This will automatically detect and crop black borders on search image, significantly increase the accuracy on bad screenshots
This is applied to both web, telegram bot and all API clients
This is achieved by openCV using a simple python script
You can subscribe the Telegram Channel for database and news updates.
You can now send GIF or video to the Telegram Bot.
You can now add the Telegram Bot to Telegram group. Use @ to mention the bot on any photo to search.
Identified and fixed an issue where browsers failed to search due to blocked scripts.
Database dump updated to 2017-04.
Take a look at a demo on https://demo.whatanime.ga
This is the new icon for whatanime.ga
Want to know more about whatanime.ga? Read the Presentation slides on June 2017.
You can now search scenes with any aspect ratio. Thumbnail preview also respect aspect ratio now. Recaptcha is removed, you must wait up to 10 minutes once you have reached search quota limit (20 search per 10 minutes). Homepage code has been re-written, the webpage now loads faster. And a new loading animation was added.
You can now keep searching the database for more results. Previously, the search would stop when it has found any result > 90% similarity. Now keep searching to discover more results with even higher similarity!
You can now select a particular year / season to search. If you like this project, feel free to Support whatanime.ga on Patreon.
Server upgrade and cleanup was completed on 15 Apr 2017. An additional hard drive and new network adapter has been installed.
You can now see the system status in https://status.whatanime.ga (Powered by UptimeRobot).
Anime info panel was not showing since Feb 21 21:13 UTC , the service has been restored on Feb 23 03:34 UTC.
The image proxy server has been moved from Singapore (Digital Ocean) to Tokyo (Linode). It may affect loading times of images from ?url= params.
The Telegram Bot will now sends you a video preview.
The official API is now open for testing. Interested developers may read the page on GitHub Pages.
The image extraction method of WebExtension has changed. This would be able to fix some issues on grabbing the correct image on webpage to search. Now the Extension also supports Microsoft Edge. You may try loading the zip from GitHub by enabling extension developer features in about:flags.
Now mobile devices will mute and autoplay the video preview.
You can now use URL params to control playback options, for example:
Reduced search result candidates from 10 Million to 3 Million. This would reduce accuracy but greatly improves performance.
You can now download a complete dump of the database.
You can see server load and recently indexed files in /about
The database has started indexing raw anime from now on.
This telegram bot can tell you where an anime screenshot is taken from. Just send / forward an image to https://telegram.me/WhatAnimeBot .
The ?auto url param is no longer used. Now it would always automatically search.
WebExtension has updated. Now it would copy and paste using dataURL in background. It allows searching images from pages that's not publicly available such as Facebook Feeds. It also supports searching from HTML5 videos using the frame extracted at the moment you click it. Now extensions no longer use the ?url to send search images.
It now shows anime titles according to users' browser language.
It now shows a loading icon (instead of blurring) while searching. Also display a loading icon when the video preview is loading.
The thumbnail may not be at the exact moment, since the seeking is not very accurate. Play the preview to see if it's what you are looking for.
In case the image cannot be loaded, upload the image from file or copy image itself (not URL) then Ctrl+V
Images load from URL would be compressed. This would speed up loading GIF and large images from URL.
Server will now cache some search results. Search results would be cached for 5-30 minutes. The better the search results, the longer the results would be cached.
Once the image completes loading, it would search automatically. You can change the setting in Chrome Extension. Also see how you can search in Firefox in FAQ.
You can now see how much data is cached in RAM from About page. The higher the percentage faster the search. It usually stays around 33% due to limited RAM.
There has been some incorrect timestamp in search results due to image analyze scripts parsing outputs of ffmpeg incorrectly. The script has been updated now. From now on new animes should have a correct timestamp, while it would take at about two months to fix already indexed animes. The new script is also 33% faster when indexing anime.
Image would sometimes gone black when clicking fit / flip button. Now fixed.
You can now choose to Fit Width / Height for your search image. Also fixed some flickering issue on previews.
Fixed some cross-site image URL linking issue. Most image URL should load now.
A better layout for more Anime information.
You can now search by Image URL
The Safe Search Option can hide most Hentai Anime from search result. But you should aware that some regular season Animes can still be obscene. (NSFW)
Now you can use the Chrome Extension to search.
About 168 Heitai Anime series has been added.
To help users to understand how the search engine works, we have added some good and bad screenshots in FAQ.
Improved caching method to warmup cold data.
Database has been cleaned up and reloaded. This should fix most video previews. Fixed some anime titles still being null.
Fixed the empty search result. The issue has been resolved. A large number of files has been relocated, video preview may be missing for some search results.
Increased cache size to improve performance when the server has been idle for a long time.
You may now flip the image before searching. If you can't find a match, try to flip your image and search again. (Especially useful for AMV)
Switched to use a new searching algorithm. The search is slower but more accurate.
Adding some informative pages.