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Just wondering what everyone thinks about reviewing an anime that is still being simulcasted.

For example, reviews that are based on factors such as "Having just watched the first episode" or "I read the manga and/or light novel and...", could be considered, by some, not doing the series justice.

So, what do you think? Can a first impression be enough? Or do you prefer or trust reviews only once a show has finished its current broadcast? For that matter, does rating a show before its over skew the ratings in your opinion?

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I think first impressions are important and serve their own purpose but for a review, you should watch the whole thing...
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I am one of the "give it 3 episodes before judging" guys. Now I will say if you only give it 3 episodes, and didn't like it, just leave it at that you judged it, for your own tastes. To actually review a series you should watch the full thing, only giving 1-3 episodes and dropping it cause it had something you disliked is not a good enough reason in my book to completely bash and berate a series and tell others how they are wrong for watching a series they disliked.

If after watching a series completely and you still disliked it, then go ahead and review it as just that, it would be a more honest review than watching 1 episode and reviewing it as crap.
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I find first impressions important, but I think it's dumb to review a series before it's at least half finished. Anything before that doesn't really have the ability to touch on most important aspects. That's my opinion though. Personally, I rarely review shows that aren't complete, seasons being an exception.
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for an actual review, i think the series should have been at least mostly watched, if not all watched. But if it's "mostly" watched you might as well finish the series lol. It's really not fair to review a series if you've only seen the first few episodes.
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I am one of the "give it 3 episodes before judging" guys. Now I will say if you only give it 3 episodes, and didn't like it, just leave it at that you judged it, for your own tastes. To actually review a series you should watch the full thing, only giving 1-3 episodes and dropping it cause it had something you disliked is not a good enough reason in my book to completely bash and berate a series and tell others how they are wrong for watching a series they disliked.

If after watching a series completely and you still disliked it, then go ahead and review it as just that, it would be a more honest review than watching 1 episode and reviewing it as crap.


I like the logic you used here. When I come across a series that I just can't make it very far into I just walk away from it. I think it can be hard for people to separate personal taste and preference from the merit a series deserves. I think I would rather not review a show I couldn't get into than blast it.
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I think first reactions can be good, especially if a series is just starting. But for a actual review, you have to watch all of it, otherwise you can't form a complete opinion about the show.
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sundin13 wrote:

I think first impressions are important and serve their own purpose but for a review, you should watch the whole thing...


I agree with this except for very long term running shows like Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, HxH, etc where no one really knows exactly when the show will end. I think a review for very long term series after 100+ or episodes have aired is acceptable.

Personally, I find 1-2 episode reviews to be completely worthless since it's nearly impossible to evaluate a show regardless of the genre or content or whatever source material it came from.
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I wait until the show is over to give it a full review. That said I am more than happy to do first impressions as well. It is very interesting to see how a show changes from my first impressions to when I finish it.
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Reviewing a series before it's done shouldn't be permitted. I know that here a review is like a comment (something trivial), but there are so many persons who read reviews before watching an anime, and the review for having watched 1 or 3 episodes (for me it's the same) won't help those people. Personally, I write reviews after watching the whole series or at least a season.
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First impressions are fine so long as they are identified as such. And they are a type of review, but people expect a real review to be of the series as a whole. It's too bad that sites don't split reviews into these categories. That might be a helpful feature to compare first impressions with final reviews.
Posted 5/2/14
First impressions and reviews are totally different as the show can veer widely away from it's original few episodes. I hate it when users here on Crunchyroll write reviews for a show after the first episode. That is not a review, it's a first impression. I almost wish that CR would block writing reviews until the show hits a certain number of episodes and open up a new "First Impressions" section for each show.
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When reviewing a series especially if it's given it a score it should be of the series as a whole as a part of those who look at the review will look just at the points and judge the series based on that. First impressions are okay as long as it doesn't give the series a score as there is people who use the average score to judge if the series is worth watching i.e. MAL.
As for those who judge the series after reading/playing the original source those should note that in the end or beginning of the review as the review might be judged harshly due to it not living up to the original source.
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deadpanditto wrote:

First impressions are fine so long as they are identified as such. And they are a type of review, but people expect a real review to be of the series as a whole. It's too bad that sites don't split reviews into these categories. That might be a helpful feature to compare first impressions with final reviews.


YES!!! This was sort of what I was thinking when I posed the question. It would be great if CR could somehow let us review anime at the episode level, rather than limiting reviews to the series as a whole.
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I don't see any point in it, reviews shouldn't be allowed until the show is over IMO. I literally have seen reviews on here praising shows as the best anime they've ever seen giving 5 stars while it's 2 episodes in. I've also seen the opposite where people trash the show in a review while only having seen just as many episodes.

For me it's kind of annoying, when I want to find a new anime to watch I want to be able to read some well written, somewhat objective reviews. Even the well meaning first impression type reviews require ratings that affect the show's overall ratings, I personally like to watch most shows once they're done airing so I'm not concerned with someone's first impressions.

I know there are well written and honest reviews, and maybe I'm lazy but I want to be able to use the ratings as somewhat of a guide as to what to watch next. But I can't really do that because I find myself wondering whether or not a show is deserving of the high/low rating it has. So I end up going by the titles and cover art mostly to pick something then look for well written reviews before I give the show a try.
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