Post Reply Tracking Related Additions to CRs Catalog Without Keeping Anime in Queue
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Posted 1/25/18 , edited 1/26/18
Crunchyroll frequently adds stuff to their catalog, including OVA, movies, new seasons etc. If you have an anime in your queue, you will get an e-mail about these additions, which is really nice. However, after years of watching anime on Crunchyroll, it's becoming a problem to have so many anime that I've finished in my queue on the off chance that some new thing will get added I hadn't heard about.

As such, is there a way to get these "queue update" notifications without having to keep the anime in my queue? For currently airing stuff this process makes a lot of sense, and lets me know when the next episode is available, but for stuff that is on hiatus, or simply is done (If I wanted to know about Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, I'd have had to have the original in my queue for 18 years) this seems like a pretty poor approach.

Is there a "Follow this anime" feature that I'm missing? Or should I be making a post in the feature request forum?
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Posted 1/25/18 , edited 1/26/18
Using the official RSS feed and a free account on a tool like IFTTT.com, you can customize "recipes" to watch for specific text.

You would have to create a different trigger for each show you wanted to follow though, unless you just wanted to know when any new episodes showed up, then you would only need one. But you would get a lot of emails if you did that, especially when they add all episodes for an entire series.

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asharka wrote:

Using the official RSS feed and a free account on a tool like IFTTT.com, you can customize "recipes" to watch for specific text.


Hadn't thought about going about it that way. Not exactly a friendly (lots of maintenance) or reliable approach (keyword matching is always a risky gambit,) but it'd be a marked improvement over my current strategy since it would let my queue actually be a queue, rather than a huge repository of everything I'm watching, may watch, or have watched.

If there isn't a formal feature I'll still throw it over the wall to the feature request folks, but this will make a viable workaround, at least for the moment. Thanks a lot for the idea!
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JimTheCactus wrote:
may watch, or have watched.

For that, I would recommend using an anime database site like myanimelist.net, anime-planet.com, animenewsnetwork.com, anidb.net, or kitsu.io

Personally I (mostly) use Anime Planet because that lets you know when a new episode is up (or due)...

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asharka wrote:

For that, I would recommend using an anime database site like myanimelist.net, anime-planet.com, animenewsnetwork.com, anidb.net, or kitsu.io


That part I've got down. I'm using MAL for that, which is why I'd love to be able to drop all of the extra stuff out of my queue and be left with just a short list of the stuff I'm working on. But I'd like to know if OVA or new seasons come out on CR (MAL tells me if they come out in general, but is a poor tool for knowing which streaming service got the license.) Right now I need to either have it in my queue, or use workarounds (such as RSS filtering.)
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JimTheCactus wrote:
MAL tells me if they come out in general, but is a poor tool for knowing which streaming service got the license.


If you know the show, try this to see where it streams legally: Because.moe

Won't help too much with OVAs though, I think, just series...
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asharka wrote:

If you know the show, try this to see where it streams legally: Because.moe

Won't help too much with OVAs though, I think, just series...

I've used that site in the past and it's super helpful. But again the issue is that even if it is coming to CR, if it isn't there at the time MAL tells me about it, I'm now stuck searching it every couple of days to find out if it has or hasn't been licensed, and it may never be.

That said, right now if I leave a completed anime in my queue, CR sends me a handy e-mail the moment the new content is available. For example, if some anime that I finished two years ago finally got a second season and halfway through it airing, CR finally finished negotiating the license (similar things have happened in the past.)
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Posted 1/25/18 , edited 1/26/18
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In any case, thank you very much for your thoughts and time! I'll probably end up writing a parser for the RSS feed and see if I can get the necessary data out of it.
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