Come one, Come all!
Welcome readers, and welcome to my entry for the Blog Carnival. Yes, an Anime Blog Carnival. Orchestrated by du5k from One Minute of Dusk, the idea is that, du5k, and other fellow ani-bloggers (me included) write a post focusing on one uniform topic, which in this carnival, is about what makes a 10/10 anime – to create a widespread discussion among both the readers and the ani-blogging community.
So step right up, boys and girls, don’t be shy, and let’s get this carnival on the road.
I think of myself as a rather generous score giver on MAL. The lowest I’d give would probably be around 6 or 7 out of 10, while the rest would be mostly 8’s and 9’s. I once tried this graph rating equivalence that associates the scores you gave on your MAL account. My “unmodified” ratings at that time were criticized by the site, pointing out something like – “You either only watched godly anime, or are completely retarded. Please fix your ratings to make MAL a better place.” I have no good excuse really, because it was partly true. I give shows, that I enjoyed watching, good scores. I made it a rule to myself to never score shows that I dropped, simply because it would be unfair to the show, so I never really had to give a low score to a show.
Then came du5k’s invitation. It really piqued my interest because, I only gave a perfect score to four, maybe five shows. I tried thinking to myself “Why did I give this show a 10?” If I were to give the simplest answer I could, I’d just say “Because I enjoyed it”. I didn’t want to use those basic parameters used in MAL and other internet rating sites (like plot, characters, visuals, sound etc.), since those are what make an anime. But is that all that it takes to make a 10/10 Anime?
I went and thought of what I would use as parameters to discern whether a show is a “masterpiece”. I mean, don’t we all have our own way of telling if something is good? I didn’t know how to put it into words at first, but it all came around after overcoming my Physics 10 exam.
So yeah, these are more less, points I’d consider, aside from enjoyment.
“The same phenomenon is sought again, preferably by independent investigation, and the interpretation given to it is confirmed or discarded by means of novel analysis and experimentation.”
“Scientists attempt to abstract the information into the form that is both simplest and aesthetically most pleasing – the combination called elegance – while yielding the largest amount of information with the least amount of effort.”
– I liken this one to a show’s plot. A 10/10 show should have the ability to gently guide the viewer through its universe through the least amount of strain on the viewer’s side, but a great amount of plot dissemination from the show, while also managing the duration of a story arc. “Info-dump”, even if done justifiably, is still something I’d hold against a series.
“If something can be properly measured, using universally accepted scales, generalizations about it are rendered unambiguous.”
– The viewer himself/herself has a part in this. If a show is a masterpiece, then there should be a definitive reason as to why, and that reason could more or less be the same for the viewer, and for others who liked that certain show. Of course “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and “everyone is entitled to their own opinion” still applies, but this is also a way to show that you liked that show for what it really was.
” The explanations most likely to survive of different phenomena are those that can be connected and proved consistent with one another.”
– This has to do with a show’s episodes and story arcs. Basically, it would have to feel like the flow of the story still goes well, despite the transition to a different arc, and/or the occasional “breather” episode. Bad fillers are the main target here. A loophole would be episodic anime, but the episodes should still hold some sort of plot development.
“The best science stimulates further discovery, often in unpredictable new directions; and the new knowledge provides an additional test of the original principles that led to its discovery.”
– For me, it means that a 10/10 show should always be considered “open” by viewers for discussion, possibly in the hopes of sequels, prequels, OVA’s, remakes, etc. The idea here is that, if it’s good, then you’d want more – that you would find yourself excited over a single OVA, or that you would hope and pray for a sequel, even though the odds are totally against it, or you just enjoy talking about the show with other people who feel the same.
So there you have it. In the end, enjoyment still plays the biggest part for me though. Of course, these are just my opinions, and my palate for good anime has yet to be tested thoroughly. I’ll just have to see if all I’ve said holds true in the future, but for now, I think the above are good enough ways to judge a show’s 10/10-ness.
So yeah, thank you for visiting my booth, and by all means, share your thoughts and check out my fellow ani-bloggers’ posts. Spread the carnival guys ^^
Check out what makes a 10/10 anime for these guys: (links to follow)
Ambivalence, or is it Ambiguity?
The Otaku’s Study
Draggle’s Anime Blog
Mainichi Anime Yume
Lemmas and Submodalities
One Minute of Dusk
World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko