rating anime

Ratings.

The first thing on my mind when I see this word in the context of anime is myanimelist. This is probably because that’s the only place where I actually rate anime.

And really it’s the only place where I’m looking at anime ratings. At times they are one of the factors I use to determine if an anime is worth watching.

Sure enough, they can be too high or too low, depending on the show, but they sort of give the general idea of how good the series is. In most cases at least.

At first I decided not to rate each anime I watch, because I thought I will too often think about the score I would give. I thought I will give it too much importance.

Later on I changed my mind and realized that rating shows really isn’t that deep. There is really no need to sit down for 2 hours and think of every single detail that would increase or decrease the score.

I don’t have any special rating systems in my head. Things that automatically increase my score if I see it in the anime. Or things that automatically do the otherwise.

I don’t write down a score for each segment of an anime (story, plot, characters, etc…) and then combine it into one single score. That would take too long and I would probably struggle to pick the right score for each segment.

I just want enjoyment

There are loads of reasons for an anime to be enjoyable or the other way round. It can literally be from the theme of the anime to the mood I’m in on the day of watching. Or there can be a character that reminds me of certain people and situations from my life that I’d rather forget.

That’s why rating each show is different.

You have the most emotional, tear-jerking story possible? Great, but what’s the point if I can’t relate to the characters or if I find them unlikeable?

Sure enough, combined with emotional music it could still work and make me cry, but I would tell you that I’m missing that “something” to call it a masterpiece and you would get an 8/10 instead.

So what makes a “masterpiece”?

Fascinating plot. Well developed or relatable characters. Heartwarming moments. Sheer emotion. The setting. The timing of watching.

All of that and more has influenced me when I gave certain series the “perfect” score.

For Hunter x Hunter it was put simply – everything xD It has managed to balance everything. Stunning, deep and meaningful writing, the characters, the music, the levels of hype, the animation quality, the emotional moments. Simply everything was on point.

Ofcourse Hunter x Hunter has flaws too, just like every anime in existence, but all the positives heavily outweigh the negatives.

I could say the similar for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Both are just the perfect balance of everything.

In Steins;Gate I felt a strong connection to the characters, which led to a lot of emotional moments accompanied by the beautiful music. The plot and the way everything comes together has been mindblowing.

I was fascinated by the themes of the series and it’s references to real events/organizations/people.

I watched Madoka Magica soon after Steins;Gate. It taught me to never judge an anime by its cover.

Toradora is an anime that will always make me happy, it just works so well for me in every single way. I simply love everything about it.

Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho reminded me how much I love travelling and need it in my life. And it managed to bring a unique story that is both emotional and motivational. With 4 best girl characters along the way.

Assassination Classroom amazed me with the way it turned something absurd into one of the most emotional and touching things I’ve ever seen.

To sum it up, I’m rating everything as an overall package. Package of enjoyment. That package includes different things from anime to anime.

If the positives outweigh the negatives so much that I have to think hard to actually think of the bad parts of the anime, you are probably looking at a “masterpiece”.

If I’m thinking more about the negatives than what I actually enjoyed, you are probably looking at a 7/10 at best anime.

 

Do you have any special ways you rank each anime? I’d love to know your thoughts!

 

 

Reboot InfoGamer, held in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is “one of the biggest games shows in the world”, according to their official website.

And my university was kind enough to take care of the transport and ticket costs for our one day visit.

I was looking forward to this day a lot because I’ve seen Bandai Namco would be featured.

This gave me some hope that they will present Jump Force.

It turns out my hopes were actually fulfilled.

Trying out Jump Force

Since it was announced that the Hunter x Hunter characters Gon and Hisoka will feature in this game, I knew I wanted to buy it.

And when they announced Kurapika will also be one of the playable characters, it’s fair to say my hype levels were quite high.

Seeing I could actually try this game out made me so happy.

Unfortunately, the version I could play didn’t involve Kurapika, but I guess you can’t have everything at once.

Compared to a game like Blazblue, Jump Force felt simpler. As always with fighting games, I didn’t know exactly which button did what, but I don’t feel it would take too long to get the hang of it.

I enjoyed playing Hisoka the most. He felt easier to handle for a first-time player and was simply very fun to play.

My anticipation for playing this game was worth it. It was so fun, i came back to it two more times.

Worth buying. Especially when you consider Kurapika will be there too, as well as Killua.

More fighting games

After the hype and fun I had with Jump Force, I played Soulcalibur VI with friends.

And again, unlike Blazblue, this game felt so much easier to get into.

I keep mentioning Blazblue, and it’s because it was the first anime fighter I played.

The amount of combos each character has felt like too much for a newbie. Also, catching up on the story of the game takes a lot of investment. But I guess that’s not surprising when the Blazblue I bought is Chronophantasma Extend.

After Soulcalibur we played Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo.

It was pure fun. No complicated hard to hit combos. Super enjoyable with friends. I almost wish I have the Super Nintendo now.

There was also the One Piece game, World Seeker. It’s anime related so I had to take a picture.

Some time later I found out that a Balkan visual novel is a thing.

I don’t know about the details, I didn’t end up playing it but in hindsight I probably should had done so.

In any case it was nice seeing something like that in this country. Maybe it’s not all so dark for the Croatian otaku afterall.

Here you can check out the website for the visual novel.

Other than a bit of Yu-Gi-Oh and Light Yagami and L POP toys that were being sold, that was pretty much all anime related stuff I could see.

Well, at the gaming fair, at least…

Hunting for manga

I knew Zagreb was possibly the only place in this country where I could buy manga.

The entire day I was excited for Jump Force and the prospect of buying actual manga later on.

One of those things came true and I had to make the latter come true too. I knew I would have regrets otherwise.

Leaving the gaming fair area would mean you can’t go back inside. I wanted to make that move around an hour before our scheduled departure time.

The friends I hanged out with didn’t have reasons to leave yet. In the end, 30 minutes before the scheduled departure, I left the gaming fair area.

The store where they apparently sold manga was some 10 minutes away. If you were extremely fast, that is.

I had to do it. It was a crazy thing to do. Stupid maybe. But I had to do it.

I don’t remember the last time I was walking that quickly. I reached the store some 15 minutes before departure time. That meant I only had precious few minutes in the store.

It didn’t help that the store was on the third floor of the building. I had to use the moving stairs.

Finding the store, I quickly glanced from the window and saw the “comics” section. If it was somewhere it would have to be there.

I went inside. Quickly scanned through the things they had. Actual manga. In Croatia. Had no time to be shocked.

Titles included Noragami, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, My Hero Academia.

I took the only Ansatsu Kyoushitsu volume avaliable. Volume 5. I wanted to support the author of one of my favorite anime ever.

Volume 5 is when Nagisa has his first true badass moment. No regrets.

The second manga I bought was the latest My Hero Academia volume that was available. It was volume 13. I didn’t know exactly which volumes has the anime covered but I knew 13 was a close number.

It turns out volume 13 covers the final episodes of season 3.

Coming back from the store I even ran for a while. But I came 2 minutes before the scheduled time to leave.

No regrets. 100% worth it. I still can’t believe I’m now a manga owner. And that it actually happened in my own country.

In the bus I opened the MHA volume and the friend next to me said “it’s like anime in small”. Pretty obvious but it’s actually such a cute way to put it.

Conclusion

That would sum up what was overall a great day…

Until I dropped my phone.

At first it was a minor purple spot, but the phone basically started to bleed internally and by morning I knew I won’t be able to use it anymore.

So if you are wondering why I haven’t been active on Instagram, this is your reason.

It’s also a part of why the blog hasn’t been updated for a week.

The other reason is simply – university.

Tough times before a tough exam on Wednesday. And more of them next week too.

Which, ofcourse, doesn’t mean I should simply stop posting. I feel bad for the inactivity.

I’ll try my best to do better. Please look forward to it.