Any conservative reviewer?
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Is there a conservative reviewer that I could "follow"? The problem that I have with figuring out what anime to watch is that the reviews tend to be biased which is evidenced by the ridiculously high ratings. I am of the mindset that a "good" anime is like 3.5 stars. With such a disportionate degree of 5-star ratings, it is hard to pick the good from the excellent from the great! Don't get me wrong, I love "good" animes and am certainly not an elitist inasmuch that I need to always watch the best. I just would like to read more realistic reviews. There are anime sites I have stumbled upon that is far more conservative. Some 5-star animes here receiving as low as 2-stars! I just hate cross-checking and trying to figure out the truth...
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The very nature of a review is that it's biased. It's a viewers opinion. My advice is to find a reviewer(s) that has the same tastes as you. Good Luck!
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I've learned to not use Crunchyroll for reviews. I've been led astray too many times.

All this nonsense of "OMG 5/5 THIS ANIME CHANGED MY LIFE" for what turned out to be mediocre anime (at best) has made me have to use other sites to get proper reviews on titles that I am potentially interested in watching.

I was going to get into reviewing at one point, but ended up only having the motivation to review titles that I liked, so I look just as bad as any other biased user So I've given that up.
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I don't rely on others for reviews. I watch the first couple episodes of genre's I know I like (most of the time) then decide from there if I'll watch or drop. As the Spring season comes around in the next two weeks or so, I'll be window shopping for the next set of series to watch.

However, I do pay attention when I go onto anime discussion threads like the ones here on CR and see if the normal feeling for a show is good or not. I may watch an episode to find out if it's as bad as they say, and sometimes it is. Take Arcana Familia for example. The discussion thread says it's not good and I tend to agree. It is one of the few series I've ever dropped.
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Posted 3/23/13
All anime is excellent.
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Reviews are biased, reviews are just meant to let you know what to expect out of an anime. If you want ratings of an anime i suggest going on ANN.
Posted 3/23/13 , edited 3/23/13
The best thing to do is make up your own mind on how you feel about whatever it is you are watching. Personal opinion is all that matters.

It's nice to see what others think and feel, but that does not mean you're going to feel the same way all the time.
Posted 3/23/13 , edited 3/23/13

lordseth23 wrote:

All anime is excellent.


Obviously you have not seen Eiken.

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The problem your facing is the problem with anime reviews in general. If I had to review GJ-bu I'd give it a 1/5 it's complete garbage on quite a few levels to me. Funny thing is there will be people that rate it 5 because it fits all their needs in a show.

Most reviews tend to be completely subjective and you will in fact rarely find an "objective" review. The only place that I can typically find fairly balanced reviews is from ANN featured reviewers. Some of them do have certain preferences but they are good to point out that they are a fan of this genre, while still being able point out flaws in the show. For the most part these are things that can be stated with relative objectivity, like poor pacing or ugly or distracting art choices things of that nature.
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Posted 3/23/13

magicuser360 wrote:

Obviously you have not seen Eiken.



What is wrong with it?
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What I tend to do is when an anime catches my attention, read the first paragrapth of two of the wiki for a basic synopsis and then if it sounds like somthing i could like watch a few episodes.

Thats probably why on MAL I have quite a few dropped series after only a couple of episodes. As people say with reveiwers they are tainted with personal bias, or in the case of corprite ones, being told to give things a good review. For example take Call of duty, not anime but how many people honistly beleve that it's worth it 90% or so reveiws it gets in magazines?

Then their are others like myself, I'm not mentoning them to say anything like 'my reveiws are awesome, read them' but to illustarate that I only review series that I finish, so most everything I've reviewed on CR has gotten a 3 or 4 star rating, 3 being reasonable 4 being good.

Of course my method has left me with a very long backlog of things to check out when I actualy get around to it. So that is worth bearing in mind.

But as tommythe cat said, it's a plus when reveiwers are clear if that somthing is a genre they like or dislike as you can gauge weather it's beign marked up or down as a result.
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I'm sorry this is a personal thread please use the Anime help thread next time. Locked.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-10664/the-animemanga-help-thread

Also, please see the site and forum rules:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-406095/crunchyroll-site-forum-rules
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