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Dan42
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:35 pm Reply with quote
Rhyono wrote:
Why do some animes lack a rating piece, such as Sky Blue?

The rating graph will not appear for titles that have too few votes (at the moment, fewer than 11 votes)

It will also not appear for "quarantined" titles; for example Sky Blue is not anime but a Korean animation, so while it's in the Encyclopedia for historical ad-hoc reasons it does not show up in the regular listing for the letter S and does not have a rating graph.
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doc-watson42
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:44 pm Reply with quote
doc-watson42 wrote:
How are the main titles of Encyclopedia entries chosen?

Basically, we have decided on having the english title as main title of an anime (whenever possible). This is really just a matter of policy because either japanese or english would be fine. We chose english because ANN is an english-language website. We definitely want the main title to be the official english name when the anime has been licensed. For unlicensed anime... the japanese name would probably be the best option. Apart from that, this is not really an issue. Main titles and alternative titles are both displayed in the encyclopedia, and they both lead to the same page. Mon 08 Jul 2002 01:19 am

If an official North American title is not available, the official Latin-based (English preferred) title used by the Japanese license holder(s) has a higher priority (since it has a meaning) than a romaji title (which only tells how to pronounce). Fri 06 Jan 2012 05:46 am
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Dan42
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:49 am Reply with quote
Calathan wrote:
Why do some shows have multiple seasons listed together in one entry, while other shows get separate entries for separate seasons?

The Golden Rule is that a new season should always be submitted as a separate series, to prevent ginormous pages with bazillions of credits. If the episode count doesn't restart at 1 in the new season, it's not problem to have the episode list pick up where the previous season left off. So you could have episodes 1-13 in series 1 and episodes 14-26 in series 2.

The Golden Exception is that if a lot of data has already accumulated in a single series for multiple seasons, then it's far more trouble to split than it's worth. Ratings, especially, are not really splittable. These series should be left as they are unless there is a strong consensus that for some specific reason we need to undertake the work of splitting them up.
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Dan42
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:06 am Reply with quote
doc-watson42 wrote:
What is the Encyclopedia policy on spoilers?

Including a great deal of information is the goal of the Encyclopedia, so minor spoilers are fine and often inevitable. People who look up detailed information about a show should understand the potential for spoilers. But major spoilers are to be avoided if possible. For example, don't reveal major plot twists in the plot summary, and don't reveal a character's secret identity in the cast list if doing so would spoil a big surprise (like "Luke I am your father").


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:07 am Reply with quote
DerekTheRed wrote:
Often, the credits of an anime will read something like this
Super Sweet Show DX Credits wrote:
Key Animation:
Satoshi Kon, Hideki Ano, Leiji Matsumoto
Shinichiro Watanabe, Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki

Awesome Productions Ltd.
Jiro Yamada, Hiroshi Satou, Akira Suzuki

This implies that the last three are employees of Awesome Productions Limited. What is the encyclopedia's position on the practice of putting "Awesome Productions Ltd." in the precision field for the last three gentlemen?

While this information is not strictly necessary, it is part of the original credits. Also, in situations where two people have the same name but worked at different companies it's very helpful in establishing which credit belong to which person. So we encourage people to add the company name as a precision when it's specified in the original credits as above. We recommend keeping it separate from other precisions, so rather than submitting a credit with "eps 1-3; Company ABC" it's better to submit it twice, once with "eps 1-3" and once with "Company ABC".
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:41 pm Reply with quote
Masakaki wrote:
Why is there no encyclopedia section for light novels?

While the main scope of the ANN Encyclopedia is anime and manga, we sometimes include certain other types of works that are of interest to anime and manga fans, either because they are stylistically similar or because they are part of the same franchise. This includes but is not limited to:

* novels (including light novels)
* manhwa (Korean manga)
* OEL manga
* Japanese live-action (including tokusatsu)
* Korean animation

An Encyclopedia editor may, at his sole judgment and discretion, add such a title to the Encyclopedia if he judges it is 'of interest' to anime fans.

But we don't want to turn this place into an Encyclopedia of everything and anything remotely connected to Japan. In order to preserve the focus of the Encyclopedia, these "not anime/manga but related" works are not displayed in the alphabetical listings. They can still be found when searching by name or by genre, and they are displayed in the "Related anime" section of relevant titles. But they are simply not part of the Encyclopedia's main scope, and we're keeping them out of plain view to help prevent mission creep.
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Dan42
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:05 pm Reply with quote
Ignatz wrote:
How do I write text in bold/italic in the comments near the titles of "My Anime" list? I tried doing the same as posting in forum, but it doesn't work in My Anime list.

Use html tags. It's almost the same as phpbb tags:
Code:
<b>bold</b>
<i>italic</i>
<u>underlined</u>
<a href="http://url">link</a>
<img src="http://image-url">
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Dan42
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:57 pm Reply with quote
franta brozek wrote:
How can I add a new Language for Alternative title?
I'm reading manga in Czech Language

Sorry, you can't.

Basically, we've had too many problems with alternative languages. Often people will add their own home-brewed translation as an "Alternative title" and since no one on staff can understand the language, there's no way to check if it's valid. This also goes for cast & staff. Even if a source is given, usually it's a website in a foreign language and the problem is the same.

On top of that, the general idea of grouping staff/cast by language turns out to have some problems, so we won't be adding any new languages to the Encyclopedia for now.
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Dan42
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:43 pm Reply with quote
Kruszer wrote:
I have some titles on DVD and Blu-ray that are not listed in the My Collection feature of anime releases here when I go to look them up. Is there a way to add them myself or get them added by the staff?

You can go to the Encyclopedia page of the title in question and choose "Release" from the "can you contribute" drop down (careful; it's not the same as "Release dates") and follow the wizard by providing urls of online stores where the product can be found.

There are some limitations to this process; we need a UPC/EAN code in order to create the release, and neither Rightstuf nor Anime Castle pages provide it. Or you might get a message like "UPC 0123456789 is not from a known distributor". In any case, if you hit a snag you'll need to ask an Encyclopedia editor in the forum to add the release manually.

And finally, on the My Collection "add items" page you always have the ability to add custom items.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:53 pm Reply with quote
yuna49 wrote:
I thought there were links to streaming sites in a show's Encyclopedia entry. Yet I only see links to BD/DVD releases, or links to the official web sites. Is there some other reason why links to a show's legal stream are not included?

Links to legal streaming sites are allowed; these links should be added as "Official website". But like everything else in the Encyclopedia, there are only links to streaming sites if someone has made the effort of adding them.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:05 pm Reply with quote
Lapin noir wrote:
What is the difference between "Distributor" and "Licensed by", what precisely qualifies as each of them, and in what order should they be entered?

Licensed by
The Licensee is the company who holds the license/rights to publish the anime on physical media in a different country than Japan.

Released by / Publisher
The brand/name on the packaging, often the same as the licensee but sometimes different. "Publisher" is more commonly associated with books.

Distributor
A company that is different from the licensee and either
* acts as brand/publisher (ex: Anime Works distro for Media Blasters)
* handles distribution/logistics (ex: Section 23 distro for Sentai Filmworks)

Internet Streaming
Whomever has a license to stream the series online. It's useful to keep this separate from the other definitions which are commonly understood to be for physical media.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:17 pm Reply with quote
Lapin noir wrote:
What is the preferred way of differentiating between different cinema and home video distributors of the same title in the same country? (E.g. GKIDS releases are distributed in cinemas in the US by them but on video in the US by Cinedigm Entertainment.)

By default we assume that "Licensed by" and "Distributor" refer to US home video. For other cases, use the precision field:

Licensed by: Madman Entertainment (Australia)
Distributor: Cinedigm Entertainment (theaters)
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