia? Dementia simply means madness and insanity that isn’t necessarily caused by demons though it can be.
Harem and Reverse Harem
A harem is where the main character is a guy who has a lot of girls surrounding him who all love him, they don’t have to be in a relationship either, they often aren’t honestly. The reverse harem is where the girl is the main character and all the guys around her love him.
Though the word Ecchi means “sex” in Japanese it just refers to fan service i.e tits and ass everywhere.
So that was all the obscure genere’s that I wasn’t sure myself what they were or I could see someone else not knowing what they are.
Did anyone else find it funny how much of these hard to understand genres are to do with differences between male and female? It’s pretty interesting to me.