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Basic Manga Genres

Part of the Manga For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Manga cartoons and comics come in several different styles, geared toward different audiences that range from young children to older readers interested in topical issues. The following list describes each manga genre:

  • Kodomo Manga: Comics for little kids

  • Shōnen Manga: Comics for young teenage boys

  • Shōjo Manga: Comics for young teenage girls

  • Seinen Manga: Comics for young adult males

  • Seijin Manga: Adult comics for males

  • Redisu (Lady’s) Manga: Comics for young adult females

  • Dōjinshi Manga: Comic publication that’s written by and for amateurs. Often created for self-promotion

  • Yonkoma Manga: Four-panel comics (usually published in newspapers)

  • Gekiga Manga: Comics focusing on serious topics geared toward mature audiences

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