Scores…what’s the point?

You get it, because points and scores are almost the same thing.  It’s almost like humor, but the kind that makes your head hurt and throw things at the person who said it? *cough* Anyway, I know I made a post about MAL scores, but scores in general have always been irritating. Especially with those annoying internet comments of “this anime is this score, but it really should be this score (up, down, blah)”. It’s gotten worse recently, because I’ve seen people predict scores for shows that will appear later on this year. Who does that? A couple years ago, I would say something completely different and say how I love scoring things and how I would score everything. You could have looked at my MAL profile and see score all over the place. I’ve taken off all of my MAL scores a while ago and I have never scored anything on any of my reviews that I’ve written. Scores have just become too much of a point of contention recently.

I know that wiser people like Plain Pasta, Leth, and many other people have mentioned that they use scores as a point of reference and comparison, but that doesn’t seem like what happens ninety percent of the time. Whenever a reviewer posts a score online, there are always those people that agree with the score, but most of the comments section are about people who completely disagree and argue with their opinions that they think are objective. Thus begins the comment section that travels the down sewer of endless arguments people that are upset at each other for no reason other than a score on the internet. Now, like I said before, this doesn’t happen all the time. Those arguments usually happen on youtube videos. I haven’t seen too many score arguments on blog posts. Are blog people just more relaxed and cool?

Then there comes the time when the scores that are put out into the wild by a certain reviewer are automatically compared to other scores the reviewer has made. I know that Glass Reflection topped putting scores on his youtube videos because of a situation like that. Even when he uses a special stamp for what level he thinks a show is at, people were more upset about how his Attack on Titan review had a higher score then Cowboy Bebop and an endless amount of other complaints similar to that. Seriously, people were arguing about pointless scores that were put on the internet. Arkada never put any value on the scores he gave shows, especially since he had his stamp ranking system. I wonder why he did those in the first place. And no, Arkada isn’t the only person I’ve seen this happen to, he’s just the biggest example.

Compared to my last point, this one is a bit bigger and seems more relevant. When it comes to putting a score in a review/post/thing, some people just skip reading or watching a review all together and just want to see the score that the said person gave the show? Why? I’m not completely sure because I’ve never done it. Still, that’s rather annoying. A person works so hard on their review to give all their points of view about a certain piece of media just to have other people skip it just to read the end is depressing. There are no positives here, don’t read/watch the thing if you don’t have the time.

I know that this is the biggest subjective opinion in the world, but I think that scores are something that people eventually grow out of. In the beginning, it felt like giving a score an anime or other things really made me feel more important, because I was putting scores on the internet. Scores on the internet are still big things. People still use scores for a reference, like Rotten Tomatoes for movies. Internet scores are never going to completely disappear, because they attract audiences which results in money for that particular website/person/thing. I think (and/or hope) that people are moving away from these. What people say and how they like an anime series or movie is what matters the most and I am seeing more anime youtubers either avoid writing a review or don’t score a show when they write one because they understand this concept. In writing this, I know that this post is just one thing on the internet that has a subjective opinion on it and I know it’s not going to change anything, but I wanted to write it anyway because this has been something that has been bothering me for a while. Thank you for reading.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Jon Spencer says:

    I include a score out of 10 in most of my reviews as just an “at-a-glance” reference point but I always couple it with a more detailed recommendation with my reasoning. I don’t even score things all the time but I do make sure to do the latter bit in everything.

    I agree though, scores are not useful at all on their own at least. Thanks for the read 🙂

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    1. Scott says:

      It’s nice to having reasoning behind it, so continue to do that,, but so many people don’t care about it and just want to see a score for their own self validation.

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      1. Jon Spencer says:

        Yeah I get that. Sometimes I just want the at-a-glance number so that’s why I include it in mine. It’s not that I don’t necessarily want to read somebody’s opinion, it’s more for when I’m scouting a show out to decide if I’d enjoy it or not. Then I come back to the review for the opinion once I’ve watched it

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  2. AJ says:

    After realising how inconsistent my scoring on MAL was, I stopped using scores in my review and instead try to summarise my opinion in a couple words, almost like an extremely short tl;dr.

    I still score anime on MAL (once I’m at least halfway through them), but it’s more of just a reference to me now.

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    1. Scott says:

      Ah, fair enough. Glad you found what works for you.

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  3. Karandi says:

    As much as people seem to like scores, I’m going to avoid using them because I know that I could never figure out a consistent system anyway. I like what I like and even when something is objectively good it doesn’t mean I’ll enjoy it. I think the reasons for the score are more important than the score anyway so tend to not look at the number or the rating and just read the thoughts about it.

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    1. Scott says:

      The reasons behind a score are always important, at least to me. I guess I don’t understand why some one would want to quantify an opinion with a number… that’s just me though.

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  4. naomiblog says:

    When I first started my blog, I actually used scores in my first reviews but I stopped using them as I could figure out how to make them work without sounding like an idiot! XD.

    Now I allow my opinions to express my feelings on anime. I find it’s easier to express my opinions rather than using a point system. Great post. 🙂

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    1. Scott says:

      Thank you for reading and yeah, I couldn’t see how I would get scores to work either.

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  5. magicconan14 says:

    I used to use episodic scores too but I realised if I plonked down a score with no justification, there was no use putting it there (and since I, like other bloggers, like using words to express myself, it kinda defeats the purpose of having walls of text to type in the first place). For some reason, I’ve always been incredibly holistic when I’ve been doing overall series scores and year-end rankings, but that’s a story for another time.

    Admittedly, if I see the “rate me!” system and I see everyone else’s rating close by (a la ANN’s episodics), my scores tend to get biased by them and even more so when I see the reviewer’s score at the end of the page…

    The human mind likes order and scores are the closest thing to objectivity you can get in a creative medium. That’s probably why people get so attached to them.

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    1. Scott says:

      Haha, I try to not to look at those rate me scores when I read their stuff, because I would do the same thing.

      I think your are right about the objectivity part.

      Thank you for reading!

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