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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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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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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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6:43 pm, May 17 2021
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Quote from achyif
Primarily how much i enjoy it


Me too.
By how much I enjoy it, how satisfied I am after reading

Myself atm can't believe why my past self could like many terrible series. I used to like it in the past, but in the future I may not enjoy it anymore

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8:20 pm, May 17 2021
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Looking at myself, I'm inconsistent in just one place. I may have a preference that makes me spontaneously like and dislike a series. But I believe every manga/manhwa has its own color which makes them attractive. So I'm going to just look at what the author gives as is and what the manga pulls from me. I see art, but also see plot. The combination of the two can complement each other, but there is always a case where the other is disappointing—although not all of them affect the score. If it's cliché but good is good, bad is bad, it’s even better if they are to be able to provide complex elements and great details. Sometimes I always craving for this sense of cleverness in their storytelling. Their ability to stir things up.

Other factors: because I'm also human, I sometimes allow myself to be consumed by emotions and judge based on these silly rages *cough*.

So it seems like a complicated process but it isn't really? I'm a pretty simple reviewer after all. Title A and title B are about love polygons for example, but because their nature is different I also treat them differently from the others. Even my principles are useless whenever I come across a lot of series that always break my expectations.

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1:10 am, May 18 2021
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I usually consider:
1. The story. Is it interesting? Is it well told? Well paced? Are the “rules” of the world consisting followed? How original is the premise? Is the main conflict interesting and weighty enough to drive a whole story? Is the conclusion satisfying?
2. The art. Is it aesthetically pleasing? Is it unique? Its a plus to me when a manga’s art looks nice and is easily distinguishable from other works. Is it consistent? Does it improve overtime?
3. The characters. ARE THEY LIKEABLE? DO THEIR MOTIVATIONS MAKE SENSE? ARE THEY WELL DEVELOPED? ARE THEY CONSISTENT? Do they have good chemistry amongst each other? How do their relationships change or grow throughout the story? The Characters are the most important factor in a manga to me.
4. How likely am I to re-read this?
5. Did this story invoke an emotional reaction out of me? Did I cry when something sad happened? Was I angry on the behalf of a character that was wronged? Was I happy when they achieved their goal? Am I invested? Do I care about the Characters and their journey?

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1:15 am, May 18 2021
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The main three criteria, are how much I personally enjoyed the manga, how my fun aside well told I believe the story to be put together, and how I thought the characters were written. Characters are the top priority to keep me invested in any story.

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3:17 am, May 18 2021
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Reviews? Honestly, if I have something to say, whether it's something witty, condescending, or whatever. As long as I think there's something interesting that I could add to conversations about a certain manga, I'll review it.

Ratings? I actually have a relative rating system where I consider everything I read in relation to everything else. I might also take into account their specific genre when I'm assigning ratings too, though not always. I'd say that relativistic rating system takes up about 9 out of 10 points, with the remaining point (and various half/quarter-points) given depending on my own personal enjoyment.

My rating system in general tends to be more of an... equal scale system, with 5.5 as "completely average/ordinary". (Thank god MU allows decimals.) So, in a nutshell: 5s are slightly below average. (Anything below that aren't worth mentioning.) 6s are slightly above average. 7s are decent to good. 8s are very good manga, with well-crafted narratives, sans any major flaws. 9s are great/fantastic manga that I think go well above and beyond their genre (and most other series out there). 10s are unicorns awarded to my personal favorites, such as Cesare.

Also, other than my personal favorites, my ratings are always constantly in flux since the more I read, the more my opinions might change. Ex. Reading a really good rendition of a specific trope might make me re-evaluate how I rated previous manga that used that same trope.

To be honest, I actually use this kind of personal relative rating system outside of MU too, for things other than manga. MU has really shaped a lot of the ways in which I approach ratings/reviews, etc.

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