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Post #788040
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10:56 pm, Jan 7 2021
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Title says as it. I just consider Art and Plot.

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Post #788044
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6:19 am, Jan 8 2021
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That tends to be a fairly complex process for me.
1) art style - doesn't need to be extremely good but it needs to mesh well or stand out (for good reasons). This generally will have a low impact but can greatly increase enjoyment.
2) translation - usually that just means I skip and don't read them, but bad available translation work can utterly wreck a rating if it breaks too much. A great example are older shoujo manga from some groups that make it impossible to read due to grammatical errors or typos up to even logical inconsistency.
3) plot - I'm not too fussed about plot execution and generally excuse a lot of shortcomings or inconsistencies but the most influential criteria is that it needs to fit the story type. If you are an action/drama/adventure and actively keep wasting my time then that'll nuke the rating. it's one of the reasons why I stopped death note in the middle because there was nothing there at that point. If you have to put in fillers or reset the story setup process that's gonna seriously detract from it, though I prefer to skip rating things that fall off steeply after a certain point because the rating would have to be split at that point.
4) characters - for me the single most important criteria. This is what drives the plot, so if your plot is good but the characters behind it are trash, it's wasted effort. What makes a good character is of course highly subjective but in general I expect a few things:
- being consistent (actions should resonate with intentions/feelings)
- being "human" (inconsistencies should have a believable reasons)
- being "progressive" (put your pitchforks down, I'm not talking about lgbtq+ here but about character development - story progress should directly influence the characters in it, which in turn drive the story forward)
- being unique (this is hard to explain but it basically boils down to having interesting character traits. This doesn't mean "eating a lot" counts. A good example would be Bonnouji, where the main character having collected lots of stuff is only a plot point, but the way he interacts with the female mc through that - playfully and observant but clumsy - is what makes him interesting)
- characters usually get extra points for being nice/sweet (they don't have to be all UwU) but the most important thing is that they are compelling.

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Post #788064
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11:31 pm, Jan 8 2021
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One quality I look for that doesn’t seem to be talked about too often is how creatively the author uses the medium. As in, how is the author showing the reader that this story can only be told as a manga, and wouldn’t be better suited to a book, film, or television series? I think Akira Toriyama does a fantastic job of creating fight scenes that specifically guide the readers eye from panel to panel and give you the illusion of movement even though you’re looking at a still image. Not many authors can do that. Another manga that does something interesting with the paneling and layout is Chainsaw Man, in that it will often have the drawings break the boundaries of the manga panels to create an almost 3D experience. Besides this I usually look for the standard plot, good artwork, thematic content, etc.

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9:27 pm, Jan 20 2021
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I always prioritize story-telling. A very simple story, without fantasy characters like dragons and fairies, can be exceptionally good, if the creator can tell the story in an engaging manner. A manga with good story-telling can always keep the readers on their toes, always wanting for more and always hooked to swipe to the next page.

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8:40 am, Apr 7 2021
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Primarily how much i enjoy it, but also a bit of how likely I'll read it again and how likely I'll suggest it to others

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