How-to: Add New Data
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This page is the comprehensive guide to adding new data to AniDB. It is very important that our users provide as complete data as possible when adding new data. If incomplete data is added additional workload on other users and our staff is generated, to prevent that there are some very easy ways which are listed below. Some of the adding functions mentioned below actually generate so called 'Change Requests' (short: CReq) when used by regular users. This means that your additions will have to be reviewed by the AniDB moderators or users who have special access rights.
Valid sources include
- [Jap Wiki]
- [Anison (Anime Song Database)]
- Official Pages (almost every Anime has a link to its Official Page on the Anime page)
- [CD Japan]
Bad bad sources are
- Anime News Network (ANN)
- english or other non-official/non-japanese pages
AniDB uses for Transcriptions (the Japanese Kanji/Kana written with Romaji) the Hepburn Method.
- Official Names are always Japanese
- Main Names are always Japanese Transcription
Now as you might've encountered already, some Japanese titles or namings are in english. That doesn't mean that you set the Official Title/Name to english but leave it as Japanese (even if we all know it's English).
Rule of Thumb: Is the name used on official Japanese Sources (be it movie posters, DVDs, CDs) it HAS TO be set to Japanese and will always be given just how it's on these official sources - regardless if it's gibberish at times or not.
The Transcription on the other hand will be handled as followed with examples (Bleach episode names):
Original Japanese Name: 雨竜VS竜弦！激突クインシー親子
WRONG Transcription: Uryuu VS Ryuuken! Gekitotsu kuinshii oyako
CORRECT Transcription: Uryuu VS Ryuuken! Gekitotsu Quincy Oyako
As you can see, the Katakana word クインシー didn't get transcripted to kuinshii but to the "real name" Quincy.
Original Japanese Name: 浦原の決断、織姫の想い
WRONG Transcriptions: Urahara No Ketsudan, Orihime No Omoi / Urahara no ketsudan, Orihime no omoi
CORRECT Transcription: Urahara no Ketsudan, Orihime no Omoi
This example shows you that it's also wrong to start every word upper Case - particles, such as の (no), を (o), が (ga), か (ka) aso are transcribed to lower case.
The following example differs a bit from the ones before:
Example 1 Song: Again
Original Japanese Name: again
WRONG Transcription: again
CORRECT Transcription: Again
Example 2 Song: Alones
Original Japanese Name: ALONES
WRONG Transcription: ALONES
CORRECT Transcription: Alones
These two examples show how to work with English named Japanese Names.
Western names have the scheme
- Given Name - Last Name
but Japanese Names are the other way around
- Last Name - Given Name
and this is also the way AniDB lists the names. Every entity that has a given and a last name you add to the db will have to be add the japanese way. Please always make sure that you didn't accidentally switch both.
Adding New Anime
Adding New Episodes
Adding New Files
Usage of AVdump
Adding New Groups
Adding New Characters
Adding New Character-Character Relations
Adding New Character-Anime Relations
Adding New Creators
Adding New Creator-Creator Relations
Adding New Creator-Anime Relations
Adding New Creator-Character-Anime Relations
Adding New Collections
Adding New Songs
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