Track Your Anime and Manga

Have you ever lost track of which volume or episode you are on? Do you want to keep a list of books you’d like to read in the future? We've evaluated four different websites you can use to track what you have read or would like to read. These websites offer similar ways of cataloging your own selection of manga and anime. Consider or try each option and find out what works best for you. 

Canton Public Library Catalog

The Canton Public Library catalog offers some cool features you won’t find on other websites. 

Using the Canton Public Library catalog as a reading tracker has many pros, including: 

  • Ability to check the availability of materials at CPL and place holds directly on items you’re interested in
  • Track not just books, but movies, video games, and more
  • With Borrowing History, you can automatically track items you check out
  • Group items by your favorite format, whether it's physical or digital
  • Your collections and “For Later” shelves remain private, allowing you to only share what you'd like
  • Your reviews contribute to the online catalog, providing other library patrons with inspiration for their next read, watch, listen, or play
  • Place the latest on-order materials and arrivals on hold

Con:

  • Does not track anime

My Anime List (MAL)

Don’t let the name of this website fool you, My Anime List (MAL) is one of the most popular websites used to rank and track anime and manga. You can even buy digital copies of your favorite manga on the website. MAL also offers “pocket MAL” for your phone and has many advantages as one of the older manga communities.

Pros: 

  • Ability to track both anime and manga (Manhua or Manhwa too!)
  • Save shows and volumes for reading or watching later 
  • View the top-rated anime and manga by hundreds of thousands of users
  • Take part in discussions of old or new anime and manga in the forums
  • Join a club or start a blog to discuss your favorites
  • Join the yearly read or watch challenges
  • Leave recommendations for other users
  • Look ahead to see upcoming anime 

Cons:

  • App is clunky
  • Upcoming anime is not always up to date

Anilist.co

Anilist (AL) offers a clean way to track all your anime and manga. With an intuitive interface, finding and tracking your next read or watch couldn’t be much easier. Don’t worry if you are a long time MAL user, AL offers ways to import your MAL list.

Pros: 

  • Statistics tracking: Anilist will take a look at all the anime you have watched and give you in-depth statistics about your choices. AL tracks everything from your favorite genre to your most watched voice actor, studio, etc.
  • Sort and search through your “watching,” “completed,” and “planning” lists with robust search features
  • Ability to track both anime and manga (as well as Manhua or Manhwa)
  • Save shows and volumes for reading or watching later
  • Shows the current status of the show or manga (whether it's finished, publishing or airing, on hiatus etc.)
  • Tracks manga by both chapter and/or volume
  • Get notifications when a new episode of anime on your watch list goes live
  • View the top-rated anime and manga by hundreds of thousands of users
  • Take part in discussions of old or new anime and manga in the forums
  • Look ahead to see upcoming anime 
  • Import other lists, like those on MAL
  • Choose your preferred title language such as English, Romanized, or Japanese

Con:

  • No official app, but unofficial ones are available

Kitsu.io: Anime & Manga Tracker

Kitsu, available on the web or via app, offers tons of ways to explore new anime and manga. An interesting way to browse anime on this app is by streaming service. Kitsu also offers groups, but is a much simpler version of MAL and AL.

Pros: 

  • Ability to track both anime and manga (as well as Manhua or Manhwa)
  • Save shows and volumes for reading or watching later
  • View the top-rated anime and manga by hundreds of thousands of users
  • Take part in discussions of old or new anime and manga in the forums
  • Look ahead to see upcoming anime 
  • Search by streaming service
  • Browse by trending this week, top current, upcoming, highest rated and most popular manga and anime
  • Track movies, OVA, small projects and animated music videos
  • Join groups to discuss more than just anime and manga including gaming, music and tech
  • Available as an app 
  • Easy import from MAL with just your login information 
  • Choice of rating type: simple, regular, or advanced
  • Dark, light and AMOLED themes
  • Five different rating types available
  • Choose your preferred title language such as English, Romanized, or Most Common Used

Con:

  • Tracks manga only by chapter
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