Today’s post is part of a new project called an “Anime Blog Carnival,” started by du5k. What it consists of is myself and a handful of other bloggers writing a post about the same topic, linking each others’ blogs, and submitting our posts on the same day. The first topic of discussion for the carnival is “What makes a 10/10 anime?”…
Before I get into exactly what kind of anime I feel deserves a 10/10 rating, I should first mention how I rate anime. In a post I wrote a while back, I discussed the two distinctions I feel exist in how we rate anime – the “head score” and the “heart score.” The head score is our rating for an anime based on how good we feel it is in terms of the usual things – story, characters, pacing, narrative flow, logicality, creativity, etc,. Our heart score however, is how good we feel it is in terms of our personal tastes and what we find entertaining, regardless of the other factors. It could be that it has tropes we like, character archetypes we adore, or a certain art style we can’t resist. For example, I find Angel Beats! vastly inferior to Cowboy Bebop in terms of story, setting, direction, character development, and other things. However, I personally enjoy watching Angel Beats! more than Cowboy Bebop. I’m more willing to spend money on Angel Beats! products and am basically more “into it” than Bebop. Why is this? Because Cowboy Bebop has a high head score for me while Angel Beats! has a high heart score. To simplify, the head score is our objective rating, the heart score is our subjective rating.
Some fans rate anime based solely on their head score, some base it solely on heart score, and some rate based on a balance of the two. So, with all that in mind, what anime would be deserving of a 10/10 rating from me? A very high head score for me practically guarantees a 10/10 rating. What this would encompass is an interesting story/plot that’s built up and resolved in a satisfying way, and a cast of characters that are entertaining and well written. I like to look at anime holistically, so every episode of the series doesn’t have to be 10/10 as long as the whole work averages that rating. If there’s any noticeable method of creativity and innovation when it comes to presenting these things, that would also increase the score. For slice-of-life/comedy anime that don’t rely on plot and character development, I’ll rate in terms of how good I feel the humor is and how fun the characters are. For all anime, if things like animation quality, character designs, music, and seiyuu performances are good, that’ll only increase the score to. But I can forgive these factors as long as the story and characters are of top quality.
While a very high head score for an anime equates a 10/10 rating from me, a very high heart score doesn’t unless I feel my head score for it is also of comparable quality. For example, I’m a big Pokemon fan and love watching the anime despite how flawed, predictable, and redundant it is. So, because of these things, I can’t give Pokemon a high rating despite my high heart score. But then there are series like Evangelion where I have a high head score and a high heart score for it. The head score alone would maybe be a 8/10 or 9/10, but my attachment to the characters and personal nostalgia (heart score) gave it that slight boost to a 10/10.
So to summarize, I feel there are two ways to rate anime – a head score and a heart score. For me, the head score is mostly what determines my number rating of an anime, though an additional high heart score can boost it. A 10/10 rated anime would, in my eyes, have a great story/plot, cast of characters, and narrative flow. Commendable music, art, and voice acting can also help give it extra points. But it’s my (mostly) objective view of plot, characters, and execution (characters and humor if it’s a plot-less slice of life/comedy) that determine the score.
That concludes my post for the carnival topic. I didn’t make it as long as my usual editorial posts because the idea for the carnival is to read the other participants’ posts too, so it wouldn’t do to make mine a chore to read through. If you’re interested in helping us make this project a success, please read and comment on the other bloggers’ posts on the same topic:
Anime B&B by Marina
The Otaku’s Study by Sam
Anime Viking by Marow
Nopy’s Blog by Nopy
Draggle’s Anime Blog by draggle
Hachimitsu by Mira
Ace Railgun by AceRailgun
Leap250’s Blog by Leap250
Lemmas and Submodalities by SnippetTee
Ephemeral Dreams by Ephemeral Dreamer
World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko by hoshiko
One Minute of Dusk by du5k
Listless Ink by Yi
Not all of the above bloggers will have their carnival posts up today, so you may have to check back if there are certain ones you want to read. Don’t feel like you have to read and comment on everyone’s posts. I know it’s a lot, so feel free to read and comment on as many or as little as you’d like.
On January 15th, we’re all supposed to write a round-up post about the results of the carnival and our opinions about it. I plan to have a regular post in a few days, and then the round-up post on the 15th. So…I’ll see you all then. Thanks for reading/commenting ^_^