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Type of site
Anime, Manga, Social networking, Social cataloging application
Available inEnglish
OwnerMedia Do[1][2]
Created byGarrett Gyssler[3]
Key peopleYouichirou Watabe (CEO)[citation needed]
Alexa rankIncrease 436 (Global, March 2019)
LaunchedApril 6, 2006; 13 years ago (2006-04-06)[4]
Current statusActive

MyAnimeList, often abbreviated as MAL, is an anime and manga social networking and social cataloging application website. The site provides its users with a list-like system to organize and score anime and manga.[5] It facilitates finding users who share similar tastes and provides a large database on anime and manga.[3] The site claims to have 4.4 million anime and 775,000 manga entries.[6] In 2015, the site received 120 million visitors a month.[5]


The site was launched in April 2006 by Garrett Gyssler and maintained solely by him until 2008.[5] Originally the website was called AnimeList, but Garret Gyssler decided to incorporate the possessive "My" at the beginning, following the fashion of the most important social network in those years: Myspace.[7]

On August 4, 2008, CraveOnline, a men's entertainment and lifestyle site owned by AtomicOnline, purchased MyAnimeList for an undisclosed sum of money.[6][8] In 2015, DeNA announced that it had purchased MyAnimeList from CraveOnline, and that they would partner with Anime Consortium Japan to stream anime on the service, via Daisuki.[9][10]

MyAnimeList announced in April 2016 that they had embed episodes from Crunchyroll and Hulu directly onto the site, with over 20,000 episodes being made available on the site.[11] In April 2017, MyAnimeList added The King's Avatar, its first Chinese animation to the site's database.[12]

On March 8, 2018, MyAnimeList opened an online manga store, in partnership with Kodansha Comics and Viz Media, allowing users to purchase manga digitally from the website. The service originally launched in Canada but later expanded to United States, the United Kingdom, and several other English-speaking countries.[13]

MAL became inaccessible for several days in May and June 2018 when site staff took it offline for maintenance, citing security and privacy concerns.[5][14] The site operators also disabled API for third-party apps, rendering them unusable.[5] The moves were done in efforts to conform to the European Union's GDPR program.[5][14]

MyAnimeList was acquired by Media Do in January 2019, with their purchase, they announced their intention to focus on marketing and e-book sales to strengthen the site.[15][16]


MyAnimeList lists anime (Japanese animation), aeni (Korean animation), and donghua (Chinese animation). Similarly, MyAnimeList has information on manga (Japanese comics), manwha (Korean comics), manhua (Chinese comics), as well as dōjinshi (fan comics) and light novels. Users create lists that they strive to complete. Users can submit reviews, write recommendations, blogs, post in the site's forum, create clubs to unite with people of similar interests, and subscribe to the RSS news feed of anime and manga related news. MAL also starts challenges for users to complete their 'lists.'[3]


MyAnimeList allows users to score the anime and manga on their list on a scale from 1 to 10. These scores are then aggregated to give each show in the database a rank from best to worst. A show's rank is calculated twice a day using the following formula:

Where stands for the total number of user votes, for the average user score, for the minimum number of votes required to get a calculated score (currently 50), and for the average score across the entire anime/manga database. Only scores where a user has completed at least 20% of the anime/manga are calculated.[17]

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  1. ^ "MyAnimeList". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  2. ^ 株式会社メディアドゥホールディングス. "» 米国子会社による米国MyAnimeList社の買収に関するお知らせ". 株式会社メディアドゥホールディングス (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  3. ^ a b c "Why Some Fans Watch Anime At Double Speed". Kotaku Australia. Gawker Media. 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  4. ^ "myanimelist WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Orsini, Lauren. "MyAnimeList Passes Third Day Of Unexpected Downtime". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  6. ^ a b "CraveOnline Buys Manga Social Net MyAnimeList". CBS News. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  7. ^ "Exclusive Interview with the Founder of MyAnimeList, a Colossal Site with 120 Million Monthly PVs | Tokyo Otaku Mode News". Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  8. ^ Staff, Edit (2008-08-04). "CraveOnline Buys Manga Social Net MyAnimeList". Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  9. ^ Hale, Daryl Lee (July 18, 2015). "DeNA Confirms MyAnimeList Buyout". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "DeNAとACJ、海外アニメサイト「MyAnimeList」に日本製アニメを提供" (in Japanese). CNET Japan. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  11. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (April 9, 2016). "MyAnimeList Adds More Anime From Hulu, Crunchyroll (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Famous Chinese animation The King's Avatar picking up steam among anime fans around the globe". Global Times. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  13. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 15, 2018). "MyAnimeList Opens Manga Store with Titles From Viz, Kodansha". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Wait, What's Wrong With MyAnimeList?". Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  15. ^ "Media Do Acquires MyAnimeList Website". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  16. ^ 株式会社メディアドゥホールディングス. "» 米国子会社による米国MyAnimeList社の買収に関するお知らせ". 株式会社メディアドゥホールディングス (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  17. ^ "How are top anime/manga scores calculated?". MyAnimeList. MyAnimeList, LLC. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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