So for the hell of it, we started accounts at Anime-Planet. It was about one half wanting to see what it was like, along with one half being kind of wary about MyAnimeList’s reliability because of its constant query errors and server unresponsiveness. My main use of the site would pretty much be archiving what I’ve watched. Related to that, it’s fun using the love/hate toggles to also keep track of non-anime and non-manga things, like characters, voice actors, or staff members. Like giving Shinbo a hate, lol.
The other big strength that it has over MAL is that its search capabilities are much more robust than MAL’s are. MAL’s search is really restricted to just searching for things that have whatever title you entered into the search bar. Anime-Planet allows you to both search using much more detailed criteria (rating, genre, tags, length, etc.), as well as browse various categories in ways that MAL doesn’t offer. I’d always been curious as to which voice actors and characters are the most popular on MAL. That’s not easily available, but it’s right there on Anime-Planet.
The massive, massive downside to Anime-Planet however is that its database simply is not as expansive as MAL’s database is yet. When I tried to import my anime list, I had 38 titles that weren’t in the system. After removing things like Legend of the Overfiend, that dropped down to 22 (out of nearly 1,000 total anime in the import), which isn’t too bad. By comparison however, 22 out of my 120 manga didn’t import, and these were things like Sakura Taisen manga. And it became even more apparent when I was going through my imported anime trying to love and hate people and characters. There were a LOT of anime that had no characters and/or no staff or cast members listed. There realllllllllllly needs to be a big info dump to bump the usefulness of the database up. Fortunately, sothis has been pretty responsive on Twitter to suggestions and missing titles
Finally, the last thing to mention is that the site awards users with Foursquare-esque badges. Some of these are pretty standard: watch X anime, write Y reviews, and so on. The much more fun part are the wacky badges. Like how I got one because I have watched the Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gootaman OVAs.
Edit By Hinano: I just wanted to comment that while Anime Planet has it’s cool features and less buggyness MAL’s been having lately – when I want to just mark down that I just watched Starry Sky 11 – MAL does it best I’m afraid! I logged into anime planet this morning and for some reason it wouldn’t let me adjust how many episodes of starry sky I watched. Really? I mean socializing is good but for me the core of these sites is just keeping track of what I’m watching. Additionally the AP founder told me that for now they are not adding any manga that has not been released in English and/or scanlated. Really? Y u do dis? So basically me, a person who typically reads manga in Japanese, will now have a chunk of missing manga from my list because some random scanlation group didn’t pick it up. I am disappoint to be honest. I guess I’ll leave my AP account for now until they get a little more up to date (and add the manga I’ve actually read) – but for now I’ll prolly just stick to updating MAL.