Frequently Asked Questions
If your question is not answered on this page, feel free to Contact Us.

1. AnimeDates.com
  • What is AnimeDates.com?
  • Who started AnimeDates?
  • I’m already married. Do I have any use for AnimeDates?
  • How much does it cost to become a member?
  • What does the Kanji XXXXX on the site mean?
  • What is this anime or manga next to the logo at the top of the page?
  • How can I contact your Customer Service Department?
  • Why are some areas of the site formatted incorrectly?
  • I live outside of the United States. Can I still use AnimeDates?
  • Why are there areas of the site that are under construction?
  • Why must AnimeDates members be at least 18 years old?
  • Why are there so many random question marks (?) on the site?
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    2. User Accounts
  • Is an email address required to register for AnimeDates?
  • How do I login to my account?
  • What is the “Remember Me” feature?
  • Can I use the “Remember Me” feature on a public computer?
  • How do I logout when I am finished?
  • How do I change my email address?
  • How do I change my email privacy options?
  • How do I confirm my email address?
  • How do I change my password?
  • Help! I’ve forgotten my password!
  • How does my Display Name differ from my Username?
  • How do I change the content to reflect my local date and time?
  • What are the different account types?
  • I’ve found my true love with your service! How do I cancel my account?
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    3. Profiles
  • How do I create my profile?
  • How do I edit my profile after it’s been created?
  • If I can search for users already, why should I create a profile?
  • Can I hide my profile after it’s been created?
  • What do the different genres mean in the Anime and Manga Profiles?
  • Why is the Blood Type field included?
  • Why is my profile displaying the wrong city for my location?
  • Why isn’t the system accepting my postal zip code?
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    4. Images
  • How do I add an image to my profile?
  • How do I change the image shown in my profile?
  • What types of images am I allowed to upload?
  • How many images am I allowed to upload?
  • What is the difference between a Profile Image and other images I upload?
  • Why does my image say it hasn’t been approved?
  • Why was the image that I uploaded denied?
  • Why can’t I upload an avatar or picture of an anime character for one or more of my images?
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    5. Browsing & Searching
  • How do I find other members on AnimeDates?
  • What is the difference between browsing and searching?
  • Does AnimeDates have same-sex browsing and searching?
  • Why doesn’t my profile show up when I search for it?
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    6. Messaging
  • How do I send a message to another user?
  • What is a Chu and how do I send one?
  • How do I check my messages?
  • How often are the deleted messages purged?
  • How do I send a message to multiple users at once?
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    7. Rules for Posting and Uploading
  • Image Uploading Guidelines
  • Messageboard Posting Guidelines
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    8. Features
  • News
  • Top 10 Lists
  • His & Her Reviews
  • Messageboards
  • What’s New in Japan
  • Sweepstakes
  • Other Features
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    9. Other Website Information
  • Newsletter
  • Advertising
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    10. Online Dating
  • Why should I look for love online?
  • Is using a dating service like AnimeDates safe?
  • Do you guarantee that I’ll find love by using your service?
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    11. Glossary of Terms
  • Aho
  • AMV
  • Anime
  • Artbooks
  • Baka
  • Bishoujo
  • Bishounen
  • Chan
  • Chibi
  • Chu
  • Con
  • Cosplay
  • Dono
  • Doujinshi
  • Dubtitles
  • Ecchi
  • Fan-Fiction
  • Fansub
  • Garage Kit
  • Hentai
  • Hiragana
  • Honorifics
  • J-music
  • J-pop
  • J-rap
  • J-rock
  • Kana
  • Kanji
  • Katakana
  • Kawaii
  • Kun
  • License (DVD)
  • Magical Girl
  • Manga
  • Manwa
  • Nihon
  • Nihongo
  • Nippon
  • OAV
  • Omake
  • OST
  • Otaku
  • OVA
  • Region (DVD)
  • Ronin
  • Scanslation
  • Sama
  • San
  • Seiyuu
  • Sempai
  • Sensei
  • Shojo
  • Shonen
  • Shoujo
  • Shounen
  • Shoujo-ai
  • Shounen-ai
  • Tankoubon
  • USPS
  • Yaoi
  • Yuri


  • What is AnimeDates.com?

    AnimeDates.com is the exclusive community for fans of anime, manga, Japanese music and culture, cosplay, conventions and more! The site is mainly a matchmaking service or “dating site”, but many of our users are here to meet friends or online penpals with similar interests.

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    Who started AnimeDates?

    The founders of AnimeDates are actually it’s very first Success Story!
    Click Here to read their story, including the origin of AnimeDates.

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    I’m already married. Do I have any use for AnimeDates?

    While AnimeDates is primarily a matchmaking service, it is also a online community for all fans of anime, manga and other related topics. There are many status options in the profiles to indicate that you’re looking for friends and not love.

    Anime fans are widely spread far and wide through the World. Many of our members are looking for friends in their area to watch anime with while others are searching for local anime discussion clubs. Other members might be looking for online penpals, while others are looking for the perfect
    magical girl to marry.

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    How much does it cost to become a member?

    AnimeDates memberships cost absolutely nothing. There is no charge to register, join, login, create a profile, upload images, message other users, post on the Messageboards or enjoy any of our many other features. We do offer
    subscription memberships which will provide your account with more space to upload images for a small fee. Otherwise, there will never be any charge to be a member or to message other users.

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    What does the Kanji XXXXX on the site mean?

    The Japanese symbols in various areas such as the border of the Newsletter and the first three characters in the header at the top are not
    Kanji, but rather Kana – a phonetic Japanese alphabet. Words are spelled out in syllables rather than using Kanji to represent an object.

    The Japanese under the logo of the site is pronounced “Anime no Ai” which literally means “Love of Anime”. The various buttons on the site usually have an English translation that is relatively close to the English label of the buttons or text that is as similar as possible. For example, the Japanese on the Bold button means “Bold” while the New Post button on the Messageboards has the literal translation of “say or speak”.

    If there is a particular Kanji or Kana that you are interested in knowing the translation of, please Contact Us.

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    What is this anime or manga next to the logo at the top of the page?

    You can look up the name and other relevant information about any of the anime or manga featured in the header by clicking it. This will bring you to the
    Site Header Gallery where all of the headers are featured.

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    How can I contact your Customer Service Department?

    You can contact us using one of the various methods by clicking
    here or anytime by clicking Contact Us under the Main navbar. Our staff will attempt to get back to you within two business days!

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    Why are some areas of the site formatted incorrectly?

    AnimeDates was initially created and tested in a IE-only environment. Users with other browsers may notice problems with the formatting, particularly on certain forms. Our staff is working every single day to fix these problems and test different areas of the website with many browsers including, but not limited to, Firefox, Safari, IE for Mac, Opera, Netscape, AOL and more!

    Please
    contact us if you notice a area on the website that has formatting issues that are impeding your use of the service. We will work immediately to attempt to correct your problem.

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    I live outside of the United States. Can I still use AnimeDates?

    Since it’s inception, AnimeDates has been setup to allow members from every country on Earth! While our system allows more searching options for American users, you can search our user database by Country or All Countries.

    Recently a new feature has been added to AnimeDates allowing foreign users to enter their city of origin. Eventually, we plan to setup the same searching options for members outside the US, including the ability to search by distance and the translation of certain areas of the site into various languages. Fans of anime have no International boundaries and neither does AnimeDates!

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    Why are there areas of the site that are under construction?

    AnimeDates is a work in progress that evolves according to the behavior and needs of it’s users. User feedback is one of the driving forces behind new updates, so feel free to give us your suggestions and comments either by
    contacting us or through the Messageboards.

    Instead of just putting up new features as they are ready, planned features are listed in the navbar allowing users to have a better opportunity to provide feedback.

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    Why must AnimeDates members be at least 18 years old?

    AnimeDates is a matchmaking service for adults that are 18 years of age and older. It is not safe (or legal in the United States) for adults to date or marry minors. For the safety of minors, we do not allow users under the age of 18. If you suspect that a user under the age of 18, please report their profile to the AnimeDates administration.

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    Why are there so many random question marks (?) on the site?

    Those question marks are actually Japanese characters. Your computer or web browser is having a problem displaying them and is displaying a question mark instead. On some browsers and computers, they might appear as other characters.

    Please make sure that your system is properly setup to display Japanese characters. Windows users are most likely missing the Japanese Character Sets. You can download the Global IME
    here with the Japanese Language Pack (SHIFT_JIS compliant).

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    Is an email address required to register for AnimeDates?

    No, a valid email address is not required to register for AnimeDates, but you will not be able to access of the service’s features without one.

    Without an email address you may still register, login, setup a profile and upload images among other features. Although confirmation of your valid email address is required to send messages to other users in order to curb abuse. Also, in the event that you forget or lose your password, a valid e-mail address will be needed in order to reset your account.

    Finally, a valid email address is required to participate in our Sweepstakes. Without a valid email address, we will be unable to contact you regarding your prize.

    For information on changing your email address please click
    here.

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    How do I login to my account?

    On every page you will find the Login box above the left navbar. Enter your username and password and click the “Submit” button to log into your account.

    Please look
    here for information on obtaining your username and password.

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    What is the “Remember Me” feature?

    Checking the “Remember Me” box before logging in will allow you to subsequently return to AnimeDates in the future and be logged in automatically. Please click
    here for more information.

    Please note that this feature requires your browser to be “cookie-enabled” with cookies turned on.

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    Can I use the “Remember Me” feature on a public computer?

    We recommend that you only check this box if you are the only user on your computer as this will allow any other users on your PC to access your AnimeDates account.

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    How do I logout when I am finished?

    You may log out of your AnimeDates account at any time by clicking the “Logout” button under the Users navbar or by closing your browser window. If you checked “Remember Me”, you will not have to login if you close the browser window; however, after clicking “Logout” you will be required to relogin.

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    How do I change my email address?

    You may change your registered email address in the
    Preferences area here or by clicking “Preferences” under the Users navbar.

    Please note that if you have previously confirmed your email address and it is changed, you will be required to confirm your new email address before sending or receiving any new messages .

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    How do I change my email privacy options?

    You may change your email privacy options in the
    Preferences area here or by clicking “Preferences” under the Users navbar.

    Changes to your email privacy options will take up to two business days to take effect. If you receive any correspondences during this period, please ignore them.

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    How do I confirm my email address?

    When you registered your account a message was sent to your email address with a link that will confirm your email address. If you have lost or deleted this email, you may have it resent
    here or by clicking “Confirm Account!” under the Users navbar. Once you have confirmed your email address, your account will be upgraded to allow you to send and receive messages instantly! You will also have the “Send Message” and “Message Center” links added to the Users navbar for your convenience. The “Message Center” link will also change it’s text to reflect new messages in your Inbox (Ex: New Messages: 1).

    Please note that if you are logged into AnimeDates when you confirm your email address that you may have to either refresh the page or relogin in order for your account to reflect these changes.

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    How do I change my password?

    You can change your password by entering both the old and new passwords in the
    Preferences Area.

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    Help! I’ve forgotten my password!

    If you have lost or forgotten your password, it may be possible to reset the password on your account. You will require three things to do so:
    • Your AnimeDates account username
    • The email address you registered your account with
    • Access to that email account’s inbox
    In the
    Password Recovery Area, you may recover your password by entering your AnimeDates username and the email address you registered your account with. If you have lost or forgotten your username, you will need to obtain it first. You may do so on the same form by entering your registered email address.

    Once your password has been reset, we recommend that you immediately change it as an additional security precaution.

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    How does my Display Name differ from my Username?

    Your Username is your system-defined username meaning that it contains no spaces and all lowercase letters.

    Your Display Name is how your username appears to other users. You may modify it at any time in the
    Preferences area. Please note that you may only change the spacing and capitilization, not your actual username.

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    How do I change the content to reflect my local date and time?

    Under the “Location” section of the
    Preferences Area you can select your time zone. Please note that if your actual time zone is not reflected in the list, you can still have the time and date change to accurately reflect your location! Select the time zone closest to you and then enter a decimal value between -1 and +1 (in increments of +/- 0.25) in the Offset box below.

    Please note that we are currently in the process of updating AnimeDates to reflect your current date and time. This will change the time in the system, but currently will not change any areas of the site to your local time. This is a planned upgrade that will take place soon. We thank you for your patience!

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    What are the different account types?

    Once you register and login to AnimeDates your account status is Basic which allows access to most of the site’s features. Basic members may create profiles, upload images, post on the messagesboards, enter sweepstakes and much more.

    Basic members that
    confirm their email address are upgraded to Confirmed accounts, which will allow you to send and receive messages. Please note that you may receive messages as a Basic member, but you will not be able to read or reply to them. If you need to change your email address, please click here.

    The final type of account is the Paid account. Paid members are given additional space to upload images and a few additional benefits, such as automatic entry into all Sweepstakes. For more information on becoming a Paid member, please click here.

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    I’ve found my true love with your service! How do I cancel my account?

    Congratulations on your success! We wish you the very best!

    We currently do not have a method to delete your account from our system. If you really want to remove yourself from the service, we suggest taking the following measures:
    • Hide your personal profile
    • Change your email privacy options and remove yourself from our mailings or
    • Remove your email address from our system
    Did you know that you can use AnimeDates to find friends or other couples? Try setting to your current status to either “Exclusive Relationship”, “Engaged” or “Married” and use our search tools to find “Friends” or “Online Penpals” with a common interest! Or submit your
    story and tell us all about yourselves and how you met. You could be our next Success Story and be featured on the site!

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    How do I create my profile?

    Once you have registered your account and logged in, you may create your profile in the
    My Profile area located under the Users navbar. Fill out the various fields for your Personal, Anime and Manga profiles and click the “Create Profile” button at the bottom.

    There are a few fields that you are required to fill out in order for your profile to be created:
    • Your current status (Single, Dating, Married, etc.)
    • What type of relationship you’re looking for (Short-term, Long-term, Friends, Online Penpal)
    • Your country of origin (Members in the United States must enter a valid 5-digit postal zip code)
    • A title for your profile
    The rest of the profile is completely optional and you may enter information for as many or as few fields as you like!

    Please note that per our Terms of Service you may not place any URL links, email addresses or other personal information in your profiles. If you do, your profile will be modified accordingly to have them removed. Profanity is acceptable when used minimally and in good taste but racist, sexist or other offensive text will not be tolerated.

    Please also note that you must show your Personal profile for your Anime or Manga profiles or your images to be visible.

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    How do I edit my profile after it’s been created?

    After your profile has been created, you may return to the
    My Profile area at any time to edit your profile. Simply modify any fields that you wish to change and click the “Update Profile” button at the bottom of the page.

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    If I can search for users already, why should I create a profile?

    Why shouldn’t you create a profile?!

    Based on a survey we conducted previously, members with profiles are 18 times more likely to receive a response from a message sent to another member. Your profile also takes a lot of the guesswork away from your introduction. Online dating is a very serious topic and the person you’re sending a message to wants to make sure you’re serious. Your profile should take thought and reflection so it expresses a bit about your personality as well as your likes and dislikes.

    If you’re still a little unsure, consider that your profile still allows you to keep your anonymity. You are not required to upload an image and no personal information is disclosed in your profile. Although you should consider the fact that profiles with images are more than 4 times more likely to be seen and over 12 times as likely to receive a response to a message!

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    Can I hide my profile after it’s been created?

    Yes. In the
    My Profile area uncheck the box that says “Show My Personal Profile To Other Users” under the Personal Profile Info section. Click the button to update your profile and it will immediately be hidden from all users.

    To show your profile again, reverse the steps above.

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    What do the different genres mean in the Anime and Manga Profiles?

    Action – Stories that are very high-paced with lots of action-packed scenes like fights, gun battles and car chases.
    (Ex: Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, Bleach)

    Adventure – Stories that include a journey or adventure, usually to a far-off destination.
    (Ex: Dragon Drive, El-Hazard, One Piece)

    Comedy – Humorous stories intended to make the viewer laugh.
    (Ex: Excel Saga, Lupin III, Those Who Hunt Elves)

    Drama – Serious emotional and commonly romantic stories.
    (Ex: Ai Yori Aoshi, Aishiteruze Baby, Haibane Renmei)

    Ecchi – Stories that include light sexual themes and content, but not actual sex. In Ecchi stories, female body proportions and breast sizes are usually exaggerated to the point of ridicule.
    (Ex: Green Green, Eiken, Love Hina)

    Family – Stories that contain content that is suitable for people of all ages that can be watched by a family.
    (Ex: Kiki’s Delivery Service, Astro Boy, Dragonball)

    Fantasy – Stories that contain aspects of tall-tales, folklore and mythology. Fantasy stories usually contain magic and/or magical creatures.
    (Ex: Slayers, Orphen, Fushigi Yuugi)

    Hentai – Stories that contain explicit sex and sexual themes.
    (Ex: Bible Black, Samurai XXX, Magical Girl Ai)

    Historical – Stories that are based on historical characters or actual events that happened in history. The Historical genre also contains fictional stories that take place under historical settings.
    (Ex: Rurouni Kenshin, Kaze Hikaru, Samurai Deeper Kyo)

    Horror – Tales of the supernatural and occult including demons, vampires and other supernatural and undead creatures.
    (Ex: Elfen Lied, Demon City Shinjuku, Hellsing)

    Martial Arts – Bare-fisted fighting styles from the real (Karate, Judo, etc.) to the imaginary (Saotome School of Anything Goes Martial Arts).
    (Ex: Ranma ½, Fist of the North Star, Tenjou Tenge)

    Mecha – Stories containing action scenes primarily between giant humonoid or animal robots, either automated or human controlled.
    (Ex: Macross Plus, Gundam SEED, Bubblegum Crisis)

    Music – Stories where music is the dominant theme.
    (Ex: BECK, SDF Macross, Full Moon wo Sagashite)

    Mystery – Police or detective stories full of suspense and mystery.
    (Ex: Detective Conan, Spiral, Kaze no Yojimbo)

    Parody – Anime that parody common-themes in anime or other anime specifically.
    (Ex: Excel Saga, Animation Runner Kuromi, Sakigake!! Cromartie High)

    Romance – Romantic stories about love and relationships.
    (Ex: Fruits Basket, Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien, Chobits)

    Science Fiction – Technology-based stories that usually take place in space or on other planets.
    (Ex: Banner of the Stars, Armitage III, Cowboy Bebop)

    Slice of Life – Stories that take place in common life-like situations that the viewer can easily relate to.
    (Ex: His & Her Circumstances, Azumanga Daioh, Initial D)

    Sports – Stories from any sport from boxing to baseball to basketball to imaginary sports.
    (Ex: Slam Dunk!, Buzzer Beater, Hajime no Ippo)

    Yaoi – Stories that contain homosexual relationships between two men.
    (Ex: Gravitation, FAKE, Only the Ring Finger Knows)

    Yuri – Stories that contain homosexual relationships between two women.
    (Ex: Maria-sama ga Miteru, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sailor Moon)

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    Why is the Blood Type field included?

    The idea that a person’s blood type could be used as a fortune telling began in Japan in the 20th century. Some Japanese people believe that your blood type determines your personality much like the personality traits associated with Zodiac signs. Here are the different blood types and their associated traits (both good and bad):
    • Type A – calm, caring, honest, selfish, arrogant, picky
    • Type B – outgoing, curious, adventurous, unreliable, impatient, lazy
    • Type AB – sensitive, considerate, rational, strict, calculating, moody
    • Type O – carefree, athletic, sexy, clumsy, greedy, jealous
    In Japan, asking a person’s blood type is as common as asking any other personal information. This information is also used when determining if two people will be compatible together.

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    Why is my profile displaying the wrong city for my location?

    After entering your postal zip code, your profile will display the city determined to be the “default city” for that zip code by the
    USPS. You can change your preferred city in the Location section of the Preferences area. If the city you live in is not appearing for your zip code, please see this question here.

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    Why isn’t the system accepting my postal zip code?

    The AnimeDates location database comes directly from information maintained by the
    USPS. While we attempt to stay up-to-date, it is not possible to perfectly mirror the database at all times. If you attempt to create or edit your profile and the page errors with a message that your zip code could not be located, please start with the USPS Zip Code Lookup. If your city or zip code is not found, please contact the USPS. Your postal zip code must be added to their database before it can be added to ours.

    If your postal zip code is found by the USPS but not by AnimeDates, please contact us to have it added.

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    How do I add an image to my profile?

    You may add an image to your profile in the
    My Images area. There is now limit to the number of images you may upload as long as you have space available. For more information on the different account types, please click here. Once your image is uploaded it will not be immediately shown in your profile. Please allow up to two business days for your image(s) to be reviewed and approved by our staff. For the Image Uploading Guidelines, please click here.

    Please note that you will not be able to access the My Images area until you have created a profile.

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    How do I change the image shown in my profile?

    In the
    My Images area, each of the images that you have previously uploaded will have a link next to it that reads “Set Profile Image”. Clicking this link will immediately set that image as your active profile image. All other images will be shown your image gallery with a link displayed on your profile.

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    What types of images am I allowed to upload?

    Please see the
    Image Uploading Guidelines for which types of images will be accepted.

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    How many images am I allowed to upload?

    As long as you have the space available you may upload as many images as you like. Please note that as stated in the
    Image Uploading Guidelines you may only upload peripheral pictures of your family, friends, pets and other pictures if you are displaying a picture of yourself in your profile.

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    What is the difference between a Profile Image and other images I upload?

    Profile Images are images that have been optimized for display in your AnimeDates profile. The maximum dimension of a Profile Image is 200 pixels in width by 300 pixels in height. If you set an image that is larger as your Profile Image, it will be displayed as a thumbnail in your profile.

    The AnimeDates staff will crop and resize your pictures for you! Please send your photo(s) to
    [email protected]. We will resize and crop your photos and send them to you within 48 hours.

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    Why does the image in my profile say it hasn’t been approved?

    Each image is carefully reviewed and approved by members of our staff to make sure that it meets the
    Image Uploading Guidelines. Most images are reviewed and approved within 24 hours of uploading. We thank you for your patience.

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    Why was the image that I uploaded denied?

    Images that are uploaded must follow our
    Image Uploading Guidelines in order to be approved. If you have a specific question about why a certain image was denied, you may either reply to the message from the Admin or you may contact us here.

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    Why can’t I upload an avatar or picture of an anime character for one or more of my images?

    Most avatars uploaded to anime or manga related sites contain anime or manga characters. The copyright for those images is almost always owned by a DVD company which may or may not be licensed in your area. Regardless of whether a local license exists or not, it is against the law for AnimeDates to allow the upload and/or use of these photos or images.

    Please also note that the primary function of AnimeDates is to serve as a matchmaking service. In order for the images to properly complement the profiles, they should contain or be related to you!

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    How do I find other members on AnimeDates?

    You can find other members by using either the
    Browse or Search areas. For the difference between these two sections, please see this question below.

    There are many other ways to find other users on AnimeDates including finding a random user in the Search area. Users may also view the profile of any user by clicking on their username in any site area, such as on the Messageboards or in the Message Center.

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    What is the difference between browsing and searching?

    When
    browsing for other users you are only allowed to distinguish by gender, gender preference, location and whether a user’s profile contains images or not.

    The Search area allows you to more tailor your results by selecting values for certain profile fields.

    Please note that the Expert Search feature is a planned upgrade that will take place soon. This will allow you select values for virtually every profile field when searching. We thank you for your patience!

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    Does AnimeDates have same-sex browsing and searching?

    Of course! Our service is setup for users of any sexual orientation. When creating your profile there are three relevant questions:
    • 1) Whether you are a male or female
    • 2) Whether you are looking for a male or a female (or both)
    • 3) Your sexual orientation (heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual)
    With these three fields you should be able to show others what you’re looking for, as well as accurately search for your true love!

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    Why doesn’t my profile show up when I search for it?

    Browsing and searching is for finding other members. You can view your own profile by clicking the “View Profile” button at the bottom of the
    My Profile area. If your profile appears then it will appear in the results when other users perform searches.

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    How do I send a message to another user?

    Once your account is
    confirmed, the Send Message link will appear in your Users navbar.

    In this area, just type the username of the person you wish to a send a message to in the “To” box. Add a subject and a message, then click the “Send Message” button to instantly send it to the user.

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    What is a Chu and how do I send one?

    See the
    glossary below for the meaning of “Chu”.

    On AnimeDates, a Chu is a quick message that you can send to another user to express your interest in them.

    Please note that this feature is under construction and will be released in an update very soon! More information will be available after this update.

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    How do I check my messages?

    Once your account is
    confirmed the Message Center link will appear in your Users navbar.

    You will be able to read any new messages or view your sent and deleted messages.

    If you have any new messages, the Message Center link will read New Messages: X, where X is the number of unread messages in your Inbox. You may also view the number of new and old messages in the User Control Panel.

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    How often are the deleted messages purged?

    Deleted messages are purged every few months or sooner as dictated by the demands of our database server. Once a deleted message has been purged it is irrecoverable.

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    How do I send a message to multiple users at once?

    You may send the same message to multiple users by seperating the various member’s usernames with a comma.

    Please note that attempts to spam other members will result in your username disabled and your IP address banned. If you receive spam, please forward the message to the username
    admin.

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    Image Uploading Guidelines

    Please adhere to the following guidelines for uploading images. Failure to comply will have your image denied.
    • Only post real pictures. Do not post avatars, anime images, screen caps, paintings, drawings, etc.
    • Please keep it clean – nudity, violence or rude gestures will not be approved.
    • You should be the only person in your profile image. Don’t make others guess who you are.
    • Additional pictures may contain your family, friends, co-workers, schoolmates…anything within reason!
    • Otherwise, only upload pictures with your pets, car or related items like a plush doll or DVD collection.
    • Profile Images have a maximum dimension of 200 pixels in width and 300 pixels in height.
    • If you do not indicate a Profile Image, the system will automatically select one.
    • All images must be approved before they will appear, please allow up to 24 hours for approval.
    • Please do not upload duplicate images.
    Our Support Team will resize and crop your photo in order to make it appear better in the profile. Please send your photo(s) to
    [email protected]. We will resize and crop your photos and send them to you within 48 hours.

    Please note that you may insert yourself in an anime or manga scene. Doctored photos that include you will be approved as long as the image hasn’t been distorted beyond recognition.

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    Messageboard Posting Guidelines

    Please adhere to the following guidelines for posting on the Messageboards. Failure to comply will have your Messageboard rights revoked and could possibly lead to termination of your account and your IP Address banned.
    • Please keep your posts clean. Do not flame or attack other users.
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    • Do not post ANY links to websites or other places to download image, video or any other types of files.
    • Do not post links to websites that have links to these types of websites.
    • It is acceptable to request UNLICENSED content but responses must be in the form of private messages.
    • It is okay to modify a quoted post in good fun but do not attempt to flame or slander another user.
    • Posting links is acceptable. Spamming or advertising is not.
    Please note that there is no “troll box” or warning system built into the AnimeDates Messageboards. As the minimum age to join the service is 18, we assume our members will act accordingly with respect for all other users. We thank you for your cooperation!

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    News

    The
    News area contains information about the latest features of AnimeDates. You can also look through the archive and view any of the old news articles.

    We also provide news of interest in the Anime and Manga industries. If you have a piece of news that you’d like to submit, please contact us.

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    Top 10 Lists

    The
    Top 10 Lists are compiled by our staff on a wide array of topics. Members can contribute their own opinion on any Top 10 List through the Message boards or by clicking on the appropriate link at the bottom of the list in the Top 10 area.

    If you have a suggestion for a Top 10 list, please contact us!

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    His & Her Reviews

    The
    His & Her Reviews are written by Adam & Agie to provide a unique look at different anime and manga from the point-of-view both genders. The reviews give a score in four catagories: Storyline, Animation (Artwork for manga), Sound & Music (Dialog for manga) and a “Gotta-Buy” rating. These four areas are rated on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0 which is averaged into one score for “Him” and one for “Her” which makes up the AnimeDates Rating.

    Like the Top 10 Lists, the His & Her Reviews are setup for full interaction with our members. Members may contribute their score on each of the four areas and a short review. This information is compiled with their gender and added to the User Score. The User Score is calculated the same as the AnimeDates rating with equal weighting for “His” & “Her”.

    If you have a suggestion for an anime or manga for us to review, please contact us.

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    Messageboards

    The
    Messageboards are a set of forums that allow user discussion through posts in various topics. Please click here for the Messageboard Posting Guidelines.

    Please click here for the Advanced Messageboard commands, such as “smileys” and links. These features will be incorporated into the Messageboard Control Panel at a later date. If you have a suggestion for any additional Forums, please contact us.

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    What’s New in Japan

    In Japan, the television seasons run on a set schedule. A standard show runs one full season of 26 episodes, but the actual definition of a television season in Japan is 13 weeks (or 13 episodes).

    Our staff selects several shows from the new season of anime and reviews them briefly. The seasons begin in January, April, July and October.

    Please note that the “What’s New in Japan” feature will soon be setup for Manga as well. We thank you for your patience!

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    Sweepstakes

    The Sweepstakes on AnimeDates are very simple giveaways. Members can enter any of the sweepstakes by clicking the “Entry” button below the description on the
    Sweepstakes page. If there are multiple sweepstakes running concurrently, you must scroll down and click the “Entry” button for each one.

    The winner of each giveaway is randomly selected by a computer. If you are a winner, you will be notified by email. You must respond to the email with your postal address before the stated deadline in order to claim your prize. If a prize is not claimed within the time period specified, a new winner will be randomly selected.

    A list of past sweepstakes winners can be found here.

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    Why should I look for love online?

    In this day and age there is no reason NOT to look for love online! The popularity of Internet dating has skyrocketed in recent years paving the way for love and friendships to be made all over the World.

    One of the most important parts of any relationship is compatability and common interests. By finding a date that shares your interest of anime and/or manga a huge hurdle is removed from your path to true love.

    AnimeDates is 100% FREE with no obligations or strings attached. Simply fill out the registration form (found
    here) and you’re on your way!

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    Is using a dating service like AnimeDates safe?

    AnimeDates uses a double-blind message system which means that you can’t see the email address of the person you’re messaging and vice-versa. This insures that your personal email address remains completely private.

    Per our Terms of Service, we do not allow personal information to be posted in the member profiles. Take care not to include personal information in your private messages and messageboard posts and your information will remain completely safe. Online dating is as safe as you make it so please take care when speaking and meeting people. We meeting AnimeDates members in person, we encourage you to plan your first dates in public places or in a group setting.

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    Do you guarantee that I’ll find love by using your service?

    Unfortunately, we cannot make any guarantees that you will find love using the AnimeDates service. All we can guarantee is that we’ll work hard to supply you with the best opportunity to find love! New members are joining everyday from all over the United States and all over the World. Compatibility is extremely important in any friendship or relationship. By finding someone that already shares your common interests, your relationship has a much higher chance for success.

    AnimeDates is 100% FREE for everyone, so there’s no reason not to join. Register
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    Glossary – A

    Aho – (阿呆, 阿房) – Idiot or simpleton. This is also the phonetic sound that the crow makes in Japanese. In anime, there are many times when you will hear a crow fly by saying “aho, aho” when a character does something stupid.

    AMV – The acronym for Anime Music Video. This is a video that is set to any music with one or more anime for the content. Many conventions hold AMV Contests and they are traded by fans worldwide over the Internet.

    Anime – (アニメ) – Short for “Animation”, specifically Japanese animation. All animation originating from Japan is by nature anime.

    Artbooks – Collections of drawings and images of characters from popular anime, manga and video games. They come in both soft and hardback form and can be nice enough to display as coffee table books. These are extremely popular in Japan, but haven’t been brought over en masse to America although anime stores in several American cities carry them.

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    Glossary – B

    Baka – (馬鹿) – Idiot, fool, stupid, simpleton. This is a very common insult in anime and manga and can be serious or playful depending on the tone of voice and inflection when spoken.

    Bishoujo – (美少女) – The literal translation is “beautiful young girl”. Bishoujo characters in anime are usually drawn as extremely cute and young of age.

    Bishounen – (美少年) – The literal translation is “beautiful young man”. Bishounen refers specifically to feminine beauty in male characters usually characterized by slender body frames and long flowing hair.

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    Glossary – C

    Chan – (ちゃん) – An extremely informal
    honorific suffix used mainly to refer to children or young females. Adults may also use it to refer to one another intimately.

    Chibi – (ちび) – The Japanese word for a small child or a short person. When referring specifically to anime or manga, chibi refers to characters that are extremely small in relation to other characters. By definition, chibi characters are extremely cute.

    Chu – (チュー) – A Japanese onomatopoeia representing the sound that a “kiss” makes. This is the name of the short introductory messages sent on AnimeDates. More information about this feature can be found here.

    Con – The shortened version of the word “Convention”.

    Cosplay – Based on the common practice of shortening compound English terms, Cosplay is the Japanese condensation of the English words “Costume Play”. This refers to the practice of fans dressing up like a character from a TV show, movie or video game.

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    Glossary – D

    Dono – (殿) – A mostly archaic formal
    honorific suffix used to refer to a lord or master.

    Doujinshi – (同人誌) – Self-published works related to common Japanese anime and manga characters. Doujinshi are usually manga but may be in various forms of media.

    Dubtitles – Subtitles on Region 1 DVDs that are a direct captioning of the English dialog instead of a translation of the Japanese dialog.

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    Glossary – E

    Ecchi – (エッチ) – Indecent, perverse or lewd. Can also be used to refer to sexual acts in general.

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    Glossary – F

    Fan-Fiction – Stories written by fans that are extensions of plotlines or entirely new developments based on characters in anime or manga settings.

    Fansub – Subtitled anime produced by fans, usually distributed over the Internet. While technically illegal and a violation of various copyright laws, fansub production is usually overlooked by Japanese production companies. Please note that links to fansubs are not allowed on AnimeDates. Please do not post links to files or other websites that contain this type of content.

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    Glossary – G

    Garage Kit – Model kits, assembled and/or painted by fans, that depict a character from an anime or manga.

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    Glossary – H

    Hentai – (変態) – The Japanese word meaning perverse or perverted. It is used outside of Japan to refer to pornographic anime, manga and games of Japanese origin.

    Hiragana – (平仮名) – One of the two character sets that makes up the Kana. Hiragana is predominently used for writing Japanese words without kanji and for parts of grammar.

    Honorifics – Suffices appended to names to show deference or respect. The honorifics listed in this glossary are
    chan, dono, kun, sama, san, sempai and sensei.

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    Glossary – J

    J-music – An abbreviation meaning Japanese music.

    J-pop – An abbreviation meaning Japanese pop music.

    J-rap – An abbreviation meaning Japanese rap music.

    J-rock – An abbreviation meaning Japanese rock music.

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    Glossary – K

    Kana – (仮名) – Two character sets, the Katakana and
    Hiragana, that make up two distinct phonetic Japanese alphabets. In the Kana, symbols represent sounds and not actual words or objects.

    Kanji – (漢字) – The Japanese alphabet primarily derived from Chinese characters. Kanji characters are ideograms, meaning they represent both a sound and a meaning (like primitive Egyptian hieroglyphics).

    Katakana – (片仮名) – One of the two character sets that makes up the Kana. Katakana is predominently used for Japanese derivations of foreign words and for representing onomatopoeia.

    Kawaii – (可愛い) – The Japanese word for cute.

    Kun – (君) – An informal honorific suffix used primarily between males and students of both genders.

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    Glossary – L

    License (DVD) – The act by which localized versions of anime and manga are produced through translation and, in the case of anime, dubbing. Companies outside of Japan license the Japanese content in a specific
    region or country.

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    Glossary – M

    Magical Girl – A sub-genre of anime that stereotypically includes a young girl with absurdly strong superhuman strength and other “magical” abilities.

    Manga – (漫画) – The Japanese word for comic books. Most anime is adapted from an original manga story usually published in a weekly or monthly compilation magazine.

    Manwa – (만화 [korean]) – The Korean equivalent of manga.

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    Glossary – N

    Nihon – (日本) – The shortened Japanese word for name of the country Japan.

    Nihongo – (日本語) – The Japanese word for the Japanese language.

    Nippon – (日本) – The Japanese word for the name of the country Japan.

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    Glossary – O

    OAV – The acronym for Original Animation Video. This is the equivalant to a direct-to-video release of an animation film in the United States that is not shown in theaters.

    Omake – (お負け) – Prize, bonus or extra. This is commonly used to refer to extras on anime DVDs or to extras included with the purchase of another product.

    OST – The acronym for Original Soundtrack.

    Otaku – (お宅) – The formal form of the Japanese word for house, otaku carries a negative connotation in Modern Japan when used in reference to a person. It means someone that stays at home all the time who has no semblance of a social life. This word is used to describe someone who is obsessed with anime. In Western culture, many fans of anime revel in the use of the word and use it as a self-proclaimed recognition of anime addiction.

    OVA – Original Video Animation. The same as OAV.

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    Glossary – R

    Region (DVD) – A numeric code that indicates which DVD players a certain disk will play on. Both the DVDs and their players are coded based on geographic region with the following values:
    • Region 0 – An informal code meaning “region-free” DVD. This represents Regions 1-6.
    • Region 1 – United States, US Territories, Canada and Bermuda
    • Region 2 – Western Europe, most of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Greenland, Japan and parts of Africa
    • Region 3 – Southeast Asia, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong
    • Region 4 – Central America, South America, Oceania and Mexico
    • Region 5 – The remaining parts of Africa, Europe and Asia
    • Region 6 – Mainland China
    • Region 7 – Reserved
    • Region 8 – International DVDs for use on airplanes, cruise ships and other similar venues.
    Ronin – (浪人) – A samurai with no master, either through death or ruin of the master or by dismissal. In Modern Japan, ronin is used to refer to someone who has failed a school entrance exam (usually college) since the person has no ties to any school, much like the samurai’s master.

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    Glossary – S

    Scanslation – The
    fansub equivalent of manga. Scanslations (or scanlations) are scanned from the original Japanese source, translated and then distributed.

    Sama – (様) – An extremely formal honorific suffix used to refer to someone of much greater social status or rank.

    San – (さん) – A formal honorific suffix essentially equivalent to “Mr.”, “Mrs.” or “Ms.” San can be appended to either a first or surname depending on familiarity and social rank.

    Seiyuu – (声優) – The Japanese word for “voice actor”, the people that supply voices to anime characters. Unlike in America, voice actors may be revered or idolized in Japan.

    Sempai – (先輩) – A formal honorific title used to address someone in a senior position to the speaker usually in school or work situations.

    Sensei – (先生) – A formal honorific title meaning teacher, doctor, author or expert in a particular topic.

    Shojo – An American romantization of the Japanese word Shoujo.

    Shonen – An American romantization of the Japanese word Shounen.

    Shoujo – (少女) – The Japanese word for young girl. Shoujo is also a genre of anime or manga intended for young girls usually characterized by romance.

    Shounen – (少年) – The Japanese word for young boy. Shounen is also a genre of anime or manga intended for young boys usually characterized by action.

    Shoujo-ai – (少女愛) – Yuri anime or manga featuring homosexual female relationships without explicit sex.

    Shounen-ai – (少年愛) – Yaoi anime or manga featuring homosexual male relationships without explicit sex.

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    Glossary – T

    Tankoubon – (単行本) – The Japanese word for volume. This is used to refer to a collection of manga chapters.

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    Glossary – U

    USPS – The acronym for the United States Postal Service.

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    Glossary – Y

    Yaoi – (やおい) – A genre of anime or manga that contains homosexual relationships between two men, usually
    bishounen.

    Yuri – (ゆり) – A genre of anime or manga that contains homosexual relationships between two women.

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