Anime is no longer restricted to a small bubble deemed as one of the finest Asian entertainment products. It has become a billion-dollar industry and has been working towards reaching that goal for more than five decades. Not just anime but the Japanese culture as a whole has garnered a lot of attention lately for all the right reasons. And within those reasons, there’s anime with its distinctive story-telling, mind-boggling plots, and amazing character development.
Anime as an art is quite powerful. Once it swoops you in, you’ll be bound to the fantasy world. Over the years, series such as ‘One Piece’, ‘Dragon Ball Z’, ‘Pokemon’, ‘Naruto’, and ‘Death Note’ have amassed a global fanbase. These series have been such a blockbuster among audiences, that major studios are spending millions trying to recreate the original piece. If you’re an anime lover, you know how wholesome the anime community is. And for this particular review, we’re going to talk about the world’s biggest anime community in r/anime.
My recent experience on r/anime
I’ve always been hooked to this subreddit. Not because its’ superactive but rather due to the creativity on this page. My recent experience on this subreddit was this amazing fanart by Canned_Mann, wherein the user used Za Hanndoo to erase the paper that was drawn on. For real, that’s the wackiest thing I saw today. It was super cool. Within 23 hours, the post received nearly 10,000 upvotes and I just couldn’t help but share this post on other social networks.
About r/anime – Community & Members
r/anime is described as Reddit’s premier anime community. And so it is, with an impressive 1.5 million members. Out of these members, 7-10k members are active at any given time. It’s great to see the hard work pay off as this subreddit was created more than 12 years ago on Jan 25, 2008. Today, you’ll find the latest, most creative, and engaging posts on this thread. From fan art to spoilers and rumor mill, you’ll find everything on this platform.
How to access r/anime?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/anime’ in your search bar and follow the subreddit. However, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/anime
r/anime is the biggest anime community on Reddit. And thus, it takes more than one person to manage the whole group. As seen with other huge subreddits, there are nearly a dozen moderators to manage the page and ensure that the content complies with the rules of the page.
In order to manage over 1.5 million people, there are ten moderators – neito, DrNyanpasu, urban287, FAN_ROTOM_IS_SCARY, ShaKing807, pittman66, I_FAP_TO_LOL_HENTAI, Bainos, Mage_Of_Shadows, and Durinthal.
Why should you follow r/anime?
You’ll find a plethora of posts being updated each day. You’ll find dozens of amazing fan arts, spoilers, alternate story plots, trailers, teasers, and post-episode thoughts on this subreddit. The most popular post on any given day receives between 15,000-25,000 upvotes within 24 hours. Apart from the soft-hearted creative content and opinions, you’ll also find hard news related to any major anime studios, shows, or stars. For instance, at the time of writing this review, ‘KyoAni Studio 1 building demolishing’ caught a lot of attention.
r/anime is a super active community and that’s the reason why I love it so much. As an anime fan, you don’t wish for more than having a dozen of anime buddies with whom you can share your thoughts. In this case, there are more than a million. Cumulatively, if you were to combine upvotes from every single post, it’ll easily surpass the 500,000 mark.
On top of that, the top post on the thread has 30-50 comments on average. r/anime has a loyal fanbase and thus it does have AMAs, events, and other megathreads. These include ‘Merch Mondays’, ‘Recommendation Tuesdays’, ‘Thursday Animal Discussion Thread’, ‘Casual Discussion Fridays’, and ‘Monthly Meta Thread’.
Browsing & Navigation
I like to spend a good 10-15 minutes on this subreddit each day, scrolling until I find something else. Based upon my years of experience on this subreddit, I can vouch for the browsing and navigation experience on this page. There are no discrepancies at all. Even with an unstable internet connection, you’ll still manage to load a lot of pages. Similar to other subreddits, r/anime’s well-sorted content makes it easier for users to check what’s popping.
On average, the top post on r/anime can receive anywhere between 1-2 golds. I’m sure that’s not much. However, given the size of just 1 million, you have to admit that it’s far more impressive as compared to r/Videos’ 3-4 golds. However, you have to say that this community doesn’t like to give away gold as freely as r/askreddit or r/prorevenge. You have to post something original and outstanding to stand apart from the crowd and if your post is good enough, you might get lucky.
Anime is no different than TV Shows and MCU movies. People hate spoilers and thus, on a majority of the movies and TV series related subreddits, you’ll find rules for posting spoilers. On this page, you have to source the spoiler in your comment before you post it as a title. Spoilers cannot be directly added to the submission title. If you’re linking external images or articles, your post should have a [Spoiler] flair along with the name of the show. If you fail to use the proper tags more than once, you might be banned from the page.
Filter by flair
I love the filter by flair option on this page. It helps segregate the content so well. When you’re browsing through posts, you can choose from a wide range of options such as ‘Announcement’, ‘OC Fanart’, ‘Official Media’, ‘News’, ‘Clip’, ‘Episode’, ‘Rewatch’, ‘Misc.’, ‘Contest’, ‘Writing’, ‘Video’, ‘Discussion’, ‘Recommendation’, and ‘Question’. This way you can sort the content based upon your preference. For instance, if you want to check out contests, just choose the ‘Contest’ option and you’ll find a tailor-made feed filled with those posts.
Important rules you must know before joining r/anime?
- Everything posted here must be anime-specific
- Do not post untagged/improperly tagged spoilers
- Flair posts correctly
- No memes, reaction images, shitposts, etc.
- Do not link to illegal content
- Do not post heavily NSFW content
- Post meta comments in the monthly meta thread
- Answered questions will be removed
- No excessive self-promotion
- Post merchandise in the Merch Monday Megathread
The moment you land on this page, you see the iconic r/Anime icon with a peace sign. There are no abstract background images or cover photos. It’s simple and straightforward. Towards the right, you have the join button. Under the subreddit name, you have six options – ‘Posts’, ‘Old Reddit’, ‘Rules’, ‘Megathreads’, ‘Wiki’, and ‘A Guide to r/Anime’. Out of these options, ‘Megathreads’, and ‘Wiki’, have a drop-down menu
Under these options, you have the ‘Create Post’ section which is followed by sorting options – ‘Hot’, ‘New’, ‘Top’, ‘Hide/Report’. Towards the right, you’ll find information related to the community followed by ‘Filter by flair’ options. There are a couple of ads here and there but they don’t disrupt your browsing experience as they are placed on the sidebar.
5 Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit:
- So some madlad went ahead and did this.. – 29,700 upvotes
- 20 Years of Anime – 27,000 upvotes
- Kyoto Animation Studio had a fire break out within and several people were injured – 25,200 upvotes
- Decade of Anime (Song Mashup) – 24,000 upvotes
- The Covid-19 Anime Survival Kit: Some recommendations to help you get through quarantine – 23,700 upvotes
As an anime lover, I have nothing but admiration for this subreddit. I’ve been following this page for over 5 years now and I seem to grow fonder every year. The amount of creativity on this page is next to none. With all those mashup videos, theme songs, and fantasy artworks, this is one subreddit that you’re going to be a part of for a long time.