It’s been two years since I created my MAL account and it’s been a great decision in my opinion! Here are some reasons for why it’s been so good and why you should be using the site as well!
1 – Keeping Track of Things
Using MAL you can see how much anime you’ve seen, for example in my life time I’ve spent 71 days watching anime! Not only that but it’s basically a bookmark for every single show. I used to need to maintain a notepad document to keep track of what I wanted to watch and what shows I’ve already seen. This isn’t nearly as easy as having a MAL account.
The only disadvantage is that MAL won’t keep track of your anime watching history for longer than three weeks.
Basically I can tell you straight away that I’ve completed 242 shows and dropped 193. I’ve also seen 4.5k episodes of anime! Actually maybe I don’t want to know all of my statistics…
Another advantage is that with Graph.anime.plus you can find stats relating to specific genres you like and how many hours you’ve watched each studio and genre for, allowing you to find out which one was really your favourite.
2 – Easy Access to Information
My anime list has every single anime ever made on it with information too! If you ever want to find out more about the staff or the industry it’s a really easy place to start.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find shows you like but by reading the user written reviews and recommendations you can find something you like. It’s also possible to sort by director and studio along with pretty much any staff position in the anime production process to see if it was that creator’s specific style which was responsible for your enjoyment.
It’s also easy to do specific genre searches, look at the seasonal anime and find out which ones are the most popular and well received!
It’s also a pretty good place to read news articles! One really great thing to see was that MAL actually notifies you when a new anime you have an interest in is going to be coming out. It was great to be notified of the new professor Layton series before anyone else instantly and the more shows you have an investment in the more this feature will become a treat!
Another thing is that you can very easily view trailers for upcoming anime. Don’t like reading? Well you probably don’t like watching new anime anyway because it’s subbed but you will be able to watch a trailer instead of read!
3 – Very Active Community
My anime list is a massive hub for discussion in the community and it’s insanely easy to join active clubs full of people who share interests with you!
If you have a question about anime that you can’t seem to find the answer too it’s the easiest thing ever to create a forum post and receive answers. Every time I’ve done this I’ve received an incredibly high amount of responses in a pretty quick time period. So depending on the difficulty of the question you could get a huge range of responses!
So those are the three main reasons you should be on MAL. As a bonus reason if I recognise you from my blog I will be your friend! Here is my profile. I hope you will consider starting a MAL account because of this!