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Posted 2/14/15 , edited 2/14/15
anime is a bit different than other media because it all comes down to ease of access. we usually stream anime for free so the consequences of watching a bad anime for free is less than paying for a bad video game or bad movie (admit it, you would be more skeptical of a show if you have to cough up 60+ bucks for a handful of episodes). meaning reviews that were initially made to help you pick shows that are worth spending large amounts of money on become somewhat irrelevant. Also, anime is much more of an open market for opinions where one can go to MAL and write a review based on one episode were with games you tent to put in a lot of hours into to get a full review and cinema that has somewhat of a hierarchy of who's reviews have the most influence.

In short, anime reviews are fine as they are. true there are some problems with letting anyone with a keyboard type what ever comes to mind and it would be nice if people who were considered more critical and could do a proper in depth review had a little move weight to there opinions but no one tries to take down a channel or site for a bad review right.... right?........ ..........

(One a side note at least it's not a degree in communication studies}
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I think what is really being angled at here is that submitting reviews and critiques on a professional basis (that is, as part of a professional occupation) ought to be the sole purview of experts. The problem is that in media critique and review a degree is extremely helpful (but unnecessary) in order to be an expert. What really matters is knowledge and experience, and school is but one way to accumulate these. Degrees are simply a certification that one has put in the work to gather the knowledge and experience necessary to be considered an expert in some field.

The reason we insist that people carry degrees in order to engage in work such as clinical practice, drug research, law practice, and so on is because there are dire social consequences associated with failing to do so. It's extremely dangerous and irresponsible to ask people to wander through an open marketplace searching for clinics run by medical experts in a sea of quack doctors, so we shut out of the market anyone who can't certify their expertise regardless of the fact that some people might hold the requisite knowledge and experience to be considered experts while being unable to provide said certification. There is no comparable hazard in allowing non-experts to participate in a marketplace of media reviews/critiques. It is not substantially burdensome or dangerous to expect the general public to sift through reviews and/or critiques of anime, music, literary works, and so on in order to find those crafted by experts, so I fail to see what constructive purpose even a mere social convention demanding that only experts contribute to the marketplace of professional reviewing and critique actually serves.
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As long as they can explain on why they think something is good or bad, then it's a review. It's going to be biased one way or another.
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So I just found a video on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPgr0QnjI0M&index=5&list=FLom9V54usC-LsH7ZpOdlNqA&ab_channel=LewiSenpai ) where someone said that you CAN'T and aren't ALLOWED to make a anime reviews unless you have a degree in literature and how to write reviews, claiming that people can't write good and valid reviews if they don't have a degree. Then he said that people who doesn't have a degree should call it a opinion instead of a review.

I personally think this is bullcrap since anyone should have the rights to make a review. Yes, some bad reviewers will make a hate/overprace a anime in a anime review.... But other online reviewers have learned how to use a critcle thinking from their years of reviewing.

So, what do you think?


What the person said is completely irrelevant because people write reviews ANYWAYS LOLOL
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But... if they aren't the only people allowed to write reviews, what other job can a literature major actually do?
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How many professional anime reviewers with PhD exist? Not many, I'm sure.
As long as your review is understandable and likable for your audience or readers, it's good.

Pfff, it's like saying you can't cook if you haven't studied to become chef. Anyone one can cook (Ratatouille inspired). Anyone can write a review; you just have to put effort and your affection for anime in it.

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This video is a big ball of stupidity. You need a degree to do a review? Are you kidding me? How do think degree's came into existence? Did God randomly drop a college on the planet and say let there be knowledge? No, of course not.

A degree is just a collection of knowledge for a specific subject or field based on successful practices used by our ancestors and educators that CREATED them. I have been to college and have a degree in Computer Science. I met a ton of people that have the same interests as me and because of this my interest in technology has flourished. The down side to this is; I met sooooooooo many people that had no idea what to do after they graduated and that included people ranging from Bachelors, Master, and PHD candidates. A degree is only what you make of it and only works if the person actually studies. I know people with degrees that have no idea what to do in their, "insert degree on wall here", because they cram studied instead of sitting down and reading the book. Yes, there is a difference!

1. Do you need a degree to do anything on this planet? The answer is and will always be NO!

2. Does college help prepare people to get started with what they might want to do with their lives? Yes.....with tons of student loan debt accruing interest on your dreams....so much fun to look forward to...

I'm sorry for my rant ahead of time, but his video irked me like a hurricane.
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Hey! I take my license to review very seriously. That's right, I'm a licensed reviewer. I went to Harvard, and got a Doctorate in Literary Reviewing. Then I spent two years in a reviewership residency. During which time, I took the State license exam for literary anime reviewer. No one else is as qualified as I am. So, don't go all half-cocked reviewing anything without knowing what you're doing. You could get fines and penalties if you practice reviewership without a license.

And now you know.
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Hey! I take my license to review very seriously. That's right, I'm a licensed reviewer. I went to Harvard, and got a Doctorate in Literary Reviewing. Then I spent two years in a reviewership residency. During which time, I took the State license exam for literary anime reviewer. No one else is as qualified as I am. So, don't go all half-cocked reviewing anything without knowing what you're doing. You could get fines and penalties if you practice reviewership without a license.

And now you know.


Well, a part of my education is video game writing and there was a part in my education where we discussed reviews. What I got out of that was that there are officially two types of reviews, one where you review a show based on what's it about and tell you if you may or may not like it. Then there's the "professional" reviews that are suppose to look at a work of art and then compare it to other similar works while telling you this is what it did good and this is what it didn't do good. The problem is that a "professional" review will in many cases spoil what a work of art is about meaning that it may not be a good thing to read for someone who is wondering if they should invest time in it.

Also, freedom of speech is a thing...
Posted 2/15/15
I forgot his name, but what the fat Asian(?) Youtuber that always says "OH THIS EPISODE WAS AWSOME LIKE TOTALLY COOOOL DUDE" while making weird hand movements does is definitely not reviewing. That would make anyone who says "my pants feels wet and warm" after a rollercoaster ride a reviewer.
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If you can create an Anime or Manga without a degree, why can't you review one without it?Also, having a college degree doesn't necessarily mean that you are smarter or more knowledgable on a subject.
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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:


DeadlyOats wrote:

Hey! I take my license to review very seriously. That's right, I'm a licensed reviewer. I went to Harvard, and got a Doctorate in Literary Reviewing. Then I spent two years in a reviewership residency. During which time, I took the State license exam for literary anime reviewer. No one else is as qualified as I am. So, don't go all half-cocked reviewing anything without knowing what you're doing. You could get fines and penalties if you practice reviewership without a license.

And now you know.


Well, a part of my education is video game writing and there was a part in my education where we discussed reviews. What I got out of that was that there are officially two types of reviews, one where you review a show based on what's it about and tell you if you may or may not like it. Then there's the "professional" reviews that are suppose to look at a work of art and then compare it to other similar works while telling you this is what it did good and this is what it didn't do good. The problem is that a "professional" review will in many cases spoil what a work of art is about meaning that it may not be a good thing to read for someone who is wondering if they should invest time in it.

Also, freedom of speech is a thing...


You know I was just joking around. Right? You didn't take what I said as fact. Right? Please tell me I didn't actually troll someone with that.
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I have to have a degree to write? Damn, let me go blow a few hundred thousand dollars on a degree that does literally nothing for me ever. kbai.
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Pretty much everyone can write a review, and by default, all reviews contain some kind of bias, since each person has their own preferences and perception as to whether they enjoyed a product or show or not. Ergo, all reviews are biased and often completely based on the perception of the reviewer themselves. You don't need a degree to write one. All you need is to be opinionated. Sure, if you're a literary major, perhaps your response to a product; a film, an anime or manga, a song, etc, may be more well composed than the average joe's and contain more shiny, fanciful language, but in the end, like them, you're probably biased and basing your review off your own perceptions.
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