How Anime Reviews & Recommendations Work – 2017 Revision

Hello Folks!

This is an updated version of how my anime reviews and recommendations work. You can see the old one here as it is still relevant for all reviews from 2015 to mid 2017. Lately, as you may have noticed, I have moved away from a score format (something out of ten). The purpose of this document is to explain the new format and why I moved away from the old system.

The Old System

Under the old system, I provided a score out of ten and an additional recommendation. The score was an “at-a-glance” rating for people to look at to avoid spoilers, set a base line with my opinions, etc… However, my scores are a bit flexible and were never meant to be taken on their own. They were always meant to be coupled with a recommendation (pass, try, buy, and seal of excellence).

For awhile, this made sense and I did that. As time moved on, however, I found this format to be tedious. I was having to alter my writing to work in a score and recommendation that ended up feeling redundant. Additionally, I have dramatically changed how I write about anime now, so this outdated system isn’t really working as intended any way.

Scores are Gone

So what’s changing? Not a lot actually. Firstly, I’ll be removing scores. If you’d like my at-a-glance opinion, feel free to check my My Anime List account for a (mostly) comprehensive record of everything I’ve watched. Note that these scores may not perfectly match what I have on the site here.

I’ll briefly explain my MAL scores here as they are organized in a particular way for real life categorization and organization. There is a bit more going on than this, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Scores aren’t really that important, it’s more my actual thoughts.

  1. I see no reason why this needed to be made. Could even be competent for all extents and purposes. Waste of resources, talent, and time. A rare score for me.
  2. Garbage with no redeemable qualities. Rare score.
  3. Has some competency but was crippled by a glaring flaw or flaws. Generally boring and not something that interests me.
  4. I was bored more than half the time I viewed this show. Has some stuff going for it, generally competent visually or musically. Maybe enjoyed an arc or two at most.
  5. The bare minimum of what I consider to be a decent show. Has flaws or lacks enough purpose but had at least one aspect that kept me engaged for most of the runtime. Competent anime, but still generally flawed. Would recommend, but only to people I know really well that have specific tastes.
  6. Eh, it was ok. These are shows I might recommend to folks I know pretty well with niche tastes. They may have some historical or cultural importance as well. Generally, shows that I know are flawed but still had a good time with any way.
  7. My personal average. This anime hits most of the boxes I look for in a show (regarding the specific genre). Again, still flawed but I had a pretty good time watching. Would safely recommend these titles to people, but not super enthusiastically.
  8. I really enjoyed these anime. I thought about them for awhile and would gladly recommend these titles to most people. There are some minor issues present in the anime for me, but some other aspect(s) made up for them.
  9. Excellent shows that I consider to be near-perfect. I thought about these shows a lot and would enthusiastically recommend most of these titles. These anime usually resonated with me emotionally or intellectually. In some cases, I found these titles to be so entertaining that flaws were largely ignored. However, there was at least one thing that nagged me about any of these shows that prevented a 10.
  10. The weirdest score. These could either be:  shows I think are fantastic and must watches or shows I would recommend to just about everybody despite my actual opinions. It is usually pretty obvious which is which. For example, Clannad falls into the latter category while Penguindrum falls into first.

The New System

Beyond removing scores, I will no longer be adding a specific recommendation at the end. These used to be try, buy, etc… Instead, the article on the whole should be more than enough to go on. I will still provide a concluding paragraph where my general feelings can be quickly surmised.

These changes are made to more accurately reflect my opinions and writing style. Additionally, I was forgetting to use the old system fairly regularly anyway. This change is just a natural progression as a result. If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to voice them by posting a comment or emailing me at:  jonspencerreviews@gmail.com

How Reviews & Recommendations Work

Overview

For my anime reviews, you may have noticed that I give a score and some sort of recommendation at the end. However, some people may not know what these ratings and recommendations mean. The purpose of this is to make things more clear for those who were curious. Continue reading “How Reviews & Recommendations Work”