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How tough of a critic are you?
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Posted 1/7/13
I only critique objectively, which is all that matters in a critic to me.

I get irritated when people critique like, ''didn't like animation style''. That's a subjective and trivial fault. Not worth mentioning because everyone will have a different view on it. What people need to do when writing a review and rating is to concentrate on the faults that detract from the story from an objective standpoint. Those are the reviews I give any regard to.

If I absolutely love an anime, doesn't mean I'm going to buy the DVDs/BDs/merchandise. That shouldn't even be a factor for discussion.
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I'm very critical of any stories I watch/read.

I do not like cheesiness (which is often found in romance and shounen animes), or shallow characters (who say cheesy things or has no personality flaws).

I like animes that make me reflect on deep philosophy... such as Death Note.
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Not very tough, I'd say a 4 at the most, if going by a scale of 1-10 that is.


GayAsianBoy wrote:

I'm very critical of any stories I watch/read.

I do not like cheesiness (which is often found in romance and shounen animes), or shallow characters (who say cheesy things or has no personality flaws).

I like animes that make me reflect on deep philosophy... such as Death Note.


Cheesiness can be refreshing if done right, same with shallow characters. Though, that all depends on how you define those terms. About deep philosophy and psychology, I also like those types of shows. With Death Note, in a regard I found the characters to be both stupid and smart, in their own ways.
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Some general observations on reviews:
>There's a nearly foolproof method of determining if an anime is good or bad. First, go to MyAnimeList and look up the anime in question. If the two highest-rated reviews are a 10 and 9, it's good. If the two highest-rated reviews are a 9 and an 8, it's bad.

>Speaking of MAL, I was browsing the reviews for Madoka Magica on there one time. I'm not sure why...I think my rage meter was low and I needed to read hate-filled reviews written by stupid people to fill it back up. But as I was browsing, I noticed something about the numbers. Obviously there were a ton of 10's and 9's and a good number of 8's, and of course the very rare 1 from those poor saps who only watched the first episode. But 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's and such were not to be found. The lowest score from people who had actually watched the show was a 6. Well, I thought smugly, this just goes to show how amazing Madoka Magica is. Even brain-dead hellspawn can't hate it, they can only be indifferent toward it. But then it hit me. These people are actually so mentally damaged they can't conceive of a score lower than 6. In their mind, it's 10 is great, 9 is good, 8 is okay, 7 is bad, 6 is scum. And that's it.

Speaking of stupid people, I personally am a pretty harsh critic. Of the 80 series, movies, and OVAs I have completed and given a rating on MAL, the mean score is 6.5. I have used every single rating from 10 to 1. Madoka Magica is my only 10 (despite being my second-favorite anime) and Kite is my only 1.

Mind you, that's only the stuff I finished. See, I don't follow the Three Episode Rule. Half the time, I don't follow the One Episode Rule. My list of dropped titles isn't comprehensive - it's the list of things I'd watched too many episodes to forget about.

tl;dr If you're not going to use half the rating scale, what's it there for?
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I'm not personally a reviewer, but I tend to be rather lenient in my criticisms of most anime series. I tend to give out a lot of 4's out of 5 unless something is particularly above or below average.

However, in my experience, the best reviewers are not the ones who "objectively" determine the quality of an anime, but rather those who determine whether or not the viewer will enjoy it. Everyone has different tastes, so to me it seems a tad short sighted for a reviewer to objectively state whether an anime is "good" or "bad". Now, there are some things that can objectively be reviewed (like originality, art quality, music, character development, etc), but even the "worst" anime with all poor marks in objective categories will still be loved by someone out there.

Just my two cents. I think it would save some reviewers quite a bit of flack if they reviewed with target audiences in mind, rather than objectively comparing an anime to other series, genre hallmarks, or personal favorites. There's nothing wrong with being objective - but humans aren't objective creatures lol.

EDIT: I think Arkada from Glass Reflection used to do something like this near the end of his reviews, but now I think that he's gone with a more objective system.
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Not tough at all. I don't see the point. If I like an anime, I like it, if I don't, I don't. Same goes for whether I dislike or like it a lot.

I seriously feel sorry for people who go all out just to pick out little things they dislike in the anime that they watch just to criticize and rate them. I mean that's no fun. I just chill out and watch to have a good time. If it's not good I turn it off. If it's good I leave it on. It's as simple as that. If I think it has the potential to be good but isn't yet.....ehhhh usually I leave it on for another couple episodes.

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tehstud wrote:

I only critique objectively, which is all that matters in a critic to me.

I get irritated when people critique like, ''didn't like animation style''. That's a subjective and trivial fault. Not worth mentioning because everyone will have a different view on it. What people need to do when writing a review and rating is to concentrate on the faults that detract from the story from an objective standpoint. Those are the reviews I give any regard to.

If I absolutely love an anime, doesn't mean I'm going to buy the DVDs/BDs/merchandise. That shouldn't even be a factor for discussion.


I agree with your statement regarding anime "style". There are many different animes I love that I'm not usually drawn to because of the animation style; like xxxholics (yet I love the anime). What I'm referring to is animation quality and animation on a level of artistic expression.

My best example I suppose would be "Sword of the Stranger". The story itself isn't groundbreaking, it's not amazing and it doesn't give you any new sensations because it is a rather straight forward and rehashed story. However, the artistry of the animation itself is a huge draw for anime lovers. The action scenes themselves are clearly drawn frame by frame with the up most pride in their work and love for their craft. The fluid beautiful animation style is what I'm referring to. However an anime decides to express itself it always comes back to subjectivity. Because a world renowned bad anime could be loved by a handful of people and their perspective isn't any less valid than your own.

BUT... there are ways in the expression in an animated manner to showcase revolutionary ideas, great cinematography and other aspects of art. Trigun is a good example of a great anime with subpar animation. Does the animation style always hinder the anime? No. But can it? Yes. But in those rare moments the artistic expression of anime itself can showcase itself beyond normalcy and validate it's position as art.

Anime style itself isn't always make or break for anime lovers but it factors in to the experience as a whole and the experience of entertainment.

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Posted 1/8/13
Im not that rough on being a critic, I enjoy what I watch and if not I simply Drop it.
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38 / M / Where the heart is
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I don't mind critics being critical about things that are worth the effort ie art and music and the likes. I do mind critics berating something to no end about something more people like than not. Fine, have an opinion about it mention what you didn't like (briefly) then suggest what it needed to improve upon and at least mention something you liked about it. Because you dislike something doesn't mean it has to be a hate piece.
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For me If it's something that I like I'm naturally willing to overlook things I consider minor faults generally, and focus on positive aspects in my view.
If I don't like something I stop watching it before ever really giving it enough time to give it a fair critique from an objective standpoint anyway.

With those two factors which I think probably isn't uncommon it's only natural for non-professional reviews to be more heavily polarized. The people generally reviewing an anime for fun either do it because they liked or loved the anime, or they downright hated it, generally viewers who just thought "Meh" aren't going to bother.
The only exception is probably people who review something just because they thought it was overrated, then the "meh" people will take time to post on something they think is getting too much credit.
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Most people think I just give 5/5 for all animes.

I'm actually a pretty tough reviewer, heck, I nearly gave up on From the new world, now I'm giving it an 8/10.

People seem to believe all anime are weird attempts of art, while having stories that go nowhere and that all dubs are terrible translations.

I however believe it depends on the type of animation used for certain scenes aka, naruto shippuden has bad animation during the Pein fight, because the characters features are disproportionate and blur too much to call art. However, this animation is wonderful for large scale screenshots and very fast movement.

Another example is Tokyo fish attack, that was not my cup of tea, yet it had good animation. Ultimately it was a 3/10 because despite good scares and twists, I felt they didn't explain the story well or that certain elements where explained.

However, it is regardless what rank our reviews are, simply cos it is down to the individual to watch and choose whether or not they enjoy or hate the program.
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24 / M / The heart of Linc...
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The best thing though is sometimes to re-watch, I find it changes your mind and something you had doubts on, can become something you love/like.
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Like = 5 stars

It's alllriight = 4 stars

I don't give a middle score O_O

It's bad = 2 stars

Why did crunchyroll even put this on here = 1 star
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I'm not a though critic.
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I'm not a tough critic, and I'm pretty easily entertained. If I enjoyed the show for the most part it gets a 7 out of 10. 8 would be the point where I would recommend the show to someone. 6 would be my turning point where a show starts getting badish I suppose. I don't write reviews though, so yeah.
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