13 comments on “What makes a 10/10 anime?

  1. Your Top 30 list is gonna be a monster of a post. O_O
    What do you think warrants a 1/10 score for an anime?

    • Oh, it is! It puts my season preview to shame!
      Hmm, that’s difficult- the lowest score I’ve ever given was a 3 but, that was for not following through on a promising concept, reducing the impact of fight scenes with excessive, often jarring nudity and for not having a single character that seemed to evolve outside of their archetype.

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  3. This sounds a lot like my reasons for giving 10s. I’ve actually given them to shows long after I finished them because I realized how much I still liked them afterwards.

    • You know what they say, great minds think alike!
      That’s what I did with Kino’s Journey, I originally gave it a 9 but, upped its score a few days later when I realised I hadn’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it. It soothed my guilty conscience considerably…

  4. Wow, you’re really not scared of rating a show a 10/10. Great article nonetheless, every one has its ways of rating shows.

    • I’m not scared of doing so no, but, saying that, it still doesn’t happen all that often!
      Thanks, I hope you’ll continue to read my posts in the weeks to come…

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  7. It’s interesting on how my take on the “10/10 conundrum” has changed since I started blogging. At one point, I just assigned them by how much I liked the show in a very…amateur fashion (this was before I started blogging). Then I started blogging, and after a while I came up with a thought process similar to yours. Since then, though, as I get more and more experience reviewing things and looking at them critically, I’ve started to get a feel for how anime (and cinema in general, and games) use artistic elements, and if I see something I think uses them really well, I feel like I can give it a 10/10 “guilt-free.” Of course, as I become more and more experienced in seeing these elements and how they’re used, my standards get stricter and stricter, but I’ve come up with a rule of thumb for that. With most of the stuff I’ve really, really liked, I’ve found that it tends to use artistic elements really well, even though I didn’t see them. The “style” of the series was communicated to me without my brain even recognizing it. So, if I find that I really like something, *and* I think, amateurish standards and all, that it tells its story really well, then it *deserves* a 10/10. Of course, when we start talking about the artistic elements, I’m a little out of my league, so my standards are actually pretty low.

    The nice thing about my standards is that they still leave me a little wiggle room so if I *don’t* really like something but still feel that it uses artistic elements well enough to deserve a really high rating, I can do that while (mostly) ignoring my own personal feelings about it (I feel this way about One Unit Whole Blood (a video game), for instance).

    That said, I also like your view, where a 10/10 is something with real *impact*. I think in my case it would be Rurouni Kenshin instead of Naruto. I will always remember Rurouni Kenshin and the impact it had on me, and even if I as a “critic” don’t feel it deserves a 10/10, I as an anime fan with always give it special remembrance. And I guess that’s sort of like a “10/10” kind of status in its own way.

    Nice post, Ty.

    • Oh goodness me, no. I could never in good conscience give a show I utterly hated a respectable rating simply because it looked pretty, or featured some pretty smooth animation. Take Blood-C for example: sure, it featured the CLAMP art I so adore and the fight scenes were always animated brilliantly, but those things did little to make up for the fact it was an utter train-wreck in terms of both characterisation and storyline, which are so much more important how could I possibly give a show like that a decent rating? I guess it also comes down to the fact I feel as though I have a responsibility to the rest of the anime community to let them know just how horrific a horrific show is- I could never live with myself if someone who trusts my opinion saw I’d rated Blood-C (to use it as an example again) generously then decided to watch it based on that, only to then go on to be ridiculously disappointed- it’s happened to me when I’ve observed the ratings of others, so I can’t see why it might not happen in reverse.

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