Coming out with an extremely old post that stayed in my draft box for over four years.
I was inspired by the almighty Remy (and obviously his post) to the point that I needed to delete my comment on his post, which consists of a few paragraphs of too much of my opinion. So here I am, copy-pasted parts of it and now I will be adding in the much needed details and chit-chats—my unpatentable trademark.
For me, being fair is standing in the vanguard part. At least that would be how I describe myself and my reviews.
When a person is too ballsy and does not give no flying flips to anyone who are absolutely bound to disagree with them, that is far from fairness; that is honesty with a middle finger. The difference in communication will be clearly conveyed from that person to you, the audience!
To make a fair review at the very least, both pluses and minuses would need to be briefly explained if not thoroughly elaborated on how they affect the overall quality of said series. This is where many people, myself included, do the mistake in taking that chance to go full-on ranting our pants and actually use it as an argument.
But I totally get it though; “it is your review” — it is completely okay to rant but hey, do back it up and don’t be like me who would actually go, “I don’t like _____ because/since he/she/they/it deserve to die/sucks big black flossy hairy balls.” or, “_____ is the absolute worst thing to ever happen to this anime.”
Jumping the fence and we will now enter a place where we would only be hearing prayers for everything to continue on and do bigger, better things than what have already impressed us. You are most likely going to see his type of review from people who have only watched the show once, thus riding on the seasonal effect. And then there will also be those with nostalgia glasses on 24/7.
Oh, balls! Would you just look at me trying to be all wise and that but I have yet to break from these habits.
We hear this from anyone you are bound to have respect for: No show is perfect.
That’s right. A certain show will have character designs that melt your eyes and eventually your heart. A certain show will have shaped up great personalities into its characters. A certain show will have settings that ring your bell. A certain show will so on and on…
At this point it is safe to assume we mostly rate shows that we watch either by differential emotion scale or a score rubric. Both have advantages and disadvantages because people are not (all) dumb.
Before you can even be fair: Back to basics first
They say that the “customer is king” and bloggers have it, too. The term itself is mostly used in business side of things, but do look past its most accepted definition to the next best one — an individual usually having some specified distinctive trait.
It is not about sales anymore, is it?
Your visitors are not of one variety. They can specifically be word readers, picture hunters (ya know, from Google Image Search) or even meme seekers. What I can guarantee you writers about these people is that they are here for different reasons but all end up looking at your review.
Now say that you have managed to keep only the reader types because let’s be real, they are the only ones interested in what you have written. The next step in blogging pseudo-sale is making sure the posts are not written by a robot.
Being fair is actually a passive trait
Before having read your review and to take it seriously, they would first need to know you, the reviewer. Readers surely want to know what kind of person you are to be watching such a show and to actually have come out with a review, woah!
For real. I am not asking whether you would read a review of a shounen anime written by a reviewer who primiparity watches rom-com and harem shows, because I know you WILL read it and later on make judgements on your own based on the review. Just remember — readers are not (all) dumb.
I also know that you will read my review on a hentai show. Heh.
Come on. Not the face!
My simple message to bloggers who wish to review content is this : stand your ground because once you start giving out opinions or facts to something, you have automatically taken a stance. Also, you cannot easily change other people (and their opinions) but you can change your opinion on an aspect of a show you once thought was poop! Give yourself second chances to everything in life, even when watching anime. The benefit of doubt works like miracle, I tell ya.