I'll use this blog page to progressively explain the rating systems I use and some other elements I take for granted, like particular expressions I use and so on. Consider this page an eternal "work in progress".
I used to give ratings to all five main aspects (story, characters, animation, music, acting) and then calculate the average as the "overall" score. However I realised that, like this, technical aspects had more weight than the actual content, which I don't think is fair. So now I calculate my average like this:
OVERALL = ((STORY+CHAR)x2+ ART + MUSIC+ ACTING) / 7
However, manga is a completely different medium, and there, I think, art should have the same weight as content, so I'll use a simple average between the three elements.
I use this method only as of July 2012, so my older reviews use a simple average. Gradually, I'll go back to them and correct the rating.
"Digimon syndrome" is a comparison I came up with to describe a particular progression in anime storytelling, in which the show starts off as a mildly childish monster-of-the-week succession of random battles, establishing the characters and getting the stuff running, only to suddenly take off around the 10th episode, starting a crescendo in quality, emotional impact and seriousness of themes, which doesn't let up until an epic, nostalgic and ultimately satisfying finale.
I'll be using this term without wasting space to explain it and just hotlink it here.
There's some works that I take for granted everyone has watched or at least has some knowledge about. Works I'll never review because at this point it would be stupid and because for some of them "review" would mean "three pages of over-enthusiastic analysis of why it's awesome". Works that became a landmark, that may have flaws but nonetheless became influential in the medium. I'll draw comparison to them taking for granted that the reader has at least an idea of what I'm talking about. It's not that I watched all of the classics of course (yet...), but when I mention one I know enough about it to do so.
It's the cliché of an anime's ending theme being a slow, melancholic ballad, often with orchestrations, love-themed or follow-your-dream-themed lyrics, catchy melody, and with the chorus very commonly using the I-V-vi-IV or the I-V-vi-iii-IV-I-IV-V or the I-V-vi-V chord progression (it's so common it's not even funny anymore). As examples, think Bokura no ashiato from Black Rock Shooter, Kimi ni todoku made from Onmyou Taisenki, Days aijou to nichiyou from Digimon Tamers, For you from Naruto: Shippuuden, to a certain extent even Dan dan kokoro hikareteku from Dragon Ball GT. Being an ObligatorySappyBallad(TM), of course, doens't make a song bad.
I made a typo once. I was typing "slice of life" and for some reason the first word came out as "slife". I decided I like the sound of that.
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