What types of anime are there?

Anime Answer:

Almost any type you can think of.

There are as many kinds of anime are there are different kind of stories. Anime is just a way to tell those stories using animation.

Otaku, or anime fans, might use different terms when talking about anime. They might use terms that describe the targeted audience. Shonen, boys anime, and Shojo, girls anime, are two types of these.

There are also terms that describe the kind of story being told. Magical Girl (Mahō shōjo) anime are about girls with magical powers. Mecha anime are about machines, generally giant robots or mechanical armor.

Over the years certain types of stories have been popular in anime and different categories have developed.

Some Types of Anime

  • Bishōjo
  • Bishōnen
  • Ecchi
  • Harem
  • Hentai
  • Josei
  • Kodomo
  • Lolicon
  • Mahō kanojo
  • Mahō shōjo
  • Mahō shōnen
  • Mecha
  • Moé
  • Reverse Harem
  • Seinen
  • Sentai
  • Shōjo-ai or Yuri
  • Shōjo
  • Shōnen-ai or Yaoi
  • Shōnen
  • Shotacon

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