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Right now I'm categorizing all series on the site based on:

Watched = Watched, Rated and have Written a Review For.

Watching = I've watched and Reviewed part of the series. 

Stalled = I own the series in full/part but haven't had the chance to Review

Want to Watch = Want to watch based on recomendations, reviews or minor viewing. 

Won't Watch = Based on the premise and reviews from trusted reviewers I'm not interested in these series.

Dropped and "1 Episode Watched" = I may be interested in watching the show, but it's currently unavailable in English.  

"2 Episodes Watched" = There aren't any relevent reviews to decide if I'd watch the series or not. 

I also rate on a scale that might be a little lower than others, as I feel to be rated a 9 or 10 means you really need to have it all, likable characters, an interesting story, great music, and originality. An 8 means it's still a great show, but was possibly just a bit too short or lacked some story/ character developement. I personally think that having 1,250 shows rated between 8 and 9 means ratings around here are way too high (and explains why I've had to struggle through watching some real stinkers that were rated highly.)

Life on anime

  • 38 Minutes
  • 2 Hours
  • 4 Days
  • 1 Week
  • 2 Months
  • 0 Years

Anime ratings

  • 5
  • 4.5
  • 4
  • 3.5
  • 3
  • 2.5
  • 2
  • 1.5
  • 1
  • 0.5

248 total

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ironbolk Aug 3, 2021

Thank you for your reply! This has been a fun discussion for me! :)

I do agree with a lot of your points! The story overall did not have a set conclusion, as it was more side stories. I don't feel like the characters got any development and the 'training' they did. I have no clue what they gained out of that. I do believe that they built history of the/or just the abyss in general well. There are things like the landscape in the background, animals, or subtle dialogue that helps build the abyss, like a ship in the wall in the 3rd layer, the great fault.  The history is intriguing, but not ally doven upon as there is little anyone knows. 

You said that Reg is used as a "cheat code" of sorts because it's easier than writing up an interesting way to solve a problem. On that statement, I'm torn. I do agree that their problems could be solved in a more interesting way, but I really like the dynamic he has with Riko. Riko is extremely knowledgeable because she has studied the abyss' plants and wildlife, but on the other hand, she is extremely weak (even though she is trained as a cave rider) and can be hurt by the curse of the abyss. On the other hand, Reg has the power to fight monsters, but he is not confident, is quiet, and drawn back. He also falls unconscious after he has used his incinerator. They work in a perfect way together where Riko has the knowledge and Reg has the power, but the story still lacks in terms of solving a problem in an interesting way. You rated SAO over Made in Abyss, whereas SAO has the same problem-solving. Oh, there is a problem here? Aight let's throw Kirito at it. boom, problem solved. 

That the show is too graphic can be understood, but I do not agree with it. The graphic scenes help amplify how horrific the abyss really is, and that a wrong move, or if you end up in the wrong hands, you will be hurt. When Mitty and Nanachi got transformed was horrifying, but it helped enhance the terror of Bondrewd and showed what horrific things can happen deeper down in the abyss. 

Ebonyslayer Dec 31, 2020

Since I thought about it, the author probably didn't do a good job doing research for stuff relating to the Yugo manga/anime. And I wanted to like the story, even if it wasn't perfect. There was some really cool ideas, but it all sort of falls flat if you don't develop the protagonist and how he made it to where he is. Feels like the sort of series people would read/watch cause its cool, but being cool can only take a series so far I guess.

Sarcataclysmal Apr 24, 2017

Hmmm. Intriguing argument, but the only problem with the runntime and not being standalone is the fact that Mardock Scramble was released theatrically rather than in a limited edition set or run on TV like the usual OVA would.

sothis Mar 24, 2016

Just wanted to drop by and say great reviews! They're well written, and I appreciate that you've been adding them for more obscure things as well like specials :)

sothis Apr 28, 2013


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