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Post Reply Reviewing a show before it's done?
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Posted 5/2/14
Doing a complete review of a series before it has finished is not trustworthy, no matter how renown the reviewer is.
Now, doing a first impressions statement is perfectly acceptable, though I'm on the neutral end as to whether to encourage it or not...Just keep your first impressions in mind, and then use it for your review. First impressions are definitely not enough to completely define a series as "good" or "bad."

Basing off the anime review from reading the manga and/or light novel is mildly acceptable, but should not be emphasized. There are only a few things that should be taken from these reference sources; themes, story, etc. You can't just say "Oh, the anime made no reference to what happened at this time," or "the novel started off like this, unlike the anime" because animations, manga, and light novels are all different forms of art and should be treated as such. As long as it's giving you the experience the creator intends to portray, subtle differences between different types of works should not be criticized


I'm gonna be completely honest; I never read anime reviews lol. I don't ever feel the need to, and most people can't write a review without spoiling some of it because they can't explain their point without using concrete examples. This also makes criticism all too predictable, boring to read, and gives no food for the brain.

Also, this is all based off of experience in judging music, but I feel that the principles--more or less--stay the same.
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Review counts don't match rating/vote count. How is someone doing this? You have to write a review to rate a show, so why are the counts different?



(Never mind the strangeness of people giving a rating to an entire show after only one episode has aired...)
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I read reviews here for most anime I consider watching. A lot of the reviewers will say directly "this review is based on the first episode" or the first 3 episodes or something like that. And a lot of them will say that they will update the review after watching more. Reading reviews that start out reviewing only the beginning and then get updated after finishing the series is very insightful and helpful. Those reviews are my favorite. I think that as long as the reviewer is being clear about how much they're basing the review on, it's fine. I don't actually have time to watch all the simulcasts so reading some early reviews helps me to narrow down which ones I want to pick up now versus which ones I may get around to later.

For example, I watched the first two episodes of Cross Ange and really didn't think it was a show for me so I stopped watching it. Then I read some reviews after more episodes were out that made me want to pick it up again and now I can't wait for new episodes.

Early reviews are very useful if they're done right.
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