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Anime Database Guidelines

The following guidelines were written as a reference document for both moderators and general users as a standard for anime database entries. For the general user, it should provide both an idea of which edits/additions will be approved and denied, and how to help speed up the approval process from a user's perspective.

Please note these have been written as general guidelines only. The site administrator, database administrators and anime moderators reserve the right to append, remove and change the following rules as they see fit to maintain an orderly and consistent database.

You are encouraged to report any entries that do not meet the following criteria here.


Section I: Anime Additions

1. The following entries are allowed in the anime database:
    Professionally produced, animated works created:
    • in Japan for the Japanese market;
    • in Korea/China for the Korean/Chinese market;
    • as a joint production between Japan/Korea/China and another country.
      Note: This does not include productions where only the animation is outsourced.

    Doujinshi/independent anime if:
    • it has been acquired and released by a reputable company;
    • the creator has won one of the following significant anime awards: Tokyo International Anime Award, Mainichi Film Award or Japan Media Arts Festival award; or
    • at least one staff member is a professional Japanese anime/manga creator.

2. The following entries will be automatically denied:
  • Additions that cannot be confirmed to exist/no official announcement has been made.
  • Shows where all work, aside from the animation, was done outside of Japan/Korea/China (e.g. directing, script, etc.). For example, if a US company outsources only the animation of a particular work to Japan, it will not be included in our database.
  • Foreign edits or cut versions of an anime that was broadcast outside of Japan. Information about such edits can be placed in the More Info tab.
  • Trailers/ads of upcoming or aired anime. Animated commercials produced for the Japanese market will be allowed only if they are of decent length and have substantial plot. (e.g. Superflat Monogram)
  • Game cut-scenes.
  • Live action shows.
  • Manga panels or visual novel style stills, with and without voice acting.

3. To help your submissions be accepted faster, please:
  • Search carefully to see if the anime is already in the database. Currently, characters such as -, !, ", and : are not searchable.
  • Try searching one word of the title and see if it is already there. Be sure to try different romanization variants as well.
  • Complete as many fields as possible. The less hunting we have to do to complete an entry, the faster it will get approved.
  • If you have already submitted an anime once, please do not submit it again. This will only serve to slow the rate of acceptance, rather than improve it. If you're concerned about the submission, please search through recent posts of this thread for your title, and if unable to find, leave a short and concise inquiry.

Section II: Anime Types

The first release of an anime is the most important one, as long as the majority of it was released that way. For example, if only the first episode was pre-aired online and the rest is released on TV, that would make the entry a TV series and not an ONA.

Furthermore:
    a. TV
    • If a TV series is split into two parts and at least one season (~12 weeks) falls between the last episode of the first part and the first episode of the second part, the second part will be treated as a second season and the anime will have two entries.

      Note: This is to organize currently airing series that have large gaps between seasons so entries are not left as currently airing for months on users' lists (e.g. White Album, Asura Cryin). Thus, if a similar gap occurred with a series that has already finished airing, that entry will not be split now (e.g. Cardcaptor Sakura, Big O).

    • If there is no gap between seasons, but the continuation of the series is indicated as a separate season with a new title, it will get a second entry. (e.g. Shugo Chara, Shikabane Hime)

    b. OVA/ONA/Specials
    • The OVA series type is reserved for episodes that are released independently from TV series or movies. This contrasts with the Special type, which is reserved for extra episodes that are released alongside TV series, movies or OVAs.
    • Specials include:
      • DVD/Blu-ray specials and introductory animation (pilots, prologues, episodes 00) which contain animation/voice acting not used in the parent show.
      • Recap episodes and picture dramas of existing database entries.
    • OVA/Special episodes will be combined into one entry unless it is indicated that one is a sequel of another.
    • OVA & ONA will be set to finished after 18 months of inactivity (i.e.: no new information or releases). If a new episode is subsequently released, the entry will be re-opened.

    c. Movie
    • Theatrical releases will have separate entries unless all chapters are aired together. (e.g. 5 cm/s, Memories)
    • Series that are released in their entirety in one format (TV/OVA/ONA) and later compiled for a subsequent theatrical release will have an additional entry for the movie.

    d. Music Video
    • Music videos must be professionally produced, contain new animation and contain the full version of the song that is featured in the video.

Section III: Anime Information

    a. Titles:
    • When multiple anime entries share the same title but are of a different type, the title of the most recent entry will include the type in parentheses. When they are of the same type, the most recent entry will include the year. (e.g. Black Rock
      Shooter
      , Kaibutsu-kun)

    • Only official English titles in the English title field (i.e. licensed titles from Funimation etc. or official English titles used by the Japanese creators).
    • Japanese and English synonyms only. Furthermore, no special characters in romanized synonyms or titles (e.g. ō, ô etc.).

    b.Synopsis
    • English synopses only.
    • Synopses taken from other sites must be credited in the format: (Source: source) and should contain no external urls.

    c. Episodes
    • Episode counts are taken from official information. When this is unavailable, number of airing slots will be used in lieu of. If ambiguity still remains, the episode count will be at the discretion of the moderating team.

    d. Dates
    • Anime that receive preview airings (including limited previews in theaters or online) will have start dates of the preview, rather than the official start date.
    • Airing dates follow Japanese Standard Time (JST), while converting 24+ hour days into 24 hour days. For example: a series reported to begin at 25:40 JST on the 5th will have a start date of the 6th.

    e. Rating
    • The R+ rating is reserved for non-hentai anime with exposed female nipples.
    • The Rx rating is reserved for hentai anime (containing exposed and mosaic-censored genitalia).
    • Sex scenes alone don't make an anime have an R+ or Rx rating.

    f. Pictures
    • 225x350 pixel dimensions preferred.
    • Manga/novel images belong in their entries and will only be accepted if no anime picture is available.
    • No screenshots, unless no other image is available.
    • Please try and submit relevant pictures, representing the main characters and art style of the series. Preference is given to group pictures with minimal text/external images. The logo of the series should be included, if possible, for main picture submissions.
    • No pornographic images. These include, but are not limited to, images showing genitalia, nipples, or obvious outlines of both through "clothing". Please place censorship bars (generous in size, preferably white in colour) over any questionable parts of the image. You may not edit these features out, they must be censored. Adult images containing sexual acts will be removed when a more appropriate image becomes available.
    • Loli/shota hentai images portraying overtly sexual acts will not be tolerated, censored or not. Other loli/shota images containing nudity must be censored severely, covering the entire chest and pelvis area. Sexual objects must not be present on the image.

Section IV: Fansub Groups
  • A fansub group must release at least one episode to be related to an anime. Announcing a release or releasing only a trailer do not count.
  • Fansub groups not related to any anime in the database will not be accepted.
  • Groups that only re-encode existing fansub releases to other video formats (e.g. XviD) will not be accepted.
Modified by Kineta, 09-16-12, 11:52 PM
 
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Added a few clarifications to what is allowed into the anime database and what is not.

What entries in anime database are allowed?

+ This means the show must be created and released in Japan/Korea/China. Joint productions are allowed as long as the animation is not outsourced to the above countries with all other major work (directing, script, etc.) completed elsewhere.


What anime entries are not allowed?

* Shows not intended for the Japanese/Korean/Chinese market. For example, when a Japanese studio is involved in the production of the show for the American release. + Shows where apart from the animation everything else (directing, script, etc.) was done outside of Japan/Korea/China. Thus, if a US company hires Japanese animators solely to work on the animation this work will not be included in our database.

* Trailers/ads of upcoming or aired anime. Animated commercials produced for the Japanese market will be allowed only if they are of decent length and have substantial plot. Example: Superflat Monogram.


Other things you should keep in mind when submitting/editing an entry:

+ The first release of an anime is the most important one, as long as the majority of it was released that way. For example, if only the first episode was pre-aired online and the rest is released on TV, that would make the entry a TV series and not an ONA.

* If a TV series is split into two parts and at least one season (~12 weeks) falls between the last episode of the first part and the first episode of the second part, the second part will be treated as a second season and the anime will be split into two entries.
Note: This is to organize currently airing series that have large gaps between seasons so entries are not left as currently airing for months on users' lists. Examples: White Album, Asura Cryin'. Thus, if a similar gap occurred with a series that has already finished airing, that entry will not be split now. Examples: Cardcaptor Sakura, Big O.
+ If there is no gap between seasons, but the continuation of the series is indicated as a separate season with a new title, it will get a second entry. Examples: Shugo Chara, Shikabane Hime.



Edit: March 24, 2010.
A few minor typos fixed.

Modified by Kineta, 03-24-10, 9:14 AM
 
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11-19-10, 5:31 PM
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Improved allowed and non-allowed anime entry rules; of note, doujinshi.

Furthermore:
* Doujinshi/independent anime can be allowed only if it has been published by a reputable publishing company or if the author of the work has been critically acclaimed, for example won a significant award (ex. Tokyo International Anime Award).
+ Doujinshi/independent anime is allowed if:
  • it has been acquired and released by a reputable company;
  • the creator has won one of the following significant anime awards: Tokyo International Anime Award, Mainichi Film Award or Japan Media Arts Festival award; or
  • at least one staff member is a professional Japanese anime/manga creator.

* DVD/BD specials and introductory animation (pilots, prologues, episodes 00) are allowed only if they contain animation not used in the parent show.
...
* OVA/special episodes bundled with games are acceptable.


What entries are not allowed?
...
* Game cut-scenes (OVA/special episodes bundled with games are acceptable).
* Live action shows.
+ Manga panels with voice acting.


Added clarifications on type, synonyms and ratings.

+ The OVA series type is reserved for episodes that are released independently from TV series or movies. This contrasts with the Special series type, which is reserved for extra episodes that are released alongside TV series, movies or OVAs; these are usually released with the progenitor anime on DVD, BD, etc.
+ Only official English titles in the English title field (i.e. licensed titles from Funimation etc. or official English titles used by the Japanese creators).
+ Japanese and English synonyms only. Furthermore, no special characters in romanized synonyms or titles (i.e. ō, ô etc.).

* English synopses only. Synopses taken from other sites must be credited in the format: (Source: source). They should contain no external urls. MAL News synopses need not be credited.
+ The R+ rating is reserved for non-hentai anime with exposed female nipples. The Rx rating is reserved for hentai anime, so the ones with exposed (censored with mosaic) genitalia. Sex scenes alone don't make the anime an R+ or Rx anime.
Modified by Kineta, 11-19-10, 5:42 PM
 
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Added a couple of rules for consistency and a rule regarding OVAs with inconsistent
release schedules.


+ Airing dates follow Japanese Standard Time (JST) while converting 24+ hour days into 24 hour days.
For example: a series reported to begin at 25:40 JST on the 5th will have a start date of the 6th.

+ When multiple anime entries share the same title but are of a different type, the title of the most recent entry will include the type in parentheses. When they are of the same type, the most recent entry will include the year. (Examples: Black Rock
Shooter
, Kaibutsu-kun)

+ OVAs & ONAs will be set to finished after 18 months of inactivity (i.e.: no new information or releases). If a new episode is subsequently released, the entry will be re-opened.
 
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03-28-12, 10:57 AM
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Re-organised Guidelines for readability. Also added:

I.2:
+ Manga panels or visual novel style stills, with and without voice acting.

II.c:
+ Series that are released in their entirety in one format (TV/OVA/ONA) and later compiled for a subsequent theatrical release will have an additional entry for the movie.

III.c:
+ Episode counts are taken from official information. When this is unavailable, number of airing slots will be used in lieu of. If ambiguity still remains, the episode count will be at the discretion of the moderating team.
 
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