I’m about to start reviewing / discussing anime and manga that I’ve completed, dropped and (in the case of the manga) am still reading. This could be quite a controversial thing to do because my rating and reviewing system is completely different from what everyone else is doing. I’ve decided to talk about why people should rate and review in the same way that I do as well as the differences that I’m doing that you shouldn’t do.
How you should rate your anime
The first problem that I have is when a number seven becomes the average, the average has, and always will be a 5. If something is “alright” it’s a five and not a seven. A five for me is something that I enjoyed but saw lots of flaws in, or just things that I disliked, a good example was mangirl which is a short anime series about some girls making manga. I binge watched it all in a day and enjoyed it! Yet it was short and boring in places, the characters weren’t interesting but the comedy was. Due to these flaws I couldn’t give it any more than a 5.
A five shouldn’t quantify a bad score, it’s still alright, better than the other 50% of anime. The average MAL score is 6.88 which is far too high in my opinion, and I’ll get into this right after I finish talking about rating things a ten out of ten.
You should never believe that something needs to be perfect to receive a ten out of ten, the quality of each one should go like this: the top ten percent of anime gets a ten out of ten, the next ten bellow that gets a 9 out of ten and so on. In my opinion this is a good way to do it just because it helps you know how many favourites you should have. Since I’ve completed 155 anime I should have 10% of these as a 10 out of ten.
This doesn’t really work out though, even for me, I have very few ten out of tens. This isn’t because I give them away too easily but because we all want to keep our select few favourites. This is when a different system (which is probably better) gets introduced.
This new system focusses on saying that the majority of anime are average, slightly less are above average and below and it just goes on and on creating a pyramid in the centre. If you struggle with math then here’s a simple way to do it. For a start copy this table.
|Rating||Multiplier||Number Of Shows of that rating|
The left row shows each rating that’s possible and the row on the right shows the multiplier. To work out the multiplier add the numbers together (its 35 if you don’t know) and then take the total number of shows which you have given ratings too and divide it by that number. E.g I’ve completed 155 anime (at this time of writing) so I’d do 155 / 35 and then times the number that I obtained (4.4) by the multiplier to create the next table.
|Rating||Multiplier||Number Of Shows of that rating|
As this will pretty much always be slightly higher than the shows that you’ve completed (and this pattern will be more noticeable for the more shows that you’ve given ratings to) it allows you to put more or less shows in each category that is specified. This is only a rough guideline, not a standard that you should be following.
This will allow you ratings to actually have meaning and be relevant, making your shows consistent. There’s no correct way to rate however these methods will allow your ratings to actually mean something more than just your whim at the time.
As well as this don’t rate off of the set rules of visuals, story, animation, sound, characters and e.c.t it should just be enjoyment. If there’s a show that you absolutely hate but it looks good then it should still be a one out of ten. Implying that something needs to look good to be good is simply wrong. It implies that an old show that looks outdated can’t get a ten, it’s completely wrong. Read my “bad animation does not matter” post for more on this.
What I do differently that you shouldn’t do
(I can now look back at this post from the perspective of this post being a month old and still unreleased (my posts are two months in advance so far) and I can say that I accidentally go into a fiery passionate rant about anime blogging which I don’t have the heart to delete as it’s somewhat valid. If you get offended by criticism and your an anime blogger then I wouldn’t recommend reading farther. I don’t name drop anyone but it might apply to someone you know/read or yourself without me meaning to make you feel bad about about it. Just be warned)
This is only for reviewing; you probably shouldn’t use a random number generator to review unless you want to. The only way to do this is by postponing the anime’s that you currently don’t want to talk about. I have many different series’ for random reviewing and I can pick any of them for my post, since I’ll always be talking about an anime that I’m at least a bit passionate about theirs a good chance that I will get something that I like or want to talk about.
Anyway now that I’ve explained how you can / should be reviewing anime or manga I’ll leave it up to you to take or leave this advice. I’d personally prefer blog posts that took at least parts of this into account and I’d personally prefer for people to do nothing but long reviews instead of writing stupid single episode summaries that benefit nobody. JUST TALK ABOUT THE ENTIRE SHOW AFTER IT’S OVER! The first impression and comments are the most boring things that you could ever write about because it’s only relevant until the next episode comes out. It’s completely pointless and baseless as it’s the least important thing you can be discussing. Take the time to break down the episodes instead of giving general summaries and statements like “this part was good”, anything else is something that I really don’t care about.
In the future nobody will ever be talking about first impressions of episode 20 of some show that we already know is pretty good or that you liked. Focus on things that have more substance and actual content. I see no real value in reviewing a single episode the day after it uploads and still not a lot of value in reviewing unless you aren’t massively vague like everyone else is.
I personally see the most value in creating interesting / analytical points that actually mean something. That’s what I aim to achieve and do through a high proportion of my blog posts (even if my spelling and grammar isn’t the best).
If you’re concerned that I’m not reading your blog then this is a probable reason; you can write about anything you like but don’t expect me to pay attention if I dislike the type of posts that you’re writing.
I’m not going to shout anybody out however just know that the reason why I don’t read many anime posts on this website is that they don’t often conform to my interest. You don’t have to follow this standard for writing / blogging but you do if you want me to pay attention to you. Fairly recently I found a new blogger called Doctors180 who made a brilliant post analysing the themes of two different shows, that’s the kind of thing I want to see on the anime tag instead of single episode reviews, it’s so annoying to filter through all this garbage every time I feel like reading something.
Anyway my rant is now over, sorry if you were offended by this, don’t take it personally if you were offended, I’m not criticising you as a person (whoever you are, I have no idea if these single episode guys can even read) but I just dislike what you choose to write about.
This is something that I’m prepared to discuss and I never intended to go into this here, just take away my points about rating things. I’ll be able to produce a stronger argument in a future post where I intend to make this the entire topic of it.
Not all of my posts are golden angles though so I’m not saying that I’m perfect. I do however have a great Berserk series that I’m really proud and happy with launching this Saturday – That is the kind of content that I want to be seeing. I schedule all of my post’s in advance and so far I’ve written 17 of them (and not all of them are golden angles).