Top 5 Anime Genres for Men [Updated Best Recommendations]

For the 2019 edition to the Top 5 Genres for Men, we wish to further re-explore previous recommended genres and get into some new ones as well. In recent years, many celebrities in all forms have openly admitted to being anime fans both male and female. On the male side of things, Lakers’ Point Guard Lonzo Ball has shared his love for DBZ through his personal song, Super Saiyan. Speaking of singers, as much as some people don’t want to admit it, we need to give props to Kanye West for paying homage to Akira through the music video to his cover of Daft Punk’s Stronger. Former UFC and Pancrase champion Josh Barnett is a proud fan of Hokuto no Ken and even yells at his opponents “Omae wa mou shindeiru” (you’re already dead) in his promos for Japanese fights, and uses Ai Wo Torimodose, the show’s theme song, as his entrance theme! Last, let’s not forget that the legendary comedian Robin Williams was a fan of Evangelion. So, what are some genres that dudes can check out in the world of anime? Read to find out!


Returning from our previous list, we have action. Without a shadow of a doubt, it is one of anime’s highest selling points. When it comes to action in anime, it expresses a creativity that defies the definition of imagination to the point that it’s very difficult to put into words, you just have to see it for yourself. One notable anime that exemplifies this is of course Dragon Ball Z. Some are just balls to the walls, and there are others that rely more on using brain over brawn, which was the case with Yuu Yuu Hakusho. Yes, you can enjoy classic martial arts flicks such Jackie Chan’s original Police Story films and Jean Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport, but with anime, it just injects steroids into it for something more exciting.

Baki (2018)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: June 25, 2018 – December 17, 2018

So, what is that steroid (and we’re talking about the kind you get in Guadalajara) for that something more exciting? That would have to be Baki, based on the long-running hit manga by Keisuke Itagaki. Though it may not be as explosive as Dragon Ball Z or as tactical as Yuu Yuu Hakusho, Baki is straight up martial arts action without all the ki attacks. It may not have fireballs or power ups, but what it does deliver are punches and kicks thrown with the worst of intentions! Baki is simply the story of wanting to be the strongest man ever and not just for the sake of winning a championship belt, but to prove it amongst themselves and their peers. In this edition to Baki, Baki and his friends must face a ragtag group of escaped death row inmates (considering that some of these inmates come from nations that don’t legally have a death penalty except for military, we have to assume that some of these inmates are highly trained soldiers) who will resort to the dirtiest of tricks that would make pro wrestling legend Eddie Guerrero proud in the realm of cheating.

However, what defines the masculinity of this anime is that these fighters don’t give up. They got gun power exploded in their cheeks? No problem! Keep on fighting! They get knocked out! Whatever, get back up again! This is simply an anime about fighting for one’s pride and when that’s all you got, then you better have a lot of it because it may be the only thing that could keep you going when you got nothing left.

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

  • Episodes: 134+
  • Aired: October 6, 2012 - Ongoing

Yes, we know that this should be categorized as adventure, but if there’s anything that popularized this long-running series by Hirohiko Araki, it is definitely its action. Like Yuu Yuu Hakusho, it does use elements of strategy, but the execution in JoJo is largely different to the point that is difficult to explain, you just have to see it for yourself. Its identity as an action anime is solidified in its third story arc, Stardust Crusaders, and that is thanks to the inclusion of its mainstay gimmick, the Stands, or astral warriors that only a small few can possess. If one person possesses a Stand, then the only other people that can see it are fellow Stand users. Each Stand has their own unique ability and form. Some are close range and humanoid in nature, and there are others that take other unique forms and have their own distinct power, and how this series portrays them gives viewers a diverse array of creative action sequences.

However, its appeal goes beyond its original action. Thanks to Araki’s love of music, character and Stand names take a lot of inspiration from them. You have characters named Robert EO Speedwagon, Vanilla Ice, Wham, and AC/DC. As for Stands, you got Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Crazy Diamond, and Gold Experience. Thanks to these influences, it also paves way for a very unique soundtrack. Did you ever think that Roundabout by Yes or I Want You by Savage Garden would be used as ending themes to anime? If not, you really need to watch JoJo NOW!


Sci-Fi as it pertains to anime is a very broad topic and includes various sub-genres such as dystopian futures with neon tech, mecha, space opera, cyberpunk and whatever you can think of that relates to it. There are reasonable arguments that they can be separated as their own genres but when it’s all said and done, they are all sub-genres to Science Fiction. Just like how action anime has its share of creativity, so does Sci-Fi. While novels such as Starship Troopers may have been the first to introduce mechas to the mainstream, anime no doubt has further popularized it for the past four decades from Gigantor/Tetsujin 28, to the latest incarnation of the Gundam franchise. Of course, Hollywood has given us space operas with Star Trek and Star Wars, but anime has its fair share as well, and gives those titles a run for their money.

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Kaikou (Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis – Encounter)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 3, 2018 – June 26, 2018

From the space opera subgenre of Sci-Fi, we have to recommend Legend of the Galactic Heroes. To be honest, it doesn’t matter which version you wish to watch because you’re still essentially getting the same story and themes. Star Trek may have popularized space opera years before and we’ve seen that franchise evolve from when it debuted in the sixties to where it is now, so how is Legend of the Galactic Heroes any different? Though Starfleet eventually makes peace with the Klingons, you don’t get any viewpoint as to how lets say Klingon culture is a viable alternative to what we humans have now. Yes, Klingon culture is barbaric and outdated but could we have such a system as a legitimate alternative to our present system? With Star Wars, it tends to portray empires as flat out evil. So, where does Legend of the Galactic Heroes fit into all of this?

In this anime, there are no definitive good or bad guys on each side of the war. The leading generals to both sides of the conflict: Yang Wen-Li of the Free Planets Alliance and Reinhard von Lohengramm of the Galactic Empire may be rivals, but they’re the good guys in their own way. Not only do they have to deal with each other on the battlefield, you see how they have to deal with conflicts within their own nations as well. You see how both democracy and monarchies can be good and bad, but it’s a simple question of who is in charge in both systems to define that. So, if you lean left, right, or in the middle of the political spectrum, all viewers can get something out of this. While humans may one day migrate to space and start life on new planets, does it mean that human nature can change?

Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin)

  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: April 24, 2015 – May 5, 2018

As we previously shared, if there is any genre that can serve as the pinnacle of sci-fi in anime, it has to be the mech genre. So, what do most mech heads say is the pinnacle in that respective sub-category? It would certainly be Gundam! However, if you’re looking to get into the Gundam franchise, we recommend its prequel series, The Origin. When we say prequel, it’s a prequel to the very first Gundam series that debut 40 years ago! Despite the gap, The Origin does a great job of being faithful to the style of the original anime (since Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the character designer of the original series, once again contributes to this edition) and brings back a majority of the living seiyuu cast, most notably Shuuichi Ikeda as Char Aznable, whose origin in the backbone of this anime.

When it comes to the mechs, they are designed in very distinctive ways to give them a sense of intimidation and fear, and you see this with the bulky designs of the Zakus, the grunt mechs. Since this is an origin story, you get to somewhat see how that technology was conceived and how it evolves to becoming a weapon of war. When you finally see Char in battle, you see how mechs can be productive in a space battle as opposed to lets say a fighter jet. As you watch this series, not only do you get some really creative mech battles, you do get some politics but a different kind from Legend of the Galactic Heroes. With Gundam, if mankind is to migrate to space, do space colonies have the right to seek their own independence? In addition, could it also lead to mankind evolving to a more advanced life form? If so, how can we deal with that? Through this edition to Gundam (and many other installments), you can find the potential answers to those very questions.


Another returning genre we must recommend is adventure. Whether you’re an old man that wants to enjoy his lawn or a boy that wants to goof around on that old man’s lawn (as he yells at you to get off it), adventure is another distinguishing genre that is relatable to them. To viewers, adventure is a symbol of not only just freedom and independence, but trying to achieve your personal goals, making friends, building yourself a family and maybe finding true love on the way. In the world of anime, those adventures can range from finding your parents, a lost treasure, trying to improve your skills, saving the world, or ultimately – finding yourself. Either way, as you view the journeys of these characters, you see how they first start as curious individuals who wish to see a world outside their comfort zone, and how that affects them as they venture into new places and meet new people.

Dororo (2019)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: January 7, 2019 – Ongoing

In this remake to the classic series by Osamu Tezuka, the master of anime and manga himself, you have a dark adventure of how the titular Dororo, an orphan, meets and joins up with Hyakkimaru, a young man who is like a living doll (and with blades hidden within his prosthetic arms) who cannot hear, see, smell, or talk, but can still kick some serious ass. In this anime, you get a superstitious portrayal of feudal Japan and how harsh it was back then. Samurai and bandits are looting from innocent farmers, and it has made them distrusting of other strangers, especially when Dororo and Hyakkimaru show up. Not only that, villagers now have monsters to worry about!

Even when Hyakkimaru manages to help the villagers, they still shun him due to the nature of his condition, no thanks to his birth father making a deal with the devil(s). Some adventure anime can be more positive and uplifting, but with Dororo, you see the harder side of life and not everybody you meet is going to be your friend from beginning to end, and in some instances, they aren’t going to have a happy ending themselves. However, Hyakkimaru finds success whenever he slays a demon, he gains a new part of his body. Even when he and Dororo are overcome with joy, other witnesses only see another monster.

Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star)

  • Episodes: 109
  • Aired: October 4, 1984 – March 5, 1987

If we’re going to acknowledge old school on this list for men, it has to be Hokuto no Ken. Not only does Josh Barnett, a two-time MMA champion endorse this anime, so does wrestling champion John Cena! What could be more manlier of a seal of approval than that? Throughout most of this anime, Kenshiro, the main character, travels throughout a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search for his lost love, Yuria. On the way, he must do battle with bandits that prey on the innocent! Thankfully, with his martial arts training, he can make an opponent explode with just the touch of a finger, or with 100 punches! Not only will he have to fight bandits and other lawless thugs in the wastelands, but within his journey, he also has to confront two of his own brothers in their own quest for power. But thankfully, he will gain some helpful allies.

Just like Dororo, Kenshiro is not openly welcomed by every village he enters, but in the end, he will always do the right thing and protect the weak. However, this anime also portrays that Kenshiro can’t always save everyone and when he can’t, he’s not afraid to share some man tears. Though a lot of people praise Hokuto no Ken for its manliness, we and its fans also like to give it credit for portraying that it’s ok for men to cry as well when they face such failures.


Just like how Shounen is targeted primarily for boys, Seinen is primarily targeted for mature men. Just like how Shounen has many unique sub-genres, there are many sub-genres primarily targeted for men lets say older than 20 (since that’s the age you’re no longer a minor in Japan). In comparison to Shounen, much of the titles obviously contain more mature themes and content on just about every level you can think of. Some are about Japan’s semi-legal prostitution trade, the nightlife in Tokyo’s Kabukicho pleasure district, political/legal dramas, or heavy duty action that you can’t get away with in Shounen.


  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: July 1, 2016 – June 23, 2017

If there is any title that solidifies the Seinen genre for worldwide audiences, it is most certainly Kentarō Miura’s Berserk. The title just explains it all. If you enjoy a dark fantasy with some graphic violence, then you’re getting what you paid for plus a bag of chips and a large drink. But the appeal to Berserk goes beyond how the main character is a bad ass who can slice down monsters with a giant sword like it’s a butter knife. The series explores universal themes of chasing your dreams (and what you’re willing to sacrifice for them), and what it means to have friends. Every now and then, the series also gets spiritual/philosophical as it explores the true meaning of fate. Are we people bounded by a predetermined destiny? Or are we free to make our own choices? Even if fate does exist, can we truly defy it if we want to hard enough? Thanks to Guts defying unbelievable odds time and time again, we see that if you push forward, all things are possible.


  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: October 13, 2017 – December 22, 2017

Like Berserk, some of the content may be too much for kids to handle, but when you get to the cerebral side of this series, it does further show why this is for mature audiences.
In comparison to your typical superhero story, Inuyashiki takes an opposite approach that older audiences can relate to. As opposed to a young hero facing an old man for a villain, the roles are reversed and is demonstrated for excellent reasons. Just like how most heroes and villains share similar origins, the same is true with Inuyashiki and the series does a great job of showing why Inuyashiki and Hiro make their choices to use their new found powers.

It deals with very mature issues in regards to why they made their choices and both of them are relatable in their respective ways. Inuyashiki may not have had a happy life and didn’t have much long to live for prior to being resurrected, but thanks to his experiences, he is capable of displaying an appreciation as to why he was given a new life and why he wants to do good with it. While with Hiro, who has been abused and bullied for his young life, despite how he uses his powers for evil, we can understand his point of view as to why he would do use them with malicious intent.


If there is one genre that we missed the first time, it is most certainly the sports genre. Though stories of sports exist in other media mediums, none do it more intriguingly than anime. Considering that most Japanese schools encourage students to take place in some sort of activity, it is only natural that a large percentage of sports anime take place in a school setting. For some viewers, it could be their gateway to a sport they were unfamiliar with like the traditional art of sumo as seen in Hinomaruzumou, or something more familiar such as basketball (like Slam Dunk) or soccer (Captain Tsubasa). Some sports anime are a rather accurate representation of the sport it portrays, and for others, let’s just say like action anime, they can get pretty imaginative (like Prince of Tennis and Kuroko no Basuke).

Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit)

  • Episodes: 75
  • Aired: October 4, 2000 – March 27, 2002

While there are more recent titles such as Megalo Box that we could give a case for, it doesn’t exactly portray the sport of boxing as accurately as Hajime no Ippo. Just about every man has probably looked up to the best that the sweet science has to offer these past generations such as Jake LaMotta, Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson, Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson. Through this respective anime based on the long-running hit manga, you see what it truly takes to get in the ring. Anybody can put up their dukes, but can you put in the hard work and dedication (as Floyd Mayweather best put it) to become a champion?

Boxing may not officially be a team sport, but through this series, it shows how it takes a team to make a champion. It’s not just about the fighting, but about the bonds you make with your trainers and your gym mates. Not only is the combatant making the sacrifices, so are the people surrounding him showing that not every champion can make it on their own. As we see Ippo apply himself and succeed, it inspires viewers to do the same with themselves and it doesn’t have to be about combat sports, but whatever it they’re doing with their lives.


  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 7, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Rugby may not be exactly popular outside of Oceania, but thanks to All-Out, viewers both international and domestic can get an idea as to how this sport is played, and how scholastic sports work in Japan. As portrayed in this anime, joining a sport such as rugby not only educates you about the sport, it prepares you for the real world in its own way as you learn how to interact with your bosses (or your captain or the teacher in charge) your senpai, how to advance through the ranks as you get older and how to interact with your own kouhai, or underclassmen. For some viewers, especially those from the US, All-Out may be their first exposure to rugby and it does a great job of informing you as to how the sport is played and how it’s much different from American Football beyond the removal of pads and helmets.

While Hajime no Ippo emphasizes on hard work, All-Out does a very great job of displaying that sometimes working hard doesn’t always equal working smart. Prior to getting a proper coach, the main team of this series just relied on books and magazines in relation to rugby, and they never produced any results despite how most of their members happen to be genetically gifted for the sport. Thanks to this anime, it shows that you should never be afraid to ask for help and when you do, you can truly learn to do what you want to do, move forward, and meet your goals. We all know the old saying that if you want to get something done, you need to do it yourself, but when you don’t know how to do it, don’t be afraid to find someone who can teach you.

Final Thoughts

Some notable anime titles are exclusive to one genre, there are others that emphasize one genre but include small elements of others, and there are others that are a balanced mix of a good number of them. While other forms of media are capable of such things, but when it comes to anime, they are best at combining such qualities, or keeping them exclusive to just one and for good reason(s). In addition to our top 5, what other genres of anime (and titles within them) would you recommended for men? Please leave your ideas in the comments!

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Author: Justin "ParaParaJMo" Moriarty

Hello, I am originally from the states and have lived in Japan since 2009. Though I watched Robotech and Voltron as a child, I officially became an anime fan in 1994 through Dragon Ball Z during a trip to the Philippines. In addition to anime, I also love tokusatsu, video games, music, and martial arts. よろしくお願いします

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Action, blood and some cute anime girls? Is that what men love the most or have we got them all pegged wrong!? This list is all the things men/guys like and it is the five best anime genres for men by men. ‘’huh!? , only for men? So if I’m a girl I should not be reading this?’’ Of course not. I would say when it comes to anime genres in my opinion, most, if not all, the anime genres for men, also work for the ladies and vice versa.

I believe it is really good to check out all of the different genres of anime, because there is always something for someone in each of the different styles of story telling. So stick around, sit down, take a sip of that coffee, and find out the 5 best anime genres for men.

1. Horror

Horror is first up on our list of anime genres for men. Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titan are both two superb anime when it comes to horror. But before we go deeper into ”why”, we would like to say a few words first about horror itself.

I believe that Horror makes it’s way really easy onto this list. Well, because a manly man as myself, a couple of years back I started to really get into this genre. I would definitely say that anime has a different way of approaching horror in a very scary way. Especially, in the case of facial expressions, gore and blood. There is something that really creeps me out when watching a horror anime, but isn’t that the point as well? I must say, it does that in a very good way, because I truly love horror anime, movies, games, etc.

It’s that kind of entertainment that gets your heart beating faster, and for a brief moment, you feel alive. The thing that anime is good at is how the art style can change. You see a normal cute girl, and just like that, in an instant she turns into a ghoul and getting that creepy evil smile, etc. That is truly the thing that separates anime from, let’s say a normal movie on the big screen. Of course, there is some scary movies as well, but when it comes to anime, it really has that special thing about creeping the hell out of it’s viewers when it tries too.

Tokyo Ghoul

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 4, 2014 – September 19, 2014

Truthfully, there is a lot of anime that can fall under the horror genre, because many anime these days can have a lot of gore, blood, and potentially insane evil villains. One of the anime that I am watching right now is Tokyo Ghoul and it falls right under the horror genre because of all the blood, gore and horror scenes that every episode in the anime contains. In Tokyo Ghoul the horror is set in the story itself. It’s about Ghouls living among normal humans in a modern life Tokyo, Japan. I believe it’s a really great anime to get you started into the horror genre of anime. But be warned, I have also heard that they actually have censured the anime version a little from the original manga, which I just have to read when I am done with the anime.

Attack on Titan

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  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: April 7, 2013 – September 29, 2013

Attack on Titan, or as it’s called in Japanese "Shingeki no Kyojin", is an anime that has a different take on the horror genre. Sure it has all the blood and gore in the world, but the real horror lies in the titans. I can’t even begin to even try to describe the feeling you get when you see the anime, and you really feel the hopelessness of the characters in the anime.

When the titans get hold of one of the humans and there is no escape, that kind of horror really gets under ones skin. While watching the anime you will will empathize with the characters in attack on titan. Which let you take part of their truth, you have to fight or die. In addition I can’t even begin to think of what the live-action horror film will be like.

2. Action

Action is maybe the most common genre when one thinks of anime for men/guys. I for one will not object at all to that, because one of my favorite anime is in this category. I do believe that action anime is the best because they’re always combined with a little bit of drama as well. But what makes them shine is the action. On a different note, maybe that’s why Hollywood produces action movie, after action movie. But when it comes to anime, action is something that works so well, and it’s so thrilling and exciting to follow a good story about a protagonist who fights his way to achieve a goal.

Naruto Shippuden

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  • Episodes: unknown
  • Aired: February 15, 2007 – ongoing

About action anime, well, there are too many of them out there so I will introduce the one and only anime that really made me go serious about the anime universe. That anime was Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. Back home in Sweden, I remember seeing a commercial for Naruto on a TV-channel called Z-TV, and not long after that my friend recommended me to watch Naruto and gave me some DVD's with the first 120 episodes. It didn't take long to get hooked, and that was it for me. I would say it was because Naruto in itself is a action anime, but also it has drama, comedy, superpowers, etc. But nevertheless, one hell of a great action anime to start the love for other anime.


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  • Episodes: 366
  • Aired: October 5, 2004 – March 27, 2012

One other anime for men that we are sure you will love is Bleach. In high school, I became friends with someone just by mentioning this anime. What can be more action oriented than slaying demons/Hollows? Anyhow, it’s a very awesome anime that fits right into the action genre. Just like Naruto, it has a little bit of drama and comedy in it as well. But the main focus of the anime is action, with all the sword fighting and the thrilling story that Bleach has to offer.

3. Comedy

The next genre and anime for men/guys that we recommend is a no-brainer. It's comedy. I mean com’on, who doesn’t love to laugh? Anime is so perfect for that reason. I know I am not the only one that loves the craziness of how a regular anime can surprise oneself with laughter by using that old funny bone. It's not difficult to come up with comedy anime to write about in this anime genre for men. I would say that my favorite comedy anime almost always has some part of a school life part.

Some of the things that make me laugh are when a main character gets a big surprise and the art style gets totally crazy in describing how insane that particular moment was. For example, when the main protagonist sees his roommate naked, which happens in most anime situations, but also with friends who really are too comfortable living together. There are just too many situations that can go so wrong in a comedy anime.

That’s also the really good thing about comedy in anime. It can be crazy with all the jokes and people flying around in surprise. Even though it can be crazy with comedy, anime can still pull off comedy, and drama, because of the way in which it delivers.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 9, 2012 – March 26, 2013

I think almost all I described just now falls into the anime, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. It’s an awesome anime in the comedy and drama department. It will have you laughing instantly. It really has it’s moments just like any great comedy show, movie, etc. It will surprise you in ways you were never prepared for, probably in a super awesome way. Even though it’s a comedy anime, it also has a serious kind of storyline about school life and romance as well.

The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 13, 2013 – June 29, 2013

The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat. That title says it all, it really gets one excited to check it out just because of the name. The anime itself is so great when it comes to the comedy genre, but also drama. The emotionless face of Tsukiko is one thing that really lifts the anime up in a comedic sense. It’s a anime that leaves no room for surprise of what it’s all about from the moment you start watching.

And I believe strongly this is one of the best comedy anime. Much because of the main protagonist Youto Yokodera. A young boy who, in secret, is a huge pervert and is always misunderstood. He makes a wish to the stony cat to be able to always speak his mind and never lie. What can go wrong with such a wish?

4. Game

Anime about playing a game is always really fun to watch and very interesting. It’s so because in many anime like Sword Art Online for example, you have a futuristic machine that allows the players to really experience the gaming world. Imagine playing World of Warcraft, or something similar, with you as the character. It would be very addictive to play this type of game a game.

The interesting part is, what if you can’t leave and you need to beat the game, or die in real life when your character in the game does. Anime about games is getting more and more popular. Just like regular games, it’s really fun and exciting to watch while think about what oneself would have done in a similar situation. That is why the game genre is next in our list of anime for men/guys.

Sword Art Online

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  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: July 8, 2012 – December 23, 2012

How I began watching Sword Art Online is actually because of a friend who told me about it. Normally when someone says, ”Oh! You gotta watch this one.” At least for me, I never was able to sit down to actually watch it. I think it had to do with something about discovering it for yourself, so I looked around for a new anime to watch and I came across the name, Sword Art Online.

I became interested and started watching it. It’s an awesome anime about a not so distant future where online games have jumped ahead in technology. The main story is about the online game, Sword Art Online, and to everyone’s surprise, you can’t sign off. If you die in the game, You die in real life. A truly exciting and different kind of anime.

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No Game No Life

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 9, 2014 – June 25, 2014

No Game No Life is something I heard for the first time when I was in a book store, which sells video games, movies, anime, and so on. And I heard a bunch of guys talk about No Game No Life. I thought just the name sounded interesting and appealing, it is a great anime surrounding two siblings who are shut-ins who spend their time playing games. One day, they are summoned by a boy named ‘’God’’ to an alternate world. In this world, God has banned war and has decided that everything in this world is determined by games. The two siblings, Sora and Shiro, must become the saviors of humanity. A really intriguing story about playing a game.

5. Adventure

Who doesn’t love adventure!? It is an awesome genre and it is a perfect genre of anime for men/guys. You have so much in one awesome package. The main focus of an adventure is to actually enjoy the journey, and that is what the adventure genre in anime is all about. You get action, drama, and many other great moments in one package. I believe the most popular anime out there all have a great adventure in them. Also to think back and see how much the protagonists have learned during their adventures, is very interesting. With all great adventures, we wish so much that they never end simple, because it is such an awesome genre to be watching and to be a part of.

One Piece

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  • Episodes: unknown
  • Aired: October 20, 1999 – ongoing

This takes us to the adventures of Luffy as a pirate in search for the great Pirate King’s treasure, One Piece. It is an adventure anime about being a pirate and the search for treasure. Does an adventure need more than that? A funny and exciting anime for sure. An anime truly worthy of the adventure name and also extremely popular all over the world. This is a great anime for men!

Fullmetal Alchemist

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  • Episodes: 64
  • Aired: April 5, 2009 – July 4, 2010

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the story about the famous alchemist, Edward Elric, also known as the Fullmetal Alchemist. He got his name from an alchemy accident in which he almost lost his little brother, Alphonse. Edward managed to seal his brother’s soul into a large suit of armor. Even though he did save his brother’s life, he paid a high price which costed his limbs.

I got to say, Fullmetal Alchemist is truly a favorite not only for me, but many others out there. It’s truly a great story to be told and it’s a really exciting adventure to be a part of anime for men.

There you have it, the top 5 anime genres for men/guys! Horror, action, Comedy, Game and Adventure. Of course, the examples for each genre are only a small taste of what each genre has to offer. So, I really recommend all out there to check out more anime for all the different genres. Be sure to comment on what genre you love the most.

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Author: Daniel Bengtsson

The name is Daniel and I am a Anime Writer at 'Honey's Anime'. My passion is art perhaps why I love to draw/paint and also why I love anime and manga so much. Originally I come from Sweden but I love to travel. Other great interests of mine are language, philosophy, culture and of course video games and movies. And my motto is ''Vite militia est'' by Dante Alighieri.

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