How to Use the Anime News Network API

Are you an anime enthusiast looking for an easy way to access information about your favorite anime shows? Look no further than the Anime News Network API! This public API provides access to detailed information about anime shows and related media, including synopsis, production information, and more.

Getting Started

To get started using the Anime News Network API, you will need to first sign up for an API key. This can be done by visiting the API website and clicking on the “Request an API Key” button. Once you have obtained your API key, you can begin making calls to the API.

The API uses both GET and POST requests and returns data in XML format. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will focus on GET requests.

Making API Calls

To make an API call, you will need to construct a URL that includes your API key and the parameters for the type of information you are requesting. Here are some examples of common API calls:

  • Search for anime by title:
  • Get information about a specific anime using its ID:
  • Get a list of all anime genres:
  • Get a list of all anime themes:

Example Code in JavaScript

Here is an example of how to make an API call to search for anime by title using JavaScript:

const apiKey = "your_api_key_here";
const animeTitle = "cowboy bebop";

const apiEndpoint = `${encodeURIComponent(animeTitle)}&api_key=${apiKey}`;

  .then(response => response.text())
  .then(xmlString => {
    const parser = new DOMParser();
    const xmlDoc = parser.parseFromString(xmlString, "text/xml");
  .catch(error => console.error(error));

This code uses the fetch method to make the API call and returns the response as an XML document. You can then parse the XML document to extract the information you need.


Using the Anime News Network API can be a fun and easy way to access information about anime shows and related media. With a little bit of JavaScript and some creative thinking, you can create your own anime-related projects and tools. Happy coding!