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Adding your own Tags

Tagname Rules

To ensure tag-naming consistency, please abide by these rules:

  • Tag names are basically all lower case, just like they would be used in sentences with British English spelling, e.g.
anything can be awesome, creepy Gothic architecture.
  • Reminder: Countries / languages start with a capital 1st letter, i.e.
Spain, French, Japanese.
  • Abbreviations are kept all upper case, e.g.
SMS, CG, OP, ED, 3D.
  • Full sentences begin in upper case, just like any sentence would.
Where`s my story?
Blade Runner, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • Japanese words are spelled all lower case, e.g.
sakura, henshin, onii-chan.


character names, voice actors, directors, fannames, etc.
  • all upper-case tag names, e.g.
FOOBAR -> foobar
  • avoid excessive use of ! or ?, e.g.
foobar!!! -> foobar!
Note Please try to be objective when creating tag names, e.g. "this show is crap" will certainly not help and be deleted.

Examples: great OP song, Japanese mythology, tsundere, engaged to an alien, Weekly Shounen Jump


When adding a new tag name, please add a description text as well. This helps all the users out there understand why you defined the tag, and will make your tags all the more valuable and useful:

  • Use British English (no fancy casing)!
  • Try to describe the intent / meaning of your tag as clearly as possible.
  • Use complete sentences, e.g. "Japanese for transformation (metamorphosis or disguise)."
  • Please do not simply copy the tag name into the description field. This is redundant spam.

If you happen to see a tag without a description, feel free to add your own. Help make the anime tags more descriptive!

Note Tag maintainers are much more likely to delete an obscure tag that does not have a description.

Global Spoiler? / Local Spoiler?

A tag can very well be a huge spoiler. To avoid giving away information you can either check mark it as a global spoiler (tag name is always considered to be a spoiler) or as a local spoiler (tag name is only a giveaway for the current anime).

Data was verified

Not verified tags won't be shown anywhere except for the edit pages!

Comment for Mod

When suggesting a tag name change, add a descriptive comment in the text box explaining your reasons.

Star-rating - the Weight system

The rating is used to show how relevant the used category is for this anime. There are six levels starting with + (little) right up to *** (lots). As a rule of thumb, to be included at all, a category must be relevant to more than one episode of a series.

A slightly sarcastic example based on Themes:Military:

Category Weight +   There are some people in uniform in a few of the episodes. They're probably in the army or something. Oh, wait, maybe they're just police. Ah, no, it's cosplay.
  *   Several characters are often addressed by rank rather than name. They have medals. Someone might even salute one of them, if you're lucky.
  *+  The anime concerns an organised armed force, and its members. Said body should have both the equipment and hierarchy found in military groups, and should ideally be actively utilising their power against an opponent. Characters are either employed as professional soldiers or enlisted on a volunteer basis, for ideological reasons.
  **  Main character joins an armed force, and gets the rank of private at least. They have to salute their superiors at least once per episode. If special, they might get some hardware to play with, but on the downside killing people may be involved.
  **+ Main character at least a sergeant. They go on missions, and probably blow shit up. One or more characters is introduced, only to be summarily dispatched, to show that war costs lives. Three salutes per episode, minimum.
  *** Main character no less than a colonel. The salutes flow thick and fast, too many to count, and medals shine from every chest. Most of the dialogue is the discussion of battle tactics - in fact, there's so much war, you just don't know where to look. One of the characters was in Nam. They still have nightmares.

How to interpret the weight of categories?

With the above example, if seems quite straight forward, i.e. just check the amount ("how often") of occurrences and derive a weight based on that. Alas things are not as simple as they seem. For some categories it makes more sense to be interpret them by the worst case, e.g. Violence is weighted by the most violent act in the anime, not by the amount of violence. A few other categories are pretty much an on/off switch, either they are applicable (vote: ***) or not at all, e.g.: Was the anime based on a Novel or wasn't it?

To better help distinguish between these three category weight interpretations, colour-coded Category Weight info boxes have been placed at the top of each category page / sub-page. Should a specific category need to be interpreted differently another info box will point that out.

Category Weight: "amount"

Categories should be interpreted by the amount of their occurrence:

Category Weight + to ***
If applicable, choose a weight between + (seldom) to *** (abundant) denoting how often the category occurs in the anime.

Category Weight: "worst case"

Categories should be interpreted by the worst case seen in the anime:

Category Weight + to ***
If applicable, choose a weight between + (slight) to *** (excessive) describing the worst case of category occurrence in the anime.

Category Weight: "on/off"

Categories should either be set or not set at all:

Category Weight - or ***
If applicable, this category should be weighted with *** (on). Otherwise do not set it at all!