The Forms of Anime Reviews


Reviews come in many shapes and sizes, but they’re often written in prose.

I don’t think that reviews should be constrained to a certain form. I do agree that some forms may be better for communicating your points in some posts, and that some ideas are better than others, but there are so many different ways we communicate–texting, Twittering, billboarding (are those two words?), Yelp reviewing, and all that–which all highlight what we know about the world, so why not try experimenting?

Here are some ideas that I just thought of. Many of these get VERY cheesy.

  • Writing the review as a series of overly honest reactions.
  • An email exchange debating the pros and cons of the animation in a series, with one sender taking one side. You could even vary the voices between characters! Make one super passionate, and the other one passive-aggressive but not that into it, to reflect how strongly you feel about one side over the other (or be ironic and do it the other way around). Or you could be completely fair and have an intellectual discussion.
  • A poem depicting the most X (dramatic, funny, etc.) moment for you in a series.This could be for any anime, not just dramatic ones!
    • A Pass of the Violin: A Ballad for Your Lie in April
    • An Epic Poem for All the Panty Shots in High School of the Dead
  • The Twitter feed of the most annoying anime character ever.
  • The Instagram feed of the most quiet anime character ever. Is this person speaking SO MUCH MORE through pictures, or are you just imagining it?
  • End-of-episode previews of villains from Evil Organization X, with commentary from someone who is masquerading as one of the villains.

And so on and so forth! Do you have other ideas or posts of your own that you’d like to share? If so, feel free to leave them in the comments.


7 thoughts on “The Forms of Anime Reviews

  1. WeekendOtaku says:

    These are some pretty fun ideas. It would be interesting to try one out and I might take a crack at it if you don’t mind me stealing your idea.

    I saw something similar to the poem idea some months back when Fullmetal Narcissist did a Epic Rap Battle style coverage of Your lie in April and Evangelion. Pretty funny:

    As usual, you have some fairly out of the box ideas 😛 Keep them coming.

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    • Alane says:

      Feel free feel free! Not stealing at all. I look forward to seeing what you come up with 😀 yahoo!

      Oh hey, that’s really interesting; it made me laugh! I forgot how fun epic rap battles were. Thank you for sharing.

      Aw, thanks. :3


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