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How tough of a critic are you?
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Posted 7/21/12
I'm not a critic at all. I have a MAL, but I don't give any ratings and just use the list to keep track of what I've seen/want to see. Anime is entertainment to me, so I don't really see the need to assign numerical values on my feelings toward a show. On sites like CR, I give shows I really love 5 stars, but I just don't bother rating shows that I didn't care for. (I think a lot of people here do the same thing - only give great ratings to their favorites - the reason that the ratings here are so inflated...)

When I'm actually watching the shows, I do tend to get critical sometimes. I'd rather not to do that, though, because if I'm immersed enough in the storyline and characters, I should be so amazed that I wouldn't have enough time to nitpick the flaws of the show. Hard to find a show like that, though.
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Posted 12/6/12
Let us bump this thread, since this thread is decent.

Out of the 1200(short 2) animes I've finished, I've never written one critique about anime not once.
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Posted 12/6/12 , edited 12/6/12
I also have a problem with Crunchyroll user ratings. It's like people think that anything less than a 5 means different degrees of hate. When in reality a 1-5 rating is no different than letter grades in school.

If an anime is of average quality I think people need to start to muster up the courage to throw out some 3's every once in a while...If you think that watching something like Demon King Daimao or H20: Footprints in the Sand were life changing events for you, then I think you need some new anime recommendations. Just using those two as examples of mediocre anime on Crunchyroll that receive ludicrously high praise.

To be honest I have to go off site any time I want a real review of an anime that I'm not sure about. I'd only ever trust the CR user ratings if I was planning to watch every single series on the site :P


Anyways I want to try to be as honest as I can in anime that I review here. So far my reviews have been pretty positive as I've focused on anime that I think are good, but I have a back log of more negative reviews I plan to do for some others. I think it's kind of annoying when my critical reviews get voted down though (and fans will do that no matter what), so that's sort of keeping me from going full force on reviewing.
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Posted 12/6/12
There's an obvious hierarchy in my head, but I don't really "review" anime. I'll read reviews, but I don't really care what they rated the show, as my interests probably differ. But when someone reviews a show, they usually have a grasp of the good and bad points, and the show's overall feel. From there, I can usually tell whether I might like it. As far as how I critique in my head, I really kind of don't. There's no real criteria in my head, so it just comes down to analyzing what I liked and what I didn't like -- from there, I can give my impressions. If I'm recommending a show, I'll ask what kind of things the person enjoys, and find a show that fits the given criteria. I can't really say something like, I loved this show, so you will too -- it doesn't really matter if it's a "5-star show" in my mind.
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Posted 12/6/12
Not really that tough of critic. If I don't like something, I simply move on to another show. In my mind it doesn't necessarily mean the show was bad and I should tell people they shouldn't watch it. It just means it wasn't my kind of thing. But, usually if I write a review it's because I loved it so much I want to tell others who might be interested to check it out.
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Posted 12/6/12
Yeah, I have a system for rating shows, but I don't feel like I'm overly harsh when I rate shows. I rate shows only for myself. While I can remember shows reasonably well, it's more difficult to remember just how good or bad it was.
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Posted 12/6/12
I am harsh on shows that don't live up to my expectations. I nitpick them unnecessarily.

shows that I Love I rate very high, shows that I don't like I tend to drop but I don't continue to critique them after that.

So my ratings are pretty much:

Great! Loved it, bought the BDs and manga/novels
Liked it, watched it through to the end but didn't buy stuff after
Dropped it
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Posted 12/6/12 , edited 12/6/12

hpulley wrote:
So my ratings are pretty much:

Great! Loved it, bought the BDs and manga/novels
Liked it, watched it through to the end but didn't buy stuff after
Dropped it


The true test of quality for an anime -- how much do you want to buy things after you're done watching it?
Posted 12/6/12 , edited 12/6/12
Just because people enjoy more shows than you and may enjoy the shows more than you doesn't mean that they're not a tough critic or have no taste, it just means they're more open and have a wider range of taste. There are a lot of factors that can be involved in what you enjoy watching, from your background, your personality, etc.

I've not dropped a series I started yet, though I have put a couple on hold until I can muster the strength to finish them, but my only problems with a show is if it's boring or not or if what the show is trying to accomplish it's not doing a good job of it.

I won't deny that shows can have their flaws, and some are pretty noticeable, but if it still keeps me entertained then I can't really complain.

I do, however, never back my recommendations that I do make since I have a very wide range in taste.




theYchromosome wrote:


hpulley wrote:
So my ratings are pretty much:

Great! Loved it, bought the BDs and manga/novels
Liked it, watched it through to the end but didn't buy stuff after
Dropped it


The true test of quality for an anime -- how much do you want to buy things after you're done watching it?




To be quite frank, buying merchandise has nothing to do with the quality of the anime as far as I'm concerned. Buying the DVDs of the anime itself, however, says a bit more. That said, some anime make a point to sell merchandise while others do not. Are you going to say that the ones that make the point to sell merchandise and do sell lots of it are high quality?

You can watch it and buy the merchandise, but what's better? The show or the merchandise? Which is really more memorable? The show or the merchandise? And I'm aiming this at shows like Beyblade and the like.

See my point?
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Posted 12/6/12 , edited 12/6/12
When I spend ¥3000-8000/disc on imported (no subs) BDs I do so because I want to be able to see and hear it in the highest quality, and I want to be able to do that forever, not just until CrunchyRoll loses its license. And I love getting the soundtracks, extra postcards and booklets and so on.

I will buy the original manga and novels first as the entire series of books usually costs less than one BD!

So perhaps I have four ratings:

Absolutely loved it, want to watch it over and over forever, bought the BD and books.
Loved it, want to read the original works, buy books.
Liked it, watched it until the end.
Dropped it.

I don't like skipping episodes but I may need to start as some good series have 13 great episodes in a row and then throw me a turkey, three strikes in a row and that usually makes me drop it but sometimes I still care enough about the story and characters that I at least want to watch the last episode but I feel bad doing that.
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Posted 12/6/12
When it comes to Anime I'm some what harsh due to the volume of anime viewed over a 25 year period. I no longer have the patience to sit through more than 3 episodes of a series before I make my decision whether or not to continue. In many examples I never got farther than 5 minutes in before I knew that it was garbage. In life, in general I try to be fair. Being too critical just makes you no fun, and eventually you'll be alone. Now I can be a real pain in the ass when I want, but I try to be open minded when meeting new people, or experiencing new things.
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I'll admit that my statement sort of implies that better series sell more stuff, which is definitely not the case. However, I will also say that when I finish a series that I really like, my first inclination is to try to ensure that it will almost always be available to me. i.e., I look for the DVD, or if possible, blu-ray. When describing how much I liked Death Note to my brother, my description was something like, "It was pretty good, and I've thought about buying it a couple of times, but I wouldn't really mind if I never saw it again."

I think there's an extent to which liking something makes you want to have more of that something. I'm not really into merchandise, but I imagine it's the same for people who collect merchandise, and I think a series that sells a lot of merchandise is very likely a series that is enjoyed by a wide audience. Although, I'm also not willing to say that a popular show is a better show. I don't really collect merchandise, so I'm not entirely informed on what drives people who do, but I do feel as though they might want stuff from series that they like. You're right that some shows make it a point to sell merchandise, while others do not. However, notice that my statement was "how much you want to buy things" not "how many things are sold." I imagine that if someone likes collecting things, they'd want merchandise from their favorite series, even if it's not available or too expensive for them. Taken that way, it doesn't really matter whether a series is heavily merchandised, they'll still want merchandise for it. Even with DVD's, I know that I really want Fate/Zero and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, but I can't afford the former, and the latter isn't available in English. It doesn't matter whether or not it's available to me, I still want it. So I'd guess merchandise is similar, but like I said, I'm not really into merchandise, so maybe I'm misunderstanding something, and it's entirely possible I'm wrong about it.

One thing that I'm fairly convinced of, though, is that an inclination to want to own a series (DVD, BD, novel, etc.) speaks directly to your perception of a series's quality, which I think you might agree with given your post. So with that said, I think I'll stick with "how much do you want to have the series after you're done watching it?" Does that work, or did I miss your point?
Posted 1/7/13
Even though I'm no professional, I do generally think myself a Spoony or Nostalgia Critic to anime......

Mostly on stuff I don't like, though. I mean, it's a little hard to poke fun at stuff you like, right?
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Posted 1/7/13
I'm a pretty tough critic. And by tough I mean, I take into every aspect of the anime -
Story being the most important to me.
Artistic style being something very high on my concerns.
Music
Pacing
etc, etc

For me to rate something a 5, I'd have to feel it is an anime that most anime lovers would enjoy because it crosses the genre barrier into just plain good storytelling. It would have to be near perfect in my eyes. Have a great story, art style, music, pacing, action (or whatever genre it is focusing on, ie drama, adventure.) etc.

Very few of my favorite animes I rate as 5. Ergo Proxy is one of my all time favorites and I still only rate it a 4 because I don't feel the anime itself will be enjoyed by the majority of people. The only anime I can think of that I've ever considered near perfect (manga accuracy aside) was FMA. Steins Gate was about a 5 for me. But other than that I'm pretty strict with my critique.

at the same time I don't have a huge desire to share my opinion on animes that don't warrant a 3 or higher just because I'd rather give positive feedback or criticism than just blast on an anime because I hated it.

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Posted 1/7/13 , edited 1/7/13
My level of critiquing is non-existent
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