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The event is now over! You can see how you placed here.


Welcome to MAL's Annual Easter Hunt!




Story


You've heard it everywhere in the anime community recently: isekai this, isekai that.
MAL's Easter bunny has heard it, too. He's decided it's about time he visits some of these "isekai" and ensures they're all celebrating Easter.
If you can believe it, he has completely forgotten to leave chocolate for the good MAL users in the process!

To achieve his plan of Isekai Domination, MAL's Easter Bunny will need to visit and persuade royal monarchs of these parallel worlds.
And lucky for us, he has dropped 15 chicks (easy route) and 17 eggs (hard route) on his way.

Each chick/egg will have a letter on it—but the letters are scrambled.
You'll need to collect and unscramble the letters to determine where the Easter Bunny currently is hiding.
You may work alone or with a trusty partner.

Easy
_ _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
(3 / 2 / 10 letters)

Hard
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _
(8[+1] / 2 / 6 letters [+punctuation])

Please catch up to MAL's Easter Bunny and bring him back!




How to Play

First, you need to choose a route: Easy or Hard.

We suggest that users who are new to the event or do not have a lot of time, do the Easy route. The hunting skills you learn during the Easy route will help you tackle the Hard route (later or next year).

Easy route: You will be looking for letters inside a chick outline, like on the Gudetama picture to the right →

Hard route: You will be looking for letters inside an egg outline, like the Toshokan Sensou picture to the right →

The images with the chick/egg will always appear on the last picture of the image gallery in a database entry page: Anime, Manga, Character, People.

Example:
https://myanimelist.net/anime/23539/Gudetama/pics
https://myanimelist.net/character/104283/Gudetama/pictures


To find which entries have chicks/eggs, you need to solve hints.

The first hint is given to you in this thread. For all subsequent hints, they will be visible on one of the tabs of the entry that you found the chick/egg, excluding: Reviews, Recommendations, Stats.

Hints will not be inside other related database entries unless the relation/link text itself is a clue. Look for anything unusual.
  • If you're on an anime page, the hint will not be inside a character/people/manga entry, unless the link title/picture itself is weird.
  • If you're on a character page, the hint will not be inside the anime/etc. entry, unless the link on the character page is weird.
Sometimes Easter words (e.g. egg, rabbit, bunny...) or Story-Themed words (e.g. isekai, another world, king, queen) will be included to help you see what's a hint, and not legit info.

Clickable hints should be clicked!

The hints themselves are mostly not difficult. Searching "anime + ..." a few keywords from the hint will bring the entry up in DuckDuckGo (no personalised search results). We are not expecting you to have seen/read all these anime/manga!


Finally, doing the hunt will look something like this...

Example:
  • Hint #1: "Libraries are supposed to be quiet places, but it seems like this one is constantly at war..."
  • DuckDuckGo: anime + libraries at war
  • Series #1: Toshokan Sensou (Library Wars)
  • Egg #1: Hidden on image (top right) in the anime entry's gallery (could also be manga/LN).
  • Letter #1: A (from the image)
  • Hint #2: Found in the OP theme: "Struggles of a part-timer: McRonald vs Sentucky Fried Chicken"
  • DuckDuckGo: anime + McRonald vs Sentucky Fried Chicken OR anime + struggles of a part-timer
  • Series #2: Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
  • etc...
Please refer to the 2018 Game Route for more examples.

Once you have all the letters, it's time to unscramble them for your final hint!


Submit Your Answers

Use this Google Form to submit the chocolate's location before the timer runs out!






Join Us!

During the event, you can ask for hints and help (not solutions) using either this thread or our Discord server.

First, join the MAL server using the link below. Verify your MAL account as per the instructions.
Then go to #bot-spam (under Miscellaneous) and type ?join easter.

Discord

Good Luck and Happy Hunting~




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Hell yeah!
Am I on time?

WOAH...I finished...on hard...an hour after event ended...
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Gl peeps
 
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hello!

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And so it begins. Good luck everyone!
 
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Yay!
Good luck to everyone.

And thank you for easy and hard versions, this will be fun!
I like pancakes.
 
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HERE WE GO AGAIN



“All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope”
-Alexander Dumas
 
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Good luck everyone!
 
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good luck everybody and happy easter!
 
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Do we have to say which route will we be joining or do we just begin the hunt in our desired route?
 
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Someone wants to team up for easy route?
-Pandagirl201 ;)
 
Apr 19, 3:26 PM
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Good luck everyone <3
 
Apr 19, 3:28 PM

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Sounds fun, think I'll give it a whirl
 
Apr 19, 3:29 PM
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Pandaqueer said:
Someone wants to team up for easy route?
Hey Man wanna help eachother out XD
 
Apr 19, 3:36 PM

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The first one... Doesn't seem to hide any hints...
 
Apr 19, 3:37 PM

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I'm looking for the second easy clue and I'm already lost. This is going to be interesting lol

 
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Aiimee said:
I'm looking for the second clue and I'm already lost. This is going to be interesting lol


me too xD
 
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alright, let's do this! i have my trusty notepad up and ready for note taking and padding my.. run? i think that works. gonna be some lengthy notes, huh?

(is it me or did the timer get extended around the last ten minutes back to 22 or something? i mean it's fine if it is)


edit:
looks like i failed. so sad, no internet points for me. this whole thing is actually super dificult it seems. a shame i didn't really get the chance, but there's always other events. seeya.
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Hmmmmmmmm :O
 
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What is that "chocolate" supposed to be?
 
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this is my first time trying this
I needs help guys
 
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I suggest reading through the "How to Play" section for any newcomers!

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I am already having trouble discovering where the second hint is
 
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Ok, I'm already struggling to find the second hint. This is going well XD

“If people want to die, let them die"

"Evil expects evil from others"

“No one loves me, because they're afraid of me”

“It takes a mere second for treasure to turn to trash”
 
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omg i'm stuck in the first one
this is so difficult!
 
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I'm also stuck on the first one!
This is going great :)

 
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i have no idea of the answer of the first hint
 
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Couldn't find second hint....x(
 
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I should be studying right now, so I guess I'm going to procrastinate and do this for a while.

I've found two eggs, currently looking for the third hint. anyone want to team up with me? We could use a chat or something, I'm really boring though
 
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Nelidea said:
Aiimee said:
I'm looking for the second clue and I'm already lost. This is going to be interesting lol


me too xD


the only search results I'm getting for the second hint have no chicks on any pictures so now I'm completely lost

 
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Pleinair said:
I should be studying right now, so I guess I'm going to procrastinate and do this for a while.

I've found two eggs, currently looking for the third hint. anyone want to team up with me? We could use a chat or something, I'm really boring though


plz help omg

 
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Where the heckity heck is the hint for chick** number 3 >:|

Ones who want to find chick** number two you're looking right at it I promise you.Stay on the Details page.

EDIT: NEvermind. I found it, but what the fuck does it mean???
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TuryuriOwO said:
Pleinair said:
I should be studying right now, so I guess I'm going to procrastinate and do this for a while.

I've found two eggs, currently looking for the third hint. anyone want to team up with me? We could use a chat or something, I'm really boring though


Sure, I'll team up with you, I'm on the MAL discord
I don't know how to use discord. :(
Can you send me a link?
 
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Aiimee said:
Pleinair said:
I should be studying right now, so I guess I'm going to procrastinate and do this for a while.

I've found two eggs, currently looking for the third hint. anyone want to team up with me? We could use a chat or something, I'm really boring though


plz help omg


It would be nice if we could all work in a group, idk if that's allowed though

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TuryuriOwO said:
Aiimee said:


plz help omg


It would be nice if we could all work in a group, idk if that's allowed though

I remember that last year people were using this thread to help each other, but yeah, don't know if it's allowed now, since the first post said you have to team up with just one other person...
 
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we think we have the 3rd hint but it rly ain't leading anywhere, my last braincell can't handle this
 
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Sounds fun; however, I'm addicted to manga, and I must. Not. Stop!
 
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We've had 3 team up in the past. Or maybe even 4. But if you have 4, might be better to split into 2 of 2.



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TuryuriOwO said:
Pleinair said:

I remember that last year people were using this thread to help each other, but yeah, don't know if it's allowed now, since the first post said you have to team up with just one other person...


It says that you don't accept messages from anybody except for friends and such. But if you look under the community tab, it says Discord chat

I've found it, what's your name in there?
 
Apr 19, 4:10 PM
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I'm actually impressed with how bad my detective skills are for this.
 
Apr 19, 4:11 PM
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anyone help me with the first one
 
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found it
 
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@TuryuriOwO
Can I maybe join you?
 
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TuryuriOwO said:
I'll work in a group with 2 or 3 other people then, maybe you two @pleinair and @Aiimee and one other person


I'm trying to figure out Discord so maybe try finding me first lol

 
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guys, how do i know where is the second hint?
 
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Anyone wanna help with the fourth hint? (easy route) im stumped...
-Pandagirl201 ;)
 
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Stuck on the sixth hint.... yikes...
 
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@TuryuriOwO

Yes, it's the same name as my MAL account
 
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somebody help me, after finding the hint number 1, what do i do to find the hint 2???????????
 
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