Anilist may not be so popular and well known as MyAnimeList (MAL), which every anime lover already knows about. MAL is THE site when it comes to find information about anime, manga and light novels. But since it went down for some days and returned lacking a lot of features, many users changed to AniList, Kitsu or some other option.
MyAnimeList (MAL) Competition
When MAL went down, instead of waiting for a long time hoping for it to come back, I’ve decided to change. First I tried Kitsu.io, and it seemed very good, but I wasn’t able to check-in Boku No Hero Academia episodes, which is dumb considering it was one of the most watched anime of the season. A couple of weeks after I had reached them on Twitter about it, it still wasn’t resolved. Also, the website (and official app) focuses on its social aspects, which I really don’t need at all. After all I already have Twitter, this blog, and Reddit, so I don’t need MORE places to check.
My Experience with Anilist
Then I decided to go for AniList.co. Many years ago I’ve tried to migrate to it, but they were having some problems importing my anime list. And they weren’t showing which ones weren’t imported successfully. But now the importer worked perfectly.
So far, after using it since MyAnimeList went down, my experience has been great! Although we don’t have cool Android apps like PocketMAL, their web-app is good enough to mark new watched episodes. And in the end, I always use my computer to browse new upcoming anime to add to my list 🙂
What Anilist lacks
The only lacking feature that is still missing is a better way to browse and add seasonal anime to your list. There’s no easy integration with Anichart.net, but when I asked, they said that they were working on it already. I hope they have it ready before the Winter Season starts.
If you want to know more about Anilist, Irina from Drunken Anime Blog has a cool post about it!