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I usually approach the MAL scores like this:

If it scores above an 8, there is a very high chance that I will like the series overall. It doesn't necessarily mean that I also will give it an 8 or higher, but it'll likely still get at least a 6 (fine) from me. Between a 7.5 and an 8, there is a decent chance that I will like the series. Below 7.5, there's a good chance that it'll only be good or fine in my eyes, and I don't usually place them high on my priority list. I have given series with MAL scores lower than 7.5 at least an 8 before (Angelic Layer and Bodacious Space Pirates come to mind.).

I have noticed that some sequels have higher scores than their prequels, even though I thought that the original was clearly better. I'm wondering if this is because many of those who gave the original low scores probably didn't bother watching the sequel. Makes sense - why watch the sequel to an anime you didn't like?

I will say, I'm not a fan of the label MAL has for scores of 5, which they label as "average". I prefer the term that is used for written reviews on there, which is "mediocre". For me, 5 is "not good, but not bad; just 'meh'." To me, to say that a show is "average" is to say it represents the middle ground. Of course, I don't normally watch shows, like heavily ecchi anime, that I know I will not like. However, since the label just under 5 is 4 ("bad"), that definition would suggest that about half of the anime out there is good, while the other half is bad. I think it's possible to still think a show is fine while acknowledging that it is "below average". Now I will say, I have yet give an anime a score of 3 or less. It's difficult for me to imagine how bad an anime must be to get that, and I don't usually rate anime I don't finish.

In the end, I don't have a problem with the scores since it usually helps me to figure out whether I'll like a given anime or not. I think the number of people who give all shows they like 9's and 10's balances with those who are trolls or give such harsh ratings as if to suggest that they might not like anime, and the score represents the collective opinion of those who have seen the anime.
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chrome_mist wrote:


suikojay wrote:

Haha, yeah, the characters were too overly eccentric for me, that when serious stuff happened, I couldn't take it seriously, lol. And I tried. I struggled thru the first 11 eps before I threw in the towel. I'm sure it gets better the longer the series goes, but if the characters still act as goofy as I suspect they probably do, I already know I won't be able to take the drama seriously, lol.



You've seen only 11 episodes and haven't really been introduced to anything serious at all.
Gintama is very good with the serious parts as well.

When do they get serious though? And Is that even possible, lol? Believe me, I was pretty bored just getting thru 11 eps, I thought they were even worse than the 1st 19 eps of Reborn! But the only thing that got me thru Reborn! was because everyone was saying just get to ep 20... and they were right (very much so in fact)... but I still have my doubts about Gintama, but I'd be willing to give it another go, if some of the more serious parts start to take place pretty soon, but I don't want to have to wait till ep 50 or so...
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Way to hold a grudge, haha. Good fun.

If you must know I have never put in a rating on MAL from 1937-present or written a review.
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suikojay wrote:

When do they get serious though? And Is that even possible, lol? Believe me, I was pretty bored just getting thru 11 eps, I thought they were even worse than the 1st 19 eps of Reborn! But the only thing that got me thru Reborn! was because everyone was saying just get to ep 20... and they were right... but I still have my doubts about Gintama, but I'd be willing to give it another go, if some of the more serious parts start to take place pretty soon, but I don't want to have to wait till ep 50 or so...



Gintama's first 7-10 episodes are like Reborn's first 19.
They are introductory episodes for the characters (this show has a LOT of 'em)

It'sis a shounen-gag manga so it will be more focused on the comedy part.
But if you can't wait that long then I don't think this one is for you.
You should though. It's totally worth it.
It gets better with the comedy as it goes on as you will
be getting to know the characters more and more.

They parody anime too. Death Note, One Piece and Naruto
are ones that come to mind. It's really fun.
There's a reason why its 3 parts are in the top 10.
It could have been rated bad, but it wasn't. It's good!


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ALL SCORED BETTER THAN:

DAT LOGIC
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GoldTStar wrote:

ALL SCORED BETTER THAN:





Rosario + Vampire anime sucked.
It didn't do the manga justice!
Plus, ecchi animus don't really get great reception
from MAL most anime fans.

Sad to hear the manga's ending though.
I'll have to read the sequel soon!


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Rosario + Vampire anime sucked.
It didn't do the manga justice!
Plus, ecchi animus don't really get great reception
from MAL most anime fans.

Sad to hear the manga's ending though.
I'll have to read the sequel soon!




I for one can accept that the anime wouldn't be received well that's not what im upset about.
Look at those other harems that were scored damn near 7.8 in relation to Rosario's 7.3...
I think they should all be scored that poorly if anything...
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"is this a zombie?!" was pretty good imo
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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Is at the bottom of my harem list.


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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is pathetic but apparently its rated one of the best action harems.
Nice one MAL!
Also, Sword Art Online>
Soul Eater
Kuroshitsuji
Dragon Ball
Elfen Lied
Ao no Exorcist
Nauto/Shippuden
Bleach
...Bravo MAL Bravo
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I just use MAL to keep track of my stuff and score it on my own scale. I don't really care about their overall rankings considering the scores are already out of whack when people give things 10s and 1s when the anime isn't done yet.

IMO no review should be done unless the whole thing is watched and completed (an exception would be if its a long running ongoing series).
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I don't trust the score on MAL one bit... however i did really like nisemonogatari.
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Posted 8/6/13

FameMonster wrote:

HA.
MAL ratings are such a joke, when Free! was announced butthurt kids on there were giving it a 1 and 'dropping' it before it even aired.
Hilarious.

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*facepalm* Seriously? Honestly, I didn't care if it's shirtless guys swimming, but their close minded reaction gave me a headache. Happens in every thread that refers to niche anime.

Regarding MAL scores, many ppl in there look at them as "facts for everyone to supposedly agree" rather than personal opinion. The majority of MAL users only care for stupid things like what's popular (or mainstream) or genres despite acting all "objective" and let those silly things determine the scores. I know everyone has different tastes, but good god.
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GoldTStar wrote:

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is pathetic but apparently its rated one of the best action harems.
Nice one MAL!
Also, Sword Art Online>
Soul Eater
Kuroshitsuji
Dragon Ball
Elfen Lied
Ao no Exorcist
Nauto/Shippuden
Bleach
...Bravo MAL Bravo


scores from MAL is part of a community, and not that of random sampling, so of course shows are going to be overrated and underrated. It is not at all a means to prove whether an anime is good or not or if it's better than one another, it is more-so based on how many people have similar tastes.


Rito2Ru wrote:

the scores are already out of whack when people give things 10s and 1s when the anime isn't done yet.



lol
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Rito2Ru wrote:

the scores are already out of whack when people give things 10s and 1s when the anime isn't done yet.

Sadly, that gets done here on CR too, lol. Just look at Watamote, it scored an overall rating of a 4.7 out of 5 with 41 votes. They really need to disable the ability to vote until a series is done.
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