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Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about manga, anime & other topics.

General ​

Why does X site have so many ads?

Use an Adblocker. Ads keep the websites running, but sometimes the ad ruin the experience or even link malware. If you want ad-free experience you can do take these steps.

Android ​

Install Firefox and add uBlock Origin. This should be more than enough. If you want system-wide support, try Adguard or NextDNS. You can watch this video, if you need guidance.

PC ​

Install uBlock Origin in your browser and you're done! If you want system-wide solution, you can use NextDNS but it won't be as effective as uBlock Origin. You can also use FastForward or to bypass redirects.

iOS ​

NextDNS should cover everything for system-wide ads & trackers. You can also try AhaDNS.

Do I need to use VPN while direct downloading?

The necessity of using a VPN depends on the method of downloading. For direct downloads, a VPN is typically unnecessary.

Why's the download so slow?

Use a download manager. Some websites impose file transfer limits for a single thread, thereby restricting download speeds. Download managers overcome this limitation by leveraging multiple threads for downloading, resulting in faster download speeds. We have listed the recommended ones for pc and android.

What does X term mean?

We have explained meanings of a lot a weeb related terms in our glossary section.

Can I track my anime/manga progress on websites?

Yes. Try MAL-Sync. It has support for MyAnimeList, AniList, Kitsu, Simkl & Shikimori.

Why are some of the torrents red and some green on

Green ​

Uploaded by trusted uploader. Also it's not a re-encoded version of the original file.

Red ​

For anime, it indicates a re-encoded video. For manga, it indicates that an edit of someone else's release, usually for the purposes of joining spread pages. Sometimes it's indicated with "ED" tag.

What is PT, IRC & Usenet?

PT / Private Tracker ​

Torrent trackers that don't allow you to freely make an account, but require you to get an invitation from an existing member or pass an interview. Some PTs also have specific periods where they allow for open signups.


IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a really old messaging protocol. It uses client and server connection to communicate. You can use various bot to download files in high speed. Follow our guide to get started.

Usenet ​

Usenet is a subscription-based service. Though really old, it's still very reliable. Its system consists of a few elements:

  • .nzb: The file you need in order to download your wanted file, similar to .torrent files. In usenet, files are hosted in multiple parts. These parts are stored as different articles, each having its own message ID. .nzb contains all the message IDs, so that the provider can locate the parts.
  • Indexers: The search engines of usenet, either paid or free (with limits). One such free indexer for anime is Anime Tosho, mirroring Nyaa uploads upto 16GB.
  • Providers: The hosts of all the content, all of them are paid.
What is seedbox & debrid service?

Seedbox ​

A seedbox is a remote service that can download (leech) & upload (seed) from p2p networks. Since it's always online, it keeps the torrents alive, thus helping you keep a high ratio in PTs. Examples:, RapidSeedbox & Pulsed Media.

Debrid ​

Like a seedbox, it's also a remote service. It can download from p2p and various host sites (e.g. MEGA, RapidGator). One of the big differences is that they (generally) don't seed p2p files and keep the downloaded files cached on their servers, meaning you can download currently dead torrents that have already been cached in the past. Examples: Real-Debrid & AllDebrid.

Torrent ​

What does X term mean?

Check out our torrent glossary, you should find all important terms there.

What torrent client should I use?
Can I stream torrent files?

You can stream torrent files (by downloading the files sequentially).

Android ​

Kuukiyomi & Himitsu can stream torrents from various sources including For that, install the Torrentio extension. You can customize good amount of things in extension settings.

PC ​

There are a few listed in software page. Miru is the most feature-rich one. You can also qBittorrent, TorrServer & WebTorrent. You can read the info tab below the software list for How-to.

Do I need VPN while torrenting?

The distribution (here seeding / uploading) of pirated content is illegal. In peer-to-peer (P2P) connections such as torrenting, it exposes your IP to everyone connected. So, it's advisable to use a VPN which will mask your IP. But if your country / ISP doesn't care about pirating stuff, you can skip VPN. To know whether your country / ISP cares about it, ask in your local forum.

What VPN should I use? Free or Paid?

It has various variables. The free VPNs are very limited such as untrusted owner, data cap, very few servers or very slow speed. Also, it's not like, all the paid VPNs are great. The ownership of the VPN company, the transparency or how they handle government bodies matter a lot.

Free VPNs ​

Go through Techlore's VPNs comparison for more details

Never use Cracked / Modded VPN

You should never use cracked or modded VPN cause all of your traffic will go through that VPN. So using a compromised VPN is extremely risky.

Manga ​

Where can I get the highest quality manga releases?, /co/ & Madokami. Manga image quality depends on the source and how it's been ripped, with volume release usually being better than CaaS release. If you want to download officially translated manga, Nyaa is always the best source, though some of the rippers upload upscaled SD rips.

We have listed the most trusted rippers in the Nyaa section. Madokami mainly mirrors the nyaa releases.

What's the best website to read manga?

Personal preference. Good online manga reading sites generally reupload nyaa releases (when it's available replacing/alongside the fantranslated one), but with added compression (e.g. Comick, Mangasee, MangaFire, Batoto, Mangapark) & watermark on (almost) every page (mangafire ). On the other hand, generic ones only keep the fan-translated ones. You can read a short description about the sites here.

When will the new volume of "X" get ripped?

Rippers upload what they like, without following any specific schedule (even in the case of chapter uploaders). Generally speaking there's a good chance, but no guarantee, of seeing an upload after a new volume is officially released. A series can also be uploaded by multiple rippers (with no or very little differences due to image processing or the source of the file).

What's the best reader for manga?

Android ​

Perfect viewer. Why? Because it has better scaling algorithm than others (including tachiyomi / mihon and kotatsu). But you wont get the luxury of directly reading from online sources in Perfect viewer. So, you have to balance between the sources.

PC ​

There are a few options. CDisplayEx, YACReader, MComix. You should give them a try and see which ones works the best for you. There is also OpenComic which is really good for long strip comic.

What's the best extension for mihon / tachiyomi?

Like websites, it's also personal preference. But to us, Madokami (in terms of quality) & Comick (in terms of flexibility). There are also mangadex, batoto & others.

Why are the manga pages filled with squares / artifacts?

Moiré. It generally happens during image downscaling. You can read about it in more detail here.

Where can I download manga in bulk?

You can use multiple sources., Madokami or any other direct download websites like Comick or mangadex.

PC ​

Android ​

  • For, you can use libretorrent, Flud or 1DM. To browse, a browser is enough but there is also Nyanpasu which is pretty nice.
  • For DDL sites, tachiyomi / mihon is more than enough.
Where can I download manga in PDF?

Use CBZ / CBR / ZIP for manga. PDF can create issues in spread and other scenarios. If you really wanna read manga in PDF, use Free Manga Downloader 2 to download as PDF (you have to select PDF format in settings) or ACBR to convert CBZ into pdf.

How to compress cbz / cbr easily?

You can use the cbz/cbr file converter to compress your comic files. It utilizes ImageMagick 7.1.0 to convert the images. By default, it will use .webp and -quality 75 as output parameters. You can configure these settings in the options menu.

How do I setup my own manga server?

Use Komga. Read their docs to understand the setup process. You can join their discord server for further support.

Anime ​

Where can I get the highest quality anime releases?

The quality of the anime file depends on the source as well as how it's been ripped and encoded. In general blu-ray release contains the best quality with reanimated, uncensored or extra scenes. Nyaa, IRC and some DDL websites don't compress the uploaded file.

On the other hand, aggregators like Aniwave, KickAssAnime & HiAnime re-encode them further. They sacrifice some of the quality in favor of smaller file sizes, thereby maintaining a smoother user experience on their sites.

SeaDex & Sneedex rank their picks of the best quality rips for a variety of shows.

Which player should I use?

PC ​

mpv kinda covers everything for pc. We have listed everything you need for mpv in the tools page.

Android ​

For android, there is also mpv-android but the UI is too limited. You can use Aniyomi's local option to watch anime. The UI is optimized with a good amount of options.

Music ​

What's the best source for anime songs / OST?
  • Nyaa generally has a good amount of them. They upload both Digital-Rip & CD-Rip.
  • Sitting on Clouds, SquidBoard & Sukidesu OST upload ripped music from hi-res sources.
  • Anime songs are uploaded on legal music streaming services. You can rip from these services using YAMS, & DoubleDouble, which can rip multiple hi-res sources.
  • You can also check out Nicotine+, a Soulseek client. People share their downloaded/own rips here. It uses P2P to transfer files, so a VPN is recommended.
  • You can find more sources here. If you want more ripping tools, you can check out more ripping tools in others section.
What player should I use for music?

Personal preference.

Android ​

There are FOSS player Oto Music, Musicolet Music Player & Retro Music Player. There is also Poweramp which is paid but it's really good.

PC ​

You can try Foobar2000, Musicbee or AIMP. Foobar2000, out of the box, has very outdated UI out of the box. You can sideload skins to make it more cool looking. Example: Georgia-ReBORN, Eole etc.

Can I track my music like anime or manga?

Yes. It's not anime songs centric but a general music tracker.

What should I use to convert my music files?

Most of the PC music player can convert music files to your desired formats. For example Foobar2000 & Musicbee. For Foobar200, you have to install encoder pack.

Read our transcoding audio guide to learn the basics.