*** Let me apologize for any spelling or grammar errors. I literally sit across the room and type with a wireless keyboard and I don't always catch the errors. ***
WHY I AM ON THIS SITE:
I am on this site to help me discover new Anime and Manga and pass on what I have found to others with similar tastes. I am looking for great stories more than anything else. I am a sci-fi/fantasy geek for the most part.
AS OF JANUARY, 2013:
I restarted my list in January of 2013. I removed everything I haven't seen in a long time and will work my way back around to them. I am also determined to write reviews for everything that I complete. I am trying to take full advantage of the features on this site, because every few months I go on a crusade to find new anime to watch and it's a very tedious process.
I score my anime/manga by giving it a "grade" or a "percentage". I use the wording from MAL as a guideline, however I like the simple percentage system because it's easier for me to apply an overall score. There are many things that make something entertaining that may not fit into a checked box system. Also, just because 2 different anime/manga have the same score doesn't necessarily make me like them equally. So many things need to be taken into account, so I look at genre, style, story, characters, and enjoyment when I make my decisions. Artwork and Sound scores are heavily influenced by genre and style, so though I may mention those 2 categories, I can't use a rating system that relies on them. I focus on the "big picture" or the "overall" value of everything I watch or read. I'll leave the complicated and cynical scoring and reviewing to those that seem to enjoy picking everything apart.
10 - A+ (masterpiece) 100% or greater [yes folks, extra credit]
09 - A (great) 90-99%
08 - B (very good) 80-89%
07 - C (good) 70-79%
06 - D (fine) 60-69%
05 - F (average) 50-59%
04 - F (bad) 40-49%
03 - F (very bad) 30-39%
02 - F (horrible) 20-29%
01 - F (appalling) 0-19%
Notice I use a standard grading system. Yes, fancy that. However, I like MALs wording on each number because I have always thought that 50% should be "average" because you got half of it "right" so to speak. Though a D wouldn't be good on a test, this is entertainment! So 60% is just fine. A 7 or 70% is "good" meaning it's "getting by" but needs a lot of work. An above average/B/8/80% or more is reserved for things I like a lot but the flaws bring it below that A that everyone is looking for. An A/9/90% is doing almost everything right. Sure there's a margin of error that's allowed, but this is a score that I give to things I love. Remember there are intangible values that add to each score. If it's addictive then it gets bumped from an 8 to a 9, bottom line. 10 is obvious. I compare everything to whatever gets a 10 in my book. I can't explain a 10. It's usually beyond words. It not only ticks boxes on a list, it becomes a part of me in some way. If you think I have scored something a 10 and it doesn't earn a 10 on your list, well that's too bad. More for me I say! :)
I should comment on 1-4 in the scoring. A 4 is probably the lowest I will rate something that I watch all the way through. If I give something less than that, then it will most likely be on my "dropped" list. I can't imagine watching something all the way to the end that is so bad. That's not to say it won't happen, but I see some users on MAL with lists filled with 2, 3, and 4 all over their scores. I think I would give up on anime altogether if I watched that much that I didn't like. There is plenty of anime simply not on my list because I thought it was so bad.
When I submit a review, I won't always add my own synopsis. I feel it's redundant and unnecessary. I am assuming the synopsis has already been read. I tend to try and articulate my opinion in at least a couple of paragraphs. I do not plan to break it down by categories like some of the longer reviews I have read. I am not a critic, and I really write my reviews for me. If I am satisfied that the review covers what I liked/dis-liked and why then I feel my job is done. I try my hardest to be vague so that I don't fill my review with spoilers as well. Those that want a spoiler, then there are plenty of websites that will summarize the story for you without you having to even watch it. I apologize to those that feel I should write better reviews, and I thank you for reading what I did write.
Also, I try not to review things I haven't completed (ie. ongoing anime series or manga series) so I will tend to solely put those in my "recommendations" with a very brief reason to recommend them. I do try to keep my recommendations to the series/movies/manga that I have connected together whether it be the "feel" or if one was a "gateway" to another for me.
Save the trolling comments on recommendations. Recommendations are worded "if you like... then you might like..." so they don't necessarily have to be the "same" as each other. I go for "feel" when I recommend something to others. If I say C is a "mix" between A and B then that's exactly what I mean. There are elements from both but they are not exact copies or I would simply say that A is just like C. Like my reviews, I keep details to a minimum in my recommendations. I don't want to be the guy that gave the twist of a story away in my recommendation or review. Sometimes a direct comparison will be a spoiler in itself, especially if both have a similar plot twist. I make recommendations on everything that I am currently watching that has not finished, since I am trying to save all reviews for the end of a series. I know I can go back and modify it later, but I just don't want to. There are plenty of people out there that write reviews 1/10th or 1/20th of the way into a series, so I don't need to.
NOTE ON FILLER-FREE RATINGS (See tag comments on my list):
I usually rate anime adapted from manga FILLER FREE. If I were to re-rate the anime with filler then scores would be a little lower in some cases, but there would be a dramatic drop in series that have a lot of filler (examples are Bleach and Naruto). Click on "more" on my list to see any comments I have made. I will specify if I rated the series filler free and I mention manga chapters vs anime episodes in my comments.
NOTE ON LANGUAGE/AUDIO:
I should also clarify that my anime ratings are based on original language with English subtitles. I am ANTI-ENGLISH-DUB as it rarely works out. (Yes Dragon Ball fans, this includes your favorite series too. I was a little old to jump on the Dragon Ball Z English dub bandwagon. They did butcher Goku's character in the English dub, but I will give you the voice acting for Vegetta, I guess.)
WHAT MAKES A REVIEW HELPFUL/NOT HELPFUL?:
I treat anime and manga as a product when reading reviews, because they are products. When I shop for an item online, I read both the good and bad reviews. I look at both ends of the spectrum to find out why people loved it and why they hated it. Anime/manga series and movies should be no exception. I will mark a review as helpful if it clearly states if the reviewer liked it or not and why they felt the way they did. It does have to be intelligently written or I will move on and not mark anything. It should be articulated in such a way that can be understood. Grammar and spelling are not important, this isn't a language class, but if the spelling and grammar make it hard to understand then I will skip over the review. A review is not helpful when a user likes it or doesn't because of it's category or they're just slamming or praising it without giving a reason. "I loved this so you should watch it" or "this was garbage, don't watch it" is not a good or helpful review in my opinion.
ONE LAST THING:
I see negative comments posted on a lot of people's pages criticizing their reviews or whatever. I won't keep those kinds of comments on my page. You can disagree with me in a polite way and I won't delete it. If you need to nerd rage on me, then please do so in a message. I am less likely to delete a rude message since it's private and I will even respond to some if you're looking to argue or debate with someone. I don't need negativity on an entertainment site, so keep it off of my public profile. Calling a review stupid or calling someone an idiot because you didn't like their review is pretty idiotic in itself. Make a friend and get a hug. Life is too short.