Introduction to Anime: Part 2

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Welcome back for part 2 of the Introduction to Anime post.

If you haven’t read the Introduction to Anime: Part 1, these articles briefly cover your basic questions about anime. We have already gone over the very basics of anime, but there is still much more to learn about the topic! For example, anime series have many different genres, wherein each follows that genre’s motif. Likewise, they have specific themes as well. They are as follows:

By Genre:

  • Action/Adventure: battles, weapons, martial arts…
  • Drama: emotional, relationships…
  • Game Based: based on a game, think Yu-Gi-Oh…
  • Horror: supernatural themes, dark…
  • Sci Fi: obviously futuristic with advanced science/technology…
  • Progressive: “art films” or extremely stylized anime…


By Demographic, (who they are aimed towards):

  • Kodomo: children…
  • Josei: young women…
  • Seinen: young men…
  • Shojo: young girls…
  • Shonen: young boys…

By Theme:

  • Bishojo: beautiful girls…
  • Bishonen: pretty guys with girlish beauty…
  • Ecchi: indecent, lewd, naughty
  • Expertise: deals with a specific topic in depth, like sports…
  • Harem: several girls are attracted to a single boy…
  • Maho Shojo: magical girl stories…
  • Maho Shonen: magical boy stories…
  • Moe: cute, weak, naïve characters…
  • Post-Apocalyptic: takes place in a post-apocalyptic world…
  • Reverse Harem: female character with a lot of men…
  • Robot/Mecha: giant robots…
  • Sentai: fighting teams…
  • Shojo-Ai: depicting romance between girls…
  • Shonen-Ai: depicting romance between boys…


So, there is a ton of different anime series that fit into each category, as messed up as they may seem… to each his own. Keep in mind that whatever genre a series may be in, they can also include various themes while being aimed at different audiences. There are thousands of different anime series today, and they are constantly being produced; so the chances of you finding one you will enjoy is very high. If you find yourself bored with a show after the first episode, yet you heard from several sources that it is really good, keep watching a few more episodes before ultimately deciding to give up on it. Also, if you are new to anime and watch some terrible show, don’t give up on anime all together! Just pick up something new.

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