There are many different genres and styles in anime just like movies in the United States. I've tried to compile them the best that I can and anyone out there sees something wrong or can write something better or any addition please send them in I'd be happy to modify and/or add to this list to help fans know what they are looking to search for.
Action/Adventure: - Your general style where something is always going on or your off on a quest that entales adventures. (IE: The Slayers, Legend of Arislan, Lodoss War, RG Veda)
Mecha: - Big robots. That is the easiest way to describe it. Either robots on their own or robots that need people to pilot them. (IE: Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Megazone 23, Armored Trooper Votoms)
Hentai: - Not hard to explain here, Adult Title (Porn). There are as in the United States market different styles as follows:
- General/Normal: - Your simple guy on girl action. General story line can be action/adventure, scifi, or any vary genres styles just like real adult titles.
- Yaoi: - Your gay section of hentai, Yaoi is the guy on guy action.
- Yuri: - Your other gay section of hentai, Yuri is the girl on girl action.
- Tenicals/Creatures: - I would consider this the more horror/freakish type. It spans from monsters with tenicals that are used or you have demons/other misc creatures that normally have sex with the human girls.
Science Fiction: - The future or advanced technology or even space style. Just like any Scifi flick you see. (IE: Ghost In The Shell, Venus Wars, Iria:Zeiram, Baoh)
Shoujo: - Basiclly made for the young girl audience. Your romance, comedy, innocent loves, strong female leads. You will sometimes see some cute little creatures that the characters have as pets or love etc. (IE: Card Captor Sakura, Fancy Lala, Himi chan's Ribbon, Marmalade Boy)
Horror: - Simple, monsters, killing, death, scary stuff. (IE: Wicked City, Demon City Shinjuku, Vampire Hunter D, Devilman)
Marial Arts: - Fighting, Butt kicking, Weapons, what more can you want? (IE: Fists of the North Star, Street Fighter, Rurouni Kenshin, Flame of Recca)
Comedy: - You can go from down right slapstick stupid comedy, to your general type but always something good in comedy with anime. (IE: Ranma 1/2, Tenchi)
Fantasy: - Things that really don't exsist. (all of anime?) Future type stuff this one is hard to explain. Help? (IE: Bastard, Sorcerer Hunters, Tokyo Mew Mew)
Romance: - Love, the love story, falling in love. Sweet talkers. Your general romance stories. (IE: Tenchi, Fushigi Yugi, Blue Seed)
Drama: - Good story but sad ending, the hero or heroien, friends, dies. Sad stuff. (IE: Key: The metal Idol, Saishuu Heiki Kanojo, Mermaid's Scar)
CyberPunk: - A dark future where technology has advanced, and society has done just the opposite? (Thanks to: Matt Cramer)