Important Documents
Background Information


A Google Docs version of this section can be viewed here.

What is it?

The "Background" section of any anime/manga contains encyclopedic information about the series, expanding upon the database entry's information.

What exactly can be put here?

Anything externally related to the anime/manga that may be interesting or informative about the series' development, relations, and/or legacy can be included in the Background Information. How this is achieved will be elaborated on in the following sections.

General Guidelines

While there is no specific way to approach writing background information, it is good to know that there are certain rules to keep in mind before adding any details. This will help maintain consistency between Background sections across all database entries.
  • Before writing, double-check if the information that will be considered for background information approval is already documented in the Background section and/or in the More Info section of the database entry. If it is in one of these locations, then avoid including the information.
  • Omit the template text ("This is optional. Either the Writer or Editor...") if the Background Information section will be filled out.
  • All information must be written in full sentences and adhere to the Style Guide.
  • Plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated; please do not copy/paste information.
  • A maximum of three paragraphs can be included in the section. The limit helps keep information concise and presentable to the reader.
  • A source must be provided; these websites are often utilized in background information research:
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      The official website of the anime/manga (if available)
Encyclopedic websites such as AnimeNewsNetwork (ANN) and English/Japanese Wikipedia are good places to start, but they should always be cross-referenced with reliable Japanese sources. Note: Try to avoid referencing websites that allow editing access to anybody—oftentimes, information written by various users is not sourced and can potentially be false. Fandom and AniDB are some examples.
For statements that disclose details relating to the production of the entry, they must be directly sourced back to the creators themselves. No exceptions! See the Resources section for more information.

Writing Background Information

Separate Comment
Existing Info
When the background information section is filled out, an asterisk (*) should be placed next to the synopsis link on the Synopsis Tracker. This makes it more convenient for the database moderators to be notified if the synopsis has background information as well as double-check if such information exists on future visits.
Add an asterisk after "link" in the Google Doc column of the Synopsis Tracker. In this example, the asterisk indicates that Non Non Biyori: Okinawa e Ikukoto ni Natta has background information while Yuru Camp Season 2 does not.
Sources should be placed in a Google Docs comment rather than within the content of the background information.
Depending on your role, highlight the appropriate position (or your username if a comment has already been made in these spots). Then click the dialog box next to Share and press the icon with a plus at the top right to create a new comment.
List any and all sources in this separate comment. Specifying what is obtained from the source is not required, but it may prove helpful for organizational purposes and when double-checking gathered information.
Including clarifications can help you keep track of information, especially when citing multiple sources.
If an entry already contains background information and you would like to add more to it, ensure that the existing content is incorporated. In addition, remark in the separate comment that you retrieved it from the current MAL entry. You can also simply edit the existing background info as well and insert the updated version in the document.
Tip: While it can be assumed that existing background information has been reviewed by database moderators, it is a good practice to verify the information yourself. If you find any errors with the content and/or formatting, note them and any changes you made to address the issues in the separate comment.
The first paragraph of the Noir background information was already present before writing; adjustments were made by the writer when they added new information.
The accompanying separate comment addressing the changes.

Editing Background Information

Whether it is the writer of the synopsis or any editors that author the background information, it is recommended that it be proofread and considered for edits in tandem with the main synopsis. If for any reason it is not, the reviewing coordinator will fulfill this part.
When the Background Information section is edited by someone other than the author, write your username to indicate changes have been made.
If any edits are done to the background information section, then changes should be made directly instead of using the Suggestions tool. It makes it easier for the database moderators to copy/paste the information straight into the database entry. Furthermore, briefly document what edits have been made to inform everyone in the editing process. This can be done as a separate comment or as a reply to the comment containing the sources (only if you are the author of the background information or the one who provided the sources).
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Edits were noted in the separate comment.

More Info Section

Be aware of the More Info section, which appears as the last tab if the database entry has one. This section is reserved for details that do not exactly qualify as background information but are still worth noting or are more technical in nature that it would not be appropriate to put in the Background section.
If the database entry has a More Info section, it will appear as the last tab.
In the Kimi no Na Wa More Info section, information about a preview screening is listed.
You will want to avoid repeating information that is already present in this section. If you find information that you want to include in the More Info section rather than the Background section, follow the same writing process as described earlier in this section and leave a Google Docs comment about it. However, you must also follow the Manga (Section V.11) and Anime (Section IV.14) database guidelines relating to the More Info section.
For additional questions, feel free to contact KTGita22.
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