I’m sure you’ve seen a few of these posts around by now, but if you haven’t, du5k from One Minute of Dusk has come up with a blogging carnival with the topic of “What Makes a 10/10 Anime?”
A 10/10 rating can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but here’s a rundown of how I use the 10 point rating system:
Score of 10: perfect
Score of 9: could’ve improved in at least 1 area
Score of 8: overall great
Score of 7: enjoyable
Score of 6: average
Score of 5: meh
Score of 4: bad
Score of 3: waste of time
Score of 2: caused me to rage
Score of 1: should not exist
What we’re focusing on today is what exactly is “perfect”? I’ve thought about this for a while, and I’ve come up with this short list of what the perfect anime needs:
- decent production values
- likeable characters
- constant attention
Sounds simple, but lets consider each item separately.
This might sound shallow, but I will not watch an ugly or cacophonic anime. I’m not asking for sexy character designs like in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai or stunning scenery like in Makoto Shinkai films, but I expect some amount of effort to be put into the animation. The same goes for the sound; a series lacking any music or sound effects hardly seems like something with much thought put into it.
Having likeable characters is something that every successful anime must have. Not every character has to be liked, but there must be at least one that a viewer can sympathize with, ogle at, or laugh at.
Unlike most people, I don’t use “story” as a measure anymore, instead I consider how long an anime can hold my attention. If a series can keep me glued to the screen through all of its episodes, it has earned the right to be ranked 10/10. A slip-up or two would still keep a series ranked at 10, but if I find my mind wandering while watching, or I find myself pausing episodes as things come up, then that lowers the score. This means that an anime with no story (ie: slice of life) can still receive a perfect score, and series lacking in some areas can also have a chance as long as something else is there to keep me interested.
With that said, how many anime titles have I given a 10/10? According to MAL, out of 336 completed titles, I have given 10/10 to these 22 (and I highly recommend them):
Bungaku Shoujo: Memoire
Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Kimi ni Todoke
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Martian Successor Nadesico
Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
Seitokai no Ichizon
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Tsubasa Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations
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More on What Makes a 10/10 Anime
Bloggers from the sites below are all participating in this carnival and I encourage you to visit their sites to see what they have to say about what makes a 10/10 anime.