Anime Genres

Different Genres of Anime

Anime is animation for adults mostly (however there are shows geared towards children as well). It is a Japanese media that allows for far more freedoms than western animations do. It’s more, visually appealing, for adults shall we say. But there are many different genres (just like with any media).  Here are some of the more prominent ones and what you can expect to see when you watch them.

Demons

One of the more recently added genres, demons has become something of amazement. Previously it was something that just came up, a theme in a few episodes, but it now has its own place in the world of Anime with series dedicated to just that. The world doesn’t just mean devil like creatures but also monsters and beast like creatures as well. They aren’t all horrors but you can expect to be scared at points.

Martial Arts

Because fighting in Anime is inevitable, but some shows are more geared towards that while others it’s just dispersed in there. The shows that focus solely on fighting are the ones that belong in this genre, think Dragon Ball. The idea behind this is that they primarily focus on hand to hand combat (but also other fighting techniques too such as swords).

Mecha

Think Evangelion, and if you don’t know what that is, I implore you to look it up. Mecha is mechanical, robots, things like that. Generally the robot or other mechanical suit is somehow integrated into the military and action, but whatever the plot it, it’s generally always pretty amazing. So if tech is you thing this genre is for you.

Post-Apocalyptic

The end of the world is coming, or so this genre portrays. Like the demon genre, this also started out as just a theme within a broader genre, but it’s now becoming extremely popular (especially with other non anime shows that deal with this genre as well). Pretty much the world is destroyed and the human race is nearing its end is the premise behind these shows. For a prime example, Attack on Titan can give you a great look at what to expect.

Psychological

If you like to be questioned on your own beliefs and what you think, that’s what this is. This genres goes into how the mind works and even jumps to philosophical. The characters focus on being cunning or making you think and playing with your mind. For a perfect example of this, take a look at Death Note.

Kids

Because a list of anime could not be complete without kids. Even though anime has a lot more geared towards adults and adult themes, kids are still able to enjoy some of the shows. These shows are fun, light, and not serious at all but keep children entertained. Pokémon is a perfect example of this and will always be a great one that also transcends generations.

 

This list is by no means exhaustive, there are at least a dozen different genres that encompass themes from each but are very specific in what the basic premise is. While you may think that anime is only for children, it’s not. There are even genres that are made entirely for adults and are completely inappropriate for children. Try them out, they are definitely worth your time.