What influences how you rate anime?
June 3, 2011 4 Comments
When it comes to us avid anime watchers/manga readers, most, if not all of us, are part of some sort of anime/manga community such as MyAnimeList, ANN, AniDB and so on. And each of these anime communities have top anime lists that are compiled by the people of each community. But what causes the people of each community to give a certain rating to each anime they watch? Is it personal preferences? Is it story? Is it the characters? Or is it something outside all of this? Well, lets get balls deep into this and see what really goes into ratings and rankings of the anime and manga we enjoy (or despise) everyday.
There are many different aspects to anime and manga that influence us when trying to give it just the right rating. The first aspect is people’s personal preferences. Everyone has something that they like and not everyone likes the same things. If this were the case, there would be no such thing as top anime lists. Lets take some of us here at Anime Afterlife for example: King likes harems, Dave and I like romances, Vensito likes pretty much anything, and Gabe likes dramas and
tan androgynous boys. And other people out there like other genres and character types like action, moe characters, cute girls, ecchi shows, comedy, etc. Personal preferences are one of the major aspects that get implemented into people’s ratings of animes/mangas. People can’t help but rate the things that they like the most higher than other anime and manga.
Another aspect that has influences people’s ratings, including some of mine, is the way in which you watch anime. I’m talking about whether or not you watched the anime in question while it was airing, or you marathoned it all at once. These can either negatively or positively affect how you rate anime. When watching anime while its airing, for example a good anime, after each episode you get that anxious feeling just wanting to watch that next episode, but knowing you have to wait another week until you can get your fix for that next twist in the plot or next character development you have been hankering for. Or for a bad anime, you dread the next week when you realize that you have another episode of these terrible characters or a plot that just doesn’t go anywhere. And then there is marathoning anime. You get your anime Blu ray/DVD or video file ready, get yourself comfortable, and just spend the next however many hours just watching episode after episode of that one anime you have been wanting to watch knowing that after one episode is done, the next one is all ready just waiting to be watched. The way in which you watch anime may have some impact on how you score your anime.
But of course, there is the part of watching anime, and being apart of anime communities, that will always negatively affect they way you rate anime: trolls and spoilers. Sometimes it is almost inevitable while watching certain animes to be spoiled by outside sources. Whenever you are told of that certain plot twist, a character death, the ending to the series, etc., it completely ruins the experience of watching that anime that you have been watching for so long by some asshole troll or some forum or website giving away the more important aspects of anime. It may or may not affect the way you rate the anime in question, but it still takes away from the over arching experience you hoped to have while watching anime.
And, of course, the biggest and most important part of how we rate anime is what makes up the anime itself: the characters, the story, the art style, the animation, and so on. These are the things that make us rate and score anime. Some people weigh character development over story, while others enjoy art styles and animations and have those elements steer how their ratings are dealt. There is really not a whole lot to get into when it comes to this aspect of rating anime. If its good, its good. If its shit, its shit.
Ratings do however, in most cases, change over time. Sometimes in the sense of how long it takes for a person to finish an anime, for example say a longer series like Fullmetal Alchemist or a really long series like Bleach, or an anime a person watched years ago and their tastes in anime have changed so the rating may raise or lower because of that. Some people, including myself, may have overrated/underrated an anime, re-think the rating and changed it accordingly. Time is another factor on how ratings of animes change.
So I know this isn’t as in depth, long winded
and boring as some of Dave’s previous posts, but I just wanted to put something out other than an AMF post and something quick and simple that relates to everyone in the anime world. Having said that and to reiterate my question; what influences how you rate anime? Is it something I’ve mentioned or is there something I’ve left out that influences you? This of course is not the end all and be all of how to rate anime, but it does touch on some aspects on how people who avidly watch anime rate and consider rating anime what they watch everyday. So let us know how you all, my fellow anime watches, rate anime. Who knows, what you say might even influence my ratings and others in the future.