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Re: EDIT 1: Oh definitely a good thing. That means everytime people see my avatar I charm the pants off them. ;)
Re: EDIT 2: Hmmm, I'll put Hunter x Hunter on my list. Not sure I was that into the synopsis or the art style, but worth checking out, I guess if you think I'll like it as much as Berserk. Thanks.
Well, you havne't said anything inappropriate as far as I could tell. And you put your arguments pretty clearly. Nor am I trying to be offensive either; I just think your rationale is flawed. Now, you are right in the sense that a reviewer should weigh up all aspects of a show; however, you have to admit that if there are only bad things to talk about, then expecting a reviewer to find good aspects that aren't there is pointless. Surely? Sheex's ratings reflect the fact that he saw no redeeming factors, hence his rating is that low. In all honesty, though, it seems you and Sheex have sorted that issue anyway, so that's cool.
I get kind of what you're saying, but your rationale doesn't make much sense in the context of reviews. There is no "absolute" objective score for a series - a rating has to be formulated from experience and opinion. Using your soap opera example, I don't see how ignoring its faults to give it a high score is fair in the slightest - if I ignored all Shigurui's faults, I'd have to rate it a 10.0 (as I would every anime.) The entire purpose in scoring so low is to demonstrate that Shigurui has no redeeming qualities - and that is an opinion based on my observation (which in this case we would be the objectivity.) Personally speaking, I don't care if somebody derives pleasure out of rape/torture/mass murder, but my review is going to reflect my distaste for this subject matter since the series discards story coherency and character development to make it prevalent.
If you want to whittle down the semantics further, claiming that a good story in an anime is a virtue is nothing more than an opinion as well. Thus, when it comes down to it, your upward rating by ignoring faults is just as "dishonest" as my considering my own opinions on the subject matter. A good review will always have opinion; however, it is up to the reviewer to support his opinion with objective fact. That is the breadth of how a review should be written (again, in my opinion) and I believe I justified my case with my Shigurui review. Make sense now? ><
And I've been considering watching Slayers for years now...just haven't got around to it. So many things to watch, so little time! =/
Lastly, my opinions on what a good anime is are always part of my reviews - they're part of any review. Keep in mind I rate things like Twelve Kingdoms so highly based partly on my opinion and partly on objectivity, so no review can ever be entire opinion free (nor should it be, for that matter.) Like any other review, I ranked Shigurui based on a mixture of opinion and objectivity, and ultimately I came to a conclusion at that score.
Hope that explained things. Thanks for reading as always. =)
I'm not sure how I'm being close-minded, as the series has absolutely no redeeming qualities in my opinion. It has no substance aside from its gore/violence, and all of it happens to follow a very sick/twisted nature. As I mentioned, the story itself is enormously roughshod, as it jumps around its timeline with almost no purposeful meaning, which leaves it with nothing but its content to fall back on. Keep in mind that my dislike of gore has nothing to do with objectivity, as I rated Higurashi a 7.5 and gave it high praise, and that's an enormously violent anime with many touchy themes. Higurashi had a purpose, however, while Shigurui had absolutely none but to showcase glorified sadism, and for that I feel it has zilch for worth.
The 1 ultimately stems from the fact that it was enormously bad in consideration of both its horrible characters (their only substantial dialogue was in their "revenge" speeches where they tortured each other) and its complete lack of purpose in story. The combination of these things with the inclusion of reprehensible content matter lead to my decision; and, to be fair, I think I would be close-minded to judge the series without considering its gory content, as that is all there is to really judge it with. In the final episode, for instance, the master of the Kogan-ryuu dojo kills two of his students completely at random, upon which 30 seconds is devoted to showing their bodies fly around in three pieces and their intestines fall out. 30 seconds. This isn't some random blood splatter, as it attempts to artisticly showcase this stuff as somehow "beautiful." (cont)
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