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You know an Episode for an Anime that's not listed...

AniDB is a user-driven database and every user can add new episodes. So if you know an episode for an existing Anime-title that's not yet in AniDB we encourage you to add it. We also ask you to include as much info as possible when adding a new episode, it's for all users' benefit.

Where can I add new Episodes?!

At the bottom of every anime entry is a link named "Add Episode". Once you click it you're on the "Add Episode" page. There's a lot of info you can input here.

Basic Episode Information

Episode Number

Be careful with different episode orders here. For the moment the Japanese "how it was supposed to be shown" order is our standard.

Type

  • Normal Episode
  • Special/Extra Episode (DVD Specials, Bonus eps) (S1, S2, ...)
    • Live-action bonus material included with a BD/DVD release are classified as S episodes.
    • Live-action material that was released standalone should not be added; rare exceptions may apply.
    • Do not add BD/DVD menus.
    • Do not add advertisements / commercials that do not advertise the anime itself. For example, do not add commercials for Gundam Wing figurines as an S episode to the Gundam Wing anime entry.
      • Advertisements / commercials for the anime itself are added to T episodes.
  • Opening/Ending Episode (C1, C2, ...)

Given that the C Episode Guidance page is currently under construction, the current, deprecated guidance is kept here for reference.

Note Do NOT add a separate episode for creditless openings/endings. Set the creditless flag in the video track of the file instead. We don't want creditless and non-creditless as separate episode entries.
The ONLY VALID naming template is Opening (1,2,...,n), Ending (1,2,...,n). In case if the same song is used with a significantly different video or the same video is used with a different song, append letters after the numbers e.g. Opening 1a, Opening 1b. For foreign OP/ED episodes, if they differ from the original Japanese versions, append the country name before Opening (1,2,...,n), Ending (1,2,...,n).
PVs (music video for the song) go under Other episodes, but only if they were released as part of the anime DVD/BD.
"Long/full" versions of the OP or ED should be added under Special episode unless they were actually used within a regular episode.
If the OP/ED song is played and credits are shown, but the video is still that of the regular episode, then it's NOT an OP/ED episode (rather common in last episodes as sort of an epilogue).
OP/ED episode's display name will be automatically changed to the song played in that OP/ED if the song has the appropriate OP/ED episode number relation added. It will also automatically display the episode range the OP/ED is played in if the song has those episode ranges added.
OP/ED episodes, like any other episode, should have the air date, which would be the air date of the episode they were first played in.
  • Trailer/Promo/Commercial (T1, T2, ...)
  • Parody Episode (P1, P2, ...)
  • Other Episode (US Chopjobs & certain supportfiles (AC3 modpacks, fontpacks).) (O1, O2, ...)
Note "Other" is NOT meant for OST's, Manga, AMV's or any other not official Special!
Disc menu animations are also not welcome in AniDB. Please do not add them.

Episode Title

Refer to our Episode Title page for details.

Play Length

The play length of this episode. If over 10 minutes, round UP to the nearest multiple of 5 minutes (The only acceptable case to round down would be if it's just a few seconds over the gap. You can file that under cornercase.). If under 10 minutes, rounds UP to the nearest minute.

Ordering of S Episodes -- GENERAL GUIDANCE

There are no hard rules regarding the ordering of S episodes. However, the following general rules of thumb should be applied:

  1. "Actual episodes" should come first before recaps. Example: Bakemonogatari episodes 13 to 15 (S1 to S3)
  2. "Recaps" should come first before "specials". Example: 91 Days episode S2
  3. "Specials" Specials (e.g. web streamed specials, DVD and BD bonus content, etc) should come first before live action entries.

Further to the above, the following overall guidance should be used to group and order the above subgroups:

  • Internally within the above categories, group like items together. Example: Girls und Panzer specials, similar specials are grouped together (e.g. the "War" BD specials, Tank Courses, Character Pictures, etc)
  • Internally within the above grouped like items, sort episodes by release date

Above all else, common sense should apply. These are general guidelines, and each anime should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Guidance for O episodes

General Guidance

O episodes are not intended as proper episode entries. O episodes are used as a placeholder for entries that are a chopjob, re-cut, or other combination of regular (R), special (S), Opening/Closing (C), and/or Trailer/Promo (T) episode types.

  1. To ensure that mylist statistics work correctly, it is mandatory that all files contained in O episodes are also assigned other episodes using file-episode relations.
    1. Use file-episode relations to mark which episode(s) the O episode covers.
    2. Assign percentages based on how much of the target episode this file covers. For example, if an O episode covers time timestamps from 20% to 40% of episode 1, and timestamps from 65% to 90% of episode 2, add these as the percentages in the file-episode relations.
  2. If an O episode covers multiple regular episodes, for example a single release covers episode 1, 2, and 3 of the main series, THIS IS NOT AN O EPISODE. Instead, add the file to episode 1, and create file-episode relations to episode 2 and 3.

Movies subsequently redistributed in TV series format

Some anime series are distributed in both a movie and a TV series format with minimal edits between each other, except for the addition of opening and ending segments; the first airing or screening of the anime determines the anime type set on the anime entry as is usual. In case of a movie released also in an episodic format, the episodic version is to be added using a set of O (Other) episodes.

Files for a TV distribution like this are expected to be added into said O episodes. However, to make mylist statistics for said anime to work correctly, it is mandatory to also assign the file to the episode entry of the relevant movie, using an additional file-episode relation; there is no difference in treatment from the general guidance.

The start and end positions saved into this relation also make the part number inside the movie entry explicit. Therefore, notes such as "Part X of Y" are generally considered both duplication of information and an unwelcome complexity. Use of these types of notes are discouraged, especially given that the average user usually only cares about the TV edit episode number in these circumstances. These notes can be allowed if their use clearly adds clarity to the case, but always ask a mod first before adding such notes.

Other Info

First Aired/Released Date

Main article: Content:Anime#General Guidance

Generally, the Japanese/Chinese/Korean/Asian air date is the first and most precise airing/release date worldwide for both individual episodes and the anime as a whole. Check the official Asian page, allcinema, the Japanese TV Guide (explained here), or other pages listed here.

The Western air date should only be used if the Western airing is materially earlier than the Asian one. Otherwise, use the air date in the home market. For example:

  • When the Western simulcast of a Japanese anime is 5 hours earlier, causing a 1-day date mismatch with Japan due to timezones, use the Japanese date.
  • When the Western TV premier is 3 months earlier than the Japanese release, use the earlier Western date. For example, FLCL Progressive first aired on US channel Adult Swim's Toonami block as a 6-episode series from 03.06.2018 till 07.07.2018. It did not air in Japan until 28.09.2018, where it was released in a movie format.

Japanese TV Schedule Timestamps

Be careful with shows that have 24:00 and later air hours - this means that show will air on the night after the specified date. For the purposes of AniDB, a show listed as airing between 00:00 and 23:59 is added with the listed date; any show airing on 24:00 or later is added with the "first aired" date of the next day.

Example:

Japanese TV schedule says: 24.03.2005 25:30
this means it aired:       25.03.2005 01:30.

Such an episode would be added as "first aired on 25.03.2005".

Recap Flag

This field should only get used for pure recaps!

Notes

Extra information about the episode, such as unusual airing arrangements, etc.

Note Do NOT use this field to mark "filler" episodes or write general episode summaries!

How to Remove Bad Entries

If you added a bad entry yourself you can remove it as long as no one added a file to this entry. Otherwise, please post the eid of and a link to the entry to be removed here: Change Requests forum