This is an idea that Du5k from One Minute of Dusk came up with. Basically, several bloggers have agreed to make posts about what they consider to be a “perfect” or a 10/10 anime. Well, I wasn’t a part of the original circle of people who would do these posts, but I thought it was nigh time that I talked about my standards for the “perfect” anime. So after inviting myself to the event, here are the characteristics of what I would consider to be a 10/10 anime.
But before that, let me tell you something about my rating system as a whole. I have been called cruel a bunch of times by my friends that see my anime list, basically because they think that I score anime too low. On the contrary, I consider everything that I give a score of 6 and above to be anime that had an overall positive impact for me. Here’s a full breakdown:
10 – The pinnacle of entertainment.
9 – Kept my eyes glued to the screen. The best of the best.
8 – The best anime I can hope for. I consider anime reaching this score to be must-watches.
7 – The better anime. The types that should be watched if you have free time on your hands.
6 – Good anime. These are anime that should be watched if you don’t have anything better to do.
5 – Average anime. Has entertainment value, but I guess you’re better off doing something else entirely.
4 – Bad anime. These are the kind of anime that should be watched, if you want to be amazed at how bad anime can be; so bad, it’s good level.
3 – Very bad anime – These anime induce sleepiness or rage. Try to stay away from these. Terribad level.
2 – The lowest score that I have given so far. The “so bad, it’s not even funny” level. May cause narcolepsy. This score is reserved mostly for horrible anime extras, but I can also give this score to TV series that try hard enough.
1 – I wish the day that I give this score would never come.
I only have a single standard for rating shows, and that is it’s entertainment value – measured in the most biased and personal way possible. You may now be asking what I consider to be the “pinnacle of entertainment.” The answer is very simple. My all-time favorite shows. These are the shows that when I stop to think about them, I would have feelings of fulfillment and time well spent. Shows getting a score of 10 would never disappear from my mind, regardless of there being anime that surpass them. To me, a score of 10 isn’t perfection, but an indication that this anime that got a 10 is tailored almost exactly to my tastes. So far, only two anime have got this score from me: Clannad After Story and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.
Of course, this is as subjective as it can be. I mean, that’s the whole point. I believe that rating an anime should be done on a personal level, instead of trying to be “professional” and failing at it miserably. The world does not live on a single standard. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, they say.
Prime example: the big four of 2011 were Madoka Magica, AnoHana, Steins;Gate and Mawaru Penguindrum. I gave these titles scores of 10, 4, 8 and 5 respectively. You will see that the AnoHana fan considers me as someone without a soul and the Penguindrum fan considers me a disgrace to literature, and I would ask why. AnoHana and Penguindrum were titles that I didn’t like. End of discussion. I don’t care about having a soul or being a lit whiz. I have my own tastes and they have theirs. This is the reason why when I review anime, I always attach the words “Super Subjective” as an early disclaimer.
Of course, nothing’s wrong with having multiple parameters and bases, but still, judging based on these doesn’t make a rating objective. What it does is make the scoring system more fair, but not an absolute evaluation of the anime’s worth.
Long story short, anime reviews should never be completely trusted, no matter how well-written and charismatic they may be. For me, the best way to find the “perfect” anime is to watch as many as you can and find that title that fits your taste perfectly, and no statistic or review should hold one back from finding his/her own “pinnacle of entertainment.”
See what the others think!
These wonderful people are also participating in the Anime Blog Carnival. Why don’t you read their articles too? You just may find the perfect rating system for you.
- One Minute of Dusk – Read du5k’s article
- Anime B&B – Read Marina’s article
- The Otaku’s Study – Read Sam’s article
- Anime Viking – Read Marow’s article
- Draggle’s Anime Blog – Read Draggle’s article
- Hachimitsu – Read Mira’s article
- Ace Railgun – Read Ace Railgun’s article
- Leap250′s Blog – Read Leap250′s article
- Mainichi Anime Yume – Read Yumeka’s article
- Lemmas and Submodalities – Read SnippetTee’s article
- Ephemeral Dreams – Read Ephemeral Dreamer’s article
- World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko – Read Hoshiko’s article
- Listless Ink – Read Yi’s article
- Nopy’s Blog – Read Nopy’s article
- Deluscar – Read Kai’s article
- The G-Empire – Read OverlordG’s article
- flomu – Read flomu’s article
- AOIA – Read Valence’s article