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.
Taka: I remember watching Devils' Line. I can't remember any issues I had. I have to look at my comments.
Oct 13, 2021 2:07:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: One of those familiar vampire stories in a modern setting where the male lead hates himself because of his vampiric nature and is in love with a human woman. The execution of the whole story is pretty clumsy and from what I gather, the anime is...
Oct 13, 2021 9:20:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...rushing through 40 chapters of manga material to fit into 12 anime episodes. Definitely shows with how quickly it's creaming through events, with the main couple being bland between angsty male vampire and the human female devoted to him.
Oct 13, 2021 9:21:50 GMT
Old Man Dream: Besides that plot, said male lead's involved with a secret government agency tasked with controlling vampires that give into their bloodlust.
Oct 13, 2021 9:22:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: And adding more insult to injury, the new Injustice animated movie is a big mess.
Oct 14, 2021 1:39:37 GMT
Taka: I read through my comments. Bloodlust and rapes along with innuendos. The romance I never mentioned of - with the details you mentioned - I remembered now it was pretty bad.
Oct 14, 2021 4:39:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: I'm thankfully pretty far in the series. Just have 3 more episodes, which I should get taken care of by tomorrow evening. Kind of regret thinking this would be a good title to dabble into for Halloween.
Oct 14, 2021 9:17:57 GMT
Taka: Didn't catch the Injustice movie. Waiting for it to be digitally available. That's a shame.
Oct 15, 2021 1:57:55 GMT
Old Man Dream: The movie got leaked online a week early before its release date. The negative reception to it, especially with how regarded the comic book and video game versions of Injustice are, got me curious to see how bad it was. I won't spoil things unlike most...
Oct 15, 2021 9:18:08 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...folks are unfortunately doing. But I'll just say that it both tries cramming too much into an 80-minute film and alters things rather heavily compared to the game and comics.
Oct 15, 2021 9:19:07 GMT
Taka: That is a shame considering they split Long Halloween into two parts. I guess with Injustice, you are appealing to 3 groups: the video game folks, the comic book folks, and then the new fans.
Oct 16, 2021 5:59:49 GMT
Old Man Dream: It sounds like you're assuming the games and comics run separate stories. The video game series serves as the main story of the franchise, while the comics serve as prequel or interquel to expand on and fill in the details on events that weren't...
Oct 16, 2021 12:33:54 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...elaborated on within the video games.
Oct 16, 2021 12:36:18 GMT
Taka: Thanks for the correction. For some reason I thought the video game was loosely based on the comic books and treated the two as separate stories. With fighting games, I assumed they had more flexibility due to different endings.
Oct 17, 2021 2:49:30 GMT