皆さん、おはようございます。 - Minna-san, ohayou gozaimasu.
私の名前はぎでおんです。 - Watashi no namae wa Gideon desu.
My name is Gideon.
I have a wide array of genres that I follow, everything from Horror to Slice of Life. The only genres I generally don't enjoy are Ecchi, Fanservice, Harem, Reverse Harem, and Comedies.
I am studying Psychology and am particularly interested in Motivation. As such I place a great emphasis on motivation when it comes to my anime. I need to know why a character is doing something, he needs to have a reason for his actions and decisions. The only time I excuse a character not having an apparent reason, is when the mystery surrounding it is part of the story.
I frequently review anime and I am always looking at and listening to what people ask me to review. So feel free to comment on my page and ask me to review an anime I have seen, or to watch and review an anime I haven't.
When I'm watching and just finished watching an anime, I give it a star rating based on my enjoyment of the series, this is not the same as my review rating based on my analysis of the anime.
The Current State of Things
Please feel free to request reviews!
I will finally be able to get some reviews done. I haven't been a deadweight, as my viewing page shows, and will be doing so e reviews as the spring season's anime begin coming to a close. This season has been a pretty good one, with only a few anime that I've dropped.
However, with the end of a season, comes the usual issue I face every time: What anime shoukd I wztch in the new season? I have a couple on my want to watxh list, but I'm largely unsure. If you have any suggestions or requests, please send them!
My Review Style
I have recently decided on a format for my reviews, and I will be revisiting reviews I made prior to using this format in order to bring them to par with this model. My reviews tend to be very analytical, I look not at how much I enjoyed the anime, though that does make part of it, but at how well the anime was executed and how well the different elements I find important play into the overall quality of the anime.
Here I give a short introduction to my review, saying something about the anime.
Here I review the story/plot of the anime, looking at the different elements I consider important to the story. I also look at the way the story was depicted in the anime in terms of scene positioning and execution.
This title differs depending on the genre. Essentially I look at what makes the story fall into the genre it is listed at, how those elements are incorporated into the story, and how they are depicted within the anime.
Here I look at how balanced the story and its depiction is. Wether the story focuses too heavily on gore, drama etc. or if it carefully balances it out to present you with a combination of elements to make the story exciting and easy to watch (unless otherwise required for the goal of the anime).
By surprise I don’t mean jump scares or ‘o shit’ moments. I mean how does the story keep you watching from one episode to the next. The Afrikaans phrase is ‘boeiend’, what this means is how much you feel obliged to keep watching.
Here I investigate the way the written plot and script is turned into a visual story, the different factors that are used, and how well these are executed.
Colour is an important part of any anime. It helps set the tone and create feelings within the viewers. I look at how original the colour usage is, how apt it is to the story, and whether it contributes or detracts from the story.
In this category I look for originality. Is the animation style the same as every other anime out there, or do the creators go a different direction. Do they try to bring something new to the table, and how well does it fit with the anime.
Motion is what makes an anime different from a manga. I look at how fluid and high quality the motions are animated, how well they are choreographed, and if they are realistic, or if it feels like a god-style videogame.
Sound is an important part of an anime. I look at both the quality of the voices, the background sounds, and the music scores used in the anime. How applicable they are, and if they fit in with the feeling of the anime.
I look at how well the opening and closing themes get you in the mood for the anime, and how the in-episode music fits in with what is happening in the scenes in general.
It’s all about the people. How well are the characters thought out and depicted in the anime, and are they even worth putting in the anime at all.
As I say in all my review, motivation is central to my idea of a good set of characters. Each character is a person, and as such needs a reason for doing what he does, and for making the decisions he makes. If I can’t grasp the reason for a characters action and decisions, and if it isn’t intended to be that way for the story, then I am likely to review the anime badly.
Breaking from archetypes
Everyone hates generic characters that you can sum up right after seeing. It is especially so for me. Each character needs a unique feel to him. I highly value original characterisation and unique approaches to character personalities.
This is quite simple, how do the main characters stack up and how well presented are they.
I do the same here as for main characters.
Importance to story
It’s important for me that each character have a reason for existing, other than filling the screen with faces, and the time with pointless conversation. Each character needs to bring something unique to the story, and impact intrinsically the way the story plays out and how the main characters develop throughout.
Here I bring everything together and give my recommendation for the anime, should you watch it, or is this review enough about the story and you needn’t bother with wasting you time watching it.