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!



I actually lost the challenge. Totally forgot to make a design on the 28th. This should’ve been Day 6, but ah well. In this case, what I’ll simply do is push it a day extra, so the challenge would end on the 3rd of Jan instead. I will continue the challenge.

So, this is a post/comment based component. Something you’d see on any social media. It does look a little similar to Facebook but that’s just your imagination. 😋

Demo | Download | In The Making Timelapse (Coming)

I can confidently say that with this one I’ve managed to combine the use of FlexBox and Grid and go up a level! 🧙‍♂️ It’s amazing how they both can work together.



I struck off the 24 hour limit as I’ve been insanely busy during the past 2 days. But I managed to complete this design before morning (6.30am) so I won’t be considering it a “next day” yet for the sake of not ruining my own challenge. 🤔

Demo | Download | In The Making Timelapse


This design, again, was done as fast as I could with little planning as I woke up at around 4.00am and begun at 4.30~. So it took me about an hour and half to complete this one.

I used FontAwesome 5 for the icons and picked out a gradient color from uigradients.com.



Colors used are:

  • Primary Gradient (#ff9966)
  • Secondary Gradient (#ff5e62)
  • White n’ Black

And as the last 2 designs, Open Sans was used for the type face.



So this design was done in the most possibly messy way. I screwed up a lot given I was unavailable the whole day to work on anything, then sleepily designed something as simple as I could within 2 hours.


Demo | Download | In The Making Timelapse


Given I almost dozed off between coding, I messed up the file system and lost all source files at the end. Thankfully,  I had a tab open in the browser and saved it directly from there then as messily as I could, pushed it to the repo.

There’s nothing fancy, just a static design without any responsive or feedback details given the amount of time I had available.


I got the display picture from uifaces.com, it belongs to @AdhamDannaway.


There’s a little effect where the background is black and it fades in once the page has loaded completely. Obviously something broke since I made a static save from the browser and it’s now not working. Don’t really want to touch it either.



Colors used are simply black and white.

There is no responsivity given the amount of time I had but it shouldn’t do bad on devices since it’s grid-made and sticks to the center.



Product modals aren’t really my strong point. This was a pretty good time to change that.

A clean, “pastel-feel”, “blue-ish” with slight touches of Material design brings light to “Display” – the refreshingly sleek product modal.


With today’s design, I managed to get a tighter grip on CSS Grids & some Flexbox. Indeed, it really makes things much easier once you’ve managed to comprehend the gist of it.


Demo | Download | In The Making Timelapse (Youtube)


The Apple Smart watch mockups were taken from Freepik. Respective used asset licenses are available here.


Colors used:

  • Good ol’ white (#fff)
  • Background (#94B4DD)
  • Primary Color (##779CF1)
  • Shades of Black

Font: Open Sans


And that conclude Day 2.


Day 1 – ‘Authenticate’ | December Web Design Challenge

And we start off Day 1 with a login design component. A rich yet simple page focused on a quick login with content available to its’ left.

I first had it use a pastel blue color which looked completely off on mobile devices, rendering the white text hard to read. I then switched to a darker contrast of that color which not only looks nice on the desktop but mobile devices as well.


Demo | Download | In The Making Timelapse (Youtube)


The logo and pattern at the bottom is taken from freepik.com. Respective used asset licenses are available here.



There are 3 colors used:

  • White (#fff)
  • Pastel Turquoise (#8ECCC8)
  • Nearly Black (#4C4C4C)

Font: Montserrat


It took more more than the average time to make this one thanks to the learning curve placed by CSS Grids. I got hang of the column and row components so far since there was nothing too complex done.


This concludes Day 1.


10 Days Web Design Challenge – December 2017

As I slowly find myself within the pleasant grasps of winter holidays, I come to realize that I have become rusty in web designing and there’s still yet a lot more to learn. And therefore, I challenge myself to a 10 day web design challenge.

10 days might not be a lot, but it’s a starting point.


  • Every day I must design and code something.
  • I can inspire from other designs.
  • I must do so using Flexbox & CSS Grid technologies.
  • It can be website components or pages or an entire package
  • Challenge ends on January, the 2nd; meaning I’ll be starting on the 24th of December


  • I will come to par with latest CSS technologies
  • I will have more stuff for my portfolio
  • I’ll have a clear view of my abilities and time management for projects


So, what do I have planned for tomorrow?



No idea.






Update: Unfortunately due to lack of time and unforseen circumstances, wasn’t able to complete this challenge! I leave it at Day 5 and may restart the challenge with a higher goal next time!