According to MyAnimeList, there are 43
But we all know in reality, only a handful of those genres are popular.
Can you find a good
From my deep understanding of the
Food Wars is one of the more “unique” examples of Shounen.
Shounen’s have become famous because of shows like:
Dragon Ball Z. Naruto. One Piece. Hunter x Hunter. Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Soul Eater.
And in recent years, because of shows like:
- Attack On Titan.
My Hero Academia.
Whenever a new year comes around or comes to an end, you’ll always find someone talking about a popular series. And 8/10 the
Supernatural is usually associated with magic, and even Shounen from time to time.
Either way this is a very popular
The Ancient Magus Bride is an obvious recent example of this. Along with Rokudenashi and Re:Creators.
3. Slice Of Life
Slice of life never used to be as popular as it is today. You could say shows like Clannad, Kanon, K-On, Tamako Market (
Kokoro Connect, Lucky Star, Nodame Cantabile and more shows played an important role, too.
Slice of life is one of the most realistic. That’s partly why it’s so loved, hence “slice of life”. And because it usually strays from the typical “supernatural” elements, it tends to be more relatable for all ages.
Romance is sometimes mixed with slice of life, so the two genre’s have helped each other grow over the years. But sometimes romance is also mixed with Mecha, Shounen, Shoujo, Magic, Adventure and Military.
An example of these genres are:
- Eureka Seven.
- Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun.
- My Bride Is A Mermaid.
- Full Metal Panic.
- Snow White With The Red Hair.
Romance can be blended with any genre, so it’ll never go away. And will continue to grow in popularity.
Besides, it’s a BIG genre for the teenage and younger generation of
Magic is connected to historical elements, which the Japanese seem to love a lot. That’s why you see so many European references in
While other times magic is connected to Japanese history (The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna, etc).
I’m not sure if this is why magic is a popular genre, but it’s adaptable. So you can blend it with almost any genre and make it worthwhile (with the exception of police, sci-fi, mecha).
Action, like Romance, can be mixed with any genre. And that’s why it’ll always be popular. But unlike Romance, Action is a genre that needs other genre’s to stay relevant.
It’s rare to see a pure action
Akame Ga Killhas supernatural elements. Dragon Ball Zhas comedy and fantasy.
- Taboo Tattoo has martial arts and fantasy too.
Action needs other genres, but because of other genres, it’s one of the most popular
Less popular (but still relevant)
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