Anorak Review

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2022

Anorak Review
Rating4 Stars
FeaturesAnime Usenet Software
Python 2
Not Updated
Basic Listings

Anorak is made for Anime lovers. The application is a Python 2 build, very barebones and was designed by the builder, GrandfatherTetrapod, for his own use. It’s gotten some good feedback around the web and the features seem well thought out. It’s not provided with a lot of features that will make it easy to understand for those unfamiliar with the USENET system, but those who have experience and who want something that takes care of automatically downloading their favorite Anime shows with minimal effort on their part will want to take a look.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Based on their github page, no updates has been done on Anorak since 2014

What It Does

Anorak is streamlined but what it doesn’t offer by way of a fancy interface it makes up for in its capabilities. To use the application, the user enters the series that they’re interested in and the release group where it’s found. You can put the files anywhere you want from inside the application, allowing you to keep things organized when they get loaded onto your hard drive.

The application will also allow you to select a quality preference for your downloads, which should help those who either want to save on bandwidth or, conversely, who want to download the highest possible quality whenever they get a release.

Highlighted Features

  • automatically retrieves new episode nzb files
  • sends NZBs directly to SABnzbd and categorizes them properly
  • available for any platform, uses simple HTTP interface
  • can notify Plex when new episodes are downloaded
  • can move episodes to a folder specified using SABnzbd post-processing script included
  • can specify a quality to download
  • pick your favorite release group for subs
  • allows easy override of search terms in case release name is different than the aniDB official name
Anorak Screenshot

Anorak screenshot of a basic listing for a series by GrandpaTetrapod

Running the App

The developer is currently running Anorak out of a terminal window, though some users have tried to integrate it with other applications. The developer hasn’t done this himself yet, so that is still to come.

The developer made this specifically for Anime, so it’s definitely going to appeal to that market more than any others. It takes information from AniDB to fill out the episode information in the files after they’re downloaded.

Users should anticipate that there could be bumps when using the application. Because some Anime titles are in Korean or Chinese rather than in Japanese, there may be some search issues that have to be worked out.

Overall, this application does have a lot to offer if you’re interested in keeping up with your favorite Anime releases. Be aware, however, that it’s made specifically for that use, so it’s not likely to be particularly useful if you’re not interested in Anime. With more people checking it out and the developer seeming very willing to engage with users to help them figure out issues, this has all the makings of a very good, and very specialized, application. The barebones nature should appeal to those who enjoy doing a bit of coding themselves, or who just want something exceptionally streamlined.

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