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 a slightly modified Hepburn Method for transcription titles (the Japanese Kanji/Kana written with Romaji).
- Official Names are always Japanese
- Main Names are always Japanese Transcription
Now as you might've encountered already, some Japanese titles or names are in English. That doesn't mean that you have to set the Official Title/Name to English, but to 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):
|Example 1||Example 2||Example 3||Example 4|
|Original Japanese Name||雨竜VS竜弦！激突クインシー親子||浦原の決断、織姫の想い||again||ALONES|
|WRONG Transcription||Uryuu VS Ryuuken! Gekitotsu kuinshii oyako||Urahara No Ketsudan, Orihime No Omoi
Urahara no ketsudan, Orihime no omoi
|CORRECT Transcription||Uryuu VS Ryuuken! Gekitotsu Quincy Oyako||Urahara no Ketsudan, Orihime no Omoi||Again||Alones|
|Explanation||As you can see, the Katakana word クインシー didn't get transcripted to kuinshii but to the "real name" Quincy.||This example shows you that it's also wrong to start every word upper Case - particles, such as の (no), を (o), が (ga), へ (e), か (ka) aso are transcribed to lower case.||This example shows how to work with English named Japanese originals||This example shows how to work with English named Japanese originals|
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 database will have to be added the Japanese way. Please always make sure that you didn't accidentally switch both.
Usage of AVdump
Item in Box 1 Item in Box 2
|header 1||header 2||header 3|
|row 1, cell 1||row 1, cell 2||row 1, cell 3|
|row 2, cell 1||row 2, cell 2||row 2, cell 3|