Saturday, 26 April 2014

Obtaining Chinese Cartoons

How do I XDCC/Torrent?

Which torrent client should I use?

Any version of uTorrent past 2.2.1 is essentially botnet loaded with ads and malware. If that's your cup of tea, go ahead and use it, otherwise just stick with 2.2.1. I should probably mention that the more recent versions of uTorrent are blacklested from BakaBT's tracker, so you're out of luck in that regard.

If you don't like uTorrent 2.2.1, qBitTorrent is a good alternative. I use it personally, but some people have complaints about barely being able to use anything else that requires internet connection when it's running. I can see where they're coming from, but it has my favourite RSS reader, and with a bit of tweaking, it runs fine.

Where do I download anime?

You can find torrents (and usually DDL links as well) for most airing series on the respective fansubbers' blogs, but pretty much all of them have their torrents hosted on Nyaa; go there if you don't know how to use Google. If there isn't a group subbing a series, it's most likely simulcasted and you'll probably be able to find a shitty 8-bit encode on Horriblesubs. They also use Nyaa's tracker. Most DDLs should also be available on AnimeTake.

Older and completed series are usually available on BakaBT, as long as they're unlicensed. If they're not on BakaBT, AnimeBytes is also a good place to look, but it requires an invite or an accepted application. No, I'm not giving out any invites. If you don't have access to AnimeBytes but you're still really desperate, check out TokyoToshokan, but don't expect healthy torrents.

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