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Days: 14.5
Mean Score: 7.07
  • Total Entries198
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes845
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Kekkai Sensen & Beyond
Kekkai Sensen & Beyond
Oct 9, 9:26 AM
Watching 1/12 · Scored -
New Game!
New Game!
Oct 6, 3:03 PM
Completed 12/12 · Scored -
Made in Abyss
Made in Abyss
Sep 23, 4:09 AM
Watching 11/13 · Scored -
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Days: 5.2
Mean Score: 5.69
  • Total Entries56
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  • Chapters618
  • Volumes103
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One Punch-Man
One Punch-Man
Oct 9, 12:17 PM
Reading 55/? · Scored 9
Prison School
Prison School
Oct 9, 12:17 PM
Reading 6/? · Scored -
Otoyomegatari
Otoyomegatari
Oct 9, 11:35 AM
Reading 30/? · Scored 10

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EvanDara Oct 7, 5:40 AM
I don't like using numbers to represent quality outside of the vaguest of descriptors.

Imagine this. On a 10/10 scale, most people can probably agree on probably the basic premise that something around a 5/10 or a 6/10 are average to decent shows. Not everyone will agree, but a lot of people will. What happens if you add decimal places? What's really the distinction between a 5.5 or a 5? What happens when you move up a base of 10 and move to 100/100 scales? What's the difference between a 56 and a 57?

They're useful in a certain pragmatic sense, but given that I have a lot of shows that I want to add, I'm not sure if I should put in the effort to "think" about the rating of them.

That sounds close to what the comic is describing, yes.
Fvlminatvs Oct 3, 5:07 PM
Well, the other thing I think, that is being missed is that there are some pretty tried-and-true measurements that can be applied regardless of genre or subgenre, like "what constitutes a good character." These things are somewhat universal.

For example, Mark Twain gives a list of characteristics of good storytelling that are applicable across genre lines in his criticism of Cooper's stories about Natty Bumppo. These characteristics can be applied across the board to almost all sorts of stories. Mark Twain says they require:

1. That a tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere.
2. They require that the episodes in a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help to develop it.
3. They require that the personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that always the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from the others.
4. They require that the personages in a tale, both dead and alive, shall exhibit a sufficient excuse for being there.
5. The require that when the personages of a tale deal in conversation, the talk shall sound like human talk, and be talk such as human beings would be likely to talk in the given circumstances, and have a discoverable meaning, also a discoverable purpose, and a show of relevancy, and remain in the neighborhood of the subject at hand, and be interesting to the reader, and help out the tale, and stop when the people cannot think of anything more to say.
6. They require that when the author describes the character of a personage in the tale, the conduct and conversation of that personage shall justify said description.
7. They require that when a personage talks like an illustrated, gilt-edged, tree-calf, hand-tooled, seven- dollar Friendship's Offering in the beginning of a paragraph, he shall not talk like a <CENSORED> in the end of it.
8. They require that crass stupidities shall not be played upon the reader as "the craft of the woodsman, the delicate art of the forest," by either the author or the people in the tale.
9. They require that the personages of a tale shall confine themselves to possibilities and let miracles alone; or, if they venture a miracle, the author must so plausibly set it forth as to make it look possible and reasonable.
10. They require that the author shall make the reader feel a deep interest in the personages of his tale and in their fate; and that he shall make the reader love the good people in the tale and hate the bad ones.
11. They require that the characters in a tale shall be so clearly defined that the reader can tell beforehand what each will do in a given emergency.

In addition, plenty of authors, critics, commentators, and philosophers have weighed in on this over the centuries. George Orwell gives advice on writing, as do Aristotle and Plato. The problem is, then, that good storytelling ends up being inundated with so many rules that it is impossible to keep track of them all and avoid violating at least a few of them. This is why no work is ever or can ever be considered "perfect." Everything will always have flaws of some sort.
EvanDara Oct 3, 4:34 PM
I'm not sure why I was mentioned, but I don't really put much thought into rating scales. I don't think putting too much stock into them is worth it when the more important questions of "what makes something good" are strictly qualitative and not quantitative.

As far as the sublime, I enjoy linking this comic by Existential Comics because it's a condensed but pretty good explanation of what Fvlminatvs might have been referring to with regards to the sublime. If that doesn't satisfy you, Edmund Burke's Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful is the gold standard for what people are usually referring to when they discuss matters of the sublime.
Fvlminatvs Oct 2, 12:21 PM
I can't, really. If I can dig up a copy of Harold Bloom's HOW TO READ AND WHY, I could give his definition, assuming he even defines "sublime" at all. I mean, the dictionary gives us a definition but Bloom sort of fetishizes the idea.
Fvlminatvs Oct 1, 9:41 AM
Just because YOU thought about them once doesn't mean others haven't revisited them repeatedly. Scholars on both sides of the Pacific have spilled ink about both Hamlet and Evangelion. That's really the litmus test. Scholar don't write about TWILIGHT.

And yes, I mean her/him.
Fvlminatvs Sep 30, 12:35 PM
It is an interesting prospect. Although, in truth, you really need a kind of multi-dimensional framework that goes beyond simply two dimensions. For example, what makes a good noir film is going to be completely different from what makes a good space war/real robot anime and those are going to be different from what makes a good romantic comedy (be it anime or live-action).

Nevertheless, I would argue that there are specific elements present in both genre fiction and "non"-genre fiction that transcend the conventions of what is simply "good" and enter into what Harold Bloom calls "the sublime." If anything, that's what I'm after, honestly, and I kind of seek out that "sublime." I've found it in things as disparate as the postmodern THE CRYING OF LOT 49 by Thomas Pynchon, the hardboiled THE BIG NOWHERE detective mystery by James Ellroy, Satoshi Kon's PERFECT BLUE, Shakespeare's HAMLET, Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Anno's NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, and Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

That "sublime" is hard to define but it is that ephemeral quality that catapults something beyond just being "good" into this stratospheric realm of "beyondness" where you just cannot stop thinking about it or feeling about it. It isn't something you just enjoyed and watched/read but it changed you in some indelible manner. That stuff transcends any sort of polarity but exists in a kind of binary "it's there or it isn't" way.

If we were to kind of use a more 3-dimensional model where the outer edge of a sphere represents "bad" and the center of the sphere represents not only "good" but the sort of sublime quality that all supreme art possesses, then we can gauge quality of an infinite number of genre works but that itself still retains a sort of binary quality based on depth.

There's no clear answer. Frankly, I might not be the best to ask about this. EvanDara could be if they stick around the forums and haven't been driven off of them yet. Personally, I hope they stick around.
Fvlminatvs Sep 30, 8:38 AM
What, like a 2-axis scale?
Fvlminatvs Sep 15, 8:22 PM
Well, sort of. Literary criticism covers a huge number of techniques. I also draw from what I've learned of film studies.
Fvlminatvs Aug 14, 5:46 PM
Specifically that deserve more attention?

The original Macross, Macross Plus, Vision of Escaflowne, Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water, Serial Experiments Lain, Wings of Honneamise... man I could go on and on.


The shows I mentioned earlier were ones I liked (or liked parts of) but still had enough issues to make them either not worth rewatching, forgettable, or just flat-out difficult to rewatch without starting to dislike because of all their problems.

In contrast, the shows I just recommended are all super-good, very rewatchable, and though they may have flaws, they easily overcome them.
Fvlminatvs Aug 14, 2:33 PM
I constantly revise scores as time goes on, I rewatch them, and get perspective. So don't expect my scores to be static. I try to grade them on narrative, pacing, use of symbolism/tropes/etc., characterization, try to compare it to other works, and figure out how it all comes together in a gestalt package. To really get a good, solid score, I need to rewatch something several times and that doesn't always happen for a lot of stuff.

I did enjoy parts Re:Zero but I don't think it was good. It had serious problems. I wish it was better.

I liked Denki-gai but it was pretty generic and forgettable. Mirai Nikki entertained me but it was a train wreck and rewatching it was painful. Hellsing Ultimate had some serious issues, but I liked it well enough.

Some stuff I haven't scored because I haven't seen all of it yet (ex. Evangelion movies).
Ironwarrer Aug 13, 4:03 PM
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Zelkiiro Aug 12, 5:24 PM
Euphonium S2 starts off on an odd foot with a small arc involving a few new characters, as well as a pool episode. These episodes aren't bad, really, but like I said, they're just odd. After that, we start diving into two intertwining arcs that give Asuka and Reina more character development and these arcs are very well done all-around. We also finally get to see "Crescent Moon Dance" in its entirety in episode 5! And the way the series ends, holy shit, man. I loved it. That entire final episode is pure gold. This whole franchise is top-tier stuff, in my book, and I couldn't have asked for a better finale. If you liked the first season, you will like S2. I guaran-goddamn-tee it.
Ironwarrer Jul 14, 7:31 PM
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Ironwarrer Jun 24, 5:50 AM
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