Rules "Anime and Drama" Guidelines and Anime Resource Thread


神のごとし / Kami no Gotoshi / Godlike
Aug 20, 2007
Abu Dhabi
Otaku Theater:

Otaku Theater is Mangahelpers Anime, Asian Television and Cinema forum. Threads about individual shows or movies are welcome, as are related general discussion threads.

  • Rules: Prefix Used For Forum Guides.
  • Info: For General Information Threads.
  • News: For Anime News Threads.
  • Anime: For Televised Anime or Original Video Animation.
  • Movie: For Any Anime Movies.
  • Drama: For Drama, Live Action Television Shows, or Movies.
  • Special: For Special Episodes or other One Offs
  • Discussion: For Any General Discussion Threads.
  • Question: To mark any inquiry, or looking for information, threads.
  • Favorites: For any thread discussing favorites, and favorites lists.
  • Art: For any animation and art related discussions.

  • Only One Thread Per Title Please.
  • Please Make Thread Titles Clear and Easy To Read. Adding Anything Other than the Title of the Series or Movie Will Not Be Necessary.
  • Do Not Create Threads For Adaptions of Manga if They Have a Series Sub-Forum. Discussion of Any Adaptions is Permitted in the Sub-Forum of the Original Manga.
  • Please Do Not Exchange Anime Raws.
  • Classic and Previously aired anime and drama can be found in the Anime & Drama Archive.
  • Threads are moved from the Otaku Theater to Anime & Drama Archive shortly after a series ends.
  • Discussion will remain open, fans can always come discuss favorites.
  • New threads may be started in Retro Theater. If a favorite series does not have a discussion thread anyone is welcome to start a new one!
  • Anime Preview Threads are moved to Retro Theater and prefixed Info after the season has begun.
Below are resources for finding and downloading anime. Over the years I have found that many fans do not always know how to find, download, and play anime. Many Otaku Theater regulars will already know everything posted here. If so, please feel free to post add anything interesting you know. Do not ask about streaming sites. I don't stream, never have streamed, and don't know.

Download and Playback
  • CCCP: Combined Community Codex Pack. Allows playback of MKV, AVI, and pretty much every video container currently used. 10bit video and FLAC audio compatible. Includes Media Player Classic video player. CCCP has it's flaws, but overall I find it is the most user friendly, easy to use codex, and is compatible with pretty much everything. K-Lite is a good alternative.
  • uTorrent: A lightweight, secure, user friendly downloading client.
Once uTorrent and CCCP are installed, you can start downloading. Both are quick and easy to install, and take up very little memory. Default settings are fine for both programs, no technical expertise is necessary. Torrent is much faster than direct download, especially for large files, like movies or batches.

Finding Subs
  • Fansub Database: Wiki including listings for which groups are subbing which shows, and a simulcast listing.
  • Nyaa: My favorite torrent tracker. I used to use Tokyotosho, but Nyaa is easier to search and updates more quickly. You should be able to find almost anything you want to watch on Nyaa, including older show.
  • Myanimelist: In addition to the obvious, MAL also allows members to rate fansub groups. Near the bottom of every Anime series detail page, under forum discussion links, you can find ratings for every group that subs a series. It's a nice way to sort through various available subs, especially useful when looking for completed series.
  • thoranime and coalgirls: Both specialize in subbing higher quality blu ray raws. Plenty of other groups also sub from BD, and do it just as well. thorA and Coal Girl are both good places to find movie and OVA releaes, usually at much higher quality than some of the random releases posted to nyaa and tokyotosho
  • BakaBT: A good site to find well seeded torrents of older series. Membership required.
I will not watch Horriblesubs unless there are no other options. All they do are site rips from Crunchyroll. Their subs are usually the first ones out. It pays to wait a few hours for better releases.

News Sources
  • Livechart: Comprehensive list of upcoming anime. Regularly updated, with links to My Anime List, official websites, and previews included.
  • Anime Calender: Complete listing of Japanese air times and dates.
  • Yaraon: Japanese blog, and anime news source.
  • Otakomu: Japanese blog site, and source for many of the PV's posted on English speaking sites.
  • Anime News Network: Almost too obvious to add, but I know that a lot of people don't regularly check ANN. Translates almost all significant anime news including new season announcements, PV's, and general anime news. They translate Oricon blu-ray, DVD, and manga rankings every week.
  • Box Office Mojo: International box office charts, including Japan. Best place to check box office for anime movies.
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