It’s a happy day for Anime fans! The well named Animated Taizen (“Taizen” translates to “a book that brings together everything related to the subject), the world’s largest Japanese anime information database, which opened to the public yesterday, August 25, reports Crunchyroll. The online archive contains approximately 15,000 titles, dating from 1917 to the present day. Users can search chronologically, by name, keyword or Japanese syllabary to access information on approximately 180,000 episodes.
Anime celebrated its centenary in 2017, and to commemorate these 100 years of distinctive Japanese stylized anime storytelling, the Japan Animation Association (AJA) celebrated the anniversary through its “Anime NEXT 100” project. As part of this initiative, the project launched smoothly Animated Taizen in October 2021 to resolve issues before it is released to the public.
The site was so popular during yesterday’s debut that just an hour after launch, connectivity issues due to heavy traffic prompted the official Anime NEXT 100 Twitter account to post the comment, “Please give it a shortly and try again”.
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