When I came up with my grading scale, I was attempting to strike a good balance between having a system that accurately reflected the different levels of quality and a system that was overly complex. After a year of using this scale, I’m better able to recognize differences in quality and score accordingly. I’m still not a cynical reviewer that loves to hate everything but I am giving out fewer perfect scores. Recently, I realized that my grading scale needs a few tweaks to simplify it as well as add a few more possible scores.
One problem was that I actually had two different 1-12 scales that I used. For episodes of anime I just a scale that included 12+, 12++, and 12+++ but for complete works like a series review I did not have these levels. Another problem that would occur when doing a series review was I sometimes had a show that didn’t fit in one of my whole number ratings but, instead, belonged midway between two numbers.
The needed revision came to me today and it’s outlined as followed.
The scale is still out of 12 but it shall be divided as such:
- 12/12 Perfect
- 11.5/12 Nearly Perfect
- 11/12 A+
- 10.5/12 Strong A
- 10/12 A
- 9/12 A-
- 8/12 B+
- 7/12 B
- 6/12 B-
- 5/12 C+
- 4/12 C
- 3/12 D
- 2/12 F
- 1/12 Epic Fail
For anime series reviews and other completed reviewed works, the only difference is now it’s possible to get an 11.5 and 10.5. I’ve gone back and adjusted the series review scores to reflect these new choices. One such move, for example, was Library War moved from 11/12 up to 11.5/12 to better reflect how much I loved it, despite the problems in the plot believability department.
For the episode review scores, the version 1 scores get mapped to version 2 scores like this: 12+++ → 12, 12++ → 11.5, 12+ → 11, 12 → 10.5, 11 → 10, 10 → 9, 9 → 8, 8 → 7, 7 → 6, 6 → 5, 5 → 4, 4 → 3, 3 → 2, 2 → 1. Taking a couple of examples from my recent weekly anime review:
Clannad S.2, episode 19 – 12++/12 becomes 11.5/12 Near Perfect
Michiko to Hatchin, episode 18 – 12+/12 becomes11/12 A+
Minami-Ke: Okaeri, episode 7 – 11/12A+ becomes 10/12A
Asu no Yoichi, episode 7 – 9/12A- becomes 8/12B+
Generally, individual episodes will score higher then my overall opinion of the show. This is due to the lesser demands on a single episode to be good as opposed to the greater demands on the entire series to be good. For example, a certain series might get docked points in the series review because it lacked necessary character development but the individual episodes where funny and thusly earning good marks.
For completed works reviewed, a second measure will be included with the score and it will measure the level of Rewatchablity. This is separate from the score because a title could get a perfect score but there’s little desire to ever rewatch it or a show is no where near perfect but gets rewatched frequently. Shows that rank at least a medium would probably be worth buying in DVD form since at this level, it’s almost guarenteed that it’ll get watched more then once.
(low – med)
(med – high)
One of the intanibles that was included previously in my first impression scores was how well the first episode got me interesting in watching the rest of the series. As of now, I’m going to separate that out and, using the same levels from my rewatchability score, rate how well the show hooks me into watching the rest of series. This will be the show’s initial Anticipation Level.
Recent repeat visitors, no doubt, realized that I switched the theme for The Null Set. I was tired of the last theme for several months but couldn’t find a theme that WordPress offered that I liked. About a week ago, they introduced a new theme choice that seemed to offer many of the improvements I was looking for as well as including cool options like being able to change the background color so I switched.
I didn’t want to fish for complements so I didn’t say anything; however, I was hoping for some feedback on the change but to date, I haven’t gotten any. Since I decided to tweak my grading scale, I figured I could slip in a small part asking for feedback about the recent theme change. So, how do you like the new theme? Any gripes about how the sidebar is now ordered? Is there something I missed in converting the theme?