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A lot of people seem to just rate a lot of anime's as 5/5 after watching a single episode and some people review an anime after reading the manga and saying they hope it's good but they haven't watched any of it...? A lot of people then proclaim it being the best anime of all time in the comments/review section when in reality it's not.

A good example of this is 'Attack on Titan'. The first season's pacing was somewhat sketchy, but it was watchable enough to understand what's going on for the most part - even if the manga-to-screen wasn't exactly great.

If you're of a more mature mindset where you can disconnect yourself from your Funko POP and Figma collectibles, you'll see that they compressed a lot of information into most of the episodes, whereas the second season was very watered down in comparison, and it dragged along like an anchor's storyline in a DBZ saga - around 10 minutes of each episode was wasted altogether on a ridiculously long intro, credits and outro. They also added a 're-cap' at the beginning which rehashed scenes from the previous episode, and sometimes they just rehashed scenes from a previous episode as filler for another episode... these things made the second season absolute suck in my opinion as barely anything actually progressed in terms of storyline. It shows that they're just trying to drag it out as long as possible to make as much money as possible instead of just getting it out there.

People don't seem to be able to pick apart and criticise when it's needed so that any form of company doesn't get away with just stealing your time and money..

There are multiple anime review and comment sections on here where I've seen over 1,000 people voting 5/5 on a single anime, with there being no other ratings what-so-oever... and that urks me as there's no 'grey' when it comes to the rating system for some people, and I feel like it's just fans of said anime saying it's amazing and nothing else.

I get it if you're 'hyped' over a new anime or whatever coming out, I understand, but if you're going to review something, at least do it properly so that new people know what they're actually in for.
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Crit-Man wrote:

A lot of people seem to just rate a lot of anime's as 5/5 after watching a single episode and some people review an anime after reading the manga and saying they hope it's good but they haven't watched any of it...? A lot of people then proclaim it being the best anime of all time in the comments/review section when in reality it's not.

A good example of this is 'Attack on Titan'. The first season's pacing was somewhat sketchy, but it was watchable enough to understand what's going on for the most part - even if the manga-to-screen wasn't exactly great.

If you're of a more mature mindset where you can disconnect yourself from your Funko POP and Figma collectibles, you'll see that they compressed a lot of information into most of the episodes, whereas the second season was very watered down in comparison, and it dragged along like an anchor's storyline in a DBZ saga - around 10 minutes of each episode was wasted altogether on a ridiculously long intro, credits and outro. They also added a 're-cap' at the beginning which rehashed scenes from the previous episode, and sometimes they just rehashed scenes from a previous episode as filler for another episode... these things made the second season absolute suck in my opinion as barely anything actually progressed in terms of storyline. It shows that they're just trying to drag it out as long as possible to make as much money as possible instead of just getting it out there.

People don't seem to be able to pick apart and criticise when it's needed so that any form of company doesn't get away with just stealing your time and money..

There are multiple anime review and comment sections on here where I've seen over 1,000 people voting 5/5 on a single anime, with there being no other ratings what-so-oever... and that urks me as there's no 'grey' when it comes to the rating system for some people, and I feel like it's just fans of said anime saying it's amazing and nothing else.

I get it if you're 'hyped' over a new anime or whatever coming out, I understand, but if you're going to review something, at least do it properly so that new people know what they're actually in for.


First of all I never look at ratings to decide whether I'm interested or going to watch an anime. Second of all I would take anything users of this site have to say with a grain of salt. 80% of it's population is probably consisting of individuals 18 years or younger. Meaning they are going to be extremely biased and will contribute little to nothing worth its salt in "reviews".

It's more like 5/5 cus REM IS MAI WAIFU 4 LYFE!!!

5/5 Cus fuck yeahhh the fanservice in KILL LA KILL got my hormones raging!

High quality content and Crunchyroll users are not synonymous in any way shape or form
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Your expectations appear unrealistic. These reviews are from the average Jane/Joe, not trained professionals who're properly compensated for the kind of work you desire. The way I see it, we "get what we pay for" when we read amateur, unremunerated reviews.
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I don't ever consider another's opinion when it comes to watching something. I'll read the short bio explaining the material somewhere and if it interests me I'll start watching it (I also pay attention to the tags, some stuff and genre don't appeal to me. I might watch them once my list is depleted of things to watch, otherwise I'd just spend time on re-watching something. but I've gotten use to the rating system on most streaming sites. what some consider the greatest/good I consider boring and tend to stop watching/streaming it. my own research is the best effect to finding things which interest me. but people are too generous when it comes to rating things regardless, but since I've seen a lot I know how to rate slightly better, but it's the person's opinion I suppose as I have my opinion when it comes to rating something.
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People want to justify their time. Giving a 5/5 makes them feel like time well spent.
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User reviews are shit because people only are willing to review things they love or hate.

Professional reviews are shit because they usually aren't fans and/or don't understand what they're reviewing.

Reviews are shit.
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Attack on titans not even that good, and I haven't even watched it.

And wouldn't ya know it........ I'm probably 77% sure of that....


Overall rating of attack on titan 3.85/5

Because...... trying to understand giant people who eat small people.


If everyone went in with these exact expectations, you will learn that you only watch something because you like it, and not what other people say, because then if you can't accept what other people say, then who's actually right to their opinion.

Is attack on titan really just about small people scaling large people and cutting them with oversized utility blades, or is there really more to it than that? Do we understand these giants? Do they simply eat people because small people are assholes?

Or is it more meaningful to someone else because it's criticized as being, amazing.

Whos right and who's wrong? Why should I watch it?

It's true, why the fuck would I even waste my time trying to understand everything right and wrong about something, and why do people need to get paid to do so. Are we so unsure about everything that we need to have a reason for a rating.

It makes no sense now that I think about it. Why do we even give ratings for anything when the only thing that matters is the personal enjoyment one has.

Why time is spent realizing if you're having a good time, but yet we need to use that time to explain all of the hateful, nonsensical, and time wasting flaws that make something terrible.

We live to try and get away with making terrible things so that people accept it as...... something to look past so that you may see the real reason of enjoying something. What the fuck

It's like wearing fucking attack on titan merchandise, and being blinded enough to not actually say something bad, when in fact it's probably fucking bad.

I'm fucking rambling again what else is new
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Posted 10/23/17 , edited 10/23/17

Cardamom_Ginger wrote:

Your expectations appear unrealistic. These reviews are from the average Jane/Joe, not trained professionals who're properly compensated for the kind of work you desire. The way I see it, we "get what we pay for" when we read amateur, unremunerated reviews.


usually professional reviews are just as bad so its even unrealistic if it were proffesional reviewers.
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Crit-Man wrote:

A lot of people seem to just rate a lot of anime's as 5/5 after watching a single episode and some people review an anime after reading the manga and saying they hope it's good but they haven't watched any of it...? A lot of people then proclaim it being the best anime of all time in the comments/review section when in reality it's not.

A good example of this is 'Attack on Titan'. The first season's pacing was somewhat sketchy, but it was watchable enough to understand what's going on for the most part - even if the manga-to-screen wasn't exactly great.

If you're of a more mature mindset where you can disconnect yourself from your Funko POP and Figma collectibles, you'll see that they compressed a lot of information into most of the episodes, whereas the second season was very watered down in comparison, and it dragged along like an anchor's storyline in a DBZ saga - around 10 minutes of each episode was wasted altogether on a ridiculously long intro, credits and outro. They also added a 're-cap' at the beginning which rehashed scenes from the previous episode, and sometimes they just rehashed scenes from a previous episode as filler for another episode... these things made the second season absolute suck in my opinion as barely anything actually progressed in terms of storyline. It shows that they're just trying to drag it out as long as possible to make as much money as possible instead of just getting it out there.

People don't seem to be able to pick apart and criticise when it's needed so that any form of company doesn't get away with just stealing your time and money..

There are multiple anime review and comment sections on here where I've seen over 1,000 people voting 5/5 on a single anime, with there being no other ratings what-so-oever... and that urks me as there's no 'grey' when it comes to the rating system for some people, and I feel like it's just fans of said anime saying it's amazing and nothing else.

I get it if you're 'hyped' over a new anime or whatever coming out, I understand, but if you're going to review something, at least do it properly so that new people know what they're actually in for.


I understand your frustration. Personally I only look at reviews to get a feel for if its worth my time at this point and time. That said reviews are a mixed bag. You can get the spammers who rate it 10/10 because the show just began and have no real insight into it, or if your lucky people will give it XX/10 because they actually watched it and have constructive feedback.

That said keep in mind reviews are other peoples opinions... What do I mean you ask? Take "Shelter" for example it in my opinion is darn near masterpiece in that in 5 minutes it conveys a fairly strong story, with almost no dialogue and not but the music to make the story come together. Some people critiqued that it didn't convey enough background or world-building... to which I say #1 its a music video #2 Find me something else that does it better in 5min or less. Different people have different ideas of what makes something great.
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Or, you know, you could, you know, ignore the reviews, and you know, just watch the show. You know.
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Reviews are always skewed. I never read them and watch the first few episodes as a result. Not just one because the show always picks up around 2 or 3 from what I've found. And I like shows that most people hate and hate shows that most people love. Just give it a shot and judge for yourself.

The other posters are right with average reviews, you get what you pay for.
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CR's reviews have always been completely worthless to be honest.

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Posted 10/23/17 , edited 10/24/17
No reviews are ever worth reading. In any case, professional views are often worst, under the assumption that a critic's writing is of higher pedigree than your average viewer. Siskel and Ebert? Sure, I suppose, but in this day and age of the internet, anyone can get hired by any company to produce uninformed or short sighted opinions on various works.

At the very least, most of Crunchyroll's reviews aren't masquerading as the work of some conceited "professional".
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It's similar to user reviews on any site, even online retailers. The main difference with online stores is there's (generally) a cash investment up front and a way to ensure the person giving a rating actually got the product.

To take Amazon, it's full of 1 star "It arrived damaged/I didn't like the color/I thought it would be different" reviews. As far as a product review they're almost worthless. People aren't rating the product, but their personal experience.

On the other hand there are 4 and 5 stars with "Does the job/Good for the price/[nothing written]" which again aren't effective representations of the product.

But with enough votes, you start to see trends. If 3 people rate a product an average of 4.5, that's not a ton of info. If 300 rate it 4.5, you can assume the "worthless" extremes about cancel each other out, leaving 4.5 very close to a good representation. If you see 2 people rating something a 2, but it's really cheap, you still want to check what they complained about exactly. Maybe the complaint was nonsense about color or expressing their frustration with it being 0.5 mm shorter than described. If 20 people give an average of 2, chances are good it's a bad product and "cheap for a reason."

EDIT: TLDR; User reviews can be *useful* if you're reading the overall series reviews, and actually checking what was written. You can get some questions answered in advance, like "But it changes after the first boring 10 minutes" or "This is a comedy." Why should your tastes align perfectly with a stranger on the Internet?

However, episode by episode ratings are a 5-step "thumbs up" or "thumbs down."
Posted 10/23/17 , edited 10/24/17
Its biased I say, biased! What are we discussing? Oh, the RATINGS. Yes five is not nearly enough, it needs more NUMBERS to be more ACCURATE. I suppose.
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