MyAnimeList has been down in the past, just like any other website that reaches millions of people.
But since July 13th its been down more noticeably than the past.
July15th is when MyAnimeList decided to optimize site speed, which ended up breaking the website.
We apologize for the recent errors encountered when trying to access the website. This is an unexpected result of changes made for faster loading times and will require a bit more tuning before it is stable. Thank you for your patience.
Full details: https://t.co/XH9XaIKdcg
— MyAnimeList (@myanimelist) July 13, 2020
I’m not sure how a site boost has managed to cause this much trouble, but it’s probably related to their Cloudfront CDN to some extent.
They shared another update on July 15th 2020.
As part of our tech team’s continuing review of our system, we will need to go offline for a short 1.5hr window to improve performance related to our login system. This will happen in 48 hours from this Tweet. We apologize for any inconvenience. https://t.co/DZKRqIkNU7 pic.twitter.com/oHKRvSxsPc
— MyAnimeList (@myanimelist) July 15, 2020
1.5 hours was the expected time for the site to be down. But as some anime fans know, this hasn’t reflected everyone’s experience.
Ever since the 15h of July this problem has been on and off, with it getting worse on July 19th 2020.
As shown by the Tweets
i appreciate the notice! however i have to say that i become irritable when there’s frequent downtime for “improvement” of the site, when i find the functionality to be satisfactory but not the database. there’s so much anime not on MAL, not to mention
— kuro-chan (@cursed_kona) July 19, 2020
I’m having the same issue man.
— 『Ritzy』 ⚔Dust: AET🎪ARC V🚀8th MS TEAM🌟CRESTORIA (@digisoulwings) July 19, 2020
I love MAL, been there 7+ years now, appreciate all your hard work, but since the maintainance errors and stuff has only been worse 🤦🏼♀️
— Merel (メレル) (@AsianDarts) July 19, 2020
Just like I pointed out, speed optimization isn’t expected to cause these types of issues. Especially when the intention is to improve.
A lot of people are of course being dramatic and talking about using other services, but understandably this has been going on for almost 7 days in some way shape or form.
This is the error that shows up right now at 21:50 UK time.
Whether this problem will fix by time Monday comes around (July 20th) or it continues for another week is anyone’s guess.
MAL (MyAnimeList) hasn’t said or gave an update about anything since July 15th.
Website checkup services still show the site is down for everyone worldwide.