Our past and future

AniBrain 1.4 - MAL/AL List Integration For Recommendations (FUTURE)

  • Created Algorithm To Get Recommendations For Multiple Media: Created algorithm to make recommendations using multiple media at once, instead of just a single one like the recommender page currently does.

AniBrain 1.3.2 - Improve Navigation

February 25, 2023
  • Internal Links Navigation In Same Page: Ensure all internal link navigation does not open in a new tab. This was done before due to infinite scroll and worrying about a user losing their position. By migrating to a paginated design, all internal links do not open in a new tab.
  • Special Data Cards: Created special cards to help promote different site features (like signing up, giving feedback, etc.).
  • List View Card Re-design: Changed the score UX design for recommendations to make it easier to understand.
  • Recommendation Pagination: Implemented pagination to allow users to come back to the last spot they were at in a recommendation list. Removed infinite scrolling.

AniBrain 1.3.1 - Improved Random Recommender Pages & Added Personalization Engine

December 4, 2022
  • Random Page Re-design: Updated random recommender pages based on user feedback. This include (but not limited to) adding random of the day, have pre-filtered random generators, and making the random page more engaging by usinga a roulette theme.
  • Personalization Engine: Created a personalization engine to give users personalized recommendations on the landing page based on their actions on the site.
  • Caching: Improved caching strategy to load recommendations for faster for users regardless of their origin location.
  • Background Wallpaper Quality: Improved the quality of the background wallpapers on recommender pages by creating a desktop and mobile version.
  • Update Codebase: Updated the codebase to allow for faster iteration of features in the future. This invloved a lot of breaking down components into smaller, more re-usable units.

AniBrain 1.3 - Manga, Light Novel, One Shot, & Random Recommenders

April 1, 2022
  • New Recommender Pages: Added manga, light novel, & one shot recommendation engines/pages. Added a random recommendation engine/page.
  • Adult Media: Users can now get recommendations for adult media. They must be signed in to do so.
  • (Experimental) User-selected Recommendation Algorithm: Users can now change aspects of the underlying recommendation algorithm to better focus on the features of the requested media they care most about. This feature is currently in beta.
  • More Filters: Added genre, community rating, and country of origin filters to all recommender pages.
  • New Pages: Added an "About" and "Roadmap" page (found in the footer). Created manga/light novel/one shot specific pages for a bio of the media and listing out recommendations.
  • Removed "AI-Ideas" Form: Removed the AI-Ideas form as the same information can be put in the feedback form under "feature request".
  • Landing Page Redesign: Removed excess text from the landing page and made it more to direct to recommender pages.
  • Recommender Pages Redesign: Styled search recommendation pages after Google/Bing.

AniBrain 1.2 - Frontend Migration and Improved Styling

December 15, 2021
  • User Accounts: Allow user's to create an account and save recommendations for later.
  • Anime Specific Pages: Created anime specific pages for a bio of the anime and listing out recommendations.
  • Filter Modal to Sidebar: Changed the filter modal to a sidebar.
  • Improved Recommendation Card Design: Changed card design to be more appealing on mobile (slimmer) and more simplistic overall. Added hover effect to get a lot more information on the recommendations.
  • Improved Recommendation Algorithm: Changed underlying recommendation algorithm for improved results.
  • Improved UI: Made all hero backgrounds have the same blue gradient for a simpler site design. Removed wave design from hero image transition to content.
  • Changed Frontend to Next.js: Migrated the application from pure React to Next.js for performance improvements.

AniBrain 1.1 - Site Theme Change

October 1, 2021
  • Added Form Pages: Added forms to get feedback, ideas, or collaborate from visitors.
  • Added Title Preferences: Allow user to select the title (official, english, or native) to show on the recommended cards.
  • Added Filters: Allow user to filter by anime format (TV, Movie, etc.) and the year they were released.
  • Vote on Recommendations: Allow users to vote on whether a recommendation is good or not.
  • Group Recommendations: Grouped recommended anime by their franchise to not get back a bunch of titles in the same series.
  • Improved UI: Changed UI from a jellyfish theme to an anime theme and improved recommender cards.

AniBrain 1.0 - Initial AniBrain Release

July 26, 2021
  • Anime Recommender: Added an anime recommender to search for an anime and get recommendations back.