Time for some new anime blogger community fun! As a start, we try to find out what makes a perfect score anime.
What is this “Blog Carnival”?
The Blog Carnival is a project created by du5k from the blog One Minute of Dusk. The purpose is to create discussions around some specific topics and to do this a couple of bloggers have decided to participate (see below). But most of all, I believe it is to have fun and do something together. Hopefully it turns out well!
It starts with all of us participants creating our own post about the common topic we have been given and continues with us discussing it on each other’s blogs. On the 15th of January this project will come to an end with each of us doing our own roundup post, in which we do some kind of summary.
UPDATE! See my roundup post HERE.
So in short: be given a topic>write a post>discuss>roundup post. Simple.
List of participants – 14
Ace Railgun by AceRailgun
Anime B&B by Marina
Anime Viking by Marow
Draggle’s Anime Blog by Draggle
Ephemeral Dreams by Ephemeral Dreamer
Hachimitsu by Mira
Leap250’s Blog by Leap250
Lemmas and Submodalities by SnippetTee
Listless Ink by Yi
Mainichi Anime Yume by Yumeka
Nopy’s Blog by Nopy
One Minute of Dusk by du5k
The Otaku’s Study by Sam
World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko by hoshiko
We also decided to participate – 6
Late to the party – 1
Watashi wa bucho!! by Ty-chama
What Makes a Perfect Score Anime?
For starters, see how I slightly tweaked the title? There is a big reason to that which concerns the topic itself. You see, people tend to use a whole load of different scoring systems, which tends to create a mess of confusion. It could be letters, numbers, “avoid, you choose, great” or something completely else. The most common ones are the five- and ten-point scales, but even using them, the usage of scales is not crystal clear. Everyone will interpret them differently, some never using the lower half of a ten-point scale and so on. And while we are at it, how do you translate a 4/5 score to a ten-point scale?
As you can see, it is downright impossible to handle the scales alone in a universally accepted and fully understood way. This is why I brought this up, because it is the very basis of how you rate anime. To understand what makes a perfect score anime for someone, you first have to understand the scale that person is using. But more importantly, you have to understand how that person uses it.
My point is that even if both you and I rate a show 10/10, it will never be by the same reasons. You may rate solely on enjoyment or story, while I rate it as a whole. Which brings me to my next point: the perfect score anime is only based on your personal opinion. Yes, perhaps you try to stay objective, but in the end, it is unavoidable to let some of your own tastes affect the score. What you find to be enjoyable will be thrash to someone else! There is nothing that could be called a “completely perfect masterpiece” that should be given the highest possible score by everyone who has watched it. It is only a matter of personal taste.
With that said, let us get going to what makes a perfect score anime for me, which actually is a hard nut to crack. Out of currently 182 completed shows on MyAnimeList, I have only given 10/10 to eleven of them (see the list HERE). If it instead were a five-point scale they used, there would be a lot of more shows that would be given the ”perfect score”. What I mean by saying this, is that I will never save the highest score for the “omgsupermegalegendmasterpiece” anime like some elitist. I rate out of enjoyment and as a whole, with the former weighting a little bit more than the latter.
When I say “as a whole”, it is actually more like the question: “am I disturbed by anything?”. Let us take Aria the Natural as an example to easier explain what I mean. For me, Aria the Natural is an amazing show, something I would not hesitate to call one of my personal masterpieces. The setting is lovely, the atmosphere is on top, the characters are enjoyable and the music is nothing short of fantastic. I enjoyed, no, experienced it. But despite all this, there was one part it could not manage as good as the others; namely the art. There were occasional times every now and then when the characters could really look off model. But, I asked myself, did this bother or detract from the overall experience? Not in the slightest, was the answer. The sometimes wonky art did not disturb my journey with Aria the Natural at all. You could say that as a whole, it was good enough so those little mistakes could be overlooked. Only an elitist would be annoyed by them.
In the same way, I try to take the purpose of the show into consideration. The characters of Aria the Natural may be very far from underdeveloped, but they are nothing you could call deep. But then again, does this matter in this show? Is it trying to be deep? No, it is trying to make you feel harmonic, something it gracefully succeeds with.
In the end, my perfect score anime is a mixture of my overall enjoyment and the whole. It is something so gripping that I cannot stop watching and at the same time something I am not bothered with. Everything simply works. Usually, if it manages to create a special feeling inside of me, saying that this was damn good, it is considered a plus. But how I explain that feeling beats me. You will most likely understand it yourselves, if you know what I mean!
What makes your perfect score anime?