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writing reviews on an on-going anime?
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have you written a review on an on-going anime, or do you save them for anime that's finished so that you can write a review based on the entire show?

I'd like to write more reviews but the thing is, I don't feel like binge-watching an anime to the very end just to write a review, and if it's on-going, it's even worse. I've been thinking about writing reviews about on-going anime, but idk, would that be fair? what do you think? and if you write reviews on on-going ones, how many episodes do you usually watch before writing it? or do you just watch until you feel like you know it well enough to write a decent review?
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I used to make reviews but only for anime that I've finished watching.

You can still do reviews of on-going anime, though. Others do it and make reviews of each episode. Like if they watch episode 1 today, they'd do a mini-review of episode 1 then next week, episode 2 and so forth.
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yumikikoharu wrote:

I used to make reviews but only for anime that I've finished watching.

You can still do reviews of on-going anime, though. Others do it and make reviews of each episode. Like if they watch episode 1 today, they'd do a mini-review of episode 1 then next week, episode 2 and so forth.


but wouldn't that end up with an awful lot of mini-reviews in the review-section of the anime?
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but wouldn't that end up with an awful lot of mini-reviews in the review-section of the anime?


Well, others do it on their blogs.
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mini_winter wrote:

have you written a review on an on-going anime, or do you save them for anime that's finished so that you can write a review based on the entire show?

I'd like to write more reviews but the thing is, I don't feel like binge-watching an anime to the very end just to write a review, and if it's on-going, it's even worse. I've been thinking about writing reviews about on-going anime, but idk, would that be fair? what do you think? and if you write reviews on on-going ones, how many episodes do you usually watch before writing it? or do you just watch until you feel like you know it well enough to write a decent review?


Here's someone who's done a pretty good job when it comes to reviews & such. He does more than just anime, but it would give you a good example for a realistic expectation of what you're talking & thinking about.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCgIqhB8oD5SZ0yUSp71VCOQ
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yumikikoharu wrote:


mini_winter wrote:

but wouldn't that end up with an awful lot of mini-reviews in the review-section of the anime?


Well, others do it on their blogs.


I see!
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mini_winter wrote:

have you written a review on an on-going anime, or do you save them for anime that's finished so that you can write a review based on the entire show?

I'd like to write more reviews but the thing is, I don't feel like binge-watching an anime to the very end just to write a review, and if it's on-going, it's even worse. I've been thinking about writing reviews about on-going anime, but idk, would that be fair? what do you think? and if you write reviews on on-going ones, how many episodes do you usually watch before writing it? or do you just watch until you feel like you know it well enough to write a decent review?


Here's someone who's done a pretty good job when it comes to reviews & such. He does more than just anime, but it would give you a good example for a realistic expectation of what you're talking & thinking about.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCgIqhB8oD5SZ0yUSp71VCOQ


Thanks, I'll go check it out!
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I feel that you need to at least wait until the season is over. Sometimes, the first episodes can be really good and then the overall quality drops significantly. A good example of this (in my opinion) is Sword Art Online. It is best to wait until the show is finished with at least the season. That way you can get a good idea of the quality of the show.

To clarify, I see reviews as a way to express your views about shows you like or dislike. There is no wrong choice. While I recommend waiting until at leas a season is over, it all comes down to which method you prefer. Maybe try both and choose the one that feels more natural.
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I feel that you need to at least wait until the season is over. Sometimes, the first episodes can be really good and then the overall quality drops significantly. A good example of this (in my opinion) is Sword Art Online. It is best to wait until the show is finished with at least the season. That way you can get a good idea of the quality of the show.

To clarify, I see reviews as a way to express your views about shows you like or dislike. There is no wrong choice. While I recommend waiting until at leas a season is over, it all comes down to which method you prefer. Maybe try both and choose the one that feels more natural.


Then you have to deal with people who disagree with your opinions, ranging from reasoned to "illogical frothing at the mouth".

For instance, *I THINK* that the second half of Season One of Sword Art Online improved on the first half. It moved from a 'global perspective' of everyone being trapped in the SAO World & learning to cope with their new reality, ending with Kirito & Asuna becoming a committed couple. Then, it moved to Kirito being free but Asuna still trapped, & Kirito having to overcome the nightmare he lived through in order to rescue Asuna again, while everyone around him is just playing the game as intended, all the while unknowingly & unintentionally mocking him.

It successfully transitioned from one circumstance to anorher, all the while maintaining & building on the groundwork laid by the premise of the first half. That's how you know you've written a good narrative; when you can easily move from one situation to another & not lose your momentum.
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SupahHamster wrote:

I feel that you need to at least wait until the season is over. Sometimes, the first episodes can be really good and then the overall quality drops significantly. A good example of this (in my opinion) is Sword Art Online. It is best to wait until the show is finished with at least the season. That way you can get a good idea of the quality of the show.

To clarify, I see reviews as a way to express your views about shows you like or dislike. There is no wrong choice. While I recommend waiting until at leas a season is over, it all comes down to which method you prefer. Maybe try both and choose the one that feels more natural.


Then you have to deal with people who disagree with your opinions, ranging from reasoned to "illogical frothing at the mouth".

For instance, *I THINK* that the second half of Season One of Sword Art Online improved on the first half. It moved from a 'global perspective' of everyone being trapped in the SAO World & learning to cope with their new reality, ending with Kirito & Asuna becoming a committed couple. Then, it moved to Kirito being free but Asuna still trapped, & Kirito having to overcome the nightmare he lived through in order to rescue Asuna again, while everyone around him is just playing the game as intended, all the while unknowingly & unintentionally mocking him.

It successfully transitioned from one circumstance to anorher, all the while maintaining & building on the groundwork laid by the premise of the first half. That's how you know you've written a good narrative; when you can easily move from one situation to another & not lose your momentum.


True, I never thought of that. If it is all right with you, I would prefer not to talk about that in this forum. This forum is for whether of not someone should write a review while a show is ongoing or not. I just thought of SAO as a good example in that situation. I admit that I didn't need to bring a specific show into this and create controversy. My point with that comment is that some shows might drop in quality as time goes on. Regardless of whether SAO did this or not, I was just trying to provide an example. You are entitled to your own opinion. While I personally don't like SAO, a good friend of mine does, and I don't hate him for that. If you like SAO then I see nothing wrong with that. Lets just agree to disagree on our opinions. I am sorry if I have offended you.
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I always wait until the end to write a review. Otherwise you might hate the 1st episode, and write a terrible review, only to end up loving the series
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I see people reviewing anime before it's even over. Stuff that's even original anime. It's pretty dumb, not recently though.

People who review early probably have a background of the source material and know what's going to happen.
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I wait till I've seen the entire series or I've dropped it entirely before I'll leave a review. In the latter case I'll include why I dropped it (and at what point).

If a show is complete garbage I'm not going to force myself through however many episodes just so I can leave a more thorough review on how utterly crap it is. I'll leave that to the people who are getting paid to write reviews.
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I have no issues with giving impressions of a series white it's ongoing, whether episode by episode or on what's happened so far. I do it myself all the time.

If you're actually going to do a review, however, you pretty much need to finish the series first.
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SupahHamster wrote:


CronoT wrote:


SupahHamster wrote:

I feel that you need to at least wait until the season is over. Sometimes, the first episodes can be really good and then the overall quality drops significantly. A good example of this (in my opinion) is Sword Art Online. It is best to wait until the show is finished with at least the season. That way you can get a good idea of the quality of the show.

To clarify, I see reviews as a way to express your views about shows you like or dislike. There is no wrong choice. While I recommend waiting until at leas a season is over, it all comes down to which method you prefer. Maybe try both and choose the one that feels more natural.


Then you have to deal with people who disagree with your opinions, ranging from reasoned to "illogical frothing at the mouth".

For instance, *I THINK* that the second half of Season One of Sword Art Online improved on the first half. It moved from a 'global perspective' of everyone being trapped in the SAO World & learning to cope with their new reality, ending with Kirito & Asuna becoming a committed couple. Then, it moved to Kirito being free but Asuna still trapped, & Kirito having to overcome the nightmare he lived through in order to rescue Asuna again, while everyone around him is just playing the game as intended, all the while unknowingly & unintentionally mocking him.

It successfully transitioned from one circumstance to anorher, all the while maintaining & building on the groundwork laid by the premise of the first half. That's how you know you've written a good narrative; when you can easily move from one situation to another & not lose your momentum.


True, I never thought of that. If it is all right with you, I would prefer not to talk about that in this forum. This forum is for whether of not someone should write a review while a show is ongoing or not. I just thought of SAO as a good example in that situation. I admit that I didn't need to bring a specific show into this and create controversy. My point with that comment is that some shows might drop in quality as time goes on. Regardless of whether SAO did this or not, I was just trying to provide an example. You are entitled to your own opinion. While I personally don't like SAO, a good friend of mine does, and I don't hate him for that. If you like SAO then I see nothing wrong with that. Lets just agree to disagree on our opinions. I am sorry if I have offended you.


Nope, no offense taken. If anything, I'd need to ask for your forgiveness. I wanted to point out another facet he may not have considered, & you just happened to provide the perfect excuse, ie, an unwitting guinea pig. Also, I get a little tired of people hating on Sword Art Online just because it's the trendy thing to do.
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