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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
Has anyone else noticed a trend of users reviewing animes after only watching a few episodes?

Is it just me? I check up from time to time to see what others are saying about my favorite animes, and I've noticed a lot more top reviews from people who throw up a review after watching one, to perhaps 4-5 episodes max.

It may be anecdotal.. and I may have just struck out on a wrong sample of animes, but in the ones I checked, it was pretty consistent.

I'd like some other eyes and thoughts on the matter

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To steer this thread towards something possibly actionable, perhaps take the time to consider & submit your suggestions for:

What should be done, if anything, to help Crunchyroll's reviewing platform be more helpful?

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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
It shows up on all sorts of reviews. You aww plenty of Netflix reviews that claim to only watch one episode, and sometimes only part of the first episode! Game reviews are similar. as are nppl reviews. IFinding a review from someone who has watched a whole series is rare no matter where you look, and it sucks.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
Reviews aren't a good gauge of if a show is actually gonna be enjoyable in my experience. I've found quite a few gems that got bad reviews from a lot of people.

Also seeming simulcasts come out 1 episode at a time on here so people are gonna judge right away and give their reviews off the top so they can be the most read and rated review and appear at the top of the list. Its nice when they go back and update their top reviews as they finish or atleast progress through the series tho.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
Some anime have slower starts and don’t really pick up momentum until they are several episodes in, which is why I think early reviews on the series as a whole are kind of worthless to go by.

Now if you are only doing an episode-by-episode review, or a first impressions type of review, then that’s a different story altogether. But Crunchy doesn’t really have that feature so I find it kind of pointless to review an anime here unless you’ve watched all of it.

I honestly don’t pay much mind to reviews anyway unless they are overwhelmingly bad, tbh.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
Really depends on why someone is writing a review after only a couple of episodes. I don't see a problem with people giving an early impression or reasons why they dropped a show. So long as they're clear about what point they're reviewing and why, not every review has to be a comprehensive overview.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
This is pretty much why I consider reviews on CR to be completely useless, and it's very silly considering that CR itself actually has built in the ability to track your progress in watching a series. There is no reason why they couldn't limit the submission of reviews to registered users who have watched, for example, at least half of a series before allowing them to submit a review. Sure you could still game the system but it would at least ween out some of the silliness.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
I really only read reviews to gauge what exactly angered me about this show after watching said show, or to look at it in another light. Another reason is simply to read what the series is about if the synopsis is insufficient, or if the show appears to be one of those shows that appears to be for kids, but has graphic violence or adult elements. (I.E. School Live, Made in Abyss, etc.) Mainly dependent on my mood for violence or for maturity reasons.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17

YayForKittens wrote:

Some anime have slower starts and don’t really pick up momentum until they are several episodes in, which is why I think early reviews on the series as a whole are kind of worthless to go by.
I think the Steins;Gate anime was a prime example of this. IIRC when it first started airing on CR it was getting horrible reviews from many viewers, so I skipped it at the time. Flash forward like 2 years later and all of a sudden I start hearing that its some kind of masterpiece and finally go back and view it and loved it.

Point is I started ignoring most early reviews here.

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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
I don't have a problem with "early" reviewers. Most such reviewers make it clear in their review that it is an impression based on a single or few episodes, and for newer shows the date of a review also gives an indication if the review is based on an early or first impression.

I'm not sure why people expect or particularly want more from a system that's clearly intended to be for casual reviews from fans--an "everyone can be a reviewer" approach. There are other sources for more rigorous or in-depth reviews, and I don't feel that Crunchyroll even pretends to be or aspires to be one of those sources.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
A review for a show after watching a few episodes is weird to me. But just saying why you will or will not continue to watch an anime is fine
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
That's why I never read reviews. I you want to know how it is, you gotta watch it yourself.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
As long as the reviewer makes clear just how much they watched before reviewing I think there isn't a problem, though I do think anyone who wants to do a review should make the effort to watch a minimum of 3 episodes. But I do believe that a review should be well argued, especially if the reviewer decided to quit on the anime, explaining exactly what was at fault and what worked in their opinion. That way a reader can understand what the reviewer's taste and opinions are and if they share them.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
I like to read early reviews to see what people say about shows I’m borderline on and haven’t started yet. The good part is you can usually tell the flamey ones and disregard them.

Some people write ones that objectively help and I appreciate that. Just gotta filter through the fan boy or hater ones. The ability to up/down vote can help indicate what’s useful too.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
Hey, I appreciate all these responses. It helps.

I want to steer the conversation more towards the 'why people leave reviews only after viewing a couple episodes' rather than, 'I don't go by reviews to determine an anime's worthiness"

I have not stated that I use reviews as a barometer for whether or not I would view an anime.

I have stated that I check in on the reviews of some of my favorite animes - as in, ones I already have watched and love.

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Cobaltseas, very good point that a less-than-comprehensive review has value if it illustrates a drop in the series prematurely.

Personally, I think it's disrespectful at worst and 'listen to me' at best.

I view it as someone coming to a restaurant, trying the first course of a multi-course meal, writing up a review about the whole thing, and leaving.

Is it not like that?
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
For me, it's more an issue of the "Early Reviews" getting exactly the same weight as any other reviews. Early reviews do have their place (though I personally don't really even count them as reviews at all) but if CR is going to allow early reviews then they should be weighted less than full reviews.

It's not only someone tasting a couple of bites of a full course menu (or just looking at the menu) and then reviewing the whole meal, it's that persons review counting for the same as someone who has eaten the full meal and maybe even written books on fine dining.

If I'm looking here for early reviews on a series I'll check the forums not the reviews page.
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