Anime Genres Guide For Beginners With The Best Season Suggestions

Anime Genres

Anime has been entertaining the world since 1917. But, the last decade has seen a rapid rise in its popularity. Animes are not toons, they are not films either. But, we do have dedicated Anime genres. For those who have just begun to watch anime, we have made an Anime genre guide with the best anime suggestion, genre-wise.

Anime is Japanese hand-drawn or computer animations. The word Anime is derived from the English word “Animation”. These are especially based on the Japanese Mangas so their genres are often pronounced in Japanese. If you have just begun to watch Anime then you must be having problems finding the series of your interest. Here we are with the Anime Genre guide that will surely help you out.

The different types of Anime Genres are 

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  1. Kodomomuke
  2. Shoujo
  3. Shounen
  4. Hentai
  5. Yaoi
  6. Yuri
  7. Slice Of Life

Don’t get freaked out by names, we have explained each genre with detailed information and best Animes in the category below.

Anime Genres Guide For Beginners 

We will start this guide on Anime Genres for beginners with the three basic genres in the Anime world and these are the Kodomomuke, Shoujo, Shounen. Then, we will be moving to the adult Anime genres and these will include the Hentai, Yaoi, and Yuri. Don’t get confused with the terms I am using. This is what they call these genres in the Japanese language. We have explained each of these Anime Genres below.

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Anime Genres - Kodomomuke
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Kodomomuke is the Anime genre that is specifically targeted towards kids. These include the Anime that we see on the cartoon networks. This genre of Anime is specifically dedicated to children and has the fantasy world away from reality. For example, if we talk about Doraemon. A Robot Cat, which looks like a raccoon dog comes from the future to help a child.

Here are some recommendations on the Good Kodomomuke Animes:

Spirited Away (2001)

It is a Japanese Anime about a little 10 years old girl, who goes to the amusement park to have fun with her parents. To her surprise, her parents were turned into giant pigs by the evils and set both of them free. Chihiro, a 10 years old girl, had to work in the amusement park.

My Neighbour Totoro(1998)

My Neighbour Totoro is a Family fantasy Anime film that was released in the year 1998. The story is about two kids Mei and Satsuki, whose mother is in hospital. The hospital is far from the place they stay. So, they shift to a new house near the hospital. The story takes a turn when they find out that their Neighbour is a giant rabbit-looking creature that turns out to be a spirit.

Wolf Children(2012)

Wolf Children is another example of a good Kodomomuke Anime. It is a fantasy drama Anime that was released in 2012. The story of the anime is, a woman named Hana falls in love with and marries a Wolfman. The wolfman dies leaving behind two children. Hana takes her children to the countryside where they have adventures at school as well as in the woods.

Shoujo & Shounen

Anime Genres - Shoujo & Shounen
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Shoujo means girl’s and Shounen means boys. Well, this genre of anime is interrelated as they go for both genders. We can’t categorize the anime based on just girls or just boys. These Anime genres contain sub-genre like action, romance, crime, comedy, adventure, and more.

Here are some recommendations on good Shoujo and Shounen Genres

Code Geass(2006)

Code Geass is a Science-fiction anime. The plot of the story is that the Holy Empire of Britannia has conquered Japan. They are now calling it Area 11. The fundamental rights of the people have been taken away from them and the rulers are using powerful destructive weapons to ensure control over the territory. The story revolves around setting Japan free from the intruders.

Dragon Ball Z(1989)

Dragon Ball Z is an Action Anime that was released way back in 1989. It is the story of a boy called Goku, who along with his Z warriors is in charge of defending the whole world from evil.

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The Seven Deadly Sins(2014)

The Seven Deadly Sins is an Anime series that was first released in 2014. The plot of the series is about a rebellion of the Knights that overthrows its lords. The Princess then takes the charge and suppresses the rebellion with the help of the forgotten warriors.

After the three basic Anime genres, let us explore the sexuality part of the Anime world. These Animes are called R18 in Japan. There are three basic categories of these Anime genres as well and these are Hentai, Yaoi, and Yuri. We have explained all these three terms below.


Anime Genres - Hentai
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The sexual Animes are known as hentai by the whole world but the world is unaware of the terms “Ecchi” and “Harem”. These can be called the sub-genre of the Hentai Animes. Let us briefly talk about what they are:

Ecchi – Ecchi refers to the sexual themes and Undertones without actually visualizing the sexual intercourse on screen.

Harem – Harem are usually referred to the comic animes but if you dive deep into the meaning. It means a character of a certain gender surrounded by many characters of the opposite gender for romantic acts. I think you got it.

Here are some recommendations on good hentai Genres

  • Akiba Boys
  • Angel
  • Campus
  • Call Me Tonight
  • Cool Devices
  • Demon Beast invasion
  • G- Taste
  • Hatsuinu
  • Kama Sutra
  • Magical Canon
  • Milk Money
  • Venus 5 
  • Vixens


Anime Genres - Yaoi
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Yaoi is the sub-category of homosexual anime. These are made targeting especially male homosexuality. Some of the good Yaoi Animes are 

  • Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai: The Clouds Gather
  • Hybrid Child
  • Mo Dao Zu Shi (Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation)
  • Boku no Sexual Harassment
  • Papa to Kiss in the Dark
  • Fake
  • Junjou Romantica
  • Wei, Kanjian Erduo La!
  • Spiritpact
  • Yuri!!! on Ice
  • Classmates (Dou Kyu Sei)
  • Ai no Kusabi
  • Hyperventilation
  • Beryl and Sapphire
  • Togainu no Chi
  • Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (The World’s Greatest First Love)
  • Fuyu no Semi
  • Yarichin B**ch Club
  • My Very Own Hero (Hitorijime My Hero)

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Anime Genres - Yuri
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Yaoi is also a sub-category of homosexual anime. These are made targeting especially female homosexuality. Some of the good Yaoi Animes are 

  • Best Yuri Anime!
  • Bloom into You
  • Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid
  • Yuru Yuri
  • Adachi to Shimamura
  • Kiniro Mosaic
  • Konohana Kitan
  • Riddle Story of Devil
  • Strawberry Panic
  • Destiny of the Shrine Maiden
  • Sakura Trick
  • Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
  • Citrus
  • Tachibanakan To Lie Angle 
  • Asagao to Kase-san
  • Netsuzou Trap

Slice Of Life

Anime Genres - Slice Of Life
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Moving ahead, at last, but not least we have one of the most viewed Anime Genres “Slice Of Life”. This genre contains anime that carry daily life’s day-to-day problems and stories. You can call them the daily soaps of Anime. Kidding, they are not boring. Just the thing is they reflect society more than anything.

Some of the best Slice of Life Animes are listed below

  • Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
  • Orange
  • Hyouka
  • Clannad
  • Bunny Drop
  • The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
  • Lovely Complex
  • Tatami Galaxy
  • Toradora!
  • Kids on the Slope
  • Fruits Basket
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys

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Well, now this guide on the Anime Genres for Anime beginners has come to an end. We hope now you are clear with the major genres in the anime world. We have also mentioned the best series and movies based on the Anime genre above and hope those were useful to you. Don’t forget to share this article with your friend who has just started watching Anime.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main types of anime?

The main types of Anime Genres are
1. Kodomomuke
2. Shoujo
3. Shounen
4. Hentai
5. Yaoi
6. Yuri
7. Slice Of Life

What is the best genre of anime?

Shonen is so far the most popular genre of anime.

What is the shounen genre in anime?

Shoujo means girl’s and Shounen means boys. Well, this genre of anime is interrelated as they go for both genders. We can’t categorize the anime based on just girls or just boys. These Anime genres contain sub-genre like action, romance, crime, comedy, adventure, and more.

What are fighting anime called?

Fighting anime is called the Shounen

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