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2021 Yearly Wrap-Up...

...in Code
MAL had a lot of new development over the last year, and I hope you'll look forward to more exciting new changes coming in 2022!
  • Favorites Boosting Accounts: Ranking Recalculations—Favorites were recalculated site-wide in our continued efforts to combat duplicate account manipulation of site statistics (and some follow up adjustments will likely need to be done soon for some recently botted characters).
  • MALxJapan Launched—The MALxJapan page was launched to host information about all of MAL's industry tie-up events or other special promotions. Be sure to check it out every now and again so you don't miss what's happening~
  • Manga List, Sorting Options Launched in Android & iOS Apps—The next phase of our app development project was released, adding Manga and Manga Lists, new List sorting features, and more.
  • Sort & Filter Functions for People and Characters—Options were added to People pages to allow you to sort staff/acting roles by year or reception, and filter based on your list status. The same was also applied to Character tabs on Anime/Manga pages to sort by most favorited characters and hide dub languages you aren't interested in.
  • Fantasy Anime League 2021—FAL became an official part of MyAnimeList this year, with the development of a new interface to make team registration, swapping/acing and other gameplay easier for participants. With this, registration exploded to ~25K participants! Fall 2021 is wrapping up next week, but watch for Spring 2022 registrations in the last to weeks of March!
  • Genres (and Themes!) Overhaul: Part 1 of 2—The first step of our genre/themes overhaul project was released, with demographics finally being separated from genres and the addition of a new themes section to support increased tagging ability for anime/manga. Part 2, where new themes will be added and members will be able to contribute to themes being linked to entries, will be on its way soon~
  • OP/ED Themes Expanded—You can now find links to your favorite music platform from the OP/ED section on database pages, easily preview the song if Spotify is available, and/or watch the music video in the Videos tab.
  • List Title Toggle—Members can now change the language of their Anime and/or Manga list to use the Main Title, English, French, German, or Spanish to improve title recognition.
  • New Favorites Page Added to Profiles—We have a new development project launching soon which will add a fifth favorite category to user profiles. To support this addition, we've added a new favorites page to profiles and modified the appearance of favorites on the profile front page.

...in Collaborations
MAL has been strengthening its ties with the anime/manga industry in Japan and there were a few interesting tie-ups that happened over 2021 with various prizes for participants! Watch for more in 2022.
...in Community
Come hell or high water, MAL's recurring community events continue on. If you haven't done so yet, make a New Year's resolution to try at least one in 2022!
  • 2021 Anime Watching & Manga Reading Challenges—Want to increase your anime/manga power levels and diversify your list(s)? Our yearly challenges are a great way to do this. Watch for our 2022 challenges opening within the next week!
  • MAL×entine ♥ 2nd Edition—This year, we brought back a previous Valentine's event where participants matched two characters from different franchises together using image editing software or creating fan art! MALentine's event changes up each year, so keep an eye out for our 2022 plans.
  • Profile Pictures Update: Towards a more all-ages friendly site—To "make MAL an all-ages friendly site", we changed everyone's profile picture to a random anime character from the database for our yearly April Fool's prank. Some people always forget every year~ >:]
  • Easter Complex: Full Bunny Panic—MAL's Easter Bunny fell asleep inside a mecha and was transported to outer space, before being helped by 455 MAL detectives! MAL's yearly Easter event involves a site-wide treasure hunt (including riddles!) to save Easter, and is a favourite of many community members.
  • MALoween✟Mansion: Dead Taxi 8「Omae wa Mou, Shindeiru」—Our spooky mansion returned for its eigth year, filled with challenges and quests. With the introduction of badges, our participation more than tripled this year!
  • Secret Santa—Final user count still to come, but Santa's Workshop shipped out a record-breaking 2,384 gifts this year! If you missed it, be sure to sign up in the first week of December 2022.

...in Contributions & Crew
A very big thank you to all our active users who participate in our community, are committed to improving our databases, write reviews and recommendations to help fellow users, and who make up MAL. We are now 12.1 million registered users!

Last but never least, a very big thank you to the ever-growing and dedicated staff. I am constantly grateful for the time and energy they give to our site and community to continue to grow it further. Innumerable database additions, edits, requests, reports, sns posts, and problems are processed each and every day of the year (even on Christmas!). MAL wouldn't be MAL without this amazing group of people.

If you would like to join this team and give back to MAL, are well-versed in the guidelines and requirements of your position of interest, and have the motivation to work independently, please consider checking out our Open Applications thread.

Current Statistics—taken on Dec 29th
  • Anime: 19,222 (↑1,815)
  • Manga: 56,839 (↑4,070)
  • Characters: 132,945 (↑9,065)
  • People: 42,976 (↑2,932)
  • News: 11,456 (↑776)
  • Forum: 1,039,466 (↑87,684)
  • Reviews: 199,338 (↑20,128)
  • Recommendations: 261,539 (↑57,847)
  • Facebook followers: 712,659 (↑95,803)
  • Twitter followers: 455,176 (↑169,776)
  • Discord verified members: 18,971 (↑6,591)
  • MAL Rewrite Synopses: 4,454

Happy New Year! May 2022 bring us even more great things~
Jan 1, 1:18 PM
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Don't forget to help us brainstorm the best and funniest yearbook categories for 2021.
Then we'll vote for the anime/song/character who most fits that category!

Click here for more info~


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2021 was definitely an interesting year with a lot of highs and lows. Interestingly, participating in the community events (some for the first time) sticks out as a highlight. Hopefully I'm not the only one. ^^;
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we rly just hit 1mil forums?
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Bengofo said:
we rly just hit 1mil forums?


forum topics though and not forum users maybe they should clarify that
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deg said:
Bengofo said:
we rly just hit 1mil forums?


forum topics though and not forum users maybe they should clarify that
mal caught slackin 🗿
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Hope there is more excitement to come this year of 2022.... Meeting and chatting with new people is the best part 😎👍
Jan 1, 4:33 PM
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Here to another great year with many new things and useful improvements 🎉


Happy New Year 2022 to everyone.


Part 2, where new themes will be added and members will be able to contribute to themes being linked to entries, will be on its way soon~

pst, how soon? 👀


HiScoreLoScoreHiScore (esp)

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Happy New Year 🎊
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2021 was definitely an year to remember and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds. Happy New Year




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Happy New Year to everyone... :)
Jan 1, 10:16 PM
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Amazing to see how MAL has an amazing team full of talented people keeping the site up to date and running. My gratitude goes out to all of them for making MAL an as complete and enjoyable experience as it is today.

Happy New Year everyone! To a year full of more great site updates, fun events and cool collaborations! 🍾
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Jan 1, 10:59 PM
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Happy New Year to everyone on MAL.
Jan 1, 11:02 PM
Happy New Years everyone, hopefully 2022 is a bit better than 2021.
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Kineta said:

Happy New Year! May 2022 bring us even more great things~

Ok. I'll wait for May 2022 for more great things.
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Happy new year to MAL and can't wait for more interesting and big fandom wars in this site, especially when AOT S4P2 will out this year LMAO



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Happy New Year x)

Let's see what good stuff 2022 has prepared for us.
This is me untill the end of september -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WByYBgHjclY
That short video describe me perfectly -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48w1a2u0vOI
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I'm really glad MAL exists, one stop for all the weebs. Thanks for your hard work.


Happy new year eveyone.
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Wow what a stat! Happy new year for mal and everyone. Reaching two years already on this site. Hope the new year will bring me and everyone else more good days. Cheers!
Hide and seek is the best offline games on this fatamorgana-called-world-thing. Please comment nicely. I am newbie here.

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Happy New Year all, take care, stay good.
Jan 2, 5:41 AM
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Though a very challenging year, we've also had a great year of growth on MAL. I'm looking forward to continuing to be part of this fun community and to the development that will happen in 2022.
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Hopefully more badge events in this year!
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Happy New Year everyone!!!

I wish great health, be positive in every difficult situation, always be happy!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Jan 2, 6:34 AM
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May 2022 bring us even more great things~

But it's still January :o
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here's to a good 2022 also add more manwha plss
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Happy 2022 to all MAL users! I hope to be more active than in the past year.
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Hope the website improves more and that we actually get functions us MAL users have been asking for for years instead of needing to rely on userscripts.
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MAL keeps growing, wow. Happy new year all.
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I hope this year become better than 2021! i hope everyone stay good too!


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Happy New Year everyone. I hope this year will be great in every terms.
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Happy New Year everyone.
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Happy new year to all mal users
Jan 4, 10:57 PM
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Happy New Year to the 12 mil+ people here.
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Happy New Year everyonee!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Happy new year! A lot sure changed last year. I particularly enjoyed the collab events/contests (like the singing one) and live streams.

Junelovesanime said:
Hope the website improves more and that we actually get functions us MAL users have been asking for for years instead of needing to rely on userscripts.

I second that!

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tldr: ads
Stop the sequels high-ranking stupidity.
Group franchises in Top Anime page.
Because Gintama is just "one" anime and not 5.
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Wish You all a Happy New Year, Hope this will be Corona free :D
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2022 here we go
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Happy New Year!
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Kineta is the best MAL admin we've had till now. Because of her a LOOOT of updates have come to MAL and more are on the way as it seems and it's just amazing. (Also I love that we're getting badges now for participating in events and challenges)

Deliveries x Challenges x Favorite Song
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2021 was an awesome year I got caught up on a lot of my animes and gaming so I also got a bf in 2021 <3 Hopefully, 2022 will have a lot of new animes and I will be here to talk all about it

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