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My Anime Recommendation Generator

Ryan Dave Jimenez

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So I have an anime website called Anime Gauge. It basically scores and ranks anime similar to the Billboard Top 100. It's different from other websites like MAL and Ani DB because the score is taken from reviewers all over the internet. Resulting in a more comprehensive score. For example a MAL score is just from MAL users. Ani DB scores are just from Ani DB users. And so on. Also, Anime Gauge takes scores from MAL, Ani DB, IMDB, Anime Planet and pretty much every major anime website. 

About 2 months ago I started thinking maybe I should add anime recommendations. To help users find new anime to watch that they would really enjoy. So I posted a blog entry and got some awesome feedback. Thank you to the people who commented on that post.

The biggest issue seemed to be the "recommendation" itself. It seemed that in other anime sites, their recommendations were contributed by users. Now that would not work for my website because the site's focus is not on community but in ranking anime. But I realized I already knew which anime were good and which were not. Because I have the data for it. So I decided to use the rankings in making my generator. Making it a tad different to the anime recommendations of other anime sites.

And I'm finally done! It took me about a month to make it. haha (I am not a skilled programmer) I actually tested it here in the forums. That would explain me posting a lot in the Recommendations forum.

If you are interested or bored, feel free to check it out at: www.animegauge.com/anime-suggestions

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great idea! I gave it a few tries and thought it worked quite well.
I think it could be even greater by tweaking it a bit though.

One of the first things I noticed is that it is just a bunch of categories you can click on. I can't think of a better way, but there has to be one so you have a better overview. Maybe at least make something like 'sub categories' in the sense that all with the letter 'A' are in one group and then with 'B' and so on.

Another thing that could be interesting is something like being able to apply what your major category is. Let's say you want something that has to do with witches and you want it to be action, adventure, magic. You do get a lot of witches anime (magi) as a result but there are also others that are not primarily witches. So it might be great if it would be possible to say that one of the things you pick is your main category (which will then get a bigger value in the automated selection progress, I don't know how that actually works).

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I tried it out as well to see how it would work for me finding some new favorite anime 😁

I’ve used your site before and like your ranking system a lot better than MAL. Love that you’re doing this. I know it’s a new feature so you’ve got a lot of trial and error to go before you get it to where you probably want it to be. Good luck going forward, I think @Illusion of Terra Was right on the money. If the search values were more precise, rather than broad, it might be better.

What was the purpose of the “list 5 anime” part of the search engine? How did the site factor in those? Just curious 

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@Seshi The idea is (I think) that you either choose categories and it finds titles with those categories. Or you type in a number of titles and it finds titles that are similar to the ones you typed in.

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On 7/11/2019 at 2:26 AM, Illusion of Terra said:

One of the first things I noticed is that it is just a bunch of categories you can click on. I can't think of a better way, but there has to be one so you have a better overview. Maybe at least make something like 'sub categories' in the sense that all with the letter 'A' are in one group and then with 'B' and so on.

Another thing that could be interesting is something like being able to apply what your major category is. Let's say you want something that has to do with witches and you want it to be action, adventure, magic. You do get a lot of witches anime (magi) as a result but there are also others that are not primarily witches. So it might be great if it would be possible to say that one of the things you pick is your main category (which will then get a bigger value in the automated selection progress, I don't know how that actually works).


I think I changed the categories now to where you just type it and it suggests genres. Over time listing all the categories on screen just took up too much space.

I actually get your suggestion. It's like putting weights in which you want it to be considered more. I'll give it a shot. Hope I can do it though. haha

@Seshi thanks a bunch for using the site. I really appreciate it. It's been awhile since I used the suggestion feature. I will use it a couple of times and see how to improve it.

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