Jikan API – Vision 2018 🎆 [Unofficial MyAnimeList API]

So it’s 2018 and Jikan is now 1 year old! MyAnimeList announce late 2017 that they’ll be working on fixing up their API but until then I’ll have Jikan running around. I have some plans for Jikan that need to be done, hopefully by mid-2018 or earlier, depending on college.




There are some things I’m still interesting in scraping off of MAL, here’s the list.


User Profile

Taking an example of my own profile;


There’s a lot of data available per user profile. The best part here would be their favorite characters, people, anime, manga and basic stats. The hardest part to extract here would be the user based “About Me” which is highly customizable. So this, I might consider parsing since MAL’s HTML source is already terrible enough.


Top Anime/Manga/People/Characters

These pages give you access to a paginated list of anime/manga/people/characters ranked by their popularity/favoritism by the community from #1 to the last ranking available. Tis a gold mine entry.


Anime/Manga/Person/Character Search!

The official MAL API already has this feature but it only returns the first page of results! It only allows simple string queries and requires user authentication for the API call to work, which is what Jikan is meant to over come. This has been a requested feature, so I’ll most likely be working on a parser for this in the months to come.



Extended Data for Anime/Manga

This has been in the prospect of Jikan since the beginning, but I’ve held off any other extended parsing other than characters/staff and episodes until recently as I begun making scrapers for Pictures, Videos & News related to the item. This trend will continue as there are more pages that consist of interesting data regarding an anime or manga. Especially the reviews page since this has the best data for sentient analysis and averaging of any show or manga.


Will be focusing on these 4 for this year! It takes time to mine pure data since scraping HTML off MAL means a lot of weird and round-about ways of doing things!


Jikan REST 2.0 – Developers Preview + November Update

What a basic app utilizing Jikan would require would be data on any anime or manga, then furthermore on the characters and staff members. These 4 types of data are essential to any app for the masses and Jikan can now robustly cover any app developer in those areas.


Tl;Dr: https://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/

Note: There is no doc available for this endpoint as of yet, you’ll have to play by the data responses.


without further ado

It’s been a year since I started on Jikan and half a year since the REST API went up. To get this out of the way – I’m immensely excited to announce that a complete rewrite of the Jikan PHP API has been completed. Making the API more:

  • Friendly to developers for contribution
  • Cleaner responses + less bugs
  • Easier installation
  • More Robust
  • PSR-4/Autoloading


Now what’s left is the rewrite of the REST API. I’ve selected Lumen as the micro-framework to handle Jikan REST requests. And that’s currently in the works as I wrap my head around the features of this framework.

But my excitement could not be held back and I really wanted to see the new API in action – spitting out nicely formatted JSON without any malformed sorts of data. I quickly set up a new endpoint using the old REST API code – producing a developers endpoint.

And I hereby present: https://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/

You’ll notice a massive difference from the v1.1 or v1.2 REST version as this version of the API is equipped with the latest Jikan PHP commits. Now let me show you the possible type of requests.


  1. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/anime/1
  2. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/anime/1/characters_staff
  3. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/anime/1/episodes
  4. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/anime/21/episodes/1 – Episode pages are now paginated if there’s more than a 100 episodes, a key named episode_last_page will tell you how many pages the episodes page is paginated into.
  5. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/anime/21/episodes/2
  6. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/manga/1
  7. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/manga/1/characters
  8. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/person/1
  9. http://jikan.me/api/v2.0-dev/character/1


With these core prospects for the API being stable and robust, it’s time to focus on implementing more endpoints for scraping more data out of an anime, or the most required function – the search endpoint.


the success of this project

I’ve been contacted by a plethora number of developers regarding the usage/feedback/etc of this project. Everyone’s happy – I’m happy. There’s a working, easy to use API that can tell you anything about your favorite Japanese cartoon and I think that’s what matters the most.

Currently there’s a popular and active android App, namely AnYme that’s utilizing Jikan for their data, you can check them out here: https://github.com/zunjae/anYme

The usage of Jikan has been very successful – there’s a thousand of requests spanned across of hundreds of clients daily. Here’s a small chart on the usage since we hit off back in May.

jikan stats chart


what’s in store next?

The next foremost thing that is going to be accomplished is going to be REST v2.0. This will be based on the Lumen framework and a much faster server – thanks to a friend of mine. The base endpoint would be api.jikan.me, instead of what we’ve now.

After that – I’ll see what’s next on the agenda.


oh by the way

Did I mention that Jikan is now available on packagist.org/composer? You can install it as a dependency in your PHP project as simply as: composer require jikan-me/jikan 

Jikan – The Unofficial MyAnimeList REST API

Jikan is a REST based API that fulfills the lacking requests of the official MyAnimeList API for developers. https://jikan.me

Documentation: https://jikan.me/docs

Source: https://github.com/irfan-dahir/jikan



As the idea of creating my own Anime Database sparked within me, I set out to create parse data from an existing website, MyAnimeList, since I utilize it a lot for managing the content I parse through my mind. 

Read: Making My Own Anime Database – Part 1 – Making My Own Anime Database – Part 2

I was dumbfounded when I realized that the official API did not support for fetching anime or manga details. There was a way to do this via the official API but it was totally round-about. You had to use one of their API endpoints where you searched for a query and it would return a list of similar anime/manga with their details.

I could have used AniList’s API but I was already familiar with scraping data. I’ve done this before in a lot of former projects. And so I set out to develop Jikan to fulfill my parent goal; to make my own anime database. And so it took a project of it’s own.


Jikan was uploaded to GitHub on January the 11th with a single function of scraping anime data.

It wasn’t even called ‘Jikan’ back then, it was called the ‘Unofficial MAL API’. Quite generic, I know.

I came to terms with the name ‘Jikan’ as it was the only domain name available for the .me TLD and it’s a commonly used word in Japanese – ‘Time’. The ‘Plan A’ name was ‘Shiro’, but unfortunately everyone seemed to have hogged all the TLDs for it.

With this API, I guess you could say I’d be saving developers some … Jikan – Heh.




Sounds like a title from the Steins;Gate multiverse.

Anyways, Jikan can provide these details from MAL simply by their ID on MAL

  • Anime
  • Manga
  • Character
  • Person

These are the implemented functions as of now. There are some further planned features.

Search Results

The official API does support this. However;

  1. The response is in XML
  2. It only shows the results of the first page

Jikan will change that by showing results for whatever page you select. And oh – it returns in JSON.

Is that it?

Mostly, yes. The reason this API was developed to provide very easy access to developers to data which isn’t supported by the official API. And there you go.


Get Started

So, what are you waiting for?

Head over to the documentation and get started!