MyAnimeList, often abbreviated as MAL, is a social networking site for anime/manga fans. Created in 2005 by Garett "Xinil" Gyssler, The site's main feature it is that it allows you to make a list of all the anime, manga, and light novels you've watched/read, hence the name.
MyAnimeList has undergone several changes to the front page and site, most recently they made a new layout and navigation page, which has a "dropdown" feature. Cue cries of "Ruined!" for some users and demanding that MAL should go back to its side panel navigation. But it has since wound down, although for the most part, the "bubbles" layout is an eyesore for some users.
This website provides examples of:
- Censor Box: Used for the cover art of any title on the site that originally showed nipples - mostly hentai, though there are exceptions (such as the cover to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness).
- Color Motif: Both played straight and subverted. While MAL's default signature color theme is blue, users can change the color theme of their own list and, to a degree, on their profile.
- Four Point Scale: In full effect due to the aggregated scores. 80% of shows will fall between a 7 and an 8, and even shows that are universally agreed to be garbage will usually still have at least a 5. There are some exceptions for very, very bad anime, such as Mars of Destruction and Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven.