Waifu the Popcorn Time for Anime Shows launches

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 6, 2015
Updated • Jan 6, 2015
Music and Video

Waifu is a cross-platform movie streamer that you can use to watch the latest Anime shows. It works similar to Popcorn Time, a streaming application for movies and TV shows in that it uses torrent technology to deliver the goods.

Note: Use of the program may or may not be illegal in the country you are residing in.

Even though use of Popcorn Time may be illegal in some countries, it demonstrated how a well constructed media streaming application could look like.

It made it convenient to browse the catalog and stream any of the offerings.

Waifu offers a similar experience but limited to Anime Shows. It is a cross-platform application that is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

On Windows, it is a portable program that you can start right after you have unpacked the data to the local hard drive.

The program interface displays a sidebar menbu on the left, a search at the top, and thumbnails of shows and movies found in the content area.

The left sidebar lists featured shows, new episodes and a link to display all of them. If you select all, you get additional filters at the top.

There you can filter by genre for example to only display shows filed in the selected category.

A click on a title displays information about it in an overlay. This includes the season and episode, a user rating, play-time, description, information about the cast and director.

The play option is listed on the page as well. You can change the language and resolution depending on the show. Some shows may only be available in a single language and resolutions while others may offer options.

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Another option that is provided on the page is to switch to the previous or the next episode of the show, or go to the show directly.

If you select the latter, a list of all seasons and episodes is displayed on the screen that you can click on.

As far as contents go, you find popular anime shows listed in the program but not all of them. Popular shows such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto or DragonBall Z are not available.

The program lacks any controls or options however which means that you cannot control upload or download rate and other torrent related settings that you may want to have control over. This may be a deal-breaker for some users.

The application had a couple of loading issues when I tried it on a Windows system. Results would show up blank at times, and a search would not refresh the list of shows at all if no results were found but would keep the previous screen displayed.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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