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Should Crunchyroll do myanimelist linking?

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Posted 11/26/17 , edited 9/29/19
It would be awesome if CR had a feature where you could link your account to your myanimelist profile so that your MAL is updated after watching an episode/ finishing an anime.

No other anime streaming service has done this and it would put CR ahead of Netflix and Anime Strike.

Does anyone else think this would be good?
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Posted 11/26/17 , edited 1/31/18
Is there any need to? That being said, MyAnimeList and Crunchyroll are at odds with each other, with MAL acknowledging subbing groups by allowing them to be rated on their sub quality, as well as show which groups are subbing which anime. These groups translate pirated streams of anime. While MAL does has the courtesy of linking to legal broadcasts instead of pirated versions, the fact that rating exists show a difference in views between the Crunchyroll Community and MyAnimeList.

Crunchyroll has taken a hard stance, whereas MyAnimeList has bothered to acknowledge their acceptance. (Something that is against CR policy. No pirate links.)


I just do not see a point.
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Posted 11/26/17 , edited 11/26/17
MAL is great for keeping track of your watching library, this would be very helpful.

I do however use Taiga to update my library which hooks into the browser for CR monitoring. It works, but would be great to have this officially.
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Posted 11/26/17 , edited 11/26/17
CR once partnered with a site similar to MAL but promotion for that quietly when away since it didn't seem like anyone cared.
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Posted 11/26/17 , edited 11/26/17
You can sorta do this with Anime Planet. Except you have to watch the CR episodes off Anime Planet for it to auto update on the list. I do wish they had a full blown account linking so we don't have to watch off AP for the auto list update to work, especially I like to watch off my PS4 app.

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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 1/27/19

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Is there any need to? That being said, MyAnimeList and Crunchyroll are at odds with each other, with MAL acknowledging subbing groups by allowing them to be rated on their sub quality, as well as show which groups are subbing which anime. These groups translate pirated streams of anime. While MAL does has the courtesy of linking to legal broadcasts instead of pirated versions, the fact that rating exists show a difference in views between the Crunchyroll Community and MyAnimeList.

Crunchyroll has taken a hard stance, whereas MyAnimeList has bothered to acknowledge their acceptance. (Something that is against CR policy. No pirate links.)


I just do not see a point.


Regarding need? As far as food/water/shelter goes, no. Would it be nice to have for those of us that use both services? Absolutely. In this day and age where sites partner with each other for everything, this is one of the most natural combinations that I can think of, competition be damned. Hell, Twitch and Youtube play nice. But more than that, MAL has an API specifically for this.

I understand that there are applications that will do this, but they only work if you're watching shows using a browser, which is honestly, CR's worst experience. Hell, even the Android TV app which reports that you have no internet access if a stream is down is a better experience than the website. The only thing worse, probably would be VRV, which has no 10 foot experience and I've moved to.

As far as pirate links go, I've only looked at a couple of non-CR shows for the current, but the only videos that I've found linked for Inuyashiki and Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season have been PVs, CMs, and Teasers. Could you point out a specific example of a show where MAL is promoting a pirate site?

If you don't use MAL, it's easy to see why you might not see a point, but there are a lot of people that use the site to track their usage with years upon years of reviews, discussions, ratings, and statuses that can lead to better recommendations for all. By allowing users to synchronize that information with CR, CR stands to benefit by having statistical data of what their customers actually watch. This is something that's already built and maintained that crosses platforms.

Now, metrics like this are expensive, and automating that process could potentially eliminate a secondary revenue stream for CR. That said, without knowing more about the actual cost and profit from maintaining those metrics (assuming of course that they are, I honestly have no idea), there's no way to know if there's a benefit to offloading that to a third party that offers that service for free.

All said however, I'm entirely for this. Or at the very least have some way that I can track my shows. It's information that I want.
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17

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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Is there any need to? That being said, MyAnimeList and Crunchyroll are at odds with each other, with MAL acknowledging subbing groups by allowing them to be rated on their sub quality, as well as show which groups are subbing which anime. These groups translate pirated streams of anime. While MAL does has the courtesy of linking to legal broadcasts instead of pirated versions, the fact that rating exists show a difference in views between the Crunchyroll Community and MyAnimeList.

Crunchyroll has taken a hard stance, whereas MyAnimeList has bothered to acknowledge their acceptance. (Something that is against CR policy. No pirate links.)


I just do not see a point.


Regarding need? As far as food/water/shelter goes, no. Would it be nice to have for those of us that use both services? Absolutely. In this day and age where sites partner with each other for everything, this is one of the most natural combinations that I can think of, competition be damned. Hell, Twitch and Youtube play nice. But more than that, MAL has an API specifically for this.

I understand that there are applications that will do this, but they only work if you're watching shows using a browser, which is honestly, CR's worst experience. Hell, even the Android TV app which reports that you have no internet access if a stream is down is a better experience than the website. The only thing worse, probably would be VRV, which has no 10 foot experience and I've moved to.

As far as pirate links go, I've only looked at a couple of non-CR shows for the current, but the only videos that I've found linked for Inuyashiki and Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season have been PVs, CMs, and Teasers. Could you point out a specific example of a show where MAL is promoting a pirate site?

If you don't use MAL, it's easy to see why you might not see a point, but there are a lot of people that use the site to track their usage with years upon years of reviews, discussions, ratings, and statuses that can lead to better recommendations for all. By allowing users to synchronize that information with CR, CR stands to benefit by having statistical data of what their customers actually watch. This is something that's already built and maintained that crosses platforms.

Now, metrics like this are expensive, and automating that process could potentially eliminate a secondary revenue stream for CR. That said, without knowing more about the actual cost and profit from maintaining those metrics (assuming of course that they are, I honestly have no idea), there's no way to know if there's a benefit to offloading that to a third party that offers that service for free.

All said however, I'm entirely for this. Or at the very least have some way that I can track my shows. It's information that I want.


My "need" comment was on the assumption that such a minute change would not be very beneficial to being worth the resources to implement it. No need to misunderstand it on purpose. Although I did not think about it in terms of working on Amazon Fire, Roku, etc. I suppose it would be annoying.

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Fansubbing groups are not legitimate, and to my knowledge, translate mostly for pirate sites. This is for most major/recent entries for Anime on MyAnimeList, or the ones that are bothered to be subtitled. Of course, I am basing promoting on Crunchyroll's definition, which is a pretty hardliner stance.



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Posted 10/6/19 , edited 10/6/19
I also support this, since I use not only Crunchyroll, but some other sites to watch anime too, and they're syncing with shikimori and myanimelist.

It would be great if I also could sync all my data with Crunchyroll
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Posted 10/6/19 , edited 10/6/19
bad idea, studies have shown that if you don't have a secure log in sequence, you just opened it up for more of these associated accounts to get hacked. I don't like nor use MAL anyways. maybe the twitter feature allows such a thing, but I am not interested. and they won't be ahead, Netflix has been posting to FB for years now when you're watching/watched something with linked accounts.
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Posted 10/6/19 , edited 10/6/19
CR partnering with a company promoting piracy would be a bad idea for media & publicity.

I don't see it happening even if MAL payed them to
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Posted 10/6/19 , edited 10/6/19
However if anime streaming services joined VRV & shared their catalog fully, then I can see a legal VRV anime list happening (that syncs with Crunchyroll and other sites). Didn't some other one replace Funimation?
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Posted 10/12/19 , edited 10/18/19
No, our beloved Crunchyroll does not have to promote another anime site. Crunchyroll is a community we love. Crunchyroll does not need to depend on another anime community.
Posted 10/12/19 , edited 10/13/19
Nope, I re-watch random eps a lot & I wouldn't really want those to be recorded.
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Posted 10/15/19 , edited 10/15/19
I'm not sure if you know or if anyone has responded to this already, but originally, CR was an illegal streaming site. It's only been a legal streaming site for maybe 10 years or so.
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Posted 10/15/19 , edited 10/16/19
If Crunchyroll is going to link to a DB site, Anime-Planet would be better in my opinion.
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