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Click here to see the website: http://themanime.org/

I was first exposed to THEM Anime on Attack of the Show on G4, back before the entire channel was pulled off the air alongside the show. When I went to that website, I read a negative 2/5 star review of Dragon Ball Z.

But now that I'm older and streaming a lot of anime, I'm coming to realize that THEM Anime is actually unreliable. Even if the reviews were backed up by facts, they were still opinions, and that I was and continue to this day to be free to disagree with them.

What about you? Is THEMAnime.org reliable to you, as well?
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Posted 7/21/17
They're reviews not scientific articles.
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I am well disposed towards it, without a doubt, but aside from the aesthetics it lacks any spark or fizzle to allow me to really recommend it


Their grammar is about the level of their web design: needs work.

I've actually never heard of this site before, but it seems like the basic general opinions of anime fans.

I... rarely read reviews before watching something, because I like to go in knowing absolutely nothing, besides maybe art style. I generally find that, as an indicator of whether or not I'd like a show, some particular critic's opinion isn't going to tell me much.

The above quote comes from a 3/5 star review of a show that I love to bits, but I know most people share this site's opinion. But here's the thing about that particular show - if you like it, you like it because you find the characters charming or interesting in some way. If you watch this show, and you don't have that, "Augghhh this character is so perfect I need to hug a pillow now!" reaction, you're going to feel like that reviewer (and most other reviewers) did.

What I do find helpful if I want to know more, though, is checking out the TVTropes page for a show. Those are generally written by fans, so what you're getting isn't "does this person like it or not?", it's "Who does like it, and why?", by their tone in describing it.
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LavenderMintRose wrote:


I am well disposed towards it, without a doubt, but aside from the aesthetics it lacks any spark or fizzle to allow me to really recommend it


Their grammar is about the level of their web design: needs work.

I've actually never heard of this site before, but it seems like the basic general opinions of anime fans.

I... rarely read reviews before watching something, because I like to go in knowing absolutely nothing, besides maybe art style. I generally find that, as an indicator of whether or not I'd like a show, some particular critic's opinion isn't going to tell me much.

The above quote comes from a 3/5 star review of a show that I love to bits, but I know most people share this site's opinion. But here's the thing about that particular show - if you like it, you like it because you find the characters charming or interesting in some way. If you watch this show, and you don't have that, "Augghhh this character is so perfect I need to hug a pillow now!" reaction, you're going to feel like that reviewer (and most other reviewers) did.

What I do find helpful if I want to know more, though, is checking out the TVTropes page for a show. Those are generally written by fans, so what you're getting isn't "does this person like it or not?", it's "Who does like it, and why?", by their tone in describing it.


So TV Tropes is more reliable because it's written by multiple fans at the same time, rather than just one person like in THEMAnime.org. Right?
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I've seen this site before when I was trying to find good anime reviews. THEManime in particular seemed like YMMV with every write-up, some of them are no better than a few random thoughts tossed in a bag and shaken around.

Doesn't seem like a way to pick what to watch if that's what you're searching for.
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3/5 isn't a bad score though IMO. I guess if you really love something, it's a bad score, but that's the natural variance in opinion.

In any case, all reviews are opinion supported by facts. The real value of a reviewer is if you understand how closely the reviewer's opinions align with yours. Once you understand that you can decide on a show based on their review. For example, let's say that you like mecha shows, but the reviewer hates them and you know that. If that reviewer rates a mecha show 2/5, then you, as a mecha fan, learn that the show is probably watchable for you personally because your own biases will likely inflate the show's score in your own opinion.

I remember reading this site a while ago, but I eventually forgot about it. Clicking through a few, I find that the site aligns with my own opinions on shows quite closely, at least WAY more than ANN reviews.


Commander_PonyShep wrote:


LavenderMintRose wrote:

What I do find helpful if I want to know more, though, is checking out the TVTropes page for a show. Those are generally written by fans, so what you're getting isn't "does this person like it or not?", it's "Who does like it, and why?", by their tone in describing it.


So TV Tropes is more reliable because it's written by multiple fans at the same time, rather than just one person like in THEMAnime.org. Right?


1st of all, TV tropes is inherently spoilery. 2nd, and more importantly, the execution of a trope matters way more than the existence of a trope. TV tropes sometimes tells you about the former, but it is clearly focused on the latter. It also isn't well maintained when it comes to niche shows, but that arguably goes with reviews too.
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I used to use THEManime reviews all the time, until I figured out what sorts of things I prefered. I think cites like that are especially useful if you are trying to broaden your horizons a bit.

In particular, their 5 star shows are almost all extremely good shows, so if you want to try out a romance anime or an historical drama or whatever else that normally isn't in your wheel house, then I highly recommend looking through them. When I've disagreed with THEM, it's usually because they hate a show that I kinda-sorta liked, or vice versa--which is to say, that if you love a genre, then take reviews about shows within that genre with a grain of salt.
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I have found their sensibilities tend to line up with my own more often than not so I do give their reviews more weight than others who I've found have different tastes and expectations than my own. There are so many people and places offering anime reviews it's less an issue of being "reliable" as more "when you read their reviews do you agree". It's rather like finding that friend whose tastes are similar to your own but who has a lot more time to watch anime than you do. When they say "you'll like this" or "skip this one" or "it's okay when you have free time" you know you can trust their opinion. Read or watch reviews of shows you've seen by different reviewers and find the ones whose opinions best line up with your own. Those will be the ones you can say are "reliable" for your own expectations on shows you might be thinking about watching..
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I have never even seen the site in question, but all reviews are opinions. As long as the reviewer actually backs up their opinion with an explanation I see nothing wrong.

You can disagree with their opinion or maybe even agree but for different reasons than the ones they give. That's pretty much it.

Domvina hits it completely on the head. If you're looking for suggestions, find a reviewer that has tastes that match up with yours. Or, if you're interested in actually being challenged, maybe seek out reviewers who have tastes that don't match up with yours. It may not turn you on to something new but it may at least help you solidify your thoughts on what you like or don't like and why.

Put simply, a bad review is a badly written, poorly constructed review with no backing given to the opinions therein. A bad review is not just one you don't agree with.
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I personally like them and can count on them to have a review for a series I'm looking for. I may not always agree with the reviewer, but I can see where they are coming from. THEM is very much for me an 'anime review site' as opposed to just a random fan blog.
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