Bye MyAnimeList; Hi Simkl

Shin Koihime Musou Otome Tairan - 13 OVA

Long story short: MAL’s staff is inept and their community is awful.

I was already growing tired of MAL for all the stupidity they allowed. Then one of my reviews was deleted for an “implicit” rule that was retroactively added. This was the final straw that broke the otaku’s back for me. Posting a review “too soon” is bad, but being an asshole is kosher? Your priorities suck.

I already had alternate accounts on Kitsu, AniList, and Anime-Planet. I remained on MAL however because it had the option of exporting databases, which these other sites don’t have, and giving notifications for airing shows, which, as far as I know, is a feature that only AniList shares.

This week I happened upon a gorgeous media tracking site called Simkl. It doesn’t have manga lists (I’m not much of a manga reader anyway), but it fully supports lists for Western and anime shows and movies. You can import existing databases from Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, IMDB, MyAnimeList, or a csv file, and export a very readable csv file from the site. Airing notifications is also a feature.

I fell in love with Simkl rather quickly, so it’ll likely become my main media tracker. And I plan to continue visiting some of the other communities when I have time. Anime-Planet appears to have a really¬†pleasant forum.