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This page contains a list of useful internet resources for writing about anime and manga related topics. It is maintained by the WikiProject Anime and manga. To help editors avoid FUTON bias, similar pages exist for books, magazines, and documentaries. There is no guarantee that sources listed here can be used for a particular purpose, and this page is not a substitute for understanding Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources.

A custom search engine courtesy of Gwern, which focuses on the sites listed here and filters out various unusable websites, is available here.[1]


Instructions for contributors[edit]

If you have an additional source you think is reliable, please bring it up on the project talk page so that consensus can be reached regarding its reliability and suitability for use here. If it is determined to be reliable, it will be added to this page. Undiscussed additions will be immediately reverted. Websites which host or link to scanlations, fansubs, or other illegal content will immediately be rejected as copyright violations, so please don't even ask.

Retailers as sources[edit]

Retailers are considered reliable sources for release dates and the existence of anime, manga and related products that have already been released. However, other secondary or primary sources—particularly publishers and academic sources—should be used if available. Retailers posting dates for an unannounced title, however, raise a red flag as to the legitimacy of the statement.

Internet polls[edit]

Polling on the Internet is inherently easy to manipulate the results. As such, unless the results are quoted by another independent reliable source, the results should not be used—especially to show notability; even when commented by an independent reliable source, it may still be giving undue weight to an inherently unreliable medium and a particular website.

List of sources[edit]

  •   The red highlighting is for websites that either have been archived or stopped posting recent updates for 2 years or more. This information can be useful for older series where reception is always welcomed.


Source Owner / Publisher Description Evidence Usable content[a] Discussion(s)
A Case Suitable for Treatment Sean Gaffney An offshoot of Manga Bookshelf, Gaffney provides manga reviews. Sean Gaffney wrote for Otaku USA when they were published. Manga reviews
Active Anime
(Archived via Wayback)
Rommel Salandanan Active Anime is "a site dedicated to anime and manga". It has taken over Animefringe's tradition of annually asking fans to vote their Top 25 websites.[2] The website has not been updated though since October, 2015 so more recent titles will not be present. The websites and ICv2 both cite them with and without attribution.[3][4] Other evidence includes an guide by Deb Aoki that links to one of their articles, and a link by Scott Green of Ain't It Cool News.[5][6][7][8] Anime/Manga reviews & Interviews Project: 1
Ain't It Cool News Harry Knowles A review and news website run by Harry Knowles. Mainly focused on American comic books, but there are a few manga reviews to be found. Ain't It Cool News has been cited by MovieWeb, and quoted by indieWire and Softpedia.[9][10][11] Manga reviews Project: 1 Patrick Delahanty A directory of anime convention related information, including guest lists, attendance figures, dates, and press releases. Information can occasionally be incomplete due to reliability checks. Also hosts a video podcast about anime conventions. While the content of the convention directory is user submittable, all submissions are checked and verified against the convention's website, press releases, or other reliable source before being added to the directory. Anime convention information RS/N: 1, 2
Anime Feminist Amelia Cook A site dedicated to examining Japanese pop culture through a feminist lens. Features reviews, articles, and interviews, broaching topics like gender, sexuality, and representation in anime and manga. Amelia Cook, the site's editor-in-chief, used to write about anime for The Mary Sue and Otaku USA. Other site editors have written about anime and manga for Anime News Network, Crunchyroll, The Daily Dot, Forbes, and the Nichi Bei Weekly. The site itself was featured in The Japan Times in 2019.[12] Anime/Manga reviews, articles & interviews Project: 1 Adam Arnold &
Steve Diabo
A now defunct anime and manga magazine originally published between 2000 and 2005; continues maintaining a full archive of all issues on its site. Anime/Manga reviews
AnimeNation Anime News
(Archived via Wayback)
Gene Field &
John Oppliger
Podcast by AnimeNation webstore, good for content that was released before 2013 as the website is now defunct. This website was part of a larger retailer as a medium for upcoming release dates. Release dates Project: 1
Anime Today
(Archived via Wayback)
Right Stuf Inc. Podcast by Right Stuf, Inc. This podcast generally includes store updates, but every episode also feature an interview with a personalty in the industry or fandom. Usable content only goes up to September, 2017 before the website was closed. Right Stuf Inc. is a major distributer of anime, and manga in North America. Interviews Project: 1
Anime World Order A podcast hosted by Gerald Rathkolb, Clarissa Graffeo, and Daryl Surat. All three hosts are contributors to Otaku USA since the first issue. Anime reviews & Interviews Project: 1
(Archived via Wayback)
Warren Ellis Promotes "diverse" and "sophisticated" graphic novels. There are about 3 dozen reviews here that can be used up the website's closure in February, 2019. Contributors are established comics writers, columnists and editors in the graphic novel industry. This website has also been cited as a reference resource by librarians and graphic novel authors.[citation needed] Manga reviews
Comic Book Bin Hervé St-Louis[1] There are over 2,000 manga related articles here, searching for an exact title is recommended. Editors and paid reviewers are present. Manga reviews RS/N: 1
Comics Worth Reading Johanna, and KC Carlson[13] Comics Worth Reading is a website that gives manga reviews from a married couple with vetted experience. Johanna was a graphic novel and manga reviewer for Publishers Weekly, while KC works for DC Comics. Manga reviews Project: 1
(Archived via Wayback)
Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation This was an online magazine that was published until April, 2013 by volunteer staff. Produced by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the same organization that organizes Anime Expo. Interviews with known industry individuals such as Jan Scott-Frazier. Anime/Manga reviews & Interviews Project: 1, 2, 3
Graphic Novel Reporter The Book Report Network Graphic Novel Reporter was a website that did reviews on printed media. There are over 340 manga reviews to go through here that could be beneficial to pre July, 2019 series (site close date). This website is associated with the same company that owns KidsReads. The reviewers appear to be vetted in the field with an editorial staff at hand. Manga reviews RS/N: 1
(Milton Griepp)
Current and archived industry news, including sales rankings and limited reviews for manga/graphic novels. Cited/mentioned by news sources such as The New York Times, Businessweek, and Publishers Weekly. Manga reviews,
industry news & sales figures - (Active)
(Archived via Wayback)

Ziff Davis Up until 2012, Anime IGN provided staff reviews as well as articles on anime. While the info has since been redirected to IGN, the site still has information on recent anime. (It is best to google this info by typing in "IGN Anime" [2]) IGN is a major American video game and entertainment media website that has an established review policy. Anime reviews RS/N: 1, 2, 3, 4
(Archived via Wayback)
Modern Method General industry news and review website that lasted until c.2019. Anime News Network cited them as a source, and publishers like Yen Press and Vertical were willing to talk on the record with Japanator.[14] Anime reviews &
industry news
Project: 1
MangaBlog Brigid Alverson MangaBlog is associated with Manga Bookshelf (see next entry), and provides reviews as well as interviews. It should be noted that MangaBlog has not received an update since 2016. Brigid Alverson has written for Publishers Weekly, Katherine Dacey was the Senior Manga Editor at PopCultureShock, and Melinda Beasi is a guest writer at Comics Worth Reading. Manga reviews/articles & Interviews Project: 1,2
Manga Bookshelf Manga Bookshelf is a website that focuses on the general manga industry. Several different offshoots are present which provide additional manga reviews (these are discussed elsewhere here). Many if not all of the contributors have vetted experience in the field.[15] As with other sources, the writer should always be checked. Manga reviews/articles, columns, resources, & Interviews Project: 1
Manga Life
(Archived via Wayback)
Comics Bulletin
(formerly known as Silver Bullet Comics)
Manga Life is good for reviews up until May 2011. This website was an offshoot of Comics Bulletin. On the "About Us" page, the contributors all appear to work in the comics/manga industry. Manga Life has also been quoted by sources such as Publishers Weekly. Manga reviews Project: 1
Manga Tokyo
(Archived via Wayback)
Gradus inc. Manga Tokyo is useful for interviews as they have done so with known people in the industry until 2020. This website is NOT VETTED for their anime reviews. Interviews done of known people. Interviews Project: 1
Manga Village
(Old site via Wayback)
While this source has reviews, Manga Village has not been updated since 2013. Manga reviews RS/N: 1
Media Arts Database Agency for Cultural Affairs Created by the Japanese Ministry of Education's Agency for Cultural Affairs, the database containing broadcast/released dates of anime television and films between 1917 to September 2014 along with producers, studios, and other production information. Published by a Japanese government agency Production information & release dates for anime/manga Project: 1
National Diet Library Online Public Access Catalog National Diet Library Online database used by the Media Arts Database as a source and can provide additional data. NDL-OPAC is also available in English by clicking on the top right box marked as such. Maintained by the National Diet Library Generally usable[vague]
(Archived via Wayback)
PopCultureShock was an online established in 1999, it ran until late 2012 when the website was taken down. Quoted by other reliable sources.[which?] Manga reviews/articles & Interviews Project: 1
Read About Comics Greg McElhatton Read About Comics is a source that provided updates on American comics, but also provided manga reviews by McElhatton. This website is useful for older reviews as it has not been updated since 2015. Greg McElhatton was a founding contributing writer for the first 58 issues of Wizard. He also served on the Small Press Expo Steering Committee since 1997, and served as a judge for the Eisner Awards. Manga reviews Project: 1
Sakugablog Kevin Cirugeda Sakugablog is focused on animation production, and regularly reviews the animation found in anime. The website also translates a variety of interviews and production materials. Kevin Cirugeda has written for ANN (1,2) and Thrillist (1), and the blog features pieces written by anime industry creators such as Ken Yamamoto (1). Production information, anime reviews, & interviews Project: 1
(Previously: Twitch Film)
Todd Brown Mostly independent movie reviews but has a section for anime. Quoted by major outlets such as New York Post, the Washington Times, and Variety. Anime reviews Project: 1
Soliloquy in Blue Michelle Smith An offshoot of Manga Bookshelf, Smith provides manga reviews. Michelle Smith was a senior editor at PopCultureShock, and has written for CBR. Manga reviews
Teen Reads
(Archived via Wayback)
The Book Report Network The website Teen Reads was by the same company that ran Graphic Novel Reporter. Many of the reviews are duplicates (found on both sites) with some exceptions (ex: +Anima Volume 1). Reviews go up to July, 2019 before the website was closed. This website was associated with the same company that owns KidsReads. The reviewers appear to be vetted in the field with an editorial staff at hand. Manga reviews RS/N: 1
The Comics Journal Fantagraphics Books
Gary Groth
A paper magazine focused on the critical writing of American comics which went exclusively online by 2009. Also hosted on the site were the "Hooded Utilitarian" until January 2018, and "Journalista" until 2011.[16][17] Multiple winners of the Harvey Award in Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation category, and multiple winners of the Eisner Award in Publication Best Comics-Related Periodical/Publication category. Manga reviews, essays & round-tables
The Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon Spurgeon's review site which includes reviews for American comics, but also for some manga. Spurgeon died in November 2019 and the website has not been updated since. Spurgeon is a long time comic industry professional and a reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Manga reviews Project: 1
The Fandom Post Chris Beveridge Reviews and news site Beveridge was paneled at Anime Boston in 2014, and has been interviewed by Anime News Network.[18][19] Manga reviews &
industry news
Project: 1
THEM Anime Reviews Anime review site for newer and older titles (going back to 1968!), which has been active since 2003.
  • Its reviews have been quoted by other reliable sources, including manga/anime academic writers Brian Ruh and Frenchy Lunning.
  • It has some industry backing/acknowledgment/requirements of having specific guidelines for accepting submissions with editorial oversight and published credentials/info on its writers and staff.
  • The former editor and chief Carlos Ross was featured on G4's Attack of the Show!, including discussing several of his reviews.[3]
Anime reviews Project: 1, 2, 3
UK Anime Network Etharius Ltd Non-profit website where anime fans write reviews, these editors include at least two whom also have industry experience. Caution should be given here as the "write for us" page states: "The UK Anime Network is not run for profit, nor is it a professional publication. It's a website run by fans with contributions by other passionate fans of the genre."[20] Only reviews done by Ross Locksley (formerly Ross Liversidge) and Andy Hanley are considered reliable as they have experience in the field.[21][22] Anime/Manga reviews & industry news Project: 1

Genre specific[edit]

Source Focus Owner / Publisher Description Evidence Usable content Discussion(s)
Archived via Wayback
Yaoi Yaoi fansite Cited extensively in yaoi-related literature, this website was last updated in 2006, later became defunct in 2009. Manga reviews & resources Project: 1
Chil Chil
(in Japanese)
Yaoi Largest yaoi database in Japan. Reported in Sankei Sports (link) and Anime News Network (link 1) (link 2) for its annual BL awards. Only the awards and interviews can be used as the rest of the site's content is user-submitted. Annual awards and interviews Project: 1
Sequential Tart Shōjo Comics webzine by women in the comics industry. Manga reviews RS/N: 1




Often, individuals whose work automatically qualifies as reliable (because they are published industry experts, qualify as reliable self-published sources, or for other reasons) will write pieces for more than one website, and the RS status of some of the websites they've written for will be up in the air. In these cases, as long as there's no reason to doubt the author is who they say they are, their established RS status will override the website's indeterminate RS status for that piece.





  • - The official website for Seven Seas Entertainment, an English-language manga publishing company. The website can be used to cite licensed and properties manga, as well as upcoming release dates and news. As always, the forum-based content is unusable. Keep in mind that this is considered a Primary Source.
  • Kodansha - Japanese publisher, including magazines. Use citeweb for their site as their pages may be lost.
  • Yen Press - Yen Press is an English-language manga publisher. The website can be used for its news information and manga release dates. Keep in mind that this is considered a Primary Source.


A note about using Anime News Network as a reference: ANN is divided into sections of varying quality. For news, reviews, and release information, ANN is a reliable source and close to being a newspaper of record for anime and manga. The "fan interest" pieces, however, may be pulled directly from unreliable sources and generally should not be used - is the "reliable" feed. In addition, because the encyclopedia portion is user-edited, that information is not reliable by Wikipedia standards. (Project discussions: 1 2 3 4, RS/N discussions: 1 2)
  • Anime Vice - Reviews and commentaries by Gia Manry are considered reliable as she has reviews published by other reliable sources, namely Anime News Network. Other staff members (Matt Kessler, Matt Lopez, Tom Pinchuk, and Chris Schmitt) have not been vetted. Care should be taken when using Anime Vice as much of the website's content is user submitted/generated and would not be considered a reliable source. (added August 28, 2011; discussion)
  • Behind The Voice Actors - An online database of voice actor credits in anime, cartoons, and video games. This can be used to shortcut verify the roles as long as the credit itself has a green check-mark that leads to an on-screen capture of the closing credit that confirms the role, for example: 1 (ParaNorman) (can use) 2 (Fullmetal Alchemist) (cannot use). Screen captures here can also be used to verify "voice cast" lists, however, care must be taken in situations where the screen captures do not list the actor's particular role. Screen captures of official cast announcements may be reliable, but the actual cast announcement reference is preferred. Screen captures of self-published material such as tweets and resumes should be judged by WP:SELFPUB and grouped under those sources. Roles and lists that are not check-marked (covered by a screenshot), despite being listed under that actor, cannot be used. BTVA Award sections can be used, but only the staff's choice (not people's choice) is notable for wins. Other site sections such as actor biographical data, trivia, side-by-sides, voice-matching analysis, polls, credits count, and forum sections are not verified and should not be used. (Template: 1 Project discussion: 1)
  • Comixology - A retailer site, it hosts columns by Jason Thompson, Shaenon K. Garrity (both reliable per above), and The Comics Journal editors Kristy Valenti, Joe McCulloch, and Tucker Stone. Their manga/anime analysis are reliable. However, the site also hosts reviews that are user-generated so they should not be used. (Project discussion: 1)
  • Japanese Animation Filmography Project - This is a wiki type of site which contains information about the filmographies of Japanese animators, past and present. Catherine Munroe Hotes manages the website, and has a PhD in film and visual culture. The only usable information is content that is fact-checked by the authors. (Project discussion: 1)
  • (via the Wayback Machine) - Formerly, contains anime news with thousands of anime and manga reviews. Editors must be particularly careful the reviews are from AnimeOnDVD/Mania staffers and NOT from the user-submitted "Maniacs" section. When searching for reviews, those that have a URL format of*title*_*somenumbers*.html and that follow the original AoD review format are written by staff reviewers and are considered reliable and usable for articles. "Maniac" reviews written by users which are not RS can be detected by the lack of structured format and a URL in the form of*username*/review/*title*_*somenumbers*.html
  • - The "frozen", old site is RS, but the wiki version may not be since it currently allows anyone to register and contribute (at the very least, sourcing to the wiki should probably be done as a last resort for the present time). (added May 4, 2009; project discussion, also this FLRC discussion)
  • YouTube - YouTube content such as upcoming releases, reviews, and interviews may only be used if the channel is official, and the subject passes Wikipedia's notability guidelines. On some channels a small gray check mark will appear next to the channel name, hovering your mouse over it will make the word "Verified" appear. Some official channels include: FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks, and Kadokawa. (See also: Wikipedia:External links/Perennial websites#Youtube).
  • Myspace, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter - all of these social media sites may be used as self-published, primary sources, but only if they are verified as belonging to the notable subject. Keep in mind that Wikipedia is not a directory of the subject's web presence. The usage of Facebook is also discouraged as many of the pages require you to register to view the content, treat this like a temporary source until a better one can be found. Social media sites in general are mainly useful for upcoming releases, and possibly interviews. (See also: Wikipedia:External links/Perennial websites#Social networking websites).


  • Animetric ( [4] - self-published website by a person who is not a vetted industry expert (project discussion)
  • Anime Maru: ( [5] - self-proclaimed fake news website: [6]
  • Baka-Updates Manga; ( [7] - information is primarily user submitted and website also promotes illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
  • Fandom ( [8]; formerly Wikia ( [9] - User edited content.
  • Firefox News ( [10] - no editorial control, open account creation with no vetting of "reporters" or "reviewers", allows user-submitted content, very similar to an open blog service. (project discussion)
  • GameFAQs ( [11] - User generated content as explained here: "Gamers themselves publish almost all of the content on GameFAQs" [12]. (RSN discussion: 1, 2)
  • Goodreads ( [13] - no editorial control, very easy for anyone to review a book, occasionally copies unattributed text from Wikipedia. (RSN discussion, ANI discussion)
  • Internet Movie Database (IMDB; [14] - The information is user submitted and rarely corrected for mistakes. (See also: Wikipedia:External links/Perennial websites#IMDb).
  • ( [15] - no editorial control, incorrect information (project discussion)
  • MyAnimeList (MAL; [16] - information is primarily user submitted and website also promotes illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. (project discussion)
  • Nihon Review ( [17] - self-published website with no reviews on reliable third-party publications. (Project discussion: 1, 2)
  • Otaku Fridge ( [18]; formerly Hentai Neko ( [19] - self-published website with user-submitted reviews. (project discussion)
  • Otaku News ( [20] - Uncredited authors on a website that "allows people to join". (project discussion)
  • ( [21] - Database information is user-submitted and reviewed by an "editor" or a staff member, but is not fact checked for accuracy. News articles and reviews written by staff (paid CBS Interactive / CNET) can be considered reliable, though most do NOT cover anime/manga. (RSN discussion: 1, 2)
  • Wikipedia ( [22] - All language versions of Wikipedia and sites that mirror it, are not considered reliable sources for the content taken from the articles themselves. Wikipedia articles are not considered reliable unless they are backed up by reliable sources. If there are sources present on foreign Wikipedia pages, they can potentially be useful and should generally be brought over here to use in the English language articles. If you are in doubt over a foreign source then bring it over to WP:RSN for discussion. (See also: WP:CIRCULAR, WP:COPYWITHIN)
  • Yahoo Voices ( [23] - Also known as "Contributor Network", this website of featured freelance articles and user-generated reviews has no editorial oversight. (RSN discussion: 1, 2)

Other resources[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A lot of these websites have upcoming release dates that can be usable content (unless stated otherwise)


  1. ^ To help narrow down the number of unreliable sources from forum posts use -inurl:forums and -inurl:boards together or -show_msgs. While this will not entirely eliminate those results, it can cut them down heavily for sites like Anime News Network.
    If you find any sites which don't belong, feel free to contact Gwern; similarly if you find particularly bad/noisy/spammy search queries.
  2. ^ "Active Anime Top 25 – Formerly Known as Animefringe Top 25". Anime News Network. January 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Dreuth, Josh (October 15, 2008). "Bandai Visual to Bring Tales of the Abyss to Blu-ray". Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Gonzo Exec Rips Fan Subs: Anime's 'Biggest Threat'". ICv2. November 26, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Aoki, Deb (December 7–9, 2007). "New York Anime Festival 2007 – Udon Entertainment". Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  6. ^ staff (25 July 2006). "ANIME AICN - Column Evolution". Aint It Cool News. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  7. ^ scottgreen (12 November 2007). "AICN Anime-Karas, Lupin III, News and More". Aint It Cool News. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  8. ^ scottgreen (12 December 2008). "AICN Anime - A Survey of Print Resources II". Aint It Cool News. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  9. ^ Brian B. (September 3, 2010). "Hobo with a Shotgun Trailer!". MovieWeb. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  10. ^ [dead link]
  11. ^ Elena Gorgan (September 4, 2010). "'Machete' Review: One Awesome Bloodbath". Softpedia. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Schley, Matt (January 24, 2019). "Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias". The Japan Times. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  13. ^ "About the Authors". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  14. ^ Brad Rice (June 9, 2010). "Talking to the publishers about the anti-piracy coalition". Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "About Us (Manga Bookshelf)". Manga Bookshelf. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "Hooded Utilitarian". The Comics Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "Journalista". The Comics Journal. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "The Fandom Post Panel". Anime Boston. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  19. ^ Bamboo Dong (April 3, 2005). "Chris Beveridge". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Write For Us". UK Anime Network. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  21. ^ "Ross Liversidge". UK Anime Network. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  22. ^ "Andy Hanley". UK Anime Network. Retrieved October 24, 2018.