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AnimeTosho is a free, completely automated service which mirrors most torrents posted on TokyoTosho's anime category and Nyaa's English translated anime category onto various file hosting (otherwise known as 'DDL') services. The script running the service performs a few other tasks, such as taking screenshots of videos, extracting embedded subtitles and attempting to find a source article/blog post and providing crude classification of information.
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016
- What special search operators are supported?
- Search is based on partially matching words. If more than one word is specified, results need to match against all words. Note that short words are ignored. Search behaviour can modified with some special operators:
- Partial word matching can be done by placing a star at the beginning or end of a word, for example poke* Make sure words are at least 4 characters in length.
- Words can be excluded by prefixing them with a dash, example: horriblesubs -480p (results must contain horriblesubs but not 480p)
- Phrases can be surrounded by double quotes, which forces words to appear together, for example "one piece"
- What hosts does AnimeTosho upload to?
- This varies from time to time... So just see some recent files for an idea of what hosts are being uploaded to.
- How long do uploads take to appear?
- AnimeTosho tries to mirror the files as quickly as possible, however, sometimes things will take longer. I find that in most cases, popular ~300MB files typically get mirrored to at least one host in a few minutes, though this can vary significantly (a few hours is not unusual). The biggest factor affecting speed is probably how fast the file can be pulled from the torrent source, followed by the number/size of files recently posted (since a lot of files being posted can increase the size of the processing queue). At times, hosts, or the updates server itself, have problems which can cause delays.
- Is there a feed available?
- RSS2 and ATOM
- Is there a donate link?
- We don't accept donations. We recommend donating to fansub groups, file hosts or purchase relevant products to keep the anime scene alive.
- Is there any way I can help out?
- For Anime Tosho's core function of mirroring and processing torrents, it is 100% automated, which means low maintenace. However, for those willing to volunteer themselves, there are always a number of ways one can help out, some ideas:
- providing helpful/useful comments, or responding to questions
- providing feedback/ideas/suggestions, including spotting and reporting mistakes
- if you want to contribute code, contributions are welcome to our open source tools (and these aren't specific to Anime Tosho's needs, so you'll be helping others too!)
- if there's something you want to see/have (e.g. new website design?), and you can help, please do leave a note!
- Are there any ads/tracking?
- There are no ads or tracking (beyond typical web-server logging) employed at Anime Tosho. There should be no requests made to any non-AT controlled server on pages here. This is a zero revenue service, so you're details aren't being sold to anyone else.
Note that this may not be the case for external sites that we link to, which we ultimately have no control over.
- Will AnimeTosho's bot script be made publicly available?
- I have no plans of doing this at the moment, and besides, the script was not designed to be used by others. (it's very configuration specific, and requires someone who really knows the script to manage it) However, some of our custom tools are available at Github and can be used freely in any way.
- [This file] has been posted to TokyoTosho/Nyaa but is greyed out here
- A grey background means that the file is being fetched. If the text is grey, it means that the file has been skipped.
- What files does AnimeTosho skip?
- Due to bandwidth limitations of the server, AnimeTosho skips the following:
- Most torrents over 16GB in size, some exceptions are made for torrents up to 32GB in size
- Some very specific exceptions
- [some file] hasn't been uploaded to [some host]!
- Please be aware that uploading is not instant and takes time to process. This is especially an issue during busy periods when lots of files get submitted, because the queue for uploading can grow rather large.
Another thing to note are some restrictions on some hosts - usually this is a size restriction if uploading to it would require splitting into many parts.
Other than that, it's possible that the automated script has broken, the host is having issues or some other weird anomaly has occurred.
- Why is [some host] no longer being uploaded to?
- Usually the explicit reason will be mentioned at the top of the home page, but otherwise, it's often because the host has changed policies which makes it difficult or impossible for an automated script to upload to.
- I have found a dead link, will it be reuploaded?
- Unfortunately no, as continually reuploading old files would ultimately require an increasing amount of bandwidth. Also, once the script has processed the file, it is deleted off our hard disk to make room for other files. You'll have to try to download the files from the host before they are removed, or find another source.
- Why so many dead links? (for a recent file)
- It seems that many multi file hosters available nowadays are quite unreliable, so this may cause files to simply not be uploaded to various hosts. Also, files are always uploaded anonymously, so often will die quicker due to inactivity. Finally, they may simply be removed by the host (either through direct reporting of the link, or hash match with another report). We are looking at ways to try to mitigate some of these issues.
- [some file]'s specified series/episode/group is incorrect!
- The anime title, episode number and group name mentioned by AnimeTosho (not the filename) are actually automatically guessed by a script, and NOT manually set by humans. Due to the limitations of the heuristics used in the script, it does occasionally mis-classify items, sometimes with great comical value. Currently there is no manual review process in place, however, I find that the script is accurate most of the time.
Common Technical Issues
- How do I extract .7z or .xz files?
- I strongly recommend using 7-Zip 9.20 (or later) as it handles everything. If the file is broken into multiple parts (has .001, .002 etc on the end), get 7-Zip to extract from the .001 file and it will automatically look for the rest. Non-Windows users can try the p7zip command line tool, and the command
7zr x some_file.7z.001.
Possible software suggestions:
- How do I join multi-part (.001, .002 etc) files?
- Just use 7-Zip and extract the .001 file. Alternatively, the freeware HJ-Split will do the trick, or if you know the command line,
copy /b some_file.ext.0?? some_file.extwill work. Non-Windows users should be able to use the command
cat some_file.ext.0?? > some_file.ext.
- Will AnimeTosho support uploading to [some file host]?
- You can suggest it on the feedback page, although, being realistic, the usual answer will be no. The main constraint here is the amount of server bandwidth required to upload to each additional host, however, if there's overwhelming support for a particular host, it will be considered.
- Will AnimeTosho be mirroring files from other (non-anime) categories of TokyoTosho or NyaaTorrents?
- Maybe. The main constraint here, again, is server bandwidth required for such things. Mirroring other categories will most likely require more servers to handle the load, something I'm not willing to pay for.
- Can you upload [some arbitrary file]?
- AnimeTosho only mirrors new files posted to TokyoTosho/Nyaa's anime category and does not accept arbitrary mirror requests. I suggest trying to ask someone to help you on a filesharing forum, or perhaps use a torrent to DDL mirroring service (or get your own seedbox).
A vague/rough list - sorry if I left anyone out:
- TokyoTosho and NyaaTorrents, from where lots of files here are sourced
- AniDB, where various information here is sourced as well
- The anonymous people who bother to seed torrents
- Operators of the free hosting services, for providing free file hosting
- Developers of applications used:
- All the various fansubbers or those who release stuff for everyone else to enjoy, as well as the studios etc for actually making the material
- People who have provided helpful feedback and suggestions to me (and I do appreciate the various "thanks" comments, although I don't reply to them all the time (it gets repetitive) - just be aware that I do appreciate them!)
- And of course all the visitors to this site for making my efforts have meaning
- Oh, and other people involved in the community for helping make it... a community!