Hello everyone! Back in the old site, we had a review guide written by Wales, one of best reviewers in the community. Unfortunately, we didn't save the guide. What we have here is a short, casual guide written by Dream and SnowyMountain of Anime Vice and Screened, long time expert reviewers in our communities. Please thank them for taking the time to share advice.
Then, we talk about formats. Basically, you pretty experiment and try new things to find out what your preferred review style is. We list formats that folks had used.
The big one obviously: make sure it's your own work and you are not copying off someone else.
Try minimizing spoilers. The whole point of a review is to give a reader your perception of the series for them to determine whether or not a title is worth their time and many do not want the whole experience ruined for them.
Make it coherent and simple enough to follow. Not all readers will be familiar with series jargon that gets tossed around or elements to Japanese culture that are mentioned in a title. Minimize the jargon where possible and try to define as best you can the cultural elements brought up within the title in question if it is a major aspect of the series.
Provide clear reasons where possible as to why you may like or dislike certain elements to a series. This allows readers to have a better perception of the type of series you were watching and whether or not it would fit into the expectations that they may have for it.
Be honest with how you feel about a title. You don't always have to hop on the bandwagon with how many may feel toward a particular title and not everyone will buy into the praises and hype that popular titles receive. It is okay to have a differing point of view from how most may perceive a title in question.
Everyone is going to have an opinion and not everybody is going to share it. It is very rare that 10 out 10 people all like or enjoy a movie, tv series, or anime. So it is important that reviewers understand that and accept this. Do not take it personally if someone disagrees with you. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, including you.
Here are formats used by our reviewers. Don't forget to experiment until you find your own reviewing style.
Here is one that Dream uses:
Introduction- Summarize the premise and elements of the series.
Good- What I enjoyed from the series.
Bad- My issues with the series.
Presentation- Mostly cover the visuals, though I'll usually cover the music if anything stuck out with it (don't often do this since a good chunk of popular and recent titles milk the daylights out of J-pop and J-rock themes).
Overall- Final thoughts on the series as a whole and whether or not it is worth watching.
Here is one that SnowyMountain uses:
Introduction -- basic info about a series or movie
Summary -- a brief plot synopsis or highlights of important details
Impression -- my general feelings and thoughts of the series/movie itself; breaking down the good and bad sections from the story, the actors/characters, visual effects, sound effects, etc.
Suggestions -- my feeling on what I felt could have been improved or perhaps what I would have done instead
Conclusion -- wrapping up, general explanation of my overall rating for the series/movie
Another category you can add would be audience such as this X series is good for folks who like X this?
Feel free to suggest formats or areas you can review of anime and TV series/films, too.
Thank you everyone, I hope this guide help you write reviews. Have some fun!
I read this guide twice. I had a question on how to tackle "reviewing a controversial piece of anime and manga" I realize that was a good question to ask at the time. I didn't thought of that topic back then.
Now, I'm facing a troubling show that might cause trouble for myself. The last two lines of tip help him a bit. I should be honest in reviewing something controversial.
Oh yeah, I should pin this thread since I have the power to do so compared to when I made the thread, I was only an anime moderator.
Dream: Taka: Looks like you didn't click on the link in my last comment. You'll get the DIO nod when you click on it.
Jan 7, 2020 22:15:55 GMT
Master Menos: Dream: I've always been a PC guy anyways. (Yeah, that was funny!)
Jan 8, 2020 4:09:50 GMT
Master Menos: Sidebar updated! Taka: My turn to scratch your back, Taka. 2019 me got really messed up with the job. @_@
Jan 8, 2020 4:53:59 GMT
Taka: Thanks Master Menos! I'll work on finishing the Winter 2020 guide.
Jan 9, 2020 4:50:29 GMT
Dream: My second Funi poll is done. Titles I will be watching and reviewing will include Chobits, Samurai Champloo, Spice and Wolf, Gankutsuou, and Dance in the Vampire Bund. Will let folks know which one I start off tomorrow at some point.
Jan 11, 2020 5:39:30 GMT
Dream: First anime I will sample among the Funi titles is Chobits. As a heads up, the series on Funi's Youtube channel is missing the two recap episodes the series aired. Not that I'll be missing those however.
Jan 11, 2020 15:13:09 GMT
Dream: Wow, never knew Shinbo was Gil, Sousuke, and Domon. More you know.
Jan 11, 2020 17:52:00 GMT
Dream: Just completed Chobits. Will get a review up for it at some point this afternoon.
Jan 18, 2020 18:37:22 GMT
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT