3 Easy Ways to Find Anime Title from its Scene

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There are maybe thousands of anime movies out there. Due to its animation style, it’s hard to distinguish each anime name correctly.

Instead of asking the anime forum, you can take advantage of this useful online tool to identify nearly any anime title for free. Thanks to the Color Layout Descriptor technology that makes this feature possible.

Here, you will learn how to get an anime title based on a screenshot or GIF of the anime. Youtube screenshots would also work well in this case.

How to find the anime name from its screenshot

1. Take a screenshot of a scene from the anime. Ideally, you want to make a clear screenshot without the video progress bar or any distracting visual elements.

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2. Visit the Anime Scene Search Engine page.

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3. Click the browse icon.

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4. Navigate to your screenshot and then upload it.

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5. You will see the result. The website may give you multiple names, but the top result is usually the most accurate.

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6. The anime search engine also provides information like the full title, alternative name, release date, and where you can watch it.

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Please keep in mind that WAIT is not providing an online watch about the anime. They simply just show the title and description, not more than that.

According to its creator, the tool should easily identify anime which released above 2000. Most old Japanese anime isn’t available in their database (but the popular ones may be available); thus, you cannot rely on it for searching old animes.

Identifying anime titles from scenes using Google Images

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Google can search for matching and visually similar images online based on the image you uploaded or provided the URL for. Here are the steps to use it as an anime finder search engine:

  1. Go to https://images.google.com/
  2. Click on the camera icon in the search bar.
  3. You can either paste the image URL or upload an image from your computer.
  4. Click “Search by image”.
  5. Google will show you webpages containing the image as well as visually similar images.

You can scroll through the results to find the original source of the image or other places where it has appeared online. Please note that the search results may also show related information or products matching the visual content of the image.

Finding anime titles from scenes using SauceNAO

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SauceNAO is a specialized reverse image search engine focused on identifying the sources of anime, manga, and game artwork. Here are the key steps to use SauceNAO to find the source of an image:

  1. Go to https://saucenao.com/
  2. Click on the “Select Image” tab.
  3. You can upload an image from your computer or paste the image URL.
  4. Click “Search”.
  5. SauceNAO will show you websites where the image appears as well as similar images.

The key advantage of SauceNAO is its specialty in anime and manga, making it very effective for finding the source of such artwork and screenshots when general search engines fail.

What anime forums and communities can I post a screenshot to get help identifying the anime?

Here are some anime forums and communities where you can post a screenshot to get help identifying the anime:

  • MyAnimeList forums – There is a specific “Help Identifying This Anime/Character” thread where you can post screenshots and descriptions to get help from the community. It seems to be quite active.
  • Reddit anime subreddits like r/anime, r/whatanime, r/Animesuggest – These subreddits are dedicated anime communities where you can make posts with screenshots asking for help identifying the anime. r/whatanime is specifically focused on identifying anime from images/videos.
  • AnimeMusicVideos.org forums – They have an active community and a thread dedicated to identifying anime from screenshots using image recognition engines like Trace.moe. Could be very useful.
  • Anime forums like AnimeSuki forums, Anime Planet forums – Most anime forums have sections for identifying anime from images/descriptions. You can create new threads posting your screenshots.
  • Facebook/Discord anime groups – There are many active anime fan groups on Facebook and Discord where you can post your screenshot and get quick help from other fans.

In short, some of the biggest online anime communities like Reddit, MyAnimeList, Anime Planet, etc. have dedicated sections/threads where you can post screenshots to identify anime.

Anime fans are usually very helpful to give you the information about the anime.

How to find anime titles if I only remember the scene or sequences?

This is a tough job, but not impossible.

If you remember a specific scene or sequence from an anime but don’t have any images, there are several techniques you can use to identify the anime:

  1. Search by Description: Write down the names of the characters, the plot, the number of episodes, or any other information you can remember. Conduct an internet search using your keywords. If your description is too vague to reveal the name by searching the internet, asking other anime fans is always an option.
  2. Ask the Anime Community: If you’re still having trouble identifying the anime, you can ask for help on anime-focused online communities. For example, Reddit has several subreddits like “r/whatanime,” where you can ask for help identifying a certain anime.
  3. Anime Style Recognition: Recent research in anime style recognition (ASR) aims to learn abstract painting style to determine whether two images are from the same work. This is a challenging but interesting problem. If you can remember the unique style of the anime, this could be a potential way to identify it.
  4. Cinematographic Analysis: If you remember specific cinematographic elements from the anime, such as shot composition, body language of characters, or use of color and light, you could try to find analyses of these elements online.

Remember, the more details you can provide, the better your chances of identifying the anime.

What are the best anime identification mobile apps?

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Personally, I think a mobile app is not necessary unless it’s a frequent occurrence. Most of the services I mentioned above are available on the web version, but there are some good mobile apps to quickly find the anime title:

  • AnimeScan: AnimeScan allows users to upload or take a photo to search its database of over 50,000 anime scenes. It can identify the anime title, similarity match, episode number, and time stamp. The app claims over 90% accuracy.
  • Anime Camera: Though mainly a photo editor, Anime Camera includes an “Anime Recognize” function that attempts to match uploaded photos to anime titles using image recognition.
  • Kunai: Kunai is an online database specialized for identifying anime, manga, and video game artwork. It offers browser extensions and integration into booru-style sites.

In summary, AnimeScan appear to be the most accurate anime identification apps utilizing advanced image recognition. However, Trace.moe is easier to use and doesn’t require an installation.