Public BitTorrent Trackers
- Rutracker (Russian, use Google Translate)
- AnimeTosho - Scrapes other public trackers, useful for getting information, mediainfo or subtitles and attachments from a torrent.
The main source for finding torrents is Nyaa, you already have a general idea about the codecs, quality and release groups from the quality guide. These 3 things are what we'll use to quickly find the best release for any anime. Nyaa search is simple and limited, but it's enough for finding anything, given that the uploader correctly tags the release.
First, change the All Categories option to
Anime - English Translated. It can be set to just
Anime to include english, raws and other languages. The two useful search operators are
AND is already implicit in every search. For example -
"Attack on Titan"|"Shingeki no Kyojin" will return results that match either
- is useful when you want to exclude something. When I try to search for an anime titled just
Monster, the results are flooded by Pocket Monsters episodes. This can be solved by changing the search to
When searching for a dubbed version of an anime, be sure to add the term
Once you have the search results, they are sorted by date (newest) by default. Sorting by seeds or completed downloads might help in finding the best release.
For a complete example, let's take KonoSuba, the long title is complicated enough to make searching hard. Suppose I want to watch this on a TV, and a compatibility check reveals that I can't play x264 10-bit (hi10p) . For the video, I want to avoid hi10p and prefer hevc/x265 10-bit for potentially smaller sizes. And I want the superior video from a bluray, with fansubs, instead of a web release. For some reason, I also desire flac. So my search becomes
Konosuba BD 1080 hevc flac -hi10
Most releases are tagged both hevc and x265, explicitly mentioning only 265 like
Konosuba BD 265 flac will also give you some results where the uploader forgot to tag hevc. If I don't want flac, it'll be
Konosuba BD hevc -flac or
Konosuba BD hevc opus. There's still a problem in this search, we used
konosuba instead of the full name and some results are missing. Changing it to
Kono BD hevc flac matches everything. Now we can sort the results and immediately see one by kawaiika-raws. Aware of the fact that they usually have the best video and often pick good fansubs, you can safely download it.
This was just to provide a better idea of the process, most actual searches are easy and rarely need anything beyond
Anime name BD or
Anime name hevc for smaller sizes.