Seinen Manga – Manga Olympics for Bloggers (Seinen/Shounen Round 1/Part 1)

This is the first post for the Olympics. Voting begins today.


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There are 4 major genres is manga: Shounen, Seinen, Shoujo, and Josei. Here is a little explanation about those 4 genres (incase you don’t know what they mean). Shounen manga is intended for teenagers, teenage boys specifically for example Naruto, One Piece. Seinen manga is intended for young adults, or young men for example Gantz, Berserk. Shoujo manga is intended for teenage girls for example Fruit Basket, Skip Beat!. Lastly, Josei is intended for women, or young women for example Honey and Clover, Paradis Kiss. Each of these genres have sub genres under them.

Since our topic is Seinen I’ll be talking about Seinen sub genres:

Action

List of most popular Action/Seinen manga:

Black Lagoon

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Btooom!

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Green Blood

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Holyland

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Vagabond

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Vinland Saga

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Action in Seinen manga:

Action in Seinen manga is more violent than Shounen manga. Also, The fights in Seinen manga are there with killing intention. I personally perfer Seinen action because its more serious and more real. For example in Btooom! the characters are fighting for their survival. They fight for themselves and their comrades. Also when someone is killed they actually die. While shounen manga action is mostly associated with comedy. For example Bleach the main character gets killed 3 times and he’s more power than ever. -.-
So Seinen/Action is the best. Since, there are stories about Mafias, Arms dealers, assassins… Etc. and they are always realistic.

Comedy

Some popular Comedy/Seinen manga:

Hentai Ouji To Warawanai

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Schoolmate

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Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy ha Machigatteiru

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Comedy in Seinen manga:

Seinen/Comedy is so bold and mature. It’s so funny… Kinda dirty sometimes. Also some Seinen/comedy are totally weird like 17 sai °C. So it interesting.

Drama

Some popular Drama/Seinen manga

Hotman

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Octave

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Rainbow

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Drama in Seinen manga:

Seinen/Drama are no joke. You wanna read good drama read it Seinen. They are so well written. They’re very deep and realistic. I didn’t like drama until I’ve read a Seinen/Drama manga. They have the most interesting topics. They are a must read.

Gender Bender

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Nononono

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Gender Bender in Seinen manga:

So what differs a Seinen/Gender Bender from a Shounen/Gender Bender?

Seinen/Gender Bender are more dramatic and mature than Shounen/Gender Bender. How? Shounen/Gender Bender have the tendency to be comedy and Ecchi, while Seinen/Gender Bender focus on the story both character history and future goal. So Seinen/Gender Bender is the manga to read.

Horror

List of most popular Horror/Seinen manga

Another

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Goth

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Sugar Dark: Umerareta Yami to Shoujo

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Berserk

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BLAME!

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Horror in Seinen manga:

Horror is one of my favorite genres. Seinen/Horror is the scariest type of horror in the world. No movie, anime, comic book, or a series is scarier than a Seinen/Horror manga. They took horror to a new level with titles such as Blame!, Berserk, and I am a Hero. You want to know what horror means read a Seinen/Horror manga.

Psychological

Some popular Psychological/Seinen manga:

Himegoto: Juukyuusai no Seifuku

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Monster

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Old Boy

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Psychological in Seinen manga:

The Seinen/Psychological manga are so interesting. Personally, once I start reading them, I won’t stop until I finish the story. Mostly Psychological manga are Seinen/Psychological/Mystery or Seinen/Psychological/Slice of Life and there is also a Seinen/Psychological/Horror but I won’t talk about that.
First, Seinen/Psychological/Mystery in these manga the main character is usually in some sort of struggle and he is being bushed to his limits “Psychologically speaking”. Second, Seinen/Psychological/Slice of Life these manga are usually about self development how the main character find peace with him/herself or learn how to accept themselves.
Seinen/Psychological manga are amazing. Everyone can enjoy them even though their plots are mature. There are amazing lessons there.

Romance

Some Romance/Seinen manga:

Haruwaka

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Hen

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Romance in Seinen manga:

I’m not a fan of Romance manga in general. So this is gonna be brief… Seinen/Romance usually have mature content and nudity. As for the romance…it’s more honest, open, straight forward, and sexual. Also maybe Harem sometime.

Sci-Fi

List of most popular Sci-Fi/Seinen manga:

20th Century Boys

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Gantz

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Ghost in the Shell

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Gokukoku no Brynhildr

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Kamen Rider Spirits

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Pluto

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Zetman

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Sci-Fi in Seinen manga:

Science fiction is one of the most popular Seinen sub genres, with titles such as Gantz, Zetman, Pluto, Ghost in the shell, and 20th century boys. The stories are pretty mature “plot wise” and they are also complicated. There are always twists in the stories. It’s never straight forward and that’s what keeps them interesting. The world that’s created and the amount of imagination there is insane. It’s absolutely wonderful to read.

Sport

Some popular Sport/Seinen manga:

One Outs

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Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru

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Last Inning

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Giant Killing

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Sports in Seinen manga:

The Seinen/Sport manga are more realistic than any other genre. It’s about the development of a player and a team at the same time. I like how they show the whole process of self development for the Athletes and how it reflects on their team for group sports. As for single sports I like how the athlete learns from everything around them and apply it to their sport as they’re developing their skills. It’s so interesting to read.

Supernatural

List of most popular Supernatural/Seinen manga:

Dance in the Vampire Bund

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Devilman Lady

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Elfen Lied

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Getsurin ni Kiri Saku

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Hellsing

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Wolf Guy: Ookami no Monshou

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Supernatural in Seinen manga:

Supernatural is also a popular Seinen sub genre, with titles such as hellsing, devilman lady, Elfen Lied and wolf guy. If you haven’t read Seinen/Supernatural manga yet, then you don’t know what a vampire, or a werewolf is. Seinen/Supernatural took myth creatures such as vampires, shape-shifters and werewolves to a different level. They focus on revealing their monstrosity and their fearsome power. The stories are very deep and serious. The fights are brutal and drama is amazing.

Seinen:

So generally speaking Seinen manga are mainly mature “plot/content wise”. The violence there is brutal and vicious. The stories have a dramatic tendency, with deep and realistic plots. As far as fantasy goes its pretty complex and mysterious. Seinen manga can also be scary, funny, or disturbing sometimes. Sienen manga are surely interesting and truly the best!


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