How-to: New Anime

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  • copy of old anime adding page, using different naming scheme to make it easier to understand - this page will receive a major makeover*
Add/Edit Anime screen

Before adding a new anime , check the AniDB Definition of Anime and make sure the new entry is really an anime according to our definition! Furthermore, please check if the anime isn't already added to the DB under a synonym!

Where can I add Anime?

You can find the add anime link at the bottom of the animelist or MyList. Once you click it you're on the "Add Anime" page. There's a lot of info you can input here.

How does adding Anime work?

New Anime entries can't be added straight into the database. All additions result in a CReq and have to be confirmed by an AniDB moderator.

  • Anime Title
In most cases this is the romaji title.
Please read our Romanisation Guideline and Naming Convention regarding titles.


Official English title:          Fullmetal Alchemist
Official Japanese romaji title:  Hagane no Renkinjutsushi


Check the official Japanese(!) page or Japanese index sites like allcinema.
Sometimes OVAs are shown on Pay-TV before they are get sold (PPV). Those are to be added as TV and not OVA(!), since only the first airing counts!


Check the official Japanese(!) page, allcinema or Japanese TV Guide.

First Aired/Released and Finished Airing/Release

Those are the first and most precise air/release dates worldwide. Most of the time it's Japanese. Check the official Asian page, Japanese TV Guide or other pages listed here.

Indefinite dates, with day or month given as ??, are accepted when there is no other accurate release date available worldwide.

Examples: ??.10.2006 for some time in October 2006, ??.??.1954 for some time in 1954.

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.

Example: Japanese TV schedule says: 01.03.2005 25:30 - this means it aired: 02.03.2005 01:30.
Note Adding an anime without a start date will not be accepted.


The image ID field allows you to add a picture for this anime. It will be displayed together with the anime information. You must first download picture to your local disk and then use the Pic Upload Function to transfer it to the AniDB server. The Pic Upload Function generates short image IDs, which look like xxx.jpg (xxx is a number). After uploading a picture copy this ID as-is into the PIC ID field.

  • The recommended size for pictures is 300x400.
  • Don't use animated pictures.
  • There is no size limit, but the picture should stay under 100KB, if possible.


  • This should be a short summary of the anime.
  • Preferable with as little spoilers as possible.
  • No personal comments, please!
  • No rumours!

Description layout

* <Based on / misc info>
<empty line>
<The spoiler-free description of the anime.>
<empty line>
Source: <site name of source>
Note The text between < and > is a just a placeholder!

Based on - misc info

If you have information on what the anime was based on (e.g. manga or game), then add a line at the top of the description by prefixing it with the * (asterisk) character. See D.N. Angel and K-On! as examples:

* Based on a shoujo manga series by Sugisaki Yukiru serialised in Monthly Asuka.
* Adaptation of Kakifly's ... Serialised in Manga Time Kirara magazine since 2007.
Note This is also a good place to mention other misc information, i.e. special versions of the anime available, release dates (only if pertinent), etc.

Anime spoiler-free description text

Try to write a concise "appetizer" for the animation, that describes the story without giving away spoiler-related content. There are several sources for such descriptions: Use the official R1 DVD descriptions (preferred on AniDB), or you could write one yourself, or you could simply copy 'n' paste an existing description from one of many anime sites, or from Wikipedia.

Important When copying content always credit the source, and also make doubly sure that you are actually allowed to copy the content! For the English Wikipedia this is usually OK.

Crediting the source of the description

As mentioned there are several sources for an anime description. Here is how to credit them:

  • The best way is to use the official R1 DVD descriptions in which case you do not need to give credits.
  • On the other hand, if you have translated the description from a R2 DVD or have written one yourself, you can credit yourself like this:
[i]- written by <your_nick>[i]
For example: - written by fooBar (use the [i][/i] tags for italics).
Why credit yourself? This is mostly to prevent situations like the following: One of our users writes a description, the description is copy/pasted to AnimeNfo, someone from AnimeNfo comes and complains about taking their description and not crediting them, a mod adds a Source: AnimeNfo to the description, later the user who wrote the description notifies that he, in fact, wrote it, a mod removes the Source: AnimeNfo again.
  • When you copy the description from a site that has written/translated the description itself (e.g. AnimeNfo, ANN, Anime-Planet, etc.), then please credit the site you copied it from using the following scheme:
[i]Source: <site>[/i]
For example: Source: ANN (use the [i][/i] tags for italics).
Note In case someone finds a better description, any previous description may well be replaced.

Optional Info


Enter the URL of the official Japanese(!) page here. You may add the official English page, if you are unable to find the Japanese one. Please do not add any unofficial or fan pages.

ANN (Anime News Network) ID/URL

Visit the ANN page for this anime and copy the link to the entry in this field.

AnimeNfo URL

Visit the AnimeNfo page for this anime and copy the link to the entry in this field.

allcinema URL

Visit the allcinema page for this anime and copy the link to the entry in this field.


New anime entries first need an approval by a mod before they are added to AniDB. You can see the status of your addition once you click on the my creqs link in the left menu.