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You know an Episode for an Anime that's not listed...

AniDB is a user-driven database and every user can add new episodes. So if you know an episode for an existing Anime-title that's not yet in AniDB we encourage you to add it. We also ask you to include as much info as possible when adding a new episode, it's for all users' benefit.

Where can I add new Episodes?!

At the bottom of every anime entry is a link names "Add Episode". Once you click it you're on the "Add Episode" page. There's a lot of info you can input here.

Basic info you should include when adding an episode

Episode number

Be careful with different episode orders here. For the moment the Japanese "How it was supposed to be shown" order is our standard

Type

  • Normal Episode
  • Special/Extra Episode (DVD Specials, Bonus eps) (S1, S2, ...)
  • Opening/Ending Episode (C1, C2, ...)
Note Do NOT add a separate episode for creditless openings/endings. Write that info in the description field of the file. We don't want creditless and non-creditless as separate episode entries.
The ONLY VALID naming template is Opening (1,2,...,n), Ending (1,2,...,n). In case if the same song is used with a significantly different video or the same video is used with a different song, append letters after the numbers e.g. Opening 1a, Opening 1b. For foreign OP/ED episodes, if they differ from the original Japanese versions, append the country name before Opening (1,2,...,n), Ending (1,2,...,n).
PVs (music video for the song) go under Other episodes, but only if they were released as part of the anime DVD/BD.
"Long/full" versions of the OP or ED should be added under Special episode unless they were actually used within a regular episode.
If the OP/ED song is played and credits are shown, but the video is still that of the regular episode, then it's NOT an OP/ED episode (rather common in last episodes as sort of an epilogue).
OP/ED episode's display name will be automatically changed to the song played in that OP/ED if the song has the appropriate OP/ED episode number relation added. It will also automatically display the episode range the OP/ED is played in if the song has those episode ranges added.
OP/ED episodes, like any other episode, should have the air date, which would be the air date of the episode they were first played in.
  • Trailer/Promo/Commercial (T1, T2, ...)
  • Parody/Fandub Episode (P1, P2, ...)
  • Other Episode (US Chopjobs & certain supportfiles (AC3 modpacks, fontpacks).) (O1, O2, ...)
Note "Other" is NOT meant for OST's, Manga, AMV's or any other not official Special!
Disc menu animations are also not welcome in AniDB. Please do not add them.

Episode Name (English)

Check the official page if it's licensed, if it's not use a translation of the romaji/kanji title.
If you have neither use: "Episode XX" where XX is the number of the episode. For OVAs, use "Volume XX".

Note Episode "names" such as "Operation 9", "File #002" or "XYZ第一話" or "ABCの第三話" etc. are considered to be stylised episode numbers rather than episode titles. Please do not add them or their transcriptions/translations, use the default "Episode XX" or "Volume XX" naming convention.

"Prologue" and "00" Episodes

When it comes to episodes that are numbered as "Prologue" or "00", unless there is a "clear indication" that an "episode 0" should NOT be considered as the first episode of the regular airing sequence, an episode 0 will be considered episode 1 on AniDB, as it is the first aired episode.

Examples of "clear indications" for what "episode 0" entries should NOT be considered as the first episode of the regular airing sequence:

  • Macross Delta -- episode S1, Battlefield Prologue, this is essentially a trailer of the first episode
  • Chaos;Child -- episode S1, Chaos;Head, this is a recap episode of the prequel series

For reference, the original discussion on AniDB's moderator IRC channel can be found here, along with follow-up comments here.

-- In Summary: when an "episode 0" is considered as episode 1 on AniDB
  • An episode note should be added to provide a brief description. For example: "Listed as Episode 00"
  • We will apply the following episode title naming convention, to make it explicit that it is an "episode 0":
-- "Episode 0: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",
-- "Episode 00: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",
-- "Prologue 00: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",

Etc, where:
xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzzz
Represents our general title naming convention of:
Main_ep_title: sub_title - sub_sub_title

Guidance for T episodes

T episodes include PV (preview), CM (commercial), Trailer, etc; essentially, anything that generally serves the purpose of promoting an anime is a T episode. Generally, T episode naming guidance is as follows:

  • If available, provide the Japanese T T episode name. For example, a web PV posted on the official YouTube would have an official title from the producer/distributor.
  • If a Japanese name is given, transcribe it.
  • For the English name, the general naming convention is as follows: <<Type>> <<#>> (<<Length>>) <<Description>>
    • Type: type of T episode, ie PV, CM
    • #: number the various T episodes based on airing order, for each type. For example, if there's 3 PV and 4 CM, number them PV 1, PV 2, PV 3, CM 1, CM 2, CM 3, CM 4.
    • Length: provide the length in (m:ss) format. For example (1:36), (12:35). Given that most T episodes don't have formal titles, the exact length helps to track the T episodes, as it's otherwise very difficult to tell the T episodes apart.

Example: PV 05 (24:00): Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- Public Anniversary Special)

The general naming convention is not universal. Use some discretion for special cases. Examples:

Play Length

The play length of this episode. If over 10 minutes, round UP to the nearest multiple of 5 minutes (The only acceptable case to round down would be if it's just a few seconds over the gap. You can file that under cornercase.). If under 10 minutes, rounds UP to the nearest minute.

Ordering of S Episodes -- GENERAL GUIDANCE

There are no hard rules regarding the ordering of S episodes. However, the following general rules of thumb should be applied:

  1. "Actual episodes" should come first before recaps. Example: Bakamonogatari episodes 13 to 15 (S1 to S3)
  2. "Recaps" should come first before "specials". Example: 91 Days episode S2
  3. "Specials" Specials (e.g. web streamed specials, DVD and BD bonus content, etc) should come first before live action entries.

Further to the above, the following overall guidance should be used to group and order the above subgroups:

  • Internally within the above categories, group like items together. Example: Girls und Panzer specials, similar specials are grouped together (e.g. the "War" BD specials, Tank Courses, Character Pictures, etc)
  • Internally within the above grouped like items, sort episodes by release date

Above all else, common sense should apply. These are general guidelines, and each anime should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Optional Info

We'd like you to add this info sooner or later to the episode since some other users will benefit from your work.

Episode Name (Romaji)

Please check our Kanji & Romaji Guideline for further assistance with this.

  • For OVA (complete ep#=1)
    If there is no real ep title (aka when the ep title = anime title) just leave the field blank
  • For Movies
    Just leave the field blank.

Episode Name (Kanji)

Please check our Kanji & Romaji Guideline for further assistance with this. allcinema is a reliable source for this.

  • For OVA (complete ep#=1)
    If there is no real ep title (aka when the ep title = anime title) just leave the field blank
  • For Movies
    Just leave the field blank.

Episode Name (Other languages)

Please check:

  • The dub itself (if any)
  • The DVD cover (if any)
  • The official website (if any)

First Aired/Released and Finished Airing/Release

Check the official Japanese(!) page, Japanese TV Guide or other pages listed here.

Be careful with shows that have 24:00 and later air hours - this means that show will air on the night after the specified date. For the purposes of AniDB, a show listed as airing between 00:00 and 23:59 is added with the listed date; any show airing on 24:00 or later is added with the "first aired" date of the next day.

Example:

Japanese TV schedule says: 01.03.2005 25:30
this means it aired:       02.03.2005 01:30.

Such an episode would be added as "first aired on 02.03.2005".

Recap

This field should only get used for pure recaps!

Note

Extra information about the episode, such as unusual airing arrangements, etc.

Note Do NOT use this field to mark "filler" episodes or write general episode summaries!

How to Remove bad entries

If you added a bad entry yourself you can remove it as long as no one added a file to this entry. Otherwise, please post the eid of and a link to the entry to be removed here: Change Requests forum